This is the Prague You’ve Never Seen Before!
Journal Entry 18
We arrived in Prague during a pandemic with a task on our hands – that to prepare and plan our next moves for the following weeks. However, apart from that, we still wanted to explore the beautiful majestic city in a way that not many have experienced before!
Initially, the main reason why we wanted to visit Prague is for the cheap beer and food … and guess what! We didn’t get to experience any of those two. Well, not in the way we imagined let’s put it that way. Don’t be fooled! We still found a way around it as we were frequently frequenting the supermarket opposite our beautiful hotel, trying all sorts of available Czech beer!
However, it was a rather an apocalyptic scene, with all bars, restaurants and major attractions completely closed. People were rather scarce, but in a city like Prague, there was still a tonne of things to do safely within the city.
Things To Do In Prague During A Pandemic
We had a world-known medieval stone arch bridge all to ourselves. I mean, how many people in the world can say that? We’ve seen many vlogs and heard from close friends on how busy this bridge usually is, with tourists constantly bumping into each other. Just have a look at the below contrasting pictures of the same bridge today, and a few years back.
We got there in prime time, around 10.00 in the morning. We took a stroll back and forth while enjoying the beauty of the river underneath. During the whole way, we may have encountered 5 … maybe 6 people at most. Fascinating! We took so many pictures without worrying that someone might accidentally photobomb us from behind. Hey, maybe they’ll cost a fortune one day, who knows?
The Dancing House
This was the first spot we looked at while researching on Instagram for things to do in Prague during the pandemic. It’s a famous instagrammable architecture portraying the modern and new Prague.
The building was completed in 1996 and was rather controversial at the time as it stood out among to Baroque and Gothic buildings that the city was so famous for. It’s nickname is Fred & Ginger and the reason behind it is that it resembles a pair of dancers.
What’s mostly interesting and inspiring about the building is that although it represents the modern, it’s set on a property of great historical significance. The same site was the location of a house destroyed by the U.S. bombing in Prague during the year 1945.
The Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square
In Prague sits the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world. It was first installed in 1410, which makes it the oldest one which is still operating to this day. Another world-known sight, and once again it feels like an abandoned neighbourhood at most of the time. You can’t go there without waiting for it to strike the hour. This happens from 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. When it does, the procession of the Twelve Apostles sets in motion along with beautiful melodies and sounds of bells.
The John Lennon Wall
Anyone a fan of graffiti? The John Lennon Wall is a colourful work of art featuring hundreds of John Lennon-inspired graffiti. Apart from that, these include lyrics from Beatles’ songs, and designs relating to local and global causes, such as the current pandemic.
Ready to see Prague from above? The closest (and cheapest) option is definitely the Prague Metronome on Letna park, just a 20-minute walk from the centre of the city. The area is huge, with plenty of space to chill and enjoy nature close to a bustling city. Walking up to the top rewards you with an incredible view of the Vltava River, along with several bridges including the famous Charle’s Bridge.
The Smallest House in Prague (2.25m wide)
It’s too curious of a sight to be missed. This is house number 4 in Anežská street, which is in total contrast to the masterpieces of architecture found in the Czech capital. The reason why it’s so small is that back in the 19th century, it was built to serve as a passageway to a neighbouring house.
This house served as a workshop to the artist Y.Z. Kvost between the years 1850 – 1860. After that, it was turned into a rather popular brothel for around 40 years. Visitors would pass through it and at the end of the corridor, masters of the profession would be waiting. Nowadays, its purpose is just that of a lobby for the neighbouring apartments. That’s quite the journey house number 4 went through!
We never thought we’d see Prague this way and although it feels nice not to constantly have people shoving and bumping into you, it certainly feels that something is missing. We certainly enjoyed spending as much time as we want trying to get the perfect picture. However, we’ll definitely be back one day to experience the vibrance of the Czech capital once COVID-19 is well over and under!