Prague: The Land of Rustic Castles

Prague, “the City of a Hundred Spires” is a preserved medieval town filled with Gothic churches, detailed architecture and indescribable views.
When we first arrived in Prague, our public transportation skills were not up to par and we had one interesting time attempting to find our hostel; Post Prague. With a 14.5kg backpack bouncing on my back and sweat dripping off my face,  I was craving a dip  in freezing water.

Luckily, after turning up and down, left and right, around and around,   we found a tiny door believed to be our hostel. After a 20 minute long stand under cold running water (sorry environmentalists, it was needed) I was ready to explore the old city.

Prague: The Land of Rustic Castles | Chasing Krista | Prague, Czech RepublicWaiting for the FlixBus from Amsterdam to Prague – traveler style

Prague: The Land of Rustic Castles | Chasing Krista | Prague, Czech Republic

Prague: The Land of Rustic Castles | Chasing Krista | Prague, Czech RepublicYou can’t leave Prague without trying these deliciously calorie-filled Trdelník. This pastry is made from dough rolled around a stick, then grilled and topped with sugar and walnut mix. YUMMMMMM!

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Old Town Square:
Jump back in time to the 12th century whilst wandering through the Old Town Square of Prague. The Astronomical Clock was built into one side of the Old Town Square Hall back during the 15th century. The best way fully appreciates the artistic appeal of this marvel, is to stand with the other tourists when the clock strikes the hour. Why? You can’t miss the procession of the Twelve Apostles. A small door at the top of the church opens and Christ marches out in front of his disciples, while the skeleton of death tolls the bell.

Prague: The Land of Rustic Castles | Chasing Krista | Prague, Czech RepublicUnderneath the Clock are the 12 astrological signs of the Zodiac

On the other side of the town square sits a beautiful church belonging to “Our Lady Before Tyn” or the Tyn Church founded in 1385.
Prague: The Land of Rustic Castles | Chasing Krista | Prague, Czech Republic
Legend has it that Walt Disney got his inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty from gazing upon the beauty of this sanctuary

The St. Charles Bridge (another masterpiece within the city of Prague) is said to be the connection between Old Town and Lesser Town; crafted in 1357 by Petr Parléř. Spanned across the bridge is a series of 30 Baroque statues. The first statue completed was St. John of Nepomuk, a bronze-plated statue that is said to bring luck to those fortunate enough to touch it.
Prague: The Land of Rustic Castles | Chasing Krista | Prague, Czech RepublicThe Statue of St. John of Nepomuk

Prague: The Land of Rustic Castles | Chasing Krista | Prague, Czech RepublicWe decided that the best time to see all the statues and their glory (i.e.: without the thousands of tourists blocking your photo opportunities) was bright and early with the sunrise. It was worth it.

Prague: The Land of Rustic Castles | Chasing Krista | Prague, Czech RepublicView from the end of St. Charles Bridge

…until next time Prague

 

 


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