Czech and Prague

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After we swept through Berlin, we made our way to Prague on another direct train! That has been one of the nice things about this leg of the trip. Going from city to city on trains is far less complicated than reaching small towns. We arrived to the main Prague station, then one stop on the subway and we were only a few blocks from our new home for the next 4 days. The apartment was quite old fashioned in an “up and coming” neighborhood, but it suited our needs perfectly. Every night we dined in our hood, which was perfect. We much prefer being close to home for our meals, and the prices were about half of what we would have paid in the touristy areas.

On our first day, we hit west Prague including the Prague Castle, the John Lennon Wall and the Charles Bridge. The castle was enormous and really, someone could spend an entire day there if they wanted to. We opted for the short tour and we were still there most of the day. There is basically an entire town inside the walls of the castle. We checked out two different cathedrals including one holding the remains of the beloved King Wenceslas, the Old Royal Palace, and the Golden Row. The Golden Row was the highlight with many restored old residences, and a huge display of weapons and armor. They even had a crossbow range, which of course we had to try out. From there, we went to the Lennon wall to reflect on our hope for world peace after the days of horrible violence in news. We are still holding out hope! We then went to the adjacent John Lennon Pub for some libations and local delicacies. The local beers in Prague are quite light and refreshing, and the sausages varied and delicious. After the refreshments we headed to the famous Charles Bridge. It was beautiful with a full moon overhead, but completely packed with tourists. We squeezed our way through the crowds while enjoying the views and made our way to the subway to retreat to our apartment.

The next day we went to the Vysehrad Citadel, the home of the first royal family of Bohemia, then to the center of Old Prague. The Citadel was nice and had a great playground and sweeping views of the city. The center of Prague was fantastic. The astronomical clock was really cool, and the surrounding area in old town was really neat to just walk around. After some time it in the center, we ventured out of to see more of the area. We ended up at the Municipal House, which is a theater with multiple cafes and restaurants. The building is designed in a art nouveau fashion with the detail out to the nth degree. Really cool spot. We found our way to the basement, where there was a great bar that really reminded us of one of our favorite bars in Denver, the Cruise Room. We enjoyed a Manhattan there before circling back around to old town. We then traversed Wenceslas Square before heading to the subway and going back home.

For our third and final day in Czech, we visited the village of Kutna Hora. There we saw the old town and the Sedlec Ossuary. We exited the train station and hit the ossuary first. We’ve never been to an ossuary before, and certainly not one like this. The creepy yet quaint small church basement was filled with ancient human bones, arranged in a quite decorative manner. There were pyramid like structures of bones in all four corners with skulls and bones strung like garland across the ceiling. In the middle was a bone and skull chandelier and the artist even left his signature as well as his family crest in, you guessed it, human bones. Again, super creepy, but quite impressive. We somehow had an appetite after that experience, so we had a nice lunch of typical Czech food at an adjacent restaurant. Following that whole experience, we walked to the old town area to visit the castle and gothic cathedral. Very beautiful indeed but man, are there a lot of cathedrals and castles in Europe! We haven’t even scratched the surface and I feel like we’ve seen a million of them. We’ll see more I’m sure, but that was enough for the day. We hit the train station and headed back to Prague for our last night. Next stop, Vienna.

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  1. dick freese

    I came to Prague alone by car, rented in Frankfurt, in the summer of 1991, only weeks after the Russians left and Communism fell, having entered Czech. from East Germany (also then just “freed”), no border guards, down through the Sudetenland (whose invasion by Hitler in 1939 triggered World War II). In 1991, Central Prague was filled with Celebrators, singing and shouting freedom songs. The Russians had not maintained the buildings, which were soot-covered. No shops or restaurants or hotels, all very dark and dreary. I found a hotel on the River formerly used by The Russian rulers, and then walked the Charles Bridge and the Castle and the Central neighborhoods. No tourists an the Castle in dishevelment. Then I drove back into Bavaria. Sigrid and I went back in 1996, and Prague had been renovated. I returned in 2009 to sing the Verdi Requiem with the Colorado Symphony Chorus in Smetana Hall. By then Prague overflowed with beauty and tourists. What a great city!!

  2. Sigrid/Mormor

    Some terrific pictures, and really interesting descriptions of what you’ve seen in Prague. Obviously much has been developed and/or improved and open for tourists in the last 20 years. I don’t remember seeing much of what you’ve seen. Especially liked picture of changing of the guards… wonderful geometry.

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