I loved Prague. I find it hard to identify exactly what I loved so much about it, but I think it was a mix of the architecture, the history and the general vibe of the place. It was very cool, and very unexpected for me! I wasn’t expecting to love the Czech Republic but it was amazing.
(By the way, this is part 9 in my series of Europe Travel Diaries. You can catch up on the previous posts here)
The first thing we had to deal with when we got to Prague was the traffic and the drivers. I’m only going to say this once: do not drive in Prague! The traffic and road system was confusing and the drivers are terrible!! But I think that was the worst thing about our time in Prague, so all in all that’s not too bad.
One thing we did find difficult was that the Czech Republic is the only country we went to (other than the UK) which still has it’s own currency, it doesn’t have the Euro. So we had just gotten used to converting to Euro in our head when we had to get used to Czech Koruna too! (For reference, one koruna is equal to about $0.05 Australian dollars – so not exactly an easy amount to convert in our heads!!)
We spent majority of our time in Prague just wandering the streets and taking it all in. Prague is an awesome city for exploring on foot because most of what you will be there to see as a tourist is all in a fairly contained area in the ‘old town’ and then in the castle area. We walked everywhere in Prague and it was amazingly fun (but also great exercise to compensate for the obscene amounts of food we ate!).
The river area is just beautiful. We really enjoyed seeing all the beautiful old buildings on either side of the river and Prague Castle looming large on top of the hill. The light in the early evening was just glorious. I loved that the sun didn’t set til almost 9pm!
Charles Bridge (Karlov Most) is one of those ‘must-see’ things in Prague, and it is very cool. I was expecting it to be much more crowded than it was (that said, it was still very crowded) and it was a great spot to watch the sun go down and see the Castle light up. There are sculptures all along the bridge, some with gold marks on them where people have rubbed them (in prayer? for luck? I couldn’t figure it out, but they are religious figures so I’m guessing it was a prayer related thing).
The town square was gorgeous and the astronomical clock (also a ‘must-see’) is incredible. For starters it is just beautiful, especially at night. The mechanics of what happens on the hour is also very cool. Crowds of people gather to watch it strike the hour, and it’s well worth it.
The food in the Czech Republic was incredible!! I was addicted to these delicious pastries called a Trdelnik you can buy from street vendors in Prague. It was like a crunchy donut covered in cinnamon! That’s probably a bad way to describe it but the pastry was so yummy and I would have eaten them all day long if my darling husband would have let me! We also ate sausages (lots of sausages!) from another street vendor. So delicious!! And at another we had some delicious smoked ham off the bone. The food was just so delicious. If you ever go to Prague, eat food from the street vendors, you won’t regret it!
This was my favourite meal in Prague, actually one of my favourite meals of all time. It was at a little local pub that did traditional Czech food (and served my gin and tonic ‘deconstructed’). This dish was a ‘farmers dish’ of beef, bacon, onion, potato and cheese and it was amazing. Like, ridiculously delicious and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to replicate it. I still fantasise about this dish 5 months later. It was that good!
The view from further up the hill (behind the Castle) was beautiful. It was a very long walk up a very big hill on a very hot day to get here but I’m glad we walked all the way up here to see this (even if I did have a little princess tears moment on the way up!).
I thought Prague was just incredible, the atmosphere is really hard to capture but it was just amazing and we loved every second of being there (including getting caught in a huge storm!).
Prague is definitely on the list of places to head back to when we next go to Europe! Next up is Cesky Krumlov (also in the Czech Republic, and one of my favourite places we visited!!).
Have you been to Prague? Did you enjoy it?
I’ve broken my Europe trip up into easy to manage pieces, otherwise I’ll be drowning you in hundreds of images at once! So you know what’s coming, I’ve prepared a list of the 24 parts of this series:
Part 1: London
Part 2: Cambridge
Part 3: Paris
Part 4: Amiens
Part 5: Battlefields
Part 6: Ieper (Ypres)
Part 7: Amsterdam
Part 8: Berlin
Part 9: Prague
Part 10: Cesky Krumlov
Part 11: Vienna
Part 12: Salzburg
Part 13: Venice
Part 14: Pesaro
Part 15: Amalfi Coast
Part 16: Pompeii
Part 17: Rome
Part 18: Florence
Part 19: Tuscany
Part 20: La Spezia
Part 21: Lyon
Part 22: Loire Valley
Part 23: Normandy
Part 24: Mont St Michel
Let me know if there is anything in particular you want to know about any of these places and I’ll try to include it in my post!