Bohemian therapy: Prague

The train trip from Berlin to Prague took 4.5hrs travelling along the Elbe River. Day two of our ten day Interrail pass.

The capital of the Czech Republic, Prague, is located in Bohemia; the westernmost and largest historical region of the Czech Republic.

Accommodation in Prague was booked through AirBNB and we had a nice place with bathroom and small kitchenette to ourselves. Our host was very friendly and presented a spotless home.

Astronomical Clock, Prague

Prague is a beautiful city – a myriad of architectural styles exquisitely restored. Over the past thirty years the Czech Republic’s national city has embraced capitalism with open arms. This time of year the crowds are smaller than in summer so it wasn’t too difficult moving around the busy shopping and commercial area surrounding Wenceslas Square.

Views from the Prague Castle looking east and from the Town Hall tower that houses the Astronomical Clock looking over the Old Town Square are fantastic. There are plenty of eateries and souvenir stores for the hoards of tourists that descend upon this impressive city. Gastrobar 1402 is a great place to have a cheap eat, a beer and listen to local guitarists. Changing money is easy (to the Czech Koruna) and it’s easy to find a currency exchange place with zero commission and a good rate.

We walked all over Prague – down alleys and over bridges – there are daily public transport passes available too. For a sweet snack, the Trdlenik or “chimney cake” filled with Nutella and strawberries is delicious and sold everywhere. It’s easy to buy a sausage in a bun and a beer, or a plate of pork, potato and cabbage to keep you energised for the day. We were blessed with lovely weather so our legs were very tired after walking around for two days.

Across the bridge on the way to Prague Castle, you can stop at the Lennon Wall – a memorial to John Lennon. If inclined you may write your name as it’s the only place in Prague where graffiti is legal.

Lennon Wall, Prague

Unlike many cities, much of Prague survived WWII, although in 1945 the US mistakenly thought it was Dresden and bombed the city killing over 100 people and destroying many buildings. Such is war.

From Prague’s central train station, Praha hlavní nádraží, we found our first class seat and settled in for the next leg of the trip.

Next stop, Budapest!