November 2015: As part of a long weekend trip that involved staying in a Nazi castle in Germany Spending the Night in Himmler’s SS Nazi Castle-One of the Most Sinister Places I Have Ever Stayed | Venture The Planet, I traveled by train with my friend Kevin to Prague for a couple of days to experience the beauty of the city that all of my friends were raving about. Prague truly was spellbinding from the first moment I laid eyes on its old city, and it remains one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to despite the throngs of tourists I encountered. Aside from the beauty of the old Gothic, renaissance and Baroque buildings, Prague has a rich history with too many layers to peel here and Prague as well as the rest of the Czech Republic is definitely one of those places that I hope to return to someday to see more.

 

 

Location of Prague

Kevin and I walked the old city for hours soaking up as much of the city and its old Europe atmosphere as possible. Prague is exceptionally beautiful because unlike many other cities in Europe that were destroyed in World War II, Prague wasn’t, and the buildings are mostly original. Even Hitler when the Nazis invaded Prague ordered that the buildings of the old town remain untouched because of their beauty.

 

 

Charles bridge built in 1300’s-considered haunted because of all of the severed heads that were once hung on spike from the bridge. 

Charles bridge built in 1300’s-considered haunted because of all of the severed heads that were once hung on spike from the bridge. 

Old Towers

Residential windows of old buildings

Prague Castle at night-largest castle in the world

Prague Castle at night-largest castle in the world

Kevin and I had a nice meal of traditional foods from Prague along with a local beer out in an open restaurant in the square at night (photo on top of page). The price was high but worth the view. We ended up staying in a hotel that was a few miles walk away where we left the old city and entered the stag part District, where lines of raucous bars and strip clubs along with wandering bands of drunken Englishmen staggered about. This was the other side of Prague that I didn’t become too acquainted with.

 

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