Really the only word to describe my initial feeling of Prague is enchanted. Like a long lost fairy tale tied with communist oppression and Nazi occupation, the story of Prague is not only one of struggle but also success.
A collage of soft pastels line the streets with buildings dating back to the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Modern time periods. Prague is one of the oldest and best preserved European cities, having little damage done by the Nazi’s (Prague was going to be Hitler’s retirement home).
Go pet a swan, they don’t mind. Admire the beautiful astrological clock tower, so prized for its beauty the creators eyes were poked out in order to prevent him from making anything as amazing. Or just climb to Prague castle, the largest castle in Europe and about the size of seven foot ball fields.
Although the red topped roofs appear to present a city of long lost fantasy, the true story behind Prague’s struggle for freedom from communism is one that reamins in the hearts of many modern day Praguians.
Now filled with mostly gawking tourists, Wenceslas square was once filled with united Czech people protesting against the oppressive communist government. It’s difficult to imagine that little over 20 years ago groups of Czech people did what ever it took to acquire freedom with one of the most peaceful revolutions,The Velvet Revolution.
It’s hard to imagine the amount of progress communism deterred because of its forced collective philosophy and poor economic conditions.
However critical the circumstances, the Czech people managed to excel in perfecting one of the greatest things on earth: Beer.
Drinking Czech beer for the first time felt some what like how I would imagine discovering fresh water would feel. Czech beer doesn’t ask you to drink more, it asks to be chugged. Cheaper than water and drank more per capita than any other country in the world, Czech beer fully lives up to its reputation.
Traditional Czech food is meat focused, stews, and paired with dumplings. Not only is the food extremely cheap and delicious, it also all washes down perfectly with beer. Krčma definitely was one of the best restaurants I’ve been to for traditional medieval Czech food and cheap liter beers.
Whether it’s the infamous crystal fixtures, unbelievable historical architecture, or beer that brings you to Prague, it’s difficult to come up with a reason not to visit…or stay indefinitely