Greetings from the warm sunny Cloud, my friends! I hope that you are enjoying nice weather and clear skies!
Prague is a modern and clean city with a rich history that is just waiting for you to discover. Prague has been a settlement since before the Romans, but it gained prominence during
the 14th Century when it was the Capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia and the home of the Holy Roman Emperors. Much of the architecture is from the Middle Ages and this makes the city a sight-seeing gem that is easy to walk.
There is so much to see and do in Prague that it is hard to narrow down a few recommendations. A good place to start, though, is in the Old Town Square with its famous Astronomical Clock. This beautiful cobblestone covered space is home to excellent restaurants, cool shopping and people from just about everywhere! I especially like catching chamber music concerts or plays in the excellent theatres in this area.
1357 was the most auspicious time to set the first stone. Apparently, the Astrologer’s advice worked because the bridge has been standing for more than 650 years!
Castle hill is a climb from the Charles Bridge but the views are well worth the effort. Stop on the way up and the way down at U Hrocha for a cold beer in an authentic Medieval setting. Prague Castle is an architectural gem with many different styles dating from its original fortifications built in 800 AD until the present time. I love to watch the changing of the guard at the Castle. The Castle also has an excellent museum which is well worth a visit.
Here’s a Pro-Tip: In order to visit the cathedral properly, you’ll need a ticket. This isn’t very clear when you first enter the Castle Precinct. So, look for one of several ticket offices around the castle and obtain your ticket before you queue to enter the cathedral. There is a combo ticket that gives access to the Castle, the Cathedral, the Museum and Golden Street. The ticket is good for two days. You’ll be happier if you take my advice!
Here’s a final Pro-Tip: The Naplavka Riverbank is a recently renovated gem on the banks of the Vtlava. This is a local hangout with concerts, dance parties, places for refreshment and access to the Botels. It’s a totally cool way to hang out with friendly Czechs!
You’ll have a great time in Prague, but if you don’t trust me, be sure to “Double Czech”!