Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Travel: Top Things To Do, Eat and See in Prague

'If European cities were a necklace, Prague would be a diamond amongst the pearls.' -Anon

It took all of about 15 minutes before I fell in love with Prague. A city teeming with personality, culture and beauty (oh, and cheap beer. Like, really cheap...) Not only was it our first stop on mine and my boyfriend, Tom's, interrailing trip, but it was also unanimously the favourite. There's bags to do in the city, but I thought I'd break down some of my top 'must see/eat/dos' for you, in case anyone is planning a trip to the Czech Republic soon (and if you aren't, you definitely should). 

The 'Sees'
Old Town Square: The whole of the old town is beautiful, so make sure you allow yourself time to wander around, taking in the architecture and the culture. Some might consider it, a bit 'touristy' but I was blown away by the pretty pastel buildings and could've spent hours pounding the cobbles. If you're pressed for time, stop by the Old Town Square, the main event or you can even hire vintage cars to drive you around and see the old town sites, if you're feeling fancy.

Charles Bridge: Famous for its gothic bridge towers and statues which guard the bridge, it's not only a feast for your eyes, but a great vantage point to take in Prague. It's said if you rub the bronze on The plaque on the statue of John of Nepomuk, you'll one day return to Prague. Important, if only for this tradition alone.

John Lennon Wall: A great photo op if you're a Beatles fan, or just a fascinating part of history if you are interested in the communist regime and Lennon Wall's back story. It's now a symbol for love and peace. Tip: If you want to take outfit photos in front of it... Don't wear a dress that will blend in with the wall.

Letna Park: A great place for bike rides, sports and picnics.. But particularly famed for it's beer garden with an incredible view of the city. Worth the walk up to it. Trust me.

The 'Dos'
Beer Spa: Prague and beer are often mentioned together in the same sentence, and for good reason- the beer is good and cheap, so it makes sense they'd pioneer the 'beer spa' in the city. The idea is, you bathe in a warm jacuzzi bath, full of ingredients used in beer and drink unlimited beer out of the taps conveniently placed next to the bath. After, you laze on straw bed next to a fire and listen to cheesy 00s pop (and a bit of ABBA in the mix) while the beer works its magic. It's a religious experience.

Town Hall: Famed for it's viewing tower with sites of the old town, and it's unique astronomical clock. It's a point of historical importance and a great way to immerse yourself in the rich culture the city has. Go early in the morning to get a good view of the clock, minus a sea of selfie sticks in front of you!

Petrin Observation Tower: Petrin Park has a plethora of things to do, (including a hilarious mirror maze) but my favourite was by far the observation tower, which was not for the faint hearted. Brave the many, twisting stairs for breath taking views of the city. You can see for miles and miles on a clear day!

Sex Machines Museum: A friend recommended this to us and it was a weird, but hilarious escape from the rain. The city is famed for it's catering to Stag Dos, so it only felt right to embrace that side of it's personality a bit, too.
Outfit: Top: Topshop, Shorts: ASOS and Bracelet: Pandora 

The 'Eats' 
Trdelník: A traditional cake, sweet pastry hybrid, which can be filled with ice cream or enjoyed on it's own. Super sugary and filling. Buy it from the food carts for the best price!

U Fleku: A restaurant and brewery that dates back to 1499, comprising of 8 dining 'halls' and a beer garden. The beer flows thick and fast here and they serve a range of old bohemian and classic Czech dishes. Tom and I had the best time here and the food was incredible. Just make sure to remove your beer mat when you don't want anymore top ups!

Amorino Gelato: A gorgeous Ice Cream parlour specialising in artisan Ice Cream and sorbet, moulded into pretty flower blooms and served with a macaron. The are a little on the expensive side, but super instagrammable and delicious- totally worth the price. 
U Krale Brabantskeho: One of Prague's oldest pubs, set under the Old Castle, retains it's medieval charm by theming not only the entertainment to it but the dining too. Dine by candle light at wooden benches covered in sheep skin and be transported back in time. 

Beer Museum: Not actually a museum, Prague's 'Beer Museum' is a duo of pubs offering over 30 beers on tap. A great way to try the best of the best that Prague has to offer. We tried a tasting board of 10 different beers and had a great time escaping the rain in there. 
That concludes my brief recommendation list for Prague and I shall leave you with my highest of trip advisor ratings for Prague. It's a must see, ASAP. Next stop: Vienna!

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