The best things to do in Prague
Prague may not be the first place you think of when it comes to a beautiful city break. The first thing that normally comes to mind, or at least it did when someone mentioned it to me was stag parties. I had visions of streets filled with loads of drunk, football shirt wearing men and little to no culture. Well I could not have been more wrong! Read my thoughts on Prague, the best places to eat, things to do and places to stay.
I was looking for a city break in Europe and there was a few places I had in mind. Having already been to some european cities like Rome, Barcelona and Paris I know they can be very very expensive. I mean not just a little bit expensive I mean eye wateringly expensive, when you order two coffees and get a bill for £25 kind of expensive…yes that actually happened!
So after a little (ok a lot of research…..I am a crazy researcher, almost to the point where I upset myself researcher lol) I found Prague. I looked at a few pictures and it looked beautiful, I was pleasantly surprised by what looked like a huge array of awesome stuff to do, amazing architecture, activities, great restaurants, loads of history. It was cheap to fly, it was cheap to stay and it was cheap to eat and drink!! What was there not to like? So why not try it out?
I found a fantastic little airbnb apartment nestled right in New Town Prague, (My favourite website for finding places to stay ever) If you have not tried Airbnb.com yet, it will change your life. It is a way of experiencing the lifestyle, the culture, the real heart of a place and it is normally much more cost effective than a hotel.
The apartment I found looked clean, with good reviews and walking distance to everything. After a number of hours of researching I managed to get an apartment and flights for £150 each for three nights and four full days! I think that is pretty good don’t you??
So everything apart from our flights were organised down to a T. The only thing I slipped up on was booking our flights from Standsted airport! And I booked the earliest flight on the Thursday and the latest flight back on the Sunday thinking it was a good idea to make the most of each day, not thinking about the travel time needed! So 2am started was needed to drive to the airport, park the car and get through security! Maybe we would go for different flights next time but lesson learnt! Still we did make the most of our long days.
We arrive in Prague, the cold air (very cold air) hits us as we get off the plane, I wrap my giant scarf (could be mistaken as a blanket it is that big) around my neck so only my nose and eyes can be seen peaking out of the top of the scarf. We were going to try and get a bus but get distracted by the taxis that look so straight forward. We jump in and head towards our apartment, we can’t check in yet so we go to the closest cafe for breakfast and drinks.
I was over the moon to see a little sign outside saying Matcha green tea lattes at the Liberia Cafe!!! OMG! I knew from this moment I was going to love Prague! And all for the tasty sum of about £1.50…..bargain! This would normally cost about £3.50 in the UK! They also do a mean eggs Benedict according to my travel chums!
Our host at the apartment we are staying at says we can check in so we head over, you can see the location below-
I love the entrance to the apartment, the metal gating, the un matching walls and the beautiful artwork of jesus on the cross as you enter the courtyard. It feels so authentic, not like any hotel you would get….that is why I love airbnb. The apartment is clean and it is spacious. Perfect for what we need.
So what were the best places to see, to eat and to do?? I will sum it up for you!
Places to see-
Old town square- is a hive of activity and so beautiful! The coloured buildings light up the square and the architecture is so incredible, perfect place for a few holiday snaps. The square is still cheap in comparison to the UK but it is still a lot more than if you just walk down one of the beautiful cobbled side streets. Anywhere in the main tourist areas will cost you more and beware the pretzels on the table are not free :).
Charles Bridge- The most gorgeous bridge in Central Prague, elegant, detailed with a beautiful view of the castle.
Prague Castle- Perched up high overlooking Prague, this castle is well worth a visit and steeped in history!
Places to eat–
Maitrea – it is a short walk from old town square and fabulous! Seriously affordable delicious Veggie food and in a nice atmosphere. We had three courses each, loads of beer, wine and it came to about £65/£70 for four of us!
Marina Grosseto restaurant- Perfect in the summer or the winter. Go here for dinner when the sun sets and ask for a table by the window. You will get the most fabulous view of the castle at night. Did you know the castle was not lit up at night for many years then the rolling stones came to do a gig at the castle and loved it so much they paid for all the lights to light it up at night! So cool!! In the summer the top deck looks amazing! Make sure you book in advance!
El Ruzi- This place is not posh, its simple, clean, authentic, amazing bear apparently, decent wine and really good food at great prices! A must try, especially for a lunch stop!
Il Palazo- The best Italian food, awesome decor, great wine! What more could you ask for?
Segway tour– Do a segway tour with Segway rent Prague. This great company offers a fantastic 2 hour tour around Prague on Segways all around the gorgeous park that overlooks the city and
the river then goes on to take you to the castle and main sites with a really informative history of Prague as you go around. We loved this tour!
Mind Maze- This is a must do on your trip! It is hilarious, fun, challenging and will have you and your group working together in minutes. This is a fantastic thing to do if the wether is not the best too! You are locked in a room that has multiple clues and puzzles to break to get out!!
Anonymous Bar– You simply have to go to this bar! It is incredible! Just finding this place is an adventure! The cocktails are like nothing you have ever seen before, they taste amazing, the decor and the ambiance is unreal, make sure you arrive early and you might have to work to find the door it is hidden away! Prague best kept secret!
Jazz Club- Okay so I was not sure I was enjoying this to start with having never been to a jazz club before, you don’t speak you just sit and enjoy the music! After taking 5min to settle in I really got into it! This place is authentic, rustic, cool and seriously cheap!
So in conclusion if you have not been to Prague, start planning your trip now-
Easy to travel to- 10/10
Things to do- 9/10