Known as “The City of a Hundred Spires” and the capital of Bohemia- Prague, Czech Republic is packed with personality and charm. Prague not only pleasantly surprised me, it shocked me at times and made me realize how underrated it is. When I was planning my backpacking tour across Europe, EVERYONE told me to go to Paris, Amsterdam and Rome. Hardly anyone told me to go to Prague, except for my friend Mark who I met at a backpackers hostel in Barcelona.
I am so glad I decided to go, I only wish I had carved out more time. But, like I said, I had no idea how much this place had to offer. So, if you are planning a visit, save a few more days than you think you’ll need so you can really enjoy everything at whatever pace you want. I was rushed trying to see it all in a short amount of time, which is my least favorite way to travel- but the upside is I have another “European Love” in this city and you will too.
Months and months after visiting, I still think about my four magical days in Prague and how it felt to be there.
(I realize I am late sharing about my time here…but better now than never, right?)
As I sit with my coffee this morning I am day dreaming of my time back in the fairytale land that is PRAGUE.
Here is the “movie montage” going through my brain….
Old buildings, like the Symphony House below, in the square make you feel like you’re in a far away fairly tale land.
Church of Our Lady before TýnSome of the churches throughout Europe are just so decadent (and so old) they are a miracle in and of themselves. This one is no exception. I marveled (and snuck as many pictures as possible).
INCREDIBLE (and strange) David Cerny artwork.
Prior to my time in Prague, I had not heard of this talented sculptor, and what a shame that was. I became quickly obsessed with this artist- going on a scavenger hunt around the city looking for all of his hidden gems. Cerny’s art is controversial, strange and funny all at the same time. I love all of it but my favorite piece is the rotating head of Czech writer Franz Kafka outside the mall in city center.
“The Dancing House”
This house attracts photographers from all around the world hoping to capture this dancer at just the right position. It’s a very unique and interesting design. You could easily walk right by and miss it during the day, but at night it is unmistakable, lit up and stunning.
Franz Kafka lives on.All throughout the city you can see the major impact and influence writer Franz Kafka had on the culture. He was and always will be icon that this city is proud to have produced into the world.
The World’s Oldest Synagogue Built around 1270, this is the world’s oldest active synagogue. It was a special experience walking into this holy place. Half of my ancestors were immigrant Jews from Europe (some from this country) so I felt an emotional connection to this place, so I sat down by myself in a prayer seat to soak it in. How could this building still be standing? With all of the wars (especially the trials and tribulations the Jewish people in Europe have gone through), it’s a miracle this synagogue still exists, let alone remaining active.
Larger than life, Saint Vitus Cathedral is stunning.
Having been all throughout Europe, I have seen my fair share of churches, royal palaces and castles. This one felt special to me, however, because it reminded me of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona (my all time favorite church) but with bright stain glass windows inside. Very unique style wise and placed perfectly on top of the city on the hill next the palace, this place is not to be missed.
Shopping all day, everyday.
Prague is a very cool place to shop because it offers so many unique things you can’t find elsewhere. I noticed a lot of distinct modern designs on mannequins. Boutiques like the one above draw crowds all throughout the day with their beautiful window displays.
Happy Hour everywhere!Prague is already famous for having beer that is cheaper than water, even better are the countless happy hour options around the city. I had the above handcrafted cocktail at a Mexican restaurant for the equivalent of $3…so I had to get a second (and maybe a third).
This is a sculpture of a child painted all black except for its little golden penis. Why you ask? Yeah, I asked the same thing… and so did everyone on our tour, of course. My tour just laughed and said “It’s good luck if you touch it, according to legend,” so everyone in our tour group proceeded to gingerly poke it, giggle and snap pictures- myself included.
And last but not least…My Czech boyfriend!
Prague, you’re weird.
I like you.