Walking Through Prague in 10 Photos

Updated on July 16, 2018
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My first trip on a plane was at age 10, camera, journal and book in hand. The adventure continues—still so much to see, taste and learn.

View of Prague from St Charles Bridge (c) A. Harrison
View of Prague from St Charles Bridge (c) A. Harrison

Walking Through Prague

I'm sure such people exist, but I've yet to meet anyone who hasn't loved Prague. I fell under her charm as I drove from the airport past her majestic buildings and roads lined with tulips. The skies were grey and a winter nip remained in the spring air, yet this proved no hindrance to exploring the city.

Prague is justly famous for her sights, but may I suggest you also wander her streets, savouring those sights often not rating a mention in a guidebook? Simply enjoy, and fall under Prague's spell.

The Good Soldier Svejk (c) A. Harrison
The Good Soldier Svejk (c) A. Harrison

A City of Literature

I took the image above outside a restaurant; images of the Good Soldier Svejk appear throughout the city, and he gives his name to many establishments. Prague—and the Czech Republic—boasts a long literary tradition, so there is no excuse to have nothing to read while here. Hasek's The Good Soldier Svejk is a darkly satirical yet hilarious work set during WWI; it remains the most widely translated Czech novel. Franz Kafka, author of novels such as The Castle and The Trial was one of the 20th century's leading literary figures and remains one of Prague's most famous sons.

St Wenceslas vineyard below Prague Castle (c) A. Harrison
St Wenceslas vineyard below Prague Castle (c) A. Harrison

The Vineyard of St Wenceslas

A vineyard in the town? Naturally. (After all, there is one in Paris.) After enjoying Prague Castle and the spectacular views over the city, I decided to walk down to the Old City. The walk took a while but was well worth the effort. Just below the castle, I came across these vines, a reminder of the food and wine the city has to offer. It is believed this vineyard was planted by St Wenceslas in the 10th century, making it the oldest vineyard in Bohemia.

Art Is Everywhere

I found this wall not far from the St Vitus' Cathedral, tucked away out of sight in a courtyard. (Ok, so I had to open the gate and wander in. No one seemed to mind.) In so many ways, the city of Prague is a living historical document, for with almost every step, you pass somewhere with its own and often ancient story. Yet despite this, Prague remains alive. Her art and culture are not stuck in the past, but continue to evolve, adding to the vibrancy of the city.

The Strahov Monastery Library (c) A. Harrison
The Strahov Monastery Library (c) A. Harrison

The Strahov Monastery Libraries

The Strahov Monastery was a spectacular find. Situated near Prague Castle, the complex was built in 1140. Amongst her buildings, the monastery boasts two 17th-century libraries, one filled with theological works and the other with philosophical treatises. The corridors have displays of what are delightfully termed 'cabinet of curiosities', a direct ancestor of modern museums. These were purchased from Baron Karel Jan Eben in 1798 and include parts of a dodo, a range of marine specimens, a suit of chain mail, canon balls from the French occupation of Prague in 1742 and a tusk from a narwhale (believed to have belonged to a unicorn).

Art Deco Is Everywhere

Prague is an Art Deco world—it is everywhere. I took this photo in the stairwell in my hotel, aptly named the Art Deco Imperial Hotel (in 1730 an inn here was called The Black Eagle). The hotel's restaurant, the Cafe Imperial, was one of Franz Kafka's favourites. I can easily understand why; the ceiling, walls and even the floor are covered in original art deco ceramic tiles, and the food lived up to its surroundings.

Prague's Narrowest Laneway

Wandering through the Old Town, I passed this narrow passageway—so narrow, there are traffic lights for pedestrians. At 50cm in its widest spot, it is impossible for pedestrians to pass one another. The Vinarna Certovka is in the historic Mala Strana area. Quite possibly, Vinarna Certovka is not actually a street, but the remnant of an old fire brigade pass. At the far end of the alleyway, steep stone stairs lead down to the river; remember you need to climb back up them before venturing back up the street!

