Exploring Prague (The Photo Essay)

Known as the “Golden City of 100 Spires” and a “Symphony in Stone”, Prague is one of Europe’s best preserved cities – unlike most of the other major cities in Europe, Prague managed to escape the devastating bombs of WWII.

The reason for this is that Prague was one of Hitler’s absolute favorite cities. 

Apparently Hitler intended for Prague to be the arts and culture capital of Nazi Europe and thus ordered it to be kept intact.

Today Prague boasts beautiful and varied architectural styles ranging from the Renaissance and Baroque right up to the art nouveau and cubist styles of the 20th Century.

Charles Bridge is one of Prague’s most famous icons, dating back to 1357, replacing another bridge that collapsed in a flood a few years earlier.

It is said that egg yolks were mixed into the mortar to strengthen the new bridge – and since Charles Bridge has survived many floods (including the worst flood in 500 years back in 2002), the egg yolks were perhaps not such a bad idea after all..!

Prague has a history dating back more than a thousand years, and perhaps because of its many old buildings and streets that have survived centuries of turbulence, it comes as no surprise that it’s also said to be a haunted city.

The “Mad Barber”, “Headless Lady”, “Begging Skeleton”, “Murdered Nun” and the “Drowned Maid” are just a handful of many ghosts that apparently roam the streets and old buildings.

Even Franz Kafka and his friends apparently heard strange and disturbing tremors, and beating drums underground – but then again it wouldn’t be surprising if they had flushed down a few Pilsners before.

After all the Czechs are some of the heaviest drinkers in Europe (42 gallons per capita a year), and they even invented the Pilsner..!

To read more about Prague, check out our 13 things to do in Prague!

14 Responses to Exploring Prague (The Photo Essay)

  1. jj April 3, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    Prague has always been on my must visit places. Beautiful pictures, pigeons look strange on that sculpture though

    • Sofia April 4, 2013 at 7:24 am #

      Thanks, yeah I found it quite interesting how all the pigeons seemed to love that statue..!

  2. Wendy Hollands April 3, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    I’m off to Prague in May and seeing these photos has just added to my anticipation – thanks! I’ll keep an ear out for all those ghosts (between beers). :O)

    • Sofia April 4, 2013 at 7:25 am #

      Oh that’s fantastic, have fun! (and tell me if you hear anything :P)

  3. BPM April 3, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    My wife and I spent a long weekend there and loved the city. Wonderful people, good food and cheap pilsner!!! Being such a small city, by area, you can get around on foot to almost anywhere you want to go. We definitely think it is the best European city we have visited thus far.

    • Sofia April 4, 2013 at 7:27 am #

      Great to hear you loved Prague, it’s a perfect city for a long weekend and like you said it’s small enough to get around by foot which I always prefer.

  4. Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista April 3, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

    Prague is very high on my list! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures.

    • Sofia April 4, 2013 at 7:29 am #

      Thanks Debbie, I hope you get to visit some time soon :)

  5. Andi April 3, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

    Oh it’s soooo gorgeous!!!!!!!

    • Sofia April 4, 2013 at 7:28 am #

      Yes it really is!

  6. Alexis Marlons April 4, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    This is one amazing place to visit. This is actually one of the places in my vacation list for the year.

    • Sofia April 6, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

      Oh that’s great, I’m sure you’re going to love it!

  7. nicole | the wondernuts April 12, 2013 at 3:33 am #

    you said ghosts and I was like: WE ARE SO GOING TO SEE THOSE GHOSTS! Oh, wow, I hope we do when we go. Thank you for the info. =)

  8. Greg Prohl April 13, 2013 at 3:42 am #

    Sofia, great article and photos, and very timely for us as we plan to be in Prague in about a month. I’ve been wanting to go to Czech Rep. and Prague in particular for so long, can’t wait! Great info about the ghosts, I’ll have to check into that. Maybe there’s a ghost tour we can take?