When Rob’s brother and his wife travelled around Europe a few years ago, they said their favourite city was Prague. So when our friend Ali invited us to a weekend in Prague. we said yes straight away!
Capital of the Czech Republic, Prague was founded back in 1306BC, though it was called Bohemia then. It flourished during the 14th century and much of the gothic city was built then. And a beautiful city it is.
The big sight to see in Prague is the castle. It’s in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest ancient castle in the world. The first walled building was constructed way back in 890, and then from there it grew and grew. A couple of palaces, a huge cathedral, a couple of basilica’s and various smaller buildings that were minor residences but also stores and trades in the past. We easily spent a whole day there – a stunning place.
Our friend Ali did have her purse pinched (including passport) while we were at the castle. That was a touch stressful, but it was found by the cleaning crew overnight and we picked it up (sans cash) the next day. Otherwise, the castle was fabulous and I’d highly recommend it!
The next big sight in Prague is to walk across the magnificent Charles Bridge. We got our first look at it while walking to the castle.
Built in the 14th century, the Charles Bridge is 621 m long and nearly 10 m wide. The neat thing is the 30 statues along it, most of them baroque-style, originally erected around 1700. They’re all quite grand! Now, of course, they’ve all been replaced by replicas, but it’s pretty neat to see them all. The bridge also has market stalls all the way down similar to wandering Barcelona’s Las Ramblas. Great on a sunny afternoon.
We’ve got one more short blog post about Prague coming up, but the Old Town, the Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge are the big 3 things to see and really build the picture of an old city.
Until next time…