PRAGUE ROCKS !!!! , CZECH REPUBLIC
Trip Start Dec 03, 2008
73Trip End Oct 14, 2009
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Our ride from Vienna to Prague was completely gorgeous. I had no idea how beautiful the Czech Republic countryside is. We went through a bunch of small villages I wish we could have gotten out at. And when we drove over the bridge into Prague we were blown away by how awesome and exciting it looked. We saw the Prague Castle up on the hill overlooking the city. All the buildings have red roof tops and are beautiful and old. The river runs right through the city and there is a lot of parks and green space.
When we arrived we had to walk a good 20 minutes to get to our hostel. It is overwhelming how great this city is (and how heavy our bags are after walking that far). We checked into our little room that looked over a courtyard. That afternoon we took a long (3 hour!) walk around the Old Town
That night we slept for 12 hours, no problem, so we must have needed it. When we did finally get going, we went to Charles Bridge - the most famous and oldest bridge in Prague. It was built in 1357 and was the only way to cross the river. It is filled with artists and musicians, so once we finally got across, we came into another square that took us up to the Castle. It was a lot of steps up, but I made it! We saw the changing of the guards when we got there, which was pretty cool. Still its your basic foot stomping and pivoting. We also bought tickets to get access into the castle grounds
On our way back that evening to the other side of the river we came across a beer hall and went in. We came out about an hour later with our tummies full of good beer and AWESOME potato dumplings! The food here is so great! This is such a romantic city. On the way back across the bridge, there were multiple people playing music. That night we sat in the main pedmall area of the city and had sausages while sitting in front of a beautiful old building. As we were sitting there looking at it a guy walked in front of us down a small path into some bushes
The next day we went to a park and hiked to the top of a lookout (well, an old fortress). It had great views over the city and the river. After that we walked down by the river and got a paddle boat at sunset. I forgot how great paddle boats are. We paddled down and got to watch the sun set behind the castle. So peaceful and wonderful here. We also went out to dinner after that at a really great family place right by our hostel. I got chicken-schnitzel and Brian got pork-potato pancakes. Both were unbelievable, and the beer is so cheap.
We also went to a few interesting museums and spent endless amounts of time wondering through the cities small streets (and getting lost). It's easy to say, Prague is one of our favorite cities yet on our entire trip. Its very magical.