Today I’m finally doing a new travel post. This time I requested a ‘day over’ in Prague. This basically means that instead of leaving the next day, we have a full day at our destination. Which is exceptional for us! This was the first time I brought a friend on my trip. We took everything out of our day at Prague. I can still feel me calves from all the walking. Are you curious about Prague? Then keep on reading!
We arrived at Prague on Saturday night. We had so much fun as a crew with our friends that we decided to go out for a drink together. After some walking into the city center we bumped into a bar called Deja Vu. They have a place to sit at the bar and have a drink or you can go downstairs to the basement where there is more a clubbing vibe. The place is not that big, but the music was good (house, club) and the beers were cheap. We paid €2 for half a liter of beer! We’ve seen many bars and heard about clubs to go to. But because we wanted to get up early, we decided to call it a day around 2am. We all wanted to feel fresh the next morning!
Our hotel was close to the river on the north/east side of Prague’s City Centre. From the hotel we decided to take a tram all the way to the other side of the river to go to the Petrin Tower which is a high observation tower. Today it was about 30 degrees in Prague, but still we went to the top by stairs. Applause! 😉 The entrance fee is around the €8 and there is an extra charge if you would like to use the elevator. Finally upstairs you have an amazing view of Prague! Totally worth the effort and the aching muscles afterwards!
From the Observation Tower we walked to the Prague Castle, which is also one of the major tourist attractions. There are several tours you can do, but we decided just to walk around and see how far we can get without paying the entrance fee. The castle is quite big (as you can see in the picture above) and there are many things to see. I think you could easily spend your whole morning here. The castle is situated around the beautiful St. Vitus Cathedral. We had a quick look inside.
Walking from the cathedral to the Charles Bridge there are several restaurants and cafe’s to have a drink or something to eat. The prices are also very reasonable. When looking at the menu on the chalk boards outside I did notice that Czech food is quite heavy. It reminds me of all the dishes I would eat during winter time. I saw a lot of pork knuckle, roasted duck leg, goulash, garlic soup (yum!) all served with the local side dish ‘dumplings’. From what I could see it looked amazing and smelled amazing. But on this hot day a little too heavy for us. Something to try out the next time I’m in town!
The Charles Bridge crosses the Vltava river in Prague. On the Charles Bridge there are people selling paintings or you can have your portrait painted right there on the spot. It reminded me of Central Park in New York, Parque el Retiro in Madrid or the Las Ramblas in Barcelona. I’m always amazed by those paintings and the artistic skills of the artists. There are also many boat trips you can book on the river, some of them included with lunch or dinner. Or you can rent a paddle boat (in the shape of a swan!) and have some fun on the river.
The part from the Charles Bridge to the famous Old Town Square is a busy part. Lots of people. Lots of restaurants. Lots of shops. The small streets around the square are great to just walk around. The Old Town Square is especially known for the Prague Orloj which is a medieval astronomical clock located at the Old Town Hall. The clock was first installed in 1410, which makes it the third oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working. We were lucky enough to just pass the square a couple of minutes before 5pm. Every hour when the clock strikes there is a dancing puppet show coming out of the tower. Funny to see, but not that spectacular to me. I found it much funnier that all these tourists were staring at the clock with their camera ready, waiting for it to happen!
By that time we have been walking for almost 6 hours and we were getting really hungry. So we decided to go for italian food close to the square. This restaurant is called ‘Pasta Fresca‘ and is situated in a busy shopping street called ‘Celetná’ . This place was absolutely fabulous! The restaurant downstairs is gorgeous and the staff is very friendly. The pasta’s were delicious and the local white wine lovely. I really recommend the ‘spaghetti al chitarra with tomatoes, italian bacon, chilli and pecorino cheese’ with a glass of their local white country wine!
When walking through all the busy streets around then square I noticed a pastry dish that I definitely wanted to try before leaving Prague. We skipped a dessert at the restaurant and went looking for this pastry. I ordered one with a filling of Nutella! Oooh how I love Nutella! 🙂 This pastry is called ‘trdelnik’. It is made from rolled dough that is wrapped around a stick, grilled and topped with sugar. Trdelnik is a traditional Slovak cake and sweet pastry, originally coming from Hungarian-speaking part of Transylvania, Romania. Nowadays trdelnik is very popular among tourists as a sweet pastry in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Yes, I’m one of those tourists! 🙂 Don’t forget to try this out!
After our pastry dessert we walked back to our hotel as we needed to get up at 4am in the morning. I loved Prague and really enjoyed taking our day over to the fullest. I think there is so much to do and to see in Prague. Staying in Prague for at least a couple of days will be certainly worth it and it helps that Prague can be very cheap. I can’t wait to go back again and explore the places I didn’t have a chance to see yet.
Until next time Prague!
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