28.09.2014 - 03.10.2014
After waking up in Munich, and having to deal with my first debilitating hangover of the trip, I made it to the train station and settled in for the 6 hour trip to Prague. Arriving at the hotel around 8pm I decided to call it a night and wake up early the next day to start exploring. With 6 days in Prague ahead of me, I felt that this was the first time I did not have to rush around to see everything. I decided to take it slow and move at a relaxed pace.
Prague is the European city that I have always imagined and loved. While most cities have the historical old town city center surrounded by a more modern city, in Prague the entire city is gorgeous. Every street you go down radiating from the old town square is lined with amazing buildings. Even buildings that have been renovated or even rebuilt have kept the old world charm. Prague’s interesting and diverse history has led to its beauty. I spent three entire days just walking the streets and taking in the sights. Just a short few block walk from my hotel, was the old city center Wenceslas Square, the site of the famed Velvet Revolution that brought Prague from out of communist rule.
Also notable was Charles Bridge, a pedestrian bridge from the 1400’s that is lined with amazing statues and offers stunning views of the city and river as your stroll across it. Prague castle sits atop a large hill overlooking the city. The castle is one of the largest in all of Europe. The walk across the Charles Bridge followed by the steep climb to the summit of the hill and into Prague castle is forever memorable.
Against what I had read, the food in Prague was amazing. There was a bar on almost every corner in the city and even in the most touristy of areas, the food was excellent and the prices were very inexpensive. Once you got out of the Wenceslas Square area, into more of the the local spots, a beer could be had for under a dollar. And although I have mentioned it to almost everyone I spoke with, it really is the best beer you will ever have. Everything served in Prague is brewed locally from of three of four major brewers in the Czech Republic. They take the beer here very seriously and are very proud of the product they produce. Outside of a few very touristy spots in central Prague good luck trying to get an import of any kind.
Aside from the sight seeing, I got a chance to experience a bit of the nightlife and even managed to get to a casino in old town (where the fact that they played single deck black jack and very liberal rules allowed me to walk away with some decent winnings). I also got to spend one day taking a train out to the countryside of Prague and visiting a small brewery. The surrounding countryside in absolutely gorgeous with rolling farmland and small rural towns.