A taste of Magical Prague
Lets get this straight….. a couple of days here are NOT enough!
Prague was long on my mind, so I managed to squeeze in a couple of days before I head for my annual Festive visit to catch up with me friends & family in London. This has not stopped me from seeing everything I had on my bucket list so I have compiled an emergency list for situations like mine to see the best of Prague! Some things will have to give in. Compromising is a must if you are there for a short stay.
The list I created includes a mix of the famous must sees from my friend Michele. We used to work together around. He has been living in Prague for a while and knows the place as good as a local. Apart from his tips, I also threw in some great Czech food popular with Instagram foodies under the hashtag #eatingforinstagram
Prague is very hilly with typical old European cities’s streets made out of cobblestones so please pack comfortable shoes as you are in for looooooooooooooooong walks! (Told you Prague in 1 day is all about compromises!)
I stayed at the President Hotel which is situated by the Vltava river, between the Charles Bridge and the Cloister of St. Agnes of Bohemia. My room was bigger than my living room and had the most gorgeous view. It’s ideal position is located only a short walk from renowned historical monuments such as the Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Old Town Square, Jewish Quarter, Synagogues and other places of interest in the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the Czech Republic.
I rarely book my hotel with Breakfast included as I prefer visiting local cafes so, if like me, you opt for room only basis, you should have breakfast at Cafe Savoy. This is a beautiful cafe with a “First Republic” vibe. Savoy’s breakfasts rank among the best breakfasts in Prague which I found very filling and quite frankly a good thing seeing that I was there one day! Sorry guys & dolls, I better warn you that there is no room for lunch in my itinerary (lol) You obviously can but I found lunch a waste of time and with Christmas round the corner, saving a few calories whilst walking around the city seemed like a good idea. Water in hand and off you go!
Start your day by crossing one of the bridges and walk up to the gardens which lead to the Castle, you can also so take tram 22 or 91 but I preferred walking as I was alone. Normally I have people complaining that I walk too fast. Once you see the castle start descending again and head to the Lesser Town Square taking the Castle stairs: Zámecké schody.
Head over to the Charles Bridge for one final look at how beautiful Prague really is. Being one of the main Prague tourist attractions, the bridge can get very crowded during the day. I was there in December and people were more enthusiastic about the Christmas Market, however if you see it too crowded go back later in the evening.
By this time of the day you will deserve a medal… or a drink! I was exhausted, so I stopped to wind down over a glass of red near the Charles Bridge.
I went Hemingway Bar in the Old Town, one of the best cocktail bars in Prague. You might have to wait a bit to get in. As a solo traveler this is always an advantage as they let me in before larger groups. Please do not let the minor waiting time put you off as I guarantee that it is definitely worth it.
Now that you had your snack and glass of well deserved vino, walk into the Jewish Quarter. Over here, one can spend all their trip money and more! Shopping in the Parizska street is a dream. You will see Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Cartier & Jimmy Choo to mention a few. With three weeks away on holiday, I could only afford to look their windows so I headed back to the square to enjoy the Christmas Market and the traditional street food from the stalls.
Saying I was exhausted by now is an understatement, plus temperatures had dropped down. I headed back to my hotel and planned to meet a friend at Hilton’s Cloud9. This was totally unplanned, Ross saw my Facebook check-in asking if anyone is around and got in touch….. I always do this, it’s amazing how Facebook connects people so there you go peeps, this is why I always check-in places, you never know who is around!
I found Prague extremely cheap compared to other European cities, so if you are on a budget this could be a great weekend break and my suggestions could be enjoyed at a slower pace.
Hope my quick round up will come useful and remember: stop, breathe, appreciate and indulge!
Have fun!!! xoxo