Travel for 2 cost breakdown (at the time of writing this post):
- Old Town Square Hotel: $150 per night
- Roundtrip Airfare from San Francisco to Prague (1-stop): $650 pp
- Food/Entertainment/Transportation/Souvenirs: $500
- GRAND TOTAL FOR 2 TRAVELERS – 4 days: $2250
- OR – Book it with a 10-day package to Berlin, Vienna and Munich for $2700!
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Booking a trip to the Czech Republic (and all of the EU) is easy for Americans! The US passport allows US citizens to enter the EU visa-free for up to 90 days. You will be free to roam all Schengen Area countries (including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Finland, and more). All you need is a US passport, flights, and accommodations and you’re good to go!
Big City Amenities and Attractions – Small Town Vibe
When first making your way into the old town (tourist haven) of Prague, you’ll notice passing through a modern city — a modern city with Eastern European roots and Western European business. It’s fairly large and rather busy. On another trip, I would like to go back to explore that more modern side of town. But, for the first experience of Prague, how could one not go to the Old Town Square? How could you not marvel at the bridges, the lights, the castle, and the Trdelnik?
The Old Town Square is reminiscent of many other European city centers from days of olde. But, there is something unique about it. The astronomical clock draws your attention to not only their careful consideration of time, but also place. The colors of the square are bright and fun. And the restaurants and hotels surrounding it bring a sense of peace in the middle of chaos.
To me, this idea of chaos and serenity defines Prague. It can be chaotic, noisy, and full of fun — from the absinthe bars open all day, to the club scene and hub of electronic music. But yet, it is also incredibly peaceful, serene, and romantic. Prague is a bit of a shapeshifter. You might think you have the city understood, but I’m guessing you haven’t even scratched the surface.
Prague is a beautiful place. The Czech Republic contains a rich, robust and proud culture, and one that I wish I knew more about. The good news is that if you take the time to travel to Prague or a surrounding area, the Czech people are more than happy to tell you about themselves, their history, their GDP and why their culture is vibrant and fascinating.
What We Did
We wanted to explore both sides of the old city, we wanted to eat well, drink local creations, and stay as warm and cozy as possible in the sub-zero February temperatures.
We spent our first night in our hotel, Old Town Square Hotel, which was a little quirky, but fun. The staff was incredibly helpful and attentive, perhaps a bit too much for our typical tastes. However, if you would like to spend the day chatting with the concierge, this is a perfect place for you!
The people in the hotel (and everywhere in the city) were incredibly kind. On that first night, we were tired and jet lagged, and we requested room service. This seemed to confuse the hotel staff a little. But, they quickly and happily obliged. They scurried around looking for a menu and gave it to us. We called from our room and placed an order.
About twenty minutes later, a waiter in uniform and white gloves arrived at our door bringing linen table clothes, a bottle of wine, and soups. We were confused, as we hadn’t ordered soup. But, we went with it. When in a foreign country, things don’t always go as you plan. It was delicious soup, for what it was worth. A happy accident, we thought.
About ten minutes after the soup, there was another knock at our door. This time, another waiter was bringing us our entrees. Which were, by all accounts, five-star worthy dishes of duck and goulash and dumplings. Noah still swears that this is probably the best duck in the entire world. If you know of other contenders, let us know!
Then, about twenty minutes after that, there was another knock to clear the table and bring us desserts (free and unordered). We asked, finally, if this was room service from the hotel. The waiter informed us that it was not, but that they were happy to serve us from the Restaurace White Horse (probably the most famous duck restaurant in all of Prague – and possibly Europe, the West, the World??).
We were baffled by the service, generosity, and overall kindness of the people we met all over the city. This was just one example of many that came during the trip.
We highly recommend seeing the traditional sights of Prague – Charles Bridge, Wenceslas Square, Old Town Square, John Lennon Wall, and the Prague Castle. But, also, get out and explore the food from the goulash to the sweet and messy Trdelnik, you won’t be disappointed. And, if you’re up for an adventure, check out Absintherie and ask them for recommendations. Lastly, go on a cheesy river cruise, if for no other reason to see the beautiful lights of this breathtaking city.
Toast the Moon Rating:
- Food and Drink: 10/10
- Culture/Locals: 10/10
- Things to Do: 10/10
- Adventure Opportunities: 9/10
- Cost: 9/10
- Total: 9.6/10 – Na zdraví!
Enjoy your adventure!
Toast the Moon – Cheers,
Noah and Majhon