September 30th, 2008 – by: daisywho
Prague Castle Guard
Prague was beautiful; there were so many colors emitting from the city and the wonderful colors of the leaves from the trees. Made our way to the Old Town Square where we saw the Astronomical Clock and the Church of Our Lady of Tym. Every hour the clock would chime and the figures would perform a little show, most noticeable was the skeleton shaking the hour glass. Didn’t go into the church, but admired the architecture from outside. This church looked more like a castle with the spiral towers around the church, it was cool. Then we made our way to the Charles Bridge, passing through several shops along the way. There were so many shops, it made the whole area really touristy. The Charles Bridge had several statues accented with gold along the bridge.
After admiring the bridge and the view around it, we hiked up to the Prague Castle. We bought tickets for the long tour, which allowed us to see all 6 exhibits within 2 days. Learned about the history of Prague Castle and saw a lot of artifacts.
View from the Castle
The next day we did a day trip to the concentration camp Terezin, it was really surreal to see how the Jewish community were forced to live. This camp was a working camp, so there were no gas chambers. Actually seeing, touching, and smelling everything made it so much more real than hearing about it through history books. The rooms, facilities, and grounds were horrible. We saw a bedroom full of bunk beds that should house about 50 or more people, the room was so tiny with no windows.
The showers weren’t any better, being a room with a bunch of shower heads. There were absolutely no stalls or privacy. It was really sad.
After the tour we checked out the Dancing House, which was designed by an American. It was a corporate building that really didn’t fit in with the rest of the buildings in the area. It looked pretty cool. Then we made our way back to the castle to finish up the exhibits we didn’t have enough time to see yesterday. After the castle we had some traditional Czech foods, a place recommended by the hostel called Kolkovane. The food and beer were excellent and well priced.
The last day in Prague we visited the Jewish Ghetto, which contained the cemetery and several synagogues. The cemetery was packed full of tombstones, a lot of them were broken due to vandalism and time. There must have been thousands of tombstones crammed into the small area. The synagogues had so much history, each displaying pictures and artifacts of the Jewish community. After the Jewish Ghetto, we caught the late train toward Vienna, Austria.