Pivo and Sausage in Prague
The Czech Republic is widely known for two things – beer and sausage! Before we saw anything, or did anything… we knew that as soon as we arrived in Prague, we had to have a Czech beer (“Pivo”) and a sausage (“klob”)! The sausage stands in Prague are an institution. They are greasy, they are noisy but above all they serve food people crave for. Spicy sausages and Frankfurters sizzle on the griddle. Served with a slice of brown bread this is a meal in itself. A big plop of mustard and a plastic glass of premium Czech beer complete your culinary masterpiece. Pay first, get your food and wedge yourself a spot at one of the stand-up tables.
It’s no surprise that sausage became a staple in Central Europe; preserved food was necessary for the long winters. While Germans are the stereotypical sausage eaters of Europe, the Czechs certainly have their varieties and sub varieties. The parek is similar to a hot dog, and the utopenec, or “drowned man”, is like a parek but is pickled in vinegar, oil, red pepper and onion. The kielbasa, which originated in Poland, is the most common – it’s long and thick, and is usually grilled.
“Klob” is a Czech sausage similar to the German Bratwurst, a culinary delicacy every tourist should at least try it once. If you like spicy food, ask for Prague sausage and served with a big heap of sauerkraut. Its grilled kielbasa (klobása in Czech) skin has a decent snap, and the pork inside is speckled with tiny morsels of fat. Deliciously juicy!
Bratislava to Prague
We drove from Bratislava into Prague, roughly a three hour drive, and checked into the apartment we had booked for four nights. I have no idea why, but we didn’t seem to take any photos there. Over the space of two months, there are tons of things you don’t take photos of. And since we were 11 countries deep by this stage, I guess I didn’t feel the need to take any hotel pictures. Rather a pity though, because I really did like the place we stayed.
We had a spacious lounge and dining area, and a very large bedroom. They set up a pack ‘n play for Eli in our room, and when he went to sleep at night we were able to sit up for a while longer in the lounge. Traveling with a toddler means bedtime can be a challenge – he is used to going to bed, on his own, in a dark room. If we want to stay up, he thinks he should too!
After we had settled in, found a parking spot (woah – what a pain that was), and unpacked a few things, we made our way towards the center of Prague to find some sausage and beer.
There it is!
Beer, Sausage and New Friends
I do believe we had more than a couple sausages… and more beer! We made friends with some other who were doing the same. If you are wondering where Eli is, he is sitting in the stroller behind the wooden table we are leaving on. I am not 100% sure – but there is a good chance he was sleeping. haha..
A little tipsy, and bellies full, we wandered around the surrounding stalls. There were tons of pork and other meat options, and some nice local wines to sample and buy. The food options were plentiful, but we had already had our fill!
There could have been no greater way to start our explorations of the Czech Republic.
Beer and Sausage ✔️
We were ready to see what else Prague had to offer!