In April, one of my best friends, George, came to visit me in Germany. Whilst he was visiting we decided to go to Prague for the weekend as it is just over the border, and about 2 hours by bus from where I was based (Leipzig). It was a pretty last minute trip, yet it was still really cheap. We paid around 28 EUR/ 25 GBP for a room on Airbnb, and 35 EUR/ 30 GBP each on buses there and back. Not bad for a quick weekend away!
I had always wanted to visit Prague since learning about Eastern Europe in History at school, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. It is such a beautiful and vibrant city; the people were very friendly and helpful too. I really enjoyed our time there, exploring the city, trying out the local cuisine and constantly trying to work out what everything we bought cost in GBP! We also attempted some Czech too, although I don’t think it was particularly good! (It’s not like we are linguists or anything…)
There was so much to do there – and so much we didn’t get round to doing. But my favourite things that we did do were: eating a trdelník (a sweet pastry filled with ice cream/ Nutella) whilst wandering the streets of the Old Town, climbing to the top of the Old Town Hall tower to look out onto the gorgeous city sprawled out below (250 Kč/ around 8 GBP per person to get in and well worth it for the stunning view!); and finally, visiting the Museum of Communism (150 Kč/ 5 GBP per person) which was so informative and interesting – I could have spent hours in there!
If you are wanting to travel this summer but you are on a limited budget I cannot recommend Prague (or Eastern Europe in general) enough. You can get really affordable accommodation and transport, as well as having super cheap meals when you are there (we didn’t pay more than 7/8 GBP for a meal). There are so many interesting places to explore and the whole of Eastern Europe is steeped in history and culture that I personally find much more interesting than that of Western Europe. It is definitely worth a visit, whether it is Prague you choose or somewhere else in Eastern Europe.