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Guest Post: A City of Gothic Beauty, a Clock, and Plenty of Ghosts

Guest Post: A City of Gothic Beauty, a Clock, and Plenty of Ghosts

This is a sponsored guest post by Guy Arnold. Guy, from leafy Hertfordshire, England, loves to write about anything, especially if it’s travel-related. Travelling more of the world and seeking adventure is a passion he hopes to continue with.

It’s as if Prague was built having been inspired by fairytales. Its medieval architecture gives a dark, gothic atmosphere – the types of buildings in which princesses are kept prisoner by haggard old witches. Its alleyways and passages are the nooks and crannies down which Dickensian tricksters hide, waiting to pray on the innocent tourist. And by night, well, let’s say Prague nightlife has more meaning than just a couple of words. In Prague, its resident twenty ghosts emerge from darkness and float silently by like feathers on a breeze, and the assembled walking tour looks on.

Views of Prague

Views of Prague

Of course, this is one of the many incredible things to do in Prague. There’s so much more to take in apart from its wandering spectres. The Vltava River slices through the city like a vein, across which several bridges lie, the most famous of which, The Charles Bridge, connects the Old town to Mala Strana. Admittedly, it is a tourist hub but, with towers at each end, both of which are climbable, the views of the city from anywhere on the bridge are spectacular. Go at sunset for an outstanding silhouette of the city skyline with its dramatic towers and domes rising above all.

If you find yourself in need of a good meal in Prague, there are dozens of fine restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars around the city. One such place, the Kampa Park Restaurant, is very close to the Charles Bridge. It specialises in a healthy blend of quality seafood and cuts of meat that fall off the bone. The Czechs love their meat and potatoes as well, so expect to see that combination on the menu. The Kampa Park is right on the Vltava, complete with riverside terrace on which you can eat and admire yet more city views. This restaurant is, however, definitely one to ‘finish off’ a holiday thanks to its elegance and grace, but certainly a worthy one off.

Old Town Square

Old Town Square

The quirky attractions keep on flowing in Prague with the likes of its astronomical clock. The clock dates back to the 15th Century and, if you stand with the rest of the inevitable crowd, you’ll see that, every hour on the hour, the clock opens up. From within, a figure of Christ appears, followed by his disciples, and the skeleton of death tolls the bell to a statue of a Turk. It really is a beautiful creation despite its complex appearance; the blue and yellow contrast splendidly and the intricacy of the mechanics doesn’t bear thinking about, yet you can’t help but admire it. As a final treat for tourists, the Old Town Hall Tower (the side of which the clock hangs) is accessible for free. Ascend its steps and marvel at the never-ending ways to see Prague, in this case Old Town Square and beyond.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.

One Comment

  1. Posted February 12, 2012 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    I find gothic architecture so inspiring! This is a place I’d love to visit. Beautiful!
    Gothic Doll recently posted..OOAK Gothic Rag Doll – Mirabelle

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