There aren’t many places you can visit in the world where you can combine luxury, penthouse-style living, and stepping out into a cobbled street dating back to the 9th century. Prague is one such place.
When I first visited this beautiful destination back in 2014, I knew that a long weekend wasn’t enough to satisfy my desire to explore the cobbles and town squares littering the medieval city. So, when the opportunity arose for me to return, I knew exactly what my plan would be: a whole week, in an AirBnB. I scoured the property listings for weeks, until I found the perfect apartment – right in the city centre, modern, cosy, and with Netflix available (hey, I was living there for a week, I wanted to maintain my home routine…). The best part? Prague is astonishingly cheap, so the entire week cost less than a term’s worth of textbooks.
Having a proper ‘home’ as a base instead of a hotel was so refreshing; we woke up and had breakfast at our leisure (pastries galore – the local Tesco has a bakery section to rival Greggs!) wandered out of our door and straight into Wenceslas Square – named after Saint Wenceslaus, the patron saint of Bohemia, and the subject of the popular Christmas carol – and explored the vast city at our leisure. Each day brings a new itinerary: with so many sights to see; including the oldest European University, the architecturally fascinating Charles Bridge, and the iconic ‘Dancing House’; you’ll never have a day of wondering ‘what to do?’
Czech food is as much of a draw to Prague as its history. Expect warming, hearty comfort food in the form of goulash, dumplings, and deep-fried cheese…a local delicacy! Pork knuckle/knee also features heavily on local menus, but bring your appetite: this feast is often served for two people (which I took as a challenge…and won) and can lead to serious meat sweats! Once you’ve sampled enough savoury to satisfy your tastebuds, on practically every street corner you’ll find the delicious trdelník; a sweet dough cooked on a spit, sprinkled in sugar, with a variety of fillings (my favourite? Obviously Nutella.)
One thing is for sure; once you’ve fallen in love with this incredible city, you’ll be planning your return before you’ve left Vaclav Airport!