Prague, Czech Republic

Phill and I traveled to Prague our first time in early April 2016! I knew I would love this city before even seeing it. I have hear so much about it and couldn't wait to explore the beauty this city had to offer. Prague is located on the north-west side of Czech Republic on the Vltava river.

Prague has been a political, cultural and economic centre of central Europe complete with a really rich history. Founded during the Romanesque and flourishing by the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras, Prague was the capital of the kingdom of Bohemia and the main residence of several Holy Roman Emperors, most notably of Charles IV (r. 1346–1378). It was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire. The city played major roles in the Bohemian and Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years' War and in 20th-century history as the capital of Czechoslovakia, during both World Wars and the post-war Communist era.

Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of 20th-century Europe. Main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square with the Prague astronomical clock, the Jewish Quarter, Petřín Hill and Vyšehrad. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

Phill and I were able to visit some of these site and we were accompanied by Phill's wonderful father, Randy! He was such a wonderful tour guide and already did a lot of the history research, which I really enjoyed hearing about!

I was really delighted to see the Easter Market still up when we arrived, it makes for finding gifts easy and trying some amazing street food! We had such a blast that we went back to Prague again the next year, okay maybe it was because Phill's Dad was out there again but that is just our excuse to go ;)

Astronomical Clock in Old Town and St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague Castle

Kristin Earwood