Traveling through Eastern Europe has been on our list of “Travel To Do’s” for sometime now and it’s easily been one of our favorite trips so far!
We started in Prague, which I had high expectations of, and it didn’t disappoint! The famous outdoor markets only happen twice a year in the city, Christmas and Easter, and we lucked out to be there over Easter! We wandered the stalls filled with juicy sausage, local crafts, and tasted our first Trdelnik! If you can plan your trip around these two holidays I HIGHLY suggest it! Before we jump into our itinerary, download the Google Trips app. The app allows you to plot your saved places, restaurants, and local attractions making it easy for you to keep everything in one place. Google trips will also sync your travel reservations if you have a gmail account! Super helpful!
Before your busy day of walking starts, grab some breakfast at Den Noc! It’s not a large place and can get busy so make sure to arrive early to beat the crowds!
We highly recommend starting your visit with a free walking tour from Sandaman’s. Easily the best way to see the city and normally the guides are locals. We learned quite a bit about the history of Prague and you can tip what you feel necessary at the end! Did you know that 30 years ago Prague was still under Communist rule? The Czech Republic had closed borders and so travel into the country was not easy or popular. Our guide shared stories and memories of her parents participating in the “Velvet Revolution” and the communist fall. I was fascinated to say the least!
If you take the Sandaman’s walking tour, you will wrap up near Charles Bridge! Grab yourself some lunch at Kozlovna Apropos ( the Goulash is to die for) before heading back to old town. (Don’t worry you will see Charles Bridge tomorrow!)
Old Town Checklist:
Prague Astronomical Clock
Traditional Markets (if traveling during Easter or Christmas)
Old Town Square
The Powder Tower
I can guarantee your feet will be dead by this point so grab yourself some dinner and call it a day! A few places you may want to grab some tasty grub at:
Start your morning with a quick breakfast and head to Charles Bridge. Cross the popular bridge (making sure to snap photos of the gorgeous view) and find your way to the famous John Lennon Wall.
In 1988, the wall was a source of irritation for the communist regime of Gustáv Husák. Young Czechs wrote grievances on the wall and in a report of the time this led to a clash between hundreds of students and security police on the nearby Charles Bridge. The movement these students followed was described as “Lennonism”. The wall continuously undergoes change and the original portrait of Lennon is long lost under layers of new paint. Even when the wall was repainted by some authorities, by the next day it was again full of poems and flowers. Today, the wall represents a symbol of global ideals such as love and peace.
After soaking in all that the eccentric wall area has to offer (if your lucky you’ll run into some street performers) make your way to the famous Prague Castle! Its located on the same side of the river that the John Lennon wall is so you are basically there!
The Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle complex in the world! Thats one reason enough not to miss it! A little history for all you history lovers like me! After the Velvet Revolution and fall of the communist regime, Vaclav Havel, the first Czech president opened the castle to citizens. Before, the entry to most of castle sites was restricted. You are now able to visit the sites including the Royal Garden, Ballgame Hall, the South Gardens, or the Imperial Stables.
Be sure to see the St Vitus Cathedral located inside the castle grounds and visit before 4 pm! Once you’ve had your share of the dreamy Cathedral views, make your way down The Golden Lane for a taste of old castle life. Originally built in the 16th century, these dwarf two story houses and once housed the castle guards. They were re painted as you can see now in the 1950’s and open to the public to explore!
Now that you’ve spent a full day castle exploring, make your way back over the river to enjoy dinner at Cafe Louvre. We ate here twice because the food was simply delicious. Try traditional Czech cuisine while sitting in the same dining hall once occupied by Albert Einstein!
The Klementinum houses one of the most beautiful libraries in the world (in our humble opinion) and tours run daily starting at 10am every 30 minutes. Tours include the Baroque library hall, the Meridian hall (previously used for determining noon), and the Astronomical tower. Don’t skip out on the tower because it is an incredible view of Prague!
After taking in the panoramic views atop the tower, head to Wenceslas Square for a taste of history. Remember above when I mentioned the “Velvet Revolution”? Well in this very square is where it all started! Pretty neat to stand on the same ground as those who protested for change 30 years ago! Take this opportunity to find yourself a Trdelnik and enjoy the scenery!
This last stop is a bit out of the way which is why we saved it for last! There’s no real historical significance to it but the architecture is unlike any other! If your up for it, head to the Dancing House and snap a few pics of the Gehry-designed tower! The Dancing House is located on a street corner surrounded by old fashioned buildings in pastel colors. Take a minute to walk along the river and enjoy your last night in Prague! If your like us, we headed straight back to Cafe Louvre for one last Czech meal! Can you blame us?
We hope you love your time in Prague as much as we did and comment below your experiences! We would love to connect with you and hear your travel tips!