I recently got back from a 3 night trip to Prague. As an end of uni celebration, myself and 3 of my course friends decided to book a cheap city break away to do a bit of exploring and to mark the end of an era! With an accommodation and flights budget of around £200, we settled on Prague, finding a lot of other European cities either being too expensive or with little to see or do.
If you’re planning a visit to Prague I strongly recommend looking on Airbnb. We found a lovely apartment for the 4 of us, (although it fitted 8!) within walking distance of the Old Town centre for just over £20 a night. If you’re unsure of how long to stay, we found 3 nights to be just right. We had enough time to see everything we wanted to. Another day or two could have been done, but I think anywhere between 2 and 4 nights works just fine with it being a city break.
We arrived in Prague around 7 pm and went out to explore and get some food straight away. We were based on a 20-minute walk from the Old Town area (Prague is split in Old Town and New Town, with the river Vltava flowing between). The Old Town square is really quite beautiful, especially if you can catch a nice sunset over it which we did. In the Old Town Square is also the Astronomical Clock and the Clock Tower. Although the clock was annoyingly under construction while we were there, I would definitely recommend a visit to this area!
After strolling through Old Town, by chance, we found ourselves at the famous Charles Bridge. I highly recommend visiting this place at night, because we visited it the next day and it wasn’t half as picturesque! Not only is the bridge a beautiful site, you can also see Prague Castle in the distance. We were stunned by how gorgeous it looked all lit up! This was definitely the photographic highlight of the trip, and it was by complete chance.
On Day 2, our first full day, we aimed to get the sites done. We began the day by heading back to Charles Bridge and over into New Town Prague. Our first stop was the John Lennon Wall – a wall full of John Lennon inspired graffiti. This is such a key ‘insta location’ and we spent about half an hour here getting some shots.
Our next stop was Prague castle – this was quite a hike through New Town so making sure you’re hydrated is key!! Prague castle itself is free to get into, however, you must buy tickets for access to the multiple buildings within it. We chose a tour which covered 5 buildings – my favourites being the Golden Lane and the Cathedral. The Golden Lane consists of some super tiny cottages full of some interesting facts about the people who once lived there. The Cathedral is a must see with some really beautiful glass paintings. It’s important to note here too that the castle had discounted tickets for students – so if you are still at university, bring along your student card as a lot of places offer discounted prices!
Despite being exhausted, we ended the day with a trip up the Clock Tower back in Old Town. This cost about £10 and gives some brilliant views over the whole of Prague. We snapped some good shots here!
Day 3 was our ‘chill’ day. We were expected a lot of rain, hence why we tried to get as much done in the day previous. There are hundreds of museums in Prague so we decided to give one a go with the forecasts. We opted for the Museum of Illusions which was so much fun – another great opportunity for some photos!!
Following that, we headed to the Palladium in Old Town for a spot of shopping. In here and nearby you’ll find the likes of Bershka, Mango and Sephora so it’s great for a bit of retail therapy.
In terms of food, you won’t struggle in Prague. We found restaurants all 3 nights and ate out for breakfast and lunch too. A full meal and drink cost under £10 most nights and in the city where beer is cheaper than water, beers were often the cheapest drink on the menu!
For our plans and our budget, 3 nights was absolutely perfect. I managed to do the lot for about £300 including travel, accommodation, food and everything else so it’s definitely an affordable European City and well worth a trip!
Have you ever been to Prague? What city break should I do next?