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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Prague

I've recently been to Prague, the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic; for a long weekend and I have to say it is true what they say. It is definitely one of the most beautiful cities that I have ever visited.

The language was pretty hard for me to understand but thankfully most that I had encountered speaks a little of English and some at least I can interpret from gestures and general direction.

Anyway we were there for 3 days. On map it had looked like we were staying in a hotel which I thought was pretty far away from all the action in Prague but when we got there everything was relatively close by. When I say relatively I meant roughly 10-15 minutes’ walk. There are trams and busses everywhere and they are frequent too.

I’m sure that you’re meant to pay when you get on for the trams and busses but seems like everyone forgets to do just that. The trick was as long as you don’t enter via the front/driver’s entrance then you’re fine. Though if you get caught then be prepared to pay up to 400 Czech Koruna (CZK) for the trip. Keep that as a note for you fellow visitors…

On Day 1, first thing we did was to head up to the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) and there you’re surrounded by various architectural buildings such as the gothic Týn Cathedral, the baroque St. Nicholas Church and the Astronomical Clock. There were loads of tourist there so we only stayed long enough to visit most of the historic buildings/churches there.

Týn Cathedral


St. Nicholas Church

We then walked along cobble stone streets to see the life of Prague. Enough to get bearings of where everything is then we moved onto the picturesque Charles Bridge (Karlův most). Charles Bridge is a famous historic bridge that crosses the Vltara river in Prague. We didn’t cross the bridge at that stage as it was just jam packed with, you guessed it, tourists! But we did find a little door on the side of the Old Town bridge tower so we climbed up the tower instead.

Lucky as we did because this happens to be where most of the postcard photos are taken of the Prague Castle and Charles Bridge. The view up there was just remarkable. I think we ended up staying up there for a good few hours taking pictures of the castle and its surroundings at different times of the night. There was certainly a lot of people up there and cramp so be prepared to camp a little while if you get up there to get the best spot.

Prague Castle and Charles Bridge

Day 2 to follow in the next post…

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