On Prague (Czech Republic)


Click for background music of a very special song to the Czech people.

 

Prague – Praha to the Czechs

Prague – located on the Vltava River, the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic, the historical capital of Bohemia, and the place known as The City of 100 Spires.

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Prague – with its historic Old Town (UNESCO World Heritage Site) providing much of the city’s charm. Once surrounded by a wall, now only a few towers remain. Old Town Square serving as its center while featuring a statue to Jan Hus – a Czech religious reformer who was 100 years before the Reformation.

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Prague – with the historic Charles Bridge connecting Old Town and the Little Quarter located across the Vltava, just below Prague Castle. The bridge served as part of Coronation Way during the days of the monarchy.

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Prague – the home of Prague Castle with the majestic St. Vitus Cathedral within its walls. At our first dinner, two members of the Prague Castle Orchestra (from the opening video – the flute and accordion players) – privately entertained our group.

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Prague – with New Town flourishing outside Old Town. A magnificent collection of Art Nouveau buildings dominating the eyes – as well as a pair of dancers (Dancing Towers) known as Fred and Ginger.

 

Prague – featuring Wenceslas Square as New Town’s main square – the place where thousands of Czechs gathered for 1989’s Velvet Revolution ending one-party rule (Communists). Yes – the square is named after the Good King (of Christmas carol fame) who is buried at St. Vitus Cathedral.

 

Prague, not only a wonderful place to start our tour, it’s a great city for visitors. If you get a chance, GO! Below is 3-minute video about Prague’s Jewish Quarter (in Old Town). Hope you watch. Have you ever been to Prague?

Next stop: Krakow

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43 thoughts on “On Prague (Czech Republic)

  1. I’ve been to Prague and while I thought the city centre was lovely, I didn’t really enjoy my visit. The food was awful and the service dished out miserably by surly people. It was 10 years ago, I am prepared to try again.

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  2. I’ve never been there, but it is beautiful–like a fairy tale city.
    I watched the video about the Jewish quarter. I had to look up why the synagogue was spared. Apparently, it was going to be a museum of an “extinct race.”

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  3. Every time I had a business trip planned for Prague it would end up cancelled. Having heard so many great things about the city, I went last (2017) spring on my own dime. Other than enjoying the beauty of the city, I also made a point of drinking Pilsner beer which was harder to do than I would have imagined (the city is full of micro-breweries) and I was pleased to discover Trdelník.

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  4. I must somehow get to Prague, which I’ve heard from all my relatives is a must see. I’d especially like to visit the Jewish Quarter and also learn more about the invasion of Czechoslovakia on August 20, 1968, when the Soviet Union sent in Warsaw Pact troops and tanks to crack down on reformist trends in Prague. Meanwhile it’s driving me crazy that I can’t remember the name of the famous melody so beautifully played by the Prague Castle Orchestra’s flutist. I’m sure it’s by Bedřich Smetana but I’m not positive. Can you help me out?

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  5. Tim,
    Your ear is correct – The Moldau (Vltava) by Bedřich Smetana. Here’s a full orchestra performing this beautiful piece. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcDzRjMIDvo

    Much of the Jewish Qtr has been replaced by beautiful art nouveau buildings, but multiple sites remain to tell the story. Hope you watched the Rick Steves’ segment at the end of the post. Meanwhile, Prague is definitely worth visiting!

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    • Rincewind,
      Glad to hear from a local who is pleased with this post. As you can tell, I primarily saw the tourist areas of the city – Although we walked from our hotel just outside the gate to the Dancing Towers – then crossed to bridge to return on the other side of the river. Meanwhile, we may return. Any suggestions?

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