Friday, December 4, 2009

December in Prague

Last December I spent nearly a week in Prague. I am very fond of the Czech capital, and being there right before Christmas was very special.

Christmas markets are a typical sight during Advent in Prague. I visited several markets, and there was a lot to be seen there. The markets at Wenceslas Square, Old Town Square and Andel seemed to be the biggest ones, but I also liked the smaller ones at Namesti Miru and Namesti Jiriho z Podebrad.

First of all you can find Christmas related merchandise. If you need mistletoe to your living room, it is easy to pick up at the markets together with various types of handicrafts.

There is no need to go around hungry at the Christmas markets.

Sausages can be bought more or less everywhere, and if you need something warm in the December cold, mulled wine is a great drink.

I also tried trdlo, which is a Czech pastry with cinnamon and sugar. Children are very fond of it, but I felt it was much too sweet.

And there were also beers to be found. I found the most interesting one at the Christmas market next to the Jiriho z Podebrad metro. There they had a beer tent where they sold excellent brew.

Which beer, then? None other than the fabulous Kout na Šumavě lager. If they have the beer tent in front of the church this year as well, check it out. If not, take the trip down the hill to Tachovske namesti and visit U Slovanske Lipy. This is one of the few pubs in Prague to offer this excellent lager beer. And the beer is worth the walk!

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