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Praha, a one day walking tour

Praha, a one day walking tour

The Czech capital is the world’s most beautiful city. This was my second trip, a weekend, and what comes here is my highly recommended walking tour.

 

A one day walking tour

This walking tour starts in the centre of the Nové Město (New Town) district of Prague, at Václavské náměstí (Wenceslas Square) and with the National Museum at the high end of the long square.

 

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Václavské náměstí, Prague, seen from the National Museum

 

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Prague, Václavské náměstí with the National Museum on top

 

Walk down the square right until the end and turn right on the Na Prikope until you reach the Powder Tower or Powder Gate (Prašná brána).

 

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Powder Tower in Prague

 

Find your way along the streets to the old Jewish quarter with several synagogues, an old cemetery and the statue of Franz Kafka.

 

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Construction work in Prague

 

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Prague building

 

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Franz Kafka statue

 

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Jewish Quarter, Prague

 

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Jewish cemetery in Praha (1990)

 

From there it is easy to walk up to Prague’s central and most famous square, the Staroměstské náměstí (Old Town Square) right in the middle of Staré Město (the Old Town). Every single building around the square is a wonder in its own right, but the biggest crowds congregate in front of the old Astronomical Clock on the wall of the Town Hall. Equally important, and even more to the Czechs themselves is the statue of Jan Hus on the square.

 

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View across the Staroměstské náměstí (Old Town Square) from Town Hall tower in Prague

 

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Jan Hus statue

 

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Staroměstské náměstí (Old Town Square) buildings, Prague

 

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Astronomical Clock, Prague

 

From the square several streets lead down to the Karluv Most (Charles Bridge) possibly the most famous sight in Prague. The bridge crosses the River Vltava.

 

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Statue on Karluv Most (Charles Bridge)

 

Across the river Vltava is the Malá Strana (Lesser Quarter). Here you will find a number of small streets aligned with buildings of extra-ordinary beauty. Continue till you find the John Lennon Wall, not an apparent sight in a city full of history. It’s basically a wall but has since the 1980s been filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti as a symbol of youth ideals of love and peace.

 

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Malá Strana, Prague

 

Czech Republic - Praha - Malá Strana

Malá Strana, Prague

 

Czech Republic - Praha - Malá Strana

Malá Strana, Prague

 

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Detail from John Lennon Wall, Malá Strana, Prague

 

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Hradcany castle in Prague, seen from the River Vldava

 

The Malá Strana is dominated by the majestic Hradcany (Praha Castle). If you walk up to the Malostranské náměstí you can catch a tram from there up to the castle and walk back down again. Just follow my map, have a look at my pictures and be inspired!

 

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Entrance to Saint Vitus’ Cathedral

 

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Hradcany, Prague castle

 

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Saint Vitus’ Cathedral detail

 

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Prague Castle exterior

 

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View down the Nerudova street, Prague

 

What else?

Take a boat trip and have a look at Prague from a different angle.

 

Czech Republic - Praha - Boat trip on the Vltava River

Boat trip on the Vltava River

 

Walk up to the Petřín hill, or take the funicular, and have a wonderful view of Prague and its castle from a different angle.

 

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Hradcany Castle seen from Petřín hill (1990)

 

Find yourself a restaurant on ground level, or in a cellar and indulge yourself in unhealthy food and drink. The Czechs love their beer, and some would say invented the pilsener. The food is heavy with meat.

 

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Czech beer

 

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Czech brewery

 

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Czech feast

 

Further reading

My first trip to Prague was back in 1990 as part a longer trip into (mostly) Eastern Europe.

 

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