The “Golden City” covered in white – Part I

Thank god, this grey February is finally over! As I told you, I just don’t like this horrible month. So Moritz had the great idea to invite me to one of my most favourite cities in the world for the last weekend in February: to Prague! I’ve lived in Prague for 6 months in 2005 and again for 4 months in 2008, to do an internship and to write my thesis. And somehow, this magical city became very important to me and I HAVE TO come back again and again and again.

It takes six hours to travel from Stuttgart to Prague. You can take the train to Nürnberg and switch into a bus there. Very convenient! We arrived last Saturday in the early afternoon and found the “Golden City”… all white! Covered all in snow! Very beautiful, I have never seen the city like this.

We walked from the train station to our hotel, the “Grandhotel Bohemia”, close to the Municipal House (Obecní dům) and the Powder Tower.

Grandhotel Bohemia

Our room in the Grandhotel Bohemia in Prague

Grandhotel Bohemia in Prague - the lobby

A fantastic hotel. Don’t miss the huge breakfast buffet!!

We quickly put our luggage into our room and off we were, enjoying this beautiful city. We went to the Old Town Square  (Staroměstské náměstí) first. Here you find the Old Town City Hall with its famous Astronomical Clock,…

Prague Old Town City Hall with Astronomical Clock

… the Church of Our Lady before Týn (in the background)…

Church of Our Lady before Týn in Prague

…and the Jan Hus Memorial:

Jan Hus Memorial in Prague

We left the historic Old Town Square and went to the modern Wenceslas Square (Václavské námestí).

Wenceslas Square

Here you find a lot of shops and restaurants, but also the old Museum.

Prague Museum

We went into some shops and soon it got dark and were hungry. So it was time for some typical Czech cuisine, so we went to the “Novomestsky Pivovar Restaurant & Brewery”, close to Wenceslas Square.

It’s easy to miss the entrance to the restaurant as it doesn’t look like much from the outside.

Novomestsky_Pivovar_Brewery in Prague

But the interior is really something special:

Inside Novomesky Pivovar in Prague

Inside Novomesky Pivovar in Prague

In the main room you find big brew kettles, when you follow the labyrinth of corridors and stairways to the other rooms, you can admire all the wall paintings along the way…

Wall painting in Novomesky Pivovar in Prague

Wall painting in Novomesky Pivovar in Prague

Wall painting of Karl's Bridge in Wall painting in Novomestsky Pivovar in Prague

As all the tables in the main room were already full, we followed our waiter to one of the rooms downstairs.

Novomestsky Pivovar downstairs

What I like a lot about this place is a) the waiters are very friendly and b) they have menus in many different languages. Moritz and I ordered a Czech beer first. Even though I am not at all a beer drinker, I don’t mind the Czech beer very much. It tastes lighter than German beer and I managed to finish half of my glass (Moritz volunteered to drink the rest, he’s such a gentleman :-))

Enjoying Czech beer in Prague

We shared a garlic soup which came with breadcrumbs and a piece of Camembert cheese…?! Very tasty though!

prague_garlic-soup

As the main course, Moritz chose the Bohemian Platter…

Bohemian Platter

…which consists of roast pork, pork neck, sausage, two kinds of dumplings and sauerkraut.

I went for one of my most favourite Czech dishes: Svíčková!

Svíčková

Marinated sirloin with dumplings, cranberries, cream, brown sauce and – very important – a piece of lemon – what a dream!

After this rich dinner, we had to have a Becherovka of course, a cordial from Karlsbad.

Becherovka

We definitely needed an after-dinner walk! As it was already dark when we left the restaurant, we decided to go to Charles Bridge and take some night pictures.

Prague Charles Bridge

Prague Charles Bridge

Prague castle by night

Statue on Charles Bridge

Prague Kleinseite

Prague Kleinseite

On the way back to our hotel, we passed the Old Town Square again and found some stands where they sold mulled wine and Trdelnik, which consists of grilled dough, wrapped around a stick and topped with walnuts and sugar. “That makes a perfect dessert for our traditional Czech dinner” we thought and had some. Mmmmmhhhh! 🙂

Trdelnik stand in Prague

PerparingTrdelnik in Prague

Moritz eating Trdelnik

That was our first day in Prague. “Czech” out my next post about what we did on our second day! 🙂

More information about:

Prague

Grandhotel Bohemia

Novomestsky Pivovar Restaurant & Brewery

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