Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. While you can enter the country using Schengen visa, the currency is not Euro but Euro can be used in some stores for purchase and exchanging Euro is not difficult in Prague. Its currency is Czech Koruna and thus the prices are still a bit cheaper than the Euro currency countries.
I was very surprised at how big and busy the city of Prague is. It is a city rich in history and yet so romantically beautiful with its medieval houses and incredible charm. It’s like we were lost in time being in a completely different era.
We went on a walking tour to Prague Castle. According to the Guiness Book of World Records, Prague Castle is the largest castle in the world, which lies on a 70,000 metres land. It is the main destination when people visit Prague. It once hold as the central government of the Bohemian Kings, Roman Empires, Czeckoslavakia Presidents before it was separated. Despite it is the central government for the Czech Government, the majority of the area is open for tourists to visit.
Our first stop was St. Vitus Cathedral. The ambiance of this spiritual symbol of Prague is very gothic, decorated artistically with frescoes and semi precious stones. It was built over a timespan of 600 years, which started in 1344 with the final phase completed over the course of 1873 – 1929. It has seen the coronation of Checzh kings and queens. There is also a place in the cathedral for the royal mausoleum.
We then crossed over through Charles Bridge, a bridge standing on top of Vlatava River that connects Old Town with Lesser Town. It was so enjoyable walking on the bridge catching sight of the beautiful city view against the river. You can find artists doing sketches or paintings of the tourists. There are a lot of street musicians playing their instruments making the bridge feels lively. I was lucky to have here came during early summer when the weather was just perfect.
We then arrived in the Old Town, where we strolled around the streets enjoying the ambiance, going into shops, relaxing for coffee while we wait for the Astronomical Clock to chime. It was under construction when I came here, but it still managed to attract hundreds of people to gather around the clock every hour to hear its chime. It was installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world.
Prague is definitely amusing!