I spent 6 days in Prage at the end of May - it was my first visit to Prague and I was a woman travelling solo. My daughter who lives in London and whom I was visiting, joined me for 2.5 days in Prague and then I stayed on for the rest of the week.
I found Prague beautiful and the people friendly and helpful.
We stayed at the Lida Guest House where the host and hostess are very warm and hospitable and helpful with travel directions, tickets, and any other questions one might have.
I had planned our itinerary and we started with the 3-hour Sandemans' City Tour which was excellent. Amy, our guide was so upbeat and pleasant and took us to the main attractions and areas in Prague, putting everything in context for us. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and got a very good "crash course" in Prague history delivered in a light and humorous vein. I had read up on a lot of Prague history so would often go off to the side to take a couple of pictures of the attraction being shown.
Then we explored the city and stopped by a cafe by the river for a drink and snack. The waiter was very pleasant. We had a perfect view of Prague Castle, Muccha Museum and other buildings making a very pretty cohesive whole across the river – a lovely backdrop for “our Prague” picture. We checked out Charles Bridge which was too heavily populated so we decided to do it early the next morning on our way to the Castle.
On day two, we visited the Castle area, buying the combo ticket for the Lobkowicz Castle and Short Tour of Prague Castle attractions. It was a lovely experience. The highlights were Lobkowicz Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral.
Then we spent some time in the city center, and relaxed in Old Town with a snack at an outdoor cafe and did some people-watching. We watched the Astronomical Clock strike the hour at 6:00pm, two doors open and the twelve apostles’ parade out of one door and in the other door - not impressive. We walked for a bit, exploring the area around the Old Square, which has beautiful architecture, before going to have an absolutely delicious Mediterranean-style dinner at the White Crow restaurant which is located 5 minutes from the Metro Jiriho z Podebrad.
On day three, I went souvenir shopping with my daughter who was returning to London, and found a couple of beautiful Bohemia crystal pieces along with the certificate of authenticity. Then I went on to do a walking tour on my own of Vysehrad which was not far from my guest-house. I enjoyed walking through the National Cemetery with its decorative grave stones, its gardens with huge statues and benches on which to relax. I saw the fortifications and ruins and there were vantage points from which I had a panoramic view of the Vltava river with its boats and bridges and also of New Town.
On day four I took the tram 22 to the garden where they have a Monument to the Victims of Communism, then on to the Church of Our Lady Victorious to pay homage to the miraculous Infant Jesus of Prague and the church and altar of the Infant Jesus was so decorative and beautiful. Then I visited the Baroque Church of St. Nicholas which is very lovely with interesting features. Next it was on to Loreto Square and Santa Casa and the other chapels and treasury whose prize possession is a Prague Sun Monstrance with golden rays covered with 6,000 diamonds from a countess’ gown. My last stop for the day was the Strahov Monastery. It has an over-the -top baroque church and two huge beautifully decorated rooms filled with books. These places were all on tram line 22 and within walking distance of one another.
On day five, I took a daytrip to Kutna Hora to visit the Bone Church which has some 40,000 human bones. It is decorated with candelabra, chalices, decorative garlands, coats of arms, one coat of arms depicting a raven picking the eye from an invading soldier, all made from human bones. The chandelier hanging in the centre is made using every bone in the human body. It was all very artistically done and the audio-guide explained it all in a sensitive and informative manner.
I took the local bus across town to visit the Gothic St. Barbara’s Cathedral which was gorgeous. Both the main altar and the side altars are striking, mainly black and gold for pillars and cherubs, with bright colors for garments of the personages There were many items of antiquity and beauty in this cathedral that were a delight to behold.
On day six, I took a metro to St. Wenceslas Square and saw the lovely Estates Theater and the Municipal House which is an extravagant and beautiful example of art nouveau and the adjoining ancient Gothic Powder Tower. I had seen some of these historical buildings in passing before on my 3-hour walking tour on day one with the tour guide but wanted another good look at them and some good photos. I saw the Cubist building with the statue of the Black Madonna - a totally different type of architecture.
Then I took the metro to see the well-known baroque-style Wallenstein Garden behind the Wallenstein Pallace - and what a garden it is with many exceptional features such exotic birds, walls with artificial stalactites, a huge pond with large colorful fish and a bronze statue, etc.
Then it was time to leave beautiful Prague for London and I must say that I truly enjoyed my time in Prague. I found everyone I talked to, both locals and tourists, in the towns, trains, stores, and city when asking for directions to be friendly and helpful. This was my experience and I wanted to share it with you.Edited: 13 June 2011, 20:32