Hello all, I am here with the last installment of my Prague travel series detailing what I got up to on my last day in the Czech Republic!
Saturday 23rd March
After one last fat breakfast, I checked out and left my stuff in the luggage room in order for me to squeeze in the last few attractions.
The first stop of my last was Prague Zoo which was a bit of a distance away from main Prague (a metro and shuttle bus to be precise). So I was super excited about going to the Zoo because I was curious to see the animals that were on display in Prague. I spent approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes at the Zoo to visit the different exhibitions and I am pretty sure that I didn’t see everything that Zoo had to offer. However, I did take the opportunity to go on the really cool stair lift which overlooked the whole Zoo and also caught some of the sights of Prague. From the polar bears to the chimpanzees and variety of pretty birds the zoo didn’t fail to disappoint in terms of variety and fascination of the different animals from around the globe similar to my experience at Copenhagen Zoo.
House at Stone Bell
After a long journey from the Zoo and a very filling hot dog, I decided to visit the House at Stone Bell showcasing both modern and contemporary art for the Prague City Gallery. I was stunned by the gothic architecture of this building and a fun fact is that this structure and its inception was brought about by King Charles IV (the mind behind the infamous Charles Bridge). The exhibition was short and brief occupying two floors but some of the more visual and interactive art on display caught my eye overall. The building also acts as a venue for chamber music concerts that take place in a separate area within the building.
House of Golden Ring
I decided to make the House of Golden Ring the last stop.on my trip.simply because it took me forever to find it (it was hidden in a street behind the Old Town Square). This too has remnants of gothic architecture within the building structure similar to that of the House at the Stone Bell. This building is part of the collection of the City of Prague Museum buildings showcasing the history of Charles IV through its exhibition. Going through the museum takes you through the timeline of Charles IV from when he was born to when his name was changed From Wenclansas to Charles and his rise to being the King of Bohemia. On top of this, you also get to see the general history and evolution of the city of Prague throughout the ages.
I then decided to go for a brisk walk around the Old Town Square one last time before the bittersweet realisation that I had to make my way back to my hotel and draw to a close on my solo Prague adventures.
In hindsight, I feel like I was able to see a good handful of attractions considering the vast amount of attractions Prague has to offer. There were some places I would have liked to squeeze in but the main places I wanted to see I covered on this trip. The weather took me by surprise with the fact it was quite sunny during the day so I was walking around carrying a huge black fur coat; this coat came in handy during the evening when it was on the cold and windy side. I did tons of walking to the point that I questioned why I even purchased a travel card but, alas the travel card was necessary when getting between some attractions. One thing I must rave about and heavily advice for those visiting Prague is purchasing the Prague card. If you are like me who loves to visit museums and attractions then this card is for you they offer student rates as well for those looking to save a few coins. I must add that purchasing a 3-day card doesn’t mean that it is valid for 72 hours after the activation time. For example, I purchased a 3-day card to start From Thursday which was valid from Thursday to Saturday. Had I purchased the card to start on Wednesday, it would have ọnly been valid from Wednesday to Friday. The card also entitles you to a discount to a few of the attractions and also discounts from some restaurants which I chose not to redeem during my trip. I have to shoutout to Google Maps and Monzo for being my companions as always on my travel adventures and I am looking forward to wherever and whenever my next solo trip is!
Until my next adventure