Dodging Raindrops in Prague
Trip Start May 24, 2012
16Trip End Jun 14, 2012
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After the train station, I headed to the headline attraction in Prague- Prague Castle. The Prague Castle complex is huge and can be seen throughout almost the whole city. The ticket was expensive, but worth it I thought- after I got over the fact that the ticket salesman was really rude and mean. The castle was first built in the 9th century but has been built and rebuilt throughout the century. My favorite parts were the St. Vitus Cathedral, a huge beautiful Gothic style church with giant stained glass windows, and the little bungalows that the workers in the palace used to live in
I then headed down the stairs outside of the castle, past some lovely baroque buildings, to the Charles Bridge, another one of Prague's must-see sights. The Charles Bridge was built in the 13th century and crosses the Vlata river which criss-crosses through Prague. Along the bridge are huge statues of different saints. There are tons of artists and street musicians lining the bridge, and it provides a wonderful view of the city.
I also went to St. Nicolas church, which was breathtaking. On the ceiling of the church is the largest fresco in all of Europe.It was covered in ornamental details where ever you looked.
Throughout the whole day it rained off and on. In the morning it was bright and sunny, so I took off without my rain jacket. I spent the whole day running from under one covered walkway to the next, and hiding in doorways to duck out of the sudden showers. It added a bit of adventure to the day.
At night I went out to a restaurant/bar for dinner with almost the entire hostel; there must have been at least 30 of us at a big long table. The beer was super cheap (like $0.50!) and very tasty. This is one major plus I have found in the Czech Republic- even there really cheap beer is awesome. That's what you get in the place that invented the Pilsner. If you like light beer, the Czech Republic is a great place to visit.
Tomorrow I am headed to the Old Town of Prague. Write to you then.