The Golden City
Trip Start Aug 17, 2012
19Trip End Dec 05, 2012
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our new hostel and got KFC for dinner since it was the only place still open then went back to our 8 bed hostel which we had to ourselves for the first night.
The next day we woke up late and did a free tour of Prague at 1:45. The first stop was
the Astronomical Clock which our tour guided noted was ranked as the most over-rated tourist attraction in most travel guides. But then we learned it actually had an interesting story behind
it. Prague officials burned out the eyes of the guy who made it so he couldn't make another clock anywhere else, and then cut his tongue out too so he couldn't talk about what they did to
him. So the clock maker jumped in the gears of his clock and died, breaking it for 100
years. The Astronomical Clock is on the side of the main plaza with Old Town Hall. Next we saw a music hall called the Rudolfinum. It had statues of famous composers on the roof, and our tour guide told us one of the Nazi Officials ordered his men to push the Jewish composer, Mendelssohn, off the roof, but the men couldn't figure out which one he was
The next day we decided to walk around to the other side of Prague which was across the Charles Bridge. On our way there we stopped at the Medieval Torture Museum which was very interesting and gruesome. Our next stop was the John Lennon wall, which people have now spray painted over the original drawings. After that we walked to the Prague Castle, which according to the Guinness Book of Records is the biggest ancient castle (570 meters long). It wasn't all a castle though, it was more of a collection of royal buildings. Later we got a delicious duck for dinner at a Czech restaurant. The next morning we got back on the bus early in the morning to Munich, then made it back to Riva San Vitale at midnight. Tomorrow it is off to Venice!