When you plan to explore Prague, the capital of Czech Republic, do it my way. Just walk the city. There is no better way to feel the pulse of Prague.
Prague is a walkable city. Important historical and heritage areas, like Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and Old Town Square, all are meant for walking only. So, be ready for long walks in Prague and in case you are not a habitual walker like me, then start walking practice before you plan to visit Prague. In the meantime, imagine yourself walking and exploring Prague, along with me, while reading this post.
My starting point was Castle area. Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world, situated on a hill. It had been the seat of Czech rulers, earlier, and now the seat of Czech Republic president. Prague Castle is a world heritage site. Castle area consists of many important historical monuments like Old Royal Palace, St Vitus Cathedral, St George Basilica.
Two guards stand on Castle entrance. Inside castle courtyard I watched change of guards. Presently, this is more of a ceremonious gesture. Then I walked through Royal Gardens and continued my walk to St George Square, got awesome views from square, so a short clicking break.
Then, set my foot on Segway for a little fun, and took part in a music band, did some foot tapping on a melodious tune. Also, I happened to join a children’s walking tour around St Vitus’s Cathedral which I enjoyed immensely, that way I got a glimpse of my childhood and recalled my childhood memories.
St Vitus Cathedral is a monumental building which served as a coronation church for rulers in ancient times. Inside, there is splendid Wenceslas Chapel adorned with semi precious stones and amazing gothic murals.
Walk continues, covering Old Royal Palace and Golden Lane, a picturesque cobbled lane with small colourful houses and few cafés. Time for a much deserved coffee break and, of course, toilet break.
Now I will walk the romantic Charles Bridge and Old Town Square, the heart of Prague.
Charles Bridge is the oldest bridge of Prague, the capital of Czech Republic, which connects Prague Castle with Old Town. Earlier, this bridge was used for vehicular movement also, now for the last many years, Charles Bridge remains pedestrians only bridge. Constructed over Vltava river, Charles Bridge is a magnificent structure, adorned with many statues. Offering great vistas of Prague, Charles Bridge is a walkers paradise, hugely popular among tourists and locals, as well.
The day I happened to walk on Charles Bridge, it was all around lively atmosphere, with plenty of handicraft stalls, artists sketching portraits and musicians entertaining crowds, above that, pleasant weather, it proved to be an excellent day for me.
Old Town Square is the place where Prague pulsates and I felt the rhythm of it. When I walked around Old Town Square, I found it fun filled with lot of eateries, entertainment and shopping options, besides, being historical. Imposing Tyn Cathedral, dominating church of St Nicholas and world famous Astronomical Clock, all add to the glory of Old Town Square.
Standing in front of the Astronomical Clock, happened to be a wow moment for me. Every hour, it displays a spectacle of Apostles greeting the city. Other than its unparalleled beauty, this ancient Clock is a technological wonder which has been faultlessly functioning for centuries and tells even the position of celestial bodies apart from time, month and year. Gazing at the Astronomical Clock I bid goodbye to my historical walking of Prague. I hope you, too, enjoyed walking with me.