Let me tell you all about my full day in Prague. I flew to Prague while working. However, this time we got to stay a full day in Prague. Which for us doesn’t happen very often. Prague would be a perfect destination for your next city trip.
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 a pint!
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. Petrin Tower is an observation tower with a spectaculair view. That day it was about 30 degrees celcius in Prague, but still we went to the top by stairs. Applause! 😉 Sweat was dripping from my face when we finally made it to the top. But the amazing view of Prague was totally worth it! The entrance fee is around €8 with an extra fee if you would like to use the elevator.
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 the cathedral.
Walking from the cathedral to the Charles Bridge there are several restaurants and cafe’s. The prices are also very reasonable. One of the best things about Prague (let’s be honest 😉 When looking at the menu’s 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’. Definitely something to try out next time!
The Charles Bridge crosses the Vltava river. 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 Las Ramblas in Barcelona. I’m always amazed by those paintings and the skills of the artists. Obviously this place is a tourist spot, expect it to be super crowded.
The part from the Charles Bridge to the famous Old Town Square is also very busy. Lots of people, restaurants and shops. The Old Town Square is famous 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 working. We were lucky to pass the square a couple of minutes before the clock would strike. Every time the clock strikes there is a dancing puppet show coming out of the tower. Funny to see, but a little overrated if you ask me. I found it much more funnier that all these tourists were staring at the clock with their camera ready, waiting for it to happen!
By that time we had been walking around for almost 6 hours. Yay! A lot of calories burned so time to take in some new ones 🙂 We decided to go for italian food close to the square. This restaurant is called ‘Pasta Fresca‘ and it’s 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 chitarrae’ 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. Definitely something to try out!
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 sure helps that Prague can be very cheap. I can’t wait to go back again!
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