Prague, Czech Republic is a city like no other. It is often referred to as the “fairytale city”, and I now understand why. This city is filled with colorful and whimsical buildings, the oldest castle in the entire world, beautiful gothic architecture, cheap beer, and an exuberant amount of happiness. I only spent two days in Prague, but I felt like that was enough time to see the city. If you plan on studying abroad in Europe in the near future, I think that a visit to Prague should definitely be on your bucket list.
Our first day in Prague began by taking a walking tour of the city with Sandemans New Prague Walking Tour. The guide was hysterical and made the information interesting and the experience memorable. The tour included visits to Wenceslas Square, the largest square in Europe; the Jewish Quarter, which remained protected during World War II; and the Old Town Square. This square contains the famous astronomical clock, which does a little show every hour, and is surrounded by the most beautiful buildings, making it the perfect place for a photo-op and an even better place to just hangout.
Once our tour ended, my friends and I got lunch at a restaurant called The Pub, conveniently located near the Old Town Square. You can tap your own beer here right at the table an unlimited amount of times, something that I highly recommend taking advantage of since beer is cheaper than water in the Czech Republic. This restaurant is known for its burgers (which were to die for) and its fun, laid back atmosphere.
After lunch we made our way over to Good Food Coffee & Bakery for one of Prague’s infamous trdneik desserts. A trdneik is a donut covered in cinnamon and sugar, filled with vanilla ice cream, drizzled with chocolate sauce and caramel, and topped with chopped nuts and a brownie. Not only was this one of the best things that I’ve ever tasted, it is also picture perfect.
Later on, we had a fun night out at a club called Lucerna- popular among study abroad students.
While in Prague, we stayed at the Czech Inn. I highly recommend staying at this hostel because it is extremely modern with very comfortable beds and a helpful staff. The breakfast is delicious and it is conveniently located next to a number 22 tram stop, which can bring you right into the Old Town city center.
Our second day in Prague began by venturing over the Charles Bridge onto the other side of the Vltava river. This beautiful bridge has two towers that you can climb for a small fee and is filled with musicians and artists.
Located on the opposite side of the river from the Old Town, sits the well-known John Lennon Wall. This wall is situated in an ally behind a residential neighborhood and always has tourists posing in front of it. Beginning in the 1980s, when the phrase “war is over” was written on it after the communist reign in Prague ended, this wall has been a symbol of positive expression and peace. Today, it is covered in quotes, images, and contains lyrics from John Lennon’s songs. Anyone is able to paint the wall, or sign their name like I did!
For lunch, we ate at U Fleku, one of Prague’s most visited sites. This brewery and restaurant is decorated with wooden embellishments and a massive fireplace- giving it a cosy and local atmosphere. If you eat here, I recommend ordering the beef and cream. It is the most traditional dish on the menu and comes with potato dumplings and cranberry sauce…comfort food galore!
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Prague Castle is the largest castle in the world. It is a staggering work of architectural design and contains the St. Vitus Cathedral- a gothic masterpiece. The dark stone, abundance of arches, and impressive gargoyles will make you feel like you are in a Disney movie!
If you walk through the castle where the gardens are located, you will find a patio overlooking the city. Since the castle sits on a hill, you will be able to get an amazing view of Prague, including the Old Town Square and Charles Bridge. If you are planning a trip to Prague, make sure to visit this castle before you leave!
I hope that you get the chance to Czech out Prague soon!