One of the perks of staying in a hotel next to a shopping centre is that we didn’t have to go searching for breakfast. A few minutes after we’d left our room we were sitting with coffee and a croissant planning our day. Great start!
Once the plan had been hatched, we made our way to the nearby astronomical clock to climb the tower and make the most of the panoramic views. After weaving our way through the epic crowd, tickets were purchased and we joined the apparent hour long queue against the advice of the ticket seller. We’d been hoping that other people would be put off by the cashiers words of warning, and thankfully the queue was only actually about 10-15 minutes long. The views from the top of the tower were amazing, and we were up there for quite a while, though that was partly because of the annoying school group who kept pushing, shoving and waving their darn selfie sticks in my face.
Once they’d left it was much more enjoyable, and we stayed up there an extra 5 minutes to see the crowd grow for the astronomical clock before heading off to see the famous Charles Bridge. To say it was busy would be an understatement. There were people swarming everywhere, and although I’d heard it was busy I hadn’t expected anything like it.
At each end of the bridge are two tower-like buildings, which you can climb. And my boyfriend loves to trek up those flipping stairs! So in we went, and I am 96% sure the building would not be open to the public in England. The staircases were wonky, wooden beams were randomly in the middle of the floor or low from the ceiling. And to get outside from the top you have to exit while still on the stairs. Anywhere with a sign that says ‘at your own risk’ always rings bells for me. While the views were brilliant and we did see an old style musical quartet serenading people on the bridge, I couldn’t wait to get out of there.
Onwards up the hill to Prague Castle, and we had to check a couple of times that we weren’t actually climbing Mount Everest. That hill is steep! We finally made it to the top, bought our tickets and made our way for St Vitus Cathedral, which is the cathedral to see in Prague. Unfortunately, there was a great deal of the church roped off, and we couldn’t even sit to appreciate the church. While it was impressive, it didn’t make it to my top 10 churches, so we continued on to see the Basilica of St George and Golden Lane. I actually enjoyed both of these way more, and only wish we’d gone earlier in the day as the castle was starting to close and we had to leave.
Back down the hill we made our way back to Old Town Square for a bite to eat from the Christmas market there. Only problem was, it was a Saturday night and that meant yet more crowds. It was so busy we couldn’t even walk properly, and ended up trying to squeeze through whatever gap we could find. I’d had enough of huge crowds, and we made our way back to the hotel, where there was a smaller Christmas market we could pick up some food from. Looking for a nice piece of ham, we got absolutely ripped off for meagre chunk of meat. The only reason we didn’t end up paying more was because we only had a little bit of cash left.
Although we’d seen some great sights of Prague, we had truly had enough of crowds, cobblestones and overpriced food for one day, so made our way back to the hotel to recharge for tomorrow.