5-Day trip to Prague
An itinerary that included a visit to the Stare Mesto (Old Town) , Mala Strana ( Lesser Town ) , Nove Mesto ( New Town ) , Josefov ( Jewish Quarter) , Hradcany Square, the Old Town Hall Old City , Church of Our Lady in front of Tyn , the Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge , Hrad Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral , Vladislav Hall , Zlata Ulicka ( Golden Lane ) , Jewish Cemetery , Wenceslas Square, Jan Palach Memorial , Norodni National Museum, Lanterna Magika Theatre , Albatros Theatre, U Tri Pstrosu , U Kalika, U Plebana , U Fleku, U S.Tomase, Vltava River, Tower Bridge, Storch House , Karlstein Castle, Ceske Budejovice
Prague: street musicians
Prague is a wonderful city that exudes a special charm both for the beauty of its monuments and for its inhabitants. Let’s first talk of the people of Prague. They welcome tourists with education and composure, almost austerity.
After knowing them better, they show a great wish to forget the past, to lose their imposed austerity, to start living life joyfully.
As a demonstration, there are countless bands and orchestras that fill Prague on Sundays and public holydays.
The Czechs express the joy of living with the theatre. You cannot miss, in fact, a couple of shows .
In particular, the Laterna Magika Theatre, a show in which theatrical and movie techniques are shuffled with very interesting and entertaining results. At Albatros Theatre, in Narodni street, we watched a show in which, with a particular technique , they painted in the dark. I remember a really hilarious painting entitled “The anatomy of the kiss “.
Historical district of (Old Town), Church of Our Lady in front of Tyn, square in the Old Town
The historical core of Prague lends itself to be visited on foot. In the heart of the historic district of Stare Mesto (Old Town), the Old Town Square is very nice for the historical buildings that surround it, including the Gothic Church of Our Lady in front of Tyn.
Square of the Town Hall and the beautiful astronomical clock
In the same square here is the Town Hall, famous for the amazing astronomical clock.
U Tri Pstrosu, U Kalika, U Plebana, U Fleku, U S.Tomase among the most famous restaurants and pubs
On the narrow streets, which trace the route of the medieval streets, we found numerous typical shops with curious signs and quaint ornamental characteristics.
Even restaurants and bars are numerous and always with typical features. The most famous ones are: U Tri Pstrosu , U Kalika, U Plebana , U Fleku, U S.Tomase.
Bridge Tower and Charles Bridge
We arrived on the bank of the Vltava River and, overcome the Bridge Tower, we crossed the river through Charles Bridge. This is a beautiful piece of architecture dating back to 1400 on whose sides there have been placed more than thirty statues, some of great beauty.
Two beautiful towers , which commonly represent Prague, close the bridge on the Malá Strana (Lesser Quarter ) side which is full of splendid palaces.
Hrad Castle, Cathedral of St Vitus, Vladislao hall, Zlata Ulicka (Golden Lane) where Franz Kafka lived
On the hill behind the Mala Strana, it is located the small town of Hradcany, now a Prague district, where there is the Hrad (Castle). This district has maintained the characteristics of a small fortified city with several places of worship, among which stands the majestic St. Vitus Cathedral, the Court of Honour, two other courts and the wide Vladislav Hall with finely crafted doors and splendid door panels.
On the back side of the castle, we found the small houses of Zlata Ulicka ( Golden Lane) which, as a matter of fact, form a completely autonomous district. The street is so called because once there were goldsmiths’ workshops and is famous since Franz Kafka lived in one of those houses.
Josefov (Jewish Quarter), Jewish Cemetery
In the heart of Josefov (the Jewish Quarter), it was moving to visit the Jewish Cemetery.
The gravestones are one over the other ; indeed, there are more than ten layers of tombs.
What has been more fascinating was to see how the Jews communicate with their dead: they put folded sheets of paper on which they write affectionate words , or , more simply, small pebbles.
Nove Mesto (New Town), Venceslao Square where Jan Palach killed himself, Norodni National Museum, Hotel Europa
Nove Mesto (New Town) is the commercial district of the city with large squares which, in the past, where livestock markets.
The most important square is Wenceslas Square that is surrounded by many important buildings dating back to 1800.
At the end of the square, with in front a big stairway, there is the imposing building of the Norodni (National) Museum.
It was moving to see how the people of Prague remembered Jan Palach in the place where he committed suicide as a sign of his opposition to the Soviet occupation.
Nearby Prague, it is not to be missed a visit to Karlstejn Castle. It can also be reached with a short transfer by train.
And it is spectacular to see it, in the distance, perched on a rock edge.
The rooms are interesting and the frescoes are wonderful, especially those of the Chapel of the Emperor.
Ceske Budejovice: Balck Tower, Premysla Otakara 2nd square
Going back to Italy we did not miss to make a stop in the beautiful town of Ceske Budejovice.