After having a little over a week to let the weekend in Prague sink in, I am ready to share even more photos and my personal Do´s & Don´ts when it comes to having a quick city break there. You, in?
Let me just say Prague is very different then what I thought it would be. The architecture and culture, just looking at the buildings sometimes makes me think it´s the old town of Salzburg or even Vienna, so that´s not new to me. But it was a pleasant surprise to see the spot-on combination of traditional customs and modern takes on things first hand. It´s a vibrant city and also full of tourists, but as someone living in the centre of Vienna, what else is new? :)
…walk around Old Town Square, the river bank and the Jewish Quarter. Prague truly is best discovered by walking and walking some more!
…know the difference between a good deal and a tourist rip-off. Make sure to know the currency rates as a rule of thumb. For me it was 100 CZK = close to 4 EUR or a little over 4 USD. Many places will accept Euros as well.
…get tickets to at least one live show. We decided on Prague Burlesque at Royal Theatre, since Nina wanted to see a show and I gladly obliged. There are plenty of other options like the Prague Opera, various concerts, Black Light Theatre and many more worth checking out.
…take a cab if it´s late. The fare is an absolute steal (we paid 160 CZK for a two-stop ride) and it´s better to be safe than sorry in some areas of the town. Though I think this will apply to every city at night, right?!
…try out new restaurants. Prague is known for its varied restaurant scene and lately vegetarian ones are popping up everywhere. We had an amazing dinner at Etnosvet. Think lentil burgers, spring rolls, tahine and homemade iced tea. Lots of people were raving about the Lehká Hlava as well.
…walk up at least one of the many towers. The view birds-eye-view is amazing and worth waiting in line for.
…go on a night tour. After I read about Prague´s haunted tours, I wouldn´t shut up about them until Nina agreed to do one with me. We decided on Mysterium Tour Prague – The Dark Shadows of the Old Town and ended up being the only two attendees because of the quite chilly night, I guess. It was a very entertaining night! If you ever go, ask for George.
…explore the farmer´s market along the river on Saturdays. I was obsessed with getting one of those giant handmade mugs Margo talked about and ended up with a slightly smaller one – only 500ml – in bright yellow. So cute and handmade in Prague.
…have a fish pedicure and a Thai foot massage. The parlors are open until 1AM and it was a much needed treat after a day of walking around for hours. And no, the fish pedicure doesn´t feel ticklish, just a little weird like your feet are falling asleep. After 25 minutes, they are baby soft again. So worth it!
…get a Trdelnik. You will find this speciality on every corner and it´s basically what we know here as Baumkuchen. A thin layer of pastry with sugar and cinnamon, but overpriced.
…buy US brands at their Sephora. Yup, I was crushed given our long distance love affair. Still, I wanted to try the Nars Velvet Matte Foundation which happened to be nearly 80 Euros at Sephora Prague while fetching it in the US would only be around 40 Euros. That better stays on my wishlist for my next trip overseas. DO load up on all things Sephora brand though!
…plan to much in advance. Prague is perfect for being spontaneous and has a very relaxing vibe to it!
…worry if you are not getting enough sleep – like me – that´s what the 4 hour train ride back home is for :)
What would you add to the list?