We arrived in Prague pretty late, around 8pm, and checked into our hostel. After dropping off our things we got a suggestion of somewhere to go to have some food and walked down the street to Lokal. The first thing we learned about Prague is that beer is basically water here. A pint back in Glasgow costs about 3-4 pounds which is about 5-7 dollars. At Lokal, beer was 30 crowns…..which is $1.50……and every time your glass is gone they just give you another without asking! Along with our Czech beer we ate some sausage with mustard and horseradish while relaxing in this cool local place.
The next morning we had breakfast at our hostel and then did what the tourists do – walked through Old Town Square, then across Charles Bridge, and up the hill to Prague Castle. We did this walk slowly while gazing at the sights because Prague is absolutely breathtaking.
The first view of Old Town Square
The spectacular astronomical Clock!
The river Vltava with Charles Bridge and the Prague Castle in the distance.
around the Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge close up!
One of the cute museums on the walk up to Prague Castle
Amazing view from the top of the hill by Prague castle
St Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle!
The inside of the Cathedral!
The marching guards outside of the castle!
The boys bought tickets to go into all the places but Rachael and I just explored the entirety of the grounds and then went down the hill to find a place to eat. After a delicious panini and beer (remember beer is water) we decided to spend the afternoon simply wandering Prague and seeing things without spending any money. So we wandered down the water and saw the John Lennon Wall.
And through a park where we saw this cool statue:
Then across the river where we viewed Charles Bridge from an opposite bridge:
And saw the National Theatre
Then we took the long route back to the hostel meandering through the streets of Prague and seeing some beautiful sights and then met back up with the boys at the hostel and headed for dinner and drinks at Amos, a place with traditional Czech food. Then Rachael and I got ready to go to the 5-story-club which is advertised as the “largest dance club in central Europe”. But because it was a Tuesday night when we got there it was too big for the shall crowd….and really empty.
We stayed for a bit but then decided it was better to go back to the hostel for some shuteye.
The next morning was a museum morning. First we went to the Mucha museum. I didn’t know of Mucha before but he is a Czech Artist who does art nouveau. My favorite was his advertisement for Hamlet with a woman playing the famous character:
But I loved perusing the pictures of a local artist I didn’t know too well. Afterwards we walked to the Communism museum. Unfortunately while the communism museum was “educational” I just felt like I was walking through a book – after a room or two all the information was going straight through me. Then, since our morning was full of museums, I decided to have a walking afternoon. First we walked past a place called “Palace of Books” while wandering through Wenceslas Square so naturally we had to go in.
Then we walked down to the dancing house, which is just really cool architecture, and I danced in front of it… Cause what else do you do in front of a dancing house?
Then we crossed the river and went to this giant hill with a lookout tower. We took the Fernicular up, but accidentally got off a stop too early. But, because it was so beautiful and we didn’t feel like paying for a tower that looks like a mini Eiffel Tower anyway we just casually strolled down the hill and there were some stunning views.
Then we continued our walk along the river. It was a hot day and we had already walked pretty far so we tried to find a beer garden that was in my guide book. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find it and we were growing tired so we went back to Lokal and had our well-deserved beer there. After another dinner at Amos, we are fans of that place, we got ready for the “Clock Tower Bar Crawl”. Most cities have a bar or pub crawl. In this case we paid about $20 for a 2&1/2 hours of unlimited drinking, a cool T-shirt, and entry into a couple local bars and clubs. We had a lot of fun, made some friends, and had …. A very very eventful night.
The bartenders were really crazy and invited me behind the bar for this photo.
I mostly stuck with sangria for the night so I was rearing to go the next day but my friends needed a bit more rest. So on my final day in Prague I ventured off solo for some last sight seeing.
I meandered through old town square and watched the crowds of tourists, musicians, human statues and performers and then crossed the river to go to the Kampa museum. This museum has central European modern art so it was very strange, but again, it was nice to see something local and not too touristy. Here’s a weird statue next to it:
Then I went to a nice cafe and ate lunch… Alone. But I regret nothing! It was a nice place and the food was yummy.
One of those “this is what I ate” pictures.
Then I walked down the river to the Kafka museum. Along the way I found the Czech version of Shakespeare and Company!
Naturally, I perused the shelves for a bit and then headed to the museum where there’s a statue/fountain of two men peeing… And their hips rotate! It was too good I had to take a picture:
I loved the museum! Again, Kafka grew up in Prague and also it was just a great exhibition of his life, influences, letters he wrote etc. I walked through the Jewish district on the way back to the hostel to meet my fellow travelers. We had one last Czech dinner and then walked to visit Charles Bridge at night:
We had an amazing time in Prague. It’s a time we’ll never forget. And now we are Vienna-bound!