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An October 2005 trip to Prague by LenR

Charles Bridge Photo, Prague, Czech Republic More Photos
Quote: Prague is a city that everyone can enjoy. This journal looks at some of the popular and less well-known attractions.

Prague Bits and Pieces

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Exotic facias Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Prague is possibly my favorite city. Maybe I have been lucky with the weather and the crowds, but under favorable circumstances, I don’t know a more appealing place. What makes it so attractive to me is the walkable size of the downtown area, the wonderful architecture, the stunning Baroque palaces and churches, the charming cafes, the delightful squares and narrow alleys and the music on every corner.Prague essentially remains a Bohemian city. While most of the writers and artists have gone, much of the ambience remains. You see it best in the Old Town, along the Royal Way and in Mala Strana – the Lesser Quarter. You can feel the atmosphere seeping from the buildings and alleys in all these...Read More

Charles Bridge

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Attraction

Charles Bridge Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Charles Bridge is one of my three top attractions in Prague. It joins Old Town Square and Prague Castle as three things that you simply cannot miss. The bridge can be walked across in 5 minutes (during early morning), but we went back and back while we were in Prague and probably spent several hours enjoying the view, the bridge itself and the people scene. The first stone bridge over the Vltava River, replacing a wooden construction, was built in the 12th century during the reign of King Vladislav I. This bridge, named Judith Bridge, collapsed in 1342.Charles Bridge is a stone Gothic bridge that connects the Old Town and Malá Strana. It was actually called the Stone Bridge during the first ...Read More

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Charles Bridge
Karluv Most
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00

The Royal Way

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Attraction | "Royal Way"

The Royal Way Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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The Royal Way is the traditional coronation route from the Powder Tower (see Immersing Yourself in Prague) to Prague Castle (see Enjoying Prague Castle and Environs). It passes through the Old Town, then across Charles Bridge to Mala Strana (the Lesser Quarter). On the way it passes many of Prague’s most impressive sights.Much of the Old Town attractions have been covered in my other journals, so we will jump to Charles Bridge. The western end of the bridge crosses Kampa Island before you walk beneath the Mala Strana bridge towers and enter Mostecka Street. There are several hotels here, a McDonald's and a wax museum. In the wax museum you step back in time in the restored renaissance cellar...Read More

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The Royal Way
Old Town to Prague Castle
Prague, Czech Republic

Lesser Town Historic Center of Prague (Mala Strana)

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Attraction | "Mala Strana (The Lesser Quarter)"

Lesser Town Historic Center of Prague (Mala Strana) Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Mala Strana (the Lesser Town or Little Quarter) clusters around the foothills of Prague Castle, on the opposite side of the river to the Old Town. Almost too picturesque for its own good - with its ancient burgher houses, quaint side streets and St. Nicolas Church - the area is a favourite setting for films and commercials. It is one of my favourite places in Prague. This is Prague's most perfectly preserved historic quarter. The baroque churches, narrow lanes and cobblestone streets are so beautiful and just asking to be explored. Malá Strana has pubs, restaurants, and jazz clubs so it is a popular destination among tourists and locals. Many foreign embassies are located among the baroque p...Read More

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Lesser Town Historic Center of Prague (Mala Strana)

Prague, Czech Republic

Loreta

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Attraction | "Loretta"

Loreta Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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In the mid-13th century, the Islam armies conquered the Christian Holy Land. According to legion, while this was happening, two priors were able to remove the Santa Casa (Holy House) stone by stone and rebuild it near Loreto in Italy. The house was visited by many pilgrims and was later richly decorated. When the Catholic Habsburgs were trying to convert their Hussite subjects to Catholicism, they built replicas of the Santa Casa throughout their kingdom. The best known of these is the Loretta of Prague.This outstanding complex of ambits, Nativity Church, Holy House and tower with clock and world-famous glockenspiel has for more than 300 years been located in Hradčany. It is a popular p...Read More

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Loreta
Loretanske namesti 7, Hradcany
Prague, Czech Republic

Getting Around Prague

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Tram Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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I strongly recommend using public transport over driving or taking a taxi. The traffic situation in the city center has become pretty bad in the past decade, and not many good things can be said about Prague taxi drivers. If you're going to be staying in Prague for a few days, you may want to buy a tourist pass that will enable you to use any type of mass transit as many times as you want within the time period for which your pass is valid.Airport to city. Prague airport is serviced by two buses: no. 119 and no. 100. Taking the bus is the cheapest way to get to and from the airport. The ride costs 20 Kč and both bus stops are easy to find. Bus 119 is the better choice if your destinatio...Read More