Prague is the city where Kafkas metamorphosis is born and where metamorphosis is present until today. I have been planning a trip to Prague for several years already and only now I really go to see the place that is called the ‘golden city’. And that for a reason.
I have to admit that this trip was my first city trip without any pre-planning or pre-informing myself at all. I heard so many beautiful things about Prague that I just wanted to inhale the beauty and golden-drenched vibes it has to offer. Most honestly Prague might be the one and only city that is just right for this kind of ‘planning’. Strolling around and stumbling upon greatest pieces of history is what is on the menu when you give yourself some off time of any tourist program.
As historic and well-preserved as this city is it really happened that I spent nearly one day in New Town believing it is old town. As I said, no preparation at all! Not even a glance on the map, at least not on Day one. Passing the Charles Bridge at night is one of my priority recommendations. Because this is the time when you get the essence of golden city. The left part of the city is divided in the German, American, Italian and British quarters, all lying at the foot of Prague’s castle. It is a great area to explore some inexpensive restaurants serving the best of Czech cuisine and relaxed flair. The LOKAL is absolutely recommendable.
Getting to see the real Old Town I rapidly recognized that anything I had seen the other day was not old at all. You can feel the difference because all you hear on the street is either Italian or American English. You should definitely visit the Prague town hall that has the eldest astronomical clockwork on its front side, an unbelievable construction and piece of art. Walking down the most expensive Street in Prague, where Cartier kisses Dior good night, you get to the Jewish quarter, where one of the eldest synagogues can be seen. A beautiful building especially from the inside, covering so much history. Impressive and thought-provoking. If you spend your afternoon in Old Town you should visit either the student’s bar Standard Cafe or you should have some fancy dinner at Imperial. No matter what you choose it is both very Prague and an extremely great spot.
Dear Prague, I will be back soon, when you are in bloom.