Being an old soul such as myself, I was immediately captivated by the romantic essence and beauty of the Czech Republic.
We spent 6 nights in this enchanting country by first flying into Prague and managing to visit Central Bohemia and the town of Mariánské Lázně, with more than enough time to explore all three destinations (stay tuned for the additional blog posts). The Czech Republic has officially become one of my favorite places. The people are kind, the culture is beautiful, the food is delicious (and inexpensive relatively) and the beer is plentiful.
What to Do:
Wake up for sunrise and walk the Charles Bridge
This is the only time you’ll have the entire bridge to yourself along with a few fellow early risers. The light was purely magical and just a few hours later, we could hardly get through the bridge due to the crowds and vendors.
Photo captured by Hana Yu
Climb the steps to the top of the Charles Bridge tower for sunset
This was one of my favorite moments in Prague. After a long day of sightseeing, it was nice to admire the city from above and to take it all in. Tickets can be purchased at the counter inside the tower but beware of the steep and uneasy steps up to the top as the tower isn’t fully restored.
Old Town Hall Tower
The views from this tower were some of my favorites. We visited around 4:30pm before sunset and the light was perfect bouncing off of the crowds, creating the long shadows you see in the photos below!
Get the local feel in the Karlin District
Prague’s version of Brooklyn. If you love all things hipster, this is where you need to go.
Go on a food tour
Taste of Prague is one of the best in the city. Prague local, Jan took us to some of the city’s best local spots in town and gave us insight into life in Prague through past, present and future.
Visit Havel’s Market
Adjacent to the Old Town Square, this market is great for fresh flowers, souvenirs and gorgeous/inexpensive berries such as these!
Catch the sunset at Kampa
Gorgeous views of the city and its bridges, this romantic park is a special place during sunset.
John Lennon Wall
Spread love and good vibes here 🙂
Go shopping at one of the prettiest malls
Palladium Praha was built on a site of former barracks in náměstí Republiky square in Prague 1 district and the mall is home to more than 200 shops!
What to Eat:
Churro Ice Cream
Yes it may be touristy but they are SO GOOD and *warning* addicting.
We stumbled upon this place while on a desperate search for food and got very lucky. We were immediately sold on the warm and cozy atmosphere set in an underground tavern. The service was friendly, the pizza was delicious and the drinks were beautifully presented in gorgeous crystal glasses. Fun place to grab drinks with friends as there were tons of groups rolling in into the night.
Our tour with Taste of Prague led us to some of the most interesting places in the city, here are just a couple:
I was incredibly impressed by this place and couldn’t get enough of the interior. Located in the Karlin district, Eska‘s innovative take on the incorporation of vegetables in every dish made it a delicious and unique experience.
An excellent go-to for traditional Czech food and delicious/reasonably priced Czech beers.
Where to Stay:
Aria Hotel Prague
As gorgeous as the Aria Prague Hotel is with its magnificent views and private access to the beautiful Vrtba Gardens, it’s hard to believe that the average price per night is $250. The music themed hotel is centrally located in the Mala Strana district, just steps away from the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle.
Photo captured by Hana Yu
The rooftop is the perfect place to dine or have drinks in the warmer months.
The romantic and baroque exterior is a wonderful contrast to its modern, music themed interior.
Rooms come equipped with comfortable beds, Molten Brown amenities and an iPad for your own personal use.
CODA, is an excellent place to dine inside the hotel and I fell in love with their custom designed plate settings!
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
One of the many things I loved about the Mandarin Oriental Prague was its magnificent history. Built on a restored 14th century monastery, you can feel a special presence as you walk the hallways.
Photo captured by Hana Yu
The service is warm and friendly and the grounds are absolutely stunning.
We stayed in the Deluxe Room with a charming view of Prague’s streets. The beds were incredibly cozy and the room itself was spacious. Up to par with Mandarin Oriental standards, the bathroom was definitely one of the highlights.
A breakfast buffet is served every morning in their Spices restaurant and a welcome drink is offered. I recommend enjoying the drink on their gorgeous outdoor terrace. I absolutely loved their Sauvignon Blanc, straight from Czech’s wine region, Moravia.
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I was invited as guest by Visit Czech Republic. As always, all opinions are my own.