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Ive been a nut for castles since I was small. Pragues Prague Castle and its 9th century genesis shows on its face and architecture and easily can be seen as a fantasy castle. The last time a renovation took place on that castle edifice was in the 18th century and since then, the looks havent changed much since then. It was the center of power for centuries and home to the spiritual role and rule of the Czech Republic for as many centuries. It saw kings like Charles IV and King Vladislav Jagiello and hasnt had them since the 16th century.
Not too far from that castle is the three towered Charles Bridge, connecting Old Town Prague to the Lesser Quarter. Mostly foot traffic now, the towers hold amazing views of the bridge spanning the Prague River. Not too far from this bridge lies St. Vitavas Cathedral, but this would have to wait for another day.
I was surprised how easy it was to holiday in Prague for a weekend stay. The Jewish Quarter, or Josefov, isnt too far from Old Town and the Jewish Museum is housed there. Once there, youre thrown back into the days of strife in 1930s Europe and how these people were persecuted for their faith in God during Hitlers tyranny at the time. Many synagogues are still in operation today and the Old-New Synagogue is the oldest operating synagogue in central Europe.
Parks and gardens dot the Prague landscape, as the escape of people while eating lunch was something I was after. To get there, I had to get to Jungmannovo and Wenceslas, which this garden connects nicely. The entrance, or nmst on Jungmannovos side wasnt hard to get to and, like back home, is a great place to grab some bench and people watch, especially the kids in their sandbox and swings in the playground.
It was nice. Relaxing. And ended all too soon. But Im glad for the memories.