I’m finally getting around to writing travel guides from our two week trip to Europe several weeks ago. During our two week trip we went to Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, and various cities in Switzerland. Our first stop was Prague, where we spent two days and two nights exploring the beautiful city.
Prague is one of the most preserved cities in all of Europe. It’s one of the only cities the Germans didn’t bomb during World War II – it’s known as the city so pretty that it was spared by Hitler. Supposedly he loved the city so much he wanted to make Prague his home once he retired, thus saving it from destruction. And it truly is such a beautiful and charming city adorned with orange topped roofs along the Charles River. I was amazed at how much history this city had compared to other European cities.
Where We Stayed
We stayed at the BoHo Hotel which is a boutique hotel located in the city and it was one of the most modern hotels we stayed at on our trip. Once we checked in the hotel the staff offered us some complimentary welcome drinks at their bar – this was a nice way to start our trip. The hotel is located near the Astronomical Clock (about a 5 minute walk) and a 15 minute walk away from the Charles Bridge.
The rooms are very nice and the staff is super friendly and helpful! They were always willing to help us with directions or making dinner reservations.
What We Did
- Stroll Across the Charles Bridge
- This is a must see while you’re in Prague. This is the oldest bridge in Europe and it connects Old Town to Lesser Town (Mala Strana). Construction on the stone bridge began in 1357 under Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor. The bridge is lined with 30 statues and I loved walking along the bridge and seeing it lit up at night.
- Visit Prague Castle
- We took a tram ride up the hill to visit Prague Castle (Hrad), which is the largest castle castle complex in the world. This castle has been the seat of Czech rulers since the 9th century and today it’s the official residence of the president. Entry to the castle grounds are free but I highly recommend buying a ticket so that you can also see the St. Vitus Cathedral, Basillica of St. George and Golden Lane. We also wanted to pay a little extra for a guided audio tour, but we came too late in the afternoon to do this, so go earlier if you’d like a tour.
- Explore Old Town Square/Watch the Astronomical Clock
- I loved walking through the Old Town Square – the buildings that line it are so beautiful and colorful. It’s remained pretty much untouched since the 10th Century so it’s perfect to admire all of the old architecture. It’s a very touristy spot, so there are tons of street performers here which makes for great people watching.
- The Astronomical Clock is also located here and if you can, time your visit with the turn of the hour where you can watch the small wooden figures move on the hour. It was built in 1410 and is one of the best preserved medieval mechanical clocks in the world. Legend has it that the clock maker was ordered blind by the Prague Councillors so that he could not repeat his work. So, he disabled the clock and nobody was able to repair it until 1552.
- Paddle Boat in the Vltava River
- This was one of my favorite things we did. If you walk along the Vltava River you can find a place where you can rent a paddle boat for an hour. I don’t remember the exact location we went to, but it won’t be hard to spot if you see lots of people paddle boating on the river. It was actually very relaxing and peaceful and it was a great way to take in a different view of the Charles Bridge.
- Visit the John Lennon Wall
- If you’re a fan of Lennon or The Beatles, check out this shrine to one of the most famous bands of all time. The wall has been covered in John Lennon and The Beatles graffiti since the 1980’s and is very popular picture spot for tourists.
- Drink a Beer
- The Czechs claim to have amazing, if not the best, beer (pivo) in the world. Although, I think German beer is better, the beer in Prague is really good. The best part about it is that it’s so cheap when you’re converting everything to American dollars. Most of their beer is light, but our favorite was Kozel, which was a dark beer.
Where We Ate
- U Kroka
- This was by far the best meal we had in Prague. It seemed in order to have a good meal you actually had to go to nice restaurants, but luckily Prague is pretty cheap. For our starter we had the goat cheese baked in filo dough with a fruit salad that was drizzled with raspberry dressing. This was really good. I had the Garlic Soup with smoked bacon and cheese croutons – and I ate every last bit of this. Taylor had the Czech sirloin steak over potato puree with truffle sauce. I tried a bite of this and it was delicious! I had the slice of boiled beef, traditional Svickova creamy sauce and dumplings. The boiled beef was some of the best I had, but my favorite part about this dish was definitely the dumplings and the sauce. I was starting to get really full but I kept going back for more bites of the dumplings dipped in the sauce. For dessert we had the traditional Misa Cake with a chocolate layer. This was heavenly! This was definitely our favorite meal and the service was also fantastic! With all of that food the total was $55 without tip, and that was a steal! Here are the TripAdvisor reviews.
- This was our first meal in Prague. It was rated really high for the classic Czech dishes, but sadly I don’t think Czech food is our favorite. It wasn’t our favorite, not because the food was bad, just that Czech food isn’t that flavorful to us in general. The atmosphere of this restaurant is great and you can get some great local beers here. My favorite thing I ordered was the Spicy Pickled Brie Cheese (pickled cheese is a Czech delicacy) which was our appetizer. Taylor got the Marinated Spicy Beef Roast with a side of a garlic baguette and I got the Beer Goulash in the loaf of bread. Our favorite thing was the garlic baguette if that tells you anything. We wanted to like our dishes so bad, but none of the meat had any flavor to us. Apparently this place has the best goulash in Prague according to the TripAdvisor reviews, but since I didn’t like it here I didn’t try it anywhere else (maybe that was a mistake on my part).
- Indian By Nature
- This was one of the highest rated restaurants in Prague (on Yelp) by locals. The restaurant was out of the way, so I don’t think the trek was really worth it but the food was good. It is buffet style so you can get more bang for your buck and I can see why locals come to eat here on their lunch breaks on work days, but it wasn’t as flavorful and spicy as the Indian food we’ve had back home.
I loved our time in Prague. Definitely for history buffs and it’s a plus that everything is fairly cheap. From Prague we traveled to Vienna, Austria so be sure to check out our travel guide to Vienna!