Prague, 04.03. – 07.03.2017
Prague – in the run-up to my trip, I just knew „the golden city“ because of the Charles Bridge, the Prague ham and the German Embassy, from which Hans-Dietrich Genscher approved the departure to Western Germany to GDR refugees in 1989.
Prague has neither the sea nor as many sights as Valencia or Lisbon.
Nevertheless, or just because of this, other things came to my mind in Prague, which remind me of the fascinating facades of the houses, the well-kept pedestrian zone and the glittering Vltava in the sun.
You want to know what else is recommended to visit in Prague and what is the
„dancing house“ ? Check out the answers…
- Enjoy a freshly baked tree cake in the sun – so tasty!
- Stand in the garden of the German embassy and see up close where history was made – goose bumps guaranteed!
- Stroll peacefully over the Charles Bridge and pay attention to the jugglers there – unforgettable!
- Relax in the old town and watch the bustle of the town hall with its famous astronomical clock – fantastic!
- Finish the day in one of the numerous bars on Dlouha street – cheap, tasty and great!
The trip to Prague began from the satellite terminal at Munich Airport with a 45-minutes
flight in the Business Class of Air Dolomiti; the return flight was operated by Lufthansa.
Click here for a separate review of the flight in Business Class.
Find out more about my stay at the Lufthansa Business Lounge here.
During my stay I slept in the 4 star hotel Clarion Prague Old Town, which is in walking distance to the old town and the pedestrian zone.
Click here for a separate review about my stay in this hotel.
The huge Palladium shopping mall is just a five-minute walk from the hotel.
All famous brands are represented on the 6 floors and the entire top floor is a large and beautiful food corner.
Following the imposing „pulver tower“ and turning left in the pedestrian zone…
… you will find…
… the most famous square in Prague at the end of the road – the Wenceslas Square.
Unfortunately the National Museum was hidden by a scaffolding; but its great impression, size and gilded domes were obvious.
The most famous Landmark is located 15 minutes away from the Wenceslas Square:
The Charles Bridge and the Castle of Prague.
Alongside the bridge, there are many memorials and statues – the most famous is the
Statue of Nepumuk from 1683.
If you cross the Charles Bridge to the west, you will find a further sight next to the Prague Castle and many small winding streets …
… the German Embassy.
Here, on September 30, 1989, the minister of foreign affairs Hans-Dietrich Genscher had authorized 4000 GDR refugees to travel to Western Germany with the probably most famous half-sentence of history. The end of his sentence „We came to you to tell you that your departure today …“ has disappeared in the cheering storm – it was „… became possible.“.
Back in the eastern part of Prague…
… you´ll find, next to streets with beautiful facades and a quarter of luxury boutiques, a very unique house…
… the Dancing House.
Several international companies have their headquarters in this 9-storey building directly next to the Vltava. The glass construction of the house, completed in 1996, is intended to symbolize a dancing woman next to a gentleman (right side).
The heart of this area is the great town hall with its world-famous astronomical clock from 1410.
Right from here, from the historic old town, I say goodbye to four exciting days in Prague.
Vltava, Charles Bridge, Embassy – the Czech capital presents itself as a fairy tale town.
Prague was largely spared the Second World War and you can explore everything by foot through small streets and along numerous art nouveau buildings – perfect for a city trip!
If you want to go out in the evening, you´ll find several restaurants, bars and clubs in
Wenceslas Square, as well as in the Dlouha Street.
In my opinion, the most extraordinary is the Vytopna bar, which has many branches spread all over the city. Your order will arrive in small model trains on a widely branched rail system and its driven directly onto the table – absolutely ingenious! 😉
As you can see, Eastern Europe is always worth a trip! 🙂