Close your eyes. Picture the perfect setting for a fairytale.
When I do this, I can’t help but envision Prague. It is as if the city was lifted straight off the pages of a storybook and dropped in the middle of Europe. The castles, the bridges, the rooftops and cobblestone streets, all apart of the perfect landscape for any storybook setting.
Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and is one of the most recognizable cities across all of Europe. Many refer to it as, “the City of a Hundred Spires”. Spires are those tapered cone-like structures on the top of towers (think Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland).
The Prague Castle radiates magnificence. Parts of the castle date from the 9th Century. Present day, it holds the record as being the largest coherent castle complex in the world. It sits atop a hill and looks over the entire city. The view is outstanding. On the day that we trekked up to the castle, the sky was clear and the view of the city below was striking. When we looked out at the Prague skyline from the castle, it was easy to tell why Prague is referred to as, “the City of a Hundred Spires”.
As we made our way down from the castle, we ventured across the St. Charles Bridge, over the Vlatava River. During the day, this bridge is packed with tourists from all over the world and is one of the most visited destinations in Prague. The St. Charles bridge was completed in 1402 and is lined with statues of Catholic saints. Many of these statues are landmarks themselves.
We were told that if we wanted to experience the bridge without the crowds, we would need to be there at sunrise. So, on one of our mornings, Cameron and I woke up before the sun and walked a few miles from our hotel to experience a crowdless St. Charles Bridge. It was surreal. It was at this moment I decided that if I ever wrote a storybook, it would be set in Prague.
Our final stop was the Old Town Square. This is one of the most famous and photographed areas in Prague. It is located right at the very center of the city and is frequented by millions of visitors a year. And it is clear why.
People (like us) flock from all over the globe to see the colorful baroque buildings and the Gothic architecture. It was in the Old Town Square that I found my favorite clock in the world. It’s called, the Prague Astronomical Clock and it is breathtaking. It truly felt as if I were walking through a fake town on a movie set in some huge Hollywood backlot. But I wasn’t. I was in Prague. With the love of my life. Never wanting to leave.