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Ahoj* Prague!

In the heart of Bohemia, Prague is certainly a favorite city of those who take the time to walk its streets, which are lodged in a small basin in the Vltava Valley (also called Moldau), a river that cuts the city in two and winds along 23 km, creating broad meanders.


On its right bank, the Old Town and the New Town rub elbows and on its left bank one can discover the districts of Mala Strana and in particular the famous Prague Castle. Binding the two banks is the magnificent Charles Bridge, which is always a little surreal to cross while listening to the sounds of The Moldau of Smetana, one of the most famous composers from Prague, along with Dvorak and Janacek. It’s worth turning to YouTube where you can find multiple versions; plug in your headphones as you set foot on the bridge!

Moreover, Praguers love music and opera. Two main halls - where it is better to book tickets in advance - the Prague State Opera and the National Theater are staging famous hits such as The Barber of Seville, Orpheus in Hell, Turandot, Romeo and Juliet and Nabucco. But many other theaters and halls also feature various concerts and musical performances that you can easily attend without a reservation: the Royal Theater of Prague, the Black Theater in Prague, the Lichtenstein Palace, the Municipal House, and so on. Throughout Prague, you will see concerts open to all. Go for it! In the middle of the afternoon, I spontaneously entered an old church where a magnificent organ concert was both surprising and delightful!

A feast for the eyes

The city of one hundred bell towers miraculously escaped the destruction of the Second World War. Its buildings, which bring together all styles and schools of architecture, offer colorful threads of Romanesque, Pre-Romanesque, Gothic, Rococo, Art Nouveau and Cubist styles, not to mention the Baroque splendor of its churches and squares. All of this makes for a very sweet visual harmony!

Of course, you must take the time to walk around this city. A good starting point, where the heart of Prague beats, is the Old Town, which is more than a thousand years old. Its narrow streets and winding passages can be explored for many hours, with constant pleasures for your eyes to soak in.

A stop in the center of the Old Town Square (Staroméstské Namesti), dominated by the Belfry of the City Hall and the two spiers of the Church of Our Lady of Tyn, is a must-see. Here you will meet both residents and tourists enjoying cafes, restaurants and shops and admiring the famous astronomical clock. This large square also serves as a setting for various gatherings and events. The Tennis Laver Cup, organized by Roger Federer, was being held at the time we were there. Needless to say, there were many red caps with the RF logo on the square, as well as autograph hunters. Being a fan of Roger Federer myself, I admit to having glanced more than once without success!

Before heading to the New Town through a pedestrian zone, do not miss stopping at the San Jan Hus Memorial, which has become a symbol of Czech independence, and a visit to the ancient Jewish city.


From this ancient Jewish city, only the city hall, six synagogues and the cemetery survive. The ghetto that had been spared by the Germans during the Second World War - with the intention of making it a world museum of the people they wanted to annihilate - was destroyed in 1896 for hygienic reasons.

If you can only visit one synagogue, you should visit the Pinkas synagogue, probably the oldest in the city, which was chosen after the Second World War as a place to commemorate the victims of Hitler’s regime. Its walls are engraved with the names of 77,297 Czech Jews who perished in the concentration camps. It is a vision that is as hallucinating as it is moving.

Behind is the old cemetery. It is a strange place where more than 12,000 funeral steles are intertwined in a chaos of mystery. Here, tombs have piled up since the 15th century, sometimes on ten or twelve layers, and gray steles try to make room for them, testifying to the presence of the dead souls. It is a duty to remember!

New Town

In the New Town a few blocks away, we end up on Wenceslas Square. In fact, it is a rather large avenue that reminds one a bit of the Champs-Elysees in Paris. It is also in a way the center of Prague, with banks, shops of all kinds, restaurants, nightclubs, movie theaters housed in beautiful historic buildings - like the Burger King that proudly displays its sign on the facade of an old Baroque building – as well as more modern glass and concrete buildings. The square is dominated by the equestrian statue of St. Wenceslas and is enclosed by a huge neo-Renaissance building that houses the National Museum.

Little Venice

Before setting foot on the famous Charles Bridge to cross the Vltava River, enjoy a short cruise on the river and its canals. Sail under the bridge to admire its statues from a different angle, see the life that has developed over the canals where the greenery and flowers adorn shamelessly small houses with crafted balconies lazily spreading over this Little Venice, or see the young brides in search of memorable photos, wearing white lace that rivals the swans strutting on the river; these are moments that will remain in your memory.

Mala Strana : Baroque Prague

One must climb the steep streets of the Mala Strana district, not without admiring the marvelous gardens that are arranged in the passages and inner courtyards, to arrive at Prague Castle, which stands in front of a large square, where one can stretch the tail of visitors who want to see the changing of the guard, which is done every hour, or just visit the complex of the Castle.

Because, yes, it is quite right to call this vast enclosure of the Castle a complex, where the sharp arrows of the Cathedral Saint-Guy also jut out. It is the largest religious building in the country, with its remarkable windows made by the artist Mucha, and the white towers of St. George's Basilica, a beautiful Romanesque building that opens onto St. George's Square.

From this square, we reach one of the most visited curiosities in the complex: the Golden Alley. Sixteen brightly colored mini-houses are now home to record shops, art books and souvenir shops. At the time, these small houses, erected in 1579, housed goldsmiths. This is where the nickname comes from. It is said that the alchemists were working on the development of a formula to make the precious metal... today, you will not see an ounce.

Not far from the main square of the district, among palaces, squares and churches, is the Church of Our Lady of Victory. You may have heard of “The Little Jesus of Prague!” This stands on a marble altar in this church, which was one of the first Baroque buildings in Prague. The famous and very small 47 cm wax statue, known for having protected Prague from the plague and the destruction of the Thirty Years War, is dressed in beautiful costumes according to a strict religious calendar and a gold crown set with precious stones completes its wardrobe. A museum at the back of the church exhibits over 70 of these costumes, some of which are richly embroidered.

A few delights 

As we have said, Prague is a feast for the eyes. However, it is certainly not yet a high place of gastronomy, nor the place to try dieting.

However, you will be served a tasty and quite varied cuisine centered on meat or fish and sauces. You will surely not miss the great local specialty, knedliky, dumplings made with flour and grated potatoes that are often served with cabbage or sauerkraut. These knedlikies remind the people of Prague of a time when one had to survive by learning how to prepare potatoes in many different ways.

You will also have to taste the famous ham of Prague. And why not accompany it all with a local beer, a Gambrinus or an Urquel. Both are delicious!

I first saw this city that left me with wonderful memories ten years ago, and it was with as much joy and wonder that I visited again... I will always return with as much pleasure, as Prague remains, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful cities in the world to see over and over again!

Na shledanou ** Prague!

Christiane Théberge

** Goodbye



The Dancing house

Charles Bridge

The famous astronomical clock

San Jan Hus Memorial in the centre of the Old Town

Pinkas synagogue

Old Jewish cemetery

Little Venice 

Cathedral Saint-Guy

The Golden Alley









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