Municipal House and Powder Gate
We were up and out of the hotel by 8 am and more than ready to do some sight seeing. We met up a with a guide who would show us the best parts of the city and we were going to do all of it by foot. We walked to the subway station which would take us to the Prague
Castle. On our way to the subway we passed a few places of interest. The Municipal House which has an interesting history as the site where the Prague royal court was housed but today it is full of restaurants, cafes and is where Prague's largest concert hall now lives. Powder Gate which was the entrance into the city and welcomes visitor to the inner part of the city. Estates Theater which is the oldest theater in Prague and where Mozart debuted Don Giovanni.
Right away we realized that the city was full of history and full or musical influence.
The subway ride was a lot of fun. Fortunately we had someone with us who knew how to use the subway and the ticket machines or else we would have been totally lost. We got into the subway which was shoulder to shoulder packed with people going about their daily lives. Even though we loved this experience, it was all just mundane to them. When we got off of the subway we made our walk towards the Prague Castle. We were able to see the all three courtyards which had beautiful gardens, statues and buildings. Then we made our way to the St. Vitus Cathedral.
The St. Vitus Cathedral is amazing. It's the fourth largest church in Europe. Not only will the architecture of the outside impress you, but the artwork inside the church is even more impressive.
St. Vitus Cathedral
The actual structure was started in the 1300s and some parts weren't done until the 1900's. The detail on the outside is very impressive with sculpted statues and walls. Although, even more impressive, is the inside of the church, so if there is a line to get in, you should definitely make the wait and try to go inside, besides, it's free. We spent a lot more time in the inside than we thought we would. There is just so much to see, from the stained glass windows, to the silver sculptures, to the decorative confessionals, it's all so breathtaking. I took so many fabulous pictures, it is hard to post just a few.
After spending more time in the church that we expected, we were back on our way. We took the old castle steps outside of the castle and made our way through the city to the St.
Prague skyline from the Charles Bridge
Charles' Bridge. We passed John Lennon wall which is a wall full of graffiti, although it looks more like art. This wall is a symbol of pop culture that was very important to the Czech youth. The Charles bridge in itself is an amazing structure. Not only does it connect the two parts of the city but the actual structure itself is gorgeous. Open to foot traffic only, the bridge is full of people who are selling things, playing music or there just to check out the vibe. With the Vltava River underneath, you are treated by gorgeous views of the the city. Old Town Square on one side, Prague Castle on the other. The bridge is not very long and every few feet there are statues that pay tribute to various saints and other Catholic symbols.
On the other side of the bridge is the Klementinum, which is a complex that has different types of musical performances.
We decided to attend A. Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, performed by the Chabmer Ensemble Musica Pragensis. We bought our tickets, made sure we had reserved seats and were back on our way to the Old Town Square. We absolutely loved this square with the cobble stoned streets and the old buildings in the background, we took our time walking to the square. We were able to see the display at the Astronomical clock. Every hour on the hour there was a show at the clock. It was a little anticlimactic, but again, it was free and well worth it. If you are in Prague, don't miss out on the outdoor market. There are a lot of things on sale but the best part is just people watching.
We walked around for a few more hours and then it was time to see our symphony. It was at St.
Inside the Church of St. Salvatore
Salvatore's Church, which was beautiful, in a baroque style. It was very intimate with very few people and pews as our seats. The symphony was made of all strings and it sounded magnificent. I was quite impressed by not only the musicians but also the acoustics of the place. I thoroughly enjoyed myself as did everyone else at the performance.
After the performance we had dinner at a not too impressive a place, so not impressive that i won't event waste the time typing about it. We went back to the hotel for some much needed rest, then we were off to the city one more time. This time we decided to walk along the river to the St. George bridge. We were glad we did. It is a beautiful site to walk along the river. The whole castle was lit up and it was a truly amazing and romantic site.
Deserted cobblestone street in prague.
Wow, i've never seen anything like it. I would definitely recommend this. And what a difference the Bridge is at night. No crowds, no kiosks selling trinkets, no street performers, just people trying to enjoy the evening.
We ended our night by taking a walk through the streets of Prague with a light mist dropping on us. The mist made the cobble stones slippery but it made the streets empty which was an amazing treat.