Our trip to Prague was booked on a bit of a whim. On our arrival we didn’t really have a set plan for our weekend. So I used my trusty DK Travel guide to help us work out what we could do. I must admit most of our weekend was spent just walking, which is the perfect way to explore this city.
Also let me start by saying when you’ve not seen your favourite people in a while you can get a bit carried away in the pub. To be honest with all of us having busy full time jobs and living miles away from each other, it was so nice to chill out and catch up. We also discovered in the area we were staying in (Smichov) has several metal/rock pubs. So if you’re staying in this area of Prague check out Nightmare Bar and Hells Bells Rock Pub. We accidentally stayed out til 2am on our first night…
Back to our 2 days sight seeing in Prague… We made an error by turning up to the Jewish Quarter on the Saturday but we did have an amazing walk there. Walking from where were staying in Smichov towards Mala Strana. We then found the Lennon Wall, this ever changing protest for world peace. From here it’s easy to get to the Charles Bridge so we headed over that into the Old Town. The Charles Bridge isn’t as impressive as I thought it would be, but the medieval architecture in the distance is. I really did fall in love with this part of Prague. We took our time to go to the astronomical clock and wander around the Old Town. This is where we discovered Krčma and had an epic lunch. The evening of day one was then spent getting dolled up to head to Anonymous Bar, more on that in a separate post!
Hungover and a mess we woke up late (didn’t get in til 3am). Our second day was one to spend in the Jewish Quarter. Opting to get the tram in (super easy by the way) we were there in no time. For our exploring of the Jewish Quarter we visited everything except the Old-New Synagogue as we didn’t have a long day and we had other evening plans, including dinner at Restaurant V Kolkovne (and yet more drinking – another 3am finish!). The Jewish Quarter is worth a visit for the architecture at the very least. But you should take time to visit the Pinkas Synagogue, here on the walls are the names of 78,000 Czech Jews who never made it home after WW2. This isn’t the bit that got me though, it was the gallery about the children who never came home. Hundreds of drawings on the walls and the stories of what happened. It was haunting, a must visit and it taught me a bit about WW2 history I didn’t know about as we only really learnt about the German side. I hadn’t realised the extent of the effect on the Jewish community across Europe.
Overall I did fall in love with Prague a little bit. I finished my holiday with an even longer list of things I want to check out in Prague, I’ll just have to go back! Which is no hardship, it was definitely one of the friendliest cities I’ve stayed in.
Have you been to Prague? Would you visit? Let me know in the comments,