Prague In Photos
Prague is insanely picturesque. People told me that it was like being in a fairytale and they're right.
I went to Prague in Autumn which happened to be just the right time. It was cold so that your cheeks were rosy but not freezing so your fingers went numb. There are so many things to see and explore but also to photograph. The old stone buildings and beautiful bridges are nearly as stunning in pictures as they are in real life.
I feel like Prague has done well to maintain its heritage and authenticity. Sure there are thousands of tourists there and they have a crazy number of Trednelik (a deliciously doughy local delicacy) stalls but they still take pride in their city's history. There are many places in this world that are no longer as beautiful as they used to be or have changed to adapt with what tourists want but Prague is not one of them.
Trednelik is like a doughnut/pastry hybrid. Its cooked on a rolling pin-like apparatus over open flames and can be filled with an array of options. I opted for chocolate and oh my was that a good choice. Trednelik is my new favourite thing.
Drawing an enormous crowd, the astronomical clock stands tall in the Old Town Square. It is beautifully ornate with hands showing not only the time but the relative positions of the sun, the moon, the zodiacal constellations and sometimes major planets. As the clock chimes the start of the new hour, spectators watch as the apostles appear in the doorway above the clock with all twelve only appearing at midday. The clock is a piece of history that is made even more special when you learn that it was nearly destroyed by Nazi fire during the second world war but Prague's residents saved the parts so that they could put it back together again.
The John Lennon Wall is a relatively modern area of Prague just to the side of the historical Charles Town Bridge. The colourful graffitied wall is full of detail and you will end up taking hundreds of photographs trying to capture all of it. The wall's original portrait of John Lennon is long gone and now the wall is covered in comments and pictures symbolising and celebrating love and peace. The area surrounding the wall has also adopted the theme with Beatles themed restaurants and shops. This is a must visit when in Prague. Who knew you could spend so long looking at a wall.
The VERY steep climb up the hill to Prague Castle is hard on the legs but totally worth the pain. The view is breathtaking and you can see for miles across the colourful rooftops of Prague. I took the trip up the famous 'Old Castle Staircase' towards the castle stopping to photograph the view back down the steps. As you get higher the city begins to emerge as a backdrop to the climb, a truly gorgeous sight.
In the grounds of Prague Castle is the St. Vitus Cathedral. A monumental building with stunning architecture and intricate details carved into the stone. The climb up to the castle was worth it just to see this.
The Charles Town Bridge is one of the main areas in Prague, it connects the Old Town to Mala Strana and is probably one of the most iconic points of interest in Prague. The 360-degree view of Prague from the bridge's tower is incredible and well worth the 138 step climb.
Prague really is like being in your own fairytale and I would go as far to say it is one of my favourite European cities. I don't doubt that it is beautiful in summer but if you visit, go in Autumn as the cold, the leaves and the wintery sun make it all the more special.
"Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going." - Paul Theroux
All opinions in this blog are my own.