Hello faithful blog readers! This is my first blog post contribution since I recently arrived in June to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. I have a simple goal while living over here: to just travel as much as I can!
My first four-day weekend fast approached, and I knew I didn’t want to spend more time stuck in my billeting room on base. I checked with Information, Tickets & Travel about their trip to Budapest, Hungary, but it was already booked up.
So where to go and what to do? After a bit of research on the internet about the top 10 places in Europe to visit, Prague in the Czech Republic was on almost every list.
I have three options to be able “Czech out” Prague. I could get there by car, train or fly. I chose to fly out of Frankfurt International Airport just for the sake of convenience.
The public transportation in Prague is exceptional and so easy to use! With that being said, I recommend avoiding the taxi service – they are not regulated and could cost a good part of your budget before you really start your vacation.
When you’re at the airport in Prague, you can purchase a pass for the city’s public transportation. This pass is good for all public transportation such as buses, trams, metro and the Funicular railway. The price of the pass is dependent on how long you want the pass to be valid. You can purchase up to a three-day pass.
There is so much to see and do there; you really need at least three (but preferably) four days to enjoy this gem of a city. I focused my stay around Old Town, Lesser town and New town, the last of which is really the heart of Prague.
While I was enjoying my stay there, I checked out the typical touristy sites, like the Astronomical Clock. It’s some impressive craftsmanship. There is actually a little show the clock performs every hour on the hour.
Make sure and walk across Charles Bridge. There are typically many local vendors selling cool handmade crafts, and street musicians on the bridge. The bridge connects Old Town and Lesser Town together— both places you must visit and explore!
Prague Castle is another must-visit. I recommend being there just before noon. They have a changing-of-the-guard ceremony, and it was interesting to watch.
Another quality I loved about Prague was that their beer is literally cheaper than water. This makes total sense as they hold the record for most beer consumed per capita than anywhere else in the world! So with that being said, hit up – have a plan or a designated driver!! – the Beer Museum restaurant. It has a huge selection of local Czech beers to drink.
The Strahov Monastery, located near the castle kind of tucked away in the corner, has their own brewery and restaurant. And it’s the only beer brewed by monks in Prague.
During my short four days there, I still couldn’t see and enjoy everything the city has to offer, so I know I will be back to visit again!