Mini-Guide | Prague, Czech Republic

Monday, September 19, 2011

We've just returned from a few weeks in Europe, visiting cities neither one of us had ever been before. From Southern Germany to Eastern Slovakia to points in between, it was a wonderful time. One of our favorites this time around? Prague in the Czech Republic.

Prague is one of the few spots in Europe that was preserved during the war, and you can feel the history as you make your way through. Hard to believe this City was not on the tourist map just 10-15 years ago. The place is simply breathtaking and gritty at the same time. And we like some grit. From the colorful and detailed architecture, to the food, and parks, vineyards & orchards within the City, we loved every square inch (err, meter) of it. We particularly enjoyed the Mala Strana district across the River Vltava for it's quaintness & quietness. Roaming the side streets through this area is special - there are no crowds. It's also the location of St Vitus Cathedral, Prague Castle and the Royal Gardens.

Prague should be on any European itinerary, in my opinion. Yes, it's different from Paris or Vienna. It's not as modern, it's not as chic some would say. But if you're looking for raw history coupled with a bit of nature, and actually prefer a dash of graffiti, Go.
Stay: in the Mala Strana District, either Hotel Neruda ($$) or Alchymist Grand Hotel ($$$)

Sip: cocktails from the Hotel U Prince's rooftop terrace
Shop: vintage & secondhand at Vetesnictvi at Vitezna 16

Eat: at the little restaurant located at Nerudova 12, or for something a bit more casual, Gitanes at Trziste 7
See: St Vitus Cathedral and the area surrounding. Put your comfy shoes on & climb the 300 steps to the top of the cathedral, the views are impressive.

Skip: Charles Bridge during mid-day. Instead head over at sunrise before the crowds & vendors converge.

Do: visit the Jewish Cemetery, then take a nap or people-watch in a park along the River Vltava.

To view our photos from Prague click here.

And...

It's always good when two friends fly across to meet you, simply for the weekend. Thank you Lauren & Brendan, Prague was better for it!
ciao-
lila

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