Today’s *Mini Moon* inspiration features *A Crisp Winter Stay in Prague*
Last year, we took my mum for a special birthday to Prague in the Czech Republic. We had a weekend there in January and this was a perfect but rather cold little getaway!
This city is infused with history and beautiful architecture, and there are a plethora of activities to do. Every street is filled with photo opportunities. The cobbled maze of streets in the centre are wonderful to amble around, whilst the city’s position on the river set against the backdrop of the castle provides a stunning setting.
The famous 14th century stone bridge that crosses the Vltava river is located in the very heart of the city. It overlooks the river that is lined with beautiful buildings and is therefore the perfect spot for a photo opportunity.
This ‘square’ is more of a grand avenue, lined with shops leading up to the National Museum. It is the commercial heart of modern Prague and is named after the patron saint of Bohemia, Saint Wenceslas.
The perfect way to explore the ‘city of a thousand spires’ is to take a river cruise which takes a relaxing journey down the Vltava river. There are many cruise providers which offer a variety of cruises, including a lunch, dinner or jazz cruise. We opted for an afternoon cruise with tea and cake in the interior lounge and braved the -15 temperatures for a quick view on the upper deck.
*Old Town Square*
Located in the Old Town quarter of Prague, this historic square is the heart of Prague. Filled with stunning architecture, beautiful churches, quaint shops, little cafes and a relaxed atmosphere, this is the perfect place for a coffee or hot chocolate and cake stop.
This medieval clock is beautiful in its design and is a striking feature in Prague’s Old Town Square. Each hour, a small crowd gathers to see the procession of the Twelve Apostles on the clock.
Home to the President of the Czech Republic, this stunning medieval castle is seen clearly from the river, as it stands tall and impressively on the hill. Dating back to the 9th century, this is the largest ancient castle in the world. The site contains a whole host of attractions, including the cathedral, Golden Lane, toy museum and also has fantastic views over the city.
This cobbled street, situated in the Prague Castle area, is filled with crooked, small, colourful oldy world houses. Inside these quaint houses are homages to the artisans that once lived here, including impressive armoury and textile displays.
*St. Vitus Cathedral*
This Roman Catholic Metropolitan cathedral features gothic architecture and is a prominent feature in every Prague skyline. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Prague and has been the place of many coronations.
Found on the east bank of the Vlatava river the entwined towers are designed to represent dancers with the stoic male tower joined to the curved and elegant female tower.
A short stroll from Old Town Square, this medieval building has been the centre of much religious conflict and is a symbol of the history of religious change in Prague.
This beautifully stunning building containing an eclectic array of treasures, including over 200,000 volumes of theological and other literary works.
The hop on-hop off bus tour does a full loop of the main attractions in Prague and has 8 stops. Unfortunately, we were unable to use the usual bus, as they had all frozen due to the bad weather conditions but for the first part of the day, the company had sent minibuses to transport you to a specific venue. By the time we had finished at Prague Castle, they had put on coaches, which completed the full loop.
Rising high above the Vltava river, this lush green hill is covered with trees and parkland and can be accessed with a 30 minute walk, a short funicular ride or an even shorter taxi ride. This is also home to the Petrin Observation tower, a 60m, mini version of the Eiffel Tower. There are 299 steps to climb to the top of the tower which boasts wonderful views over Prague.
*John Lennon Wall*
This vibrant and colourful wall is filled with John Lennon inspired graffiti, as a homage to him, since his death in 1980.
Ironically, the ice bar did not feel any colder than the weather outside, particularly as we were given warm winter coats and gloves to wear inside. Drinks are served in glasses made of ice and there are ice sculptures and even a throne to ‘chill out’ on.
Nestled at the back of the Lego shop is a private collection of over 2000 Lego models, including pirate ships, Star Wars figures and spacecraft, all incredibly detailed and impressive. There are also interactive tables filled with Lego to build something yourself.
Also situated in the Prague Castle area, the museum is filled with numerous toys from all over the world. A real highlight for me whilst we were there was the Barbie exhibition, in which a hugely impressive collection of the famous dolls were on display.
A fraction of the size of Madame Tussauds, this charming museum hosts an array of world famous wax models and includes a section of Czech historical figures also.
We had such a lovely time in Prague, even with the -17 temperature that it dropped to. The sprinkling of snow was fantastic and this city really is perfect for a winter break.
*Next week | Bali*