Never have I fallen in love with a city as much as I did with Prague. I recently spent 5 days there with my boyfriend and it is definitely my favourite city out of any that I’ve ever visited. If you follow me on Instagram (@leighmeganm) you’ll have seen some of my Prague trip photo spam already, but as always, I love to share pictures from any trips I go on. Here are a few of my favourites.
Our Hotel was about a 10 minute walk to Republic Square, also home to the Powder Tower. The tall black building, once used to store gun powder is not only impressive to look at but boasts some amazing views of the city. Access to the top is relatively cheap at 100CZK so around £3. You can see around the city for miles, the only down fall being the world’s longest, narrowest and darkest staircase to the top.
The Jan Hus Monument stands in the middle of Prague’s Old Town Square, a place where we spent quite a bit of time during our trip. Old Town Square is a people watching paradise. There are plenty of restaurants and bars to rest at with a Czech Beer or Flavoured Homemade Lemonade – which seems to be the soft drink of choice in Prague.
Just a minute walk away is the famous Astronomical Clock on the walls of the Old Town City Hall. Unfortunately the building was covered in scaffolding and then eventually partially boarded up during our trip. I got as good a photo as I possibly could, but I’d love to see it again when it’s not being worked on. Every hour of every day it had hundreds of people gathered round to see it and quite rightly so.
On our way to Dinner at The Lemon Leaf, a lovely Thai restaurant (get the ‘Udon Keng’ a huge bowl of pan fried udon noodles with the nicest shredded duck, shiitake mushrooms, broccoli, garlic, ginger and piquant mirin sauce – it is AMAZING, I swear), I spotted this statue of a man with an umbrella hanging from a wire near Mosaic House. Prague is full of little arty bits like this. I love it so much.
On the third day of our trip we decided to Visit Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral which stands in the castle grounds. I’m not usually the type of person who is into history/castles/cathedrals but I couldn’t pass this up. The Castle and Cathedral tower over the city and the buildings are stunning, not to mention the stained glass windows in the cathedral. We spent a good three or so hours looking round it all. We didn’t have the opportunity to access all of the courtyards as there was several official visits being made to the president but what we got to see was definitely worth it.
Nearing the end of our tour, our tour guide directed us to a statue of a ‘boy with a golden penis’ in the castle courtyard in front of the Toy Museum. According to our guide, rubbing it brings you good luck, so me being the tourist piece of trash that I am, couldn’t resist a picture. Make of it what you will.
At the end of our tour we headed down to the castle viewpoint where we were met with the most beautiful views of the city. I could’ve spent all day here taking photos and just taking in the view. The architecture in Prague is so beautiful and entirely Instagram worthy. If you ever come to Prague, I really recommend visiting the castle, cathedral and the viewpoint, it is nothing short of amazing.
On our last full day of our trip, we decided to rent (the world’s most uncomfortable) electric bikes to allow us to see part of the city we might have missed otherwise. We cycled along the Vlata River, across some questionably loose and potentially life threatening wooden bridges, alongside some crazy drivers and through the tiny back alleys of the old town. While my legs didn’t forgive me for a couple of days, I’d really recommend doing this as you get to see little parts of the city that shouldn’t be overlooked.
I’m the first to admit that I’m not a huge Beatles fan, but I was desperate to go and visit the Lennonova Zed – The John Lennon wall . Covered from top to bottom in graffiti, writing, intricate drawings, sculptures among many other things. Politically influenced messages and John Lennon Lyrics take pride of place. We visited the huge shrine on our whistle-stop bike tour of the city, just a few minutes from Charles Bridge. I’m so glad I got the chance to see it.
We spent some time around the Charles Bridge area, somewhere that is ALWAYS full of tourists no matter what time of day. It falls across the gorgeous Vlata River where you can take boat trips to see the city. I was trying to take a photo of the locks on the bridge and this man in the sailor suit moved perfectly into shot for this picture, I love it.
I’d rush back to Prague in a heartbeat. I’d go back right now if I could. The people are so friendly, the city is beautiful and the casual, laissez-faire vibe of the city suits me to down to a T.
I’d be lying if I said that I hadn’t already looked at flights to go back next summer…