Beautiful city of Prague is particularly stunning in first days of September. Cold, rainy autumn hasn’t arrived yet, but the streets start to get emptier from the masses of tourists visiting this great city. If you are coming for the first time (like we did), there is simply no better time! It was conveniently located on our route to Grossglockner High Alpine Road, so we decided to stop here for one day and explore this famous city and it’s attractions.
Prague walking itinerary should certainly include Old town, Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and walks along Vltava River. Whether you are here for a quick stop or for a whole week – there is enough to explore! Even when looking at Prague on Google Maps you can easily see how many different museums this city has to offer! Anything, from historical galleries and collections to modern contemporary art exhibitions and even black light theaters!
Where to stay?
We stayed somewhat away from city center at private house. You can find this type of home stays all over Prague, ours was called Dana residence. Very kind host, tasty breakfast and great price! It also has good metro access – max 10 min walk in a quiet area.
Old town Square
The best metro station to get off and start exploring city center would be Mustek. Once you are out of the station, the bustling city will be all around you. There is music, smells, faces – all of it waiting to be explored. Start walking towards the old town square and soon you will reach Astronomical Clock – medieval treasure!
You may have trouble taking good pictures of the square – it’s just so overcrowded! Everyone wants to be in this place – curious visitors, costumed models, fancy car drivers offering you a ride or horse carriages doing exactly the same. Tourism industry is booming here and everybody wants to take part in it.
After enjoying the square, we kept walking and soon reached famous Charles Bridge – pedestrian piece of art, decorated with massive sculptures. It reminded me of Paris. The famous Bride is perhaps second most overcrowded place in Prague. Trade is booming here too – street artists, musicians, souvenir stalls and of course street food! What a feast of life!
Crossing the Bridge will take a while, but no need to rush. Take your tame and enjoy the views opening in front of you – views of Prague Castle, upper town and countless river Cruise boats.
Take the stairs up (200 steps) for amazing views of all Prague. For some local flavor, visit an open air market with street food! Feels good to be so high up!
Walking along the Vtlava river is strangely satisfying. For one, there is less people. Most visitors prefer museums, squares and old town streets. Second – you may come across unexpected local fauna! We saw a beaver-like animal eating his lunch!
And finally – you may stumble upon dancing house!
As the day progressed we decided to take some rest and enjoy the rest of the day at our lovely house. For the evening, we decided to drive and see famous Prague fountain show. This is not exactly something you can easily do without a car, but certainly possible with proper planning. The place can be reached by many trams and is located right next to Sea world. Here is their website.
The show is beautiful, colorful and very well done! I have seen Las Vegas fountain show, but this one, even though it is certainly smaller, is nevertheless very professional! It is also much better than the one in Barcelona! I recommend visiting, you can choose from 3 different shows, we went to see the rock themed (Scorpions/Metallica). Price – around 9€ per adult.
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