We started the day by heading downtown, checking out all the Christmas stalls. There was lots of food, souvenirs and a great atmosphere all around. Once again it was amazing to view all the architecture down every street. We decided we wanted to take a cozy ride to the castle. We could have easily walked there, but the tour guide said he would show us a few different locations along the way. It was very worth it. He pointed out the Jewish quarter, shopping area, older buildings, and the house where a musician lived long ago. It was a sweet ride with a heater at our feet and blanket over our legs. Even on the cold day, the blanket and heater were enough to keep us warm. It was awesome to get our own little tour in style (picture below). We ended on top of the huge hill in the city where the castle sits on and the President of Prague resides.
Opting out of going inside of all the buildings there, we decided to just stroll around the area. It was very crowded with tourist and we got a later start. Try and go early to get a place in line. If I were to go again, I would head inside. The views from the top were phenomenal.
We walked down to the river and found a place to eat. It was a boat right on the river called Grosseto Marina. They had tasty pizza, salads and homemade ravioli. The food choices here were very similar to Germany. Try the beer! Be sure to cross the big Charles Bridge for the best experience of Prague. Artists, venders and performers line the bridge.
Later that night we decided to take a pub crawl. Ours was a great experience but a little rushed. You walk and take busses to bars and clubs. Just make sure before signing up you know there are a lot of people in the one we took and it was hard to keep with the group. We had 8 of us and lost 4 along the way. Maybe try a different company for a smaller group and less rushed experience. All in all we had a blast and even got a bottle of champagne since it was New Years Eve!
We went with Clock Tower Pub Crawl
There is a huge mall (where we parked) with tons of stores and then a walking street near by with lots of chain restaurants and stores. Even if you just come here for the shopping, you won’t be disappointed. We had Mexican food there and it was amazing. Later in the day we ate at a Czech restaurant called, VKolkovně. I got a bread bowel with potato soup and others got snitzels and bratwursts .Later that night we walked around the shopping street. We stopped by the bar Harley and spent our time at a huge table making memories. It was a sweet biker bar with a great atmosphere. Most bars there allow smoking. Just be prepared for smokey clothes! (they had a coat check, which was nice!)
Harley’s Bar- Dlouhá 18,110 00 Praha 1,Tschechische Republik
George and Dragon - Staroměstské nám. 606/11,110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město,Tschechische Republik
The Dubliner Irish Pub – sweet cellar bar, curved brick walls - I want to try there food. Just went for a few beers
The running joke throughout our trip, check please! I mean can we get our bill. If your looking for an amazing trip with lots to see, tons of history and great food, Prague is the place for you. I'm already planning my next trip there. Every single building is unique, with there baroque style wrapping around every doorway and window. The breathtaking view from the top of the castle shows off just how large the city is. It goes on for quite some distance. The Vltava River runs through the center of the city. It also sports numerous bridges that give the city a picturesque-look. It is a must see!
The drive is short and easy with one road to stay on. We pulled off just as we got to the Germany and Czech boarder to purchase our vinette. It only cost us 16 Euros and I was glad they did take Euros as well as the Czech Crown. You can also exchange your money there, but we opted to just pull out money from the ATM once we got to the city. The streets arn't too intimidating, I hate driving in cities, but it all worked out. We parked downtown to retrieve our keys for our apartment. We used airbnb.com to find a great place downtown on Dlouhá street. It was perfect. It was way cheaper than the hotels and it had two rooms, pull out couch, balcony, kitchen and bathroom. We couldn't have been closer to all the resturants and bars. We went during New Years Eve, so it was important for us to not have to take public transportation to get to places.
Our First Night there we at Hard Rock Cafe just within the Old Town square, It was amazing and we were craving some American food. We watched the Astronomical Clock change, which consistied of it ringing some bells and moving around. That happens every hour on the hour. There was was christmas market still going on with lots of vendors, food stands and lights up. Very cool to see at this time of year. Lots of cobble stone everywhere so be prepared for bumpy roads and sidewalks. We ended the night with some bars. You can see the list of them below. All within the the old town area. Easy walking and navigating.
We went out to a few different bars the first night:
Hard Rock Cafe: We had to, Amazing food!
George and Dragon: English Bar (good food and drinks)
Beer Museum Bar: We did the beer tasting with 10 different samples. They had 30 on tap
NoD: Art Gallery bar, very smokey in the bar area and weird video room with lounge chairs. Very odd bar but cool to see.
Roxy: This was a club that has multiple levels, dance floors, and odd hallways/spaces. Neat vibes here.
NOTE: Every place that had dancing or larger bar (not the pubs) offered a coat check
Day 2: blog coming soon!
Apartment Info (Amazing 2BD Old Town Square flat)
Parking - Palladium (shopping Mall with parking garage in basement)
Nám. Republiky 1,110 00 Praha 1,Tschechische Republik
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