Already arrival, Prague gives you the impression of a beautiful lady noble and slightly faded who hovers in the many living rooms of his house among old furniture and delicate and a bit dusty ornaments. These are its squares, its ways, its palaces and churches: all with authentic soul to discover. The entire center of the city is permeated by a atmosphere what enchant you. Prague you do not need to look for it, is she what finds you.
But for this you must venture in the narrow and winding alleys of Mala Strana, the Small Town that was built like “second” city later the old city, with the Baroque church of San Nicola, The Wallenstein Palace and the imposing Castle, the Hradcany, the seat of the President of the Republic, the St. Vitus Cathedral and Zlata ulicka, the Golden Lane, where lived alchemists of Rudolf II’s time.
You have an its taste climbing on top of the Tower Bridge with the city that extends below, the Petrin hill on the horizon and the unmistakable profile of the St Vitus cathedral and castle. And at the foot the Charles Bridge, a suspended stone path on the Vltava River and flanked by statues, essential and indispensable for those heading to the Mala Strana.
Prague is a city of squares: the Old Town Square, a sort of stage where all are protagonists, stand out the Gothic spiers of the majestic church of Our Lady of Tyn, the astronomical clock of the fifteenth century, the magnificent palaces and in the middle the imposing monument to Jan Hus, but also the market stalls. And the stop is bound to the wooden house where brought us the irresistible scent of trdelnìck, the delicious desserts from the complicated name. Another symbol is the square, in the new part of the city, Wenceslas Square. Here you go take coffee to Tramvaj 11, an old tram converted into a bar with tables outside and placed in the center of the large space that also houses the monument to victims of communism and the equestrian statue of St. Wenceslas.
You can drink beer anywhere but you can not miss the flying visit to U Fleku , the oldest factory and brewery in Prague, but at sunset, when the waters of the Vltava light reflexes, you go to drink it on the terrace of Knzounické namesti, the square Crusader. Where to eat? The Bohemian cuisine is tasted by U Supa The Vulture (Celetnà ulica 22) in Celetnà, on the main street with its many shops and restaurants. The place is also ideal for some shopping: stay away from the non-ideal crystals too delicate for the luggage on the plane, the choice fell on a metal ring of blood-red garnet, the Czech national gem, purchased in one of the many jewelers with windows full of ruby glow.
In the new Prague it’s a must the souvenir photo on Resinovo riverfront in front of Fred and Ginger building designed by Frank O. Gehry. And speaking of the river, the ride on the boat on the Vltava allows you to embrace Prague and fix it in the memory in a sequence of unforgettable images. A world apart from that of the island of Kampa, separate from Mala Strana by a second arm of the Vltava, the Certovka or the Devil’s Canal, to get lost in romantic walks in the gardens during the day and in the evening between breweries. To immortalize the wall of John Lennon, a hippie corner in the medieval Prague ownership of the Grand Priory of the Czech Republic and the order of the Knights of Malta that allow to use so they are drawn murals by the positive messages.
Finally you can not leave Prague without visiting the Jewish Quarter, the Josefov, where there is the oldest European synagogue although it is the Jewish cemetery one of the most important things to do in Prague: the oldest grave dates back to 1389, the most recent to 1787. The lack of space has led to overlapping burials up to 9 layers for a total of 12,000 tombstones in Renaissance and Baroque style. And to remember the tragedy of 77 thousand Czech Jews murdered by the Nazis you will enter the Pinkasova synagogue where the written names, one after another, on the walls are a sort of mute appeal to those who are no more.