Prague is a feast for the eyes. Every direction you look, every corner you turn, is full of historical character and architectural wonder. The city largely escaped bombing during World War II. As a result, Prague has maintained its historical appearance.
The Vltava river flows through the city center, adding to the dramatic landscape.
The city is a winding labyrinth of cobblestone streets. Endless miles of cobblestone, all so very detailed and intricate. It’s hard to fathom the amount of effort it took to lay. Although the cobblestone is stunning, it’s pretty rough on the feet. Leaves the feet throbbing by the end of the day.
After some time in Old Town, we made our way to the infamous Charles Bridge. Construction of the bridge began in 1357 under King Charles IV. It was the only bridge over the Vltava River until 1841. The bridge made Prague important as a trade route between Eastern and Western Europe. Today it is a pedestrian only bridge and is packed with tourists all day long.
On the other side of the Charles Bridge is St Nicholas Church. We climbed up to the top of its bell tower. It was a nice respite to get above the crowds, and to soak in the sun and the views.
Next, we made a quick stop at the church with the Infant Jesus of Prague.
We enjoyed a late lunch at Cafe Savoy. This place first opened it’s doors in 1893 and being there felt like stepping back in time. Outstanding food and service.
We decided to take a long walk down the banks of the river until we reached Vyšehrad (Czech for “upper castle”).
That evening, I indulged in trdelnik, one of Prague’s most popular Czech sweets. We watched them make it by rolling out the dough, wrapping it around a stick, called a trdlo, sprinkling it with a sugar and spices and setting it over the flames to cook. I had mine filled with chocolate and vanilla ice cream.
We went back to Charles Bridge to watch the sunset that night. A local band of stringed instruments was playing on the bridge. We found the perfect spot to sit on the bridge and enjoyed the music while taking in the sunset. It was the perfect way to end the day.