As part of my 31 day trip round Europe, I spent 3 nights in Prague. Here are some tips on where to stay and what to do in the capital of the Czech Republic.
I stayed at Hostel Rosemary right near the centre of Prague and conveniently near the train station as well.
I paid a total of £98 for a single room with shared bathroom for 3 nights. That worked out a just over £32 per night which was not bad. I shared the bathroom with one other dorm which had 4 beds. I never had to wait for the shower. The room was cleaned every day.
Location of hostel Růžová 5/971 , 110 00 Prague 1 – Old Town. Ruzova 5, Prague 1. The nearest metro station was Hlavni nadrazi.
The reception was open 8am – 7pm. But there was also a number to call outside these times. The staff were very friendly. There was laundry service available for 8 euros. The photo below may look like it was dodgy but it was not. I felt very safe. You did need about 4 keys to get into the place. One for the main door, one for the cage door below, one for the door to your apartment floor and then one for your room.
Next door to my hostel there was a gym. I heard music coming through the wall (that was the only time it was noisey) and decided to check it out. It was about £3.50 for a spin class which was good value for money.
I decided to take a couple of tours of Prague to see as much as possible. I took a tour around the city centre on the first day and the following I took a tour of the castle.
Here are just some of the places we stopped by on our Tour ( I could not write about all of them).
1) Prague Old Town Square
In the Old Town Square there are many statues and attractions to visit. It is also the place where events take place. When I was in Prague, people were watching Euro 2012 matches here and there are many bbq sausage stands, there was also a sweet and for crepes stand.
2) Astronomical Clock
One of the most famous attractions in the square is the astronomical clock and the clock tower. The clock tower suffered extensive bombing in WWII, but the clock is still standing. It dates back to the 15th century. There are Twelve Apostles on the clock and on the hour, every hour, a small trap door opens and Christ marches out ahead of his disciples, while the skeleton of death tolls the bell.
3) Powder Tower
This was the gun powder gate and sat on a moat of the entrance to the city. There are 186 stairs to the top. Next to it is the municpal building which is the most photographed building in Prague, built in the early 20th century. From the first balcony, the first Preseident announced that Czech is independent (after the fall of Communism).
4) Jewish Cemetery
This cemetery is 3.5 metres higher than the pavement. It was the only place the Jews were allowed to busy their dead. The tombs therefore had to be stacked on top of one another and in some places they are 13 tombs high. There are 12,000 tomb stones in the cemetery for over 100,000 people buried.
5) Prague Castle & Charles Bridge
This is the biggest Medieval castle in the world. It Is 70,000 square metres. Inside the castle are palaces, a church, monasteries, art galleries and the St Vitus Cathedral. You will have to walk over Charles Bridge and up the steep hill to access the castle.
I really enjoyed my stay in Prague and will certainly go back again. When I visited it was the start of summer which meant it was beginning to be warm, around 20 – 25 degrees.