I’ve always heard from friends and read that Prague is one of the most beautiful European cities to visit. I always wondered what the hype was, as I’d never heard much about Prague or what it has to offer. Now I can definitely say I agree! At the beginning of the month me and my fam kicked of the festivities with a weekend break. A few days of cobbled streets, gorgeous buildings and loads of mulled wine was what I needed.
My recommendations for a long weekend;
Things to do in Prague
The main tourist attraction in Prague, other than the Charles Bridge, is Prague Castle. The castle itself is hard to miss from the Old Town, as it’s large complex takes up quite a bit of land! Traditionally, when you think of a castle you imagine one ancient looking building with a fort and moat surrounding it. Prague Castle differentiates itself from this largely, it’s more like a little town inside! There are loads of different towers, churches, palaces and rooms within Prague Castle, some of which you can explore. It was absolutely freezing queuing up that once we got in, we just had a quick nose around and left in search of warmth. When I return I definitely want to meander down Golden Lane and take more time to admire the architecture.
The main reason we took a trip to Prague in December was to surround ourselves with the Christmas markets. We visited the markets in both the Old Town Square and the newer, Wencesclas Square. I loved walking around, taking in the aromas of mulled wine, gingerbread and spiced meats (I know I’m veggie but it smelt so good). You can even feed donkeys and goats if you fancy it haha!
You can’t walk around Prague without walking across, under, or by Charles Bridge. It’s gothic structure and high arches can’t be missed. My favourite view of it was walking on the lower banks of the river. It’s said that if you touch the St. John of Nepomuk statue you’ll receive good luck!
Watch a classical concert
One of the things my Dad really wanted to do in Prague was watch a classical concert. We found a concert online being held at the stunning St. Salvator Church on the Saturday eve. I’m always up for trying anything, and experiencing classical music in a country where it thrives was something definitely worth going to. We watched a Christmas Concert, and the ensemble performed Vivaldi – Four Seasons. Although it was so freezing in the church, it was a really nice way to spend an eve without breaking the bank at all!
Of course this is just a snippet of what you can do over a weekend, for a full list of Prague recommendations read my Things to do in Prague post.
Food and drink
I heard a lot about this restaurant online before visiting. MAITREYA had great reviews from fellow veggies and I have to agree with them! With a menu dedicated to delicious veggie/free-from food, I felt spoilt for choice. I had the quesadillas with baked nachos and hummus – absolutely delish! Nice, almost spiritual atmosphere and quick service. Note: You can’t even order a normal coke, everything is organic, but this made the experience really authentic.
As the sister restaurant of MAITREA, we visited Lehká Hlava hoping it would be just as great. We weren’t disappointed! I had the Cantonese tofu and it was delicious. I really recommend this restaurant even if you aren’t a veggie. It’s really reasonably priced, healthy, the service is great and the atmosphere is very zen haha!
Hints & Tips
Currency: Czech Crowns (CZK). We bought these in the UK before we left, but I’m sure it is also very easy to exchange your money in Prague.
Language: The primary language spoken in Prague is Czech. You may also hear some German and Russian. Of course, everyone tends to speak English.
Getting around: We stayed pretty central hotel (Hotel Suite Home Prague) close to Wencesclas Square. Everything (including the Old Town) was in walking distance. As it was freezing though, we ordered (always reliable) Uber taxi’s quite a few times – and they were so cost efficient!
For a magical winter getaway to get you in the mood for Christmas festivities, I definitely recommend Prague. I would love to visit again to experience it’s beauty in the summer seasons!