Prague, the city of a thousand spires, is undeniably beautiful, historic and cultural. It’s a worthwhile visit for any traveller looking to experience a truly European city.
Just don’t follow our lead and miss your flight there.
The Missed Flight Story
This photo above was taken at Stansted Airport, where we spent the majority of our first day. Now I know, you can’t blame anyone but yourself for missing a flight, but I’m going to tell you the story anyway.
After a missed train, a faulty sensor in the security screening process and a long run to gate 58 at Stansted Airport, we were gutted to find out that we’d missed our 7am flight, even though the screen still said final call.
So, we re-booked our flights for that evening. Only thing is there was only one seat on the flight to Prague. There was also another flight going to Bruno, which is also in The Czech Republic, approximately 200km away.
So, Phoebe gets a ticket to Prague, and Chris goes to Bruno, and organises a cab transfer. Then, we kill a whole bunch of time at Stansted. Trying on perfumes and colognes, having a few cheeky drinks at Wetherspoon’s and wishing we were in Prague.
When I (Chris) arrived in Bruno, I got in my cab, and the two hour journey took one hour and twenty minutes, due to the cab driver sitting on around 150 km/hr whilst texting.
Brilliant. So, we got there. It’s kind of a funny story now, but not a cheap one.
Ok, now Prague!The first thing about Prague you notice is how consistently historic the whole city is. Every street is paved with stone, every building looks like something from another era, and it really immerses you.
After some street wandering, we headed to Prague Castle. One of the biggest castles in the world, it’s more like a suburb that dates all the way back to the ninth century.
We explored some an art gallery, an armoury, and then stuck around for the changing of the guard.
Then, The Royal Garden
Located just behind Prague Castle, The Royal Gardens are a nice detour away from all the tourists (says the tourist). Also, if you’re there in October, there’s an amazing display of autumnal colours.
I just wanted an excuse to use the word autumnal.
Then, The Jewish Quarter
Jews have been in Prague a long time, dating all the way back to the 10th century.
The Jewish Cemetery was founded in the 15th Century, it’s 12 layers deep and holds approximately 100,000 bodies.
A truly moving experience was the Pinkas Synagogue
Between 1992 and 1996, the names of 80,000 Czech Jews who lost their lives during The Holocaust were handwritten on the inner walls of the synagogue. It’s sobering, and it’s also a beautiful memorial to those who were lost.
Then, some more street wandering
Then, Old Town Square
This place feels like you’re walking around Disneyland. Take some time to slow down, enjoy the atmosphere. People watch. Grab a snack, or a drink and realise that this is one of the more incredible places in the world you’ll ever see.
Then, dinner at a beer hall. No photos were taken here. Just a combination of meat, bread and beer being consumed.
If you can, visit Charles Bridge twice when you’re in Prague. Once at sunrise, so you can see enjoy the serene cityscape, and once in the middle of the day to soak up the busy hustle of street vendors, artists, musicians and tourists.
Our coffee was gross, but at least the interior was pretty.
Then, some chimney cakes.
Chimney Cakes (Trdelník) are a tasty must-eat if you’re in Prague! Warm, cinnamon goodness.
Then, some markets.
And of course, some more food and drinks.
When you see a guy scraping a wheel of cheese onto potatoes, you stop, and you give that man your money. It was all kinds of amazing.
Then, dinner at a beer hall, and a cheeky stop at a wine bar whilst we waited to board our plane.
So, Prague is a good time.
It’s worth the trip, even if you do miss your flight, then have to catch separate flights and get a 200km cab transfer at illegally fast speeds.