(Closed) Anyone go to Prague or Crete for an October honeymoon?

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We went on an early honeymoon through Eastern Europe. We spent 4 days in Prague. We were there almost the last week of October 2010. I’m from CA and definitely love the warm weather.

Prague was chilly and sometimes cold, but not uncomfortable. I had a medium-light weight wool jacket that was lined. It was hip length (not long). I also had a pair of cheapy knit gloves, a scarf, and a hat. I was fine. I only wore the hat and scarf at night a few times to keep my ears warm. I wore jeans and good socks. My Fiance needed a hat more than me – due to his short hair (ears).

We walked late at night and it was still okay. The coldest I was – was on a river cruise. We sat on top vs. inside. That was cold – but it was mostly the wind.

It rained maybe 2x, but we still stayed out wandering around the city.

As long as we were moving I didn’t really feel the cold.

I loved it there. I also liked going in October. There were less tourists. It was beautiful (colors of the trees) and I actually enjoyed the weather. Plus, the spiced wine was out – soooo good.

We stayed at Hotel Sax. – http://www.hotelsax.cz/?r=3719126&gclid=CMq0_qG-kakCFQUDbAodRm5Upw

It wasnt a 5 star hotel. If you want American plush and really lux for your honeymoon, then I wouldnt consider it. However, it was nice, clean, and comfortable, was in a great location (close to the US embassy and a short walking distance to the tourist spots), had friendly staff, included a big breakfast including a buffet and a chef that would make you things to order, included a happy hour thing with food (we didnt go bc we were out and about), and the thing Fiance loved the most – it included a laptop in every room with free internet. I picked the sax online because it looked fun. Some of my other pics during this trip weren’t the best, but I’d stay at the Sax again.

I would say – you could probably see all the sights in 2 days. The main tourist stuff is all together. We even walked to the newer sections of town away from tourist central – which was a nice trek. Because we were going other places, we wished we spent 1 less day in Prague and 1 more day elsewhere.

Post # 5
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Great. Glad I could help! I had a great time. It’s such a beautiful place. If it helps any, I can list the places we visited that we really enjoyed. I’ll probably have time to go through our intinerary later tonight. There was one or two places that we missed because of timing and hours open that I wished we could have seen.

Post # 7
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our first part of our honeymoon will be in Crete (oct 15th) — then heading to Santorini, Mykonos, & finishing off in Athens.. (coming back the 27th) Although a bit chilly.. heard that the more “south” you are, the warmer it will be around that time of year — Prague sounds lovely

Post # 8
746 posts
Busy bee

I spent part of my honeymoon in Prague in late September.  As someone else said, the weather was a bit cool, but we didn’t have to pack parkas & snow boots.  It was really quite nice.  Normally, I stay in more European hotels while traveling solo in Europe, but my husband can be very picky, so we actually went with a Marriott or something a little more “American” while in Prague so that there would be more “familiar” dining options for him in case we couldn’t find anything “recognizable” in the local restaurants <sigh>.  We really don’t remember any of our dining experiences, but good beer is the norm in the Czech Republic regardless of whether it’s consumed in a hotel, a restaurant or a bar, so that’s what he always remembers!  We were also astonished at how big the Vlatva River is.  Before we went, someone on a travel board had suggested that you could take a paddle boat.  When we got there & saw that it was the size of the Mississippi & not small like the Seine in Paris or the Tiber in Rome, we decided to forego that option & do our exploring on land!

Post # 9
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Sorry for the delay. Here’s the places we really enjoyed while in Prague

  • Prague Castle Complex – There’s alot of things to see in this area. We went during the day to see everything. Then we went back late at night. At night, you can just walk around, but a lot of the indoor things are closed. It’s beautiful at night. It includes 3 churches, a monastary, the Old Royal Palace, museums, galleries, gardens, and towers. It also has the Golden Lane which is an old street kept intact. It was being restored when I was there and we could only see a little bit. Outside of the Complex, there are gardens where I think the moat used to be. It’s amazing. You take a trail down into the old moat.
  • Old Town Square is pretty. There were festivals when we were there. The Astronomical Clock is in the town square. You can walk up to the top for a nice view. There is also an hourly display of the 12 apostles – but it is definitely not worth the wait. We waited – we shouldn’t have wasted the time. We just wandered the streets. through this whole area. There are lots of shops. It is really small and walkable.
  • The Jewish Quarter. You can buy a pass at the The Jewish Museum if you want to see the sites. We saw the Maisel Synagogue, the Pinkas Synagogue, the Spanish Synagogue, the Old Jewish Cemetery, the Klaus Synagogue, the Ceremonial Hall, and the Old-New Synagogue. I found the Cemetary the most interesting. This area is very nice. Old. We just walked the streets. Don’t go on Saturday – it’s all shut down.
  • Charles Bridge and the statues on the Bridge. We thought the Bridge would take a day – it didnt. Everything is really walkable. I liked going early in the morning and late at night when noone was there.
  • Kampa Island – beautiful. My prettiest pics were taken around here. Stairs from the Charles Bridge.
  • We wandered a lot and went into a lot of churches. I personally think they are beautiful. We stayed for services in one, which was interesting (and freezing!)
  • We walked to New Town, which is less picture perfect and touristy. It has new buildings next to old. The National Museum is here. We didnt have time to go in. Lots of American type fast food and stores here.
  • Check out some of the puppetry shops – very cool.
  • Have a Pilsen – I’m not a huge beer fan, but it was so good. Loved the goulash and spiced hot wine. I don’t recall the places we ate. We just stopped at cafes – check the prices though, they vary alot. Also, they’ll charge you for everything- water, condiments, and any appetizers they place on your table – even if you don’t ask for them (bread, nuts, etc). It’s so different.
  • FI enjoyed the museum of medieval torture. It freaked me out.
  • St. Agnes Covenant – If you have extra time, its interesting. Prob. not a must see. Fiance was bored.
  • Lesser Quarter – Very pretty. Old town is on one side of the charles bridge and lesser quarter is on the other. We just wandered.
  • Take a boat tour along the river. There’s small and big boats. We just hopped on a smaller one for an hour. It was really cold on the river in Oct.
  • If your staying a week or more, you could consider a day trip. We saw alot in 3 days and went back to the Bridge and Castle multiple times.
  • One place I wished we could have made was Strudel. We saw it on a Travel Channel show. The Strudel looked delicious and was cheap – it has odd hours though and is a ways away.
  • Mostly, we just wandered. We found quiet areas and found things we weren’t looking for. We went out late at night and there were lots of people out. We felt really safe. People were friendly. Many of the younger people knew English. The older knew fragmented English.
  • One thing – the cobblestone streets killed my ankles. They were so swollen. I brough sneakers and boots. Switching the shoes helped. 

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