Prague and Budapest, 2 of my favourite stops and the two locations that make up ‘Travelling Europe with Interrail – Part 4’ I enjoyed every single city we visited on our Interrail trip across Europe but if I had to choose a favourite it would be a toss-up between these two!
Both were so full of colour and character and we had a good amount of time in each to explore. I’ve previously visited Prague and Jossie had previously visited Budapest so with a little background knowledge we could easily run around each city and get some awesome photo content! We were once again treated to some stunning weather. Check out what we managed to get up to!
Travelling Europe with Interrail – Part 4 – Petrin Tower, Prague Castle and the Metronome.
We were travelling to Prague from Berlin so we hopped off the train after a lengthy journey. We were so warmly welcomed at Hotel Klarov and once we were given some local knowledge on where to go we dropped our bags and ventured back out. To start with we wandered up towards Prague Castle and the surrounding area. We shot some photos and just took in the crazy view over the city of Prague. When we eventually came back down we then made our way to the metronome. This is the place to get a great view of the river that winds through the city. You’ll also be able to pick out Charles Bridge from up here, it’s definitely an awesome view-point to visit!
Travelling Europe with Interrail – Part 4 – Charles Bridge Towers.
As the evening started to draw in a little more we decided to make our way to the close by Charles Bridge towers. We climbed to the top and timed it perfectly with the sky starting to present some awesome colours. You get a great view towards Prague Castle from the towers and you can really get a great understanding to why Prague is known as the city of a hundred spires. I’d definitely recommend heading up the towers, you get a lovely view and both times I’ve gone up it has been surprisingly quiet!
Travelling Europe with Interrail – Part 4 – Charles Bridge and Old Town Square.
After a late evening wandering the streets of Prague we got some sleep before an early start the next day. We got up and made our way to an empty Charles Bridge. Both times I’ve visited Prague I’ve avoided this place during the day as it’s just so over saturated with people. This made it very strange being the only ones there but it was nice to experience it and of course we got some cool photos without the crowds! The sun hadn’t fully came up so we walked a little further to the nearby Old Town Square. We were fortunate again to have the whole square to ourselves. We caught an amazing sunrise beaming up and lighting all of the old gothic architecture. Set your alarms early, it’s so nice to experience these places before the city fully wakes up!
Travelling Europe with Interrail – Part 4 – Hotel Klarov, member of Asten Hotels.
After that early morning start we made our way back to the beautiful Hotel Klarov. This 4 star hotel is a member of Asten Hotels and it’s perfectly located in Prague. The exterior of Hotel Klarov compliments the surrounding area beautifully and it’s been there since 1889. It’s a very exclusive hotel with only 25 rooms but if like us you are lucky to be a guest, you will have the best stay in Prague. The staff welcomed us so warmly and were motivated towards giving us all their local knowledge!
Each room is themed around musicians that have performed in Prague over the years. We had the ‘Sting’ room which was very spacious but cosy at the same time. The view out the window was the cherry on top of an already fantastic stay. All we could see was clear blue skies, the iconic orange rooftops and the winding river cutting down through the city. We stopped for breakfast in the hotel before heading out. There is a cosy little restraunt and you can also make use of the charming little garden area where we sat both morning and night! There is a separate post purely about ‘Staying at Hotel Klarov’ make sure you check it out!
Travelling Europe with Interrail – Part 4 – Kampa Island.
Our last stop in Prague was Kampa Island, Prague’s answer to Venice! It’s a little island in Prague with so much charm. If we were more prepared we would have definitely stopped for a picnic here. Instead we made our way through all of the picturesque lanes, snapped a few photos before checking out the iconic John Lennon wall.
Travelling Europe with Interrail – Part 4 – Budapest.
With our time in Prague at an end we were excited to get to Budapest! The sun was shining and as soon as we arrived it became apparent that it was a colourful place! There was tonnes of cool street art, funky buildings and brightly coloured trams zooming around. As we arrived late afternoon we just had a little walk around and got our bearings to begin with. As the light dropped we made our way to the Hungarian Parliament building and watched it as it lit up right in front of us! After taking in that cool view we jumped on a quick bus ride to what is probably the coolest bar I’ve ever visited!
Travelling Europe with Interrail – Part 4 – Szimpla Kert.
We finished our first night in Szimpla Kert, a ruin bar in Budapest! This was one of the most wacky places I’ve been in with a crazy interior. Originally this was made for people to just hang out and have a drink in a cool environment. It’s now become very popular and is a bit of a hot spot in the city! It is a bar but even if you don’t drink I’d highly recommend going in here just to walk around. That will give you an experience in itself! We had a couple of drinks in here and once we had a good look around at all of the different themed rooms we made our way back to the hotel. Great first day in Budapest!
Travelling Europe with Interrail – Part 4 – The Fishermans Bastion, Matthias Church and the Parliament Building.
We woke on our second day in Budapest to another glorious day of sunshine. We crossed the river again and made our way up towards the Fishermans Bastion. It’s a pretty hectic place but absolutely beautiful and worth a visit. We were set to go to the top of the Matthias Church tower but it was lunch time and food was on the mind! After we found ourselves a little park we grabbed a few bits for a park bench picnic in the sun. We did this a lot on our trip, such an easy way to keep your costs down!
Sufficiently fuelled up and with a bit of rest in the shade we ascended the Mattheis Church tower. Best view in Budapest by far!! we could see the beautifully decorated Church roof, the Fishermans Bastion and the Parliament building all in the same frame. Safe to say the camera was pretty active up there! All that was left to do after that perfect viewpoint was to make our way back down to the riverside. We wanted one more glimpse of the Parliament building in the day time and we got it!
The Hungarian capital was such a good stop and we got some great photography content. We loved the old town style on the Budha side of the Danube river and equally enjoyed the more urban lively Pest side. We would have liked more time here but we were set to depart to Milan and Paris for our final two stops. These two awesome cities make up ‘Travelling with Europe – Part 5’ so make sure you check it out!
(We would like to give a huge thankyou to Hotel Klarov, member of Asten Hotels for hosting us during our stay in Prague. All opinions express are my own)