Went on my first trip to Prague for personal reasons last week for 4 days and it had turned out to be a very useful trip in many ways!
Prague certainly has a lot of beautiful charm and magic. With history & culture a strong presence and well preserved. What is beautiful about Prague's life is that the city still runs the early trams alongside the current modern trams (as shown on the left). The streets are also immaculate and with a lot of character. One street that certainly had my attention was Vodickova Street. The occasional rumble of the tramlines as the trams steadily went by just makes you feel the vibrancy more that Prague has to offer. The surrounding architecture really does set the tone with the trams, something that makes the evening time in particular really special to me to see.
Prague still has its own Currency of Czech Crown / Koruna which Beginning of July 2016 £1.00 was worth approx. 30 Koruna. Certain establishments especially Restaurants and Hotels also took Euros. This was handy as a beer outside of the Old Town Square was 30 - 40 Koruna and lunch were around 140 - 200 Korunas on average. A lot of activities to do in Prague from seeing the theatres through to the best one that I have done is the Segway tour which lasted three hours and toured all around the parks, castle area and other sights that are high up. Although if you get the chance to explore on a Segway then make it quick as there are plans by the government and officials to ban them all together! The metro is a very efficient system and well connected to the bus network. You can go from Airport to centre of Prague for just 32 Koruna, although only valid for 1 1/2 hours from the moment the ticket is activated / stamped. It only takes around 40 mins to get to the centre of Prague from the airport with the bus & metro route option which is what I did. Very clean and efficient metro system.
The old Town is another area of Prague that struck me. It looked like a scene from a Fantasy type of programme or even in some cases Game of Thrones. The Astronomical Clock is here also and is the oldest one known in the world to still be operating. It is worth seeing the clock in action, which happens every hour on the hour. Be careful in the Old Town Square though you'll easily be hounded by Segway Tour Sellers, although this is worth bearing for what the wonderful restaurants and in particular the views and entertainment that goes on in the square. If you wanted a great tour that is very friendly and you see a lot more different areas in a short time then the one I used were segway experience Prague. They are based on the west-end of Charles Bridge and you can see more details at www.segwayfun.eu.
Charles Bridge is one that fascinates me with its age and the mixture of Artistic culture from Paintings and photography through to smaller locally made merchandise of Prague and Czech memorabilia. It is always wonderful to see local people selling their own craft although because Charles Bridge is also a vital linking bridge between the Old Town area and the Castle area of Prague, it is super busy to walk through and quite often you get held back by the sudden visitor who whips out the camera to take pictures which you cannot fault for the views are very seductive to see and capture. The Bridge is one of the scenes used in the first Mission Impossible Movie with Tom Cruise as suddenly discovered when a friend of mine kept on thinking the area looked familiar from a movie he had seen and verified with the guide and google.
The west end of Prague has a lot to see and do in particular the castle that has a lot of walking up the hill to see and to look around. A lot of architecture and St. Vitus Cathedral is certainly worth a visit. There are plenty of cute little cafes for the weary-footed though and at good prices.
I can see something unique coming out of this little unexpected project that will help me for a small plan I have for next year...