Prague in Pictures!

Prague is one of THE great cities of Europe: it’s charming, scenic, & filled with loads of character and great architecture.  Not to mention: great beer & tons of places to enjoy hearty Czech food.  One of the great delights of Prague is sitting in a sidewalk cafe, enjoying the sun set over the Vltava River, with views towards the famous Prague Castle.  Being in Prague, in some ways, is like being inside a fairy tale.  And the best way to step into that fairy tale, is to take a look at Prague in pictures…

Prague is the perfect city to walk, stroll, or run.  Every morning, my friend & I laced up our tennis shoes & ventured out into the city for long runs: excited & ready to see what Prague had to offer.  Our runs informed which parts of town we returned to, for both photos & sight-seeing, so that we could create our ultimate “Prague in Pictures” memory book.

Take a Walking Tour of Prague!

So, grab a pint or a schnitzel and take a stroll with us through the streets of Prague, where you can enjoy the kind of history & architecture that we just don’t seem to have enough of in America, on your walking tour of Prague…..

Prague in Pictures, Girl Who Travels the World

A view of the orange-tiled roofs of Prague from up above the city, en route to Prague Castle…

Prague in Pictures, Girl Who Travels the World

Prague is a city of bridges, as the city is split in half by the Vltava River.

Map of Prague!

Highlights of Prague

As you do your own walking tour of Prague, you could go one of two ways: 1) Follow an organized or guided tour of the city, or 2) Simply meander the city at your own pace and let Prague reveal itself to you.  We opted for the latter option, going where our running shoes and wandering eyes took us.  Prague did not disappoint.

Prague in Pictures, Girl Who Travels the World

We literally stumbled across this “leaning” building while out running: it’s formal name is the “Dancing House.”

The “Dancing House”

The “Dancing House” pictured above is a Frank Gehry-designed office building with a top-floor restaurant offering sweeping city views.  We didn’t plan to see this leaning building, but rather, excitedly stumbled across it during one of our runs, as it was just a few blocks from our hotel on the south side of town.  We considered this a whimsical and fantastic discovery.

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Views of Prague Castle from one of the city’s many bridges. Our goal was to run all of them…

Prague in Pictures, Girl Who Travels the World

There are few things quite so wonderful as getting delightfully lost in a new city.

Prague in Pictures, Girl Who Travels the World

The Vltava River, Prague Castle, and bridges: just a few of the things Prague is all about…

Prague in Pictures…Prague Castle

Prague Castle is the defining monument along the city’s skyline, and is the largest castle complex in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.  The castle is a UNESCO monument with a tradition dating back more than 1,000 years, to its founding in 880 A.D.  It’s an ancient & important symbol of the Czech State, and is comprised not only of palaces, but of churches and soaring cathedrals as well ~ which were some of my favorite parts of the castle complex.

Prague in Pictures, Girl Who Travels the World

Welcome to the Castle…by way of St. Vitus Cathedral, one of my favorite arched views.

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St. Vitus Cathedral soaring, up-close and personal.

 

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Views from the rear of the Castle.

Prague in Pictures, Girl Who Travels the World

St. Vitus Cathedral, backlit by the sun.

Prague in Pictures

Getting up to the Castle is a bit of a hike, but coming back down is a bit more fun, & you can really take in the views of the city as you descend stairs that lead back to both the Old and New Towns of Prague.

Prague in Pictures, Girl Who Travels the World

Strolling back down towards the city from Prague Castle…

Prague in Pictures, Girl Who Travels the World

On your way back, you may come across some random sites that defy explanation…

Prague in Pictures, Girl Who Travels the World

Look for people using paddle boats on the Vltava on warm & sunny days.

Prague in Pictures, Girl Who Travels the World

Take photos on cobble-stoned streets with charming architecture framing the shot…

Prague in Pictures, Girl Who Travels the World

Simply stroll, and take it all in…

 

Goodbye, Prague…

After our time in Prague, we hopped on a train & headed south for Vienna, Austria ~ another absolutely stunning city that just blew us away.  The train from Prague to Vienna took about four hours, with pleasant Czech scenery along the way.  After Vienna, it was off to Budapest, Hungary ~ an intensely romantic city with a glorious skyline & river views, filled with castles straight out of fairy tales.  As the train from Vienna to Budapest is only three hours, this Prague-Vienna-Budapest itinerary is highly do-able even for time-pressed travelers, & I think the cities compliment each other beautifully ~ in that they are just enough similar, & yet just enough different to make it interesting.  I highly recommend all three cities.  

In the meantime ~ thanks for the memories, Prague…I have no doubt, one day, we shall return.  

Prague in Pictures, Girl Who Travels the World

 

Noelle Bertram is a restaurant owner, former fitness coach, Huffington Post writer, & all-around entrepreneur who travels full-time now & writes all about it! Catch up with her on Instagram or @ her website about being the ultimate, fearless travel girl: GirlWhoTravelstheWorld.com.
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