After our one night detour to Plzen, Lucas and I caught a train into Prague and checked into our amazing Airbnb apartment. It was reasonably priced, clean and really central, restoring the faith I’d lost in Airbnb after our less than stellar experience in London over the holidays. We bought 3 day metro passes on arrival, which I definitely recommend since they’re cheap and then you don’t have to worry about validating new ones every time you travel.
After that, we set out on foot to explore. We wandered through the medieval steers of old town, saw the astronomical clock and the huge Easter markets and traditional dances. After seeing people wait long periods of time to see the clock go off, I have to say I found the hourly performance a bit underwhelming. The clock itself is beautiful, and later in the trip we got an up close view at the old painted clock in the Prague City Museum.
In the evening, we wandered along the river and finally found the famous Charles bridge. It was, as promised, very crowded and the statues were beautiful.
Though slightly more expensive (and even more so in city centre) than Plzen, the food was delicious pretty much everywhere we went and reasonably priced compared to the UK. There was no shortage of excellent beer either! I’ve never been much of a lager lover, but I really enjoyed the Pilsner Urquell and the Staropramen.
Eat some dumplings, some goulash and definitely don’t forget to try the Trdelnik. It is amazing dessert, they’ll even fill it with ice cream for you! No photos unfortunately, since I always ate it so quickly.
Prague is where I got a bit of museum fatigue. We visited the City Museum, which was somewhat interesting and has a scale model of the city as it was a long time ago. It’s skippable, but if you’re in the area or have an interest in the history of the city it’s worth visiting.
The National Museum was a huge disappointment. It was partially closed, but they didn’t mention that the open part had very limited capacity and only one exhibit open. The older, architecturally important building was closed. So check ahead before you make the trek there.
The Jewish Museum is not so much a museum as synagogues and a cemetery you can tour. Though the origins of the museum were sinister, now it’s one of the largest museums about Jewish heritage in the world. The Spanish synagogue is beautiful, and most displays are also in English. It was cash only for tickets, so be prepared.
One thing to be aware of is that many museums (and the castle) charge a photography license fee. I didn’t see anyone getting in trouble for taking photos without one, but there are a lot of signs.
We took the Prague Alternative tour and visited Prague castle on our other days in the city. We also visited the Beer Spa, which was hands down the best part of the trip. Those were definitely the highlights, so more posts are coming soon!