I found myself in Prague after a scenic train ride from Berlin. Once clear of the dreariness of Germany, the landscape just ran away with itself, becoming more and more beautiful with each passing moment. Prague was certainly a nice change from the hectic, huge and massively populated Berlin. I was able to navigate the minuscule underground system in Prague with my eyes closed, and I found my hostel with ease.
I arrived at night, and the city was truly stunning. I felt like I had stepped into a Disney movie. The architecture was intricate and aesthetically pleasing with each turn, and the entire city looked untouched by the war. Unfortunately, I only had a cheap point and click camera and an iPhone with which to take photographs, and neither does well out of daylight, so the most beautiful times I had in Prague I was unable to capture. Funnily enough, those are the moments I am most easily able to recall.
After a surprisingly decent nights sleep (the American with whom I was sharing a dorm had a snore loud enough to rival my fathers) I set out to explore the city of Prague. Like in most cities I have visited, I explored solely on foot. I began at the Prague Castle, which was quite literally, a hop, skip and a jump away from my hostel. The cathedral within the castle was absolutely unbelievable. However, even on a rainy and cold winters day, it was still packed elbow to elbow with fellow tourists. So after my obligatory climb of the bell tower (I must climb everything) I was off. Wandering around without a map is my favourite way to explore, because you never know what you may come across.
Case in point: Before too long I stumbled upon one of David Cerny’s public sculptures that I had read about, ‘Babies’. As I previously mentioned, I have an uncontrollable illness in which I must climb up on everything, so it took me all of about three seconds to jump on.
After some more wandering, and some exploring of a tiny little book shop, I had found the John Lennon wall! Not only that, but a busker was there to serenade me with a lovely rendition of ‘Let It Be’. I spent quite a lot of time at the wall, reading as much of the writing as was decipherable. My favourite text? Someone had marked the stone wall with ‘Winter is Coming’. So it is fair to assume that my Game of Thrones loving soulmate has been in Prague at some point.
Charles Bridge is arguably the number one tourist attraction in Prague, and this is for a very good reason. The entire bridge feels like a scene from Beauty and The Beast. Huge gargoyles line it, and you could spend a long time making your way across. But I am somewhat predictable, so I headed to nearest tower that appeared to be open to the public, and I gave my glutes a workout in order to get to the top.
Another way to get a great vantage point of the city is from the top of Petrin Hill. You can ride the funicular up, or you could be as masochistic as I was and climb the entire way up. It is not what I would call a fast or painless climb, especially after spending the previous day walking up more steps than anyone should ever climb in a single day. But regardless of how you get there, the views are magnificent.
Another personal highlight was the Kafka Museum, I especially liked the practically free ticket that I scored from the gorgeous Czech man working there (double win if I ever saw one). Finding yet another one of David Cerny’s public sculptures just outside the museum was just the cherry on top of a fantastic few days exploring Prague.
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Camera: Images captured with an iPhone 4S
Remember: There is no shame in flirting your way to a cheaper ticket!