Prague has become one of my favorite cities here in Europe. We had the opportunity to visit the city this year during Easter and it was absolutely lovely! Prague is the capital and largest city on Czech Republic. Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of 20th-century Europe. Main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square with the Prague astronomical clock, the Jewish Quarter, Petřín hill and Vyšehrad. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
We had the pleasure to stay at the Kings Court Hotel in the heart of city center in Prague. I chose the Kings Court after seeing many wonderful reviews online and also because they have an indoor valet parking. After hearing so many horror stories about parking your car in a public open garage, I decided that we needed a safe place for our car. I hate to go on a vacation and have to worry about safety or break ins. That’s the last thing we want to do. As soon as we arrived at the hotel, they came greet us outside and took our bags and car right away. We checked in and went upstairs to get settled in our room. Wow what a room!! We got the Royal Suite, which was absolutely gorgeous and spacious. The room had a lovely balcony and you could see the beautiful city skylines and historic buildings, as well as the Municipal House across the street – they had an opera concert that night and we got to hear it enjoying a glass of wine from our balcony. Such a fun experience! The room also had views to the city center and the Palladium Mall.
Since it was our first trip outside Germany, I wanted to be a wonderful experience and staying in a 5 star hotel was just the ticket! The hotel provides a lovely breakfast in the morning but we also got the Executive Lunch, which basically are snacks and drinks all day until 8pm. The snacks were different cakes, fruits, salads, cheese plates, crackers and breads, smoked salmon appetizers AND juices, champagne, mimosas, wine, vodka, flavored water – you name it – all day long. So that was a great option for us instead of eating out while sight seeing.
The hotel is absolutely stunning and the staff is super helpful! They really want to make sure that you are having a great time and feeling comfortable. After a long day of sight seeing we enjoyed an evening at the spa before dinner. As soon as you enter the spa elevator you can already see the lavender sachet and booklet information with massage packets and the pool hours. Children are allowed in the pool but only until 5pm. After that the pool is for adults, only! When you enter the spa area you can do a little shopping and find some amazing essential oils. They have extra robes, slippers and towels as well and a nice relaxation space where you can lay down and read a book if you wish. The low light atmosphere makes everything so enjoyable and relaxing! Since we had our boys with us, we couldn’t enjoy the relaxation area as much as we wanted, we all know how things are when you have toddler boys – Busy times!! So we headed to the pool and let the boys splash around. The pool water was warm but not too cold not too hot. Perfect temperature for all of us! And a lovely hot tub, which was a hit with my 4 year old!! He really loved pushed all the buttons and seeing the water jets go on turning the water in different colors!!
The following morning we enjoyed a lovely early breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant before heading out for more sight seeing, which is one of the best morning meals I have ever had! They really go all the way when it comes to breakfast! Freshly squeezed Juices of all kinds, coffee cakes, fruits, meats and the best Latte ever! Helped us have a lot of energy and go out to see more sites. We left the hotel right after and it was still super early in the morning, so there wasn’t many people out exploring yet.
As you walk around Prague, you will see these fun antique cars from the years 1928-1935 taking people sightseeing. Since we didn’t have much time to stay in the city, and still wanted to see almost everything, we decided to go in one of those tours and see the city in four wheels. The kids were also ready for a break and to sit down a little bit. We had so much fun!!! The driver took us all around the main sites and more. We got to see everything we wanted and then choose what areas to explore more on our next visit. Since the weather was a bit chilly the driver had warm blankets for us! Once you visit the Old Town Square that’s when you realize that you are about to take a trip back in time, 600 or 700 years. The Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) is one of two main squares in Prague (Wenceslas Square is the other, just 5 minutes walk away).
With its ancient buildings and magnificent churches, this is one of the most beautiful historical sights in Europe. The Old Town Square dates from the 12th century and started life as the central marketplace for Prague. Over the centuries buildings of Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic styles were erected around the market, each bringing with them stories of wealthy merchants and political intrigue.
