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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

7 Reasons Why I Love Traveling in Prague, Czech Republic

It is really difficult to put into words how much I love the city of Prague, the so-called “Jewel of the Crown” in Central Europe. In terms of attractions, Prague has a unique mixture of the past and the present, making it a charming tourist destination. Most notably, the cost of living in Prague is cheaper than most European cities, a good enough reason to include this city in my list of favorite cities to visit.

Here is my rundown of 7 reasons why I love traveling in Prague, Czech Republic:

1. Walking around Prague is like traveling back in time
When I started off my self-guided walking tour of Prague from the Charles Bridge, I was immediately transferred to the Medieval Age as I wandered  along the cobblestone streets and tiny alleys in the old district. Almost in every corner, I got to see some amazing old structures which reflect the city’s rich history. The most impressive of these structures is perhaps the Prague Castle, which is now over 1,000 years old. The entire complex consists of several buildings, including churches and palaces, surrounded by splendid gardens.

2. Amazing view of the city from the Prague Castle
The Prague Castle pretty much dominates the city skyline and by walking up the hill, I got an amazing view of the city. The castle is architecturally beautiful in itself but the view from it makes it even more outstanding. 

3. Prague’s Old Town square is one of the most attractive squares I’ve seen in Europe
For sheer atmosphere alone, the Old Town Square is to die for! The square brims with colours and energies – from the beautiful buildings surrounding it to the buskers giving visitors free street entertainment. In this area, I saw the iconic Old Town Hall Tower, the famous Astronomical Clock (an absolute must-see!), the Gothic Týn, and the Baroque St. Nicholas Churches and the Kinský Palace. I particularly enjoyed watching how the sculptures of 12 apostles parade out from the Astronomical Clock before it hits the hour. 

4. The tranquility along the Vltava River 
I think one of the best ways to get a relaxing time in Prague is by just unwinding and enjoying the tranquility along the Vlatava River especially in the early morning when the natural sunlight is particularly stunning. At night, the long stretch of buildings by the river light up wonderfully.

5. Bizarre sculptures in Prague put a big smile on my face
There are a number of bizarre sculptures scattered all over Prague. In particular, the odd, creepy crawling babies made a lasting impression on me. There is another bizarre sculpture of a man with a golden penis that I found on my way to the Prague Castle. Yellow penguins also stand along the Vltava River. I bet you’ll love them too!

6. Buskers in Prague put on amazing shows
In Prague, the street becomes the theatrical space. Walking through narrow alleys at the heart of the Old Town Square, I encountered and watched a lot of street musicians, dancers, and other performers. I absolutely love them! These buskers made my stay in Prague even more amazing. Free entertainment almost everywhere!

7. Traveling in Prague is cheaper 
The cost of living in Prague is cheaper (!) compared with other major cities in Europe such as London, Paris, Venice, and Rome. Being a self-confessed cheapskate traveler, this is among the primary reasons why I love traveling in Prague, Czech Republic. The accommodation, beer, food, and transportation in Prague are way cheaper than the abovementioned European cities. Amen!

Have you been to Prague before? What do you love about this European city? If you have something to add to my list of reasons why I love traveling in Prague, Czech Republic, feel free to leave your comment.

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