Bridges and Castles, Synagogues and Filharmonica, Jews and Nazis, Mozart and Charles IV, put them in a frying pan and stir well before sprinkling with Kafkaism. Spread them around and wallah, we have Praha! But that is not all! Comes night and city is ready to serve your appetite in food, drinks and entertainment! Local cuisine is not to be missed in this city, beer shall definitely not be as they pride themselves for both of it. Czech Republic has a thousand year long history in which Prague has remained a very important seat in Europe. In times of Charles IV, the Holy Roman Empire was ruled from here, though not very long in time after that it also became centre of reforms against ‘greedy churches’. Don’t flinch if you hear stories of burning on the steak and defenestration (Yeah! Google it, I know that you don’t know what it means). In antiquity, defenestration has been almost the most favoured way of ‘anybody getting back at anybody’ in Prague. Make sure you don’t run in to someone who is still a fan of the act. Older population of Prague might come across to some as a little non – receptive to tourist, but we got to understand that they have seen some really bad times in twentieth century under communism which essentially was brought in by outsiders. While being in the city try to find out more about the 40 years of communism and the Prague Spring, they take exceptional pride in telling the ringing of the keys story!
I reached Prague or Praha, as it is locally called and I also prefer to call it, early in the morning from Bratislava. It was a good start in the city with an early morning interaction with a jolly good slightly drunk fellow with whom I ended up breaking bread and sipping coffee. I took an early morning walk to my hostel which was quite away from city centre but had offered me an amazing deal. Accommodation can be found pretty cheap in Praha, my hostel rent was 2 Euros a day, after travelling in Switzerland, Germany and France, that is dream. They let me do a super early check in, so that was a bonus! Public transport is very good and cheap also in the city, I took one of the trains to old town centre where I met Diana of Prague Royal Walk Free Tour. Like in most of the cities of Europe, in Praha also these tours are one of the best ways to explore the city. A couple of hours of the walk around the cobbled street unfolded very interesting and unheard stories of the Prague. We were interrupted by light drizzle but that only added to the beauty of the city. I took an upward walk to the castle after the free tour ended. It is a must go place, not only it gives amazing view of city but if you are at right time you might also witness mesmerizing sunset. I highly recommend taking a walk over Charles Bridge and also on one of the parallel ones to have a view of beautiful old Charles Bridge. Architecture of the city is varying and amazing, from Jewish town to Gunpowder tower, there are many beautiful constructions to appreciate. City also has a very active paranormal scene, and as the evening sets down you can be part of one of those creep walks which freaks the hell out of you. There are many parts of the city considered haunted and it won’t be difficult to find people convincing you about the truth of it with full sincerity. The city also has a lover’ hill completed with its own Eiffel Tower! What more would you want from this city? Go explore!
10:58 PM – Bratislava (Slovakia) – EN 476 to Praha (Czech Republic) at 04:03 AM
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