Statues in the Schwarzenberg Palace Museum gardens (c) A. Harrison
Statues in the Schwarzenberg Palace Museum gardens (c) A. Harrison

The Schwarzenberg Palace Museum

The Schwarzenberg Palace Museum is in the area around Prague Castle, which was once home to many nobles who moved here to be close to court. Many of the palaces they built here are covered with sgraffito (a type of decoration where the top plaster is scratched away to reveal another colour underneath) giving them an elegant and delicate appearance.

The Schwarzenberg Palace Museum specialises in European art. It was late in the afternoon when I arrived, and the building was virtually empty. The photo above shows the gardens; inside is a wealth of the most incredible artworks. Above the marble staircase were beautiful Florentine ceramics. There were also works by Rembrandt and Reubens, as well as Bronzino's famous twin paintings of Cosimo I de Medici and his betrothed, Eleonora di Toledo. A place I could easily spend all day.

A small serving of lamb shanks on truffled pureed potatoes (c) A. Harrison
A small serving of lamb shanks on truffled pureed potatoes (c) A. Harrison

Then There Is the Food...

Prague is a gourmet delight. I've already mentioned the Cafe Imperial; at every turn there is somewhere worth investigating. Veal cheeks, wild boar, lamb shanks on heavenly truffle potato puree, delicate pan-fried trout, a simple bowl of soup washed down with a kir royale. Not to mention the cured meats and cheeses, or the fresh breads. Then there are the wines, or perhaps you'd prefer to wash it down with a local beer (of which there are many)? Meals are often finished with a shot of becherovka, an incredibly alcoholic herbal bitters drunk as a digestive.

The Love-Lock Bridges

I stumbled across this love-lock bridge near the John Lennon Wall in the Old City. Like many other bridges in Europe, the pedestrian Čertovka Bridge is covered with padlocks placed by passing lovers. Couples place a padlock here and throw the key into the river, so declaring their enduring love. (Meanwhile, the city council periodically removes the padlocks to prevent their weight damaging the bridge.)

No matter how little or how long you have in Prague, it is a city of many secrets waiting to be discovered. Often they lie hidden just a few steps away from the crowds of tourists who come to see this most beautiful of cities.

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    © 2018 Anne Harrison

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        Anne Harrison 

        5 weeks ago from Australia

        Of course you need to go back to Prague, Liz - but there are always so many other places to visit! Thank you so much for your kind words.

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        Liz Westwood 

        5 weeks ago from UK

        This is a fascinating and extremely well-illustrated article. You mention several things that I missed on my visit to Prague. It makes me think I should return.

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        Anne Harrison 

        2 months ago from Australia

        Thanks Linda. Prague is the only place I have seen pedestrian traffic lights - but I'll keep searching!

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        Linda Crampton 

        2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        Prague looks like a great place to visit. A traffic light on a narrow path for pedestrians is an interesting idea!

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        Anne Harrison 

        2 months ago from Australia

        Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Bill. Prague if amazing - please visit there soon!

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        Anne Harrison 

        2 months ago from Australia

        The concert sounds amazing, Mary. Prague is one of those places everyone seems to enjoy.

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        Anne Harrison 

        2 months ago from Australia

        I have a feeling your bucket list might be as long as mine, Stephen! Hope you make it to Prague soon.

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        Anne Harrison 

        2 months ago from Australia

        Thank you for your generous words, Linda. Please pack that bag and go, you won't regret it xx

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        Bill De Giulio 

        2 months ago from Massachusetts

        Looking forward to visiting Prague in the near future. Looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing with us.

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        Mary Norton 

        2 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        This is one place we really enjoyed. We visited some of the Churches and listen to the concerts in the late afternoon. We also attended a fund raising concert in the Opera sponsired by Caritas so we had a thoroughly memorable visit.

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        Stephen Barnes 

        2 months ago from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

        Beautiful pics Ann; really enjoyed your mini tour of the city. I think I may just have to add Prague to my travel bucket list.

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        Linda Lum 

        2 months ago from Washington State, USA

        Ann what a delightful tour. Your descriptions are wonderful, and the photos capture the sights and sounds perfectly. You make me want to pack a bag and head to Prague. Wonderful. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

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