Valentine’s day is fast approaching and a romantic getaway is a perfect excuse to explore a new corner of the world. And it when it comes to dreamy European cities, there’s nowhere quite so magical as Prague.
Winding cobbled streets, cosy pubs on every corner, bohemian outdoor markets and breath-taking views no matter where you look, the so-called ‘golden city’ was made for couples. With careful planning, in just a short weekend break you can see all its varied sights and enjoy plenty of quality time with your other half.
To help you organise a faultless trip, we’ve put together five date ideas guaranteed to have you leaving the Czech Republic feeling blissfully loved up.
#1: Watch the Sunset From Charles Bridge
Lined with statues, the gothic Charles Bridge is Prague’s most recognisable landmarks and it looks it’s most beautiful at sunset.
Make it a proper date night by getting dolled up to the max in a killer dress and sharp suit, watch as the last few rays disappear and then head off for a candlelit dinner in one of the picturesque riverside bars and restaurants.
A good tip if you’re having a couple of wines is to pick up a business card for the hotel you’re staying at and keep it in your wallet. When you book a taxi at the end of the night you can hand them the card without having to worry about forgetting the address.
#2: Climb Petrin Hill
Offering stunning views across the whole city, a morning climb up Petrin hill is the perfect way to while away a few hours.
For those who don’t fancy the exercise, the funicular will take you straight to the top. Before you hop on, stop for ice cream at the nearby Angelato’s – it’s amazing and one of Prague’s hidden culinary gems.
#3: Explore Prague Castle
Supposedly the largest ancient castle in Europe, the sprawling Prague Castle is must-see for history buffs and one of the best things to do in Prague.
Nestled above the rooftops and busy tourist areas, it’s the perfect vantage point to get a true sense of the architectural diversity on display in the city. Play a game of spot-the-100-spires, then head inside the castle for a guided tour to learn more about its dramatic past.
#4: Experience the Old Town Square
For a true sense of the long and tumultuous history of Prague, the Old Town Square is the place to be.
As well as the several memorials and statues hidden about, there’s also the one-of-a-kind medieval astronomical clock to visit. Dating back to the 15th century, it attracts huge crowds as its hourly display starts.
#5: Take a Wander Hand in Hand
You can sign up to one of the many walking tours on offer, but taking a wander and figuring out the city by yourselves is much more romantic.
With crisscrossing alleys to explore and beautiful architecture to discover, you’ll be occupied all afternoon. Plus, as beer is a Czech diet staple, you’ll find plenty of relaxing taverns to warm up in throughout your stroll.
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