Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Suggested itinerary itinerary in Prague, Czech Republic

Like Prague, our day begins as soon as possible: as you probably arrived earlier in the day or early in the morning, we left Stare Mesto, the Old City, the first of the two most famous neighborhoods of the city.

The green line has a stop, Staroměstská well Staroměstské Náměstí near the Old Town Square, our first destination: just leave the basement and walk the two blocks Kaprova below, in the opposite direction to cars.

Once you enter the square, the one that looks like the main building, in front, in pink and white, is the Kinsky Palace, which is now the headquarters of the National Gallery exhibition.

Beside the palace with two towers side by side, cathedral Matky Boží Týnem Pred, or Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, seems to hide behind a small yellow building.

Now look back and look for the largest crowd of tourists. They indicate, on the outskirts of the square, where to find Staroměstská Radnice, the Old Town Hall.

Over the centuries the building was earning several branches, but the tower Orloj, the astronomical clock, stands as the most viewed and photographed, especially when we are approaching a new time when small dolls emerge from within it - of course you do not expect that to happen.

Arriving by Staroměstská, walking to Staroměstská Radnice
Tip: after seeing the clock, keep walking a few feet in the opposite direction to Staroměstské Náměstí to reach a small square with a charming Hard Rock Cafe. Have lunch there and hit the leg region.

It is worth mentioning that the City of Old Town and Prague City Hall are very different things: to know the original, I have not done anything, just pick up the yellow line, which there will be a little tricky, and down at the station Náměstí Republiky.

Let's pass at City Hall at the end of the day, leaving the museum. It looks better.

Attractions: Václavské Náměstí and Narodni Muzeum

It is the place that I like less. Looks more like a desperate attempt to meet expectations. Of course I could be talking nonsense and Václavské Náměstí, or Wenceslas Square, be extremely important to the local culture, but to me, it sounded disjointed.

Recalling that Square is actually called a boulevard Wenceslas. You can walk through it and get to the Narodni Muzeum, the National Museum.

Update: June 13, 2011

The museum will close its doors on July 8, 2011 and will only work in mid-2015.

Leaving the vicinity of Staroměstské Náměstí, the Old Town Square, you can choose to make the journey via green line and get off on it exactly, in Muzeum.

The journey, on foot, in the screenshot below. And soon after, as exit towards the City Museum.

Leaving Staroměstské Náměstí, walking Václavské Náměstí ...

Václavské Náměstí ... leaving, walking to the City and to Narodni Muzeum
Tip Night: eating in restaurants Karlova early and do a night tour by Karlův Most. For those who enjoy a chat stake, there is a ballad there, next to the south tower of the bridge, which is self titled Europe's largest.

Day 2: The Best of Prague

Attractions: Starý Židovský Hrbitov and Staronova Synagoga

The secret is to walk, either within the neighborhood or going up the bank of the Vltava. How to ride a tram can not always go right, the nearest metro station remains the Staroměstská.

Follow the map the two best ways to reach Starý Židovský Hrbitov, the Old Jewish Cemetery. From time to time, several times a day, a guide is a tour through the paths of the cemetery in Czech, English and Hebrew.

Staronová synagogue, the Old-New Synagogue, is the first Jewish Temple on the European continent that still stands. Built in the 13th century, the synagogue is an important symbol of Jewish power: she survived numerous fires, demolitions and anti-Semitic attacks.

The place is very small and unobtrusive, but is also a landmark European.

Starý Židovský Hrbitov and Staronova Synagoga: walking in the neighborhood
Attractions: Most Karlův and Kampa

Time to cross one of the most famous bridges in Europe: Karlův Most, Charles Bridge, connects the two neighborhoods known city; Staré Město and Mala Strana, the Little Quarter.

There is a display of images in the north tower of the Charles Bridge worth the trip through the beautiful views it provides. Click here to watch the video.

Before following his path by Mala Strana, down the stairs that appear on your right at the very end of the bridge, where you will find a deck with delicious sweets in Misenska the street from Bila Kuzelka. Pass under the bridge and reach the Kampa park.

Who walks aimlessly through Kampa just arriving on the banks of the Vltava, the longest river in the country. Click to watch the video at the park entrance Kampa.

Attractions: Malostranské Náměstí (Kostel Sv. Mikuláše)

Go back to the bridge and continue your way until Malostranské Náměstí, the square of Mala Strana. There you will find Kostel Sv. Mikuláše, the Church of St. Nicholas. This is one of those that you can not stop in, have a touch miner in the air - cast the first stone who has not thought in Ouro Preto.

Departing from Charles Most toward Kostel Sv. Mikuláše the hotel Bila Kuzelka is the point "b"
Attractions and Nerudova Pražský Hrad

Nerudova is one of the most interesting streets of Europe: it climbed toward Pražský Hrad, Prague Castle, is a nice ride not only the destination, but the path that leads you to it.

On the street he lived during the mid 19th century, the writer Jan Neruda. His house, number 47, has two suns unmistakable on the door. Incidentally, be sure to notice the symbols indicating who owned the homes at a time when the numbers were not yet used, as the House of the Red Eagle and the Swan White House.

The Prague Castle alone is worth an entire trip, walk through it with a guide in hand: there are more than ten historical stops along the way, not always allowing entry attractions, but places full of history, as Katedrala Sv. Vita, or St. Vitus Cathedral, which brings together some chapels surrounded by Gothic frescoes, like St. Wenceslas, the most famous of them.

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