The first thing that surprised us when we arrived at the train station in Prague was the size of the station: it was massive and felt more like an airport than simply a train station.
Who would have thought that you could learn so much about a city by just looking at the train station?
This place was very different compared to many other Eastern European stations we had seen with its many shops, cafes, several floors, and of course – hundreds of backpackers …
The Cheap Beer And Tall People
I knew that Prague was a place many travelers visit on their Europe trips, but I never expected there to be such a difference from any other beautiful neighboring city like Vienna, or Budapest.
Both cities seemed empty from tourists compared to Prague, but since most travelers in Prague seemed to go closely together in groups following the ”free” guided tours, the city managed not to feel too overcrowded.
Perhaps all the people were there for the promises of great cheap beer and beautiful girls.
And to answer the question, yes, the beer is great and it’s almost ridiculously cheap. In Prague you can buy a beer for the same price as a juice or coke, so why not?
People drink beer like water here, and if you don’t specifically ask for a small one, you’re guaranteed a liter on the table at any time of the day.
Food is also cheap, especially if you seek out the local hideouts a bit further away from the Old Town.
The second thing we noticed was how tall everyone was.
Both me and Nathan are usually considered tall, but with my 5.8 and Nathan with his 6.3 we ended up somewhere on the average scale in this place, which made me wonder what they had put in the beer…!
Beautiful Views And Peeing Men
One of our favorite moments after having explored the medieval squares, gothic architecture and beer, was to cross the river to the park which you can walk through to get up to the Castle District.
Walking among the fruit trees you get a great view over the Castle district and river, and you feel like you’re miles away from the city.
While people were busy touching the statue of St. John Nepomuk for luck on Charles Bridge, many missed the really weird statues of two men peeing on each other.
Those who happened to see it hidden in one of the squares outside Kafka Museum, however, found it hard to pose next to it in the photo.
As you know, all tourists insist on posing in front of every statue they see – but how would you possibly pose in front of two moving…”things”? Smiling? Laughing? Playing along or looking disgusted?
The older women had a bit of difficulty getting over their embarrassment, but the photo HAD to be taken..!
Have you been to Prague? What did you think of the city?