Prague A City break

When the plane landed at Prague Airport on Sunday the 12th of March 2017 a long held ambition to visit the Bohemian capital was fulfilled thanks to the family's generous 70th birthday present.

The Powder Tower and Concert Hall at Náměstí Republiky in the Old Town

We wisely followed the advice to take a taxi to our accommodation at Jury's Inn in the City's district 'Florenc' about a 15 minute walk from the historic 'Old Town Square'. It didn't take long to head off on foot to begin our exploration of Prague. En route to the Old Town Square we passed through the Powder Tower at Náměstí Republiky.

A Replica Car

As we passed through the Powder Tower we came across the first of what was to prove a fleet of replica cars that offered a tour of the city. We continued on foot depending on our handy guidebook and map and soon arrived in the famous 'Old Town Square.

A panoramic view of the Old Town Square

Over the four days we spent in the city we often made our way across the Square. Several of its buildings became landmarks that we began to identify from various locations we visited.

Church of Our Lady before Týn

From near and far we were able to identify the spires of the building known as the Church of Our Lady before Týn. The Square with its crowds, entertainers, cafes and food stalls felt like the beating heart of the city. At the other end of the Square was the Town Hall and Astronomical Clock, the oldest working astronomical clock in the world.

The Astronomical Clock

More than once we arrived at the Clock just at the point it was ready to strike the hour. At that point figures moved and concluded with the cuckoo performing. Talking of performing all kinds of performers were to be found in the Square.

Prague Old Town Square at the heart of the city

Perhaps the most famous landmark is the Charles Bridge which spans the River Vitava and that was where we headed for next. The bridge is the oldest surviving crossing and is a tourist magnet drawing crowds of visitors, artists and musicians. Thirty statues line the bridge and many people follow the superstitious belief that by stroking the well polished golden symbols they can find good luck.

Charles Bridge

With an early start to the day it was time to head back to our accommodation and enjoy the traditional Czech goulash for our evening meal. So it was we decided to continue our exploration the following day..

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Charles Bridge, Castle and Cathedral

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Photographs by Ursula and Alan Millar

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