I have heard so much good about Prague in the last few months that the desire to see it firsthand had reached its peak. Ed? cos? that, taking advantage of the short break from studies and cheap flights during the autumn period, I didn't think twice and flew to the Czech capital. It goes without saying that expectations were high, but Prague did not welcome us in the best way: unstable weather, closed attractions and museums, scaffolding in every corner,? but still Prague remains a city? objectively beautiful, magical and romantic, an unmissable destination for anyone who has a weekend to dedicate to a trip to a nearby city? European. Prague, in fact, lends itself perfectly to being visited in two or three days at the most.
Does the Prague tour inevitably start from the historical center of the city? Vecchia (Star? Město), declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and why? ? easy to understand from the first alleys in which we enter: historic buildings, splendid churches, alleys with a medieval atmosphere and, not least, theaters, cinemas, museums and many music clubs. The nerve center of the historic center? the Old Town Square, overlooked by the Church of San Nicola, the Church of Santa Maria di T? n and the Town Hall with the famous astronomical clock which, every hour from 9 to 23, shows the crowd of tourists with their noses up ? ins? the statues of the 12 apostles in movement. I couldn't wait to climb the Clock Tower to enjoy the spectacle of the square from above but, alas, I found myself having to admire only the scaffolding that surrounded it.
We continue through the main streets of the historic center until we reach the Powder Tower, one of the most? important late Gothic monuments of the city, dating back to 1475, and then head towards the Jewish quarter (Josefov), one of the most? important and best preserved in Europe. In fact, there? that you see today, that is, splendid synagogues, baroque and Art Nouveau buildings, luxurious boutiques, are only the result of the renovation of the Jewish ghetto in the late 1800s.
Going back along Karlova street, full of cafes and boutiques where you can buy some souvenirs, we come across the Klementinum, one of the most? important architectural complexes of Europe. If there was one thing I was dying to see in Prague, it was the National Library, considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Guess what? Closed for restoration until a later date. Yeah. Embittered, very embittered, we head towards the Charles Bridge, the most? important and famous of Prague, to head towards the Island of Kampa, known as Little Venice, thanks above all to the suggestive glimpse that you can? admire from Certovka, the devil's channel. Going down towards the river bank, we meet a real colony of white swans that now seem at ease (or resigned) in front of the crowd of tourists looking for the perfect shot. Last stop, the John Lennon wall, made by a Mexican student who suffered the death of the famous artist.
Taking advantage of the mild weather (that day the storm was practically expected), we head on foot towards the Borgo del Castello, firmly convinced that we would find ourselves in front of a castle. But no, it is simply a fortified complex that contains several palaces, monuments and picturesque places, such as the Royal Palace, the Cathedral of San Vito, the Basilica of San Giorgio and the characteristic Golden Lane with colored houses and low roofs. The complete tour of the Borgo takes at least a couple of hours but, personally, I do not recommend buying the cumulative ticket, as some visits were not very interesting (personal taste). In hindsight, I would only have bought tickets to access the Cathedral and Golden Lane.
We then head to the nearby sanctuary of Loreto and the Strahov Monastery, which is worth visiting especially for its library. As the fog began to thicken, we decided to go down again towards the city center passing by the Petř? N Hill, a fantastic vantage point to admire the city? from above. On the hill there is one of the most famous monuments. of Prague, the Petř? n Lookout Tower, vaguely reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. After trying to enter without success inside the Labyrinth of Mirrors (they do not accept credit cards or euros), we go down the long descent that leads us near the VRTBA Garden, closed (I warned you that Prague has not welcomed in a very warm way, here ?).
The third day we visit two of the attractions that most? I preferred Prague: the Dancing House, which owes its name to the shapes reminiscent of the two dancers Fred and Ginger, and the picturesque Jubilee Synagogue that we can only admire from the outside, since? closed until March. We then head towards Vinohrady, one of the most popular residential districts. beautiful buildings of Prague, characterized by elegant buildings with multiple architectural styles. Among the main attractions of the district, Jiř? z Poděbrad, the television tower of? i? kov and the market held in the historic building at 50 Vinohradsk ?.
For those who prefer shopping and want to spend their last day relaxing, the shops are concentrated in the streets adjacent to Wenceslas Square. To stay warm, however, Prague offers many shopping centers: the most? important are Quadrio, at the exit of which there is an imposing bust of Kafka of about 40 tons, and Palladium. For a visit instead more? cultural, Prague? a city? full of museums and there are really something for all tastes: from the National Museum to the Marionette Museum.