In anticipation of our newest non-stop service to Prague from Toronto, May 29, we sent Instagrammer Cameron Bartlett (@snappedbycam) to the Czech capital to scope out the city’s remarkable past, and bustling nightlife.
Bartlett describes the vibe in Prague as very special– the architecture creating a feeling that is at once unique, yet familiar, much like the city’s storied past. Friendly, helpful locals set the tone as the city seamlessly transitions from day to night.
The City of a Hundred Spires is a medieval hotbed for Gothic architecture, one of the most breathtaking examples being Prague Castle. Kings of old have called this stately marvel home (it was built in the 9th century, over 1,200 years ago!), as does the current Czech President. “It was absolutely breathtaking,” says Bartlett–history buffs, rejoice!
It is this history that makes Prague such a remarkable cosmopolitan centre, and one of the main reasons Bartlett just had to visit. The best way to soak it all in? “Take as many tours as possible, one of my favourites being the Petrin Hill & Observation Tower.” Not only does the history paint Prague in a richer light, the panoramic view is a sight to behold!
Starting on the opposite side of the Vltava River? Head across Charles Bridge (at sunset is a must!), towards the castle. “The guides were super helpful, and the knowledge they possessed was so rich.”
After a day of touring, it’s order up at the city’s many cocktail bars, taverns, and cafés. Housed inside the centuries old buildings–much of which have been untouched by 20th century Europe–spots like L’Fleur are sure to quench any thirst. A special spot for mixology and champagne, grab a cozy booth or prop up at the bar and glance at bottles stacked ceiling high! “My favourite cocktail was the Temehani, a rum inspired drink mixed with pineapple, hot peppers, and Caribbean bitters, beautifully garnished with a flower petal” Cheers!
Break out the guide book and brush up on your Czech. “Learn some keywords, as English is not as widely spoken as you would think,” recommends Bartlett. English signs are also rare, so be sure to have your smartphone charged to take advantage of offline GPS. And for our power walkers: “Comfortable shoes! The city is paved in cobblestone, so comfy footwear is a definite must!
Travellers take note! We had eyes on the ground in 4 more international locations, all launching this summer. Check out Casablanca (June 3), Budapest (June 10), Glasgow (June 13) and Warsaw (June 14) for more.