A Trip to Prague and Budapest: Day 4

My dad and I are on a Rick Steves Tour in Prague and Budapest. This was our fourth day in Prague and our second day of the tour.

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This morning we met in the lobby of the hotel and Peter, our guide, handed out tram tickets to everyone. He led us to the tram stop and we got on the 22 up to Prague Castle.

We met Martin, who is our guide for Prague, since Peter is a Hungarian native and can tell us more about Budapest when we get there.

We went into the castle through the security checkpoint, where you have to put your bag and any metal in your pockets on a table and walk through and the guards say you’re fine and to go on.

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The lights at Prague Castle are cool.

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We went to St Vitus Cathedral first.

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The front part of St Vitus Cathedral.

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Most of the Cathedral, including the front part, was built in the 1800s.

The inside had pretty stained glass and a lot of tombs.

The side of the cathedral is where you can see the original parts built in the 1300s on the right and the newer parts on the left.

The back is the original construction and has flying buttresses fortifying the towers against wind damage.

We then went to the Old Royal Palace and St George’s Basilica. I don’t remember anything about St George’s Basilica.

There was a lot about Maria Theresa, the Hapsberg queen who was a great leader and barely lost any of her kingdom to wars and had 16 children, including Marie Antoinette.

Then we went to the Golden Lane, which is tiny houses that had been cheap housing for artists and writers in the 1800s. Kafka lived in one of the houses. You can tell which one because it is selling his books. The ones at the beginning are shops and the ones at the end are set up to show what they were like at various historical periods.

I didn’t buy anything at the shops because they were crowded, but I did like the part set up like a film studio, with a cutting room and a showing room.

We then went to see the window where people were defenestrated and the changing of the guard in front of the castle.

After that, we went to the Strahov Monastery for lunch. It is a brewery, so I was hoping for a tour of that, but we just had lunch. We got soup and everyone at our table got goulash because it was loud and we couldn’t hear the other options and the waitress was annoyed we asked five times.

Because it’s a brewery, it’s known for its beer, so I’m disappointed Bryce isn’t here to try all the beer. I’ll have to bring him sometime.

After lunch, my tour buddy and her mom got on the tram with me and my dad and we helped each other find our way back to the hotel. We keep being told the tram is easy to use. The hard part is figuring out when to get off. We decided if we got super lost, we would get off and find a Starbucks and use their internet to find our way back to the hotel, but we made it without having to resort to that.

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A Trip to Prague and Budapest: Day 3

My dad and I are on a Rick Steves Tour in Prague and Budapest.

You can find all my previous posts about this trip here.

This morning we walked south along the Vltava River. The buildings across the river were super pretty. We took a selfie with Prague Castle. My dad is learning to love selfies.

 

 

We also tried to get a selfie with the other buildings across the river, but it didn’t work out. Putting selfie filters on my dad is my new favorite thing, though.

I think this is either the Most Legií Bridge or the Jirásküv Most Bridge. I think Most may mean Bridge.

It was super windy out, so we found hats. No one in Prague wears hats, but we look cute in them.

 

We walked around the area by the Charles Bridge. The fence along the river is covered in love locks.

We went back to the area near the Klementinum to go to the tourist shops. They all sell crystal jewelry, but it’s super hard to find matching earrings in different colors. I managed to find a set that will work for me, my mom, my sister, and my brother’s girlfriend. I have no idea what to get my brothers. They are impossible to shop for.

At 4 we met for our orientation for the Rick Steves tour. Our guide is Peter, a Hungarian native. There are 26 people on the tour including us. There is one girl the same age as me and she is my tour buddy.

After the orientation, we did a walk through the Old Town. Since there are so many people, we all have walkie talkies and earbuds that only have the right earbud and Peter has a microphone, so he can talk to us as long as we aren’t very far away. This is convenient so he doesn’t have to yell for everybody to hear when he’s telling us about the things we’re seeing and also so he can give directions on where to turn to people who are a little behind the group.

Most of what he showed us were things we had learned about during our morning tour yesterday.

After the orientation to the Old Town, we crossed the Charles Bridge and had dinner at a historic restaurant. Two members of the Prague Castle Orchestra played and sang a variety of songs for us. A local at a nearby table must have been talking during the first songs because one of the men said something to him and he was quiet for the rest of the performance, but rolled his eyes each time they started a new song and looked relieved when they finished.

The meal ended with shots of an herbal alcohol in tiny wine glasses. It tasted a lot like mouthwash. There are several non-drinkers on our tour, so one gave me his drink. It wasn’t very strong, but I still didn’t need more than two.

After dinner we walked back across the Charles Bridge to our hotel. We talked with some of the people on our tour during the walk and I found out that we’re having dinner with some of dad’s friends who live in Prague tomorrow.

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A Trip to Prague and Budapest: Day 2

My dad and I are on a Rick Steves tour in Prague and Budapest. We arrived in Prague yesterday.

You can find all of my posts about this trip here.

This morning we got up and had breakfast at the hotel, then walked to the Astronomical Clock where we spent some time taking pictures.

 

 

At 8am we met Marcus, a guide for The Naked Guide. He took us on the Naked Guide’s Bright and Early Breakfast Tour, during which we learned about the Astronomical Clock, the Charles Bridge and the statues on it, the Jewish Quarter and Old Town Square.

The Jewish Museum, which was not open on Saturday, was established long before World War II, but does feature memorials to victims of the holocaust. A memorial that is always available to view are the stumbling stones outside of houses that Jews had lived in. Each stone features the person’s name, their birth year, the year they were deported, and the year they were murdered.

 

Marcus also helped us buy public transit tickets and told us how to use them so we can get around on the tram.

At the end of the tour he took us to Cafe Louvre, which had also been suggested by Scott, the man who drove us from the airport to our hotel yesterday. He gave us maps and suggestions on where to go to avoid crowds and how to get out of the touristy areas.

My Grand Cappuccino Louvre and Dad’s juice cocktail from the Cafe Louvre.

 

After our tour we went back to the hotel to take a nap.

Later we met at the Rudolfinum for another Naked Tour, this one led by Imogen. This was the Prague Castle at Night Tour.

While the morning tour was just us and Marcus, Imogen’s tour had the full 8 spots filled. She made sure everyone had their tram tickets, then took us on the 22 up the hill to Prague Castle.

It is possible to walk to the castle from the Old Town, but since it’s an uphill climb, taking the tram is more enjoyable.

Since the way back was downhill, we walked back across the Charles Bridge to our hotel instead of getting back on the tram.

Tomorrow afternoon will be the start of our Rick Steves Tour, so we’ll spend the morning exploring more of the city. Keep watching my blog for updates on our trip and be sure to follow me on Instagram @hollygeraldson to see all of my pictures.

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