This blog post is a throwback to our time when we went to Prague as an impromptu trip. I have not travelled anywhere in the past two years and given the current scenarios that we are living in(Hello, global pandemic), I am going to hold on for some more time.
Having said that, I am somebody who hates itinerary, I hate planning vacation in detail. My husband, on the other hand, adores them so much.
So, when he asked if we could squeeze in Prague on our euro trip, the trip he had planned down to the last bits, I was game. Besides, who doesn’t love this picturesque city?
The charm of Old town square:
We reached our hotel in Prague a little before lunch. It was right behind the old town square. Having said that, we managed our whole trip on public transport. We bought passes for each day from the nearest metro station and used it for the whole day. It was easy, accessible and comfortable.
A lot of times we didn’t know where we were headed. We would simply hop onto the train and let it take us where it went. It was sort of fun to sit on the trams and watch the locals go about their day. Two of us tourists were sitting in one of the corner seats, fascinated by the city’s beauty and its people. A bit timid as well, I will be honest here. Prague wasn’t part of the plan, but here we are. How far away are we from home?
This part of the town, the old town square was filled with tourists and all things touristy. Souvenir shops, fancy restaurants, fast food carts, high end luxury stores and lots and lots of tourists. Them flocking with selfie sticks and fancy cameras dressed in their best hoping to capture the best of the memories for them.
Day 2: Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral and a lot more walking
Prague castle stands tall in the middle of this beautiful city right besides the river Vltava. We came here by walking as we continued to stroll on our excursion on day 2. The outside of the castle looked magnificent as we strolled by them. The entry to the castle requires pre-purchased tickets and we were bummed to not have bought the ticket in advance.
We however, were right on time to witness the change of guards of the palace at around noon time.
You can buy the tickets for the castle here.
St. Vitus Cathedral:
We then made our way towards St. Vitus cathedral, a little walk-away from Prague Castle. A trip to Prague is incomplete without visiting this monument of historical significance. A gothic façade in its appearance, it was built over a period of six hundred years. A center point for the cultural and spiritual essence of this Czech nation, the cathedral was originally commissioned by emperor Charles IV in 1344 dedicated to saint Vitus.
The entry here is free, though it was a lot more crowded than we had expected.
Walking around the streets of Prague, one cute shop at a time.
The last stop of the day was Wenceslas square situated between old town and new town. The square is the melting point for the locals and has its prominent mention in almost all of the historical events in Czech history.
We went back to Charles bridge, in the evening one more time, before heading for our dinner and calling it a night. I wished we had more time to take it slow and visit few other places like the kafka museum, Jewish ghetto and a few other places. But, time is the essence and it is what it is.
Maybe some other time.
Have you visited Prague? What is your best travel memory. Do let us know about your experience of the city in the comments section.