PRAGUE – THE GOLDEN CITY OF EASTERN EUROPE

Prague, Czech Republic  |  November 30 to December 2, 2017

In Eastern Europe—and even the whole of Europe—Prague is one of the most captivating cities. Packed with monuments and unforgettable sites, Prague is a city that will leave you wanting more. I spent a few days there, and I am wholly devoid of hyperbole in saying that this marvelous city is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Prague is easily in my top five favorite destinations in Europe.

Visible from almost everywhere in the city is Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) and adjacent is St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála Sv. Víta). After a short, yet steep walk, access to several timeless monuments were just waiting to be seen. I did have to go through a bit of security—although almost every European landmark has military and police forces screening tourists—and it moves relatively quickly. Upon entering the compound-like area, traditional Christmas markets and Czech food stands surrounded the breathtaking castle and cathedral.

After making off with a gripping tale of Bohemia's history, I took the twenty-minute walk to Petrin Tower (Petřínská rozhledna), an Eiffel Toweresque cast-iron tower with the most exceptional view of the city. This top Prague attraction is sure to get you a few good Snaps and pics for the Gram!

Before heading to the main part of the city, I wanted to see the Lesser Town Bridge Tower (Malostranská mostecká věž)—the quasi-tower which provides excellent viewpoints from both sides. After paying 100 Kč (~$5.00), I climbed a few flights of stairs, where I was met with 360-degree views of the old town and the bridge.

To get to the east side of the Vltava River, I joined the hordes of people on the Charles Bridge (Karlův most)—the landmark stone bridge—where entertainers entertain and artists...do art. On the east side lies another tower, the Old Town Bridge Tower (Staroměstská mostecká věž), where another 360-degree view is available, showing the beauty of the other side of town.

If Prague consisted of only the western half, it would undoubtedly be amazing. However, there's more! There is a whole other part—the east side, where many of Prague's unique landmarks are located. My first stop was Prague's Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí), which is the heart and soul of Prague. Because I was there during Christmastime, Christmas markets and decorations were in full force. The Astronomical Clock was under repair, but the square was hardly disappointing.

On my last day, I was able to see a few things before flying back to Germany. Close to the main square is The Powder Tower (Prašná brána), a 15th-century gate tower that was destroyed—and later rebuilt—during the epic Battle of Prague.

My trip wouldn't be complete without making one final stop—the Franz Kafka Monument. As a tribute to the Bohemian writer, this unique tribute draws the ebullience of millions.

Quick Tips:

  • Czech food is great, but don't forget to eat a burger! Prague has numerous tasty burger joints. Just remember, many places give you a burger very rare (more than I'm used to in the US), so it might behoove you to ask for it well done.
  • If you plan on visiting Charles Bridge (as you should) try and get there before 8:00 AM so you can see it without the masses getting in your way.

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