Prague, Czech Republic — [Tue 6/23 – Fri 6/26]

Prague is a magical city. My wife and I went there 14 years ago when we were engaged. I had to go for work and took Tuyet with me. We spent a whole weekend together exploring the city, then while I was working for a week, she got to go out on her own and explore even more. During our current trip we had decided to try and stay away from places we’d already been. But because the prices were right, and the location was perfect for us to start our European leg of our trip, we decided to show the kids Prague, and relive the magic we felt 14 years ago. We were not disappointed.

Like many ancient European cities, Prague revolves around a large central square. Prague’s central square has the famous Astrological Clock Tower with it’s hourly show as well as the magnificent Tyn Church. The square is lined with restaurant and cafe’s with tables and chairs flooding into the square. It’s a great place to just hang out, people watch, and have a drink.

Clock Tower
Clock Tower
Central Square and Tyn Church
Central Square and Tyn Church

We took a free walking tour around Prague our first day there. That was pretty awesome… and free!! It was about 1 1/2 hours and took us through the square, around the old Jewish quarter, to Wenceslas square, and back to the main square. The guide was funny, informative, and british. 🙂

National Museum in
National Museum in Wenceslas Square

We enjoyed the free walking tour so much, we decided to pay for their tour up to the Prague Castle and around the castle grounds ending inside the Basilica of St. George and St. George square. Once again the guide was very funny, informative, and this time Australian. 🙂

St. George Basilica (from St. George Square)
St. George Basilica (from St. George Square)
St. George Basilica from top of castle grounds
St. George Basilica from top of castle grounds

One of the offbeat highlights of the castle tour for me was when we took a 10 minute break at the top of the castle grounds. We were told we could go into the Strahov Monestary Brewery (dating from 13th or 14th century) and get a beer to go. So I did. 🙂

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On our third day we finally made it across the Charles Bridge. The views of the bridge from around are awesome, and the views from the bridge back to the old town and up to the castle are equally awesome. On the castle side of the bridge there was a playground for the kids to take a break. Unfortunately they were doing renovations on the lake front so the views of the bridge were obscured from the playground.

Charles Bridge and gate to the old city.
Charles Bridge and gate to the old city.
View towards the Prague Castle from the Charles Bridge.
View towards the Prague Castle from the Charles Bridge.

On our last day we of course did more walking around Prague and located the “Dancing House” or otherwise known as “Fred and Ginger” designed by both Vlado Milonic and Frank Gehry.

Dancing House
Dancing House

After that we found another playground for the kids to play in. Early dinner and lemon beer in the main square, then off to the train station for an overnight train to Krakow, Poland. We will certainly miss Prague and hope to one day come back. Yes, even Kim and Tia said they’d like to come back to Prague one day as well.

See you in Krakow!

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