If I have to sum it up, I would say that Prague is a beautiful city trapped between the modern and medieval times.
Personally, I felt that it was an affordable city by Malaysian standards. It wasn’t cheap cheap, but it was definitely manageable. In fact, if I had been more careful with my money, I would have been able to spend less than 60 pounds for my 3D2N trip there.While it wasn’t the best place I have been to during my Interrail trip, it was still fun.
- Charles Bridge – Take a slow stroll across the most famous bridge in Prague. In the early morning, you’d be rewarded with the best view of the city without the noise made by chatty and easily excitable tourists. A suggestion? Bring your earphones. I like to stand there and listen to Yiruma while looking at the castle from the bridge, all the while conjuring up a love story in my mind and secretly wishing that I would see my future lover at the other end of the bridge. Sigh…If you have trouble waking up in the morning, then go later in the day. In the afternoon, the bridge is filled with street artist selling their arts. I was there on a Sunday, and there was a market at one end of the bridge where you can have a cheap lunch while listening to people chattering in language you might/ might not know.
- Hanging out at the Prague Castle – What used to be the largest ancient castle in the world accessible only by royalty is now open to viewing by peasants like you and me. If you are a student, you can get a long tour of the castle for CZK175. For your information I did not do the tour as I prefer to run around the castle like a madwoman than actually going in. There are plenty of things to do around the castle. In fact, I was serenaded by this young guitarist who was playing Spanish Romance which coincidentally, was one of my favorite songs. To get the full ‘street music’ experience, I bought an overpriced lemonade from a makeshift stand nearby, dropped a euro in the guitar bag and sat on the stairs as the kid plays on.
- Lunch at a Medieval Tavern – I found this place while randomly walking around the Prague Castle. I was starving and was looking for a nice place to eat so I looked into every restaurants that I past by and the interior of this place caught my eye.The moment I walked in, it felt as if I was in a different time zone. The inside of the place was decorated with skulls and skeletons, and various weapons typically used by farmers was hung on the walls. It reminded me of those old drinking place that warriors visit in the Middle Ages. You know? After they made their kills and need a place for mead and meat. It was a fun experience. I had my first ever mead. I self-chained myself to the wall. Walked down the stairs to what seems like a dungeon, but was actually the toilet. Had my bill handed to me in a shoe. Had a hearty 2 course lunch for CZK150 (RM25). Oh! Just a head up. If you are in Prague between Tuesday – Saturday, you might want to consider going to U Krale Brabantskeho at night for their medieval shows. For CZK195, you would be able to see all sort of interesting medieval entertainment.
- Old Town Square – Situated within 10 minutes away from the main train station, Old Town Square has a buzzing vibe to it during summer. Restaurants are filled to the brim with most of the customers choosing to sit outside in order to enjoy the sun. While there, you can have a look at the beautiful Astronomical Clock that are situated in the middle of the Old Town. The Church of Our Lady before Tyn can also be seen there. Actually, there is no way you can miss the church once you are in the vicinity of the square. The story that goes around is that the castle in Sleeping Beauty was based on the Tyn Church. Any hardcore Sleeping Beauty fans out there that can verify that?
- Dancing House – Thanks to its quirky design, this is one building I would always remember. However, there’s nothing to do there other than taking pictures of the seemingly dancing building. But if you would walk down the road a little bit more, you would be able to see the pier (or dock). Take a walk along Vltava river and you would find locals hanging out at the bars there.
There are plenty more stuff you can do and see at Prague. If you are lucky, you might even stumble across a movie in production. I did.
All in all, I had a great time at Prague, even though I lost GBP100 at the gambling table. See, I found a small sized casino while walking around the city center. When I realized that it doesn’t take much to play blackjack there, I sat myself down and started playing. I probably spent an hour in there, playing without a care in the world. It was fun cause it was cheap. The thing about casinos with low limits was that I keep justified it by telling myself it was nothing. Ah! The pain I felt after I lost everything. I avoided casinos for a long time after that.