- 8 years ago
I just wanted to suggest Prague as a potential honeymoon destination for anyone looking for a beach alternative. While, I would recommend all of Europe, Prague is not on the Euro and at current exchange rates, this makes a HUGE difference. FI and I took a trip to Prague earlier this year and we both fell in love with the city. There is a lot of culture here and it holds onto a truely Eastern European feel. The whole city had a very romantic feeling and is completely walkable (public transportation is also easily avaliable via street trains). There is not so much Engligh spoken (about the same as Spain), our biggest language challenge was geting from the airport to our hotel but we quickly remidied the situation by showing the address to a taxi driver. So, what is there to do in Parague, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants and shops. There is a palace and cathedral where you can take in a ceremoneous changing of the guards and have a great view of the city. There is the St. charles bridge adorned with statues and street artists.Street musicuans tend to hang out around the water as well. There is the astroomical clock which dates to the 12th century, and several local beers to sample. TOf course there’s the national gallery and the opera house and various other museums. There are also plenty of chances to wander off the beaten path and feel like you have stepped back in time wandering down narrow cobblestone roads. We even saw a couple taking wedding photos by the castle.
From a cost perspective, your biggest expense will be the flights. I get email from Lufthansa and they often have some great sales which are announced via email. This is what motivated us to go. Kayakcom is also a great place to comparitive price flights. Once you find a flight price you are happy with, head on over to http://www.hrs.com where I believe you will be pleasantly suprised by hotel prices. We booked ours a couple of months in advance and paid about $50 per night for the room, including a light breakfast. When I looked one week before, the same hotel was at $90 per night so book early. Since the hotel was so chea, we thought we would be outside the city. We were about 4 stops from the heart of Prague in an area with some nice restaurants that was a bit less touristy. This was actually a great bonus because we had delicious and cheap dinners. Our first night brought us to a Spanish inspired restaurant next door to the hotel where we each had an appetizer, main course and 2 half liters of beer for about $35 total. I read on the internet, a local would pay about 50 CZK while tourist places charge about 80CZK. We generally used this as a rule to determine if a place was too touristy for us but happily paid 120CZK for a beer when we wanteda seat in the main plaza. Hope this gives you an idea of how doable Prague. The dollar goes a lot further in CZK than EUR (www.xe.com will give you up to date exchange rates).
I know Europe can be a scary place for picky eaters. If you like gamey foods like wild boar, deer, rabit, etc. Prague wil be your dream. I do not like any of those things but had no problem finding delicious dishes, a goat cheest and sun dried tomato baguette stands out in my mind at the moment. If you want to play it really safe, there are of course Italian restaurants serving up pizza and pasta.
Since we’ve already been this will not be my honeymoon but I thought I would throw it out there for those of you still planning. Due to cooler temperatures, I would recommend this as a great place from April (when we went) to September/October. If you go any later than that, just be prepared for winter. I was wearing a winter coat and scarf in April. If you are considering Parague or another European destination and have questions, feel free to PM me.