First week in Prague

Over 13 years have passed since my last visit to Prague. Then it was summer and very hot. Now it is nearly christmas, the weather is not that cold but because of the humidity and wind it feels lot cooler. Our thick winter jackets have been in frequent use.

We live in a nice flat in Prague 3 area, a quiet neighborhood with a park nearby, which is really good. We take the dogs to the park every morning and let them run freely. Like in Germany people let the dogs walk free here. So far all the dogs we have seen are very well behaved and friendly.

We have visited Vyšehrad twice. It is a historical fort which was built in the 10th century, on a hill over the Vltava River. Situated within the castle is the Basilica of St Peter and St Paul, as well as the Vyšehrad Cemetery, containing the remains of many famous people from Czech history. It also contains Prague’s oldest surviving building, the Rotunda of St Martin from the 11th century.

On Sunday we were at Prague castle. It dates from the 9th century and is the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic. The castle was a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia.

It is among the largest castles in the world occupying an area of almost 70,000 m2, at about 570 meters in length and an average of about 130 meters wide.

Nika and Nelly have been with us on our sightseeing tours. Nelly loves people so she was over the moon on Sunday as there were lot of people around the castle and on christmas market.

Yesterday I went to Nové Město by myself with a tram. There is a tram stop near by and it took about 20 minutes to get to Wenceslas Square.

I walked a lot and visited some shops. Yesterday it rained a bit, so it was unfortunately not the best day to take photos.

 

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