48 hours in Prague

Stepping into Prague is like stepping back in time. Cobblestoned streets, fairytale castles, the most beautiful architecture...this city is oozing with history and old-timey charm.

While I got used to traveling by myself during my spring holiday, I invited my friend Maddie to come with to Prague. I love traveling solo but sometimes I forget how much I miss the company of a friend, so it nice having her around and experience our first time in Eastern Europe together.

Day 1

We arrived in Prague fairly early, and even though our flight wasn't long, we were exhausted. So, I headed to my couch surfing host's place while Maddie went to her hostel, and we both took a nice long nap. Yes, we flew to an exciting, new destination and the first thing we did was sleep.

After some much need rest, we were finally ready to do some exploring and headed out into the center (Prague 1). Because neither of us did any research on what to see, we decided to just let the day take us wherever. We ended up walking along Vltava river, and since the weather warmed up from when we first arrived, we rented a paddleboat for a scenic tour down the riverbank.

 
View of the Dancing House from the river

View of the Dancing House from the river

Paddle boating down Vltava River - off to a great start in Prague!

Paddle boating down Vltava River - off to a great start in Prague!

Charles Bridge in the distance

Charles Bridge in the distance

 

As the sun started to set, we headed off to our next destination: the Lennon Wall (Velkopřevorské náměstí, 100 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic). I've seen so many great photos at this wall, and I love a good graffiti wall. Every now and then, they actually repaint the wall over so artists can put up new artwork. It's an ever-changing wall of art dedicated to John Lennon and a symbol for peace and love. How amazing is that?

 
Peace, love & friendship

Peace, love & friendship

"Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one." - John Lennon

"Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one." - John Lennon

 

After our visit to the wall, the weather became chilly again, so we headed back home again, just in time to miss the rain.

Day 2

Unfortunately, the weather was even more gray and gloomy the next morning. But despite the slight drizzling of rain, we knew we had to make the best of our last full day in Prague. Our first stop was Old Town Square. Even in the rain, I was completely blown away by the beauty of the architecture. You can tell this place is rich with history, and I felt like I was in a different time period.

 
Old Town Square with Church of Our Lady before Týn in the background

Old Town Square with Church of Our Lady before Týn in the background

Astronomical Clock

Astronomical Clock

St. Nicholas Cathedral

St. Nicholas Cathedral

 

On a warm, sunny day, I would've danced and skipped through the Square, but much to my dismay, it was starting to rain harder. So we grabbed a quick snack - Trdelník, a traditional Prague pastry - and a cup of hot chocolate while huddling under an umbrella.

 
Trdelník: rolled dough grilled on a stick and coated with sugar

Trdelník: rolled dough grilled on a stick and coated with sugar

Dusted with sugar and coated with nutella, what's not to like?

Dusted with sugar and coated with nutella, what's not to like?

 

Thankfully, it didn't rain for too long, and we made our way towards Charles Bridge.

 
Charles Bridge - the oldest bridge in Prague

Charles Bridge - the oldest bridge in Prague

 

Crossing the bridge, we followed the signs to Prague Castle. As we were making our way to the top, it was just starting to drizzle again, but that didn't stop us from taking in the amazing views.

 
The walk up to the castle provides stunning views overlooking Prague

The walk up to the castle provides stunning views overlooking Prague

 

Finally, after an uphill trek, we made it to the heart of the Prague Castle complex, where St. Vitus Cathedral is located. With its tall spires reaching towards the sky, the grand facade, and just the incredible amount of details, seeing the cathedral for the first time was a jaw-dropping moment.

 
Facade of the Cathedral

Facade of the Cathedral

Gothic-styled cathedral with towering, intricate spires

Gothic-styled cathedral with towering, intricate spires

 

It was evening by the time we were done exploring the castle grounds, and we were cold, wet, and hungry. So, we went back to my host's apartment, shared a lovely dinner, and rested up for our journey to Budapest the next day.

There were so many more places I would've loved to see, but the rain spoiled everything. It seemed like London's cold, rainy weather followed us to Prague! But not even the rain could diminish all the charm and beauty Prague had to offer. I loved walking on the cobble stone streets and being surrounded by stunning architecture. The only thing that would've made it better was if the people were warm and friendly, like the locals in Italy and Spain, but that's just a cultural difference you have to get used to.

*Originally published on Violets for Vivien