Everything you have ever heard about Prague is true.
It is gorgeous. It is magical. And it is truly like finding yourself in the midst of a fairy tale.
Prague or Praha is the capital of the Czech Republic, and has something to tickle everyone’s fancy. It is steeped in history, it has marvellous architecture that I could spend days gazing at, it has those quintessential cobblestoned streets lined with cafes that I would love to get lost in, and there are castles and cathedrals aplenty to explore. There’s a sort of haunting mass appeal to Prague, a charm that is sometimes understated, sometimes in-your-face, but completely all-pervasive.
But, if for some odd reason, you DON’T want to be bowled over by the beauty that is Prague, although I can’t see why, I suppose there are a few precautionary measures you could take.
So here’s a list of things you should avoid if you don’t want to be afflicted by the I-Love-Prague Syndrome.
- Don’t Look Up
There’s a reason Prague is called the City of a Hundred Spires, and this is by no means a modest estimation. Everywhere you look buildings seem to be reaching towards the heavens. From the gothic Powder Tower that was one of the original city gates leading into the Old Town, to the Astronomical Clock that towers above Old Town Square, from the spires of the Gothic Tyn Cathedral, to the imposing edifice of St. Vitus Cathedral in the Prague Castle complex, there is ample eye-candy that will try to entice its way in to your heart, so I’d suggest you don’t look up at all.
And let’s not forget Prague Castle. Europe’s largest medieval castle looms above you no matter where in the city you are. If you’re unfortunate enough to catch a glimpse of the castle lighting up the city’s skyline at night, you WILL be enchanted. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
- Don’t Look Down
Prague seems to have more vantage points than most of the other cities I have visited, boasting some truly spectacular views. You’ll want to avoid the Rooftop of the U Prince Hotel or the viewing platform inside the Old Town Hall Tower, both of which give visitors a stunning view over Old Town Square.
The Charles Bridge Gate Towers can also be climbed for a small fee. But since you’re not looking to enjoy the wonderful vistas that these spots allow, you might also want to stay away from the Castle District.
- Don’t Walk Around
Every street you walk down, at every turn and with every glance, Prague will throw surprises your way. No matter which way you go, chances are you will find yourself gazing at the gorgeous Vltava River that flows through Prague. It’s even harder to stay away from Charles Bridge, Prague’s most iconic landmark and one of the most famous bridges in all of Europe. Once you’ve caught sight of this 600 year old Bridge that connects Old Town and Lesser Town over the River Vltava, it’ll be next to impossible for you to resist the city’s charms.
In the eventuality that you do find yourself at the Charles Bridge, stay away from the statue of St. John Nepomuk, one of the 30 statues on the Bridge. Everyone else will be doing it, but don’t under any circumstances touch the base of the statue, we won’t want you to have good luck thrust upon you, and have to return to Prague as the superstition goes, would we?
- Don’t Eat or Drink
Czech Food is insane, and that’s putting it mildly. There’s no such thing as portion control and healthy eating for the Czechs. You’ll find heavy-weight dishes based around Beef or Pork, slathered with rich gravy, and usually served with Potato Dumplings. It’s definitely not for the faint-hearted.
And if this wasn’t bad enough, there are vendors all over the place offering you things like the Trdelník – a traditional sweet pastry that is made by wrapping rolled dough around a stick, grilling it and topping it with sugar and walnuts, sometimes even spreading Nutella over it; and the Lángos – a Hungarian speciality of deep fried flatbread eaten warm, rubbed with garlic butter and topped with ketchup and cheese. Not to forget lots of Mulled Wine, and Beer! This is a country where the citizens consume more beer per capita than any other country on earth. You will have to try exceedingly hard to resist the temptation of enjoying yourself at one of their awesome beer gardens.
- Don’t Go to Prague
There is a high probability that despite you trying all of the above; Prague might just weasel its way in to your heart anyway. The safest bet, IMO, for you to avoid succumbing to the city’s charms, is to not go at all. Because once you see it for yourself, there’s no way you WON’T fall in love with Prague!
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