Who else finds that word romantic? I should tell you I am not the poetic kinds, but Prague’s Czech name just bowled me over. 😉
Prague is one of the prettiest places I have been to & while editing pictures for this post, I really wanted to be there again!
Anyway, going a bit off-topic here, I want to make a confession. I feel I never manage to enjoy writing my travel related posts. I feel so pressurised to share the right details but I know when I was travelling, I was just chilling or enjoying the place, so when I sit down to write the post, I know its never going to meet my expectations. Therefore, I just end up writing it as an assignment, like something that I have to do for the sake of it. So, I am switching things up a bit. From now on, I am going to write my travel tales just the way I want to – sharing exactly what I want to about my time at a place. Its just going to be a tale that you and I enjoy, hopefully. 🙂 Now I am very excited to write this post about Prague because hey! no pressure anymore! Also, my current job asks me to work with travel bloggers and that inspires me so much to work towards having a beautiful, well-maintained blog (laziness wins, but you know what I mean).
Back to Prague now!
Prague is so seriously pretty. Its old town is a page pulled out of a fairy tale, truly. As cliched as it may sound, it is true.
The Adam & Eve Towers, see how the right one (Adam) is bigger than Eve, there were many other differences too!
I wish I had clicked more of the old town’s medieval pictures buildings. The old town has these seriously cute little shops selling all sorts of trinkets, modern as well as traditional things. Turns out that Czech glass is very popular, so Czech glass trinkets were all over the place. Of all the places I have been to in Europe, Prague’s old town was one of the most crowded, still it never felt suffocated. There were small eateries, cafes & restaurants all over the place, people having the time of their life without a care in the world!
Prague is the kind of place where even if you stay for a short while, its quite easy to get the ‘feel’ of the place. When you enter the Czech capital, you can feel the easy, relaxed vibe going around, I cannot explain why that is. No, it is not an annoyingly slow place or something, it just has a relaxed vibe, you come & you know that you are on a holiday! If figures are your thing, you should know that Czech Republic consumes the highest amount of beer in Europe, closely followed by Germany while their population is much lesser than Germany.
So, Prague’s most famous tourist things are Charles Bridge & Prague Castle. I have to say that both are not over hyped places that leave you with disappointment. Both are incredibly fun places to be & I really enjoyed the experience of hiking up to the castle by first walking across the Charles Bridge. The thing that I loved most about Charles Bridge was the artists scattered all over the bridge. Most of you know my love for street markets (& handmade stuff, even if its unaffordable :P), so I totally enjoyed checking out all the artists’ work. Be warned, this could take a while! I also loved that Charles Bridge’s walls has some spots where you can actually sit. Although there is always someone sitting there already, but you have to choose your moments. One time we went there after visiting the really popular 5-storey club of Prague, it was so peacefully quiet & beautiful, plus you could see the Prague castle glimmering with its lights in the night. I need more synonyms for beautiful.
What I liked about Prague Castle was simply its magnificence! One look & its so huge & high up! The cathedral inside is towering & so huge, with artwork all over, be it in any form, just have a look. I think mostly what makes Prague castle so popular among visitors is the view you get from high atop. Its really worth mentioning, see for yourself.
View from top
Charles Bridge as seen (& magnified) from the top of the castle!
Other than this, we also took a walking tour of the Old town to know a bit about the other things in the old town, it really has quite a lot of churches & an astronomical clock tower. I don’t understand how these astronomical clock towers end up becoming such popular tourist attractions, I find them the same everywhere in Europe, even though its quite amazing to realize how so much of thought, intelligence & precision went into creating these astronomical clocks.
The dark tower is ‘Powder Tower’. It divides the old town from the new
Finally, time for my tips for Prague, this time I don’t have so many because when you are in Prague, you will just know. 🙂 The few things worth mentioning:
- Prague is a very easy city to see. Take a hike up to the castle, if you are really interested, you can do a guided tour. Relax and enjoy your time at the very beautiful & lively Charles Bridge. Take a walking tour of the old town & the Jewish Quarter. You can also go around the ‘Lesser Town‘, but I don’t have much knowledge about it.
- Prague’s trams still exude the old world charm like anything. To some, this can seem pretty outdated but I am not one of them. I loved going around the city in them. If I have to say, I’ll definitely recommend travelling in Prague’s trams.
- Prague has this really popular 5-storey club. It has a Czech name, but its the only one in Prague, and really popular. So, you will know. I am not even a clubbing person, still I loved my experience here. 5 different floors with different music, DJs & a whole lot of different ambience on each of the floors, you want to go here, seriously! The lines outside the club can get intimidating on a weekend, but don’t get bogged down. Also, you will see how relaxed people are even while standing in those lines, another example of Prague’s relaxed vibe!
- Prague has a lot of alternative tours & things going on all the time. You can check them out by enquiring about them in youth hostels or with fellow tourists.
- Oh, I completely forgot to mention please, please do try Trdelník. Its a traditional sweet pastry of Prague, a hollow cylindrical pastry coated with sugar & walnut and the modern version has the hollow filled with ice cream, nutella or whatever you fancy!
- Edit: I forgot to mention about John Lennon wall & Franz Kafka. The John Lennon wall is a regular wall that started getting filled with paintings by people, during the communist regime, people also wrote their grievances on it. Anyone can paint on it. Although I didn’t know about this wall & didn’t visit. Also, Prague is the birth city of Franz Kafka, so if you are a Kafka fan, you can visit his old house & there is a Franz Kafka museum too. 🙂
That’s all about my trip to Prague. I think Prague is one place that should be on everyone’s list because it is not just another pretty place, it actually makes you feel like you are on a holiday, it just makes you slow down & enjoy life one moment at a time.