Czech This Out: The Ultimate Weekend In Prague
There are very few cities on the planet that can compete with Prague during the winter months. There’s something about its Gothic architecture and alternative attitude which just sits perfectly with the snow falling and the sight of your own breath as you stroll down its bustling back streets.
So as the cold months draw in we take a look around the Czech capital, it’s hidden treasures, and the simply must dos for an unforgettable weekend. Just don’t forget your scarf…
Stroll The Charles Bridge
The Charles Bridge sits at the very top of this list for good reason, it’s truly fascinating. If you’re with your partner you won’t find a more romantic spot in the city and along with the castle, it’s likely to feature on the postcard you send to those back home.
Built in 1357 and completed by the 15th century, the bridge leads you from the Old Town to Prague Castle and was once protected by three towers including the Old Town bridge tower, which is considered to be one of the most dramatic pieces of gothic architecture on the planet.
Along the bridge are 30 baroque statues depicting various saints important to the city, whilst the statue of Bruncvik, a knight who plays a huge part in Czech folklore.
Mid-Mourning At Vysehrad Cemetery
Now, a stroll through a cemetery might not be everyone’s idea of fun on holiday, but Vyšehrad is no ordinary resting place, and is in fact one of the most intriguing in the world.
Established in 1869, the graveyard is typical of Prague’s style and attitude with dozens of incredibly sculptured headstones that come closer to works of art rather than headstones. Many of the Czech Republic’s famous citizens are buried in the grounds including composers Antonin Dvorak, Rafael Kubelik, and Otakar Ostrcil, as well as art nouveau sculptor Ladislav Saloun and artist Alphonse Mucha.
It’s the perfect way to begin a day in the city, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and if the snow has fallen fresh on the ground, then you really are in for something spectacular.
Peace And Quiet At Lennon Wall
When John Lennon died in 1980 it caused shock throughout the world, no more so than in Prague where, in a small back street in the Old Town, a group of young Czechs honoured the Beatle by painting an image of him on the wall.
Over the years it became a political focus for the Prague youth, where they would write their irritations with the communist regime. Today however, it represents love and peace, the ideals Lennon strived for and sees hundreds of tourists flock there every day to leave messages and take photographs.
Located just moments from the castle side of the Charles Bridge, the homage to Lennon is the perfect stop off on the way to the castle, and will certainly have you remembering what an inspiring man the Liverpudlian really was.
Uncover Cerny’s Punk-Inspired Art
Whether you want to or not, you can’t help but take in the work of controversial sculptor David Cerny when going on a holiday to Prague, with his work notable throughout the city.
Most prominent are perhaps the babies climbing the Zizkov Television Tower, one of the ugliest buildings on the planet. The babies are perhaps its only saving grace and certainly make it a little more interesting.
Elsewhere, Sigmund Freud is dangling from a rooftop in the Old Town and at the Franz Kafka Museum, exhibiting the works and story of Prague’s famous writer, lies one of Cerny’s more humorous pieces – a water feature of two men urinating on a map of the Czech Republic.
Toast The Weekend With The Staropramen Brewery Tour
Staropramen is one the Czech Republic’s most celebrated beers and not only can you sample it but you can learn about it too. The brand has transformed its historical brewery into a visitors centre where you can learn about the beer from hop through to tap as well as sampling some of the premium lager at the end.
You can discover the history of Staropramen in what is a deeply historical city, and finish off a trip to Prague in true style. We’ll drink to that.