Saturday, November 09, 2013

Europe pre-wedding trip Day 1 (Prague)


Itinerary of today:
Prague airport
David's Apartment
Prague Castle
Dinner @Kolkovna Palac Savarin

Arrived at Prague at around 1:30p.m. Immediately we looked for the counter selling bus + train tickets to the city. (32 kc) As the exchange rate in the airport was extremely unreasonable, we decided to pay via credit card and exchange money in the city. And we found our decision very right!

Bus 100 to Zlicin Station

Train to Florenc Station

As we were joining another couple during the first half of our trip, we searched for a cheap apartment online. That's David's Apartment. With a 2-bedroom apartment, it only cost 4500 kc for 2 nights. It was just right next to the metro station Florenc, which was hassle free and convenient.

David's apartment is an old building with a very cute lift which can only take 4 people at a time. But the facilities inside were in good condition. There was an open kitchen with microwave oven. We could buy some food for supper and breakfast.
from the exit of train station. David's apartment is just right at the corner, the white building on the left

spacious main bedroom

another bedroom with 2 single beds

antique lift carrying 4 people at a time only

After we dropped our baggage, we went straight ahead nearby to exchange money. The rate was really good.
Since we missed our flight, we only got half day staying there in Prague. So we only visited Prague Castle. We took the train there. We were staving and bought a slice of big pizza at the metro station before we walked to the castle. (29 kc)

The Prague Castle was most likely founded in around 880 by Prince Bořivoj of the Premyslid Dynasty (Přemyslovci). According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, with an area of almost 70,000 m². As the UNESCO World Heritage site stated, it consists of a large-scale composition of palaces and ecclesiastical buildings of various architectural styles, from Roman-style buildings from the 10th century through Gothic modifications in the 14th century.

It was rainy and cold. We spent half an hour staying in the museum next to the castle to wait until the rain stopped. As it was already very late, we just toured around the Prague Castle but didn't manage to get inside. What ashamed.

As it was too cold and we didn't got enough clothes, we gave up our sight seeing (We didn't even visit the Old Town, the New Town and the Charles Bridge!!!! Gosh!) We took a tram to join our friends for dinner. And this is the restaurant I found online recommended by many bloggers. That's the Radnicni Sklipek. It took us quite a long time to get there as we were not familiar with the transport. But when we arrived at there, we were both very happy with it as the interior looked absolutely inviting.

The most famous dish is pork knuckle. It was big enough for 2 to share. We ordered 2 pork knuckles and 5 more dishes including mixed veggie, onion rings, potatoes and 2 desserts. We also ordered a big glass of draft beer and a cup of hot chocolate. And you know what? It was only 800 kc in total! Eating in Prague was much cheaper than we could imagine!

The restaurant is actually close to Moskva Prague Station with 10 minutes walk. We found the coach we were going to take to Cesky Krumlov the next day then headed back to our apartment. Had been a tiring day and gotta wake up early at 6a.m. packing our things and caught the coach at 8a.m.

Total expenses for 2 =2772kc
Prague airport bus                     32kc X2 =64kc
David's Apartment                     4500kc /2 =2250kc for 2 nights
Metro                                      29kc X2 =58kc
Prague Castle                           /
Dinner @Kolkovna Palac Savarin  800kc /2 =400kc for 2

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