Ah, how can I describe Prague?
It’s one city in Europe I would want to go back to again and again. It was early spring in 2012 when I spent four days in this city of a thousand spires, and even now, I can’t forget how wonderful it was to walk on its ancient streets.
Prague is highly touristy, of course, and it can be very expensive to stay in good hotels there. However, backpackers like me always find a way to cut down on costs. I stayed with a Couchsurfing host in Žižkov, the place to be for those who love the nightlife.
Those who prefer to stay in hostels can go online to search for inexpensive places to stay in Prague; there are places which are walking distance only to the Old Town Square, a steal at only 15 euros per day! (Search here: Hostelworld Prague)
There are so many things you can do in Prague; here are 10 things you can do there, according to Time magazine.
However, I remember just spending most of my days just walking around, sitting in the Old Town Square with other people, content to just bask in the sun, eat, talk, and mostly watch life unfolding before me.
Even though I didn’t have a fixed itinerary (when did I ever have one?), I never had a dull moment, as there was always a lot of things to see. There were hordes of tourists taking pictures of each other, street musicians playing their instrument of choice, and vendors selling all sorts of food stuff that I would have been glad to sample, if I were not so conscious of my budget. (Read: How to Travel Cheaply in Europe)
The Old Town Square is indeed very picturesque. It’s just how I imagined Europe would look like. I could easily spend days there just admiring its historic buildings, the clean lines of the spires contrasting so well with the relatively modern buildings around the square.
One of the most distinctive structures in the Old Town Square is the Church of Our Lady of Tyn. It’s said to be in Gothic style, and if you were historically (or scientifically) minded, you can visit the remains of Tycho Brahe inside the church. You’d definitely find it hard to believe that you would be standing in the same room as one of the most influential astronomers of all time!
The Prague Astronomical Clock is the most well-known attraction in the Old Town Square. Aside from its historical significance (the clock itself shows an astronomical dial which dates back to early 1400s), it looks pretty amazing too. Tourists await the hourly coming out of moving figures of the clock, representing the Apostles and other symbols, including Death.
The Clock (or Orloj) celebrated its 600th anniversary in 2010. Watch the 600th anniversary show (video below), it’s fantastic!
I can imagine the Old Town Square teeming with people now, all vying to capture every bit of the charm of this small part of Praha. I only spent a few short days there, but it was more than enough for me to be grateful to be alive, to have had the chance to see how beautiful the world can be.
Someday, somehow, I’ll be back in Prague, and I’ll greet the Old Town Square then like an old friend we are. We may not see each other for a long time, but I will definitely remember my memories there, and I will savor them until I get the chance to visit again.
Have you ever been to Prague? Would you want to go?