Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, seems to be a popular Stag/Hen destination, and when you mention the city people seem to either talk about Charles Bridge, the Astronomical Clock, or the Beer. The city has been on my list for a while (I intended to spend 48 hours in Prague and then visit Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava before flying home) and I had that the flights booked for June before Covid-19 ruined all our travel plans.
Travelling during Covid-19 was something I thought a lot about, and although I knew I had a week off in September I only booked my flights two days before, because I knew things could change so suddenly. But my wanderlust took over and I so badly wanted 48 hours in Prague so I got the flights booked and headed off.
I started the day with the tram from my accommodation to Wencenclas Square, the main Square in Prague, which is in the New Town. I had to change trams once, but I found public transport in Prague so easy to navigate and I arrived there within 20 minutes. There wasn’t a lot around that area I wanted to see (if you’re interested, they have the only Cubist Lamp Post in the world, although I decided not to go and find that in favour of other things on my list) but Wencenclas Square has lots of bars, restaurants and hotels, as well as a few museums and the opera, so if they’re the sort of places you like to be when exploring a city, Wencenclas Square is for you.
I would likely have skipped Wencenclas Square during my 48 hours in Prague BUT I really wanted to visit Vyntopnar, a bar where your food and drink is delivered to you on a model train that runs all around the place. It’s a bit ridiculous, yes, but I enjoy quirky places. I paid 10 euros for a cocktail and a small dessert so it’s not too pricy which you often find with the more unusual places. I would recommend for a cool photo opportunity.
After calling to see the Head of Kafka, a large rotating head sculpture by
David Černý, I went to one of Prague’s most famous sights, Charles Bridge. I spent quite a while here taking photos and you can also go up one of the towers for better views.
After Charles Bridge I headed towards the John Lennon Wall, passing the Narrowest Street and the Pissing Sculpture outside the Kafka Museum on the way. The wall was somewhere I knew I’d love as I’m such a street art fan and due to Covid it was really quiet, so me and the other couple of people taking photos there were able to shoot around each other without too many issues. I’m just sad I forgot to take a Sharpie to leave my mark on there.
After the Lennon Wall I took the Petrin Funicular up the hill. You can walk up but travelling with Fibromyalgia means I try to ease the pressure on my joints as much as possible and big hills aren’t the best idea. I wanted to go to the Petrin Lookout Tower for the brilliant views across the city and it was absolutely worth the trip up there. Just look at how amazing Charles Bridge looks.
At this point, after 14,000 steps (and 6 months not leaving my house, so I was struggling) I headed home for the night and a decent rest. If I’d not been so tired, this would have been a perfect time to visit Prague Castle and its’ grounds as I was so close.
My second day in the city started with a visit to Prague’s Old Town Square. I had a late breakfast near the Astronomical Clock and spent a while walking around taking photos. It was really quiet, which isn’t usual but I guess is typical in these Covid times. Normally the square would be full of atmosphere. I saw the Town Hall, St Henry’s Tower and the Powder Tower, and then spent a couple of hours in the Illusion Museum.
My evening was spent walking back around some of the things I’d seen the previous day to get more photos-Charles Bridge to sit and people watch with a cup of tea and then the John Lennon Wall again. I intended to go to Prague Castle to walk around the grounds but, honestly, after 6 months of barely leaving the house, it was too much walking for me. If I’m ever back in Prague, I will be at that Castle.
Have you been to Prague? What was your favourite part of the city?