PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

I think there should be nothing to introduce about Prague or the reason why we should visit it. Located along the charming Vltava River, Prague has long been famous for being the largest and the capital city of Czech Republic.

I came to Prague with my friend in April and was welcomed with perfectly beautiful weather, the temperature was around 10 Degree Celcius  and the sun shined from early morning till 8pm. Together with us, thousands of tourists from all over the world also came to visit the city. We often got stucked in the crowds when walking along the alleyways in the Old Town but that was not a big problem. I almost forgot everything around me when enjoying the breathtaking cityscapes.

This is the first time I travelled to a foreign country without speaking their language and  a mobile phone that had Internet. During the time staying in Prague we only use a hard-copy map taken from the airport and fortunately, Prague was easy to explore. If you get lost you should not be panic, as the way could lead you to another beautiful corner of Prague. Additionally, local people in Prague were very nice and friendly, some tried to help us even when they did not speak English.

  • Charles Bridge: you must definitely come here at the beginning of your trip, as it would make you want to come back again and again. There are two towers that were open for visitors to enjoy the city from above (fee applied).

 

  • Strolling along the Vltava River: the bridges across the river were the most attractive thing to me in Prague. We arrived in Prague at late evening. After checked-in at the hotel we started to discover the Old Town starting from the train station Staromestska and walked all the way down to the Charles Bridge. Along the way there were lots of cafes, restaurants and a small park.
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    View from our hostel
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    Along the Vltava River
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    Along the Vltava River

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  • The Old Town: starting from Charles Bridge you can walk around to explore the old town. You may be overwhelmed with tons of restaurants and coffee shops so doing a little research about where to eat in Prague would be of great value.
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famous ice cream from Good Food Chimney Cake
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Green Beer: speciality in Prague
  • Castle District: we chose to visit this place in the morning on our second day as it was really large and therefore needed more time to explore. You should take the train to Malotranska station and then follow the crowd to go up to the castle district. Along the way there were many beautiful spots to take picture and give you 360 view of Prague (as in pictures).
  • St. Vitus Cathedral (in Castle District): amazing art work in Gothic style. You may get lost in the beauty of the detailed decoration inside the church. Besides please take care of your stuffs as it would be very crowded during daytime.
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Us in front of the Cathedral

After visiting the Cathedral we walked all the way down to the Charles Bridge and have our lunch at a sausage food stall which was amazingly delicious and cheap.

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  • Petřín Park: if you buy a 2-day or 3-day ticket in Prague it would include a trip up to the Petrin Hill. Covered with all green color in spring, the park was really a great place for a picnic or a walking to enjoy the spring atmosphere.
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Petřín Park
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We had a rest and listened to music under the tree

There was a mid-stop on the way up and down Petrin Hill. We stopped there and decided to walk all the way down the hill but it took longer than we expected as the way was so beautiful. Lots of cherry blossoms were blooming along the way. There were also lots of people lying on the grass and enjoying the atmosphere.

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Cherry blossoms
  • The Old Town Square: it had so many things going on here. There were various markets and speciality artisan shops in the side streets around the Square. Also the famous Old Town Hall with astronomical clock is located right in the heart of the square.

 

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The Powder Tower
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Municipal House Hall
  • Kostel Nejsvetejsiho Srdce Pane: this is the last place in our trip. We decided to went here to see the beautiful architecture of the church. There were several benches before the church and we sat there to enjoy the night in Prague.

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#April #Spring2016

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