A couple of days away on a city break can be the perfect little getaway at any time of year and it can be an amazing gift to a partner or friend. If you tend to save your money for one sunny, beach holiday a year, I’m about to tell you why you should also try and do a little city break if you can!
For Christmas my boyfriend bought me a city break to Prague, (vvv lucky I know & it happened to fall on Valentines Day!) he knows I’m an absolute sucker for a short, exploring holiday and he hadn’t really done one before.
Don’t get me wrong, I love lounging by a pool in the blazing heat as much as the next person but you can’t beat a few days somewhere completely new to just get lost, eat local food and do things you wouldn’t normally do.
So last week we went to Prague. February is apparently the coldest time to go but we were prepared for it so we had our boots and thermals all packed and ready to take on the icy winds. And they were icy! Bloody freezing in fact! But in a way it made it all part of the experience so we got over it and layered up.
We were staying right by the famous Charles Bridge so for the first few days we stayed around the Old Town square which is just gorgeous. There are restaurants where you can sit outside with patio heaters and BLANKETS! We stopped when it got too cold to explore for a hot choc or a local beer (cocktail in my case).
There are normally horse and carriages in the square in the daytime and it’s where the synagogue is situated which was a nice little visit. The astronomical clock is also in the Old Town square which is really pretty and on the hour little things pop out of it. We also saw a casual wedding going on right under to it, cute.
You can get hot wine and these sweet bread things called Trdelniks which smelt AHH-mazing as we walked past each stall/shop selling them. So we decided to buy one and were thoroughly disappointed! It was just hot bread covered in sugar, if I could use the laughing emoji here I would. We were gutted. The hot wine was delish though!
Just off of the square there are looooads of shops and some more restaurants. If you go one way it becomes like a more modern city and if you go the other way it carries on being oldy, little roads for a while. I loved this about it, one minute you’re in the old town surrounded by gothic architecture then the next you could be in London with H&M and Zara right in front of you!
There is loads to do of an evening as well. One night we found an amazing little tequila bar because who doesn’t love a tequila cocktail? The Buddha Bar is great too, seriously good cocktails, although we did nearly get hustled there… met a ‘lovely’ couple (Hi Chris and Rebecca from Coventry!) were chatting for a few hours at the bar, then she gets ‘ill’ and they do a runner leaving us with their bill! Luckily the bar staff believed us when we said we didn’t know them and we didn’t have to pay it. In your face amateur hustlers.
Then another night we stumbled across this lush little bar called ‘Bar And Books’ (apparently they have one in New York and one in Warsaw too). We weren’t sure whether to take the name of the bar quite literally and think they were going to hand us books as we went in but they didn’t, just a cocktail menu! There was a huge book covered wall and the whole bar was lit 80% by candle light. The cocktail list, might I mention was fantastic. They had everything, ones you made yourself, ones that came with chocolate and they kept bringing over popcorn and olives…Just ideal. (Now to tick the New York one off my list!…)
On one of the days, we booked a segway tour around the city. This is an absolute MUST if you’re going to Prague. It was a private tour so whoever you’re with and one tour guide, which is nicer than being in a big group (they probably wouldn’t do that on segways anyway.) The other side of the Charles Bridge isn’t really a long walk and we did walk it on the other days but with the segway tour you just get further so much quicker and you get to see more in a short space of time. We whizzed around following the tour guide and she would stop at tourist points of interest then tell us a bit about the history of the statue/building. We got to go to Prague Castle, she showed us where parliament was and even the best places to eat. It is the most fun mode of transport by far as well!
As well as exploring, we did a lot of eating. Their local restaurants are so quaint and cute we had to try them out as well as their local dishes like goulash and shnitzels. There are also plenty of lovely italians and cafes, irish pubs and cocktail bars (I haven’t mentioned cocktails yet have I?)
For Valentine’s day we went for dinner by the river at a restaurant called Kampapark which I cannot recommend enough. It was theee most beautiful food and a must-do if you’re in the city!It is such a diverse place and there is so much to do! You can get loads of really good deals on European city breaks now as well. If you fancy something different this year and want to do more than sit on a beach then Prague is the ideal getaway!
Where is your favourite location for a short city break? Are you tempted by Prague now?! Let me know in the comments below, fank yaaa!