Prague has always been one of the top destinations in my list. The first time we traveled to Europe for our honeymoon, it was out of the way from the other cities we wanted to visit. I bookmarked it for next time. Fast forward, almost five years later, we got to visit Prague for our early fifth anniversary trip. Yay! :) Let me start by sharing this important tip: Be careful where you change your money . :) Transact only with reliable banks or money exchange companies. This was a painful lesson for us but we are still grateful that we didn't change much dollars to Czech crown or that we weren't mugged. But still, ouch! I think it sucks more because we can't believe we were duped rather than losing on the exchange rate. :) We have been warned through our research that scams in money exchange is rampant in Prague. I remember vaguely a site saying not to transact at the first booth you see, but we did exactly that! Jaysen even downloaded a currency exchange app, but for this transaction we just didn't use it. We were tired and hungry from the long bus trip, and we wanted to have local currency quick so we can move around town, eat and make it to our walking tour in time. What a big mistake. We were ripped off and given only 30% of the amount we exchanged for. Good thing, we only realized this on our last day in Prague so it didn't really ruin our Prague experience. Ignorance is bliss, indeed. :)
Prague was especially packed during our visit. Apparently, it was holiday and the city was preparing for an international marathon. The crowd of tourists stifled my first day and I was sad to feel underwhelmed by the city I looked forward to be amazed by. Fortunately, we were able to chat with our wonderful host and she gave us tips to enjoy the city away from the maddening crowd. 1) Go to Vyšehrad 2) Visit the Old Town at night (not easy as the sun sets around 9pm). Our experience improved immensely and it more that made up for the first day. Prague did not disappoint. It is beautiful and charming, just know when and where to go. :)
These photos don't do the city justice. It's so beautiful, it's so difficult to choose from the photos.