Our last city stop in our 10-day Europe trip was Prague, and we couldn’t have asked for a better end to our adventure! While we definitely could’ve used an extra day (or more), we kept a pretty packed schedule, trying to take in as much as we could in the time we had in the beautiful city. Here’s what we did.
Day 1 // 2:20 – 3:15 p.m.
We arrived in Prague via train and it was definitely the biggest train station we were in during this trip. It kind of reminded me of Penn Station in NYC, only much nicer (no offense, Penn). Our hotel had made the transportation for us, and informed us that our driver would be waiting in the station with a sign for us by the Burger King (incredibly easily landmark for an American visitor to spot)! Transportation went off without a hitch, and we made it to the Aria Hotel to get checked in and settled, in no time.
Day 1 // 3:45 – 6 p.m.
First up on our agenda was drinks and appetizers at Wine O’Clock, the cutest little Italian/Czech inspired spot (which had incredible ratings on TripAdvisor). I made reservations a few weeks before, as it was recommended (and I’m a planner), and I’m glad we did! It’s a very small space, and only a few parties are able to be accommodated at a time. Since we had about 45 minutes to kill, we took our time walking across the famous Charles Bridge and just checking out the area once we pinpointed where we needed to be! The bridge is insanely crowded pretty much all times of the day!
Once the doors opened, we were seated and opted to go for some bruschetta, Czech wine, and caprese. We probably would’ve made more of a meal out of it, but as a cash-only place, we knew we had to watch our spending, since we didn’t want to go to an ATM and get hit with a crazy fee to get more out. Fortunately, in addition to their native currency, the Czech Crown, they also took Euros! If you’re looking for a place to just relax for a bit and enjoy some light fare, this is a great place to do so! Plus, everything is made super fresh to order, so you can watch your food being prepared!
Day 1 // 6 – 8 p.m.
Post-drinks and apps, we headed out toward Old Town Square, where a good chunk of the action was happening! Along the way, we popped into several stores, SO many caught our eye, but nothing topped Manufaktura, where we spent quite a bit of time perusing the store, and bought several beer and wine cosmetics (i.e. lip balm, lotion, bath salts). This was the only time the entire trip we regretted not checking a suitcase, because we wanted to buy bottles of things larger than the 3 oz. carry on rule! And maybe also when I spotted this super quirky lamp!
When we finally got to Old Town Square we got a peek at the famous astrological clock (the oldest working one in the world!), and our jaws dropped at the beauty of the square, filled with tents for the Christmas markets, and later on, the glistening lights! What a sight to see!
Day 1 // 8 – 10:30 p.m.
At this point we were getting hungry, so we decided to pop into one of the restaurants in Old Town Square for a quick bite to eat (which happened to take place in a cave)! The food was decent, but we definitely could’ve found a better place to dine. This stop was more about convenience, since there were only a couple hours left before the markets closed for the evening and we knew we wanted to check out some more of the market stalls before venturing back to the hotel.
Day 2 // 9 – 11 a.m.
The morning began with a delicious, filling breakfast at our hotel as we chatted about what was on the agenda for the day, and really our only full day in town! Afterwards, we hit the city streets, and took in some sights as we made our way to the most exciting activity of the day, the beer spa!
Day 2 // 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Our favorite activity in Prague took place pretty early in the day, the beer spa! I posted in depth about the Bernard Beer Spa, so I won’t get too into it here, but let me just say, if you’re planning a trip to Prague, this is one stop you’ll want to add to your itinerary! Unlimited beer, a bathtub filled with hops and other ingredients great for your skin, and a massage! Dream life, for sure!
Day 2 // 2 – 5 p.m.
Ironically after our relaxing beer spa appointment, we ventured back into reality, where we joined in on a free three-hour walking tour, which went all around Old Town Prague (there are several other types of tours – some free, some paid), but we thought this would be the most comprehensive tour of Prague, and we did learn quite a lot! There were SO many people that showed up for the tour, which was split into a couple groups, and people from all over the world were taking part. But shockingly, we were the only Americans!
There were some parts that lulled a bit on the tour, especially with it being such a large group, it was hard to hear our guide at times. We thought about venturing off so we could see some other things, but ultimately decided to stick with the tour, and were glad we did in the end! We saw (and learned) so much, that we definitely wouldn’t have on our own! And all of the architecture we saw was just breathtaking! Not to mention the creepy Voldemort-looking statue we saw along the way!
Day 2 // 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Our walking tour ended near the river, so we decided to hop across to try to see what we could of Prague Castle. If we had another half day, exploring the castle definitely would’ve been on the agenda! It was quite the hike to get to the castle grounds (especially considering we had just walked around for 3 hours), and to our dismay, the doors had just been locked up. But lucky for us, since the sun had set, we were able to see a stunning view of the city lights at night, explore the small Christmas market next to the castle, and see the buildings from the outside. So it wasn’t a total bust. Gorgeous still, really!
Day 2 // 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Since it was our last night in Prague, we decided to treat ourself to a fancy meal at George Prime Steak. We had been eating quite a bit of foreign food over the last week and a half, and a meal at an American-style steakhouse sounded perfect to us! We decided to split a steak and several sides, and were really impressed (and totally full) after our meal!
Day 2 // 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Our last couple hours out on the town were spent picking up a few last-minute souvenirs, doing one last walkthrough the cobblestone streets and admiring Old Town Square. As we crossed the Charles Bridge one last time, we also detoured off to find the Lennon Wall, which became a tribute to John Lennon and has been written and drawn on since the early 1980s. It’s off the beaten path a little, but still, a cool sight to see, especially if you’re a Beatles fan!
Day 3 // 6:30 – 8 a.m.
Our last morning was an early one, as it was time to head back home. We made sure our bags were packed, enjoyed one last breakfast at our hotel, and then hopped in the car to head to the airport, where we had a full almost 24-hour day ahead of us (with the time difference) to make the trek home.