Christmas in Prague Pt2


So, to leave off from our previous post, after sightseeing, Christmas rolled around. We decided to celebrate our christmas on Christmas Eve, since we were leaving on December 26th to head back to Dublin. Although I had read online that everyone in the Czech Republic celebrates Christmas on on Christmas Eve, everything was open in town until about 2pm or so including the Christmas Markets. So we picked up a few food items, and got ourselves a chicken from the grocery store, and made ourselves quite the little Christmas Dinner.Christmas in Prague Christmas in Prague Christmas in Prague Christmas in PragueWe decided that we would walk around on Christmas Day to take photos of the city – assuming that no one would really be out in the city, but we were totally wrong. On Christmas Day all of the markets and restaurants were opened, which kind of shocked me. I’ve never seen SO many places open and so many people out on Christmas Day. So we saw a few more sites…

Charles Bridge

This is the most popular/well-known bridge in Prague. Construction started in 1357 under King Charles IV. It has about 30 statues from the Baroque period on it.

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View of Charles Bridge from across the river

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View of the city from atop the bridge

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One of the 30 statues on Charles Bridge

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End of the Charles Bridge

Prague Castle

The Prague castle is the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic. It is also the largest ancient castle in the World. It was first constructed in 870. When Adolf Hitler strong armed the present during WWII, he actually spent a night in the castle. He turned the castle into headquarters for the Nazi Occupation of the “Bohemian region”.

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In the courtyard of the Castle with St. Vitus’s Cathedral in the background

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The other side of the courtyard in prague castle

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Inside St. Vitus’s Castle

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The front of St. Vitus’s Cathedral

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One of the guards of the castle

We also ate at some Yummy Yummy Restaurants….

Čestr

This was a fantastic Steak restaurant where we went to treat ourselves to a nice lunch. Want to see my full restaurant review? If theres one type of food I love, it’s steak. So I couldn’t wait to get in here and try this restaurant on my recent visit to Prague. We tried calling at noon on a Monday, and they are so popular that they were already fully booked for the entire day, so we settled on a lunch reservation for the next day.Click here.

Cestr

Beef broth with egg

Steak Sampler for splitting

Steak Sampler for splitting

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Aged pear brandy with ice-cream made out of beer. So YUMMY!

Pivovar U Tří růží

This was a really great pub/tavern that brews it’s own Monastery Brew. They also made AWESOME goulash soup in a bread bowl.

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Whiskeria v Jindřišské věži

This was an awesome little pub that had a TWENT EIGHT PAGE whiskey menu! The inside is quite small, but also old and rustic looking – perfect for a glass of whiskey. We sat down in some comfy leather chairs, perfect for some whiskey sipping. There was a table with a chess board built into it, but unfortunately for us it was already taken by another couple. We went to open the whiskey menu, and WOW, their menu is insane (and that’s putting it lightly). There were about 28 pages in their whiskey menu, with probably 25 different types of whiskey per page. They did have a small menu, which apparently changes weekly, but we weren’t hungry so we didn’t order any food.

I can’t rate this place as a restaurant, and although they do serve food I don’t think it’s really meant to be one. This is place meant for sitting in leather chairs, in an old rustic building, while sipping some nice, straight, whiskey.

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Toby sitting in the nice comfy leather chairs

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They serve your glass of whiskey WITH the bottle

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Part of the insanely large whiskey menu

All in all – it was a great trip to Prague. I highly recommend everyone going to Prague. The architecture could rival Zurich or Paris. It’s pretty cheap as far as major cities go, and it’s easily accessible by foot. If you get a chance to go, definitely do not turn it down.

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