If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I spent a few days in Prague over the Christmas period. I spent a long time trying to decide where to go on a short city break at this time of year and Prague seemed to be a favourite. It’s known for being both a beautiful and romantic city and since I’ve never been to Eastern Europe I made it my new holiday destination! There were lots of sights to see and Czech delicacies to try and food is pretty much all I need for a good time 😋 So without further ado, here are the top 10 things to do in Prague according to moi:
Take a walk over Charles Bridge. If you’re not staying in the centre of Prague then chances are this may be your route into the city anyway but if not, it’s still worth checking out. This is one of the most iconic sights in the city and the views of the city are so lovely. It will be hard to find a quiet moment on this bridge though as it’s pretty much constantly packed with tourists. You’ll be walking pretty slowly with people all around you so don’t expect a nice peaceful walk over the river!
Old Town Square
The main event in the Old Town Square when I visited was, of course, the Christmas market. There were so many food stalls selling authentic Czech food as well as the usual hot dogs etc. There were lots of stalls selling Christmas decorations and other small bits and bobs that would make cute Christmas stocking fillers. All around the square there are lots of highly-rated restaurants as well as the Astronomical tower and the national gallery.
Climb Petrin Hill
Petrin Hill is a little way from the centre of Prague and, as the name would suggest, up a pretty steep hill. It’s worth the climb though for the sweeping views over the entire city of Prague. There is a really ugly replica of the Eiffel Tower at the top of it, but if you climb this, I’m told you can get an even better view. I didn’t bother doing this as there was a large queue and I could see well enough from the path winding down the hill. It was also a particularly misty day and I thought going even further up probably wouldn’t improve the view.
What’s more, this is a great place to take your kids as there is a play area and a Mirror Maze.
This library may or may not have been one of my main reasons for wanting to visit Prague. I had seen some photos of it online and it most certainly deserves the title as one of the most beautiful libraries in the whole world. The library is fairly small but the two floors are entirely lined with old books and there are some really cool old globes and clocks in the centre of the hall. Unfortunately you can’t take photos inside the library (for security reasons), so I’ve included a picture of a picture of it, which (obviously) doesn’t do it justice.
The astronomical clock is a beautiful piece that was much more popular than I thought. When it is almost time for the clock to strike on the hour, a huge crowd gathers around it to watch – even in the rain! I stared at this clock for quite a long time trying to figure out how to actually read it couldn’t figure it out but I’m sure it’s pretty cool mechanism 😉
Visit Prague Castle
Prague Castle wasn’t quite what I thought it would be as it’s more of a complex with lots of different buildings in it. As it was Christmas time there was also a really great Christmas market in the centre, in front of St Vitus’ Cathedral, which was super cute and very festive. There’s lots of different things to see such as Golden Lane, St George’s Basilica and more. You can enter the castle complex for free and there are various different ticket packages for entering different sites. There’s also a Starbucks just outside the Castle, which has great views over the city, and you can go into the viewing platform for free.
John Lennon Wall
The John Lennon wall is tucked away down the back streets of Prague but it’s still very central and well worth a visit. People have painted all sorts of happy quotes and creative images on this wall in John Lennon’s name and it’s really quite cool to look at.
St Nicholas Cathedral
I actually just wandered into this one by accident and it turned out to be incredibly beautiful. The marble detail goes all around the Cathedral and is really, really impressive. It costs around 70 koruna to get in, which isn’t much at all, and it’s just quite nice to have a little walk around.
I have to say this delicacy was probably my favourite thing about Prague. They cost around 70 koruna (£2ish) and you can get them in a whole host of different flavours. Milk chocolate, white chocolate, whipped cream, strawberry etc. I only ever had it with Nutella (I don’t know how you’d eat this with it filled with whipped cream!) and I consumed at least two a day. I can’t explain just how tasty these are and I’m now on a mission to find some in London!
Try Pork Knuckle
Pictured below is actually piglet knuckle, which is considerably smaller than the pork knuckle you’d usually get. It really is an enormous chunk of meat, on the bone, still covered in fat. You’ll have to be really quite hungry beforehand and, to be honest, it makes me feel a little ill thinking about how many calories are in this. If you’re a keen meat eater then you need to try this!
Have you ever been to Prague? Which one of these would you most like to do?
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