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!
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.
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. 🙂 )
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?