Travel Blog: Prague City Break

As mentioned in my previous Travel Blog about Prague – we had the advantage of being shown around this beautiful city by a local!

This not only meant that we ate some fantastic food. But we also avoided the footfall of the tourist traffic. 

In 36 hours we crammed quite a lot in! So, let’s start with the basics…

Where to stay in Prague

As mentioned on social media and in the previous post, Clickstay Apartments offered us a very kind discount on our apartment.

Sleeping 8 people (but there were just the three of us!), it was located in New Town, Prague.

This was the ideal spot for exploring, as it was safe, close to amenities and acted as the perfect central space for our daily adventures.

Not only was it the perfect spot and size, but even without the discount it was a steal for 3 nights in a new city and would have cost around £250 in total for us all.

apartment prague

Whilst the apartment was what I would describe as ‘basic’, it was neutral and comfortable enough to meet our needs. Spacious, light and the perfect atmosphere to unwind after a day of walking the city of Prague

I’d never used Clickstay before, but I’m quite confident in their services. Especially after the Air bnb let us down. 

It’s a similar concept where apartment owners rent their properties through the website.

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Exploring Prague

I must admit, we were all a little lazy when it came to looking at places to visit in Prague before we went! 

As we knew Tereza would be our guide and she already had an itinerary, we went with the flow, trusting her local knowledge.

We visited so many places and things that, to be honest, I had no clue existed.

Luckily, the weather was good for a majority of the time we were there and we managed to do A LOT of walking.

But if we did need to use public transport it was ridiculously cheap, with transport to and from the airport itself only costing around £1 each time.

I personally, was surprised by the amount of graffiti in the city and whilst some was non-artistic scrawling, we did visit one of the most famous walls of graffiti in Europe…

The John Lennon Wall. 

The Lennon Wall or John Lennon Wall is a wall in Prague, Czech Republic. Once a normal wall, since the 1980s it has been filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from Beatles’ songs.

the john lennon wall

“In 1988, the wall was a source of irritation for the communist regime of Gustáv Husák. Young Czechs wrote grievances on the wall and in a report of the time this led to a clash between hundreds of students and security police on the nearby Charles Bridge. The movement these students followed was described as “Lennonism” and Czech authorities described these people variously as alcoholics, mentally deranged, sociopathic, and agents of Western capitalism.”

Petrin Lookout Tower

We went to the Petrin Lookout Tower to get the best views of the city. 

Also know as the ‘Baby Eiffel Tower’ it was built in 1891 and has been used as an observation tower as well as a transmission tower. Nowadays it’s just a fancy tourist attraction though.

We took the lazy route up in the escalator (hey, our legs were tired from the rest of the walking, okay?!) and zoomed up to the top in a matter of seconds.

It cost around £7 in total for entry to the tower and the lift up. I think it’s about £5 if you don’t bother with the lift!

The Sex Machine Museum

In stark contrast to the Petrin Lookout Tower, we also visited the Sex Machine Museum in the same day.

I don’t know why I thought this would be any more high-brow than the Sex Museum in Amsterdam though…

I won’t post any more pictures from inside the museum here on the blog, but will add them to my Instagram Stories at some points for the lols.

The Sex Machine Museum itself I can only describe as crude, hilarious and somewhat concerning in places…

Prague Castle

Back to the more cultured areas of Prague, we visited the beautiful Prague Castle.

So beautiful in fact, that we mistook it for a church the entire time we were there. Typical ignorant English girls, eh?

prague castle

Prague Castle is a castle complex in Prague, Czech Republic, dating from the 9th century. It is the official office of the President of the Czech Republic. The castle was a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia.

The architecture around Prague is simply breath taking.

Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque style buildings on every corner, with every street you turn down you see another spectacular treat for the eyes.

It doesn’t end at the things I saw though and I just found an article which is full of even more buildings to explore here.

St Nicholas Bell Tower

We actually stumbled upon the St Nicholas Bell Tower and it wasn’t on our original list of things to do.

t was definitely worth the £3.50 we paid, if only for the work out of walking up all the steps.

St Nicholas Bell Tower

With fantastic views of the city, I actually prefered this to the Petrin Lookout Tower (and it was a lot cheaper!)

Around 200 steps up you can see the hustle and bustle of the Charles Bridge and other key areas of the city.

But unlike Petrin, there’s no lift to take the lazy way up so make sure you’re prepared for the trek up and back down if it’s on your list.

A Prague point of interest for Music Fans…

Of course, I couldn’t have gone to Prague without visiting some of the spots where INXS filmed the 1988 video for Never Tear Us Apart.

The city was immortalised through Michael Hutchence and the band telling the tale of sites within the city that survived against all odds throughout the footage.

From one of the busiest tourist areas; The Charles Bridge, through to the smallest district within Prague – The Jewish Quarter. Each spot is representative of not only the history but the emotive essence of the song itself. 

We actually walked through the Jewish Quarter on the way to a very hipster outdoor cinema that Tereza had found for us to attend.

A series of short animations and films that translated in to any language, this unique outdoor screening was at  St. Agnes Convent.

The convent of Saint Agnes is situated on the right bank of Vltava, in Prague Old Town area called „Na Františku“. The monastery of Poor Clares of the Order of Saint Clare and Franciscans was founded in 1231 by Agnes of Bohemia, who also became the abbess of the convent.

Of course, we visited a wide variety of places not only for the tourist sites, but also for the food, as mentioned in my previous Prague post.

Whilst browsing the farmers market in Naplavka for food, we also stumbled upon a flea market.

flea market prague

We found a brilliant stall at Naplavka Flea Market, on a boat, full of vintage pin badges.

So my inner magpie had to dig through them. As with the farmers market, I think this is only on during Saturday mornings to mid afternoon.

The most expensive one I bought was £2.50 – with the seller telling me that was expensive (which, in comparison to the 20pence ones I bought, was)

And I think that’s a good reflection of the prices in Prague.

Some stuff is ridiculously cheap – Sausages and beer for starters. But then some things are unusually expensive. I found the prices to be very erratic.

I mentioned this in my food blog post as being one of the beautiful things about a city break to Prague… It can cost as little or as much as you like.

With so much to see for free and the option to splurge more, I can’t wait to go back to Prague to explore again.