Adventures in Prague

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.

adventures in prague

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.

aria hotel prague

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!

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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!

wine o clock

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!

prague shop window

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!

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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.

dinner in prague

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!

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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!

beer tub

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!

prague architecture

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!

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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!

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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!

george steak prague

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!

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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.

prague airport

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  • Madelaine

    How exciting! I would love to visit someday!

  • I love Prague! I went to a spa last time I was there but it was no beer spa, I was 16! It was a cool spa because they had 5 different types of saunas!

    • How awesome! I love all the spas! You’ll have to go back for the beer spa now that you’re “of age!”

  • The spa part sounds amazing! Will put it on my list for when I go to Prague. And lovely photos!

    – Ilse https://fromageenaccion.wordpress.com/

  • Prague is one of my favorite cities in the world! I would love to visit again around Christmas. I really enjoy doing the Sandeman’s free tours around Europe (though I think the one we did in Prague was different because we went up to the castle).

    • It’s such a wonderful time to visit! I love doing free walking tours all over too, you just get so much more out of your time in a new city!

  • This is the city that I’m probably most excited to. Is it during our trip later on this year! We don’t have a ton set in stone so I’ll definitely bring up the free walking tour and the beer spa to my friend who’s doing most of the planning!

    • I hope you’re able to do both! How many days do you have in Prague? You’re going to have a blast!

      • I think that we have two full days in Prague. I think that my friend officially booked our beer spa earlier this week!

  • Prague seems absolutely incredible! It’s definitely top on my list of places to visit.

    • It absolutely is! I hope you can plan a trip there soon, you’ll love it!

  • I cannot wait to visit Prague! Love that there’s a place called Wine O’Clock :) Great traveling tips – thank you!

    • Thanks for reading, Marlynn! Hope you get there soon :)

  • lovely account and amazing pictures… :-) Straight on my bucket list now!

    • Thank you! Prague is such a wonderful city to explore!

  • Live by Surprise

    What a lovely trip! I’m in love with that lamp! Would have been hard to pack into your suitcase though.

    • I am too! It was so quirky and definitely stuck out to me in the window. If the shop was open when we passed I might’ve inquired about shipping it back home, haha. So fun!

  • Your pictures are beautitful! Prague is top 5 on my list of places to go.

    • Thanks, Rachel! You won’t be disappointed when you get there!

  • Kelly

    Prague is such a fun city! So glad your trip was wonderful!

  • Kristina Padgett

    I have always wanted to visit Prague! It looks amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

    kristinacamille.com

    • It really is – there’s no place like it! Thanks for reading, Kristina!

  • Wow! Prague looks so insanely beautiful!

    • It certainly is, Courtney! I had no idea how much I’d end up loving it!

  • Prague looks AMAZING! I’ve always wanted to venture into Eastern Europe, but (for whatever reason) I keep heading back to different places in Western Europe. I’ve put off a visit for far too long–your post has helped me bump Prague up to the top of my travel list! :)

    • It is SO amazing! It’s hard to decide where to go, because everywhere in Europe is so much fun to explore, but this was definitely one of my favorite European stops so far on my travels!

  • Ugh i want to be in Prague so badly! Few years away from that trip but thanks for the motivation!

    • Hopefully it’ll give you some inspiration for when it’s time to go! You’ll absolutely love it!

  • Ruthie Ridley

    That food looked delish! And that Beer spa?!! Yes please!! xo

    • It was! And the beer spa was the coolest thing ever. I wish it was closer to home!

  • Lyn – A Hole in my Shoe

    We love Prague so much and recently had our second visit. I have never heard of that beer spa place, maybe next time. So glad you filled so much into your time and enjoyed despite not getting that awesome lamp.

    • That’s so awesome! I hope to get back for a second time again soon. You should definitely add the beer spa to your itinerary next time, you won’t be disappointed! Maybe you can pick up that lamp yourself :)

  • Janil

    Oh m gosh, I’m so jealous. I can’t even imagine 10 days in Europe. Your pictures are so beautiful! You have definitely done that beautiful city and delicious food justice.

    • So glad to hear it, Janil! Thank you! Have you been to Prague? What destination’s at the top of your travel bucket list?

  • Prague was never a city I wanted to visit until I saw your pictures. I was supposed to go with a choral group in high school and I ended up not going. the pictures my friends took convinced me I hadn’t missed anything. Now I’m going to have to put it on my list of places in Europe to visit! Found you from the Girl Vs Globe Link Up for March!

    Essie @ The Wandering Thistle

    • I think the experience would be totally different going in high school vs. going as an adult. You’d definitely appreciate it so much more now! So happy to hear I’ve inspired you to travel here. Thank you for reading, Essie!

  • This is wonderful! Ive always wanted to take one of those 10 euro trips and quickly get to see all the places I’ve only dreamed of, definitely adding prague to the list! thanks for sharing!

    • There’s so much to see/do, it’s amazing! What cities are at the top of your list to visit?

  • Tamara Goyette

    This is on my travel wish list. <3

    • I hope you can get there soon, Tamara. You won’t regret it! Thanks for reading!

  • This is one place I’ve always wanted to go! Great pictures!

    • I hope you get there soon, Claire! It’s such a beautiful city!

  • Prague is on my travel bucket list! Your photos re beautiful and it sounds like you had an awesome time. I can’t wait to visit.

    Best Wishes,
    Allison | http://www.LiveLifeWellBlog.com

    • Thank you, Allison! Prague is so incredible. I can’t wait to get back there again one of these days. You’ll love it! Hope you get a trip planned soon :)

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Omg lovely photos!!! Sounds like you had a fantastic time! I hope to visit Prague myself one day!

    • Thank you! We had the BEST time! So glad we had some time in Prague, even though it was far too short. I hope you’re able to get there soon!

  • Kari Guastella

    What an incredible city! I’d love to visit there someday!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

    • It certainly is, Kari! I hope you’re able to get there soon!

  • Amazing post and beautiful city! I always hear wonderful things about Prague :)

    xo
    MONDAY PROJECTS

    • Thanks, Alyssa! Prague is incredible. I highly recommend a trip there!

  • JennFlo Taylor

    This brings back so many amazing memories of Prague! Your shots are wonderful! I’d love to go back someday, and I’ll be adding the beer spa to the list of must-dos!

    • Thank you! You’ll absolutely love the beer spa! I’m hoping to get back again someday too, it’s such a fun city!