Photoblog: The Medieval City of Prague

Posted on February 5, 2010 by

The capital of Czech Republic in Central Europe gives travelers the rare opportunity of traveling back in time – back to the days when shiny-armored knights and corseted ladies roamed the streets. Wrought iron gates and clock towers set the scene for nobles and horse-driven carriages. These days, Prague still retains its medieval characteristics, charming visitors with its ancient monuments and gothic architecture.

Our last visit to Prague in summer, we saw a city blooming in vivid colors and sizzling hoards of tourists with sunshine. This winter, we revisited Prague to see a different side of it – clad with a coat of cool air and smelling of fairy-tale whimsicalness. Let our photos bring you through Prague’s gorgeous streets and see if you can feel that ancient air.

Clock Tower Square at night  

The clock tower that stands in the city’s main square attracts visitors from all over, with its magical chime and cockadoo rooster. At Christmas, the square is completely lit up with festive mood and a busy Christmas market. The twin towers at the other end of the square fills up the skyline of Prague.

View of Prague Castle  by the river

By night, the Prague Castle glows in a golden shimmer. This view, as seen from the Charles Bridge, is one of the best in the city.

Dome of St Michaels Church - view from bridge tower The numerous emerald green domes popping out in the city’s skyline

 

Clock tower, church's dome and city

This is the panoramic view of the city as seen from Prague Castle. The city is sprawling, stretching from the old town to the commercial area. But the main allure of Prague lies in its old quarters.

Cruising the Vitara River River cruise sailing along the Vitara River

Riverside view

Prague Castle is separated from the old town by the Vitara River, several scenes from Mission Impossible and the Bourne Identity were shot along the river bank.

Prague CastleMonuments outside the Matthews Gate, the main entrance to the Prague Castle

Souvenir   These intricately carved egg-shaped stones are typical souvenirs in the Czech Republic.

Where to stay:

Hotel Julian combines comfort with tasteful antique decor and a convenient location right below the castle. Just a 10 minutes’ walk away from St Michael’s Church and Charles Bridge, its location puts you in the heart of the city, yet far enough from the hustle and bustle.

 

 

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About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is the co-founder of WildJunket. As a professional travel writer with a special interest in offgrid destinations and adventure travel, she scours through the world in search for a slice of undiscovered paradise. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Guatemala, swam with sealions in the Galapagos and built a school in Tanzania.

15 Responses to “Photoblog: The Medieval City of Prague”

  1. marianne March 3, 2010 6:27 pm #

    what beautiful photos of Prague, reminds me of my last visit during the Chrismas holidays.

  2. Laryssa March 31, 2010 4:37 pm #

    Beautiful pictures, but "Vitara" River???? Come on. Not even close.

  3. Alicante Nelson July 31, 2010 2:12 pm #

    I spent christmas in Prague a couple of years ago with my son, was one of the best christmas's ever, not the same type of commercialism that you get here in Uk. I live in Alicante now but would love to go to prague in the summer.

  4. waitinginthedark December 30, 2010 7:40 pm #

    What a lovely photo essay, Nellie! I get the point to Andy's comment. Prague is a wonderful city but it has become so touristic.
    I had my first encounter with Prague in 1980 when the Eastern Bloc was still strongly in place. Quite an experience… If you're curious to know how Prague looked back then you can have a look at my Prague series
    Remembering Prague, 1980 (Part I) — The long train journey (http://www.wild-about-travel.com/2010/10/remembering-prague-1980-part1/)
    Remembering Prague, 1980 (Part II) — A strange world (http://www.wild-about-travel.com/2010/10/remembering-prague-1980-part2/)
    Remembering Prague, 1980 (Part III) — The Escape (http://www.wild-about-travel.com/2010/10/remembering-prague-1980-part3-escape/)

  5. Michelle April 3, 2011 9:19 pm #

    Gorgeous photos! My gramma was born there and I'm planning to go visit for the first time next year to see the city she loved so much. Bookmarking this. =)

  6. Kori June 9, 2013 1:55 pm #

    Prague is my most favorite place to visit in the Czech Republic. I didn't know when I first traveled that there is a old Prague and a new Prague. Both are really nice and I also enjoy going to Prague castle. Great Post!

  7. admin February 8, 2010 7:26 pm #

    Thanks Andy, glad you liked the photos. I get what you mean – Prague can be a tad bit too touristy at times. I haven’t seen much of the Czech Republic, only been to Decin and Czesky Budejovice (didn’t make it to Czesky Krumlov ‘cos of time constraint argh!). Which were your favourite parts?

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