With time to kill before check-in to our air b’n’b, we began at the Globe Bookshop and cafe in search of some English books. Their American style menu seemed popular with the ex-pats (unsurprisingly) but it was reasonably priced and we left with full bellies, a Europe travel guide and three books on religion and war.
In the Market Square – The humid atmosphere was thick with the smell of Goulash and doughnuts which added a stodgy overtone. Throngs of tourists ducked for cover from the impending downpour which made me glad we had booked a room for the night instead of a campsite.
The old town hall made a convenient refuge from the thousands of eyesight-threatening umbrellas being wielded by what I can only assume was the whole of China on a field trip.
Inside the hall was a chapel completely tiled in mosaic. Unusually, it was not destroyed by the Germans during the war as it was covered up by plaster then unveiled some years later. The mosaic dates back to 1458!
We stayed in an Air b’n’b private room near the city centre which I would recommend. You can view the listing here. The hosts were very helpful and gave us a 49 page document with recommendations of places to eat, things to see and how everything works etc. Parking was easy for the bikes too. Apparently all the obvious spaces along the roads, if they have blue lines, are for residents only so definite clamp zones!
We purchased a day transport ticket for 4.5 EUR each at the nearby subway station. It included all modes of transport (tram, train, funicular etc.) and was the much easier option than gearing up to manoeuvre the bikes around the city.
Across Charles Bridge, we entered the complex of Prague Castle. Your are first funnelled through the ticket booth where we purchased a combined entry ticket for the castle, tower and museum for 10EUR each. We progressed into Golden Street which displays some medieval cottages and a fascinating armoury museum with weapons from as early as 400 B.C.!
Strangely, medieval cottages, castles and staircases were not really built with enough space for wielding selfie sticks so it was a bit of a mission to fight through to the end.
The collegiate church of St. Peter and St. Paul. was worth a look. It features murals on every wall, psychedelic stained glass windows and a statue made of 13 tons of silver!
Near the castle, you can take yet another funicular up to the mini eiffel tower. We queued for a good 30 minutes for the funicular, climbed the 65m tower, immediately got vertigo, climbed back down the tower and ran down the hill!
The Lennon wall ran parallel and we happen on it by chance on the way home.
Our last night in Prague was concluded with a recommendation from our host. Dinner at Zly Casy . A local pub/eatery with a whole range of local beer and Czech only menu. I chose the only thing on the menu with salad. Not really the healthy option – an XXL pork schnitzel. Turns out salad in Czechia = potatoes. No surprises there! yes… I ate the whole lot.
Overall, our time in Prague was enjoyable but if I were to go back, I’d go later in the year to avoid the crowds.