48 hours in Prague

Prague. A city of history, culture and a rich profusion of ancient buildings. I actually visited the city for a wedding but having stayed inside the hotel for the most part, I was intrigued to see whether I could explore more of the city, but with a twist: in just 48 hours.

DAY ONE:

I didn’t land in Václav Havel airport in the best of moods. My flight was delayed for 2 hours (thanks EasyJet) and I got no compensation. Outrageous right? We left our things at the hotel and hurried out to make the most of our limited time. First stop, breakfast.

Café Spirit did not fail to keep in touch with it’s name. It was a pleasant café with friendly staff and delicious home-made food whilst being reasonably priced. We decided to spend the rest of the day doing the typical Prague tour. We went around by foot, mainly because I did not want to pay €150 for a Segway tour around the city (although I was tempted). We started at the famous Charles’ bridge; a connection that the King would use to get from his castle to the Olde town square. To the left of the river was

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Waldstein Palace

Waldstein palace, which in my opinion was a piece of architectural genius. A combination of arches and pointed rooftops along with the maze like gardens truly represented the gothic nature of the city and reflected the style of living in the late Middle Ages.

Next we made our way to the dancing house. Contrasting with the palace, the dancing house was an eccentric yet extraordinary building. It brings together both modern and gothic aspects of the city – almost reminding me of something you would find in a children’s horror movie.

As a huge Beatles fan, I needed to visit the Lennon wall and needless to say, I was not disappointed. The wall was originally put up in the late 1940s for protests to occur over the communist takeover. However, this soon became a memorial for John Lennon with Beatles inspired graffiti taking up every inch of wall- it was admirable to say the least. We had lunch in a local pub (the Czechs really do love their bread and potatoes)  and made our way to the other side of the river where we came across the narrowest street in Prague. Although it was just 19.6 inches wide, what fascinated me the most was that there were traffic lights installed telling us when to go! 

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Pub Lunch

The evening sun was fading as we entered the olde town square. And even so, the centre was full of life with the abundance of food stalls, restaurants and crowds gathering to watch the chime of the astronomical clock. If you really wanted to see the true beauty of the clock, my advice would be to start gathering at least half an hour before the chime because there will be A LOT of people. It wasn’t hard looking for the roasted potato swirl stalls because there were so many of them but if you have a sweet tooth, you will love Captain Candy which had more types of candy than you could imagine. Of course I had to stock up. At this point, my legs felt like jelly and we couldn’t go by foot any longer. A taxi back to the hotel it was.

DAY TWO:

The next day started slowly. By the time we were ready, it was almost time for brunch. The fresh and fat bistro (no, I’m not describing myself) did the job. The food was both delicious and instagrammable which is always a bonus. We headed on to Prague National Gallery, where I spent most of my time in the Medieval Arts section (what can I say, I’m a Medieval loving maniac). Unfortunately, Prague castle was closed for the day so we decided to…  The sex machines museum. In all fairness, I was frightened at first by the flexibility of the human body but equally fascinated by how these “machines” had developed over time. 

The next day started slowly. By the time we were ready, it was almost time for brunch. The fresh and fat bistro (no, I’m not describing myself) did the job. The food was both delicious and instagrammable which is always a bonus. We headed on to Prague National Gallery, where I spent most of my time in the Medieval Arts section (what can I say, I’m a Medieval loving maniac). Unfortunately, Prague castle was closed for the day so we decided to…  The sex machines museum. In all fairness, I was frightened at first by the flexibility of the human body but equally fascinated by how these “machines” had developed over time. 

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National Gallery gardens

The rest of the afternoon was spent in Palladium. With 11 floors, it’s definitely the biggest shopping mall in Prague. Architecturally  the building was fairly modern but had gothic accents to reflect the city’s past.

After dinner, we made a quick stop back at the hotel and headed back out to Karlovy Lazne which prides itself in being the largest nightclub in Central Europe. It was also a great time to try famous Czech cocktails – BECHEROVKA AND TONIC IS PHENOMENAL. We then spent the early hours of the morning half-drunkenly packing and heading to the airport. The hangover was unreal but what an amazing 48 hours it was. 

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