After spending a couple of days in Salzburg, we took the Westbahn over to Vienna. I have to say, although the two cities are only two and a half hours away from each other, they are completely different. Salzburg’s traditional Austrian countryside charm was far behind us and, as obvious as it sounds, we were very aware that we were in a bustling European capital city. I think I can speak for both of us when I say that we preferred Salzburg, but Vienna certainly had it’s charms – some of our highlights were St. Stephens Cathedral and the Natural History Museum.
So we’re back with another travel diary – this time I’ve dug back a little bit and put together a post about my trip to Prague. I’d wanted to visit Prague for so many years before I took a trip there, and I have to admit, that’s partly because of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I spent five days in this beautiful city in September and I could’ve spent days wandering around it’s winding streets!
As always with our travel diaries, this post is very image heavy – but I’d definitely say you can’t have too many photos of Prague in one place 🙂
Of course, my first stop in Prague was Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock. This is the typical postcard Prague and the historical centre of the city – it’s walled in by baroque buildings on all sides, with the gothic Týn church just behind. There’s also the famous Astronomical clock, which draws huge crowds, so if you’re planning on visiting it I’d definitely recommend going earlier in the morning as we did so you can actually see it without being surrounded by walking tours!
Our next stop was the Jewish Quarter. With what was then Czechoslovakia bordering Germany and the Nazi occupation of the country during WWII, the Jewish Quarter of Prague is a very prominent and poignant section of the city. The majority of the buildings and memorials understandably didn’t allow photographs out of respect, so here are the few photos I did take – one from the outside of the main building of the museum (the Jewish museum is made up of multiple memorials and synagogues dotted around the Jewish quarter, and you can follow the path round to visit most of them) and some inside the Spanish Synagogue. I’d definitely recommend visiting the Jewish museum if you take a trip to Prague, even if you’re not a big museum/history person like I am – it was incredibly emotional, still relevant to this day, and I did tear up more than once; especially in the memorial where the names of the Czech Jewish victims of the Nazis cover the walls, and the exhibition of children’s drawings from inside Prague’s Jewish ghetto.
What do you think of Prague?
Lots of love,
I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Iceland twice now, and I have to say it’s magic never gets tiring. Despite Iceland being an island with a small population and unforgiving weather conditions, it’s becoming a more and more popular travel location, and it isn’t hard to see why!
(P.S. this is a very photo-heavy post!)