By Mimi Rippy
I would describe Prague's character as enchanting, historical, and somewhat (ironically, with regard to the aforementioned metaphor) unfriendly. The Czech people seem to lack the smile gene, or perhaps they just don't like tourists. If you ask for directions, beware of being intentionally misled.
The unwelcoming aura emanating from the people of Prague is eclipsed by the enchanting beauty of the city itself. The Vyehrad Castle epitomizes the beauty of Prague. Sitting high upon a hilltop, it casts an enchanting glow over the city. It dates back to the 9th century and was once occupied by the Kings of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperors.
Because I had an entire week in Prague, I was able to devote one whole (somber) day to exploring Josefov, the former Jewish ghetto. While walking from synagogue to synagogue and through the crowded cemetery, which is the oldest existing Jewish cemetery in Europe, I tried to imagine what it was like to be a Jew living in Prague during the Second World War. It was an eerie but educational experience.
In Old Town Square, the gothic and baroque architecture surrounds you as you wait for the Astronomical Clock Tower to chime, one of many can't miss things to do in Prague. Shopping in Prague is a great way to stumble upon authentic Czech souvenirs and Marionnette shops in the alleys branching out from the Old Town Square.
Prague is naturally decorated by roses that seem to congregate in various locations, providing a host of magnificent rose gardens to stroll through or read a book in. If you get a chance, go see an orchestra play in one of Prague's majestic concert halls, it's a truly authentic and delightful experience.
The five-storey Karlovy Lazne is the largest club in central Europe and the highlight of the nightlife in Prague. Even there, you won't be able to escape the historical nature of this Eastern European city - its interior dates back to the 14th/15th centuries! It's located near the famous Charles Bridge, which is always packed with pedestrians during the day, so if you haven't danced away all your energy by the time you leave Karlovy in the early hours of the morning, take a walk across the bridge and have it all to yourself - a rare privilege!
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