There are a few things we would recommend from our trip. Obviously the most popular and touristy hotspots are a must-see (Charles Bridge, Prague Castle etc.), but we found a few little gems that are definitely worth a visit.
The Petrin Hill and Observation Tower
You can either battle up the hill (just like in Sintra, we took on the challenge) by foot or you can take the Funicular railway. This is a cute tram that runs up and down the hill every 10 or 15 minutes, depending on the time of year. If you do decide to walk, it takes about 20/30 minutes to wind your way up. The views all the way up are pretty awesome all the way up but nothing compared to what you’ll see when you reach at the top.
The observation tower is around £4 for two people to climb, a bit more if you need to use the lift rather than climbing the 299 steps to the very top. Just as a word of warning, it is a little wobbly up there if it’s very windy but the views outweigh the slight sway, and you are surrounded by glass so it’s not open air.
There’s also a small hall of mirrors next door, unfortunately we gave this a miss as we were desperate for food (as usual) but I’ve read some good things about it. This is a must if you have younger kids and (like when we went) it’s absolutely freezing outside.
Old Town Hall and Tower
Another stunning viewing platform is the Tower in the Old Town Square. Again, you can take the lift or you can take the stairs, which is a slightly kinder climb to the top. We recommend doing this at sunset, the glow across Prague was absolutely stunning and the terracotta coloured rooftops were glowing as the music and laughter floated up from the square. The whole experience was magical and it was one of those moments where you’re reminded how amazing travelling and exploring new places is. The photos speak for themselves…
Normally I’m not one for zoos, I don’t agree animals belong in cages. We researched the park before we visited and as the claimed 5th best zoo in the world, with vital conservation programmes, we thought we’d give it a go. You can read more about their conservation here.
This is great if you’ve got children, or if you just want to entertain the inner kid (especially in Dan!). The park is huge, we completely underestimated the scale when we first arrive. It’s a great day out. It opened in 1931 and has been through two really terrible floods and reconstruction, the tickets are around £6 per person.
If you’re walking from Prague 1 you also pass through a beautiful Stromovka Park, which is a great place to stop and take five to enjoy the natural peace.
The main feature of Prague is the river Vltava that runs through the centre and the famous bridges that cross over it. We found a lush restaurant with amazing food that sits on the river, right underneath the castle. You can enjoy a bottle of pinot while taking in the lit up castle and watch boats zip up and down the river. The restaurant was decked out with various plants (huge bonus points from me) and was even more luxurious downstairs. We found out after the meal that this section is reserved for people who book, so it’s worth ringing up before you go. Read the delish options here.
U Pavouka – Medieval Tavern
If you fancy something a little more interactive, there are plenty of ‘medieval’ (and I use the term loosely here) styled meals you can go to. Whilst they are great fun – ours supplied beer and wine on tap all night – it’s more like Pirates of the Caribbean meets fire-breathing cabaret. The food was good and our menu had a vegetarian and vegan option, there’s definitely something for everyone. Read more about the restaurant and the menu here.
Glow Golf – Mini Golf
Finally, the highlight of our trip and of this post has to go to the underground UV mini-golf we stumbled across outside the city centre. It was around £13 for the 18-hole set up and two drinks. They played 80s classics all night and you were able to paint yourself up in rave paint (Dan did my face-paint for anyone who’s wondering). Well worth a visit. Check out more here.
Where to stay
We stayed in the Grand Majestic Plaza hotel. This was a really nice place in a great location within easy walking distance from the main attractions. There’s a huge amount of choice in Prague with good transport links making it less essential to be right in the centre. You can browse more places to stay here.
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