I’ve been on my very first business class trip! Last weekend I treated myself to a luxury weekend in Prague. Flying business class, a 5-star hotel, and spending some time in this gorgeous city.
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Why I decided to go on my first business class trip to Prague
I had 3 reasons to go on this (short) trip:
– I had to do one more flight (with a stopover) to reach a new status in the Flying Blue program. I could’ve made it with economy class, but flying business class was only a little more expensive and I got way more miles.
– I’ve always wanted to fly business class. Although it’s not as special within Europe compared to intercontinental flights, I thought it still would be worth it. Especially all the priority lines (there was a huge line at luggage control, and I was able to take the very short priority line) and the use of airport lounges. Waiting in luxury with free food and drinks.
– During my last visit to Prague (December 2016) I was very unlucky. A lot of flight delays, bad weather an I go the flue. It’s time for revanche!
There we go!
I get up a little before 5 o’clock, so early! After a quick shower, I took the train to Schiphol Airport. At 6 in the morning, it’s already very crowded. Apparently, a lot of people go on holiday in October. The lines are incredibly long, but not for me, because I can take the priority line (love this business class thing already!). I’ve got plenty of time to visit the KLM Crown Lounge before I have to board the plane. So it’s time for my first breakfast.
When it’s time to board, I don’t have to wait, I can get used to this! In the airplane, I get my second breakfast, and it’s delicious. A warm bread roll, salmon, fresh fruits and yogurt.
When I arrive in Paris, I suddenly have to change terminals. If you’ve ever been to Charles the Gaulle Airport, you’ll know that’s kind of a hassle. I pretty much run all the time and have to get my luggage checked again. Luckily I make my connection in time because it’s delayed.
My second flight of the day is also very relaxing and I get my third breakfast. It’s another great breakfast, but after this meal, I’m pretty much done eating for the rest of the day.
When I arrive in Prague, I take the bus to the metro station and the metro to my hotel. I decided to go for a very luxury hotel as well, so I’m staying at the 5* Hilton hotel, which has a beautiful atrium. I booked it through Hotwire (secret deal) and got more than 50% off compared to the prices at Hilton’s website. Score!
After a short break at my hotel room, it’s time to explore Prague! I’ve been to Prague before, so I don’t have a plan or must-sees. I expected it to be less crowded in October than during Christmas break, but there’s still a lot of tourists wandering around. I wander around Old town (love all the buildings), cross the Donau river over the Charles Bridge, check out the John Lennon Wall and visit Prague Castle. I stop frequently to enjoy the view.
My last stop of the day is St. Wenceslas Vineyard. A beautiful spot to drink a glass of (delicious) wine and enjoy the view.
Get up early to avoid the tourists
Because I would like to see Prague with fewer tourists, I decide to get up really early the next morning. At 7 o’clock I’m standing on the Charles Bridge to watch the sunrise, but I’m not the only one.
Unfortunately, it was too cloudy to see the sunrise, so I just wandered around in the area of this beautiful bridge. I made lots of pictures since it was so quiet.
At some point, the sun did show up and it was an incredible view to see the sun brighten up the famous astronomical clock.
Before I went to Prague, I googled the best places to take pictures, and one of them is the Old Bridge Tower. I went in, and I’ve got to admit, it’s a pretty good view! The best thing about it, that it is really quiet up there, and you watch all the other tourists walking on the Charles Bridge below you.
The next viewpoint is a hill in Letná Park, from which you can see three bridges. An amazing view, although I think it could be better when you check this out at the end of the day for better light. Then it’s time for me to leave again, so I go back to my hotel to check out.
Going back home
Wow, these 24 hours in Prague went by so fast! I get back to the airport and have plenty of time before my flight departs. So it’s time to check out another lounge! The one at Václav Havel Prague Airport is not as roomy as the Crown Lounge at Schiphol, but the chairs are very comfortable and there are enough food and drink options to keep me happy.
Of course, I eat way too much food again on the airplane to Paris and the one to Amsterdam. It’s a good thing I don’t fly business class every time because I will gain some weight because of all the great food!
During the flight from Paris to Amsterdam, the sun is setting and it’s a beautiful view. I look back at a short, but fantastic weekend of luxury. This was fun!
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