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5 Reasons to Visit Prague: Bohemian Magic in East Central Europe

By on April 12, 2012

Reasons to Visit Prague? Aplenty. Escape into the preserved cobblestone walks, walled courtyards, and spire dotted skyline of Prague. Be magically transported to the majestic past as you walk through the streets of this capital city, moving among the mix of cathedrals, towers, and domes along with establishments offering a more modern and energetic take on Prague’s cultural scene.

There are plenty of things to discover and enjoy in Prague. Below are reasons to visit Prague and why it is included in most people’s travel wish-list:

1. The Attractions

– There’s a great number of museums, architectural sights, and other places to see in Prague. Particularly interesting are the Old Town and the New Town.  These two locales are popular among tourists for the historic buildings and monuments they have as well as the beautiful panoramic sights and quaint parks. It is worth your time to go about prancing in Prague.

Orloj

The main attraction at Prague’s Old Town is the medieval astronomical clock called Orloj, the oldest that is still at work up to this day. Watch as its clock turns for the hour to see the ‘Walk of the Apostles’ and other figures.

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Daughter and dad, Orloj background. / Waiting for the train.

Dancing House

(Czech: Tančící dům), or Fred and Ginger to many, is a building standing out for its design within an architectural feature of gothic, baroque, and other art nouveau buildings. Its architect, Frank Gehry, named the building after dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers for resembling a pair of dancers standing together.

Petrin Tower

The Petrin Lookout Tower is Prague’s Eiffel Tower. It stands on the Petrin Hill which you can go up through in the morning for a wonderful view of Prague, or through a monorail serving the hill.

 

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(Prague’s Orloj -600-year-old Astronomical Clock – at the Old Town and a balloon floating above the city.)

2. The Activities

– Prague’s old world charm is not deficient in exciting things to do. Among the things that you should try when visiting Prague are sightseeing flights and river cruises. Sightseeing flights give you a bird’s eye view tour of the city on board a helicopter or a hot air balloon. While you’re at it, you might even want to try skydiving in Prague.

Cruise around the Vtlava

Cruising any river is a wonderful way to admire a city. Prague is beautiful whichever way it’s seen, but an experience along the Vtlava river will give you a bit of quiet from the city’s hustle and bustle.

Take a Picture by the Lennon Wall

I’m not entirely sure how the Lennon Wall came about, but fans are really dedicated to have come up with this. See the wonderful grafittis there, and take a souvenir photo, too.

Escape into the preserved cobblestone walks, walled courtyards, and spire dotted skyline of Prague. Be magically transported to the majestic past as you walk through the streets of this capital city, moving among the mix of cathedrals, towers, and domes along with establishments offering a more modern and energetic take on Prague’s cultural scene.
(a not-so-willing-to-be-photographed daughter ^_^ )

3. The People

– The people of Prague are jovial and accommodating. They are actually the best people to show you around the city. Walking tours conducted by locals themselves can be requested right off the street, usually free of charge with the locals regaling you with historical tales made more interesting with their personal commentary and anecdotes. It is also an acceptable practice for tourists to join a group of people to banter with during drinking hour.

Kafka Museum

Find what’s Kafkaesque  in life at this museum. ^_^ Dedicated to author Franz Kafka, the museum has a lovely courtyard with a beautiful café and quaint corners for you to relax on.

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Playing an instrument at Charles Bridge, a ship at almost sunset.

Observe the Bachelors and Bachelorettes

Walking around Prague, you’ll see a lot of bride-to-be’s and groom-to-be’s…followed by their bridesmaids-to-be’s and groomsmen-to-be’s. Listen to their singing and banters, and even admire their was of dressing up.

Appreciate Music at the Charles Bridge

The Charles Bridge is the best spot to watch the sunrise, it is also the best venue for local music. Here, you will spot budding artists and bands sharing their beautiful music for free. It’s not bad to give a euro or two.

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(My plate of larded braised beef with a thick sauce of carrot, parsley root, celeriac, and chantilly cream – served with dumplings on the side. View of a church from the corridors of a nearby palace.)

4. The Food

Prague has a number of restaurants serving up local cuisine. Lunch time is busiest in the city since this meal is traditionally regarded as the main meal of the day. Expect to be served a selection of meat dishes, usually pork or beef, with sidings of dumplings or potatoes. Street food can also be enjoyed in Prague with vendors dishing out Czech style hotdogs right at the Old Town Square and in New Town’s Wenceslas Square.

Trdelník

These are rolled dough wrapped around a stick and baked through. No matter what you put in these spit cakes, the result will always be yummy.

Guláš

Gulasch for you, Czech style, a kind of beef stew that lasts for several days.

Smažený Sýr

Crispy fried cheese – what’s not to love?

