Atmosphere of city
Overally Prague is really impressive, beautiful city, but here are two opinions about atmosphere:
First, if the place is silent, without crowds of tourists, let say, some parts of Lesser town, Petrin hill, Vysegrad, it makes really special atmosphere, feeling that this city was one of leading in Medieval Europe.
Anyway, some places, as Charles Bridge, Old town hall or Prague castle, no wonder, are beautiful, but full of tourists and it looks so much commercialized, not so natural, bit stressful to walk though and kinda stupid (eg. when you see big row of visitors, trying to touch St. Nepomuk statue or waiting for town hall’s astrological clock performance).
Prague Zoo features more than 10 kilometers of walks among the animals, rare plants and tree species.
It is possible to take a chair lift up the cliff. The animal enclosures are often large and very similar to the native habitats. There is a childrens corner as well as a baby changing centre available.
Did you know that the Czech...
Did you know that the Czech Republic has the highest beer consumption per capita in the world? Yep, it's something like 56 gallons per person per year. There is a reason for that...the beer is excellent. Drink it on the street in the morning, get it from a vending machine at the airport, stop into your local pub, do whatever you have to do, but DRINK CZECH BEER! While doing so, remember that the Czech Beer Firsts are many and varied.
*First in per capita beer consumption
*First Beer Museum in the world
*First beer brewing textbook
*First Budweiser (Americans stole the Budvar name and put it on our ***ty beer. Czechs don't like this, understandably.)
*First president to have written an absurdist play based on his experiences working in a Czech beer brewery in 1974
Take a trip about an hour out...
Take a trip about an hour out of the city to Sedlec, a small town adjacent to the historic and picturesque Kutna Hora. Sedlec has an ossuary (bone church) decorated with thousands of human bones. It's really something to see.
The history: In the 13th century, the abbot of the monastery in Sedlec was sent by the Czech king on a mission to Jerusalem, and he returned with a handful of earth from Golgotha, which he sprinkled on his monastery's graveyard. This made the cemetery a popular burial site for nobility all over Central Europe. As a result, a huge number of bones accumulated, and in 1870 a woodcarver named Frantisek Rint was commissioned to do something with them. The most notable are the bells in each corner and the chandelier that includes every bone in the human body. The artist also signed his name in bones along the right wall at the bottom of the steps. The ossuary contains the bones of about 40,000 people.
More on Zamek Konopiste.
Zamek Konopiste looks good from all angles. Shown here is the right side of this magnificent chateau / castle. I should give old Archduke Ferdinand credit for knowing how to convert a medieval fortress into an elegant chateau. Note that many of the fine original Gothic architectural elements of the castle were expertly retained as part of the renovations.
Enjoy a picnic lunch in the gardens and enjoy the ambience of the chateau grounds. It is all free of charge. What more could you want.
See my previous tip for directions.