Dreamy Prague | The Sights

So here's the deal. If you have read this blog for more than a day you know that I love to take photos. And that's what my blog mostly consists of! I don't consider myself to be anything but an average writer at best, but I feel like photos can transport you just as easily as words. And so that's what I give you for Prague. I feel like I plan our travels with balance, some planned sight seeing mixed with strolling aimlessly. Prague was the perfect city to do this. The main area is very small and therefore almost all accessible by foot. Add in the unharmed architecture and the winding, cobblestone streets and it makes for a perfect weekend getaway (although you need much more than a weekend to soak in Prague fully, meaning I need to live here).

We missed out on plenty of things in Prague, including: St Vitus interior, most of the castle, the Jewish Cemetery, every museum. And guess what, we soooo enjoyed our time. So to not totally overwhelm you with photos, I do have a brief description of each photo set of the things we actually did see!

The Castle
We took the trek up to the Castle area on a Sunday morning. It was easy to get to by following the throngs of tourists. We waltzed (read struggled) up the hill to the entrance and made it just in time to see the changing of the guards. Which was elaborate and really cool for Van to watch (he's tall, I couldn't see). We walked into the castle compound and wandered aimlessly. We didn't buy any tickets as there was no one checking for them and we weren't planning on going onto any of the exhibits. We just really wanted to take in the views. And they were not disappointing. Do yourself a favor and spend some time at Prague Castle.







One of my faves.....








The Towers
The Powder Tower (shown in the first and third photos of this set) was our North Star for our time in Prague. Our hotel was on the same street and we could see it from many areas throughout the town. It always led us home. It was one of the original 13 gates to the city with construction beginning in 1475. The towers gave the city that fairytale feel!




The Astronomical Clock
We caught our first glimpse of the clock on Saturday night. We didn't stick around for the hourly display because we knew we would see it again on Sunday. The Clock Tower sits right on the Old Town Square and is super easy to find. A crowd starts to gather around 15 minutes prior to the hour and you can wait to watch the uneventful chiming if you wish. We watched it during the daylight and I'm glad we did but it's nothing spectacular. It is however, a gorgeous piece to look at and even more so at night.

The clock was first installed in 1410, making it the 3rd oldest astronomical clock and the oldest working astronomical clock. It recently celebrated it's 600th birthday in 2010 :)

The 'day' crowd


The City
Prague was occupied by the Nazis before WWII even started. But since there was no industry in Prague, it wasn't a big target for the bombers. Therefore, the city has been left in excellent condition unlike many other European cities. Also, there was a huge rise in population between the late 1800s and early 1900s and therefore the Art Deco style is everywhere. It is such a wonderful mix of styles and colors. I absolutely adored it. And not to mention, it is really a fairly clean city. It does have it's seedy parts but overall, I felt extremely comfortable here. Just take a look.
















The Vltava River runs straight through the city and is lovely to walk along and take in the sights. 




mixture of the old and new
Prague at Night
Talk about a fairytale....this city is absolutely dreamy at night. Sigh.




Charles Bridge
I must be the worst for not getting a shot of the bridge from the river. Ergh. But you will just have to check out the sights 'from' the bridge. The bridge is filled with statues, vendors and musicians. This is the main way to get to the castle I believe and it was quite enjoyable to me. I loved seeing the different artwork and seeing people touch and pray at certain statues.







Tired of photos now? I just loved this place, I can't help it!
Check back next week for where to stay, eat and drink in this wonderful city!

For more photo overloads, check out these posts

Treasure Tromp
We Took the Road Less Traveled

33 comments

  1. I'm absolutely loving all your photos of Prague!

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  2. Oh thanks! I'm a tad obsessed :) And I forgot to respond about the hatch chilies the other day....I'm lucky and have base access :) but they run out so quickly! I've only found them in stock once (but I rarely go) Next time I come down, I will try and bring you some!!

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  3. Wow!!! This looks so perfect! My friends took their honeymoon in Prague and loved it! I remember seeing their photos of that same clock!! Dreamy is absolutely how it looks! Keep the photos coming!

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  4. Those towers are beautiful! I love a city at night and Prague looks gorgeous!

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  5. Your photos are enough to draw anyone and everyone to Prague. Beautiful :))

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  6. Your friends are awesome for honeymooning in Prague! Not a destination that would first come to mind! I've got just a couple more prague posts and then it's on to the next!!

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  7. The towers were awesome and luckily we came across a few that were off the beaten path!

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  8. So maybe I should apply for a prague tourism job? Haha!! I would live there if I could!!

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  9. Oh my goodness you'd be my biggest hero ever if you found some! I showed Sam the photos last night and he loved them! (Also he'd never seen a tumbleweed before so he especially liked that one!) x

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  10. Oh man, I love what you've done here! I adore these BIG beautiful photos!!

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  11. Oh I love seeing Prague through your eyes. Those Towers helped me to orient myself as I was wondering around the city. I'm so glad you loved it!

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  12. These pictures are giving me major travel envy!

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  13. I'm loving the architecture, especially that castle. Need to go to Prague!

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  14. I loved finding 'my tower' :) I'm using your off the beaten path prague sights if I get to return!

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  15. Yes, you do! It's really laid back and you can't beat $1.75 pints!!

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  16. Ooooh, how I want to go to Prague! I'm all about a good balance of structured and wandering times in my travel, too! :) Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures--there's no such thing as a photo overload when they all look like that!

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  17. Oh thanks! Yeah, Prague is pretty awesome! I'm hoping we get to make a return trip some day!

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  18. Great shots! I loved going to Prague a couple of years ago! It feels just like disney land!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  19. Oh my gosh...it totally is the adult Disneyland! Haha! I just love it :)

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  20. I just love the fact that you had a north star! So clever! Your pictures are beautiful! I love how gothic the architecture was!

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  21. After a night at the rum bar, it was definitely a plus haha!!

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  22. just scrolling and scrolling with my jaw on the ground. so beautiful!! Prague for the win! ;)

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  23. I do post waaaay to many photos but I can't get enough :) Yay Prague!!

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  24. Beautiful pictures! I love Prague. It's such an interestingly beautiful city! Feels like an enchanting fairytale!

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  25. BEAUTIFUL pictures! Thank you for sharing.

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  26. I love your photos of Prague! Reminds me to appreciate this place :) and Prague at night--and at dusk or sunrise--is pure magic!

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  27. I loved it so much at night! I could have walked the streets for hours :)

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  28. Always enjoy virtually traveling via your posts ... you can never share too many images if you ask me!

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  29. Aww thanks! Yeah, I am kind of an over sharer of photos but I just love them all and can't edit down sometimes :)

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