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A new destination always excites me! I have to admit I probably didn’t organise my visit to Prague exceptionally well, but hopefully my experience can serve others to ensure they have a great time. Read on for some honest first impressions…

Arriving in Prague

We took the train into Prague from Vienna after a couple of days full of culture, history, and some excellent cakes, I might add! The train journey took about 3 hours, and it was rather enjoyable, so I’d recommend trying it if you don’t want the hassle of getting to the airport, going through security and getting to the city centre after you land.

Special tip: acquaint yourself with Czech money before you go to Prague, the currency units are in hundreds, which makes it a bit confusing! Source: myczechrepublic.com

We got an AirBnb on Nerudova St, which leads right up to Prague Castle, and that turned out to be a great area to stay. We had a quick lunch at U Schnellu (some mixed reviews on TripAdvisor, but I liked my traditional potato & mushroom soup) before starting our tour.

Prague Castle (Pražský hrad)

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Tuscany Palace, or Toskánský Palác, is some 400 years old and is now a government building.  

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Schwarzenberský Palác – another palace turned museum, housing a collection of Baroque art. Visit the courtyard terrace for a stunning view of Prague!

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Map of the world in Starbucks by Prague Castle

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Inside Prague Castle.

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The Golden Lane – the little houses were initially occupied by soldiers and guards, followed by all kinds of craftsmen, the renowned psychic Madame de Thebes, and writer Franz Kafka.

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Clothing of the Czech nobles

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The torture chamber

I was slightly disappointed by the vast empty rooms of the Castle itself, especially after the two-hour wait. But walking around the Golden Lane made it all worth it!

Walk through Mala Strana and Lennon’s Wall

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I’m not a massive beer fan, but I hear Czech pivo is a must if you are!

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This is where young people wrote slogans for freedom and peace during the Communist era. The wall was repainted numerous times, but the young people never gave up on their unique creative outlet.

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The framed Beatles artwork is actually made of … well, beatles.

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Notice the yellow submarine above the entrance of the John Lennon pub!

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This part of the city was definitely very nice, I felt like the character of Prague really came across through the artwork and the expression of people’s freedom of speech. I highly recommend leaving the crowds at the main tourist sites behind and dropping by!

Charles Bridge (Karlův most)

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View of Prague Castle upon crossing the bridge into Old Town

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A view of the side of the bridge on the Vltava river

Without a doubt, Charles Bridge is the most famous site in Prague. It was so packed with tourists, that for me it really managed to ruin the experience, but I guess it’s something you would still want to check out, even if rather briefly as we did.

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You can’t ignore the warm apple and cinnamon scent of the chimney cakes wafting across the city… I know we couldn’t!

Old Town Prague

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Old Town Square

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Prague Astronomical Clock (Pražský orloj)

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Church of Our Lady before Týn

Our walk around the Old Town offered some great architecture and a pleasant atmosphere. There were still too many crowds of tourists for my taste, but you can’t have everything in life!

So, would you like to hear my final verdict? I liked Prague. I just enjoyed the culture of Vienna a bit more, but it’s probably not fair to compare the two. I imagine Prague’s intriguing architecture would be beautiful in winter, and I’ve heard the Christmas markets are to die for, so I might just be back one day to give it another chance to enchant me!

Hope you found this post informative and inspirational! For me, visiting Prague for the first time was pretty enjoyable regardless of my few small complaints, and I’d love to hear what you thought about it. Let me know in the comment section and subscribe to the blog for more adventures around the globe!

Thanks for reading,

xx Niya

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