Prague is completely frozen in time. There are no new buildings or new-age things like plastic trash bins dirtying up the cobbled streets. It’s truly one of the oldest and prettiest places we’ve ever visited. As we walked through town, I kept saying that if I was a fairy tale animator, this is where I’d come to gather inspiration. Even the Starbucks was picture perfect.
One thing I will start out by saying is…Prague isn’t a destination for food or shopping (unless you love antique books as much as I do). This recap of our journey isn’t full of secret coffee shops and restaurants to try…instead, we tried to keep our itinerary fairly free to simply roam the city of a thousand spires.
When choosing a place to stay, we opted to stay up near the castle in Mala Strana as opposed to the old town. Prague has recently picked up speed in regards to tourism, so it was packed with people. The Mala Strana is quiet at night and has beautiful views from up on the hill near the castle. The Hotel Neruda was our hotel of choice and I specifically requested our pink room that was so, so cute. The staff was beyond friendly and the room was very clean and beautiful.
My only critique is that the Neruda calls itself a “design hotel” but it isn’t. It has the charm and excellent staff, but the lobby was filled with trip advisor brochures and was eerily quiet. The decor was pretty, but design hotel-worthy? Not quite. BUT, if you were comparing it to other lodging options in Prague, I’d say, book it! It was perfectly located and absolutely adorable.
As for attractions, we visited Prague Castle and enjoyed the view from up top. We also woke up exceedingly early to walk across the Charles Bridge and take photos of it while it wasn’t riddled with people. I loved seeing the Astronomical Clock in action in the Old Town Square and wandering the streets of the Old Town (Staré Město) at night.
Prague is know for their antikvariats (used book stores) and I was in book heaven. My favorite shop was Antikvariát u Zlaté číše located on Nerudova (same street as Hotel Neruda) in the Mala Strana. I bought several books from here. Another great shop was Antikvariat Valentinska.
Prague is also known for its wooden toys. I loved the marionette shops and toy stores throughout the city. I bought a cute wooden cat for our someday daughter (due 9/17) and cute wooden cars for my nephew. A cute store in the Mala Strana was Marionety – just at the base of Prague Castle.