Popular Prague

I’d thought to subtitle this post: where to find the crowds in Prague. Because even though I was there in mid-January, off-season for sure, and the weather was chillingly cold and rainy one day, there were crowds at these three popular spots. I can’t begin to imagine what the crowds would be like in summer!

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1. Charles Bridge

The crowds were minimal enough on this rainy day to get close enough to really examine the statues along the way. Either way I traveled across the bridge, the view before me was spectacular. Such a romantic spot in the world. It’s like something out of a fairytale.

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2. Astronomical Clock

The clock was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working. On the hour, hundreds of cameras are aimed at the opening where four elements despised at the time of the clock’s making appear: Vanity, Greed, Death, and Pleasure. The little boys standing next to me seemed to know exactly what would happen. They gleefully watched the skeleton ringing his bell. I think they must have stopped there many hours. It’s a beautiful clock, but I only stopped to admire it once. Too many other sights to see, so little time. (Lame pun intended. 🙂 )

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3. Prague Castle

I was scheduled to take a walking tour of the castle at night, but it cancelled last minute. I thought of walking up there anyway to see what I could of this UNESCO World Heritage site, believed to have been built around the year 880. But I decided instead to admire it from afar and save the tour for another trip to Prague. That way, I’m almost guaranteed to go back, right?

There was so much more to see and experience in Prague. These three things were just the basics that you can’t miss as you wander the cobblestoned streets of this gorgeous town. Do see them and take time to enjoy them, but know that there’s so much more. If you happen to be there in summer, expect massive crowds. I’ve heard that from everyone who’s been. Perhaps a cold, rainy weekend was the perfect time to be there after all.

Do you have a favorite Prague site/experience? Or is Prague still on your list of places to go?

 

30 responses to “Popular Prague

  1. We’re headed to Prague in early March and really looking forward to it – so excited to get this glimpse into the Czech Republic. Thanks for stopping by at One Road at a Time!

  2. I haven’t been to Prague, but am always amused by the ancient clocks that trot out animals and characters for complicated performances. And each town had to have its clock, or so it seems to me. If I remember correctly the various cities competed over who might have the best clock. –Curt

  3. Prague was somehow not on my list of places to visit, but now after reading your post on Prague, its definetly included!

  4. I went a number of years ago as part of European student conference and it was my favorite destination of the three cities we toured. The famous Square (can’t remember the actual name but I’m sure you know which one I’m talking about) was wonderful and as we went in summer, it was nice and sunny. Not too hot but bright enough to pull out the shades and relax. I hope I can make it back there again someday.

  5. Hey, I know that town! Isn’t it gorgeous? I was shocked by the fairy tale quality of the city. Besides the things you mentioned, I really enjoyed a walking pub tour to sample the amazing beer and strolling by the Bohemian crystal shops at night.

    • I didn’t do the pub crawl, though certainly enjoyed a few drinks. The crystal shops were very pretty, especially at night when I wandered the cobblestoned streets in circles. (It’s easy to get lost there, after a few drinks, or not.)

  6. I’ve been to Prague only once, for work. And your post reminds me that i have to go back again. And properly. I went in winter too … and thought the Charles Bridge was utterly romantic.

    • Yes, the bridge is so romantic. I’d read that it’s often so crowded you can’t get close to the sculptures that line it, but that was not the case when I went. I rubbed many of them for luck and took some close-up shots. They’re spectacular.

  7. I would love to visit Prague. I can see how the entire experience would be like living in a fairy tale. I looked at images of the city online, and most of them are gorgeous. *sigh*

  8. When that first picture came up it made me catch my breath! You hit the nail on the head with saying it was like a fairy tale. And the clock! I don’t think I could pull myself away from it. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I’ve only ever heard good things about Prague. Britt (above) writes a stunning scene set there in her novel ‘Everything’s Not Bigger’. But yes I’d go at a quiet time only.

  10. I love Prague! It is true that this city is always crowded… I have been there in September and in January and it is always full of tourists haha.
    I love everything about Prague, especially the old town ❤

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