A WEEKEND GETAWAY: FROM BERLIN TO PRAGUE
I have been to Prague 4 times now and probably sound like a salesperson anytime I talk about this wonderful city to someone. I can't get enough of it. Prague is the capital (and largest) city of Czech Republic. The gothic yet romantic architecture towers over winding cobblestone roads that you'll want to get infinitely lost in. We loved finding the off the beaten path, underground restaurants where you can still eat like a king (or queen) on a budget.
We stayed at the gorgeous DESIGN HOTEL NERUDA which is in one of my favorite (less touristy) parts of Prague. It's just a stone through away from the Lesser Town Square where the castle resides directly behind the hotel along with the best views of the city. The building was built in 1348 and has been remodeled with a modern flair. Exploring the different levels of the winding hotel is fascinating and every detail was taken into account from the rugs to the ornate mirrors, and the best part- bathtubs in the bedrooms. The quaint, uphill street is lined with pastel colored historical architecture, cafes, and endless Czech cuisine. The hotel was designed by the famous architect Borek Sipel and designer Barbora Skorpilova who created modern elements infused with a classical twist. Each one of the 42 rooms is designed uniquely. The hotel has a delicious breakfast with all sorts of fresh fruit, traditional Czech pastries, along with scrambled eggs and baked beans (one of my favorite high protein breakfast combos.) Hotel Neruda also has a private spa where you can get massages or enjoy the sauna and whirlpool.
We partnered with the Czech Republic Tourism Board to do an Instagram Takeover (where you can see more photos from my trip) and to find out about all of the best spots to see along with upcoming events in Prague. Here are some of the suggested spots to see (and my favorites for photographing!)- The Charles Bridge is amazing at sunrise. Unfortunately, this trip we tried both mornings and were only welcomed with low lying clouds but it's always worth a try and beautiful nonetheless. The Letna Beer Garden is great for a stroll, super cheap Czech Beer, and catching the sunset over the city. The Prague Castle and Lesser Town Square is gorgeous from every angle and is surrounded by vineyards which makes it a great pitstop for some wine and views (did I mention the endless epic views?) The Old Town Square is named a Unesco World Heritage Site and is a must see for the famous Astronomical Clock. I would highly recommend going up the Old Town Hall Tower to get a better perspective of how vast the Old Town area is. For some awesome wall art check out the Lennon Wall which is covered in graffiti and murals. If the weather allows, taking a cruise on the Vltava River can be a blast and a great way to see the town from afar. One of my all time favorites for a spectacular view and dinner is the Strahov Monastic Brewery. Ordering the goulash in a bread bowl and the house beer is a must!
A few tips for your trip to Prague... I'm not a math person- hint my career choice in photography. That's why when I travel to a country that has a currency different than euros I get super confused. Download TravelBug to help track what you're spending because even though it might look like monopoly money- it isn't. We used Uber getting to and from the bus station to our hotel which was about a 15 minute drive. We were shocked that it was only 5 Euros for the drive! The cabs can be very expensive off in Prague so using an Uber will save you a ton of money!
We teamed up with FLIXBUS to travel from Berlin to Prague in just 4 hours. I love this company because it makes traveling SO easy. Instead of trying to catch a train to the airport, waiting in line to check baggage, go through security, then try to find your way to the center of town- Flixbus makes everything much more simple. It picks up from multiple locations in every city and has tons of direct routes, making your trip less stressful. Not to mention there is Wifi on board along with charging outlets, so we worked on our computers the whole day there! The prices are unbeatable and the big comfy chairs make it easy to relax or sleep.