I’ve only ever seen Prague on the lead up to Christmas, in all its winter wonderland glory…
…when its old cobbled squares are blanketed with German markets and the streets are lit with red and white festive decor – it’s a magical place to be.
There is something to be said about those wintry breaks that require you to wrap up warm – covered from head to toe – with a steaming hot coffee cup in hand. I love ’em.
And Prague has some real winter warmers too, such as its traditional potato and veg soup which comes in a bread bowl – that’s right, a bowl made of bread.
When bread roll goes bread bowl
At mealtimes, you can expect lots of rich meaty dishes and flavoursome stews accompanied by… you guessed it, more bread!
Then there is the mulled cider hot toddies and copious hot food stands with pastries and pretzels galore.
Forever a fan of historic architecture, my favourite spots have to be the old town square and Charles Bridge.
Visitors crowd next to shiny horse drawn carriages waiting for the old clock tower to chime, while children sit on their fathers’ shoulders playing with handmade toys.
Charles bridge is stunning but it’s the atmosphere ‘on board’ that gives it its special feel – it’s a ‘you have to be there’ kinda thing.
The wide crossing is best to walk across when lit up at night, when it’s buzzing with people and framed by a backdrop of illuminated fairytale buildings and the glittery river below ✨
Petrin Hill is worth a wander during the day, where you will find panoramic views of Prague below.
The gradual incline will be a breeze for all you outdoorsy types out there and you’ll be rewarded with more Christmas markets at its peak.
For uninterrupted views, you can climb the 299 steps of the Petrin Hill lookout tower, which looks like a mini Eiffel Tower.
Catch the hot chocolate and pastry stalls on your way down and by the end of the trek, you will have circled Prague city centre. Win, win – and a pat on the back for you.
Prague is reasonably priced, especially on the accommodation front. We stayed in a beautiful, period property right in the heart of Prague city centre for just £100 each for three nights via Airbnb.
Food, alcohol and flights to Prague are affordable too and, since the city is very walkable, we didn’t have to spend out on transport.
Prague will pull at your heart strings, it comes at a reasonable cost and is perfect for a three night city break.
I hope you enjoy the city as much as I did ❤
Merry Christmas! X