For Easter weekend Toby and I made our way to Prague. Making our way there took a very long time though, due to a broken down car, a missed train connection and some misread signs. I left Munich at 11am to meet Toby in Nuremberg and we were supposed to arrive in Prague around 5pm, but we didn’t arrive at our Airbnb accommodations until midnight! Who knew traveling to Prague would take as long as traveling back to America?! But I learned my lesson, which is to read train station signs & train tickets VERY carefully.
The one “picture-worthy” spot in the random town we got stuck in for 3 hours
Despite our late arrival we got up early the next day to go to an American style breakfast place I had heard about, called Bohemia Bagel. I was told this place would be packed on the weekends, but it was almost dead. Breakfast was good, but nothing compared to the delicious breakfast we had the next day (more on that later). After breakfast we made our way downtown where they had an Easter market going on with lots of food and people dancing.
In the afternoon we joined up with Sandeman’s free walking tours, which we do in every city that offers them. Our tour guide was awesome and took us all through the old city, told us about the famous Astronomical Clock, and gave us a great historical overview of Prague, in particular their penchant for defenestrations– aka throwing people through windows. You learn something new everyday….
Right- Sculpture by David Cerny
After the tour we went to a typical Czech restaurant that was suggested by our tour guide. I didn’t really feel like trying most of the typical Czech dishes but Toby got some Goulash, which he enjoyed!
That night we also found a great Asian restaurant called Noi where we relaxed and drank some unique cocktails. It was very refreshing to be in a city with cheaper prices than Munich, especially when you factor in the exchange rate for the Euro! Most of the other cities we went to were very pricey (Stockholm, London etc…) but Prague offers great quality at a fair price!
The entrances to the famous St. Charles Bridge
Our second day started out with a gigantic breakfast at the original location of Bohemia Bagel, which was significantly better than the location we went to the first day. My pancakes were huge, fluffy, and perfectly sweetened, and the bacon and sausages were spot on. Plus they had free coffee refills-I can’t think of a better way to start the day!
We liked the free tour from the day before so much that we decided to join our same tour guide for the Prague Castle tour. It’s different than your typical castle tour because you don’t actually go into the Castle, which is supposedly overrated & overpriced. We didn’t really mind this because the courtyards and churches on the castle grounds were beautiful, and really once you have seen Versailles or Buckingham Palace it’s hard for the interiors of other royal households to compare. The Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world though, at roughly the size of 7 football fields.
During the tour we got to hear some very entertaing stories about the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, who apparently likes to steal pens and has been attacked with an Airsoft gun.
The main Courtyard of the Castle (above, on the right) was used as a stand-in for the Kremlin in the filming of Mission Impossible IV.
My favorite parts of the tour were the gorgeous stained glass windows in St. Vitus Cathedral and a beautiful mosaic outside the Cathedral that is made up of over a million pieces of glass, which is protected by a special coating that was supposedly developed by NASA.
The panoramic views of the city we were rewarded with at the end of the tour weren’t bad either.
We spent the rest of the day wandering around the city before going back to the same Asian place to get dinner. The food was delicious but very very spicy!
Easter Monday was our last day in the city and we took it easy, just getting a relaxed lunch at Luka Lu, one of the most eccentrically decorated restaurants I’ve ever been to. We passed it earlier on the trip and saw that it was recommended by the New York Times so we had to try it out! The service and food were both good, but the unique décor was my favorite part. Check out their website for more fabulous pictures!
Prague is definitely one of my favorite cities so far. The people were so nice and since much of the old city survived the war you can wander the narrow, cobblestoned streets and be transported back in time. And there was no shortage of good food or tasty drinks! If you are looking for a place to spend a few days that will make you stop and think “wow I ‘m in Europe”, Prague will definitely give you that feeling!