Prague

The river Vltava and the Charles Bridge

The river Vltava (or Moldau) and the 14th century Charles Bridge

From April 28 through May 1, 2011, we spent a wonderful long weekend in Prague. We had always wanted to go there, and we are sure glad it finally worked out! The city is phenomenal; the only downside is that the whole planet seems to know it. Indeed, there were myriads of tour groups, making sightseeing difficult at times. One way to deal with this is to explore areas which are a bit more out of the way and not conveniently reachable by tour bus (such as Vyšehrad castle). Another trick is to get up very early. At daybreak, one only has to share the city with at most a few fellow photographers who know how to stay out of each other's way.

There is too much to say about Prague! How could one fail to mention that it's awesome to have lunch next to the house Johannes Kepler lived in from 1600 to 1612, or to see a church where Mozart played the organ, or to stroll across a bridge whose construction began more than six and a half centuries ago, or to be moved by the plaque honoring Jan Palach and Jan Zajic, names I remember well: I was 14 when Soviet tanks rolled into Prague in 1968 to put an end to Alexander Dubček's Prague Spring. And there's so much more... It's probably best to simply let the pictures do the talking.

One preliminary remark: the photos have been grouped according to where, not when they were taken. All are posted with full EXIF data embedded, including GPS coordinates, so if you use an on-line EXIF viewer, such as Jeffrey's, displaying any photo and clicking the Exif button will instantly put the spot where the photo was taken on the map for you. It's a pretty neat way to visit Prague!

For now, just have fun and if you haven't been to Prague, plan a visit soon! You won't be sorry.

Click on any image to see a larger (1500 x 1000 pixel) version!


Old Town Square, the center of the old city Part of the astronimical clock on the Old Town Hall Tower

Old Town Square, the center of the old city

Part of the astronomical clock on the Old Town Hall Tower


Old Town Square building The Old Town Hall Tower The top of the tower

Old Town Square building

The Old Town Hall Tower

The top of the tower


The view from the tower is magnificent People gather to see the astronimical clock strike the hour

The view from the tower is magnificent

People gather to see the astronomical clock strike the hour


Saint Nicholas church and the elegant Pařížská Avenue Our Lady before Tyn with its gorgeous multiple spires

Saint Nicholas church and the elegant Pařížská Avenue

Our Lady before Tyn with its gorgeous multiple spires


It's not easy to find the church's entrance... In one of the tower's corners The view to the northwest

It's not easy to find the church's entrance...

In one of the tower's corners

The view to the northwest


Malé námĕstí (Small Square) Saint Nicholas at dusk

Malé námĕstí (Small Square)

Saint Nicholas at dusk


The Rudolfinum, home of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra View from the Manes Bridge to the Charles Bridge

The Rudolfinum, home of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

View from the Manes Bridge to the Charles Bridge


Local art students are not lacking for subjects! In the Lesser Town

Local art students are not lacking for subjects!

In the Lesser Town


Taking a stroll in the lovely gardens... ...of the Senate of the Czech Repulic

Taking a stroll in the lovely gardens...

...of the Senate of the Czech Republic


The dripstone wall The view from the castle

The dripstone wall
        (what's this?)

The view from the castle


Climbing back down... ....to the bottom of the hill Another Saint Nicholas church!

Climbing back down...

....to the bottom of the hill

Another Saint Nicholas church!


Ungelt Square, location of our hotel The hotel entrance to the left and the puppet shop to the right

Ungelt Square, location of our hotel

The hotel entrance to the left and the puppet shop to the right

Here's a link for those who want to take a closer look at the Metamorphis Excellent Hotel


A sidestreet off Pařížská Avenue Entering the Jewish Quarter Graves on top, shops at the bottom

A side street off Pařížská Avenue

Entering the Jewish Quarter

Graves on top, shops at the bottom


For lack of space, so the gravaestones are close together Statue outside the Spanish Synagogue

There's not much space, so the gravestones are close together

Statue outside the Spanish Synagogue


The Charles Bridge The red streetcars familiar from at least one Bond movie

The Charles Bridge

The red streetcars familiar from at least one Bond movie


Generations... This park is too new to be on Google Earth!

Generations...

This park is too new to be on Google Earth!


Somewhere on University Hill Gynecology and Obstetrics hospital Basilica side door on Vyšehrad

Somewhere on University Hill

Gynecology and Obstetrics hospital

Basilica side door on Vyšehrad


The Vyšehrad cemetary One has a lovely view from Vyšehrad castle...

The Vyšehrad cemetery

One has a lovely view from Vyšehrad castle...


...in both directions! One of the ways down

...in both directions!

One of the ways down


The Charles Bridge at dawn: one has to get up early to photograph it without hordes of tourists

The Charles Bridge at dawn: one has to get up early to photograph it without hordes of tourists


A few people are always around... ...but the atmosphere this early is great

A few people are always around...

...but the atmosphere this early is great


Looking towards the Lesser Town Leaving the bridge St. Salvator Church

Looking towards the Lesser Town

Leaving the bridge

St. Salvator Church


Inside the book tower in the city library Night view across the Vltava to the Lesser Town

Inside the book tower in the city library

Night view across the Vltava to the Lesser Town


Arcades along Havelská Lane Havelská street market and St. Gall church

Arcades along Havelská Lane

Havelská street market and St. Gall church


Wenceslas Square... ...is not really a square but an avenue

Wenceslas Square...

...is not really a square but an avenue


The National Museum and the Palach and Zajíc Memorial Jan Palach and Jan Zajíc

The National Museum and
the Palach and Zajíc Memorial

Jan Palach and Jan Zajíc

Don't know who they are? Look them up; they deserve it!





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