I visited Prague for the first time in 1999. Its beauty and spirit captured me and I knew for sure that I was coming back. I was excited to return with Keith and to show him this city that captivated me. I wanted to step back in time with him on its timeless cobbled streets flanked by colorful buildings with fairytale architectures, as well as to savor the romance of the city. We spent four delightful days meandering around both banks of Vltava river. On this post, join us as we explore the stunning Stare Mesto (“Old Town”) and surrounding areas in the right bank of Vltava River.
The gothic spires of the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn tower over the Old Town Square. Founded in 14th century, it was an important church for the Hussites who fought against the Roman Catholic Church for religious reform. Catholic Jesuits eventually took over the church and removed any Hussite symbols.
The Astronomical Clock from the 15th century is one of the prominent features in Old Town Square. Its hourly chime, accompanied by movements of different figures, attracts huge crowd.
Crowds gathered in front of the Old Town Hall Tower to witness the Astornomical Clock’s hourly show.
We climbed to the top of the Old Town Hall Tower to enjoy the spectacular view of the city.
View of the colorful roofs and rooftop bars from Old Town Hall Tower.
The ubiquitous logo of Prague’s famous beer. Yes, we’re in the land of beer!
Trivia: Czech Republic developed the world’s first lager and has the highest per capital consumption of beer in the entire planet.
The classic cobbled street that Prague is famous for.
One of Prague’s quirky museums.
Another quirky museum.
We found ourselves back in Old Town Square in early evening when the spires of Týn Church basked in golden glow.
Weary travelers taking a break at one of the classic bar/cafe at Old Town Square at the end of the day.
Located in Nove Mesto (“New Town”) is The Dancing Building (nicknamed “Fred and Ginger”) designed by Bilbao Guggenheim architect Frank Gehry.
At Plazenka Restaurant – me with dark beer and Keith with a pilsen. I ate at this same restaurant in 1999. Being a non-meat eater, the only choice in the menu for me was a vegetable which came swimming in butter. This time, the menu has changed with variety of healthy options. Same is true for most restaurants in Prague.
For more of the Prague Castle and other areas in the left bank of Vltava River, please see our next post: Magical Prague Revisited – Part 2.
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