A year full of traveling and seeing new places. This year we decided to travel every month. Well, for now, it is just in Europe, but for the outside Europe destination, we will need more time.
In March we went to Prague. We spent there 3 days, one of which was rainy, but this helped us to live a unique experience I will speak about later on in this article. 2 days could be a good timing for a very first visit.
Where to stay?
We were hesitating about the place. We have reserved a hotel in the center, called Stare Mesto. But when looking a bit deeper, we found this very nice place, situated 2 minutes walk from the Charles Bridge (Karluv Most). It is a guest house, but so comfortable and well-organized. Situated just in front of the Lenon wall (a must see in Prague), the 500 years old building has several apartments you can see on their website:
We stayed in Hubert, but when going back there, we will definitely choose another one. Their uniqueness makes me want to try them all.
1st day in Prague
During the very first day of our stay in Prague, we decided to visit the « right side » of the city. Here, you can find all the famous buildings, for example starting with the Old Town and the Astronomical Clock. Every hour, this 15th-century must-see is animated and people are waiting for the show. Next to the astronomical clock, you will find another famous building: the Tyn Church. 500 meters further, you will find the Powder Tower and the Municipal House.
Another place to visit in this area is the Wenceslas Square. Here you will find some shops like Mango, H&M but also typical galleries, for example, Lucenra Gallery where you have one of the 10th David Cerny’s artworks: the statue of St. Wenceslas riding a Dead horse. At the end of the square, you will find the National Museum. You can continue visiting and go to the National Theatre. This place is the perfect one to have some Instagram clichés, with a beautiful view to the Prague Castle and Charles Bridge.
If you have some strength left, you can have a walk to the Dancing House. It is a modern building, a co-work of the Czech architect Vlado Milunic and the Canadian-American architect Franck Gehry. In this building, there are a lot of companies having their offices there.
2nd day in Prague
We decided to continue exploring Prague during the second day of our stay there, starting by the Jewish town. Then we crossed the Franz Joseph Bridge (Stefanikuv most) which lead us to the Letna Park. We had a nice walk with a beautiful view to the city. Then we continued to the Prague Castle. At 12:00 you can assist to the Changing the Guard ceremony. If you would like to avoid queuing, you should go early in the morning.
Before going to the Petrin hill, you can stop at the St Nicholas Church. Then you can have a walk for around 20 minutes till the Petrin Tower. You can also hire an electric bike. From the Observation Tower, you can have a unique view of the whole city of Prague.
On this side of the Czech Republic’s capital, you also can visit the Kampa Island with another one of the David Cerny’s work–art: the Giant Babys in the Kampa Park (Miminka babies). Another one we were able to find was the Franz Kafka head, just at the entrance of the Quadrio Shopping Center (between the Old Town and the New Town, Stare Mesto and Nove Mesto). Another place for shopping is Palladium Shopping Mall: around 170 shops and restaurants will offer you the comfort of shopping.
Where to eat?
When talking about Prague, we definitely think about good food, cozy and spacious restaurants.
One thing you definitely have to try when in Prague is Trdelnik. For breakfast (even if Czech people have salted breakfast) or for an afternoon snack, there are a lot of small boutiques offering Trdelnik with ice-cream, chocolate, cream.
If you are looking for a restaurant with good and local food, I can recommend Lokal, 5 minutes walking from Charles Bridge. If you want to be sure having a table for lunch or dinner, think about making a reservation. Another nice place with interesting decoration is the Luka Lu restaurant. Very rich menu list with salads, typical plates, wine, and desserts, so everyone can find a plate to enjoy. To enjoy the nice weather and eat outside, in the city center, I can recommend Hotel U Prince.
Some cafés where you can enjoy local pastries (with a lot of cream) are Café Kaficko with a unique and ancient interior. Cerna Madona is situated in the city center and it is in more modern style. It is also good for having lunch or dinner.
And last but not least, if you have time and even if you don’t, you really have to try the Thai massage in the city center of Prague.
Here is the website: http://thaiworld.cz/
It is a real Thai massage and 30 minutes are enough to feel better again.