Arrival in Prague
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More and more budget airlines have found their way to the small airport of Eindhoven, which is located in the south of The Netherlands, not too far from where I live. Wizz Air is one of them, and with their latest expansion of destinations, Prague was added to their list. Rens and I couldn't resist those cheap plane tickets and booked a city trip to the capital of the Czech Republic.
Our flight to the airport of Prague was smooth and uneventful, once we got our luggage and found an ATM machine to get the local currency (the Czech Koruna) we had to find a way to get to our hotel. When it comes to traveling in Europe, we prefer public transportation to taxi's, since busses and metro services are easy enough to understand and taxi's are overpriced.
At the airport of Prague, there are plenty of transportation options (a bit too much if you ask me), it's easiest to walk to the immediate left of the arrival hall (facing the exit of the airport), there's a booth where you can buy a ticket for a bus and metro and they explain how to use it. Bus line 119 departs regularly from the airport and stops at the beginning of the green metro line, the station of Dejvicka. Since our hotel is right next to the metro station 'Muzeum' of the green metro line, things couldn't be easier. Or cheaper.
Finding our hotel is also a breeze, and we are pleasantly surprised by its stylish interior and our comfortable room. The weather is beautiful though, and we are itching to get a first glimpse of Prague, so we quickly dump our bags and get on our way.
With the help of a city map we walk towards the street Namesti Republiky, where we have a magnificent view of the Powder Tower and Municipal House. I'm instantly captivated by the Municipal House, I love Art Nouveau! This stunning building was build in 1911 in the area of the former Royal Court, which was demolished in 1903. It was built as a place for concerts, exhibitions, conferences, festivities and balls. The details at the front of the building are spectacular and after we've taken dozens of pictures, we decide to take a look on the inside. We quickly find out we're not allowed to walk around by ourselves, you have to join a guided tour that lasts over an hour. Neither of us is a huge fan of guided tours, so we decide to leave and see if we are in the mood for this some other day.
As we walk through the gate of the Powder Tower, we see two young men dressed up as medieval knights standing at what seems to be an entrance of the tower.
The Powder Tower used to be a gate to Prague, its gate was used by the future kings of Bohemia to enter the town when they were on their coronation parade. Together with the Old Town Bridge Tower it's the only remaining part of the old fortifications.
Since the 18th century gunpowder was stored in this tower, and it is a miracle the tower didn't explode when the Prussian army damaged it with extensive shooting in 1757.
When we leave the Powder Tower we decide to put the map away and just walk around for a bit. Before we realize it, we have strolled around the beautiful Old Town for hours and ended up at the other end of town. We choose to have dinner in the Bar Bar cellar restaurant, which is small, hidden and very characteristic. The food is lovely and there are plenty of vegetarian options.
When we finally return to our hotel room, we are exhausted, but also very satisfied.