Monday, December 29

Prague: 5 Things To Do.

 1. Old Town Square.

 2. Prague River Cruise: Enjoying the scenery without aching feet! 

 3. Charles Bridge: Prague's most beautiful bridge full of artists selling paintings.
 4. Petrin Tower: Experiencing Prague from Above. 

5.  Prague at Dusk: Prague lit in all its glory. Found a humble pizza joint in a hidden alley and had dinner there.
 5. U Felku: Visiting the City's Oldest Brewery.

Travel can be intimidating but is eased so much when you have good friends with you. Haren and I were in disbelief when we both initially received our timetable for the semester as we had Monday, Thursday and Friday off which meant that we were able to do short trips to neighbouring countries every alternate weekend. People often ask us how we were able to travel so much and the answer to that is: Scholarship Money! Most exchange students were granted an extremely generous amount from the German Government (which was enough to pay off weekly rent as well as our health insurance) with the remainder used for travel which was a bonus! 

I'd always been extremely fascinated with Prague as it seems like a story-book-kind-of-land and when we learnt that Croatia was only a couple of hundred miles south of the Czech Republic we were a little tempted to drive to Zagreb for a day or two but decided to sleep on that spontaneous idea as we were a bit short on time (4 days to see as much of Eastern Europe just isn't enough time!). Upon arriving we took to the streets of Prague for a quick stroll to get our bearings. If I were to sum up Prague in a few sentences, I would have to say that it has the largest concentration of beautiful buildings of any European city i've ever been to and if I had to choose I would go back to Prague over any other major city in Europe. Every building is so intricately detailed with statues and carvings and the Baroque architecture really resonates in this charming little city. Prague truly exceeded all my expectations with its brilliant architecture, rich history and small side streets which were just waiting to be discovered! Here's a little break down of how we did Prague in just under a day.

Transport: Drove from Stuttgart to Prague in a rented Skoda Superb which was great on fuel and comfort for a long road trip from Sixt Car rentals. We rented from them for every roadtrip we did in Europe as there were no hidden costs.

Lodging: Our hostel was located between the Charles bridge and Old Town Square which was perfect as it was a short walk to all of the sights of Prague as well as to the nightlife. We stayed at AHOY in Prague for 14 Euros a night. Loved the location of the accomodation but learnt that there was no elevator. - luckily we were all travelling relatively lightly so the two flights of stairs weren't a problem for us. Accomodation was also really clean which was a massive plus for the price we were paying. 

Sight Seeing: Old Town Square (lunch) / U Felku / Church of Saint Nicolas / Petrin Hill / River Cruise 

Photography: Haren Dias & Li-Chi Pan
Editing: Li-Chi Pan