This was an unexpected and sweet trip! My parents came to visit and we drove to Prague from Basel (Switzerland). The roads are super well kept and there are stops every so often.
We got there a little after 17:00, and walked around the city a bit. It was recommended to use the exchange houses at Panská street, as they have one of the highest exchange rates and take 0% commission. We were able to catch a beautiful sunset over the Charles Bridge and saw the Powder Tower. We also took a quick glimpse of the Astronomical Clock and the Old Town Square, to see it at night.
Sunset over Charles Bridge and the castle
Old Town Square
As we were tired we called it the day and prepared for the next morning.
The second day was quite full. This is the itinerary we made:
- Spanish Synagogue
- Astronomical Clock
- Karlova Street
- Charles Bridge
- John Lennon wall
- Petrin Tower
- Nerudova Street
- Prague Castle
And yes, we walked everywhere! Which I think amounted to 15 km or so. Needless to say we where quite tired. Our rented apartment was centrally located which facilitated getting around.
We began by heading to the Spanish Synagogue, passing through the Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock which has a mechanical performance of the Apostles every hour on the hour.
After that we went towards the Charles Bridge, through Karlova Street, where you can enjoy a nice and hot Trdelnik while browsing through the small souvernir shops. They sell Trdelniks in various forms, one of them being a cone glazed with Nutella on the inside and stuffed with ice-cream.
When you cross Charles Bridge don’t forget to rub the statue of Saint John of Nepomuk for good fortune!
Saint John of Nepomuk statue
Leaving the bridge, you can check out the John Lennon wall. The wall has colorful graffitis inspired by the Beatle’s songs. From there take the funiculari to the Petrin Tower, a mini version of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and walk around for an amazing view over the city of Prague.
View from around the Petrin Tower
From there walk through Nerudova street and enjoy some food and look up for the beautiful house signs.
By then we were quite tired, but we were also very close to the Prague Castle, so off we went. This place is enormous and spacious, there we can pay a visit to the St. Vitus Cathedral.
St. Vitus Cathedral
After this full day, we just grabbed food at the Palladium shopping center, which may be worth visit for those who enjoy shopping. This mall has over 200 stores! You can also enjoy shopping at Na příkopě street!
On the third day, we decided to explore a little further and learn about the past. We went to Terezín, a former concentration camp. Take a few hours to learn about this place as it has a heavy history and it is quite big. Terezín was a small fortress used for political and military prisoners, that was later taken by the Nazi to use it as a concentration camp.
Terezín, concentration camp
For the remaining time we had in Prague we enjoyed the architectural beauty the city has to offer as well as some of the food.
Street food in Prague