Stores selling beautiful Czech crystal and glass products are plentiful in Prague, as are those offering Czech porcelain. A unique gift is a handmade replica of historical glassware, such as drinking glasses from the times of Charles IV, Rudolf II, and other centuries. Oh if everything else fails, you will always have Hermes! Above, the lovely night views from our balcony – Municipal House and the street parallel to the hotel. And the Hotel’s main entrance door.
Since it was Easter weekend, they had Easter markets all around town. Which were absolutely adorable! These farm animals were right in front of the hotel in the city center. The kids loved to pet them and take pictures. There were also food and easter decor stands as well, where they sold from lovely handprinted easter eggs to hot chocolate and croissants. Spanish Restaurant near City Center Krusty Artisan Bakery and Cafe combines an artisanal bakeshop, stylish restaurant and relaxed café in Vodičkova Street in the centre of Prague. Above you can see the yummy snack called Trdlobasa, which is a type os croissant wrapped in a sausage. Very popular in the city!
Front of the hotel The Prague Easter markets are open daily from 01st to 23rd April 2017 at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square (5 minutes walk from each other). The markets consist of brightly decorated wooden huts selling traditional handicrafts: glassware, jewellery, embroidered lace, wooden toys, metalware, ceramics, scented candles, and puppets and dolls. The most common sight is brightly coloured hand-painted Easter eggs, which Czech ladies dressed in traditional costumes can personalise for you by painting on a name or special message.
But the Easter markets are not just about shopping. Visitors can observe traditional foods being made, and sample all manner of local produce. Large hams are roasted on spits, there are terribly unhealthy but wonderfully tasty barbequed sausages (klobása), and cakes and pastries prepared in front of you, such as ‘Trdelník’, a hot sugar coated pastry.Charming old streets and unique architecture. Also, the busy Palladium Mall – a must stop for a fun shopping spree.
One of the most fun and lovely experiences when going to Prague is to see the Astronomical Clock. The medieval astronomical clock adorns the southern wall of the Old Town City Hall in the Old Town Square. It announces every hour with 12 apostles passing by the window above the astronomical dial and with symbolic sculptures moving aside. That makes it a popular tourist attraction. We got to see a bride taking photos right in front of the clock! She was having such a good time and we enjoyed to see all the people gather and watch her during her photoshoot.
The clock is so beautiful and the wooden figures of apostles with their attributes appear in the windows every hour, while at the same time some of the sculptures begin to move: the Death holds its hourglass and beckons to the Turkish man sculpture, which shakes its head in response. There is Vanity portrayed as a man with a mirror and Miserliness as a man with a moneybag, shaking a stick. The other statues, that don´t move, are an Astronomer, a Chronicler, a Philosopher and an Angel. When the apostles finish their journey, the golden cockerel at the top crows and quivers its wings, the bell rings and the clock chimes the hour.
Charles Bridge (Karlův most) with the castle in back.And here we are! The famous Charles Bridge!!! Charles Bridge is a stone Gothic bridge that connects the Old Town and Lesser Town (Malá Strana). It was actually called the Stone Bridge (Kamenný most) during its first several centuries. Its construction was commissioned by Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and began in 1357. In charge of the construction was architect Petr Parléř whose other works include the St. Vitus Cathedral at the Prague Castle. It is said that egg yolks were mixed into the mortar to strengthen the construction of the bridge. There is a tower standing on each end of the bridge. Both the Staroměstská věž on the Old Town end and the Malostranská věž on the Malá Strana end can be climbed for a view of Prague and the bridge from above.
A total of Baroque statues began to be placed along either side of Charles Bridge in the 17th century. Now many of them are copies and the originals can be seen in the Lapidarium. The most popular statue is probably the one of St. John of Nepomuk, a Czech martyr saint who was executed during the reign of Wenceslas IV by being thrown into the Vltava from the bridge. The plaque on the statue has been polished to a shine by countless people having touched it over the centuries. Touching the statue is supposed to bring good luck and ensure your return to Prague. A must see! Visiting Prague in the Winter time was so much fun! Seeing all the sites and Easter markets was such a lovely experience for us and we can’t wait to go back. Staying in a nice hotel, which was short distance walk, definitely helped us to have a wonderful experience.
Contact Kings Court Hotel on your next trip to Prague and enjoy a awesome stay in this romantic city!