Oh, Prague! What an unreal city. First order of business was rushing to Charles Bridge to catch the breath taking sunset over the river. Absolutely the most magical sunset I have ever witnessed. The ghoulish statues that line the Charles Bridge, silhouetted again the bright pink sky!! Recommend recommend recommend!
My time in Prague was spent doing three things; wandering the streets of the old city and embracing all I saw, drinking criminally cheap beer and consuming more cabbage than a person should in an entire lifetime!!! (due to lack of money)
I did next to no research before arriving in Prague, and therefore spent the time I had there wandering the streets. This could have turned out poorly, but I feel like I certainly experienced Prague completely, and saw a lot of things that I otherwise would not have.
The Old Town Square and Old Town Hall with it’s astrological clock was definitely a highlight for me. I sat in the square and watched the people go by. You can climb the Old Town Hall tower, and get some great views of Prague. Sitting on a patio in the square and drinking draft beer was a great way to take in this historical town centre.
I decided to walk along the river, and stumbled upon an architectural marvel, the “Dancing House.” Frank Gehry’s architectural marvel has long been controversial, but has been adapted into the landscape of Prague and is now lovingly known as “Ginger and Fred” after Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.
Another highlight of Prague for me was the Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral situated up on a hill overlooking the city. However, the walk back down from the Castle and Cathedral almost out shadowed the sights themselves. The walk back down took me through a shop lined street, most shops were still sporting their medieval pictographic signage. Winding down the hill from the castle you are afforded great views of the orange roof tops of Prague.
The small alleys and cobbled roadways of the old city were fun to explore. There is a disproportionate amount of puppet shops in the Old Town, so if you have a fear of puppets…..beware!
I loved my time in Prague, and would love to go back when I have money (I literally forgot my wallet at home in Canada, but that’s another story for another time). The cheap combination of beer and cabbage certainly didn’t make my insides happy, but the rest of me was over-the-moon about Prague.