The essential of historical Prague in just 48 hours
The historical centre of Prague is a compact area which – provided you have a good itinerary – can be reasonably visited in just two days without missing out any of the essential sights or the general image of the city in the past and nowadays. The early medieval town started to develop along both sides of the Moldau (Vltava) river, upon and underneath several hills that provided the necessary visual safety point. The settlement has naturally copied this geographical situation. Even if you have only one day in Prague, you can be lead by our two day itinerary and just make everything a bit faster…
Vltava river banks
The left bank created by two hills mirroring the river was the best ground in terms of protection. This is why the Czech princess chose to build their seat here, on the premises where the Prague castle as well as the archbishopric and other important residencies stand till presence. The opposite right bank lacked any natural protective area, just in the contrary: it was endangered not only by people, but mainly by the river. Being flat, this area was flooded each time a bigger water appeared, and therefore considered as unfavourable.
This medieval division of the city is apparent till our days, long after the settlers managed to regulate (till a certain mesure) the water flow. And it gives us also a clear way how to divide our itinerary- spending each of the days on the different Vltava banks.
Day one in Prague
Above the castle
Day one should be dedicated to the visit of the Castle and neighbouring historical parts. The best place to start the visit is the Strahov monastery – a premonstratensian foundation above the hills built at the gates of the castle to protect it. It is recommended to use the iconic tram number 22 (which is one of the most frequent links Prague public transport offers, so no worries about losing your time) to get to the station Pohořelec. Strahov monastery sets up before your eyes at the moment you leave the tram and is worth a detailed visit: it offers one of the best decorated baroque libraries, an important art gallery as well as an exposition of bizarre objects gathered by one of the renaissance abbots. Before leaving the monastery premises, do not miss a beautiful view terrace to get a basic notion about the city – the historic parts and the modern areas along the horizon.
Your steps can be then easily led by your eyes, as the Prague Castle is in sight. Prague Castle is said to be the largest castle complex in the world, but in the true sense of the word, the complex covered much larger function then the seat of the prince or king: it contains several religious foundations, several noble palaces and so on. Being the most important sight of the country, the visit should include some inner spaces as well as galleries and might take half a day.
Once you leave the Castle, you will find yourself in the quartier called Lesser town, populated since the Middle ages by noble families that wanted to be close to the Castle. That is why you will find here mostly large palaces in baroque style. The largest premises belonged to the 30 years war warrior Albrecht z Valdštejna and present a fine example of the 17th century baroque in Bohemia. Somewhere around the streets of Lesser Town, you first day should end.
Day two in Prague
The second day shall be dedicated to the right bank of Vltava river – The Old town and the Jewish town of Prague.
The Old Town Of Prague
As already mentioned, this area was considered as less favourable due to many facts, and therefore the professions and vocations considered as inferior were allowed to settle here: first of all, it was a large market dedicated for merchants: those coming from the distant countries had to stay for a few day in the fenced court called Týn (-which means fenced off) – to protect the city from the possible infections. Some of the merchants settled here – there is a clear evidence of early medieval French or German settlements adjoining to the Týn court and the Old Town square. That is why you will not find any great palaces, jsut smaller and modest city houses when strolling through the streets of the Old Town. Just as the famous building decorated in neo-renaissance style V.J. Rott – converted into a stylish Old Town hotel Rott. And for the midday – and midway – is great to make a lunch break in the great restaurant situated just in this centre al spot between the Old Town and the Jewish town – Nuance restaurant.
The Jewish Town
The area that was mostly endangered by the river and therefore of no use was left for Jews: the first mention of Prague itself and its market dates back to the years 965 or 966 and was written by a Jewish merchant from Andalusia, a certain Inrahim Ibn Jacob. The Jews started settling in the bend of Vltava river before the beginning of the second millenium and their settlement lasted – with small exemptions as such within the reign of Maria Theresia – till WWII.
That is why Prague has one of the oldest, most complex and preserved Jewish towns in the world, together with the oldest functioning synagogue, the Old New synagogue. Spare at least two hours for a visit of this unique place creating the history of the Jewish nation in the last millenium.
The New Town
Your visit should finish somewhere around Wenceslas Square – where the New Town of Prague begins. New in opposite to the Old town, altough the new town was founded by Charles IV with a plan to provide appropriate housing and workspace for the growing city of Prague. Wenceslas square is the modern centre of the city and therefore a place that should not be missed as it depicts the architecctural history of the city since the 19th century.
Time To Start Travelling Again – Soon!
Fellow travelers, most of you must be feeling that old wanderlust very strongly right now! I’m pretty sure most of us are ready to go out and explore like we did before. The good news is that it looks like we are nearing that point.
Most major airlines and destinations are at the very least starting to open up and book non-humanitarian flights (check sites like SkyScanner & CheapOAir), with departure dates ranging from two weeks to three months’ time, depending on, depending on the destination.
So the question remains: where should you go first? Here are some of Four Jandals’ thoughts on the subject:
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
We’ve already been to Montreal many times before, as that link can surely show you. We really want to go back and enjoy the life in that vibrant city. Here’s a few reasons why:
-International flights will be available in a few weeks.
-Everything except for combat sports, amusement parks (La Ronde closed, too bad), and major events is now open.
-Cuisine, cuisine, and more cuisine. Bagels, smoked meat, poutine, mmmmmmm.
-Montreal for all it’s panache is surprisingly cheap if you know how to avoid the tourist traps.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Why Punta Cana? Great all-inclusives. This option is really good for people who just want to kick back and relax and not necessarily even move that much, which is something maybe we all want at one time or another.
Several days of beaches, buffets, luxury accomodations and absolutely no schedule. And nobody else does it quite like they do it in Punta Cana!
Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City gets a lot of tourism, but for some reason it’s always been greatly overlooked as tourist destination, all the same. This is a shame, because this city has a whole lot to offer.
First off, it’s a world-class culinary destination. You can get food from all over Mexico and all over the world here, from chapulines on the street corner to tacos to seafood Veracruz style to asados to Michelin star restaurants, Mexico City will never fail to disappoint a foodie!
Besides this, together with NYC and London, Mexico City features some of the world’s best and most prestigious museums. One could literally spend months on end here and still not see everything the museums have to offer.
Add to this great live music and nightlife in general, and a generally great climate (it’s rarely below 10 degrees or above 30 degrees centigrade over there), and most importantly, seriously awesome people. Everybody should check this city out at least once.
Give yourself a Florida writer’s retreat
While folks are still trying to social distance, many freelancers could use a getaway. The same gig in the same house with no coffee shops available to go to? It gets old after awhile.
A writer’s retreat might be in order for you. While holed away in a resort, you can get your freelancing organized on Top Content, order from hidden gem local restaurants, relax, enjoy, and get those creative juices flowing.
Florida may not be your top destination this summer. But if you’re looking for a new place to write all alone? Then severalFlorida destinations are a good bet, especially the less obvious ones.
North of Palm Beach County you’ll find calm, peaceful Martin County. Stuart is the largest city in Martin County. The small city boasts both great beaches and diminishing numbers of corona cases, and so it’s an ideal place to get away from it all right now. Because it’s on the water, Stuart is best known for its fresh seafood. Some restaurants are open for dining. Better yet, you can get fresh, local seafood delivered directly to your resort door.
If you’re up for an oceanside drive to inspire your thoughts, make Islamorada the end of your journey. The Florida Keys are a writer’s paradise, even during the hot summer months. Less crowded than Key West and a lot closer, Islamorada Is everything you’re looking for in the Keys, only you can have it all to yourself. Almost every resort in town is directly on the beach, and yours for relatively cheap. Fresh seafood is plentiful, as is beautiful scenery. On your way down, stop at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center.
Immediately northwest of Orlando, Apopka features a ton of natural beauty and wifi enabled campgrounds. There are many RV and resort parks nearby, including Lost Lake RV Park and Magnolia Park, a campground featuring butterflies & peacocks. While trying to gain inspiration, you can stroll around hugeLake Apopka. Because it isso close to Orlando, Apopka has the shopping and amenities of a larger city. Once you’re there, though, you’ll feel like you’re way out in the country.
Just outside of Gainesville and close to Cross Creek, the famed home of Florida writing legend Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, you’ll find Micanopy. Named after a title given to Alachua Seminole leaders, this town is a well-preserved slice of old Florida. One great place to stay is the Herlong Mansion, currently running a reopening deal.
With wifi-enabled camping grounds, coastal views, and quiet summers, Sebastian is a prime place to visit. The town motto is “Friendly People and Six Old Grouches,” but the six old grouches probably went back up north for the summer. Hotel rates are low, and between Sebastian and neighbor Vero Beach, you can fulfill whatever food or shopping needs you might have. One optionis the Sportsman’s Lodge, a weekly and extended stay property that boasts especially low rates between May & December. Call ahead if you’re looking to book a stay.
A change of pace can be great for the writer’s imagination. Hopefully, you can find it in Florida this summer.
The Best Cities for New Opportunities
Even in this time, one service that will still remain essential is moving. While relocating to a whole new area might not be at the forefront of many people’s minds right now, there are lots of wonderful places ready to welcome you to a whole new lifestyle. Although lots of people are staying put this summer, moving is one of the safest adventures right now.
If you’re looking to start a new business in your new location, be sure to check out the New American Bancard company at https://www.northamericanbancard.com/ for help getting off the ground. The post-pandemic economy will be a place that a lot of people are looking to start over, so get moving now.
With calm beaches, great culture, and a slower pace of life, Sarasota is a destination for more than just vacationing. Outstanding restaurants and the picturesque gulf waters are anchored by low cost of living and lots of available housing. Schools are great and performing arts thrive in Sarasota, and living close to The Ringling Museum is pretty great, too. If you need great local movers when you arrive, be sure to call Great Local Movers, who will be happy to welcome you to the jewel of west Florida.
Want Music City Magic without the Music City cost of rent? 30 minutes south of Nashville, you’ll find your answer. While costs in Tennessee are rising, Franklin remains an affordable option for many singles & families. Close to the Smokey Mountains for nature lovers, Franklin also boasts the historic Mockingbird Theater, a local gem.
A booming tech sector and growing cultural scene helps boost Provo’s reputation as “the Austin of the Mountain West.” With low cost of living, an exciting music scene, and enormous job growth, you might want to get in on the goods of Provo now, while costs are still low. Proximity to the benefits of Salt Lake City and the stunning beauty of Zion National Park are also terrific reasons to head west.
Close to Amish Country, Philadelphia, and dubbed the new Brooklyn, Lancaster is a great place to move to. It has outstanding restaurants, incredible shopping, and is a rising star on the East Coast. Lancaster offers a lower cost of living with reasonable access to the biggest cities on the Eastern Seaboard. It is a great place to relocate for both young professionals and for families.
If you’re looking to leave behind urban life without leaving behind culture and opportunities, Boise is for you. Idaho’s largest city experienced growth three times that of the national average in the last decade. Boise is only looking up from there. The natural beauty of the city is boosted by a nearby central Idaho dark sky preserve.
Think of a big move like a very big vacation. Take the plunge, and you might thank yourself once the world has returned to normal.
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We have been wearing out our jandals (Kiwi for flip-flops) on our travel adventures around the world since 2009. We think our blog is thought provoking and a little witty. But we have been proven wrong before. Find out more about us here...
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