Prague Journals

Prague? Are you Sure This isn't Disneyland?

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A September 2006 trip to Prague by lashr1999

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Quote: We stood on the Charles bridge at night and saw the river Vltava and Prague Castle. From that view it is easy to understand why Prague is referred to as ‘the city of a hundred spires’ and the ‘Golden City’.

Prague? Are you Sure This isn't Disneyland?

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We arrived in Prague and after checking into our hotel and took a tour of the city in the night. We stood on the Charles bridge at night and saw the river Vltava and Prague castle. From that view it is easy to understand why Prague is referred to as ‘the city of a hundred spires’ and the ‘Golden City’. Indeed, I though that Walt Disney must have seen the spires and castles of Prague before he built Disney World. The castle is a sight to be seen a night. Make sure you have a tripod for your camera to take a great picture of the lights and the castle. Prague has been called "the mother of cities”, when walking through the city we see different architecture and styles paying homage to Prague’s rich histo...Read More

Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle)

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Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle) Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Prague Castle can trace its history back to the 9th century. The Church of Our Lady was the first walled building built on the site. From this day until present, a variety of different buildings were built or rebuilt as others were torn or burned down. The result is a mixture of architectural styles of the past millennium. In the 10th century the Basilica of St. George and Basilica of St. Vitus were constructed. A palace in the Romanesque style was created in the 12th century. The 14th century saw the rebuilding of the palace and Basilica of St. Vitus in the Gothic style. In the 1511, fire destroyed many parts of the castle. The Habsburgs built new Renaissance styled buildings. Ferdinand I added th...Read More

Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle)
Castle District, Hradcany
Prague, Czech Republic 119 08
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Old Town Hall/Astronomical Clock

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Attraction | "Astronomical Clock"

Old Town Hall/Astronomical Clock Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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The Astronomical clock is located in the Town Hall (Staromestska radnice). The town hall dates back to the 1300s, while the earliest astronomical clock on the site dates back to 1410. The clock was created by Master Hanus. As legend says, he was blinded by the town leaders with hot iron rods placed on his eyes so he would never make another beautiful clock for someone else. If this is how the reward people whose work they liked, imagine how they treated people they hated. Every hour on the hour, the area around the clock fills up with people. Sometimes you are lucky if you can see a partial view of the clock. I had a love hate relationship with this clock. When we first got to Prague our to...Read More

Old Town Hall/Astronomical Clock
Old Town Square
Prague, Czech Republic

The Jewish Quarter (Josefov)

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Two of my friends wanted to visit the Jewish Quarter (Josefov) in Prague to get closer to their Jewish heritage. I decided to tag along since I was curious to see what the inside of a Synagogue looked like and since I had nothing special planned that morning. The Jewish Quarter dates back to after the 1st crusade in 1096. Crusaders killed some Jewish people and converted others. During this time the remaining Jews were ordered to settle in one area and leave their original homes in the city. In 1262, the Jewish community living here was granted some self administration. At the end of the 16th century a Jewish mayor and minister of finance used his wealth to develop the ghetto. The ghetto was rename...Read More

Prague Nightlife

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Our first night in Prague, I went out with a few people to check out the clubs in Prague. The clubs in Prague can be open from dusk until dawn . There are many clubs that are popular one year that are closed or out of favor the next. The clubs play a variety of different music depending on the venue that you go to. While the clubs in Prague are not as fun as the ones in New York (or Ibiza as others in my tour stated), you will still have a great time. Things to note are that when asking for a club never say that you want to go to a nightclub. I was asking people for a location of a nightclub in Prague and was getting strange looks from the people I asked. A worker in an ice cream shop explained why...Read More

Wow (Blacklight Show)

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The concept of the Blacklight show was used in China for the entertainment of Emperors. Japan then used the technique in the 18th century for their puppet theaters. In the 1950s French puppeteers used this trick. In the 1980s Czech theaters such as La Fantastika used blacklight throughout the whole performance. The concept of the black light theater had in the past been guarded by secrecy. What occurs is that actors cover themselves in Black clothing and masks. Against the black background an optical illusion is created where the people in black disappear into the background. Florescent lights make florescent painted objects visible. The objects appear to hover and move independently when the peopl...Read More