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Prague Fulfils Its Reputation as a Beautiful, Thriving City

Updated on November 16, 2016
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John has traveled extensively has developed 5 website guides for touring Australia & Worldwide. John has developed travelers tips & tricks.

Prague is a nice place to visit. Quite beautiful, easy to get around, everything works and it appears to be thriving. The hop-on hop-off bus I used had three routes, and a boat cruise. The main route had 22 stops.

The only problem was that mini-buses on cobble stone streets can be very bone-shattering and makes it impossible to take photographs on the run.

Most of the key attractions are within 1000 m of the centre of the city and are quite close to the railway station.

As usual I focused on the museums, art galleries and the major tourist attractions. Crouds were only a problem at the top four most popular attractions.

I did not attempt to tour the Prague Castle which is massive and would take days to get around. But I visited the Old Town Square, Wencelas Square, Charles Square and Bridge, Republic Square, the Main Brewery, which has a visitor center, radio tower, and strolled through many back streets out in the inner city area.

The riverside vistas are very attractive and many water sports were being engaged in such as kyaking, canoes and jet boat adventures. The train follows a river all the way from Dresden to Prague.

Read on for my brief notes during a three day adventure in Prague.

Images of Prague - All original photos - janderson99

Very attractive city
Very attractive city
The castle complex dominated the skyline
The castle complex dominated the skyline
Glass merchants are everywhere, crystal and blown glass. Shoe shops are prominent, simliar to many European cities
Glass merchants are everywhere, crystal and blown glass. Shoe shops are prominent, simliar to many European cities
Nice way to get around
Nice way to get around
The river is the dominant feature and used to be the main transport mode, but now tourist ferries and water sports are prominent
The river is the dominant feature and used to be the main transport mode, but now tourist ferries and water sports are prominent
Charles Bridge bearing the tourist load
Charles Bridge bearing the tourist load

Prague - Its Scenic and Easy to Get Around

The central area of Prague, around the old square, is easy accessible and walking is the best way to get around. There are many great walking tours you can join of you can do it yourself using a map and your trusty 'Google and Apple Maps'. The various squares are the community hubs. It is easy to spot the churches as their spires rise up into the skyline. The Jewish quarter is also well worth a walking tour. It is nice strolling along the river and crossing the various bridges, There are many river cruises available. You can also get around use the horse drawn carriages, the old vintage cars, 'choo choo' trains and of course the hop-on hop-off buses. Taxis are widely available, some with meters others not. It pays to check the trip cost before you get in as the costs can vary considerably and you may get ripped off.

Prague - Getting to Know You - All Original Photos - janderson99

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Lock systemDOX centre for Comtemporary ArtsMarkets in the squaresThe famous Prague Astronomical ClockThe train follows the river from Dresden to Prague
Lock system
Lock system
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DOX centre for Comtemporary Arts
DOX centre for Comtemporary Arts
Markets in the squares
Markets in the squares
The famous Prague Astronomical Clock
The famous Prague Astronomical Clock
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The train follows the river from Dresden to Prague
The train follows the river from Dresden to Prague | Source

Gallery of Art Prague

The Gallery of Art Prague had simultaneous displays of art by Salvador Dali, Alfons Mucha and Andy Warhol. What a combination! The Mucha art nouveau was fabulous.

Art Nouveau - Alfons Mucha at the Gallery of Art, Prague

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Salvador Dali at the Gallery of Art, Prague

Salvador Dali is unique in many ways and the collection at the Gallery of Art in Prague included a wide range of his works, as shown in the images below.

Gallery of Art, Prague

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Art in the Trade Fair Palace (Veletrzni Palace)

This museum is located on the castle side of the river, away from the centre of Prague. It is a short taxi ride and the National Technical Museum Prague and the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art are close by (an easy walk). The Trade Fair Palace is a large modern building of six huge floors containing Czech and European art including Picasso, van Gogh, and French masters in their permanent exhibitions. They also feature many temporary exhibitions that include furniture, ceramics and sculpture. This museum is well worth a visit.

Art in the Trade Fair Palace (Veletrzni Palace) - All Original Photos - janderson99

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More Prague Sights - All Original Photos - janderson99

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© 2014 Dr. John Anderson

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  • FlourishAnyway profile image

    FlourishAnyway 

    3 years ago from USA

    Beautiful. I've never considered going there before but this makes me want to.

  • Brie Hoffman profile image

    Brie Hoffman 

    3 years ago from Manhattan

    Look beautiful, thanks for sharing.

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    stereomike83 

    3 years ago from UK

    Having proposed to my wife there several years ago, Prague holds a very special place in my heart. It is such a beautiful city, even more so around Christmas. Pinned to my travel board!

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