The Slavic Horror in the Center of Europe or What to Do in Prague

By Irina.

Swans near the famous Charles Bridge. Prague. Czech Republic.

The most famous bridge in the Czech Republic, the most beautiful bridge in Europe… I wonder, is it true? Two hours ago our plane landed in Prague, and in fifteen minutes we will see the famous Charles Bridge with our own eyes.

If you are wondering what to do in Prague, I may be able to save you a lot of money. I cannot understand how it happened that during our last trip to Italy we stopped in Rome for three days, but have arrived in Prague to stay for five? We are crazy!

“Golden Prague,” the city of a hundred gothic towers… If we take St. Vitus Cathedral as one tower, the Our Lady Before Týn as two, and add the rest of the towers of Prague, we will get eight in total. But there are jewelry shops at every step of the way. There is no chance to see all of Rome in two weeks, but in the case of Prague–one day is enough. In general, I would like to dispel the myth about the adorable capital of the Czech Republic and cheap holidays in Prague. If you are coming from some distance, you should think twice, whether it is the right place for your vacation.

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Castles of Bohemia: Bezdez

Bezdez Castle. Bohemia, Czechia.

Why Bezděz Castle? Because it is not so famous as Karlstein, Konopiště, or Křivoklát, and it is closed from the first of November. We didn’t want to find a crowd of tourists there. We’d like to feel this place without witnesses in November.

Bezděz castle is located on a hill with a small village at the foot. Citizens of that village are normal enough people, so they want to make some money doing nothing. With that goal in mind they installed on every corner of their village the signs “Stopping and parking is forbidden” and a big billboard at the entrance informing every tourist that there is not one free parking place in Bezděz Hrad, but only paid ones. OK, no problem. We are ready to help the local people to live better.

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