Prague, in the Czech Republic, was our last destination on our AmaWaterways Christmas Markets river cruise on the Danube. It’s a city of Gothic arcades, Renaissance windows, Rococo cherubs, and Art Nouveau sylphs.
Although my visit was brief as the last stop on our tour, I hope to go back there again to explore it some more. It’s a truly gorgeous and affordable city to visit.
Our cruise company booked us into the Old Town Hilton in Prague, which was lovely. Generally, I prefer small, locally run boutique hotels but the Old Town Hilton was centrally located and made it easy to walk into the historic section of town.
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Photos from our two days in Prague
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During the winter, the city is aglow with Christmas decorations and festivities.
One of the highlights of our quick stay was touring the castle which was built in the 9th century. Our guide pointed out some of the wall art on several Renaissance buildings. She called it sgraffito art but it wasn’t anything like the type of graffiti you see in most cities.
Walking over the Charles Bridge over the Vltava River is beautiful and you can see 30 mostly Baroque statues by various sculptors depicting saints and tributes to the city’s storied past. The statues that were erected starting in 1683 have mostly been replaced by replicas and the originals are now housed in the National Museum. The bridge connects the old town with the lessor town.
This sculpture below is of Jesus with Hebrew lettering that has been controversial.
“In 1696, the Prague authorities accused a local Jewish leader, one Elias Backoffen, of blasphemy. As his punishment, he was ordered to raise the funds for purchasing of gold-plated Hebrew letters, placed around the head of the statue, spelling out “Holy, Holy, Holy, the Lord of Hosts,” the Kedusha from the Hebrew prayer and originating in the vision from the Book of Isaiah.
The inscription was a symbolic humiliation and degradation of Prague Jews, forcing them to pay for a set of golden letters referring to God and hung around the neck of the statue of Christ.” ~ Jewishmag.com
This is one of the street vendors on the bridge. An organ grinder and his stuffed monkey.
Of course, you can’t visit Prague during the holidays without visiting the Christmas Markets at Wenceslas Square and the Old Town Square where you can see the Astronomical Clock, which was first installed in 1410.
I would love to go back someday and spend much more time there as well as visit other parts of the Czech Republic. It’s affordable, gorgeous, and truly unique.
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