The Best Romantic Getaways in Prague
Ceský Krumlov: If you have time for only one excursion from Prague, make it Ceský Krumlov. This living gallery of Renaissance-era buildings housing many galleries, shops, and restaurants is 167km (104 miles) south of Prague. Above it towers the second-largest castle complex in the country, with the Vltava River running underneath. No wonder UNESCO named this town a World Heritage Site.
Holding Hands on the Charles Bridge: This is a no-brainer, but the real trick is to choose the right moment. In summer, shoot for an evening stroll just as the sun is setting behind Prague Castle. In winter, pray for snow, and then go out at night as the flakes swirl around and muffle the sounds of the city.
Take a Ride on the Metro: There must be something in the air down there or about those long intervals between stations (especially along the C line), but Czechs (particularly young couples) love to hold hands, kiss, and generally push the PDA envelope on the metro. As they say, "when in Rome . . ."
Dine on the River: Several of the Prague's best restaurants are perched right next to the Vltava or command stunning views out over it. Or do the ultimate romantic thing and actually dine on the river. Buy a bottle of "Bohemia Sekt" (domestic sparkling wine), a picnic lunch from Bakeshop, and rent a paddle boat from one of the rental outlets on the island across from the National Theater.
Visit Your Local Pub: I know that it's bad form to kiss in a pub. Not only does the beer play tricks with your judgment, you risk the rest of the bar jangling their keys (a polite enjoinder to "get a room"). On the other hand, if you're lucky, the setting and the beer will conspire to create a moment that seems so right, the only logical response will be an amorous one.Spend an Afternoon at Stromovka Park: This is Prague's most secluded park and no one will look askance as you spread out your blanket, uncork a bottle of wine, and start whispering sweet nothings into your partner's ear. In fact, look around, everyone else seems to be doing the same thing.
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