After a 4.5 hour train ride from Vienna, Austria, we arrived in Prague. Coming out from the train station was like entering into another world and another time period. The city is old. And by old, I mean delicate and beautiful.
We rolled our suitcases over the cobblestoned streets and walked the half mile to our hotel. (I thought the wheels were going to fall off my suitcase) We stayed at the Sheraton Prague Charles Square Hotel. It was a good location - walking distance to the city center and across the street from Charles Square. It was a comfortable hotel, I would recommend it.
Our first night in the city was interesting. After being treated slightly inconsiderately at two restaurants, we finally found a corner cafe to eat some dinner. Our waiter was great... and the beer - yum!
It's hard to tell from this picture, but we were cracking up watching everything happen here. There are no street lights and no stop signs at this very large & busy intersection. A tram, pedestrians, cars and bikes are all turning and going at their own will. To us... it looked like a big accident waiting to happen.
Old Town Square in Prague is full of history. Here, I am standing in front of Adam & Eve, the two towers behind me. (Unless our tour guide was lying)
In front of the Prague Opera House
This is the Cathedral inside of Prague Castle (which is the largest square foot castle in the world). It's called St. Vitus Cathedral and it took over 600 years to build. In fact, it was just finished at the beginning of the 1900's!
Inside of St. Vitus, you can see where it started getting built back in the 1300s. It's yellow because it's aged!
Our second day, we ate lunch at one of the cafes in the Castle... I pointed at something on the menu to eat... and when it came, it was a mayo sandwich. Probably half a cup of mayo squashed into a sandwich roll with a piece of ham. Eeek. TL thought it was hilarious.
How the Monks make their own beer...
It was delicious! (we called it the 'holy beer')
Posing in front of Charles Bridge... construction on it started in 1357 - it's old!
Closer view of the bridge. Notice it is lined with statues - during the summer, our tour guides said you can hardly walk across it because it is so crowded!
We noticed these very weird statues while we were walking around. No clue what they are about!
Met some friends at our hotel - Richard & Cheryl. We had so much fun talking with them... we didn't make it to bed until the very wee hours of the morning that night! It was a blast.
View of Prague Castle from the roof of our hotel... gorgeous!
Beautiful city - this is one of the views from Prague Castle!
Walking through the city streets... beautiful, narrow, and old!
Charles Square... just before we left Prague!
It was a wonderful 4 days - we enjoyed learning about the history. I wish I could remember it all! The language there is tough to understand and very different than English. The people are different, but original to their culture. There is so much to see and most of it can be seen by foot. TL and I spent most of our time just walking around getting lost - and on our tour! :) (We thought it was funny that most of our tour guides were Irish... only one was born and raised in Prague!)
Who's been to Prague? Did you love it?