By Kavita Shyam.
With numerous fairytale castles twinkling in the distance, cobbled streets and baroque splendor aplenty, you can’t stop yourself from being swept away up in the romance and wonder of Prague & Cesky Krumlov. Read on to find out more about the magical cities.
Leaving the popular European tourist sectors, one can ascertain this cosmopolitan capital with perfect panoramas, attractive myriad of historic architecture, music, art and wonderful lager in Central Europe- read Prague & Cesky Krumlov in Czech Republic. The city offers an exciting range of gourmet, sightseeing, relaxing and shopping options. Prague has tremendous artistic soul; the bohemian feel to it very much lives up to its name. The bustling city with efficient trams, brick walled spaces, candy-colored buildings, stone bridge, hilly vistas, subways make for an extremely pretty sight. With immensely warm, hospitable people all around, in Prague one can easily feel lost in time.
A word of caution, for anyone planning a European holiday this autumn, hang up your stilettos, pull out your sneakers and get going to this romantic delight. Besides, the singletons beware the czech’s have a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor which truly define bohemia!
On day one in Prague, I decided to walk down the nearby Charles Bridge for watching the sunset, this was a busy yet fun walkway what with the 30 baroque statue guarding the Charles Bridge, caricature corners, souvenir sellers; it indeed is a busy street providing one of the best views of the city from the bridge. It is also the oldest Prague Bridge founded by Charles IV.
Next on my agenda for the day was sightseeing of the much famed old city area. The city is house to a number of castles, the most popular being the Prague castle, which is national cultural monument, the symbol of more than millennial development of the Czech state. The whole of Prague’s historical city centre was recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site. So beer aficionados like me can enjoy a hearty drink, and a perfect pour of Pilsner Urquell.
Prague is the most significant square of historical Prague. It’s most notable sights are the Church of Our Lady before Tyn, the Old Town Hall Tower with Astronomical Clock and the St. Nicholas Church. This is also the most buzzing part of the city, sit back and soak up the atmosphere over a coffee or a cool beer at one of the unique pavement cafés lining the square, complete with Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic styles erected around the area. Stunning views nestled with numerous pubs, bohemian restaurants; unique shops, folklore and live music
I realized that Prague won’t be its usual self, without the jazz spilling out of every nook and corner of the city. One can enjoy violins and trumpets around the streets; churches with classical concert halls, jazz music pouring out of its resto-bars. When parading around this area, I went on a pleasant spin on the Segway tours, and because it started to rain the old town square was devoid of taxis so I got to experience an enjoyable old timer car ride, well, I almost felt like a queen!
Cesky Krumlov, another Czech delight was on my agenda for a two-day visit, so after completing Prague I travelled to the fairytale city. Cesky Krumlv is aa small village two and a half hours away from Prague airport. This village tucked away in Czech Republic with perfect panoramas, spectacular castle, attractive architecture, music, art, water sports and wonderful lager. The small, beautiful village just begs to be discovered with its red roofs and gold-topped spires of the city dominate its skyline, aglow throughout the day.
For most travelers or Prague residents, a one-day picnic here can be refreshingly adventurous. Before leaving the picturesque village, towards the end of the second day I headed to sample some authentic Czech food. Czech cuisines are influenced by the current global gastronomic trends. Czech delights are the meat-stewy goulash, bowls of traditional soup, Czech dumplings, fresh water fish, potato pancakes of sweet and salted variety, and lots of cake is also typical and unique, which you cannot fail to love. My verdict: One mustn’t leave without trying sumptuous food at the Krčma U dwau Maryí, the fancy restaurant I tried at Cesky Crumlov with a unique classical setting by the riverside, where one can enjoyed the original medieval cuisine (also eating plenty of potatoes like they’re going out of style), which needless to say was utterly scrumptious.
I am told Czech people see a lot of festivals through the year, from the famous Spring Festival, the Czech Beer Festival, Folklore Festival, to the Christmas Markets, there is not a dull moment in this city of joy. A word of caution for the singletons, beware the Czech’s have a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor which truly define bohemia, even if you happen to meet someone from a small village!
This spectacular place calls you back for more!