We have been waiting to go ‘czech’ this city out for a couple years now and finally got a chance to this Spring (April 2018). What a lovely capital city it is – bustling with history, cobblestone streets, gothic churches, colorful baroque buildings and of course the beer! Czech Republic consumes the most beer out of any country in the world. When you visit you will see and taste first hand why – its smooth, delicious and cheaper than water! Find out more what we did on our trip below and in the next post where we ate!
Tips before you go:
- They have uber – so its an easy way to get from the airport to/and from your hotel or apartment.
- It was crowded during the Easter holiday and we only could image how much more crowded it would be like in summer. We suggest spring time.
- Its fun to stroll the Old Town streets, but it gets packed with tourist so staying in Malá Strana (lesser town) was the perfect decision.
- You can drink the tap water – its good!
- Lunch is the biggest meal of the day for Czech people. They like their meat and potatoes. (We found some restaurants that were not so heavy!)
Augustine Hotel is located in lesser town and used to be a former monastery, dating from 1284. It’s a Starwood property, which is one of our preferred hotel groups and it didn’t disappoint. We stayed here two nights before moving into our Airbnb. The staff at the hotel was very helpful and lovely – they even gave us a private tour of the brewery bar. Yes they craft their own beer which we enjoyed in the Refectory Bar. The rooms were large, clean and perfect for our Easter weekend! The location is close to all the attractions and Old Town. We highly recommend staying here if you are looking for a hotel in Prague. Also – be sure to check the “Wall of Fame”. Guarantee you know a name or two signed on the wall.
After staying at the Augustine Hotel, we moved to an Airbnb just down the river. Still considered Malá Strana/ lesser town, this flat was lovely! Open and bright with views of the river this space was nice to come home after a day of exploring to the quite neighborhood filled with locals, great restaurants and cafes. Most of the restaurants listed below were walking distance from the flat – 5 minute walk. (Cafe Savoy, Pastar, Luka Lu….) Thank you to Daria who was the perfect host!
Prague Castle + St. Vitus Cathedral
A castle complex in Prague that dates back to the 9th century. It’s the official office of the President of the Czech Republic. The castle was a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia. You can witness the changing of the guards here – there is even a band that plays during the ceremony!
Old Town Square
A lively cobblestoned square with landmark attractions such as the medieval Astronomical Clock and the Gothic Church of Our Lady Before Týn. The Easter Market was set up here.
Petřín Park + Lookout Tower
A large park in the center of Prague with great views.
The Charles Bridge crosses the Vltava river in Prague. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. Its the most popular bridge in Prague…but we loved walking on the others so we could view it from afar.
The “upper castle” this is a historic fort that was built in the 10th century.
Lennon Wall + Kampa Park
Since 1980 this wall was filled with inspired Lennon graffiti. Check this out while on your way to Kampa Park.
Prague – you were beautiful! Next post we will be sharing our recommendations on where to eat while visiting!!