On our last morning in Prague, we got up early to make sure we caught a glimpse of the famous Astronomical Clock as it struck the hour.
We then made our way out of the Old Town for the first time, into the suburbs where the National Gallery is. It was almost deserted which was sad because they had an excellent collection. We focused mainly on the 20th century galleries, plus a special exhibition of Alfons Mucha. I had previously only known Mucha for his iconic Art Nouveau era art and design so it was fascinating to see his later work: a series of enormous paintings called The Slav Epic.
We were there for most of the day (it didn’t help that we got a bit lost trying to find somewhere that sold a tram ticket!) so by the time we arrived back in the city and had a late lunch at an old monastery brewhouse, it was getting dark. We decided to visit the castle again to see the buildings and the cityscape at night.
The following morning, The Man and I hopped on a train to Pilsen, where we pushed and heaved our packs into some lockers at the train station so we could go and explore.
A charming old town square with impressive church? But of course!
On the recommendation of our walking guide back in Prague, we went up to a skyscraper cafe to get not only the best view in town, but also quite possibly the best hot chocolate ever (seriously, it was like drinking fondue)!
We then made our way to the Pilsener Urquell brewery, which, let’s face it, is the only reason The Man wanted to visit.
I don’t have the slightest interest in beer, but this room of old brewing tanks definitely make the tour more interesting. It has all the hallmarks of my dream kitchen!
Going down into the storage tunnels was pretty cool. Drinking unfiltered beer straight from the barrel: less cool. (The Man would say otherwise, of course.)
And then, with bellies full of beer and chocolate, it was time to run (you think I’m joking) back to the station to catch our onward train.