A noteworthy itinerary for a musically inspired holiday
The Rolling Stones — that was a name I wasn’t expecting to hear during my walking tour of Prague.
We were wandering through Lesser Town when my walking tour guide, Hana, mentioned the Stones were friends with the first president of the Czech Republic (post communism). Apparently, in 1995, the band wanted to help Prague get back on its feet and paid for a new lighting system for Prague Castle.
I’d come to the city with a long-standing musical history for a long weekend, armed with an itinerary that celebrated all things melodic, including the walking tour. Read on to find out what noteworthy experiences you might want to include on a visit to Prague.
Peace. That’s the feeling that swept over me as I opened the windows of my room at the Aria Hotel Prague and took in the sun setting over the UNESCO-listed Vrtba Garden. The Baroque gardens were closed during my March visit (they’re open April-October). But, I was lucky enough to be staying in a spot that had a private view.
My room with a view was one of several perks that the musically themed Aria offers. For example, the hotel boasts a library of music to enjoy. There’s also a rooftop terrace, a complimentary afternoon tea and breakfast (which includes hot egg options and bubbly), and a personal mobile phone for your use.
Then, there’s the Aria’s fine dining option, CODA. My first evening, I was craving comfort food. As a pianist played everything from Abba to Frank Sinatra, I enjoyed bites like oxtail soup and duck with sauerkraut. It was just what I needed before drifting into a deep, jet lag-induced sleep.
I woke to a sunny and mild morning, and headed across the Charles Bridge to the spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Prague for a 50-minute La Boheme massage, which incorporated linden blossom oils (inspired by the Czech national tree). According to the spa, the oil can help decrease cold symptoms and encourage healthy sleep. Talk about music to my muscles!
After the spa, I visited CottoCrudo, the hotel’s Italian dining concept where I indulged in dishes like mozzarella di bufala with cherry tomatoes and the signature cavatelli pasta with calamari, artichoke, and lentil sauce.
My next destination was the Old Town Hall — home to the famous medieval Astronomical Clock — and its tower. Before my tour of town hall, I visited the top of the tower where I took in impressive views of the Prague skyline. The highlight of the tour was seeing the underground areas beneath the town hall, which can only be viewed if you’re on a tour.
I capped off my evening with more duck and dumplings overlooking the evening skyline at CODA’s sister restaurant, Terasa U Zlaté studně. It was the perfect coda to a beautiful day.
After a relaxing morning, I struck Prague musical knowledge gold on my tour with Hana. Thanks to Prague City Tourism, I was able to request a three-hour musically focused tour. So, off Hana and I went to explore spots including where Mozart stayed when he visited, and other noteworthy destinations including the Municipal House.
The tour ended near the Four Seasons, and since I’d been so impressed with CottoCrudo the day before, I returned for my final dinner in Prague. As I wandered back across the Charles Bridge in the evening drizzle, I thought of my flight home the next morning — and how I couldn’t wait to return and compose another movement of Pavlik’s Prelude to Prague.