When it comes to writing about Prague, it’s difficult to me to tell you what I liked the most. It seems it has its very own personality problem. If in daylight you are inspired by the pastel coloured buildings, in its dazzling Baroque style, by twilight, when the lights go out, it’s the gothicism of some of its buildings that shines, in a more melodramatic nature that I found profoundly touching. Then you have the elegant Art Nouveau buildings, and you can also find some more edgy architecture, just look at the Dancing House.
It’s like an architectural maze where you can get sort of lost – in a good way – in diverse feelings from happiness to melancholy. And yet, it’s so beautiful, it can make you feel like a privileged kid that just got awesome new clothes for Christmas. Yap – Prague gave me a lecture, more like a shower, on amazing architecture, stunning sights and interesting history.
Thinking about my two days in Prague, there is this moment that touched me deeply, and I believe my friends felt the same. Unexpectedly we were confronted with pure beauty, of such a kind that I am not sure I am able to put into words. In truth, I am sure I cannot. Some things in life need to be experienced, and words will rob those moments of their own magic.
It was that sight of that particular sunset that set both sky and Vltava river on fire. We had reached the Charle’s Bridge at that point, and oh my. The Bridge is beautiful in any time of the day, I am sure of that, whatever the state of the weather might be. But I felt truly blessed that the atmospheric conditions were together at that day, on that particular hour to shows such beauty. The sort of thing that makes us feel small, irrelevant, but at the same time so lucky to be alive, to be privileged enough to live on this planet, to have the possibilities to travel and be a live testimony of such beauty.
This was my highlight from Prague. But Prague… Prague is dazzling. Despite being a capital, it’s still a small town, embracing you in that sort of coziness you wouldn’t feel in bigger European cities, such as Paris or London. It gave me a feeling of Lisbon, and other southern towns I’ve been too. Mostly because despite of all, Prague is colourful and warm. Don’t expect people there to be very nice though… apart from some exceptions, we’ve noticed people don’t smile a lot, and they come through has being arrogant and cold. I am assuming that’s only cultural, and not some natural grudge hold against foreigners though.
If you’re planning to visit Prague, here’s what you should do, eat and visit:
It’s a large complex where you have some of the best views of the city. We got a ticket for the called Circuit B, which included the Golden Lane, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace and St. George’s Cathedral. St. Vitus Cathedral has some of the most amazing stained glasses I ever seen seen. It’s majestic and imposing in its pure gothic style, and definitely my highlight from complex.
Take the lift to the top, get a drink and enjoy another great view of the city. The dancing house definitely stands out from the gothic, baroque and art nouveau buildings that constitute the city, and it’s a great place to go in, sit down and relax after a day walking.
WALK BY THE RIVER
We walked from Vysehrad fort up to Charles Bridge (where we then encountered the beautiful sunset). It’s a very nice walk when you have the change to see how the river line almost looks like a Wes Anderson movie.
CRUISE IN VlTAVA RIVER
I always like to see the cities in a different perspective if I can: not just from the street, as a mere human, but also from the top, by climbing hundreds of steps or taking a lift to a rooftop, but also by taking a boat and enjoy the views from the river.
We were not sure about which cruise to take, but we were sure we have found it when we saw some men dressed up as seamen by Charle’s Bridge and its museum. the name of this company is Prague Venice. It’s a 45 minutes cruise in a wooden art nouveau style boat, with a guide, that also included a beverage (hot beverage or a beer) and a treat (either ice cream or ginger bread). The price was 14 euros and best part is that is also includes entry to the Charles Bridge Museum. The tour was great and our guide extremely friendly and knowledgeable.
Fortress complex located in a hill over the river, so, as you might guess, it also offers great views over the city. My highlight is definitely the cemetery, but it also has a beautiful gothic cathedral. You have to pay for entrance.
FOOD: TROLO, BEEF GOULASH & MORE
You need to try one of the most famous and traditional pastries, the called Trolo or Trdelník. Made from dough wrapped around a stick, grilled and topped with sugar and walnut mix. There’s loads of variations. You can get the classic one, which is just the grilled dough with the walnut, filled with chocolate, or even with ice cream, cream and strawberries… it’s delicious!
Street food is always a good affordable option if you’re on the go. Something you’ll find a lot in Prague are the spiral fried potato and hot dogs.
I am not a big fan of meat, especially red meat, but I like to try the different traditional dishes when I visit a country and I opened a exception to try the typical goulash. It’s quite good, and you can find affordable prices in restaurants
Other things you must do in Prague is to see the Astronomical Clock (of which I could not post a proper photographer as annoyingly the tower is been renovated. Even though we could see the clock, the rest of the building was covered in scaffolds), drink some nice mulled wine or climbing to the top of the Petrin Tower. Couldn’t do this either, due to lack of time, but the view must be amazing. Next time!
Hope you enjoyed my photo selection. Have you been to Prague? Any experiences and other tips you’d like to share?
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