Prague: strolling the Old Town

Old Town square Prague

After a difficult night, we woke up quite grumpy on Saturday morning. Our hotel was a quite basic budget hotel, but to be fair it was really clean, central & offered a good breakfast. And that would have been ok for us. But our room, which was separated from the main building, had a wall in common with a club, where they obviously played music until 4am…

After some arguing with the guy at the reception, he finally agreed to find us another place for the night. We quickly packed our stuff, agreed to meet him at 7pm so that he could take us to our new place & left, much more relaxed & relived, to discover the city centre.

Wenceslas square, Prague

Our first stop was Wenceslas square. A large avenue dominated by the statue of St Wenceslas, the first duc of Bohemia and the saint patron of Czech republic

Wenceslas square, Prague

& flanked by beautiful art nouveau buildings. It’s also there that you’ll find all international & local brands for shopping.

Wenceslas square, Prague
Wenceslas square, Prague
Wenceslas square, Prague
Wenceslas square, Prague

Don’t forget to enter the Lucerna Palace to admire the statue of St Wenceslas on an upside down horse from Czech artist David Cerny.

Wenceslas square, Prague
Wenceslas square, Prague

While watching the statue, we saw a group of men passing by, half of them wearing old army uniform and the other half wearing tuxedos. Don’t know what they were doing. But it was quite funny – & a bit scaring –  to see them in this old decor, like coming out from an old century.

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In the same building, you’ll also find a paternoster lift, which is an elevator composed by open cabins moving up and down in a loop, without never stopping.

This kind of lift is no longer built because of security reasons, but there are a few old ones still working.
Paternoster lift, Prague
We continued our walk to the Jewish quarter. Our plan was to visit the different synagogues and the old cemetery… before realizing that it was Saturday and everything was closed.
Not the smartest girls in town I would say…

Anyway… We touched Franz Kafka statue for good luck

Franz Kafka statue Prague

& walked around admiring the beautiful buildings

Old Town Prague
Old Town Prague
Old Town Prague
Old Town Prague
Old Town Prague
Old Town Prague

…until we reached the Old Town square.

Old Town Square, Prague
Old Town Square, Prague
Old Town Square, Prague

We visited St. Nicholas Church

St. Nicholas Church, Old Town square, Prague
St. Nicholas Church, Old Town square, Prague
St. Nicholas Church, Old Town square, Prague
St. Nicholas Church, Old Town square, Prague

And our favorite, the Church of Our Lady before Tyn. Look at it, aren’t the bell towers wonderful & very romantic?

Church of Our Lady before Tyn, Old Town square, Prague
Church of Our Lady before Tyn, Old Town square, Prague

All the wandering & visiting made us tired & hungry… Luckily on a side of the Old Town square you can find lots of food stalls, serving local food. And one cannot go to Prague and not to eat sausages! & beer!

Food market, old town square, Prague
Food market, old town square, Prague
Food market, old town square, Prague
Food market, old town square, Prague

We sat on a wooden table in the refreshing shadow of the square’s garden, enjoying our lunch and observing the local life.

Especially a group of boys playing an unknown ball/drinking beer game.

We sat there, waiting for the hour in order to see the astronomical clock.
We also went up to the clock tower, but I’ll tell you more about that tomorrow, as I’ve already put too many pics in just one post.
Plus, let me tell you, the Clock tower is a real paradise for photography addicts! 🙂

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