The perfect weekend in Prague
Prague has been on the top of my “city breaks” list since I moved to London and finally, after a year I had purchased our tickets for a November weekend in famous capital known as the Heart of Europe.
Our Airbnb was located in Praha 2. The term “2” made me wonder if it would be far away from the town centre but it couldn’t have been further from the case. We walked everywhere.. For 3 nights in our own top floor apartment with a balcony we spent £107 total. We arrived late Friday evening to Václav Havel Airport and caught a 25 minute uber from the airport for £11. Day 1:
Day one started with a free walking tour of the Old Town and the Jewish Quarter to catch a feel of the city. I love taking these tours, as previously mentioned in another blog, they give you a background of the history of the city and fill you in on stories you would have never had heard otherwise.
One of the most famous attractions in Prague is the Astronomical Clock and it is located in the heart of the Old Town Square. Prague’s Astronomical clock is the oldest still operating and was installed in 1410. Every hour the clock’s figures and windows do a small show… this 27 second performance (according to our local guide) is the 2nd most underwhelming attraction in the world next to the Mona Lisa, yet hundreds of people crowd each hour to see it. I still say the clock is beautiful and worth seeing, even the show – just so you can understand how underwhelming it is.
With some Czech food restaurant recommendations I had searched prior to arriving, we headed to Restaurace Mincovna and ordered a variety of Czech dishes including Guláš (Goulash) with a glass of Pilsner!
Prague is one of those cities where you can aimlessly walk around and enjoy what you stumble across. Even though it was late November, with my jeans, boots and jacket I was warm enough to walk around for hours without an issue, if we ever did feel a bit cold we nipped into a pub for a drink to defrost.
Dinner was at an Italian Restaurant called La Piccolo Perla, it was busy, but luckily we had made a reservation. The food was great and averaged around 300 CZK (£10) for a main.
The “Dancing House” that we stumbled across on our way to breakfast is a little newer architecture in Prague.
On the other side of the Vltava River, there is Petrin Hill which we walked up towards Petrin Tower, though the walk is steep it’s a good one to walk off the Pilsner, alternatively you can catch the funicular. Once you have reached the tower, you can pay 150KC to walk the 300 steps to the top of the tower. The steps did not phase us and the view from the top overlooking Prague is absolutely stunning and well worth the hike.
Walking down from Petrin Tower you come across Prague Castle, while we did not stop to go inside there is an amazing Starbucks with probably the best Starbucks view in Europe!
After waiting for the sky to clear up but with no luck we decided to take a boat out into the Vltava River. We used Prague Venice, there are men selling tickets on the Old Town side of The Charles Bridge for 350CZK which included hot wine and a snack. This was a nice way to spend 45 minutes and hearing the history of the city and its river.
Some more local Czech food for dinner at Česká Restaurace Myslíkova is a bit off the beaten track. Here we had two starters, 1kg of ribs and another main plus 2 drinks each… All for the equivalent of £28!
What most people look for when wondering about prices in Prague.
There is a major misconception that Prague is cheap. While yes, there are many places where you can go for less than expensive meal compared to UK/Sydney prices, you do have to venture to find them. All the main tourist areas like the Old Town Square, Vltava River view restaurants, and the main shopping square had similar prices to London. Most likely all tailored to the drunk stag and hens who are there for a good time, not an educational time. Be smart.
Always check your bill, there has been some cases where restaurants will put anything on the bill when they don’t think their customers will know. Charges for music and higher English prices. My rule was not to go into a restaurant with mains averaging at CZK 300 (£10). Sticking to budgets less than that ensure the entire meal totalling lower.
Hope this helped a little bit for your trip to Prague and please feel free to ask any questions:)