My family and I took an hour flight via KLM to Prague from Amsterdam. The flight was even less than an hour and the aircraft was quite small than the usual. I remember at some point the turbulence was pretty bad and it felt like I was on a small rollercoaster. I’m a bad flyer. I have a love-hate relationship with flying that probably started when I was a little girl. I used to be airsick until I was about 12 years old. The flight was super short and was filled with tourists like us. We were landing in no time and before we knew it we were already at the airport in Praha.
First impression of Prague Airport– it seemed small or maybe because the terminal we landed on was that of inter-EU flights. Our luggages came out of the conveyor belt right away and we were soon met by our airport transfer driver. The ride to the city proper took us about 30-45 minutes from the airport passing by the hill where Prague Castle stands and through the winding roads down to Old Town where our hotel was. We chose a hotel near Charles Bridge and it was a perfect location because of the great views and walking distance to our favorite part of Prague– Old Town! In fact, the hotel itself is at the edge of Old Town. We checked in, rested for about an hour while also settling in our room and then set on foot into the old cobblestone narrow roads that would take us to Old Town. It was quiet in the afternoon, around 3 PM and I immediately felt the contrast between Amsterdam and Prague. Amsterdam was busier, livelier during daytime with pedestrians, cars, trams and cyclists on the streets. At Prague Old Town, it was super quiet along the back alleys. It took us a while but we found a Chinese restaurant nearby where my husband wanted to have lunch (he missed Asian food after two days of none except for Thai in Amsterdam).
We settled inside the low key Chinese restaurant managed by nice Chinese women. From the outside it didn’t seem like an Asian restaurant at all because of how it blended in with the Old Town. We had our hearty lunch and then set off again to explore the rest of the town. We passed by tourists who were exploring like us, most with their faces down to their phones obviously trying to navigate their way too. It’s easy to get lost inside Old Town because of the many alleys and small cobbled roads but we found our way to our destination for the day– Wenceslas Square at New Town Prague.
Wenceslas Square is the main square of New Town Prague. It is the site of many important and historical events of Prague’s past. Today, it is home to shopping retailers, hotels, cafes and restaurants and the most outstanding of all of them– the Czech National Museum. It is the traditional location of demonstrations, celebrations and national gatherings. The famous square was named after the patron saint of Bohemia, Saint Wenceslas. It is also a World Heritage Site.
There are so many breathtaking things to love about Prague. My husband correctly said it that Prague is for old souls. The nostalgia of yesteryears are still present in the city lined with cobbled stones and towering Gothic architecture buildings and spires. I personally feel that it is a city I could go back to over and over again just to rewind a step back and travel to the past while enjoying modern day convenience. Prague is definitely a must on every person’s travel list or city escape.