Prague, which are the top 5 free places to visit and how to spend a few days in the Czech capital.
First trip for 2023, 3 days, 3 women and a brand new blog post in this forgotten by me favourite place. Blogging is one of the resolutions which I made to myself and I really want to do it again. It has been a while, but the memory of how happy writing used to make me back then, makes me want to do it again. But enough about me and blogging, how we ended up and Prague and how much wine is enough, read below.
Prague is known as the “heart of Europe”. The Vitava River flows through the centre of the Czech capital and divides it into New town and Old town. All around you can see the fascinating architecture of the city. The last time I have been in Prague was 8-9 years ago, and I was with my family. Now as a grown-up woman, I am going by myself…or with the girls in this case. The trip to Prague was an unplanned gift, which one of us received and decided to share with the others. Lots of laughter, lots of wine, yes, yes I know what you’re thinking that all about Prague is beer, but I have never spoken that language, so wine for me was best.
If you are visiting Prague, there are many places that you could visit, but those 5 you must not miss during your sightseeing.
Our hotel was located in the new town, so first, we decided to go to Petrin Tower. If you have been following me for a long time, you would know that wherever I go, I always look for places where you can see the cities from above. From Petrin hill, you can see the whole city and the view is definitely worth it. The walk to the top is uphill but it is easy and there are lots of places to take a break if you feel tired or you want to take some pictures. The views are picturesque, you can see all the bridges, the old town and the whole beauty of Prague. On the top of the hill is Petrin Tower which looks like a mini Eiffel Tower and just like the latter, it can be seen from all the parts of the city and it lights up during the night.
If you go down walking from the top, the path will take you to Prague Castle. There is also a small tram like a funicular, which you can get to the centre of Prague. This is what we did and we visited the castle on one of the next days. If you’re coming from the centre, there are quite a few steps you need to climb to get to the top. But the view can leave you speechless (and out of breath) and you can also warm up, if you are going in the cold months as we did. The castle is part of the UNESCO world heritage and according to the Guinness Book of World Records, Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world. The magnificent building can be seen from everywhere in the city, but the best view is from Charle’s bridge. Especially when you walk in the night and you see it all lighten up. The gardens are free to visit and on the front if you are lucky you can see the change of the guards, which has an orchestral accompaniment.
Next on the list is Saint Vitus Cathedral. It is known as the most important temple in Prague and it is located in the gardens of Prague Castle. The cathedral has gothic architecture and when I saw it, it reminded me of the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. Apart from religious services, coronations of Czech kings and queens also took place here. It is beautiful inside and it can be viewed in detail.
From the stairs I mentioned earlier, you can get straight to Charle’s bridge. This bridge is a medieval stone bridge and it is one of the symbols of Prague. To have a walk during the day and in the evening is something I highly recommend. The place is truly magical during the night. And it has its benefits with the fact there are not so many people then. And you would be able to take as many photos as you want. The bridge is so beautiful itself, you can spend a quite long time being amazed by the magnificent statues and the Gothic towers at both ends of the bridge.
Last, but not least is the Astronomical clock in the Old Town. I think that it is at the top of the “must-see” places in Prague. This miraculous creation has been made in the 15th century and there are many legends about it. For all those years, thousands of tourists have visited the Clock and they patiently wait every hour for the show to start. It tracks the position of the Sun and the Moon and it also opens up to reveal 12 “travelling” apostles.
As I already mentioned, Prague is full of beautiful places to visit and incredible architecture to be fascinated by. The small streets are definitely worth it getting lost in and exploring the city. Don’t forget to try the local cuisine, the beer (if you are a fan) and the sweet chimneys which are on every corner.
If you are looking for a meal alongside a breathtaking view, I recommend Teraca U Prince. It is located in the Old Town and it has a beautiful view of the whole city. It is, as jeu say nowadays, very Instagrammable.
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