I’ve never been one of those girls that swoons at the thought of romantic gestures and dreams of being swept off her feet by a prince. That’s just not who I am. However, I could see how Prague would evoke romance in those without such a blackened heart. Prague might not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of romantic cities, but with its cobblestone and old-world charm, I actually found certain things about Prague to be very, dare I say, romantic.
I’m not the only person to find the Charles Bridge a bit romantic. Two of my friends, Gerard and Kieu, took a recent holiday to Prague and got engaged on the bridge. This Gothic stone bridge connects Old Town to Lesser Town and has spectacular views of the Prague Castle. At night it’s particularly wonderful. The views of the illuminated castle are unmatched anywhere else in the city. There might even be a musician playing nearby.
For the best view in Prague, take a short walk up Petrin Hill. Once at the top you’ll find landscaped gardens and a miniature Eiffel Tower that provides a look out over the whole City. An excursion from the city center, Petrin Hill would be an ideal place to drink hot wine and enjoy the spectacular views of the city.
Carriage Ride through Old Town
In the square of Old Town are several horse-drawn carriages ready to take locals and tourists alike through the narrow, cobbled streets of Prague. I’m not big on taking carriage rides, but I can imagine that others might find traversing the city as it once was as romantic. Grab a hot wine from one of the street vendors and a blanket and relax to the click-clack of horse hoofs on the cobblestones. On second thought, maybe I should rethink my stance on carriage rides.
Black Angel’s Bar
Alright, so maybe a bar doesn’t sound like it would be a romantic place, but I really enjoyed Black Angel’s even though I was there with five friends. The entrance is across from the Astrological Clock and easy to miss. Down a flight of stairs beneath the city is a dimly-lit bar complete with chandeliers, quiet corners, and a piano player. The drinks not only taste really good, but they’re beautiful to boot. Black Angel’s is not loud or crowded, but it is cozy and very pretty.
On this beautiful tree-lined street that links the Old Town Square with the Čechův Bridge reside all the best names in fashion and jewelry design. I may not fundamentally be a romantic, but high-end shopping does melt this cold heart a bit. A stop at Cartier or Boucheron would certainly give me butterflies. Even without spending three months’ mortgage, Paris Street is a pleasant place to take a stroll and window shop. It’s also home to some of the best restaurants and cafes in the city.
When the tourists are gone and the leaves have turned from green to yellow, Prague makes for one beautiful and romantic place, even for someone like me.