A Trip to Prague: Day Two

A Trip to Prague: Day One – here

A Trip to Prague: Day Three and Four – here

Day Two

Itinerary: Sightseeing on foot & boat trip . . . or so we thought

We woke up with the sun shining through the pretty floral curtains of our Airbnb, the sound of birds singing in the trees and the city trams passing by the nearby streets. I leant out of the giant open windows and enjoyed my morning tea, gazing upward at bright blue skies and listening to the church bells ringing in the distance. The morning was so tranquil, I almost forgot the swirling that was occurring in my stomach from too many beers the night before.

It was the perfect day for wandering and our first stop was for breakfast. The streets of Prague are filled with cafés, restaurants and bakeries, making it difficult to choose which one to go to. However, when we first saw and smelt the pastries from the Artic Bakehouse, we already knew that they were going to be incredible. And so, we began our day enjoying a carbilicious pečivo strolling alongside the Vltava River.

The stunning weather had brought everyone outside (including the very handsome swans) and the Saturday market by the river was thriving. The scent of herbs from the food stalls and the perfumes from the handcrafted soap shop floated through the air, and the chatter of the market in Prague has a magically different song to the banter of one back home in the UK.

We walked along the rusty railway bridge towards Smíchov on the other side of the river and came out amongst some of the most spectacular architecture in Prague. No stone was left unpainted, un-carved or plain when they built this city, turning a thirty-minute walk down a straight street into an art exhibition. We came out by Legion Bridge and standing out to the left of us was the Café Savoy where we popped in for some afternoon tea before we were due to head to the riverside for our boat trip.

It was over a soothing china cup of Darjeeling that we realised we had gotten the times wrong for our boat trip. But with a day as glorious as the one we had, there was no reason to dwell on our idiocy, so we booked for the same time the day after (making a note of the actual time) and we decided to spend a while getting lost in the highly Instagrammed and breathtaking streets of Mala Strana.

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Once again, all of the photos that are incredible are by my unimaginably handsome boyfriend. He turns words into moving pictures here.

Alongside Old Town (which we visited in Day One) and New Town, Mala Strana is one of the main tourist areas of Prague. It is home to many hotels, pubs, restaurants, souvenir shops and there are so many parks, statues and landmarks to see. I could have spent the entire day gawking at the buildings like a vacant madwoman, but I had my heart set on viewing the gothic architecture by the castle, so we began our journey up the long and steep steps towards Prague Castle Complex.

This part of the city is particularly hilly, so I recommend not being too hungover (I struggled. Hard). However, once you get to the top, it all becomes worthwhile. The place is huge. According to the Guinness Book of Records, it is the largest ancient castle in the world. Among the fairytale grounds of Prague Castle is the gothic Old Royal Palace, the astonishing St. Vitus Cathedral, the Romanesque St. George’s Basilica, the romantic Rosenberg Palace and 16th-century dwellings along Golden Lane. As busy as it was, it was difficult to not stand in inferior awe at the sight on these magnificent buildings.

Unfortunately, St. Vitus Cathedral was closed for inside viewings, but from the outside alone, it looks like something straight out of a dark fairytale and in my opinion, is worth the visit to see the gothic elegance of this building. You can also watch the Changing of the Guard at 12:00 every day in the first courtyard of Prague Castle (more information here).

As we emerged from the castle walls, we were presented with a sky painted pastel pinks, oranges and blues over a city that looked like it was made from fine china. The moon was delicately visible, casting a light silver glow across one side of the sky, whilst the sun sank beneath the hills on the other side. At this moment, it didn’t matter how many people were around.

Twilight came over the evening and as we made our way back to our apartment, I thought, day two might not have gone according to plan, but I wouldn’t have changed it for the world.


A Trip to Prague: Day One – here

A Trip to Prague: Day Three and Four – here


5 thoughts on “A Trip to Prague: Day Two

  1. I spent 6 months backpacking through Europe and must say that Prague…actually the whole of the Czech Republic was a definite highlight. The architecture, trams, fairytale castles….amazing! AND so reasonably priced.

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