I was so excited to head to Prague after Berlin [read about my time in Berlin here] after my friends who had visited gave me glowing reviews of the city. On my way to Prague, I stopped in Dresden for lunch. There were beautiful gardens and architecture, it was incredibly picturesque. Fun fact: Dresden was bombed during WWII, destroying most of the city. The town felt pretty small, but I enjoyed the afternoon there.
Once we got into Prague we did a girls dinner at a local restaurant in the old town square - I tried rabbit which was surprisingly delicious! It was a local dish so I figured I’d give it a try, and it didn’t disappoint. We got wine drunk and shared stories until we hit up Coyote, an American bar. It was the Fourth of July, so we had to be with the Americans! The bar had Budweiser, American license plates, and bartenders in Daisy Dukes and cowboy boots. I watched three Czech men collectively drink 20 shots all lined up on a ski, and these men were about 45 years old. When they say the Czech love to drink, they sure aren’t lying!
My second day in Prague consisted of a tour of the castle district which was absolutely stunning - there are these incredibly old castles, royal buildings, and churches all situated on top of a hill overlooking the city. We meandered down the to the streets and walked across the Charles bridge before going on a lunchtime river cruise, which provided awesome views of the city. The busy day kept going, with a tour of an underground bunker built in case of nuclear war back in the 1950s. We only saw 1/5 of the bunker, but it was huge and had all of the old gas masks, safety kits, and beds in place. Fun fact: it also serves as a nightclub and was also used for an Xbox live event, so on your way down you see a closed off bar and signs on the floors promoting a video game!
After a much needed nap, I experienced a traditional Czech dinner, complete with 3 types of meat and very few vegetables (pretty much all of the local cuisine in the areas I visited were like this). There were traditional singers and dancers who entertained us while we ate. I rolled out of the restaurant after that meal and kept the festivities going (after a lot of free wine with dinner) to the Golden Tree nightclub. Like many of the other clubs, this one was underground and had a strip club area - are you sensing a theme here yet? I made friends with this really old Czech guy and we were dancing to techno music. This guy was like 80 years old and kept the party going, it was an absolute blast! 95% sure he stayed at the club later than I did, and I wandered back to the hotel around 3:30.
My final day in Prague was a rough one after staying at Golden Tree a little too late the night prior. Imagine biking through Prague, which is 90% cobblestone streets, while hungover + sleep deprived, while also trying to navigate European traffic patterns. The morning bike tour was not my finest hour. However, we did see the Jewish Quarter, the astronomical clock, the John Lennon Wall, the Dancing House, and much much more! Biking was a great way to see the city, I recommend doing a bike tour as an easy way to familiarize yourself with a foreign city while getting some exercise. Just don't do it hungover, unless you're seeking a challenge.
That afternoon I had some free time, so I tried the famous Prague donut ice cream cone (that actually isn’t Czech at all). There are stands for these desserts all over the Old Town, so I had to try one and man it did not disappoint! The real highlight of the afternoon, however, was getting a Thai massage. There are massage parlors in the city that have rates cheaper than the U.S.. Being hungover and exhausted, I got a thirty minute massage which was quite life changing. I wanted to pack up the masseuse and bring him around with me on the rest of the trip it was that amazing! I ended my time in Prague with another traditional dinner which included more meat and beer. Prague was one of my favorite cities from my trip, the city was so beautiful, the people were friendly, and there was a lot to do! Have you ever been to the Czech Republic? What cities are on your to-see list?