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Touring More of Praha!

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My second day in Prague started out by taking a long walk up to an Eiffel Tower-looking vista point, Petrin Observation Tower (Petrinksa Rozhledna). There is a tram that goes up to it, but it was out the day I went. So I had to hike to the top, then climb the tower. I earned by cocktails that day! The views on the walk up and from the tower were amazing! There are some beautiful gardens on the way and some cafes, a museum and observatory. It’s definitely worth the trip up there. The views of the city and river from Petrin made me forget the hike up there!

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Old Town Square

The Old Town Square was great place to see the architecture of the city. I enjoyed walking around taking photos of the buildings. And, there are some gorgeous churches nearby, which I love touring (such as the Tyn Church). The best part of the Old Town Square however is the Astronomical Clock.

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Astronomical Clock

In the Old Town Square is an Astronomical Clock (Prazsky Orloj). It is the world’s third oldest astronomical clock (1410), and the current oldest still working. Every hour, a crowd gathers around the clock to watch the figures (saints) come out and do a “dance”. The clock has so many features-there’s a clock for present time, old Czech time, a zodiac clock, and one showing the sun and moon positions. I recommend getting to the clock about 15 minutes before the hour; the crowds get large. I wasn’t there during high tourist season, but it was packed every hour with people. Try going a bit earlier in the morning for less crowds; but definitely don’t miss this site!

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Jewish Quarter

The Jewish Quarter is a bit of a walk form the center of town, but worth the visit. Photos are limited but there were a few synagogues to tour, the Old Jewish Cemetery, and the Ceremonial Hall. I recommend going-you get to see the city walking out there and I enjoyed walking around the area.

Wenceslas Square

Every day I walked along Wenceslas Square (Václavske Namesti). This is a major popular street in the city. I mostly enjoyed it for the buildings, but there are some great restaurants and shops there as well. A bit past the square I had found an outdoor market, and at the market I found 100% cashmere pashminas for like $7.50 each-I came home with 10! The market was full of great gifts to bring home.

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Charles Bridge

I LOVED walking along this bridge (Karluv most). It’s a pedestrian-only bridge, so during the day there are usually people selling paintings and other art. It’s a wide, beautiful bridge going over the Vltava River. The views along the bridge of the city and of Prague Castle are incredible. I walked the bridge several times a day-and don’t forget to check it out at night!

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I fell in love in Praha: with the city, with traveling, and with myself. Prague was exactly how I imagined an old European city looking, and I loved every moment of it. I started to feel like maybe I belonged in Europe! Traveling to Prague made me realize that I truly loved traveling and exploring, and that I actually really didn’t mind doing it alone. And that I can do it alone! And I’ve been non-stop for the last three years because of that realization.

I hope that one day you can go to Prague and fall in love just as I did!

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