EU Day 08-09: Prague

Prague is the sixth most visited city in Europe and during peak season it’s hectic. I’ve combined the two days into one post because at the end of the first day, my phone died and I had to reset it and lose all of my photos. On the second day I went on a walking tour and ended up taking some pictures with the added bonus of learning some cool facts too.

Day one was just errands such as laundry, brunching and getting a rabies vaccination then taking an invisible tour and roaming the city. The rabies shot was good because it costed me $140 in Australia and only $30 here, so hopefully my last booster shot in Budapest will a bargain too. I found the invisible tour on TripAdvisor and it sounded like a unique experience. It’s an hour long tour in a pitch black series of rooms, containing everyday items and different environments. I won’t ruin the surprise of what was in each room, but it was challenging to not be able to use your sight, even for basic things like walking or using steps. The tour guides are blind and they explain the rooms and give you hints when you get stuck. It put things into perspective for me and I realised just how much I depended on my sight.


The sculpture line, a six monthly art installation in the courtyard of the tour

After the tour I walked across Charles Bridge, which is lined with statues of saints and various stalls selling touristy things. Walking up to the castle was hard work, but the views were spectacular.


In the older part of town I ventured to the town square and listened to some buskers playing Czech techno. It was really good and drew a large crowd, so when I remember the band name I’ll see if I can buy it online. I don’t remember what I did for the rest of the day, I felt exhausted in general so everything was like a blur. I was staying in a basement dorm which had 34 beds, so I probably I just slept through all the mayhem. I think hostels here are party centric, with a lot of 18-20 year olds wanting to party everyday.

The next morning I slept in and went on the free walking tour. It was the same company as my Berlin tour, and they’re run all over Europe. Our guide was really cool and clearly knew a lot about his country. For instance, the Czech Republic is ranked number one for the volume of beer consumed per capita, 144L per year or roughly 0.4L a day. Throughout the tour we saw heaps of cool stuff and I made friends with a fellow female solo traveler named Amy. She moved to the Isle of Wight in England to work as a vet and we ended up heading to Prague Castle after the tour.


The largest altar in Prague, three storeys high in The Church for Our Lady of the Snow

In Old Town we came across the House of the Black Madonna, the earliest example of cubist architecture. It was built in 1912 and Madonna refers to the stone statue on the corner of the building.image


Church of Saint Nicholas and Statue of Jan Hus (burned at the stake for protesting against the church)

It’s odd the Czech Republic is considered to be one of the least religious countries in the world, yet there are so many churches and centuries of religious history.


The Astrological Clock from 1410, it tells the time in four ways, but I still didn't get it.


Rudolfinum, home of the Czech Philharmonic


St Vitus Cathedral in Prague Castle


St Vitus Cathedral from the inside


John Lennon Wall

It was about 630 when I got back to my hostel and I spent the rest of the night cleaning my bike, organising all my maps and packing my bags. I fell asleep to the soothing music of Lil Jon, from a drinking game further down the room. Once you can sleep through songs like “Turn Down for What”, it means you can probably sleep in any situation, so I’m glad I’ve mastered that skill.


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