THE ART OF PRAGUE

Colourful houses in Prague

Cobbled streets leading to bridges and castles, and marvellous baroque architecture easily makes this capital city one of the most romantic cities in Europe.

Along with my friend Harriet, we checked into our very lovely hotel, the Lindner Prague Castle, which is without surprise, very near to Prague Castle. You can wander freely through the streets, courtyard and gardens of the castle and watch the changing of the guards, but if you wish to go inside there is a fee of around £8.  Inside the courtyard lies St Vitus Cathedral, a magnificent feast of Gothic architecture that displays some of the finest examples of stained glass windows.

St. Vitnus Cathedral

St. Vitus Cathedral

Lindner Hotel Prague Castle

Inside Linder Hotel Prague Castle – isn’t it pretty?! (sorry about the mess!)

If you love art, Prague is a perfect place to discover it. Although difficult to compete with its European counterparts – London, Paris and Berlin, it is still a leading capital for art, especially by drawing attention to lesser known artists in the Artbanka Museum of Young Art. For bigger names head to the National Gallery to view work by the glorious Gustav Klimt and his protégé Egon Shiele.

David Cerny at Artbanka

An installation entitled ‘Guns’ by Czech artist David Cerny at the Artbanka

With one of the many musicians you will find on the famous Charles Bridge

For literary lovers, Prague is synonymous with Franz Kafka, the mind behind such novels ‘The Castle’ and ‘The Trial’ and perhaps the most famous novella ever written ‘The Metamorphosis’. If you haven’t read the latter, the opening line will beg you to read further: “As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect”. Amazing isn’t it?!

His city of birth pays homage to him through the Franz Kafka Museum, there you will learn about his life, and have access to his letters, diaries, photographs

War memorial in Petrin Park

Inside the main square

Prague

Harriet enjoying panoramic views of Prague from the Prague Castle vicinity.

From any direction, with it’s colourful buildings painted in shades of blue, pink, green and yellow pastel and highly detailed structures, you are certain to find beauty on any corner. Prague is a city for the romantics.

Have you been to Prague, or would you like to?



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'THE ART OF PRAGUE' have 8 comments

  1. May 19, 2012 @ 5:56 pm Jill

    Prague looks amazing.

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    • May 21, 2012 @ 8:26 pm Blog Me Travel

      My photographs do not give it justice, it’s the archetype landscape fit for a picture frame!

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  2. May 21, 2012 @ 12:05 am Sofia @ As We Travel

    Prague is such a beautiful city! Did you see the statue with the two “peeing men” outside the Franz Kafka Museum? That was my favorite 😉

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    • May 21, 2012 @ 8:38 pm Blog Me Travel

      Haha yes, and I saw that you highlighted it in your commentary of Prague! The “peeing men”, and the statue of a boy with a golden phallus inside the grounds of Prague Castle, and the sex museum makes Prague a rather kinky city to explore!

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  3. December 1, 2012 @ 7:09 pm Julika

    I loved Prague so much! Just the most perfect city for an aspiring art historian like me!

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    • December 1, 2012 @ 11:42 pm admin

      I imagine you must love Prague’s medieval architecture! – Do you study a lot of architecture on your course? In the same way it inspires you, it inspires me for it’s attachment to Franz Kafka – I’m so in love with his work and imagination!

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  4. December 1, 2012 @ 8:32 pm Jenna Francisco (@thismyhappiness)

    Prague is one of my favorite cities in the world. It is just so unbelievably beautiful for all the reasons you mention.

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    • December 1, 2012 @ 11:48 pm admin

      Hello Jenna! Prague is a true beauty isn’t it? I would love to go back and visit all the places I didn’t, and see the city in different seasons to see how it’s beauty alters (I imagine it would still look magnificent on wintery days – wrapped up in gloom and Gothic). Thank you for commenting 🙂

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