Our time in Prague was surprisingly relaxing considering we stayed in the heart of the city during the intense school-trip season. We spent our days wandering (actually walking a hell of a lot!) the many cobbled streets and hillsides of this magnificent city.
To avoid the crowds we did an early morning mission to the popular Charles Bridge. This is one amazing bridge, it was built in 1357 and has over 30 statues lining both sides. Another major attraction we enjoyed was of course Prague Castle (St. Vitus Cathedral). After the trek up to the castle in 30 degree heat (which is great-no moans about the heat!) we were rewarded with spectacular views over the city and of course a close up look of this amazing structure built in 1344.
The castles, bridges, churches or basically any building in this city is just amazing and mind blowing, just so old! At times it is rather difficult to take it all in.
We also enjoyed the tourist hub of Stare Mesto. This area provided a myriad of lanes where we happily got lost in the crowds of tourists and passed an endless number of shops filled with the essential Prague keepsakes- puppets, jewellery and Russian dolls.
We enjoyed a traditional Czech dinner of goulash and dumplings; a very different flavour combination of sweet gravy and beef. We sampled the excellent Bohemian lagers on offer at the many garden bars along the river, and learnt that ‘thank you’ said after handing over payment implies no change is required (and therefore constitutes a tip!)
Prague has a really great energy. It has a colourful history spanning thousands of years yet has the feel of a recently discovered tourist destination. It is a dynamic city with much to offer, from the buzz of the tourist packed streets to the relaxed atmosphere along the banks of the river. We certainly enjoyed our time here. Vienna is our next stop...