Day 1 - 5 Aug 2018
Content: Arrived in Prague in the evening after getting the train from Berlin, and checked into my hostel. It was in a great location in the heart of the Old Town and had single beds, not bunk beds.
Day 1 - 5 Aug 2018
Content: Had food out at a noodle bar right next to the hostel
Content: There’s a great atmosphere in the old town square at night!
Day 2 - 6 Aug 2018
Content: One of my activities to do in a new European city is to go on a free walking tour. There was one from the Prague Old Town Square at 10am so I headed to the meeting point. Free walking tours are great way to see lots of the main attractions, learn some history and get lots of local recommendations.
Content: After the tour finished I walked across the Charles Bridge. It was completed in the early 1400s and crossed the River Vltava. It’s 516m long and gives a great view over to Prague castle and St Vius Cathedral. Theres a great atmosphere on the bridge with people playing music and selling souvenirs and artists creating work. There are 30 baroque statues along the bridge that were erected between 1683 and 1714. Most of them are of saints from that era.
Content: Across the bridge is the John Lennon Wall. The wall’s been filled with John Lennon and The Beatles inspired graffiti since the 1980s. During the communist era in Prague which lasted from 1948-1989, listening to western music, like the Beatles, was banned. Lennon’s music represented freedom which really drew in Prague’s youth during the communist regime.
Content: I visited the Jewish quarter - Josefov - again in the evening. I’d already been on the walking tour in the morning but wanted to head back to have a look around myself. Over the centuries Jews were banned from living anywhere else in Prague so they were confined to the Jewish quarter. This applied to where they could be buried and as they struggled for space, bodies were piled on top of one another in the cemetery. There are thought to be more than 100,000 bodies buried here and it’s one of the oldest surviving Jewish burial sites in the world. The old new synagogue, found here in the Jewish Quarter, is Europe’s oldest active synagogue￼.
Content: There’s a great atmosphere in the old town square in the evening. I walked through on my way to the meeting place for a bar crawl.
Day 3 - 7 Aug 2018
Content: After a lazy morning being hungover I made went for a walk up to Letna Park (Letenske sady). There is a great panoramic view of the city from up here.
Content: I walked up the hill to Prague Castle and admired the panoramic view of the city from up here. Then I went and got some lunch by the castle. I tried a local dish of Syr Smazeny (Czech fried cheese) which is ideal when you’re hungover!
Content: I made some friends in the hostel that evening and we all went for a walk together. We went through Petrin park and past this memorial.
Content: The end goal was to go up Petrin tower. It looks a bit like the Eiffel Tower and it stands at 63.5 m tall on top of Petrin Hill. It’s a transmission tower as well as a tourist attraction. It was built in 1891. ￼
Content: On our walk back to the hostel, we came across the ‘Babies’ sculpture on Kampa Island. You can also find some of these climbing up the ￼￼ Žižkov television tower. They’re very weird and quite unnerving but something different to see. ￼￼
Day 4 - 8 Aug 2018
Content: On my final day in Prague I went for another walk around the city and walked around some more of the new town.
Day 4 - 8 Aug 2018
Content: This building is known as ‘The Dancing House’ or ‘Fred and Ginger’. It was given name as it supposed to resemble a couple dancing. ￼
Content: As I was travelling Europe and the Czech Republic on an inter-rail pass, I was entitled to free and discounted entry to some attractions. With my interrail pass I could get free entry to the National technical museum in Prague, so I went for a look round there. It’s the largest institution of its kind in the Czech Republic.￼
Content: I had dinner at Maitrea, an amazing vegetarian and vegan restaurant in the old town. The food was incredible!
Content: Sunset and music on the Charles Bridge before I went to the station to get my night train to Poland.