Every year me and one of my best friends head to a European city and this time we chose Prague as it’s somewhere we’d both wanted to go for a long time. We managed to get Friday evening flights from Luton which is super close to my house which gave us all day Saturday, all day Sunday and half of Monday to explore.
Sadly our lovely Wizz Air flight from Luton decided to be about 90 minutes late which meant by the time we got through security in Prague, collected our suitcase and jumped in a cab to the hotel it was 2am *ouch*. We had a look at some of the tour brochures before going to bed and decided to do a half day tour the following morning so after a quick sleep and some breakfast we walked down the Old Town Square.
Thankfully while we were in the Old Town Square we managed to see the Astronomical Clock hit the hour and see it working. Yes, there’s not much to see but as it’s the oldest working clock of its type in the world I think you can forgive it. At 10 am we boarded a coach set for a city outside of Prague called Katna Hora to visit the most beautiful Cathedrale I’d seen, explore the city, eat some traditional Czech food and visit the Bone Church. The later was one main reason for joining the tour as we were going to visit anyway and not having to navigate trains seemed like a great idea.
I’m going to do a full post on Katna Hora but the Bone Church was so surreal, the whole church is decorated in skulls and bones made up from over 40,000 human skellingtons and while some may call it sombre or freaky it’s actually a celebration to not hide away the dead and I found it fascinating to walk around and explore.
It was 3.30pm when we got back so we decided to take a walk towards the Charles Bridge. One thing I noticed on the walk there is how beautiful the architecture of the buildings are, everything looks stunning and very ‘olde worlde’ which I like. The city was pretty busy but the thing which makes Charles Bridge lovely is that it’s pedestrians only so despite the people it still felt quite tranquil. Although the bridge was lovely I didn’t think it was anything special, not when you compare it to the stunning Chain Bridge in Budapest.
Our next stop was the John Lennon Wall which is the only part of the city where you can legally graffiti and add your own artwork. It was pretty crazy as I expected with people trying to do their own photo shoots and fashion parades so if you are looking for a good photo try heading here first thing before the crowds descend. It was lovely to see all the messages of peace and love. By this point, we were pretty hungry so had dinner and headed back to our hotel for an early night.
Sunday was our day to see more of the city and we jumped on the Hop-on, hop-off bus tour with City Explorers which runs two lines through the city covering pretty much everything you’d want to see. Sadly the buses here aren’t open topped though which was nice from a warmth point of view but I find the pictures and what you see is better from the top of a double decker bus. After the first line, we decided to take the funicular up to Petrin Hill to see the views from the top, sadly though we couldn’t see the views. The whole top is like a giant park and while it’s pretty the trees cover the panoramic view of the city and we couldn’t find anywhere to see a view from. There is a miniature Eiffel Tower which you can climb and this seems to be the only way to see the views (but it’s about 299 steps).
We took in the next bus line and then decided to head down the riverside to jump on the one-hour boat cruise which was lovely and relaxing to see the city from another view point. Our final port of call for the day was to try some Trdelnik which you can buy pretty much anywhere in the city. They are made from rolled dough which is wrapped around a stick to be cooked and is topped warm with sugar and nuts or a bit of cinnamon. The street food can be found anywhere and my first one was filled with vanilla and chocolate ice-cream and was incredible. The following day I did have a plain one which was coated with Nutella on the inside and I have to admit it did taste nicer warm without the ice-cream.
After lots of walking across our first few days, we decided to set out pretty early on Monday to walk up the steep bank towards the Castle and the St.Vitus Cathedrale which can be seen from all over the city. While the architecture was beautiful in the city I hadn’t seen anything which had made me speechless until I hit the St. Vitus Cathedrale which is absolutely stunning with its gothic feeling and beautiful spires. We decided that as we hadn’t climbed the Eiffel Tower that we’d brave the hundreds of stairs and climb to the top of the Cathedrale and despite feeling like my heart was going to leap out of my chest it was well worth it for the stunning views over the city.
Yes, Prague is a beautiful city but I didn’t fall head over heels in love with it like I had expected to.