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Prague in 85162 steps

Posted by Anthony Wallis on

3 nights in Prague with my wife started with a 0430 start and a breakfast flight from East Midlands, a reasonably short flight time of 2 hours and very short transfer time and in a blink of an eye we're at Hotel Elite.

With the luggage safe, we headed out on foot just to get our bearings. Before we knew it we were crossing the wonderful Charles Bridge which wasn't too crowded. Refueling with a Trdelnik full with cream and strawberries we made tracks for the highest point. It was a hard going walk up to the Monastry but well worth the effort for the views over the City. Sat outside with a large beer and a farmhouse board of local delicacies, meat, cheese and fig jam, could it get any better than this???

We made our way back down the hill via the many steps and hills within Petrin Park. We took time to stop off on Legions Bridge right in the middle of the Vlatava river to get a different perspective of the Charles Bridge.

Friday night tea took us into Old Town for a wander but with no real destination we went down a side street off the beaten track and found a lovely little restaurant that served fantastic authentic Czech food washed down with some house red.

Day 2 started with a good breakfast and a walk around the city trying to find as many sights as we could without using a map, it's the sort of city where walking is a must and beautiful buildings pop up at every turn. When we reached the highway on foot we decided we best head back into town for a coffee.

It was time to get poked in Prague by Axel at One Love tattoos. Booked via Instagram with total trust and no deposit taken, life really can be that simple and trusting sometimes, even in a foreign land in somebodies second language(which gave my English a run for its money)

More delicious Goulash soup in bread for lunch, we planned a walk to Lennons wall for a arty S&B photo, what we happened upon was a full on local festival on a back street serving warm wine. When in Rome.

We spent the evening in the Old Town Square, totally by chance finding a rooftop bar to sit and sip cocktails elevated from the madness below, Prague day or night is simply a stunning landscape.

Day 3 and we had the Castle set firmly in our sights, packed with history it takes up a good half day so worth every penny, we also paid a little extra to climb the 287 steps in the spiral staircase of the South Tower(do not attempt unless you like a challenge). We had earned our lunch on the castle terrace, another idyllic location to eat.

We found Prague very reasonably priced even in the high tourist areas, but if you strayed away from this then you found some real bargains. We ate an evening meal for 2 and 4 beers for less than £25 in a boozer near our hotel and the Pork knee I had was to die for. So I would recommend the outer town areas and just take a punt on somewhere. We paid abit more for posh cocktails downstairs in Black Angels but it's to be expected in certain areas. On our last morning, we spent it South of our hotel taking in a modern quarter of Prague, bustling with shops and a more cosmopolitan vibe. We walked everywhere with no need for any other transport which explains the 39 miles covered over the weekend.

I ate some of the best home cooked food i've had and drank the best lager I have tasted, the sights are like going back in time somewhat. Some cities may be better for one thing or another but, ease of access and getting around the city made this the best weekend away I have had.


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