Prague was a part of the journey I was really looking forward to. It was my birthday on the 28th and the city is famed for its cheap drinks and amazing nightlife and also beautiful architecture, so we knew we’d be in for a good time.
We traveled to Prague on the Wednesday via train. It took about 4 hours in total. The trains here are nothing like the modern ones at home. The train is split up into 6 seat individual carriages, think Hogwarts Express, it’s quite cool because the seats recline fully and you can make a sofa/bed out of them so if you have the carriage to yourself you can fully relax. We shared the carriage with a Canadian couple, who we got talking to. They were really friendly and it was so much fun to talk to them and get to know about their travels and also life in Canada.
We arrived at about 3:30, got a taxi straight to the hotel, we were both shattered from going out in Berlin the night before and longed for our private air conditioned room. (I know total luxury, we decided to stay in a hotel as we got a good deal on the hotel and worked out not much more than a hostel.) The Hotel was the Hotel Clement. I would highly recommend this hotel, it was clean, staff were really friendly and the beds were incredibly comfy and a welcome change from bunk beds.
Later on, we headed out to explore the area and get some food. We ended up going to the supermarket and getting crisps, chocolate, and salsa and eating that for tea, stay classy. We got an early night as the next day was my birthday.
My birthday! We started the day with an all you can eat buffet breakfast at the hotel. We then went into the Old Town of Prague, a beautiful part of the city, and went for cocktails. We spent the day in the Old Town exploring and going on our own little pub crawl.
We watched the folklore performance near the Old Town square and then went for drinks on the riverside and watched the world go by which was really lovely.
We had quite a chilled out day, we decided to go out on the night to some clubs. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to the famed Karlovy Lanze and instead went to a club called Duplex (because we may have had a bit too much to drink and got lost.) But the club wasn’t bad, but the drinks were very expensive. It played a good mix of pop, alternative, dance and old throwback tracks, we both had a really good time dancing and singing along at the top of our voices.
I woke up feeling a little bit rough, which was understandable. I decided to nip out in the morning for an iced latte at a cafe in the Old Town. We ventured out later and decided to go on an evening river cruise along the river Vltava, which I would highly recommend.
We spent the day exploring the New Town, which wasn’t as nice as the Old Town but still had some nice sights and some beautiful buildings. We also went to the Palladium, a shopping center that had quite a few British high street staples in it, such as Lush, H&M, Topshop, and Costa and had a look around there for a bit.
The river cruise started at 6:15. It began with a guided tour round part of the Old Town then to the boat. When we boarded we were greeted with a shot of a traditional Czech spirit, Becherovka,which after yesterday’s session turned my stomach to even smell it. We sat on the top of the boat which was open and gave you great views of the city. We saw the Charles Bridge, Castle, Parliament and other gorgeous landmarks. The boat tour was also guided and the guide, Sarah, was really friendly and knowledgeable which made the tour very interesting. As the cruise continued the sun began to set , which provided some amazing photo opportunities at sunset and also of the skyline when it had gone dark.
It was a 3-hour long boat trip, which included a buffet dinner serving some traditional European and Czech foods which were quite nice.
When the cruise ended we got back on the bus and were taken back to the Old Town and dropped outside the Municipal House which was only a 5-minute walk from our Hotel.
Despite how tired we were from my birthday, we decided to have a power nap and get up and go to a club 5 minutes down the road called Roxy. We didn’t know what to expect but we’d only heard good things from people we’d met.
The club was underground, you had to go down a few flights of stairs to get to the dance floor. It was hot, sticky and loud and I absolutely adored it. They played techno, drum and bass, dub, jungle and garage, with a few remixes of classic songs thrown in, it was also so cheap 100 krona for 2 vodka cokes, compared to 250 at Duplex! There was a festival-like atmosphere in there, I felt like I was back in the dance tent at Reading especially when everyone started chanting “ooh eh eh eh” if you know you know.
I met some lads from Manchester who were lovely and had a good chat with. Like I said a really good atmosphere on the whole. We both had an amazing night and were so glad we went out. (Maybe not so glad now I’m writing this on the train the next day.)
Next stop Vienna! Thank you for reading my blog, I hope you’re enjoying reading about my adventure as much as I am sitting about it. See you in a few days!