Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The Old Town & Prague Astronomical Clock


3 DAYS IN PRAGUE

Prague; the city so beautiful that it was spared by Hitler… or so the story goes. Prague is a living and breathing enigma; old and dirty but somehow unimaginably graceful. Home to some of the best-kept architecture in all of Europe, Prague's charm has lived through aggressive wars, hence remaining to attract hoards of tourists year in and year out.

3 Days in Prague

Although this was my third visit to Prague, I was just as enticed by it as I was the first time. Having only visited the city solo on my previous two visits, I was excited to show someone else the city and see it in a new light. Here's how I spent my 3 days in Prague with my mum, whom was visiting from Australia

Day 1: Arriving in Prague

Arriving by plane from Stockholm, as soon as we landed in Prague there was a driver waiting to take us to our Prague hotel located in the Castle District. I booked the private car service online the night before, taking advantage of the much cheaper rates available for private cars in Prague (for $30 it was a steal!) We used: Prague Airport Transfer. In around 30 minutes we arrived at our hotel for the weekend, the subtle Aria Hotel Prague; a luxury 5 star hotel that feels much more like a home than 'just another hotel'. The hotel staff were so welcoming that before long we knew the entire team by name, having had so much interaction with them over our 3 days in Prague.

Concierge was particularly helpful in booking ballet tickets (w/ incredible box seats!), providing free movies from the extensive DVD and book library for us to enjoy during our stay, and directing us to local boutiques and chocolateries to stock up on some local treats. After checking in we were treated to a delightful lunch in the hotel restaurant, which specialises in local Czech cuisine. Prior to my exquisite three-course meal I had never considered the local cuisine to suit my tastes, but this gastronomic take on Czech cuisine left me completely in awe of the local flavours and textures. Soup was a particular highlight that I would certainly return for! After lunch nightfall had already settled, and we began to make our way over to the National Theatre for a night at the ballet. Concierge had arranged spectacular seats at the Romeo & Juliet show that evening, which was a delight for my mum who had never been inside a European theatre before.

Day 2: The Essential Sights

Around the resort there were plenty of activities to keep one busy: jet skis for rent, stand up paddle-boarding, kayaking... you name it. In a way this reminded me of the Maldives and the endless activities my boyfriend and I got up to there, however with the storms continually rolling in, much of my time was spent indoors or running through the rain from one eatery to another (when you have no options left, food is always a good idea).

The Old Town & Prague Astronomical Clock

Over on the other side of the bridge is the Old Town and Prague's famous Astronomical Clock. Be sure to stop by for some tourist snaps, but beware of the overpriced tourist haunts located in the square that offer far from the best food in Prague. For some of my favourites restaurants, read further below.

St Vitus Cathedral

Another city icon - St Vitus Cathedral is a favourite for many visitors to Prague due to its' unique baroque architecture. The Cathedral looks particularly lust-worthy in the evenings when it lights the sky.

Day 3: Discovering More of Prague

Prague Dancing House

Another popular modern-day favourite is the Prague Dancing House, which also goes by the name "The Fred & Ginger House". Located on the Vltava, it's a short 20 minute walk out of the way but entirely worth it for a pleasant stroll out of the tourist centre.

Josefov

Prague's Jewish quarter is one of the best insights into Jewish history you will find in all of Europe. There's so much to see and experience here, such as the Jewish Cemetery; Old New Synagogue; and Prague Jewish Museum.

Wenceslas Square

If you're up for a spot of shopping, head straight for Wenceslas Square. Here you will find loads of international brands, ranging from Zara; H&M; Mango; Nike; Adidas; and many more.

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