Since Christmas break is finally upon us TAPIFers, I knew I had to go somewhere and travel. So, after much research I decided on a solo trip to Prague! Prague, Czech Republic is a great destination for budget travelers, because not only is there a lot to offer, but costs are relatively cheap! So here’s a breakdown of my travels.
Day one I arrived at about 8:30 AM on an overnight Eurolines bus. Upon arrival, I made my way by Tram to the Hostel I stayed at, Post Hostel, dropped off my bags, had some free coffee and cereal, then made my way into town with a fellow American who had been doing early check-in at the same time. For most of the morning I wandered around Old Town Square, seeing things like the St. Nicholas church, the Astronomical Clock, and the Powder Tower. From Old town Square I used my Prague Card I had bought (a pass that gets you unlimited transportation and free access to many museums and tourist destinations), and went on the Historical tour, which lasted about 3.5-4 hours. This was a good way to get an overview and background of the city! After the tour ended, I got a bit lost and happened upon Petrin Hill, a hill surrounded by parks with a magnificent view of Prague! See the Photo above for said view. As far as food goes, for lunch I ate at the Christmas markets, and for dinner I had Goulash and dumplings (Czech food) at a cafe!
Day two I let myself sleep in a bit, and once again at the free breakfast at my Hostel. In the morning I went to the National Museum (new building), which only holds temporary collections. This time, it was Retro fashion and “Noah’s Ark”. Once again, it was free thanks to my Prague card. After the museum, I wandered around the center of Prague and explored a bit, before spending the afternoon at Prague Castle. Here you can see many things at once, including the Castle, the Cathedral, the Basilica, and Golden Lane! All are within the Castle compound, so I got a combined ticket, and saw all of them. It was definitely worth taking my time and exploring the whole thing! You can also pay a little extra to go to the top of the tower at the Cathedral! Once again, for meals I took advantage of the markets. I also tried the cinnamon pastries they sell there, which are a must try if you are here during the winter like me!
Day three, I spent the morning at the TV Tower! This is yet another chance to get a great view of Prague! The inside is also quite relaxing, with chairs, couches, and screens that will tell you all about the things you will see out of each window. I took advantage of the time and relaxed a bit and ate lunch from the snack bar. The afternoon I wandered around a bit more, before exploring the Jewish Quarter, finding the Kafka statue, touring each of the five synagogues, and learning about Jewish culture and history in Prague! I had never been inside a synagogue before, so I enjoyed the experience and learning new things! Each one was interesting and different in its own way. In the late afternoon I returned to the hostel to charge my phone and have a coffee, where I met a bunch of other solo travelers! In the evening we all went out to dinner near the hostel for some more Czech food (it is much cheaper outside the center!), and had some drinks afterwords. It was a great way to end the last full day of my trip before I left the next day!