Compared to other European & other major world capitals, Prague is economical and gives mixed feeling of ancient and modern evolution, architecture and approach. I and my wife both studying masters in London decided to visit Prague via Netherlands. As we both were studying, sleeper bus from Amsterdam to Prague was economical option but we found it was the best overnight journey as we witnessed gorgeous early morning zephyr, sunflower farms & golf course like curvy green hills. While crossing Germany border, a beautiful young German police office checked passport while crossing border, it hardly took 5 min.
Czech, a consonant-rich Slavic tongue, is one of the most complicated European languages to learn. We found certain sounds very hard to pronounce. Luckily, tourism and global commerce facilitates some Czech’s understand English, particularly in Prague.
As metro train network is very dense inside city, we stayed in Hotel near O2 Arena near Českomoravská. My wife is non-vegetarian so for her it was easy, but I am vegetarian so we decided to eat in an Indian restaurant Spice India on Husitská Road near Florenc Metro Station.
The city centre of Prague is divided into two areas on both banks of the Vltava River. On one side of the river is: the Old Town (Staré Město), with the Old Town Square at its heart; the New Town (Nové Město), with Wenceslas Square at its heart; and the Jewish Quarter (Josefov). On the other side of the river is: the Lesser Town (Malá Strana); and above this, the Castle District (Hradčany), which is dominated by Prague Castle.
At first we went to see the Disney Castle’s original inspiration. Náměstí Republiky is very near metro train stain, we get down there and asked station staff about the direct. Church of Our Lady before Týn (Chrám Matky Boží před Týnem) is one of the most remarkable Gothic religious buildings in Prague; it was built from the mid-14th to the early 16th centuries. At the end of the 17th century, the interior was reworked in Baroque style. The basilica serves as a wide-ranging gallery of Gothic, Renaissance and Early Baroque works, the most motivating of which comprise altar paintings by Karel Škréta and the tomb of the astronomer Tycho Brahe. The organ, dating from 1673, is the oldest in Prague.
We walk towards the Old Town Square where we enjoyed the parade of apostles at the Astronomical Clock thinking of how it is possible that such an old mechanism can still be working. A few steps apart there is an ancient Jewish quarter with its synagogues, the Golem Story and the mysterious antique cemetery and the art-nouveau-style Municipal House and the modern-centre Wenceslas square. Then we went John Lennon Wall.
We sat just in front of castle for 2 hours in evening as lots of street artists were performing there and my wife took Ice-cream backdrop with the Prague castle. The Old Town Hall with the famous Prague Astronomical Clock, The winding lanes of the Jewish Quarter, which you know from the novels of Franz Kafka, steeped in the legend of the Golem.
Dancing House was our next target. It is 1.7 Km from Old Town Squire and a must walk on river bank. Though Metro is an option but walking on riverside is best. There were many street food counters, small gift shops and amazing scenic view of hills, river, tourists’ ferry and gothic bridges. Like lots of tourist, we sat on riverside bench. We took fresh potato spiral spring chips and suddenly lots of pigeon surrounded us. We bought boiled corn for them and for us too.
Charles Bridge is 1 Km from dancing house. It is the main pedestrian route linking the two sides of Prague. The Gothic Charles Bridge and Church of St. Nicholas in the Lesser Town are the most beautiful Baroque church in world. The Palace Gardens set away from the bustle of the city, Petřín with a lookout tower reminiscent of a small Eiffel Tower and Prague Castle … Each of Prague’s districts has its own characteristic atmosphere and unique charm. Prague presents itself to you as a changeable city, which likes to alternate styles: it is romantic and successful, ancient and modern, but above all it is a city that is cosmopolitan through and through, and is used to welcoming foreigners. It is time to get acquainted.
The Royal Way takes you down to the city, directly to the Charles Bridge, built in the 14th century; during the daytime full of vivid entertainment of street artists and very romantic and quiet at night. And still you are leaving behind the Kampa Island, the Lesser Town and its narrow streets, John Lennon´s wall, the famous Bambino di Praga Little Jesus of Prague.
Our final destination was Prague Castle Cluster; it includes Gothic St Vitus Cathedral, Romanesque Basilica of St. George, a monastery and several palaces, gardens and defence towers. We visited castle houses several museums, including the National Gallery collection of Bohemian baroque and mannerism art, exhibition dedicated to Czech history, Toy Museum and the picture gallery of Prague Castle.
We took Nerudova Street and walk up the picturesque Nerudova Street from Malostranské náměstí and at the top take a sharp right onto Ke Hradu. Then we tur towards Castle Steps (Zámecké schody) which start up Nerudova from Malostranské náměstí and take a quick right onto Zámecká street. Then turn left to climb the romantic Castle Stairs, which will take you to the Garden on the Ramparts (Zahrada na Valech). While retuning we took Old Castle Steps (Staré zámecké schody). It gives most beautiful views of Prague.
Prague is certainly the place, straight out of the fairy tale dream. It is a blend of old architecture with most modern facilities and services throughout the city.The city will take you to the old tales of Jewish culture to newly reformed religions.Prague is certainly the most picturesque and affordable country to visit in Europe.