Day 1: Vysehrad
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Getting to Prague wasn't too much of an ordeal. We took the train to Brussels Airport, checked in, went for coffee and then waited to board the plane, which left on time and got to Prague Airport around 12:05. All very smooth and we even got our luggage! Good start!
We both bought a 5 day ticket for the public transportation at the DPP office in the Arrivals Building for 500 CZK each. Outside we went looking for crowded bus 119 which took us on a bumpy 20 minute ride to the Dejvicka subway station, where we took the A line to Muzeum and then switched to the C line, which we took to the Pankrac stop. Having survived the wonderfull world of public transportation, we celebrated by buying cookies and soda's from a little shop at the subway.
I had booked us a room at the ultra-posh Corinthia Panorama Hotel through Booking.com at a fraction of the normal price. The hotel certainly did live up to its name, as we got a room on the 18th floor. Thank god there was a fast elevator. We checked in to a gorgeous room, with a bed the size of a football field, a flat screen TV to match and a marble bathroom, called front desk to check if they hadn't made a mistake and then had a cookie or 2.
Anxious to see the city, we took off again, taking the subway to Vysehrad and walking to the Citadel, which we entered through the Tabor Gate, which, to me, was a bit disappointing. Things did improve inside when we got to St. Martin's Rotunda and then the views from on top of the citadel's walls were pretty amazing, especially on the river side, where you look down on Libuse's Bath.
The highlight however was the Peter and Paul Church and the adjoining cemetery, where we spent the better part of an hour looking at the tombstones.
We eventualy left through the Brick Gate and made our way down to Neklanova, Slavojova and up the stairs back to the Congress Center and the Vysehrad subway.
We went into town for dinner on Wenceslas Square, which we explored afterwards, walking past the Art Nouveau Hotel Europa and the Wiehl House. Up and down Mezibranska we went, before getting some groceries and returning to the subway and eventually the hotel.
Prague left a good first impression and we were excited to see what the next days would bring.