Czech Beer

Trip Start Oct 18, 2012
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B&B U Oty Prague
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Saturday, October 5, 2013

Howdy folks,

We woke up from our hard bed, ready to visit Prague for the day. After taking a shower, we went upstairs to meet Ota and have breakfast. We had a wonderful meal of cheese, bread, yoghurt and coffee and we were full. We were told about a riverside market and beer festival, so we decided to check it out.

We had caught the metro to get to Radlice, but we decided to take the tram to go over onto the east side of the Vltava River and started walking south. We arrived around 10:30am and there were plenty of beer tents, butchers, fresh fruit and vegetables. People were already drinking! We walked through the farmers market and of course all the names of things were in Czech so you could at least see what some things were called.

We were told to visit the Vysehrad Castle because it wasn't so busy and we would get a good view of the city. We entered through the Northern Brick Gate and walked around the ramparts taking in the views of the city. Prague has around 1.3 million people so the city is quite big and is quite modern. After doing a clockwise tour, we headed into the middle of the complex to take a look at the Cathedral of St Peter and Paul and the graveyard. There were plenty of people walking around the graveyard which was quite small, but the graves were lined up so close together. Around the outsides, all the important people had their own sections. We had to pay to go inside the chapel, but it was quite nice.

We headed back down to the river and because it was too early to eat, we walked up through the backstreets to a church that we had seen on the bus into Prague. Unfortunately we could only go inside the foyer because it was closed. So we walked back down to the river where there is a new building partly designed by Frank Gehry called Dancing House. It is a homage to Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire and it looks similar to the buildings in Düsseldorf, but I didn’t really like it. Whether you are a fan of his work or not, it certainly gets noticed.

We caught the tram back down one stop to have a beer and some lunch. Because it was a beer festival, the idea was that you would go and buy a glass for 50CZK or 2€ and then you could take it around to all the different stalls and try the different local brews. Prices varied between 25CZK and 50CKZ so it was pretty cheap. There was even a washing station where you could rinse out your glass. We tried a cider and two beers and some of the fresh cut potato kettle chips. It was good to sit beside the river and listen to some music.

We made the most of our metro pass and jumped back on the tram a few stops heading north to the next bridge. There are 8 bridges around Prague and most things downtown were within walking distance. We took a look at the National Theatre and got our first proper look at the Charles Bridge, an old and very famous bridge in Prague. There was a piano on the side of the street that anyone could come and play as part of an art project by one of the local businessmen. I thought it was a really good idea so I also took a turn banging out a tune.

As we neared the Charles Bridge the crowds started growing more and more. On the bridge it was wall to wall people with everyone trying to take advantage of the Saturday afternoon sun and take pictures. There were plenty of people selling drawings, paintings, and caricatures and playing music. It is definitely the focal point of Prague connecting the castle to the downtown area. I didn’t like it because it was too crowded. Imagine what it would be like in summer!

We walked into the old town to the big market square which has some of the other famous sights in Prague like the Astronomical Clock, the Old Town Hall and the Church of Our Lady before Tyn. We saw some people up to the top of the Old Town Hall and thought it would be a good place to get a view of downtown. We climbed up the stairs and then walked around the ramp to get to the top where we were greeted by another traffic jam. There was only one direction to walk around the top, but because so many people were stopping to take pictures, it took us almost an hour just to get around the loop.

Needless to say we were happy to get our feet back on the ground and it was time for a coffee. Czech prices are normally cheaper than Germany, but in downtown Prague there are pretty much the same. It does take a while to get used to the currency conversion of 1€ = 25CZK. It is the first time I’ve been in a country with such a wildly different rate.

We took a short walk around the Jewish Quarter which takes up a large chunk of downtown before coming back to the Main Square for dinner. We read some reviews about the Indian Jewel Restaurant and it turned out to be pretty good.  I’m not an expert on Indian food, but I like to eat it from time to time. Indian Food isn’t very common in Germany.

It was still early and we considered going out to see a Czech Rammstein tribute band, but couldn’t be bothered paying the cover charge just for one beer. From there it was time to catch the metro back, thoroughly exhausted, but happy to see so much on our first day.

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