Each year, right before Christmas, I go on a trip with my mother to get into the perfect Christmas mood. Last year we went to Vienna and this year we decided on Prague. I must admit (somewhat ashamedly) that I thought I was going to some backwards ex-Soviet republic, but to my surprise I found a modern, trendy, hospitable and absolutely gorgeous city which was like a fairytale to walk around in.
Of course the main reason we went here were all the Christmas markets out of which the largest were on the Old Town Square as well as on Wenceslas Square and there were smaller markets every here and there no matter where in the city you were. These pictures are a mix of here and there, but they all convey the spirit of Christmas.
And yeah, well, what can I say, at least they had smoked those chips really well. But make sure to try local delicacies, such as the thin bread rolls baked over open fire in the picture below.
And then there are ornaments. I have as a tradition to always buy a Christmas ornament to remember my trips by. One day when I’m all grown up and will actually have a Christmas tree, these ornaments will remind me of all my lovely trips around the world. This time I bought both a hand painted ornament with some local architecture as well as one of these angels.
When you’re tired of Christmas stuff (you will get tired after a while), explore the areas surrounding the Prague Castle. With it’s immense history and beautiful architecture, not unique only to the castle, but to all of Prague, you can spend hours just walking around in the narrow alleys and over beautiful bridges, most notably, the Charles Bridge.
If you’re a narcissist like me, you’ll enjoy this maze. The less enjoyable part is that it took forever for me to actually find my way out of it.
Just next to the maze there was a lookout tower built for an industrial exhibition in 1891 (just as the maze was). I am DEATHLY afraid of heights when they’re open air solutions like these. The only thing standing between me and a huge leap into death were these bars and I’m surprised I actually could hold my hands steady enough to take this picture with a wonderful view over the Charles Bridge.
The Castle itself isn’t just A castle. It’s a bundle of castles built in different eras and they actually compile into an imperial city which was secluded in the old days when the Habsburgs still ruled the place. Oh how I miss those days…
If you wanna get drunk, that’s no problem. There’s alcohol everywhere and it’s dirt cheap as well.
I dunno who wins the posing contest here. I’m trying to look as stern as he does though. When walking down from the Prague Castle, you sooner or later get to the famous Charles Bridge. The swans at its shore were scary as heck (I was attacked by one when I was a kid, hence the trauma), but make for a pretty addition to the scenery.
To treat ourselves to something special, we ate at the adorable Restaurant Ungelt. A Michelin Star restaurant with delicious food and immensely friendly staff. We thought, what the heck, we’re worth this. When we saw the bill we were kind of shocked though. A three course meal for two persons for a total of 70€!!! That is like… CHEAP. Everything else was cheap too. A taxi from the airport to our hotel located in Prague 1 (yes, they go from like 1-8, just like the arrondissements in Paris) cost 15€ and I was appalled when I went to Louis Vuitton and found out my bag actually cost 200€ less in Prague than it did in London. Talk about being bummed!
So if you want cheap (and GREAT) shopping on top of that wonderful Christmas feeling from all the markets while you take in the beautiful architecture all around, Prague is my tip for your next Christmas trip. I bet it’s beautiful in the summer too, a fact I need to check out soon. I lit one of these candles (in walnuts) together with this adorable girl to thank universe. Universe certainly has given me so very much this year.
Merry Christmas my dear friends, but no worries, I will keep you updated with new posts all Christmas long!