If someone were to ask me
‘What’s the most beautiful city in the world’,
I’d say Prague at the drop of a hat.
I must have been to 20 European cities – London, Edinburgh, Paris, Rome, Venice, Vienna, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Zurich, Istanbul, so on and so forth; and I kid you not, Prague is THE most beautiful of them all.
The biggest reason is HITLER.
Well, Prague was Hitler’s favourite city which is why he barely caused any damage to the city during World War II. In fact, locals say he loved it so much that he wanted to keep Prague all to himself. The architecture in Prague is all I want to bring to your notice with this blog post. I was finding myself doing ooohhh and ahhhh at every other building. It’s insane how beautiful a city can be.
BEST CHRISTMAS MARKET IN THE WORLD
Prague is also known for it’s incredibly beautiful Christmas Markets. These markets sell a plethora of goodies, most of which you’d wanna take back home.
Here’s more from all that we did and would recommend you to do in Prague.
STAY IN THE OLD TOWN SQUARE OR WALKING DISTANCE FROM THE FAMOUS CHARLES BRIDGE
Prague is a very walkable city provided you stay close to or in the city centre. Old town square is all about historical buildings, fantastic shopping, jaw-dropping picture opportunities, lovely restaurants and of course one of the best Christmas markets in the world. Charles Bridge, a good 13 minute walk from the old town square is also a lovely area to stay in. When in Prague, be mindful of the area you stay in, it’s a game changer. We stayed in hotel NYX which is in the old town square and I kid you not, we must have gone back to the hotel at least 3 times everyday- for mindful reasons of course. All I’m trying to make you understand is that, if your hotel is closer, you can always swing by to drop off shopping bags, rest for 30 minutes if you’re tired or cold or simply want to poo :-p !!!
These markets open by 9am and are up and running until 9pm. They serve yummy & cosy chimney cakes, mulled wines, hot chocolate, grilled cheese and so much more. Please explore every single stall of the market and don’t forget to go leave without a caricature by the one and only Samuel, KingDavis Art (instagram handle: @kingdavisart ).
VINTAGE CAR TOUR
Getyourguide.com is an awesome website to book your vintage car tour. We did a 90 minute tour in a vintage Alfa Romeo where the driver took us around and educated us about the rich history of Prague. This was one of the highlights of our time in Prague. There really isn’t a better way to explore Prague than sitting in a snazzy vintage car with a heated interior, cosy blankets and a loving guide who you spoils you rotten with champagne and heartwarming stories.
PHOTOSHOOT WITH KEMAL
This is another way of reigniting love whilst seeing the city. Our lovely photographer took us around to the best spots in the city, made warm conversation with us and shot us so beautifully that it felt like a breeze; genuinely, there was no single awkward moment.
To be honest, I was a bit gutted when the photoshoot got over.
I urge you to contact Kemal Onur (Instagram handle: @prague.portrait ) when in Prague. The pictures below will speak volumes about his work. I will also dedicate an entire blog post to the pictures he took of us!
WALK, WALK & WALK
We walked everywhere. We saved places on Google Maps and didn’t shy away from walking to almost every single place. I believe it’s the best way to explore any city. Trams and Bolt taxis are a good way to move around as well. I wouldn’t recommend a cab unless the destination is too far and your legs have given up on you. Let me warn you though, traffic is quite bad and time consuming in Prague so pick your battle wisely. Trams on the other hand are fantastic, convenient and fast. We took trams just once when we went to dine at SoHo, a snazzy restaurant on the day of our anniversary. Other places, we happily walked till we dropped.
Anniversary Meal @ SOHO, Prague
Getyourguide.com has tip based walking tours where you can register yourself for a free walking tour and by the end of it, give a tip based on your level of satisfaction. We didn’t do this because we did the photoshoot and vintage car tour which took us to all the major attractions and morever, we walked everywhere. The next time I go to Prague, I will most certainly do a walking tour cause I’m quite a geek like that.
GO TO MAITREA & FORKY’S TO INDULGE
Czech Republic is a country that consumes meat very unapologetically. Visiting Maitrea, a lovely vegetarian restuarant and Forky’s, a cool vegan place was an absolute delight. I urge all of you to visit these restaurants that are located in the heart of the city. They will leave you inspired and humbled.
HOTEL U PRINCE SKY BAR FOR KILLER VIEWS
Perhaps a tourist trap, this place has views of the Astronomical Clock and Old Town Square in Prague. I urge you all to make a reservation here at least a week in advance and visit for snazzy drinks (if not the food). I promise, you will be grateful for this.
BREKKIE AT CAFE SAVOY & CAFE LOUVRE
What if I told you that you can eat at the exact same restaurants where Albert Einstein & Kafka ate? Don’t know about you but this gets me super psyched. Cafe Savoy & Cafe Louvre are very famous and sought after breakfast joints but the queue to have brekkie is insane. A minimum wait for 30 minutes if you go in peak hours. I would encourage you to wake up at 6:00 am, leave your hotel space by 7:00 am, explore the city in the morning while walking to Savoy or Louvre. 7:45 am is the best time to go these places as you’d get a table immidiately. The crowd picks up starting 8am.
The biggest and the most important fact you need to enlighten yourself with is… Prague is supremely crowded. As a result of which you cannot go in peak seasons. From my converstion with the locals, the best time to be in Prague is
December, beacuse of the Christmas Markets and
May/June, because it’s the shoulder season.
Any other month, would either be too cold or too crowded. Apparently, the temperature drops to -20 in January & February.
So plan wisely!
Trust this was helpful, enlightening and inspiring.
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Love & Gratitude,