During our five day break, my friends and I visited Prague in the Czech Republic for two days. Prague is a city of colorful buildings, hearty food and charming street performers. The wide river is sprinkled with island parks and the winding streets are brimming with history. Safe and cheerful, this Bohemian city is a must-see. Here is a short list of places I visited with my friends during our stay!
- Charles Bridge, built in the 1300s, crosses the Vltava River and is lined with statues of saints. The pedestrian bridge historically is a connection between Prague Castle, to the main town on the other side of the river. This bridge helped Prague become an important trade route between Western and Eastern Europe. We discovered that, at night, this bridge is a perfect place to see the lights of the city reflected in the water of the river!
- Prague Castle, the biggest castle in the world, is a collection of gothic buildings clustered inside a huge wall that dates back to 807. The narrow, sloping streets within the palace walls made it hard to believe that I was still in the 21st century. It’s quite a hike to the top of the hill so we saved ourselves the energy and took a bus. Since the palace is so highly elevated, the views of Prague are incredible. This is another great place to be to watch the sunset!
- The John Lennon Wall is a quirky attraction in Prague that draws people of all ages and nationalities. The wall, covered by John Lennon-inspired graffiti, was started in the 1980s as a form of resistance against the communist regime at the time. Even when the government would paint over the graffiti, new paintings of flowers and poems would appear by the morning. Today, it is constantly surrounded by tourists and selfie sticks. When we went to see the wall, a musician was standing against the wall singing John Lennon songs.
- The Old Town Square is in the center of the historic district of the city. Here you can find street performers playing pianos or upright bases or blowing bubbles for children to play in. There is also a statue in the square of Jan Hus, a religious reformer who became a martyr for his beliefs. The Old Town Square is a beautiful place to be at sunset!
- Free walking tour. There are a number of free walking tours of the city that are totally worth your time. Your hotel or hostel can help you find tours that are available! Our tour guide was passionate and knowledgable and kept it interesting for the whole two hours. We learned the history of different parts of the city and saw buildings and monuments that we probably would have missed otherwise.
- Prague has some great food. During our 48 hours in the city, my friends and I tried six out of the top ten cafes listen on TripAdvisor. Some of our favorites were Savoy, EMA and Den Noc (get the pancakes!). Another food to try is Chimney Cakes or, in Hungarian, Trdelnik. Imagine a croissant baked around a rolling pin and filled with ice cream!
Corrie Coleman is a sophomore Journalism major from Dallas, Texas. After college, she hopes to work for a non-profit that aids refugees, using her passion for photography and writing to raise awareness and work towards justice for the oppressed.
Corrie finds joy in hikes, sidewalk chalk, puppy videos, and long conversations around a campfire. She is inspired by sunrises, good books, and her parents. You will almost always find her with Converse on her feet and a camera in her hands.
She plans to spend her days with good friends, exploring the world and loving without reserve.