From Prague with Love: Views from Heaven, and Chocolates for You

Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. Friends who had visited Prague always talked about how beautiful the city is; I can now confirm that is certainly true.

Prague is the best-preserved Baroque city in Central Europe. Many of its cultural attractions survived the violence and destruction of 20th century Europe – including the two world wars and over 100 other wars in Europe.

Constructed around 880 A.D., Prague Castle is the largest medieval castle in Europe and was once the seat of the Kings of Bohemia. Today, the President of the Czech Republic governs from the castle. We visited its St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace, the Royal Garden, the Basilica of St. George, and its other historic sites. I found the Golden Lane the most interesting and amazing – displaying armor and textiles in its traditional medieval buildings, and, most important, giving us a glimpse of the life of people in the past.

If you like chocolates, you must visit Prague Chocolate at Nerudova 226/46, which is only a few minutes’ walk from Prague Castle. It offers the best hot chocolate; I love best its dark-chocolate-coated almonds with a hint of sea salt and chili pepper – my cousin downed an entire pound of them in just one evening.

The views from Charles Bridge, a 14th century stone bridge, were unparalleled. Street artists showed their works and musicians played their tunes on the bridge, adding new romance to the old stone bridge. And we had the most delicious roasted pork by the Castle market. It was from a street vendor – the pork was tasty and the cracklings heavenly; the price, however, is more expensive than that in the restaurant!

If you are a beer lover, such as a couple of my friends, Prague is simply a paradise. There are 28 breweries and brewpubs in Prague. If drinking beer is not enough for you, you can try out some of the City’s beer spas, where you can soak in a beer bath while drinking beer too. And don’t forget to enjoy a puppet show and buy some Bohemian crystals.

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