Tips: City trip to Prague

Normally we organize a city trip ourselves, find a hotel ourselves, choose transport and choose a number of excursions and walking tours. This time we didn’t feel like it and didn’t have time for that anymore. So we decided to go on an organized bus tour to Prague.

The city

Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The historic center is therefore on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Vltava River flows through the city. Prague is located in the Bohemia region. The city consists of fifty-seven municipal districts, which are further subdivided into twenty-two administrative districts. Some of the outer districts can also be seen as villages in their own right.

The journey

By bus it is a whole day’s drive to the final destination. We were taken to Comfort Hotel Prague. This is a neat hotel, just outside the center, since the bus took us everywhere we did not use public transport, but several tram and bus lines stopped right in front of the hotel. The hotel had neat, spacious rooms and the breakfast was a standard open buffet breakfast.

The centre

The center of the city is not very big and all sights such as the Charles Bridge and the clock in the Town Hall are all within walking distance of each other. Prague Castle is also one of the sights you must visit. It is a complex of palaces, churches and monasteries built in different architectural styles. At the palace you can watch the changing of the guard. St. Vitus Cathedral is also located here , which is the largest church in Prague. It functions as a mausoleum of Bohemian kings, repository of the crown jewels, seat of the archbishop and meeting place of the new head of state with the people. Furthermore, Prague Castle is also home to the famous ‘Golden Street’ . This small street is lined with small houses that were inhabited by goldsmiths in the eighteenth century.

The Jewish Quarter

You can also take a walking tour of the Jewish Quarter. This includes the Pinkas Synagogue , originally a private place of worship of the Horowitz family, now a memorial to the Czech Jews who died in World War II. The Jewish cemetery is located next to the Pinkas Synagogue . This is a maze of stones and paths, very impressive to walk over. You should also not miss the Spanish synagogue , the building is built in Pseudo-Moorish style, hence the name Spanish. This synagogue is also a museum.

To eat

There are plenty of cozy restaurants in the center, but you can also opt for a folklore evening . You get a fixed menu of traditional dishes and a lot of traditional music plays. Between courses you will have the opportunity to sing and dance along.

Field trips

If you want to go on an excursion outside the city, you can visit the crystal factory in Nizbor . Here you can take a tour of the glassblowers, the kilns, the glass inspectors and the glass cutters. There is also a shop where you can buy this crystal. You can also go to Terezin (Theresienstadt), it is located about sixty kilometers north of Prague and has three thousand inhabitants. In the eighteenth century, a fortress was built next to this village and named after Maria Theresia. In the nineteenth century the complex was used as a prison. During the Second World War, the Germans used this fortress as a camp where opponents of the Nazi regime were held. The large fortress (the village itself) was used as one large ghetto where the prisoners were separated into blocks. You can take guided tours of both fortresses.
After five days we returned to the Netherlands. Prague is a beautiful city, with many buildings built in the Baroque architectural style. The center is easily walkable and there are plenty of sights, shops and eateries. A disappointment for us was the prices, because people always claim that everything in Prague is very cheap, which was quite disappointing!

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