We’ve been in the UK for 2 months now and I’m having a surprising dose of missing Europe. Ok, so the UK is in Europe and even in the EU, at least for the time being! But isn’t it exhilarating to visit countries you’ve not been to before? Our UK road trip is a slow burner and I’m in need of a big dollop of the European continent. So while Graham works and Mowgli rests, I’ll be shamelessly playing on my first ever solo city break. I’m travelling to Prague, bursting with excitement and a dash of trepidation!
I’m travelling to Prague!
The Czech Republic is a country I’ve wanted to visit for many years. We missed it on our Eastern European road trip in favour of heading south to Croatia. But at the end of this month, I’ll finally tick it off my bucket list.
I’ve heard Prague is a beautiful city and that I should visit before it’s ruined by tourism. I’m not the only one travelling to Prague and it may already be too late. I’m expecting to encounter armies of tour groups. They’ll all be jostling for the best photographic position of the Charles Bridge. Someone should tell them that it’s stood since the 15th century and is likely to still be there tomorrow! Unless one of them attaches yet another padlock as a sign of their love for their partner.
Photo Credit: John Mcsporran
Planning my Prague city break
I’ve booked my direct flight from Birmingham! Yippee! Direct flights from Birmingham to Prague, finally! I have my Airbnb apartment secured and it’s located a short stroll along the river Vltava to the Old Town. I’ve even pre-booked my free city walking tour so I’m pretty much all set.
Prague is a popular destination for hen and stag parties. I’ve tried to reduce the chances of encounters with jovial drunks by avoiding travelling to Prague as a weekend visit. I hope that cunning and fiendish plan works out for me!
This is what I’m trying to avoid.
Photo Credit: Jörg Schubert
What to do in Prague for 3 days
There’s so much going on in Prague. It’s a city of 100 spires, beer and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a top spot for history and culture buffs. Aside from a few of the main attractions, I’ll be seeking out some of the more unusual things to see and do in Prague. This might even give me the edge on avoiding the trampling hordes.
The city of Prague has so much to offer, but there are numerous other places in the Czech Republic I’d like to visit. With only 3 full days, I don’t have enough time to see them all. Another reminder that slow, road trip travel trumps the short, city break approach!
Day trips from Prague
I’m considering a road trip to Kutná Hora or Cesky Krumlov. In Kutná Hora, there’s a ghoulish bone church that reminds me of the Ćele Kula in Niš, Serbia. The riverside medieval city of Cesky Krumlov looks like a picturesque story book with its cobblestone streets.
I’ve yet to decide which road trip from Prague to take but to tell the truth, I reckon I’ll be just about done with cities after one day in Prague. I might pass on both if I find something a little more adventurous. I’m really want to explore the Bohemian countryside. I’m checking out at a couple of options and pretty excited if I can make one or two of them them happen.
Photo Credit: Jan Fidler
Travelling solo in Prague
Apart from the excitement of exploring the unique city of Prague and the surrounding areas, I’m feeling just a little trepidation. I’m not used to travelling solo and this is the first trip in a long time without Mowgli. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not worried or concerned. I just know that I’ll miss sharing the experience with Graham and going home to Mowgli each night. I’ve found myself planning this trip a whole lot more than I would if Graham were joining me on an overland trip. I’ve no idea why that is. Maybe winging it is one of Graham’s strengths that won’t be with me in Prague? I dare say, my plans will go awry anyway. They usually do!
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