Old yet beautiful Prague

Prague is a city where you can feel like you are in Disneyland but better, cobblestoned streets going around the beautiful buildings of the bygone eras. Many travellers claimed it to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and I couldn’t agree more. It is immensely popular among travellers and in summer, the city is jam-packed with tourists, like how you would need to brave the crowd.

Breathtaking view of Prague from Prague Castle
Breathtaking view of Prague from Prague Castle

Visiting Prague was a  mixed experience for me: I can’t help but fall in love with the city for it being so pretty with all Bohemian colors around you. I have heard people talk about Bohemian colors but never quite understood it before visiting Prague. But at the same time, the city seem dirty and impoverished. Still, Prague is one of the cities that I would love to visit again. Perhaps in Winter.

Bohemian colors in Prague Summer
Prague Travel – Bohemian colors

If you are in Prague, you shouldn’t miss the prague old town area where you can see many beautiful buildings of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture around the town square. One famous landmark is the astronomical clock at the town hall building and it is a very pretty clock. Too overrated, in my opinion. Explore the small cobblestoned streets spreading out from the town square instead to enjoy the sights and browse through the shops. Be warned though, Prague old town is a small place and all the tourists are cramped into one place. You will know why I compared with Disneyland: all the shops selling tourist food and souvenirs at tourist price. Still, this is a place you mustn’t miss if you are in Prague.

Colorful toy shop near the old town square
Colorful toy shop near the old town square
Beautiful building facade at Prague Old Town Square
Beautiful building facade at Prague Old Town Square
Memorial Status at Prague Old Town Square
Memorial Status at Prague Old Town Square

If you are keen on walking, there are two paths that you should explore.

  1. Royal road is the path that old Bohemian kings take centuries ago on their coronation ceremony
  2. Walk along the river from the famous Charles bridge down to the dancing house
Sigmund Freud by David Cerny
Sigmund Freud by David Cerny

One thing about Prague is that you will come across many unique statues around the city by David Cerny, a very controversial Czech sculptor;the statue of Sigmund Freud, the two pissing man statues  and the crawling babies at Zizkov TV tower (I find these babies extremely creepy). Walking around town and seeing these is quite the fun too!

View of Prague Castle near Charles Bridge
View of Prague Castle near Charles Bridge

Do walk across the Charles bridge in the evening hour when the sun sets and admire the statues on each side of the path. You may come across local musicians performing on the bridge or small peddlers carrying handicrafts. There are many bridges connecting the old town with the lesser town at the other side of the river but Charles bridge is the pretty pedestrian bridge in Prague.

View of Prague Castle district from Charles Bridge
View of Prague Castle district from Charles Bridge

Prague castle is another main attraction that you should visit.St. Vitus Cathedral inside the Prague castle ground is worth entering for the beautiful stained glass windows and altar pieces. Do drop by to the golden lanes as well for its small little dwellings. The castle ground has a very nice of the Prague, make sure that you visit the gardens and walk toward the old castle stairs to see the entire view of Prague.

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