Prague was the second city we visited, and of the five cities we visited was the only one not in a German-speaking country. Prague is an extremely beautiful city. Its a city full of quaint little alleys as well as grand boulevards. Its also a city full of tourists.
1 Starting off at the train station in Dresden.
2 German countryside
5 This was in the Czech Republic
7 Welcome to Prague!
8 Lets start off with some views from the old city hall:
21 can you spot the second church in this picture? hint: its fairly massive.
22 inside that church from above
23 now for some street level shots - Powder Gate, one of the former gates to the city
24 under the gate
25 on the way to the main city square
31 nearing the square...
32 That was the tower we were in taking those pictures from earlier... by the way, please don't mind all the tourists in the upcoming shots. We were everywhere.
34 at the square, the army was putting on a show!
35 like I said, tourists.
38 some different guys
41 the GLOCKENSPIEL! THE most overrated tourist attraction in Prague! It was funny seeing the hordes of people that would gather here every hour, armed with their cameras and camcorders, to see some bells chime and a guy blow his trumpet...
42 a fancy shopping street - we'll go down this way later
45 in a city swamped with chinsy tourist shops all selling the same thing, a legit market:
48 Prague is full of charming little narrow lanes like so:
49 they have been well documented, however:
52 A tower of the Charles bridge, leading to the west side of the river. We'll get there in a minute - for now, lets stick to the east side.
53 (this is art)
57 if only that one guy's head wasn't in the way...
58 beautiful building
59 the Powder Gate again (i have no idea why its called that)
60 The street our hotel was on
61 same street, with a lady
62 I don't know what this building is, but it looks important
63 its the end of the first day there, and so time to finish up the west side of the river:
65 here's that fancy shopping street from earlier:
67 in Germany, you really have to know where you're going to find these types of buildings. In Prague, they're the norm.
69 the Old New Synagogue, completed in 1270. On Fancy Shopping Street.
70 By doing a simple google search, I have discovered that Fancy Shopping Street's real name is "Parizska", add a few half smiley-faces over the a's.
72 Prague has both cool retro trams and cool new trams.
73 end of the first day - this is where we're going in a minute:
75 the (blurry) National Theater.
78 on our way back to the hotel, fancy shopping street again
81 end of day 1:
82 start of day 2: on the Charles Bridge
87 NOw we're on the west side of the river, on our way to the castle. Something that will turn out to be quite a frivolous task...
89 I wanted to see the inside this church but the rest of my family didn't
93 alright so, right about now, at the building with the man about to kiss his deer, we start getting lost on our way to the castle...
94 i didn't mind because I got to see parts of the city I wouldn't have been able to see otherwise
100 not lost anymore. just follow this road all the way up!
105 that's a part of the castle complex, up there
106 the west side of the river is pretty hilly in case it wasn't obvious.
110 we found the castle!
111 view from the castle
112 looking down:
113 entrance to the caslte... and look, more tourists! What could they be looking at?
114 hmmm, not this
115 this! the changing of the guard:
116 we opted to skip it and go straight into the castle before everyone else did.
118 this guy greets you as you enter the main courtyard...
119 inside, THE most beautiful building i've ever seen
120 beats Hamburg's city hall, easily.
123 outside, its nearly impossible to get a good shot of it because its so freakin massive
124 alright, so every picture for now on, until i say otherwise, is part of the castle complex. it was huuuge.
125 another church, this one from like 1100 i think. (this was a later addition)
127 the original part of the church
129 The Golden Alley, built into the castle walls
130 inside the castle walls was all this cool old armor
132 just to show how thick the walls are of the castle walls. they must have been atleast 3 feet deep!
133 another cool view
134 see that funky grey wall in the middle? we'll be there shortly
135 out of the main castle complex
141 the castle gardens
143 the king's summer house - just a five minute walk from his main house!
145 leaving the castle:
146 and we arrive at that funky wall! part of the Czech senate gardens
147 a bird house
149 and with that i will leave you with this less-than-perfect picture of Prague's skyline:
Vienna is next!
Hamburg, Part 1
Hamburg, Part 2