Prague is a city which is known for it’s medieval look with a bit of fairy tale feel and it’s beer culture – that was sufficient for us to make a trip. The other things for which Prague is known for are – garnets, classic crystals & marionette.
Our travel to Prague was from Copenhagen on a Norwegian afternoon flight with a total flying time of 1 hour 20 mins just before start of the winter in 2012.
We booked our accommodation with Residence Elema via Airbnb. They have really nice & clean apartments on a pretty decent price and just next all famous places. Definitely and very happy to recommend.
We reached our apartment by 18:00, which left only a bit of time during the evening to do any sort of activity. So, after quick refresh, we strolled nearby our accommodation and try to soaked in first few glimpses of the city. That’s all we did, nothing else. I am serious. We called off the night pretty soon, in anticipation of starting next day early!
So, did we started early the next day? Hell, yeah! At around 9 AM! That’s early I guess, if you consider travelling. The first stop was the Old Town Square, starting with famous astronomical clock – a 600 year old manual clock face. We actually did walked to Old Town Square from our apartment, via Václavské náměstí – one of the beautiful streets in Prague, lined up with numerous shops & cafes!
The astronomical clock rings every hour – so our plan was to reach just before the hour. Definitely not a thing to miss! Below is a video we shoot when the clock started ringing:
Next we visited ‘Church of our lady’, which was on the square itself. After that we continued towards Prague castle through Charles Bridge/Karlův most.
After the bridge, took a little break and re-fuel’d ourselves @McCafe!
There are some scenic views of city from the Prague castle. There was a slight layer of fog over the city, which actually added a bit to the view.
A video of the Change of guards:
We bought the tickets for circuit B, which included St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower. The Cathedral was really nice and the Golden lane was superb – a medieval street within castle walls lined with small houses.
By the time we finished with the castle, it was already 16:00. We walked towards Petřín, a 130 m high hill which is mostly covered in park and a favourite recreational area for the inhabitants of Prague. We took a funicular to go up, as we had been walking from morning and didn’t wanted to put much strain on our legs on the first day itself. We spent some time on the top admiring the nature & the city views.
We came down only by 18:00 and walked back towards our apartment via the old square. He had dinner at the Beas Vegeterian Dhaba. No we are not veggies, but it’s fun to try some thing pure vegetarian now and then 😉 And, had couple of drink in one of the small bars before calling off the night.
No, it was not an early start. After last day’s long walk, we were pretty lazy to get out off the bed. Our day started almost by 11 AM. Went to ‘The powder tower’, ‘The municipal house’ & roamed a bit near the area.
After lunch we went to see the most talked monument between us of the Prague – The Television Tower/Crawling baby tower. It’s a pretty weird tower to look at the first go. But as and when we spent some time in front of it, we got used to it. Initially it was only a television tower with some unconventional design and later on the crawling babies going up & down were attached to the tower.
That was the last thing we did in Prague. After that we walked back to our apartment, checked out, bought some souvenirs and caught the night train from the Prague Central st and continued our trip to Lucern in Switzerland.