Prague: Old and New in Harmony

It’s been a long time… I shouldn’t have left ya…

Sorry, it’s been a hot minute since we last chatted. When I look back at the past months, they just flew by so quickly. We’ve been pretty fortunate to have a beautiful spring/summer and we are taking advantage by frequenting beer gardens, traveling and enjoying Franconia. We are almost done settling in to our apartment and bought an “American-size” grill with patio furniture to accompany the beautiful, bug-infested evenings. Despite the unusually snowy winter, we were able to sneak in a long weekend in romantic Prague in the Czech Republic. Prague is surprisingly close – it was only a three hour drive, which included filling up the tank and buying a Vignette to cross the border (no E-ZPass here!).

The Golden City

Prague is exactly what I envisioned Europe to be. The architecture of the buildings, mixed with the gold and detailed buildings. I was amazed at the preservation of the buildings. Since Prague wasn’t affected by WWII, the buildings showcase their original glory. A lot of the buildings are white, which is something you just don’t see in America. It made me wonder how often people were cleaning the buildings.

Walking Tours

We’ve never really done walking tours since we are both research-oriented and usually plan what sites we want to see ahead of time. This time we didn’t have time to do any research and since it was our first times there, we decided to take a tour. We went with The Ultimate Tour, which is anything but, even though it was the most expensive tour, offered a walking tour of the major sites, three course lunch, tram ride and boat tour. We thought it offered a great variety to seeing Prague. Well, I can’t recommend the tour unless you really don’t have any time to research the sites ahead of time. We covered the Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, and the Jewish Quarter among other things. We did see all the major sites so that part is true, but the tour is pretty uneventful and definitely not worth the money.

Castles Galore

Prague is home to the biggest ancient castle in the world, Prague Castle. Of course, we covered it in the walking tour but it would literally take an entire day to discover the caveats the castle has to offer. You can’t miss the Prague Castle when you are in Prague. You can view it from most angles in the city and it looks beautiful at night.

There was another castle nearby, Vyšehrad, which I enjoyed much more and recommend. It offers spectacular views of the city and is less crowded than Prague Castle. Please enjoy the view of the Basilica of St Peter and St Paul and make sure you put Prague on your list of places to visit.

Talk to you again soon 😉

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2 thoughts on “Prague: Old and New in Harmony

  • September 7, 2011 at 8:52 pm
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    I love Prague! It is the most beautiful city that I’ve ever been to. We took the train to Vysherad too….beautiful place. Did you get a chance to see the astronomical clock? The Mucha museum?

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    • September 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm
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      Hi Renee. Yep, the clock is really cool – especially the story behind it. One touch and it’s broken for hundreds of years. We missed the Mucha museum, but maybe we can visit again and check it out. Thanks for the suggestion!

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