On our long Europe holiday which we were starting in Italy and were going to Austria next, we were thinking where to go after Austria. Our final destination was Brussels since we had to fly out of there and we wanted to go to Amsterdam as well, so we had to pick either Germany or Czech Republic. We dropped Germany as it needs more time and we decided to visit it later. So here we were, heading out from Austria and going to Czech.
Here is out brief itinerary:
This might be of some help:
- Rick Steve's walk through old town is a pretty good guide to walk around.
- Check the days on which certain castles, museums are closed. We luckily did so, else would have missed Cesky Krumlov.
- Best Indian and Thai food on my Europe trip was in Prague.
- Take a day pass for local transport. The old town is pretty much walk-able though.
- Google Maps are an excellent resource for figuring out public transport connections.
|That's the bell tower in the background
|The central plaza
|St. Vitus Cathedral
|Old Town Square
The old town square was a perfect place to relax. You could see a lot of significant structures from here. We didn't step inside, but the Gothic Tyn Church is also quite popular. The square is centered around a very interesting statue of Jan Hus. From here we walked through narrow winding streets full of people and ended up at the Charles bridge. What beauty! It is a very old pedestrian only bridge. Close to the tower end of the bridge is the statue of Charles IV who was one of the great emperors of Czech and he was the founder of the famous Charles University. His statue is surrounded by four ladies symbolizing four subjects, arts, medicine, law and theology.
|Making a wish with St. John
On the bridge, we went to the St. John's statue and made a wish, now I don't remember what it was., but a lot of people do so. There is a very interesting folktale associated with it. Look it up online. Then we decided to the climb the Charles tower and enjoy some views of the city. Also,don't miss the dancing building while you are walking around the city.
Our cruise boat was really bad. Filled with spiders. So we had no choice but to stand outside on the deck and enjoy the views. The view were great , nevertheless. One thing I noticed in Prague was that there are spiders everywhere. All the statues, bridges, boats, castles had huge cobwebs. Anyhow, after taking some good pictures of the city at night, we headed back to our hotel to call it a day. Walking around the old town at night was fun too. Beautifully lit buildings, especially along the Vltava river, made for some great views.
|Prague from the Petrin Tower
|The mirror maze
- We wanted to visit Kutna Hora on Day 3, but since we hadn't really planned it earlier, we ditched it.