It may be shocking to admit, but I have never been to any country (except Slovakia about a million years ago) that borders on Poland. My friends and I decided to go to Prague for a prolonged weekend. We didn’t make any plans and read guides before the trip. We just got in the car and were in the capital of Czech Republic after a few hours.
My first impression: Prague is beautiful. It may be thanks to the surrender during World War II. The whole city is one big old town where the time has stopped for a while. Even not all trams are new, the majority of them is rather old. Prague is among the most visited cities in Europe and you can hear it on the street – people speak Enhlish, Russian and German more often than Czech.
We didn’t do much sightseeing – we had just 2 days to explore the city, but during the walks we managed to see the main places, including Charles Bridge, Vaclav Square and Hradčany (the Castle District). And I must say I fell in love with Czech language! It sounds familiar to Polish, but the differences make it very funny. I could listen to it for hours!
National Museum at Vaclav Square (Václavské náměstí). There was a tram line but it was removed in the 80’s.
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There is the Astronomical Clock (Orloj) on Old Town Hall. The clock was installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working. The clock mechanism is composed of three main components: the astronomical dial, representing the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky and displaying various astronomical details, a clockwork hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures – notably a figure of Death striking the time; and also a calendar dial with medallions representing the months.
U tří zlatých hvězd is a restaurant worth of recommending plus it has good prices.
We went hundreds of stairs to see the Hradčany hill and the impressive gothic Metropolitan Cathedral of Saints Vitus, Wenceslaus and Adalbert. Unfortunately, we didn’t go inside where the Czech Crown Jewels are stored, but the breathtaking exterior compensate everything ;-)
It may seem that this building was built a few years ago. It wasn’t. Milunić’s and Gehry’s Dancing House has almost 20 years already! When you look at it, you can see the silhouette of a dancing couple.