14th January 2018

Backpacking to Prague, Czech Republic

Out of all the cities I have travelled to (so far) Prague has to be my favourite ??

From my letter to Prague, you will know how special this place is to me.

This post has taken so long to write. More so, because this should had been the first post in my series of Topdeck posts.

But I can’t believe it’s been 8 months since I travelled to Prague (I know, it really has taken me a long time to write this!)

This city has everything you could possibly want and need for a short break. It’s got something for everyone, plus it’s incredibly beautiful.

I took soooo many photos that it was impossible to sort them all out. I’m thinking of printing them all and putting them all into a photo album.

So this is my complete travel guide on what I got up to, where I stayed, what I ate and the highlights of my time in Prague all wrapped in one big blog post. Because let’s face it, I don’t do small blog posts!

And please enjoy all the pretty photography of this incredible city. If my words don’t convince you that Prague is the place to go, then the photos will!

Backpacking to Prague, Czech Republic

Where I stayed

I’ve written a post on this but I stayed at the Plus Prague Hostel.

It was a convenient 20 minutes away from the city centre, both on tram and the Metro.

I’ve written a full blog post on the Plus Prague Hostel which you can read here.

What I did

Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

I decided to do this on my first day by myself.

And I’m so glad I accidentally came across it.

A city hop on hop off bus is a great way to see a city, especially if you have a short amount of time.

You pay £19.96 to basically hop on and off at anytime within 24 hours, whilst getting a audio-guided tour of the entire city.

You’re free to roam whenever and wherever you want, or if you really wanted to, you could stay on the bus the entire time.

It was a great way for a solo traveller like me to see the entire city.

Walking Tour

One of the first things I did when I met with my tour group in the evening was go on a walking tour.

Despite seeing the majority of the city already, it was great finding out historical facts and information on the city that I hadn’t heard before from my tour guide. Plus, Prague was much more magical walking around at night.

I’m going to include these facts in another ’10 facts I learnt about…’ post.

Prague Castle

Probably one of the most beautiful castle’s I’ve set my eyes on and enough to make you feel like a Disney princess.

I previously went inside Prague Castle when I went with my grandparents when I was 15, but I don’t think I appreciated it as much as I did this time round.

There are always huge queues to get inside the actual castle, but there is plenty going on outside to keep you entertained, including a Starbucks!

The day we visited, there was a market going on which held traditional wooden toys, blacksmiths who were making stuff for display and for people’s entertainment, ice creams and more traditional Czech food, plus a view of the entire city which you could get up on the wall and get an epic photo of!

Old Town Square

The most beautiful old town square, in my opinion.

Walking around it made me feel like a Disney princess. And you see so much!

From walking tourists, people blowing bubbles through big nets, stands selling waffles, crepes and Trdelník’s (a traditional Czech spit cake which is the best thing EVER) and horse and carriages riding around the outside. It’s enough to make you feel like you’re walking around a real life Disney film.

Charles Bridge

If you didn’t walk over Charles Bridge, did you even go to Prague?

The Charles Bridge is probably the most famous bridge in Prague that crosses over the river Vltava. The bridge is 621 metres (2,037 ft) long and nearly 10 metres (33 ft) wide and has thousands of tourists and locals crossing it everyday. The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of them baroque-style.

Another thing that the Charles Bridge is famous for is the The plaque on the statue of John of Nepomuk.

It has been polished to a shine by countless people having touched it over the centuries. Touching the falling priest on the plaque is supposed to bring good luck and ensure your return to Prague.

So guess I’m returning to Prague!

Prague

John Lennon Wall

Basically, the coolest wall in Europe!

It started as just a normal wall, but since the 80’s it’s been filled with John Lennon inspired graffiti and lyrics from Beatles’ songs.

I found out months after I returned from Prague that you CAN ACTUALLY continue writing lyrics, quotes and inspiring words on the wall, which I had no idea about – I missed an opportunity!

The wall is beautifully displayed and is full of colour and positive vibes.

If you’re ever feeling down, the John Lennon Wall is the place to go to get some words of wisdom.

Plus if you’re looking for a great travel photo, grab it here! You’re welcome…

Nightlife and Boat Party

As part of the Topdeck tour, we got the opportunity to experience the night life of Prague.

And what a night it was!

We got to experience the Czech nightlife starting off by going to an underground pub, where we drank (too much) wine, followed by partying on a boat which went up and down the Vltava river (the one under the Charles Bridge).

It was a fantastic way to get to know the group and we got to see Prague glisten in the darkness.

I apologise for how long this blog post has taken; but I wanted to include as much as possible without making this into a ridiculously long list.

Prague has to be my favourite city (so far) to the point that I already want to make a return this year. And I think it’s becoming likely that I will be making a return this year, which means more Prague posts!

As there is still so much I want to do and explore in this beautiful city, plus I truly believe it’s a city for everyone.

What have your experiences of Prague been? Is Prague on your 2018 travel list?

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