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Travel Diary: Prague, Czech Republic

by danize.com@gmail.com

I recently went on a 5-day trip to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. It was an amazing experience and I want to share some of the attractions and highlights I visited.

Day 1: I arrived in Prague from Budapest by train. It was a scenic journey that took about 7 hours. I checked in at my hotel, which was called Hotel Prague Star. It was a cozy and comfortable place with friendly staff and a good location. I decided to explore the Old Town Square, which was a short walk from my hotel. There, I saw the famous Astronomical Clock, the Tyn Church, and the Jan Hus Monument. I also enjoyed some delicious street food, such as trdelnik (a pastry with sugar and cinnamon) and klobasa (a grilled sausage).

Day 2: I joined a guided tour of the Prague Castle, which is the largest ancient castle in the world. It was impressive to see the different buildings and styles that make up the complex, such as the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral, the Romanesque Basilica of St. George, and the Renaissance Royal Palace. I also visited the Golden Lane, a charming street with colorful houses that used to be home to alchemists and artisans. After the tour, I had lunch at a traditional Czech restaurant and tried some local dishes, such as svickova (beef in cream sauce) and knedliky (bread dumplings).

Day 3: I took a day trip to Kutna Hora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site about an hour away from Prague by bus. Kutna Hora was once a rich mining town that produced silver and coins for Europe. It has many historical and cultural attractions, such as the Gothic St. Barbara’s Church, the Italian Court (a former royal residence), and the Sedlec Ossuary (a chapel decorated with human bones). I learned a lot about the history and culture of this fascinating place.

Day 4: I spent the day exploring some of the other sights and neighborhoods of Prague. I crossed the Charles Bridge, which is lined with statues of saints and offers beautiful views of the river and the city. I climbed up to the Petrin Hill, where I enjoyed a panoramic view from the Petrin Tower (a smaller version of the Eiffel Tower). I also visited the Lennon Wall, a colorful mural that pays tribute to John Lennon and his message of peace. In the evening, I experienced some of Prague’s night life at a jazz club and a pub.

Day 5: I packed my bags and checked out of my hotel. I had some time before my train to Berlin, so I decided to visit one more attraction: the Jewish Quarter. There, I saw some of the oldest synagogues in Europe, such as the Old-New Synagogue and the Spanish Synagogue. I also visited the Jewish Museum, which displays artifacts and documents related to the history and culture of the Jewish community in Prague. It was a sobering but enlightening experience.

I had a wonderful time in Prague and I would love to go back someday. It is a city full of history, culture, beauty, and charm.

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