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One Day in Prague

by erin 8. July 2009 00:07

If you only had one day to spend in the beautiful city of Prague, CZ, what would you do? Here's how I would spend the day.First, start off with the traditional Czech breakfast of cold meats, rye bread, and a cup of coffee in Wenceslas Square. Next, take some time to do some window shopping along the various stores lining the square. Famed Bohemian crystal is easy to find here (and on most shopping streets in Prague), as well as any type of jewelry you could imagine.

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Wind through the city streets and cobblestone alleyways to the Old Town Square (Stare Mesto) and check out the incredible astronomical clock. When the time is right, take a romantic European lunch break at one of the outdoor restaurants along the square and enjoy the culture and atmosphere. Many of the town's cultural events take place in the square.From Old Town Square follow the crowds to the famed Charles Bridge. Take pictures, watch the artists, and enjoy the leisurely pedestrian pace.

The Charles Bridge is one of the most iconic bridges in the world. Locals will gladly explain the statues and gargoyles on the bridge to you (but never expect the same story twice).Cross over the bridge to go find the Frank Kafka museum. The relationship between Prague and Kafka's life and work is well known and considered a linking of destinies by some. The museum illustrates this relationship in a unique way, appropriate to the man that was Kafka.One of the joys of Prague is that it is so pedestrian friendly. You could take a taxi or the metro between places, but if you did you would miss out on so much of the culture that is found between the ancient buildings and winding pathways.

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From the Kafka Museum take a long walk up to the Prague Castle (Prazsky hrad). This beautiful castle sits high upon a hill, defending her people and keeping a close eye on her subjects down below. The winding walk up the hill offers glimpses into Prague life and history that will not soon be forgotten. The Prague Castle walls take in the Saint Vitus Cathedral viewing towers, the Royal Gardens, museums and art galleries, a monastery, Lobkowicz Palace (and others), and St. George's Basilica. This picturesque setting is the most popular Czech destination. Join a walking tour of the castle, palace, and gardens. When you get tired, take in a thrilling evening concert at St. George's Basilica!After such a long day of walking, I'll understand if you need to take a taxi back down the hill into the heart of the city. But your day is far from over. To cap off your unforgettable experience in this beautiful city, join a dinner cruise along the River Vltava. Take in the sights in the light of the sunset, while enjoying a traditional Czech dinner.

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