Prague, September 2011

According to an online source, Prague belongs to the oldest metropolises of Europe alongside Athens, Rome, Paris, and London. Prague is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It has many features but for me, the Vltava River is the most distinctive.  It is amazing to see that Prague has two faces, the modern side, and the old historical side, and the best place to view it all is from the top of Petřín Hill, an Eiffel Tower-like tower at the very top of the hill. The tower is fairly small, nothing like the size of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The height of the tower only 60 meters but as it’s on the top of Petřín Hill it does have almost the same altitude as Eiffel Tower in Paris. To get to the top of the Tower, you can either climb up the hill or take the Funicular Railway from the bottom of the hill.

Our visit to Prague was a short day visit, a stopover on our way to Plzen so we didn’t have much chance to visit tourist attractions, but we did have a chance to wonder around the city center and to visit Charles Bridge. Be warned, Charles Bridge is a very popular tourist attraction particularly on a sunny day, it was very packed on the day of our visit. Charles Bridge is a famous historical bridge that crosses the Vltava River. The construction of the bridge began in 1357 under the reign of Charles IV and was not finished until the beginning of the 15th century.

If I have the opportunity again, I would definitely go back to the Czech Republic, a country I fell in love with.

 

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