One day in Prague
Now I am heading to Staroměstské náměstí to see the Orloj, the Prague astronomical clock. This square has many beautiful buildings to admire and you can lose yourself in the small streets joined to the square. Than I had to Pařížská ulice. If you are interested in luxury shopping, this is the place to go. Is a tree-lined street that I always visit (window shopping) but mainly to admire the beautiful buildings. At the end of the street you turn left to go to the Old New Synagogue and The Old Jewish Cemetery this is the largest Jewish cemetery which dates back to the 15th century, definitely worth to see.
We had to Cafe Savoy for lunch, I love this place as the food is very good and the interior is beautiful. Our choice are the fruit dumplings. “Ovocné kynuté knedlíky”. Best to make a reservation as it can get quite busy. After lunch we take the tram 9 to our next stop keeping our eyes open as we pass the Prague National Theatre.
We are at our next stop and this is the Rotating 42-Layer 11 metres tall Sculpture of Franz Kafka’s head by David Cerny. Opposite the statue is Café Louvre where we head for drinks, it first opened in 1902. Franz Kafka used to come here with his friends and Albert Einstein even visited this café during his stays in Prague. As the weather is warm we are having drinks in the garden terrace located on the 1st floor.
Now taking a walk to Malá Strana, just passing the beautiful Charles Bridge that crosses the Vltava river. Its construction started in 1357 , today the very old bridge is so very busy we quickly avoid the crowd and go below to Kampa area where it is more peaceful, to see the Lennon Wall at Velkopřevorské náměstí. Once a normal wall, but since 1980s it has been filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and lyrics from Beatles’ songs. Is the only place where Graffiti in Prague is legally approved. The graffiti started almost immediately after the singer’s murder in 1980 where this wall became a place for fans to demonstrate their grief.
They say that the „John Lennon Peace Wall“ helped inspire the non-violent Velvet Revolution that led to the fall of Communism in the former Czechoslovakia in 1989. It will be a symbol forever.
Our last stop before we had to back the train station is ‘Svejk u Zeleneho Stromu’. A fantastic pub located in Betlemska street in the neighborhood Staré Město (old town). This place has a fantastic summer garden in the courtyard located at the back of this establishment and is situated next to Bethlehem Chapel. Time for the Pilsner Urquell pivo served in perfect condition.
Pity we have to leave now. Prague is a perfect place to visit in May, as we did, and just scroll around smelling the Lilacs flowers which are everywhere. But anytime of the year has it’s charm, best is to avoid holiday periods as it can get very busy. The public transport is very accessible.
Street food is very popular in Prague so while strolling through the cobbled streets of Prague, especially in the Old Town area, you should try Trdelnik, the simple version just with cinnamon is the best in my opinion. Also delicious are the potatoes in corns or on a stick. At Wenceslas Square they have the best fried cheese sandwiches.
For quality and tradition I will visit MANUFAKTURA stores for original Czech cosmetics and beautiful crafted poteries.
Till the next time beautiful city!