Our last (and favorite) stop of our European trip was the city of Prague in the Czech Republic. This is the furthest we have ever been away from home, but it felt like the most home-like of all the cities. It could be that we stayed in an Airbnb that was very nice and felt like we had an apartment in the heart of the city. We loved our three full days there, learning more about a country and city that we didn’t have a lot of knowledge about and experiencing a culture that we had never been introduced to!
Prague, you’re a gem! Never change…except for maybe those cold temperatures…maybe we can talk about that! ;)
Top Ten Things to Do in Prague (in the order we did them):
- Drink a Liter (of Beer) – Prague loooooves their beer (or pivo as they call it). Our guidebook said that the restaurants might even bring you a liter of beer before you even order anything (even water)! We never experienced this, but did experience tons and tons of beer. The Husband approves…while I enjoyed some alcoholic cider (which they always serve with ice cubes…and I didn’t mind at all)!
- Walk Along Charles Bridge – We did this during the day and at night for very different experiences. It’s one of the most iconic, most beautiful spots in Prague. It’s lined with 30 statues and offers some of the best views of the Vltava River. A must see!
- Taste a Trdelník – Essentially an elephant ear cooked over an open fire! But since you’re eating it in a foreign country, it’s exotic and beyond delicious! ;) I prefer them plain, but you can dress them up with chocolate or apple pie filling or ice cream (or all three if you want).
- Meander Your Way Through Old and New Quarters – Rick Steves is our go-to guy for all of our European trips, and he has a great walking guide for all of Prague, but especially these two quarters. We got to see famous churches, an ancient astrological clock (way ahead of its time…pun intended), historical sites and buildings, and hidden shops and restaurants. When in doubt, Rick Steves should be your first choice while in Europe! Also, we stumbled upon the cutest pancake cafe, Den Noc (that turns into a wine bar at night), for brunch, and I had the best pancakes of my life. They were peanut butter and jelly flavored…and they might be worth the flight to Prague alone!
- Bus It Up to Prague Castle – And then hike back down. The entrance fee and line were definitely worth it for this one! Prague Castle is roughly the size of seven football fields and is the largest ancient castle in the world. The complex includes gardens, palaces/royal residences, churches, etc. You could spend the whole day just touring St. Vitus Cathedral, but make sure to leave some time for the great views of Prague City on your way out of the castle.
- Eat a Traditional Czech Meal – Goulash (but not like we have here in America), schnitzel, dumplings, bratwursts, and hearty stews. Prague has them all, and they are all warm and comforting. Pair them with a beer/pivo, and you’ll be full enough to fuel yourself for all the walking you’ll do around the city!
- Take In the View From Petrin Hill – We didn’t quite make it up here, but I heard the view is beautiful. We instead took the view in from the Strahov Monastic Brewery, because you can see the city, Prague City, and the Eiffel Tower-like structure on the top of Petrin Hill. Oh, and The Husband got to enjoy the monks’ brewed beer. But either way, be sure to get out of the city to see how pretty the city actually is!
- Appreciate the History – Prague has been through a lot (and under a lot of different ruling bodies), which I didn’t know before being actually in the city and reading up on its history. Until 1989 (within my lifetime, folks!), Prague was still under Communist rule! It’s nice to know the history of a place (without have to memorize dates and people) to appreciate what it’s been through and where it plans to go.
- Walk Through the Jewish Quarter – The Jewish Quarter in Prague is one of the best preserved of nearly all the European Jewish quarters despite going through significant hardship. It features six synagogues, a Jewish Town Hall, a cemetery, and a lengthy and tragic history all to itself. Persecution of the Jewish people here, unfortunately, started as early as the 11th century and continued up to the end of the World War II. Today, this area is a testament to the lives lost here (and elsewhere) and to the culture and perseverance that remains. It’s a sombering spot to visit, but nonetheless, very very very important.
- See the Dancing House – This building, you guys (see it below on the right)! It was designed by the famous Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry and Czach architect Vlado Milunić and was originally referred to as Fred and Ginger (after the American dancing pair). It’s the cutest building ever and worth the 15 minute walk to it, since it is outside the main part of the city. A cutesy end to a very memorable trip!
And that’s a wrap on our 2016 European travels! I hope you guys enjoy these travel diary posts. Lord knows that they ALWAYS get me itching to pack my suitcase and book another plane ticket!
Luckily, The Husband and I are lucky enough to have some good travels plans in 2017, so there will be more to come then! :)
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