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!
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 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|
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|
Talk about a fairytale....this city is absolutely dreamy at night. Sigh.
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