Prague had been in the back of my mind for a while, ever since a good friend told me about her visit and how she fell in love with an astronomical clock in the town’s center. Surely enough, I did a little research to see what else Prague had to offer and it didn’t take long to add the city to my must-see list.
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When we got there, I wasn’t too sure of what to expect. We took an Uber that seemed to be in a hurry because it obliterated speed limits, but we made it to our apartment in one piece! We found a very cool two-story apartment on Airbnb that used to be a toll house, had all the amenities you could think of (like heated floors) and was within walking distance of the Prague Castle and the Old Town.
St. Norbert’s Brewery
Our apartment was very close to the St. Norbert’s Brewery in the Strahov Monastery and after long day of flying and driving we needed to take a break, eat and have a drink. We really enjoyed ourselves here. The atmosphere was pleasant, the food was insanely delicious and the beers too. I had rabbit roulade with potatoes in gravy and you should too!
Ready to see Prague… finally!
We were finally ready to go out and about and explore the city. All I had was a pocket book guide and a few Pinterest pins with me so we started walking, not sure of what to expect until we got that first glimpse of the city. I was captivated! You could see an endless view of red rooftops and trees.
Knowing this city is over a thousand years old just added to my excitement, thinking of all the things I was about to discover.
If you’re planning to visit the Czech Republic you should know it’s not part of the European Union, so they don’t use the Euro. Instead, their coin is called the koruna and the exchange rate favors us (USD). If you’re curious, you can check out today’s exchange rates by clicking here.
Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)
This iconic bridge connects the Prague Castle with the Old Town and it is said that the first stone was laid by King Charles IV himself. Walking this bridge allows you to see fairytale views of the city because it stretches over the Vltava river. On the river you’ll see swans, boats and parks on either side.
On the bridge itself, you’ll see statues, painters, caricaturists, musicians and entertainers ready to show you what they do best.
I shot this video when a violinist started playing music!
After crossing the river we reached the Old Town. It was full of people and you could feel the energy and excitement. In addition it had a lot of shops and restaurants on the way to the center. The Prague Light Festival was happening during those days so I think that contributed to the amount of people we encountered. I felt safe the whole time so it really wasn’t an issue.
The Astronomical Clock
I was finally standing in front of the reason that sparked my Prague interest! The medieval astronomical clock. It was amazing and it did not disappoint!
It was first installed in 1410 in the Old Town Hall, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still operating. It has 3 main components:
- The astronomical dial, representing the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky and displaying various astronomical details
- The Walk of the Apostles: a clockwork hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures striking the time
- Calendar dial: with medallions representing the months.
According to legend, the city will suffer if the clock is neglected and its good operation is placed in jeopardy.
I’ll be writing more about Prague’s Old Town on my next blog post Prague, Czech Republic part 2.
A Great Surprise
We made a few additional stops that night until we were ready to take a break from walking and decided to stop for a beer at U Supa Restaurant.
We were surprised to find out that not only do the Czech like to drink… but they love to sing too! Of course we didn’t know the lyrics but we shared in the excitement!
Here’s a video of the happy restaurant-goers singing their hearts out!
The Rick Steve’s Pocket Guides never leave my side. I use them before the trip to help plan my days and take them with me wherever I go. They’re light, easy to read and even bring a fold-out map. I recommend them 100%.
The city of Prague has so many things to offer that I decided to continue with the second part of my adventure in my next blog post titled Prague, Czech Republic part 2. I hope you’re as excited as I am…!