On a Layover in Prague…

It was love at first sight. Prague just has that effect on you especially if you arrive by train and get off at the central station.

Walking towards the oldest square of Prague, the charming Staroměstské náměstí

Walking towards the oldest square of Prague, the charming Staroměstské náměstí

My first encounter with this charming city was a couple of years ago in the deep autumn, where the sweet smell of roasted nuts and trdelnik was in the air, the city was dressed in pretty autumn colours, Christmas markets were starting to pop out and there were lot, I mean LOT less tourists.

The word romantic must have been created for Prague, the city is oozing with charm and loveliness. Unfortunately the beauty has its price. The endless crowds of tourists, that is intensifying by the day does not make it easy to have a peaceful, let alone romantic getaway in the Czech capital. But don’t despair there are always roads less travelled.

My second visit to Prague was just a couple of months ago as I was on a layover flight from Armenia. My husband and I had a few short hours to spend in the city and didn’t miss our chance to hop out of the airport. It just takes 30 min and a few EUR by the airport express bus and you find yourself amidst all the beauty and charm. Our flight landed pretty early, which means that we had the city to ourselves for a few hours before the flocks of Chinese, Spanish and other nationalities flooded the center.

Our first stop was the main square, with its beautiful old buildings and the famous astronomical clock.

Staroměstské náměstí – Old Town Square

The Astronomical Clock – an intricate wonder from the 15th century. Every hour hundreds of people gather in front of it to enjoy a couple of minutes of beautiful show. A good idea is to get there 10-15 minutes before the hour strikes to grab a prime spot. If you like to see the city from above, then make sure to go up the City Hall Tower, the view from there is very pretty.

Prague is a city where you always need to look up. There are so many intricate details on the buildings that they will make your head spin.

Powder gate – marking the entrance to the Karlov Most from the Old Town. The hour was only 9 in the morning, but the crowds were insanely large.

Before reaching the Charles Bridge to the right there is this little viewpoint

Karlov Most – Charles Bridge. The prettiest bridge of all. It is the main tourist draw and no wonder why.

The Prague Castle

Prague bridges

Prague bridges – spanning across Vltava river, they give such a charm to the city. This idyllic view was taken from the Karlov Most.

Trdelnik

Savouring our trdelniks – gotta admit they taste much better in the autumn cold than under the scorching heat of the summer. But we couldn’t resist the temptation.

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