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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!