Looking for the ultimate romantic getaway? Fall in love all over again in beautiful Prague, Eastern Europe’s “golden city of 100 spires”. The Czech capital, where old-world and modern merge, is famous for much more than its fairy tale castle, quirky clock, astounding architecture, bridges and beer. Grab your lover’s hand and have fun exploring this walkable and exciting city.
Step back in time…Meander the narrow, winding cobblestone lanes in the old Malà Strana district, past exquisite Baroque courtyards and gardens, funky restaurants and shops. Then follow local tradition and profess your eternal love for each other by attaching a padlock to one of the city’s bridges.
A visit to Old Town Square is a must, with lively street performers, horse drawn carriages, colourful buildings, and endless activity. On the hour, the Astronomical Clock features an entertaining procession of mechanical figurines. Stroll hand-in-hand across the statue-lined Charles Bridge, visit open-air markets, take in a concert, and be sure to enjoy a cold Pilsner (the world’s best!) in a local beer hall, or better yet, on the rooftop patio at Hotel U Prince at sunset.
A cruise through the heart of Prague on the Vltava river offers spectacular views of the city, as does a tram ride up to Prague Castle, where views of Old Town provide ample romantic photo ops (especially in the evening) and the Castle Orchestra serenades sweethearts.
Prague has so many unique restaurants, and charming luxury, boutiques and historic hotels for your special honeymoon, but there’s never enough time to take in all the city offers…Black Light Theatre, Petrin Hill Park, National Theatre, and even Kafkaesque sculptures of giant babies crawling up the telecommunications tower!
This city is rich with culture, where centuries-old architecture remains untouched by the War. Feast your eyes on pre-Romanesque, Gothic, Bohemian modern and Cubist styles. Look up, up, at the golden light reflected on the magnificent spires, turrets and steeples. There’s no place on earth for lovers like Prague.
5 Things to Know About Prague
- After John Lennon’s 1980 murder, memorial art, paintings, graffiti and Beatles’ lyrics have remained on a wall opposite the French Embassy.
- Prague is the biggest conservation area in the world.
- 97% of Czech beer is Pilsener, and 43 gallons are guzzled every year per person, which is more beer per capita than any country in the world.
- A museum in Prague houses the largest collection of historical toilets and chamber pots in the world.
- The city’s dark alleys and desolate squares produce many eerie sounds. Kafka and his friends thought ghouls were beating drums underground.
Originally published in Today’s Bride magazine, Fall/Winter 2017.