This summer my family and I had the amazing opportunity to head to the Czech Republic. Now this wasn’t our first time in the country…but rather our 8th! The Czech Republic has stolen a piece of our hearts ever since we first went there back in 2005 (and we actually considered moving to Prague in 2012, but that’s a story for another day).
We’ve been going to the Czech Republic all these years to volunteer to help run an English Camp in the south of the Czech Republic with our church. We normally get to spend about a week total in Prague and a week at the camp. We have met so many amazing people and got to see so much of this beautiful country.
Having been to Prague so many times, we often get asked on where to stay, where to eat, and what to do. So I decided to put together a bit of a mini Prague city guide!
WHERE TO STAY:
We were hosted by the Maximilian Hotel during our stay in Prague. It is a beautiful hotel steps from Old Town Square in Prague which is one of the city’s hubs near the Charles Bridge.
Maximilian Hotel has tons of European history, architecture, and charm with the comforts of home. The rooms are generous in size (which can be uncommon in Europe).
We got two rooms, one with a king bed for my wife and I, and one with two twin beds for our kids! The kids loved having their own space.
The breakfast at the Maximilian is out of this world. They have an amazing buffet supplemented with hot items you can order off their menu, like eggs benedict, omelettes, and french toast – all of it is included with your room. There are some unique above and beyond features – like a fresh herb garden and fresh honey dripping off a honey comb for your yogurts.
The staff were all so helpful and friendly and made our stay one to remember!
We would definitely stay here again next time we are in the city. Make sure to check them out!
Oh, and last but not least, they had probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen at a hotel – you could request your very own pet fish for your stay! When we got into the kids’ room we noticed a card that said if you were missing your pet at home you could request one and they would provide you a pet fish during your stay. Our kids loved little Max in their room.
WHERE TO EAT:
There are a ton of high quality, amazing restaurants in Prague. Typically if you eat on a main square (like Old Town Square), you will pay more based on your location. But there are lots of hidden gems in the city.
If you are in Prague for any length of time, you HAVE to eat at Marina Ristorante. It is an Italian restaurant that is on a floating barge on the Vltava River. Make sure to sit on the upper deck, the pizzas are incredible and the views are some of the best in the city.
We also ate at Las Adelitas for some authentic Mexican food right in Old Town Square.
The other restaurant I would recommend would be Pasta Fresca. It’s located right off Old Town Square and the main dining room is under ground.
Oh…and make sure you get some Trdelník with ice cream – life changing.
Here are four things you must see/do while in Prague:
- Head up to the Prague Castle. There are some amazing views of the city up there, plus the history and architecture is incredible. They also have their own vineyard where you can stop and get some wine.
- Walk the Charles Bridge at night (side note, that’s where me and my wife got engaged). There is live music and the atmosphere is electric.
- During the day you can take a boat ride or rent a petal boat and go down the Vltava River. If you are going to get a boat ride, make sure to take one from the guys in the white sailor outfits at the end of the Charles Bridge (they are the best)
- Go check out the John Lennon graffiti wall (an Instagram hot spot for sure)
So there is my mini Prague tour guide. Have you been to Prague before? If so, what would you add to my list of must dos and must eats?
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