Prague | Czech Republic

Europe has always been at the top of my ‘to see’ list ever since I was little. You see, I’m half Portuguese and I’m extremely lucky to have grown up surrounded by Portuguese family. This meant showers of kisses and hugs (all the time), loud simultaneous conversations with lots of hand gestures, fresh fruit and veggies straight from the garden, plenty of flowers both inside and outside, speaking Portuguese before English and of course mountains of really good food. And so growing up surrounded by European influences meant that Europe was always that one place I wanted to see and experience for myself.

I’ve been to Europe twice now. On my most recent visit we chose to see new places, one being Prague.  I’ve never really thought much about going to Prague actually and I arrived with little to no expectations but it was by far my favourite destination. Here’s some highlights and recommendations…

Walk and get lost 

The first thing we did was walk from Castle District all the way into Old Town. I could walk this a hundred times and never get bored of it. Prague has some of the most beautiful architecture you’ll find in Europe, hands down. It also has some of the cutest cafes and antique stores. I recommend walking down Nerudova, my favourite street, which is lined with cafes, string puppet stores and cute little bakeries where you can see locals making Trdelníks (see below) in action. Also spend some time in Old Town Square where you can see the popular Astronomical Clock and the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn (which apparently inspired the design of the Walt Disney castle.)

Charles Bridge 

Connecting Castle District and Old Town is the stone gothic Charles Bridge. I’m not a fan of crowded places at all. And yes, Charles Bridge is always packed out. But you can’t go to Prague and not see Charles Bridge (the same bridge featured in Kanye West’s Diamonds from Sierra Leone). It’s full of buskers, street artists, little jewellery stores, amazing views and beautiful statues (fyi it’s good luck if you touch the statue of St. John of Nepomuk, a Czech martyr saint).

Eat 

In particular, eat goulash. Goulash actually originates from Hungary but is popular around Czech Republic. It’s simply a meat and veggie stew served with bread dumplings. It may not look appetising but is so delicious. Also try a Trdelník, the traditional Slovak pastry. It’s rolled, grilled dough covered in sugar with optional chocolate in the middle. To me it tastes a bit like a cinnamon doughnut but they are pretty cool to watch make and fun to eat by uncoiling the dough.

Cruise 

On our second day we went on a cruise down Vltava River and had a buffet lunch (more goulash ?). This is a good way to see Prague from a different perspective.

** a little side note to remember: in Prague they free pour so beware!**

I ran out of time to do everything I wanted but I have semi-planned my next trip which will include a trip to the Jewish Quarter, checking out the John Lennon wall, seeing the Dancing House with my own eyes and trying an Absinthe shot. Do you have any to-do or to-eat suggestions in Prague?

Sbohem x

 

Castle District
Castle District
St John. of Nepomuk
St John. of Nepomuk
Prague | A Step and a Stamp
Statues along Charles Bridge
Prague | A Step and a Stamp
Statues along Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Our Lady Before Tyn
Church of Our Lady Before Tyn
Iced coffees to escape the heat
Iced coffees to escape the heat
Iced coffees were a Godsend
Iced coffees were a Godsend
Goulash
Goulash
Trdelník
Trdelník
Old Town
Old Town
Prague is big on their string puppets
Prague is big on their string puppets
A snap from our cruise
A snap from our cruise

10 thoughts on “Prague | Czech Republic

  1. Daniella, I thoroughly enjoyed reading all about Prague. Your description and photos convinced me that it will be a great place to visit. The food sounds delicious and I know that Maureen will enjoy the iced coffee. Whenever the word Prague crops up my thoughts turn to a statue of the infant Jesus, wearing royal apparel and a tall golden crown. The statue is known as The Infant of Prague. I wonder if you saw the statue in Prague.

    1. Thank you so much Mike. Unfortunately I didn’t see The Infant of Prague so I will have to make sure to check it out when I return. The iced coffees are incredible, especially if you go there in the summer!

  2. Loving this!!! So insightful and inspiring!! Would love to go and share your experiences! The old town in particular sounds enchanting and quaint! Look forward to more!

  3. Europe is full of history,good food and culture,you have a gift with words, your description enhances the senses, which in turn makes it very interesting and appealing. Looking forward to the visit one day!

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Phantom. That’s exactly why Europe is and probably will always be my favourite destination.

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