Once upon a time in Praha…

Prague or Praha, the Czech capital, land of ale, trams and castles. Kafka’s captivating dark misty maze where the food says it all; it’s where the recipes blend and the boundaries melt.

This is not an article, this is mainly a photo gallery that I hope you’d enjoy and find helpful in planning your next visit…

Prague is not conventional when it comes to the district numbering system, not circular like Paris and not exactly logical either. So you could find 1 next to 8, 3 between 8 and 10 and so on…I am only going to take you through the places I’ve been to in two districts;

Praha 1: The oldest part of the city, on the right bank you’ll find the old town (Staré město) and the jewish ghetto (Josefov). On the left bank there is highest point in town; the castle (Hradčany) and Mala strana which is the area around the castle where most of the government buildings are located.

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Prague 1 map with the attractions highlighted…

Enjoy scrolling;

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Karluv most or Charles bridge Dates back to the 15th century, used to be called the stone bridge…

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John Lennon’s wall, a group of young Czechs in the 80s turned it around with beetles lyrics and graffiti along with a John Lennon print. While it has nothing to do with Lennon but it has become a major attraction in the city…If a change is done right, it stays.

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Along Vltara river near the Kampa museum and shooters island…

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Most Legi or Legion bridge built in neo baroque style in 1901.

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Shooters island, one of many in Prague’s Vltara…

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Municipal house hall; an art nouveau building the grandest concert hall in Prague in Republic square. It hosts a grand concert hall, an elegant French restaurant, a Czech beer hall style restaurant, a traditional café, the first American bar in the Czech Republic, and salons and exhibition rooms.

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The first monument erected on the bridge in 1657.

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The Rudolfinum  is a concert hall built during the 19th century and is situated on Jan Palach Square on the bank of the river Vltava.

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Vltara Swans…

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Alley near the river…

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Franz Kafka museum; a good opportunity to get introduced to the writer if you don’t know him…It was also a good introduction to the city as they are spiritually connected…

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Peacock in the gardens of the baroque Wallenstein Palace which is currently the seat of the Czech Senate…

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Fountain in front the Czech senate seats in Wallenstein palace.

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A memorial to the victims of communism in Mala Strana…

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The stairs to Prague castle…

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The entrance of Prague castle; the largest castle complex in the world…

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Narodni gallery; largest art collection in Prague…

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Petrin tower has been mistakenly labeled as the Eiffel tower of Prague since the same engineer is responsible for its design, but that’s a far fetched comparison…Really!

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Prague top View from Petrin Funicular station…

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Strahov Monastery complex, mainly composed of  St. Mary’s church in the picture as well as Strahov Gallery which is s must see…

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Can you figure the shape out?

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Park art at the exit of petrin funicular station…

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St Nicholas church in lesser town, a baroque style church that was once gothic…

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Malostranské Square…

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The national theater or Narodni Divaldo hosts main music events as well as Opera performances 

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Voltaire level and tourist boats…

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City view at night with Baroque style Charles bridge and prague castle in view

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The clock tower, one of the old town marvels…

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old town square…

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Gothic St Vitus cathedral; the seat of Prague Archbishop. Don’t miss St vitus gallery at the entrance of the castle…

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The vineyards right off of the castle…

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Jubilee/Jerusalem Synagogue in the jewish town…

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Not sure of the church name but it’s on the way to the synagogue in Jerusalem street from Jindrisska tram stop, it’s a lovely little church…

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A classic pepsi ad in Jindrisska street…

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Henry’s gothic bell tower, that’s where Jindrisska tram station is…

Praha 2: Nove mesto or the new town which is adjacent to the old town. There would be also Vysehrad area south of prague where the old Vysehrad castle is located.

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Prague 2 map

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Wenceslas square  is one of the new town main squares and is a tourist hangout…

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Prague’s main train station dates back to 1871, the top hall near the bus stop is a must see…

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The railway bridge beaneath Vysehrad castle…

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Vysehrad basilica

 

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Street view from Vysehrad castle…

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Vysehrad castle is a hidden gem, a beautiful complex built in the 10th century that is definitely worth your time. While not as large or fancy as Prague’s castle, but it’s beautiful…

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The dancing house, built with the intent of honouring a memory of a house that was destroyed in world war II and became a cultural centre, also knows as Fred and Ginger (referring to the dancers names)

Transportation

I bought either a day or 3 days pass and was hopping on and off the tram, the tram took me to places that were beautiful and unknown to me as well as unplanned. It was my favourite things to do in Prague…

For options, prices and updated information; this link very helpful.

Note: All photographs has been shot by Racha Rachad and I reserve all copyrights.

 

 

 

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