You know what guys? It's time for the second part of my Prague - The Real Life Fairytale -series! (I mean, it will be only these two posts so not really sure if that's a series? Well anyhow!) If you haven't read the first part you can read it here.
After exploring the area on the left side of the Vltava river the previous days, it was time to get our hands on the other side, where also our hotel was located in. As usual, we packed our bags and headed outside. Today we had decided to go to the Old Town Hall Square, which is probably the most famous square of the whole country. This was one of those places I had been waiting to see the most. We walked through those narrow alleys and followed other people until we arrived at the square. The houses were so beautiful and the atmosphere was lively.
We decided to buy tickets to the Old Town Tower in order to get an idea and a view of the square first from a bird perspective. The ticket was around 3€ for students and it included the entrance to the tower. Inside the tower you can choose whether you want to take a very futuristic looking glass elevator up to the tower or you can simply take the stairs. We decided to take the stairs. On the way to the top there were posters telling the history of the tower starting from the first construction until nowadays. I found it very interesting.
After a short history lesson we had to take smaller spiral stairs to the view level where we could step outside. WHAT A VIEW! It was so beautiful and definitely the best view I saw during the whole trip. You could see the whole city 360 degrees. It was so much fun to just gaze around and see what was going on down at the square. I was also super excited to put my fisheye lens in good use. We spent a good 30 minutes just gazing at the city and eventually walked back down to the earth level.
At the square one of the other famous attractions is a astronomical clock which puts on a puppet show every hour. Unfortunately the show started while we were up in the tower so we decided that we wouldn't wait for another hour to see it. I had seen it before on a video and although it seemed nice, it wasn't something mega super cool.
After taking in the square atmosphere we decided to head to one neighbourhood nearby called Josefov. As you might be able to tell by the name, it used to be the Jewish Quarter of Prague. It has a rather interesting history, so if you are into that, check it out. We were just walking around and constantly stopping to admire the once again be-au-ti-ful buildings! This part of the city seemed to be the most luxurious one as you could find all the high-end stores here and the houses looked super fancy!
However it wasn't only the glamour that caught our attention but also there was a Spanish Synagogue, a building that looked like it had dropped to Prague from the one thousand and one night stories. Just next to that building there is another statue (oh wow who would have guessed, another statue?!?) dedicated to who else, than Franz Kafka. This one was my favourite of its kind. If you are familiar with his novels you might understand the reference. I was glad to have such an intelligent and civilized person with me (if you reading this Khelga; you are awesome) who patiently explained me what was it about.
These things had just randomly popped in front of us while walking around but what we were actually looking for was an old Jewish Cemetery. After a little bit of running circles we managed to find it. However, we were greeted by another ticket sales booth. We decided not to pay and we had to settle for a quick look from a little window on the surrounding wall.
We found it a little lame that so many sites were something that you'd have to pay to enter. I can't think of any cemeteries in Finland that you'd have to pay to be able to visit. I don't know if it's even really ethical? What do you think?
Anyhow, after that we headed back to the center area and decided it was time to finally try a Czech pastry called Trdelnik. (I still have no idea how are you suppose to pronounce that) It is a spiral shaped pastry covered with sugar. Something similar to Spanish Churros or Finnish Munkki. Trdelnik can be eaten like it is or you can have something put inside such as nutella, ice cream, vanilla or coconut sauce.
After that we walked around the center and eventually headed back to the hotel.
It was our last day in Prague (sad face) and we felt like we had been able to see the ''must-see'' things on our lists so we took a moment of researching the internet to find out if there were some hidden gems that we could go check out.
We hadn't had the chance to check out one neighbourhood called Vysehrad and the second castle of Prague so we thought we'd go see it. As we walked we stopped by this beautiful Catholic church as it was free entrance. On our way we saw an interesting old building and decided to see what was it about. It turned out to be an monastery but in order to enter you'd have to pay an entrance fee so we once again settled for walking around outside of it and then continued our stroll to the castle.
We took stairs to the hill where the castle (Vysehrad) was located and on our way up, there was some beautiful viewpoints to the center and to the river. Once we reached the top of the hill, we were greeted with a beautiful dark church and a cafe. We took a walk in the park next to the church and entered to a gorgeous graveyard. All of the graves where unique and very detailed. This cemetery is a final resting place for many famous Czech poets, novelists and other important figures.
After a long walk we decided to have a break and order coffee from the cafe nearby. The weather was in our favour as it was sunny and warm! Finally felt like the spring is coming.
Having to say, there was no an actual castle, only the ruins of it, but the hill area was still worth seeing. The view from the hill was spectacular and the green areas were very peaceful and calming. I'd imagine that this would be a perfect place for a picnic!
After spending a couple of hours on the hill we walked back to our hostel to pick our suitcases and headed towards the airport.
Overall, those 4 days in Prague were wonderful. As the trip was kind of an idea out of nowhere and not planned at all, we managed to fit in a lot of things even with a tight budget. I'd say Prague is great for trips like that! However, if you wish to enter museums and see things properly, you'll have to pay quite many entrance fees. So that being said, I'll definitely return there one day to see all those wonderful museums and sites that we didn't manage to explore this time.