KT’s Adventures in Europe: Prague, Czech Republic (Part 5)
Near the Kafta Museum is a statue/fountain of Hitler and Stalin peeing on the Czech Republic
The last stop in my European adventure was Prague, the largest city in the Czech Republic. Prague and Budapest tie for my favorite cities I visited on my tour. Prague is a city of secret delights around every corner. It’s the city of cobblestones (have fun rolling your luggage on the streets and sidewalks), and once the sun goes down, it’s party time. Prague could give New Orleans a run for their money in terms of nightlife. It’s a happening place that is very affordable for tourists. An average pint of beer is under 3 euros. Also the history of the city, both in the far past, and in the 20th and 21st century is utterly fascinating. The architecture and art work on buildings and sculptures are incredible.
I stayed at the Hotel UNIC in Prague, which was my favorite hotel I stayed at in Europe. My room at the UNIC was the biggest, and the breakfast buffet (also included) was the best, as well.
Dinner: Ox tail with potato dumplings. Yum!
I did a six hour walking and bus tour of Prague that showed me so much of the city. I ended up visiting the Prague Castle (According to the Guinness Book of Records, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world). Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina ruled at the castle for 40 years (Fun Fact: Maria Theresa was Marie Antoinette’s mother. Prague Castle towers over the city in a huge courtyard. This a great place to take some really beautiful pictures of the city:
One of most popular places to visit in Prague is the John Lennon Wall. “In Mala Strana, near the French Embassy, you’ll see the John Lennon Wall. The wall that was formerly an ordinary wall in Prague has been called Lennon´s since the 1980s, when people have filled it with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from Beatles songs. Lennon was a hero to the pacifist youth of Central and Eastern Europe during the totalitarian era. Prior to 1989 when communism ruled, western pop songs were banned by Communist authorities, and especially John Lennon´s songs, because it was praising freedom that didn’t exist here. The Lennon Wall represented not only a memorial to John Lennon and his ideas for peace, but also a monument to free speech and the non-violent rebellion of Czech youth against the regime. It was a small war of Czech people against the communist police who cleaned the wall.”
Another thing to see in Prague is the love padlocks: “Love padlocks (also known as Love Locks) are a custom by which padlocks are affixed to a fence, gate, bridge or similar public fixture by sweethearts to symbolize their everlasting love. Love padlocks have existed for quite some time, though there are no certain sources for their origin. In Europe, love padlocks started appearing in the early 2000s. If you walk along the Lesser Town, very close to the Lennon Wall, you will see small locks on the gate over the canal. Legend has it that when you find your true love you carve your names on a lock and lock it onto the gate. You then throw the key in to the canal.”
Prague’s Astronomical Clock “was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still operating. There is also a presentation of statues of the Apostles at the doorways above the clock, with all twelve presented every hour.”
Other things to note:
Memorial for the events of 9/11
The main center of Prague (many hotels restaurants, stores, and a few casinos. Very touristy)
A beer, a bunny, and a breathalyzer walk into a bar….
And so ends my European tour adventures. In 9 days I visited 5 European cities- Amsterdam, Budapest, Vienna, Dresden and Prague. I did this on a budget, under $3,000, and will have many memories to last me a lifetime. I hope you enjoyed my “reports” and the pictures of the sights and flavors of these beautiful cities and the countryside.