Mystical streets filled with a singular palette made up of red, cream, and pastel colors that are mixed with Gothic architecture and Renaissance buildings, making you feel as if you’re walking around different eras that could have been taken out of a piece of literature or a painting, while medieval music is being played softly on the background, reminding you of the past and at the same time you’re admiring the variety of structures that make Prague in the Czech Republic so special.
Made up of five districts, Prague was and still is a spiritual home for many artists. This journey begins in Hradcany which is one of the oldest parts of the city. The skyline of this place is dominated by the Prague Castle and its cathedral, if you want to reach the castle then you will have to choose one of the two routes: Thunovska street, and Chotkova street. It’s recommended that you take the first route, which is the shorter one, to ascend to the castle, and the second one, which is longer, to descend so that you can enjoy of a diversity of souvenir sellers and artists whose work is worth checking out.
Inside the castle, you can find courtyards that lead to the central one where you can see the Gothic Cathedral of St. Vitus. While you’re going down to Chotkova street, you can’t miss seeing the charming Golden Line, partly because of its delightful colored cottages, and also because a visit to number 22 is a must; therefore, you can appreciate what was once Franz Kafka’s home.
Alongside the Vltava, the Malá Strana district waits for you to explore it. In there, you can walk around the Baroque buildings that still nowadays maintain their original state. Stunning glass-fronted, pastel-colored houses encompass the main square, the Malostranské námestí, and if you want to experience a quick cross-section of the city, then you should definitely take one of Prague’s iconic red-and-cream trams.
Now it’s time for you to cross the river, and you should do it by going over the Charles Bridge. This bridge links both sides of the city and, as you stroll down the Monstecká street and pass through the black stoned archway on the bridge, you will find yourself speechless with all the Gothic designs that will surround you, especially with those sculptures.
Once you leave the bridge, you will be in the Karlova street that takes you to the heart of the Old Town (Staré Mesto). In its center you can find one of Europe’s most incredible public spaces: the Old Town Square (Staromestské námestí). But it’s the old town hall that catches all the visitors’ attention thanks to the amazing astronomical clock you find on the south of its façade.
How can you get there?
Different airlines offer flights to Prague, so you just have to pick a date and buy a ticket, but you have to be careful because during the summer months of July and August the accommodation that the city offers tends to be heavily booked. If you’re lucky, the weather will allow you to take a flight on a hot-air balloon that is available nearby castles and in the outskirts of the city.
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