Prague: Czeching it Out

I’d like to start off with an apology for the title of this blog. Yes, it’s unoriginal. Yes, it’s lazy. Yes, it’s not even funny. But it’s a FRIDAY (translation: I’m exhausted, having dealt with way too much crap for the week). And I had promised myself that I would try and blog a bit more in 2019 and, therefore, if I need to cut corners with easy puns, so be it.

I would start off by recommending to travellers that a one-night stay in Prague is sufficient to see the city. I thought that it was an incredibly cool place, but the guidebooks don’t quite convey quite how small the Czech capital is in size. I visited the city for two nights and found that I did start to kick my heels slightly on the third day.

So, “how do you squeeze everything in to less than 48 hours?”, I hear you ask. Well, the benefit of hindsight and I would propose as follows:

WHAT NOT TO DO: take a boat trip (nothing additional to see/learn about en route). And definitely do not bother eating pork knuckle. Grim.

WHAT TO DO:

ARRIVE (PRESUMABLY BY AIRPORT) AND TAKE A TAXI TO THE CITY CENTRE: Honestly, you don’t want to be mucking around with the complicated bus system in Prague if you’re on a strict time limit. Plus, Uber is super cheap (approx. GBP £10-£15) from the airport to the city centre. TOP TIP: see if your taxi will take you to where you’re staying via the ‘Dancing House’ pictured below. This way, you won’t have to go out of your way to see this convincing piece of architecture, which otherwise would have featured in my ‘WHAT NOT TO DO’ section.

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DUMP LUGGAGE AT HOTEL: Self-explanatory.

START AT OLD TOWN SQUARE: Begin your city tour at the historic square which features architectural delights such as the Gothic Church of Our Lady before Tyn as well as Prague Orloj, the world’s oldest operating astronomical clock. Make sure you’re next to the clock for when it strikes the hour to see the Apostles’ show. Then weave your way through the old town streets to..

The Astronomical Clock on Old Town Square

CHARLES BRIDGE: Approaching this iconic landmark from the ‘Old Town’ side of the city, will provide you with stunning views of the bridge with Prague Castle in the background. Charles Bridge, which features a series of 30 baroque-style statues along the 621 metre length of the construction, was completed in 1402 and passes over the Vltava River, leading up to..

PRAGUE CASTLE: Cross Charles Bridge and embark upon the steep walk up to Prague Castle, the largest castle complex in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records, with an area of almost 70,000 m². The Castle dates back to the 9th century and is the official office of the President of the Czech Republic. The complex includes other sights, such as St.Vitus’ Cathedral. Once you have thoroughly explored the area, head back down to the Old Town to..

EAT TRDELNIK: This local foodstuff is an absolute dream. Imagine the doughiest, tastiest bready-pastry wrapped into a cone shape (they’re commonly referred to as ‘chimneys’) and stuffed with the sweet or savoury ingredients of your choice. That’s a trdelnik. Just don’t ask me how to pronounce it. I had a trdelnik (that phrase sounds really unfortunate to the English-speaking community, don’t you agree?) stuffed with macaroni cheese and topped with bacon ‘bits’. I had that more than once.

DINNER: Okay so while I wouldn’t suggest sampling the pork knuckle, I WOULD recommend that you go to a traditional restaurant and try the goulash. Most local restaurants serve the goulash in a super sturdy bowl made of bread. Note – the bread bowl is definitely aesthetic and ‘instagrammable’, but I’d avoid sampling it. Not quite as desirable a taste.

HAVE A PILSNER (LOCAL PALE LAGER) OR TWO: The nightlife in Prague is excellent. Whether you’re after a few beers in a traditional pub or a nightclub, Prague delivers. I just wish I was sober enough to remember the pubs we crawled through before trying to..

SLEEP

WAKE UP HUNGOVER & VISIT PETRIN HILL: Start off your day climbing to the top of Petrin Hill – just kidding, take the cable car! You’ve got less than 48 hours, no time for that kind of exertion! This was definitely my favourite thing to do in the city as the views are simply stunning. There is also a ‘mini-Eiffel Tower’ at the top of the hill, which requires a walk of 299 steps, but this is the last thing you want to do with a pilsner belly. Avoid. Go back down the hill. Head to Paris if you’re interested in that kind of ironwork.

EAT TRDELNIK AGAIN: Please see above for further information.

STOP FOR A PILSNER PART II (hair of the dog?)

CZECH OUT FROM HOTEL AND FLY HOME: hehe sorry.. couldn’t help it.

xx

 

 

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