We visited Petřín Tower, located at the top of a hill in the center of Prague. The hill, almost entirely covered with parks, is a favorite recreational area for the inhabitants of Prague. The summit of the hill is linked to Prague's Malá Strana district by the Petřín funicular, a funicular railway that first operated in 1891.
Old Town Square is a historic square located between Wenceslas Square and the Charles Bridge and features various architectural styles including the Gothic Týn Church and baroque St. Nicholas Church.
Amongst all the old synagogues in the Jewish Quarter, lies the Old Jewish Cemetery. It was in use from the early 15th century (the oldest preserved tombstone, the one of Avigdor Kara, dates back to 1439) until 1787. The numbers of grave stones and numbers of people buried there are uncertain, because there are layers of tombs. However, it has been estimated that there are approximately 12,000 tombstones presently visible, and there may be as many as 100,000 burials in all. According to halakhah, Jews must not destroy Jewish graves and in particular it is not allowed to remove the tombstone. This meant that when the cemetery ran out of space and purchasing extra land was impossible, more layers of soil were placed on the existing graves, the old tombstones taken out and placed upon the new layer of soil. This explains why the tombstones in the cemetery are placed so closely to each other. This resulted in the cemetery having 12 layers of graves.
Czech Beer Festival featuring over 100 brands of Czech beer. It was held in a large field with numerous tents, and I was expecting something similar to the beer halls of Munich, Germany, but the atmosphere was lacking any folk music or lederhosen. Swarms of young college hipsters mixed in with other tourists crowded the tables.
Most of the beer tasted the same to me, but I especially enjoyed the Permon Summer with hints of watermelon, strawberry, citrus. The fruitiness was perfect for summer.
The original Budweiser, or Budvar, is also from Prague. We saw the Budvar floating restaurant during our boat tour, and Keith insisted he find the beer and have one before we left.
From Prague, we continued our European adventure and took an over night train towards Krakow, Poland. Here is what our 'first class' sleeper room looked like. The bunk beds were a bit uncomfortable, but at least we were in a private room and had our own little sink area to freshen up in the morning. We did not get the best night's sleep, because we were unsure of how many stops were along the way. And each time the train stopped throughout the night, we'd perk our ears up to listen for an announcement (which were all in Czech - no English spoken at all), or try to peek out the window but it was pitch black at night. Needless to say, we made it to Krakow okay. Stay tuned for the next chapter, after we arrive in Poland.
Here is a map of the stops we made in Prague - feel free to use it to build your own itinerary:
For more Prague eats check out my restaurant reviews. We really enjoyed the mix of old and modern in Prague. Have you visited Prague before? What are some of your favorites things to do and places to eat? Please share in the comments below!