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Fall in love with colorful Prague, Czech Republic

Are you planning a trip to Europe? You might want to consider adding Prague to your itinerary.  Prague is undoubtedly one of the prettiest cities in Europe – giving away through the colorful buildings all over, the gorgeous castle showcasing the views of the entire city and a history to learn from.

Prague is becoming a hit with Indians since when a lot of movies are shot around the city. When I got to visit Vienna, I knew immediately I had to see the nearby Czech capital. So I planned a short stay over the weekend in the capital. I can happily quote that I was overwhelmed drooling over the architecture the moment I set my foot in the city.

Prague castle from charles bridge.JPG

I was way too much excited after my four-hour journey from Vienna to Prague and also because of the location of my Airbnb. But I did a mistake of dragging my bag and walking till the center from the train station.

*A really important tip here* – If you’re staying near city center – still opt for a tram/cab.

Although while walking to my rented apartment I came across beautiful Prague, the cobbled narrow lanes and gorgeous colorful homes. 

Prague - Narrow lane

My Stay 

I booked an Airbnb right in the lane leading to the Astronomical clock in the city center. I got an amazing deal comparing being that close to the center with all the basic facilities I could look for a home for a weekend. Yet I was a little disappointed by the studio, as it had a bad odor in the evening. I couldn’t figure out why – maybe because of the narrow alleys and a really worn-out old building. So, my tip here would be to stay somewhat far from the center to get a great view of the city. Although staying that close had its own advantage, I *literally* roamed around the city on foot 😉 Yup it’s totally doable and you would have the most memorable time of your lifetime.

Prague - A beautiful building

I walked not more than 100 meters and there stood the historical clock in front of my eyes. I got a side angle view of the clock and thought why the hell is this so famous. Then I walked to the front and there I found the reason when I couldn’t keep my eyes off the clock. Kept admiring it for so long that almost forgot to notice that I was in mid of such a heavy crowd that clicking a picture will be tough. I managed to click a few shots but none too great. So I went back early morning the next day and got a decent shot 🙂

Prague - Astronomical clock

The clock is located right in the Prague’s old town square filled with daily life, tourists, and gorgeous architecture. The locals disguised, antique train rides, horse carriages give the square a wholesome fairytale feel. 

Prague - Church of Our Lady before Týn

Prague - town square - culture.JPG

The buildings in entire town are unbelievably colorful and easily noticeable. Coming right from Vienna where I saw monotone pretty much everywhere, I loved the splash of colors here. Not liking the town is really difficult if it’s this pretty 😀 

Prague - Yellow Building

As mentioned earlier, I didn’t use the public transport in the city as I loved walking here. When I went towards the Prague castle through the historic Charles Bridge, I saw the trams pass by and even clicked them but never rode them – well I didn’t want either 😉 

Prague - Tram

I expected the Charles Bridge to be overly crowded and man I was right. Right before crossing the road light I was almost bumping into people to find a perfect place to just catch a glance of the bridge – leave picture!! By God’s grace, I’m blessed with a decent height so I could capture a few pictures of the bridge even before entering there. 

View of Charles Bridge

Despite being a historic spot, the Charles Bridge is also a major connecting point to the Prague Castle. For photography lovers, the bridge will be a tough job. You guys might have to pick odd times and odd seasons to get that perfect click of the bridge. As I didn’t have that opportunity nor the time, I satisfied myself with random people in my pictures for a nice memory. But I know for sure I’m going back there in offseason to enjoy the town without crowds. 

Prague - Charles Bridge - entry

Prague - Charles Bridge

The walk from the town square to the castle is little uphill and might take 30 minutes or more – depending on your stops for pictures or coffee. If you’re not perfectly fit – like me – you might need at least one coffee break. 

Starbucks cold coffee from top

The castle consists of a huge complex and requires a lot of walking so comfortable shoes are what I recommend. The castle offers some of the best views of the town and even a normal mobile phone can capture awesome shots – so don’t forget to click a picture like this one – 

Prague town view from castle.JPG

The castle dates back to 9th century and is still an official residence the President of Czech Republic. Though beautiful in a unique manner it differs from the rest of the town from the colors. 

Prague castle - panoromic view

Prague town.JPG

The walk from the castle back to towards the old town square took me through a different road and I found some other gorgeous houses downhill.

A walk in the fairytale town of Prague will be a memorable one. 

Colorful Prague buildings

When I thought the river the Praha city into two halves only then I stumbled upon this beautiful sight of a canal. Cannot get enough of this dreamy picture of the water channel in between those gorgeous houses. 

Prague - canal

Even when coming back from the castle I walked around the town taking it all in – I couldn’t just get enough of the colors. The town is immensely colorful and this is the most unique thing about the capital. 

Prague - buildings in colors

While walking past the road looking for a restaurant I saw this cute baby pink colored building. Really never thought that a building flaunting such a color can look this drop dead gorgeous. I was tired while crossing the building so skipped walking towards and satisfied myself with a far-away shot. 

Prague Pink building

Prague tops my favorite cities list and not only because of its wonderful architecture but also because of the history the town holds. The people of the capital will make you feel welcomed making your visit to Prague a notable one for you to cherish forever. I fell in love with the city..did you??

Have you been to the Czech capital? Do share your experience with me!!

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– The Wanderer

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25 comments

  1. Prague is so beautiful and actually it has become famous among Indians, only after being seen in the Movies. Its architecture is actually to drool over. We too would love walking in those cobblestone streets admiring the coloured houses. Hiking is good but with coffee break it will be awesome.

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  2. I absolutely love Prague and your photos bring back so many great memories. We were there during the Christmas markets and it was such a magical time. Love seeing the clock again here!

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  3. Prague is one of my favourite cities in the world! Its the kind of city that I love to go to- amazing vibe, old architecture, cobbled stone streets, so much history, super churches and cathedrals and outdoor cafes, street performers, riverside walkways. I would rather visit a place like this than the modern skyscraper cities like Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai. What a charming city Prague is.

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  4. I totally agree with your description of Prague being like a fairytale. I’d love to head back, and also visit the town of Czesky Krumlov which I’ve heard is even more picturesque if you can believe it!

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  5. It’s a shame that there’s always a tradeoff between convenience of location and comfort when booking an accomodation! I personally always go for city-center accommodation because I love being in the center of everything. The colored buildings in Prague are so cheerful. Looks like an amazing city break, thanks for sharing.

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