Prague

Praha or Prague is my favorite city in Europe. The place is so Gothic and you will be amazed anywhere you go – everything is just picture perfect!

We traveled from Berlin to Prague on an IC train. It was one of the most picturesque train ride I’ve ever had. The train was old and crowded even though it is not peak season (we traveled February) but the scenery is just amazing – cute little houses and a river on the other side.

We stayed at Grandior Hotel, a 5-star hotel in the city center. Since we can’t check in until 3pm and we were there around 1pm, we decided to take a peek at Bilat Balut, a nearby sort of a  mall and then went to have lunch. We didn’t do anything that night because we were so tired.

One of our friends suggested that we book a walking tour. So the next day, I booked a ‘free’ walking tour on the city from Sandemans. There were lots of people who joined, it a was a big group! The tour guide is a Brazilian guy living in Prague – he is very funny and we’ve learned a lot from him. The 3-hour tour will take you the following places:

  • Old Town Square & Astronomical Clock
  • View of Charles Bridge
  • House of the Black Madonna & Museum of Cubism
  • Church of Our Lady before Týn
  • View of Prague Castle
  • Rudolfinum – Czech Philharmonic
  • Old New Synagogue & the Golem
  • Art Nouveau Municipal House
  • Spanish Synagogue
  • St. Nicolas’ Church
  • Old Jewish Quarter
  • Kinský Palace
  • Wenceslas Square
  • WWII – Prague Uprising
  • Statue of Jan Hus
  • Powder Tower

During the tour, we stopped by Zephyr Excellent urban pub where we had pee break and beer break.

The tour is not really ‘free’, you have to hand some money to the tour guide but the amount depends on you and how you see the tour was worth.

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Astronomical clock

 

 

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Tyn church
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Old Jewish quarter
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The cemetery in Old Jewish quarter that inspired the Berlin Holocaust memorial
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some building in Paris street (if I remember it correctly)

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View of the castle

After the tour, we we had lunch at The Pub, where we tap our own beer (YES!) and had delicious dumplings. Note – food and beer are cheap!

Because we loved SANDEMANs so much, we booked an afternoon castle tour. On this tour, we saw the following places:

  • Prague Castle
  • Old Royal Palace
  • Malá Strana – the Lesser Quarter
  • Hradčany – the Castle District
  • St. Vitus’ Cathedral
  • St. Nicholas’ Church
  • Amazing panoramic views
  • History of Dukes, Kings and Emperors
  • St George’s Basilica
  • The Deer Moat
  • The Black Tower
  • The Last Judgement Mosaic
  • Czech President’s residence

We have to take tram from going to the castle – beware of pickpockets!

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Prague castle

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We ended the day at Hard Rock Cafe and then headed back to the hotel –  too much walking in a day!

 

Third day in Prague

After getting super busog at Grandior’s buffet breakfast, we went to see Charles Bridge.

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Too much walking again this day so we headed to Hooters for more beer and some lunch!

 

 

 

 

 

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