Hello all, I am back with the next part of my solo trip to Prague in the Czech Republic and all the activities I got up to over the Vltava river!
Thursday 21st March
After a fulfilling breakfast, I wanted to get a head start on my itinerary so I started making my way towards the famous Prague Castle. I really enjoyed the views of taking the tram over the Vltava and still being able to see Prague Castle in the distance.
So the first stop for the day was Prague Castle because I knew that going around would take me at least 2-3 hours. This was when I first activated my Prague Card and with Prague Castle, you have the option to choose either Circuit A or B. I chose Circuit B because it was absolutely free with the Prague Card I did, however, have to pay 50 Koruna to have permission to carry my camera and take pictures without flash so bear this in mind. With the Circuit B option, you are able to visit St Vitus Cathedral, St George’s Basilica, Old Royal Palace, Golden Lane and Daliborka Tower which is a good handful of locations to visit within the Prague Castle complex. Each place was unique in its own right but the view of Prague and the Vltava were mind-blowing for me personally.
Now the Lobowitcz Palace is still located within the Prague Castle complex however it is a stand-alone attraction that is privately owned that is also free on the Prague Card. Inside Lobowitcz Palace is the Lobowitcz Museum which houses all of the collections acquired over the centuries from the Lobowitcz family line. The exhibition spanned two floors and the collection was compiled with a variety of paintings, artefacts and even some of the original musical score sheets from composers such as Mozart. There was also a huge family tree chart of the Lobowitcz family and canny facts about how the Lobowitcz name came to existence and fruition. Lastly, since this is located in the Prague Castle complex the views from the 1st floor were also just as spectacular.
After leaving the Prague Castle complex, the next stop was one of the varieties of art galleries just outside of Prague Castle. I visited Strenberg Palace as it was closer to the exit of Prague Castle and once again free with the Prague Card. The Strenberg Palace is one of the many National Gallery of Prague buildings dotted around the city and it houses some very fine Roman, Ancient Greek, Renaissance and 19th-century art. I was particularly intrigued by the art depicting biblical events and stories such as the Garden of Eden. After my visit, I was starving and trekking to have some local Czech cuisine but a simple dessert would have been enough. So I ended up walking towards Malá Strana (Lesser Town) to Café Savoy, a fancy looking restaurant for an apple strudel and raspberry lemonade both of which were very nice indeed.
Venice Cruise and Charles Bridge Museum
After my dessert break, I made my way back over the Vltava in search for the Charles Bridge Museum and Venice Cruise. The Prague Card gets you combined entry to both so I opted for the cruise first before seeing the museum. The cruise was somewhat similar to the canal cruise I went to in Amsterdam where the audio guide and knowledgeable tour guide were sharing uncanny facts about the different attractions and the history of Prague as a whole. I was intrigued to find out that once upon a time when the Vltava was completely frozen locals were able to ice skate over the river. The history and the journey to the completion of the infamous Charles Bridge were also given which was quite befitting before visiting the Charles Bridge Museum. The museum itself was very basic and only had 4 rooms in a designated space however it was enough to get the general gist of the bridge’s construction and the thought process behind the 30 statues seen on the bridge. After my brief visit, I decided to walk over the Charles Bridge for myself which was literally a sea of tourists, locals and stall owners selling their goods. The bridge connects the Old Town to Lesser Town where I was able to buy a hot dog as I was also yearning to try the Czech sausage used for hot dogs.
Old Town Hall and Old Town Tower
After a nervy run-in with the transport police and a cheeky trdelnik with a generous dollop of whipped cream, I made my way back towards the Old Town Square to visit the Old Town Hall and Old Town Hall Tower. Both of these were open quite later than other attractions so I was sure that these will be the last sightseeing adventure for the day. Going around the town hall was pretty straightforward on the 1st floor of the building the different rooms all had pretty architecture and paintings which lead on out to behind the scenes of the mechanics of the infamous Prague Astronomical Clock. The wooden figurine statutes that come out of hiding upon the arrival of a new hour were there on display. I then made my way up towards the tower so I get the views of Prague it really took me back to the Round Tower in Copenhagen. I was also super lucky to catch the sunset which turned out to be one of my favourite pictures taken on the trip thus far!
By the time I finished all of this and it was around 6:30 and I was well and truly exhausted from all the walking, travelling and a run-in with transport police. Plus I truly ate a lot of food from my buffet breakfast, the apple strudel, a mayo chicken, hot dog and trdelnik (this must have been the killer) so I needed time for it all to digest before I thought about dressing up to go to dinner. Clearly the fatigue hat got the better of me because I remember being on the phone to my sister before dozing off and falling asleep. I woke up at midnight the next day starving but not wanting to go out and eat so I had to wait until breakfast. However, I did use this as an opportunity to map out my exact travel routes and order of all the attractions I wanted to see.
Stay tuned for the next part, until next time