East Europe Trip Day 3: Prague City Tour, Kutna Hora, Czech Folklore Dinner, Midnight Walk

Today we went for a city tour in Prague, an exotic city rich of culture and history. We woke up at seven, then headed for Prague castle. It took around 30 minutes from Barcelo Prague to the old town area, we were dropped near the entrance and walked down the hill. We visited St. Vitus Cathedral, it was big and beautiful just like other Cathedral we’ve visited before.


Entrance to Prague Castle area.


Inside the Prague Castle area.

Prague Castle (Czech: Pražský hrad) is a castle complex in Prague, Czech Republic, dating from the 9th century and the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic. The castle was a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia. The Bohemian Crown Jewels are kept within a hidden room inside it. The Guinness Book of Records lists Prague Castle as the largest ancient castle in the world


Prague Castle with St. Vitus Cathedral in the back.

St. Vitus Cathedral is an excellent example of Gothic architecture and is the biggest and most important church in the country. Located within Prague Castle and containing the tombs of many Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors, the cathedral is under the ownership of the Czech government as part of the Prague Castle complex.


Inside St. Vitus Cathedral.

The trip from St. Vitus to Charles Bridge is quite far and slippery downhill the stairs. I’ve searched for pictures of the bridge on the internet before and found it very beautiful.


Charles Bridge at noon.


The narrowest crossroad on the way to Charles Bridge.

The view from Charles Bridge itself is breathtaking, but on daylight there are many beggars and street vendors.


Charles Bridge with Prague Castle on the background.


The view under watch-tower at the end of Charles Bridge.

The Charles Bridge (Czech: Karlův most About this sound listen ) is a famous historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. The bridge replaced the old Judith Bridge built 1158–1172 that had been badly damaged by a flood in 1342. This new bridge was originally called the Stone Bridge (Kamenný most) or the Prague Bridge (Pražský most) but has been the “Charles Bridge” since 1870. As the only means of crossing the river Vltava (Moldau) until 1841, the Charles Bridge was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city’s Old Town and adjacent areas. This “solid-land” connection made Prague important as a trade route between Eastern and Western Europe.


Cityscape of the right side of Charles Bridge if you walk from Prague Castle.


Cityscape of the left side of Charles Bridge if you walk from Prague Castle.

From Charles bridge we walked through the crossroad and enter the heart of Prague to watch for the Astronomical Clock at 12 o’clock. Then we had our lunch in a Chinese restaurant nearby the clock before touring around the area. We saw inside Madame Tussaud, bought fridge magnet (we collected magnets from cities we visited).


Crowd of people gathering to watch the Astronomical Clock.


The show on Astronomical Clock at twelve.

Touring around the old town of Prague is a must do for people who love European style architecture. We also walk on Parizka and my sister did some shopping while I was taking photos around the bridge near Intercontinental Hotel.


The street on Parizka full of branded stores.


Bridge in front of Intercontinental Hotel, Prague.

At 3.15 we leave Parizka for Kutna Hora, a small city familiar for religious trip. The soil of Kutna Hora comes from Golgota, and there is a church with extraordinary skeletal decoration. The trip took about one hour and after going inside the church, we did another one hour touring the market area. We sat and ate kebab on the street, the weather was nice and a bit colder than in Prague.


Skeleton inside Sedlec Ossuary.


Entrance to Sedlec Ossuary.

The Sedlec Ossuary is a small Roman Catholic chapel, located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints in Sedlec, a suburb of Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic. It is one of twelve World Heritage Sites in the Czech Republic. The ossuary is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, whose bones have in many cases been artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel. The ossuary is among the most visited tourist attractions of the Czech Republic, attracting over 200,000 visitors annually.


Alley to town square in Sedlec.

For dinner we’ve a local Czech food while watching the performance in Czech Folklore Garden Prague, the singing and dancing were entertaining. They will ask us to dance and sing with them on the stage, but I reject them in an effort to not embarass myself on my 21st birthday. The show ended at 10 pm and we headed back to hotel with a minivan instead of our regular bus.


Dinner at local Czech Restaurant.

While the other were going to bed, I and my father took a taxi from the hotel (they charged 450 coruna) to Prague Castle because I wanted to take a night photograph of Prague with my tripod. We did the same trip as we did earlier in the morning, but this time we take it slowly. It took one hour for me to finish taking photos in the castle area and another hour in Charles bridge, we saw many people walking even at midnight, few lovers and tourist. We met a drunken locals as well who asked me to take their pictures and email it. I did. Walking in the old town of Prague at midnight is the kind of trip I like.

DSCF1753Cityscape of Prague taken from Prague Castle area.

DSCF1777Prague Castle taken from Charles Bridge at midnight.

DSCF1778Drunken folks near Charles Bridge.


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