PRAGUE: Ain’t Need Fairy Tales When You’re in Prague

Prague has every single element you need to write a fairy tale on. The Prague Castle stood proudly on top of the city, the bakery smell with cinnamon dashes, the swan in Kampa Park and many more sights of fantasy all signal a fairy-tale-like scenery. Coming from an Asian country, Vietnam, these sights are so rare that we enjoy going to Disneyland so much, so as to see those Disney movies coming to life. However, the opportunity of being in Prague has changed my perception. Those movies are real, those castles are real. Those folk literary works have never been so real in front of my eyes like before.

Wencelas Square, they called it the Champs-Élysées of Prague.
Wencelas Square, they called it the Champs-Élysées of Prague.

The dreamy cityscapes of Prague contributed a lot to its fairy tales ambiance.I am not exaggerating while saying this thanks to a numerous fairy tales movie shot in Prague from fantasy Snow White: A Tale of Horror, The Brothers of Grimm to the modern fantasy/action movie Hellboy, James Bond: Casino Royale. 

Princess, please follow my lead!

Obviously, I’m a not a prince and I had no princess to lead. But why not, this ambiance is the right for that. Let’s get your princess around for a city tour.

View of Church of Our Lady before Týn from the Old Town Square. The most famous church that dominates the view of the Old Town Square is blessed with a Gothic architectural style piercing onto the Czech sky.
View of Church of Our Lady before Týn from the Old Town Square. The most famous church that dominates the view of the Old Town Square is blessed with a Gothic architectural style piercing onto the Czech sky.

Old Town Square gave me a 360 degree panorama view thanks to its circular shapes just by standing in the center of it. Most famous buildings are easy to approach from here including Church of Our Lady before Týn, and Astronomical Clock. 

Astronomical Clock, which never stops ticking and moving. Every single hour the clock will rings its loudest sound. Small statues from the two windows will appear and move around. This is a sight you have to witness whenever you're in Prague.
Astronomical Clock, which never stops ticking and moving. Every single hour the clock will rings its loudest sound. Small statues from the two windows will appear and move around. This is a sight you have to witness whenever you’re in Prague.

Have you ever fancied a couple of swan swimming side by side, while you are contemplating them? Kampa Park was one of the place. Having chosen a bench, I read a book for 2 straight hours, while the spring breeze was gushing onto my skin. Your princess must love that.

Swans swimming on Vltava River of Prague. A view from Kampa is not acceptable to be missed.
Swans swimming on Vltava River of Prague. A view from Kampa is not acceptable to be missed.

The view from Charles Bridge is even more breathtaking, I recommend you two should go. Have you ever watched Peter Pan? The view when Wendy looked at London from the sky. Charles Bridge view is very close to that view. The Thames was replaced by the Vltava River, the Victorian houses are now Czech houses which are equally beautiful, or I might say even more lively thanks to their colors.

Vltava River, a view from the Charles Bridge
Vltava River, a view from the Charles Bridge

Tired, my princess? Time for some food and entertainment

Pilsner time! Less than 2 degree of alcohol and the rich taste of the foam made the beer so good.
Pilsner time! Less than 2 degree of alcohol and the rich taste of the foam made the beer so good.

You’ve never been to Prague if you haven’t tried Pilsner – the beer – and Trdelnik – Czech cinnamon pastry. The foam of the beer and the smell of the rolled pastry made my days in Prague more magical. I wasn’t a very wealthy traveler, I was a budget one. Having feasted with these local specialties made me feel luxurious. The luxury was CHEAP. Only 25 CZK for a beer and around 40-50 CZK for a Trdelnik. These things are not like castle and church in Cinderella. But being fed with these delicacy was surely a King experience.

Trdelnik freshly baked on the special cylinder cooking utensil.
Trdelnik freshly baked on the special cylinder cooking utensil.

After having those delicious Trdelnik and Pilsner, take her for a walk in Malá Strana neighborhood. Kiss her there next to these colorful houses.

Houses in Malá Strana
Houses in Malá Strana

Go down the road and you’ll see some street artists, chill there a bit. Why don’t you take her by the sketcher. A sketch is fantastic gift, unless you know how to draw.

Sketching his customer was what he does everyday
Sketching his customer was what he does everyday

And the romantic night I’ll let you decide. Either going to the river bank and watch city of Prague or heading for some local pub. Prague is there to make you fall in love with, like I did. I hope you will too

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