The first thing that strikes you about this historic city is probably the abundance of rich and ornate architecture. History is palpable at every turn in Prague, and while it is no doubt not the first thing that springs to mind as an activity, my morning runs in the crisp morning sunshine along the Vltava river were the most idyllic way to start the day.
morning runs in the crisp morning sunshine along the Vltava river were the most idyllic way to start the day
While mine were a haphazard fusion of my own Google mapping skills, if you are planning a visit then you may be interested to know that the Boscolo hotel offers guided morning runs around the city which will no doubt be more informative.
Like so many cities, I think one of the best things to do here is simply to wander around and do a fair amount of eating. There is a reason particular things are on the tourist trail, and a jaunt over Charles Bridge (built in 1357), which will no doubt introduce you to buskers and merchants alike takes you on a merry dance to Prague Castle (and some extremely good spots for coffee and croissants en route).
A jaunt over Charles Bridge (built in 1357)… takes you on a merry dance to Prague Castle
Confection coloured buildings reminiscent of a Disney movie abound, and in winter it’s as though the romance of this city takes a step up. If you can find a spot to tuck into hot chocolate then no doubt life will seem complete, at least for a little while.
In the evening, stroll around the old town and take a peek at the famous astronomical clock, or Prague orloj. A medieval construction, it was built in 1410, making it the third oldest in the world, and sits in a square buzzing with activity and surrounded by boutiques and shops that are a treasure trove to explore.
Boscolo brings unending decadence courtesy of its palatial style and cavernous spa area
In short, Prague has an abundance of attractions that are worth seeing, but a big part of enjoying the city is simply wandering around it and, as is the case in so many places, eating and drinking. As such, the city’s hotels really provide something wonderful to visitors, particularly in the form of location – placing you in the midst of everything that’s going on whilst providing a haven to relax in as well.
Boscolo does this with unending decadence courtesy of its palatial style and cavernous spa area, which is unusual in a busy city. It is perfect for a winter break that lives up to the city’s reputation for romance. Alternatively, Hilton Prague is an altogether more contemporary experience that makes for a wonderful base for friends visiting for a mini break and a spot of Christmas shopping or families looking for a cultural jaunt over the holidays or even a weekend.
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