Escape into the preserved cobblestone walks, walled courtyards, and spire dotted skyline of Prague. Be magically transported to the majestic past as you walk through the streets of this capital city, moving among the mix of cathedrals, towers, and domes along with establishments offering a more modern and energetic take on Prague’s cultural scene.
(One of the many colorful train stations in Prague that I was so interested with.)

5. The Booze

– Well, kids aside. Prague’s beers and alcoholic drinks are considered to be one of the come-ons for international travellers. In this part of the world, these drinks cost even less than drinking water. Bars and pubs would have their own selection of brands. The more adventurous drinkers would have a ball with the all-night bar hopping and drinking parties called pub crawls – there’s one at The Crawl and another group that meets in front of the Astronomical Clock.

More Reasons to Visit Prague

Prague, the city of a hundred spires, with its colorful buildings, rich history, and friendly atmosphere really has a lot to offer to travellers. More than just amusement parks and shopping sprees – there’s a hundred more reasons to visit Prague, and let’s tackle them one at a time. The adventurous and independent traveller yearning to discover some of the world’s cultural treasures would definitely  say Prague is worth visiting.

Escape into the preserved cobblestone walks, walled courtyards, and spire dotted skyline of Prague. Be magically transported to the majestic past as you walk through the streets of this capital city, moving among the mix of cathedrals, towers, and domes along with establishments offering a more modern and energetic take on Prague’s cultural scene.
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Prancing in Prague

By on October 11, 2011

Eight years ago, one of my closest friend and I agreed to have a rendezvous in Prague. She was there for 5 days and since Vienna is just 5 hours away by train, I thought of meeting her there. Unfortunately, her trip fell on the month when I’ve just given birth to our second son. I wasn’t able to see her there…

So for this visit, I had been thinking of what might have Prague been during her visit. The city is charming, that’s given. Architecture-wise, it has a feel of Vienna – having been an important city for the Habsburgs during the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The city obviously also has a touch of Rome – having been once the capital of the Roman empire, the influences are obvious. Yet, it still has a distinct fascination all its own.

 

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(make believe tickets)

Travel Duration

As I mentioned, the trip was about 5 hours. We boarded the train on a Friday, half an hour before 5 o’clock…the kids still had to attend school and hubby left the office a bit earlier. We met up at the train station around 4…That’s at Wien Meidling at Vienna’s 12 district — and from there we had to pass by our district again…too bad they don’t stop at one of the stations nearer our place. Since it’s gonna take us 5 hours, I readied my camera for a lot of drive by shooting. (You’d see those shots on my other blog.)

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Arrival

We arrived exactly at the expected time, went to find the local trains and it was not hard to do. We just had to  get some change since they still use Czech crown and not Euros. I withdrew a thousand which is about 40Euros (woot! feels like pesos) but we only needed coins for the tickets (32 for adults for 90 minutes and kids below 10 years are free, yes, free ride in Prague for my kids hihi). There are a lot of stores at the Praha hlavní nádraží (English: Prague main railway station, abbreviated Praha hl.n) still open so it was easy to get a change, I bought some postcards and Lays, because we don’t have them here in Vienna lol. Worrywart me easily comes out when travelling at night so the people who keeps looking at me like they wanna rob me or something takes a clear look of don’t you dare from me. Chos! I just stay away and be alert. hihi. Most of the store attendants speak English and others speak German so conversing isn’t much of a problem.

 

Prancing in Prague
(Almost sundown)

Atmosphere

My in-laws who arrived earlier that day fetched us at the train station near our hotel…from the main train station, we took one ride, 5 stations I think and we walked to our hotel with them. It’s less crowded than Manila but certainly busier than Vienna. Ok, I’m paranoid I tell you but knowing how some groups (read: pickpockets) operate won’t be harmful. Stay away from those who have crutches…most of the time it’s just a front…so when we came from the station, there’s a group of men and women already following us. I saw one  with crutches and his companion was really going behind dad-in-law. I walked further behind pulling hubby with me and them to watch and just when we were passing by a club, the one in crutches walked normally…lol. My hunch was true, it’s a good thing dad-in-law walks fast too!

Prancing in Prague 3

Our first morning was cold but lovely, we walked and walked and walked as far as our shoes can handle the friction…It’s a crowded city alright, but you can always find a quiet spot for you to be by yourself. Enjoy watching the swans, the water reflection, the beauty of a river that lies quietly.

(To my dear friend Barb, sorry, I’m 8 years too late, but I know we’d see each other in another lovely city soon.)

Prague is charming, that's given. Architecture-wise, it has a feel of Vienna - having been an important city for the Habsburgs during the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The city obviously also has a touch of Rome - having been once the capital of the Roman empire, the influences are obvious. Yet, it still has a distinct fascination all its own.
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