Czech Rep, Day 9 – Cesky Krumlov to Prague
Ritchie’s Hotel & Hostel Palladium Mall Hard Rock Cafe Halal Food Photo Spot
Our transportation to Pargue from Cesky Krumlov was again using CK Shuttle due to the convenience of being drop-off together with our luggage at the door steps of our hotel in Prague. This time, a VW shuttle van with already 3 passengers came to pick us up on time. We were the last 2 making a total of 5 in a van that can seat 8 passengers.
Again, the van was comfortable, clean and the ride was smooth all the way. We were pick-up at 9 a.m. and the journey to Prague would take 3 hours. Along the way, we passed a few scenic spots.
103km to Praha (Prague).
Passing Czech country side.
Without being told, I recognised Prague’s ‘Dancing Building’. I knew at 11.45 a.m. we have entered Prague city center. The traffic was slightly heavy but moving.
Useful Prague tram & metro route.
Credit : metro.angrenost.cz
We were the last to be dropped-off and we stayed at Ritchie’s Hotel & Hostel right on Karlova Street. This is the street you would walk from Charles bridge over to the old town square. An added convenience staying here for us, there is a halal kebab shop ‘Bodrum’ just below the hostel. They serve tasty kebab & pizza. A convenience store is just besides it.
The entrance to Ritchie’s hostel is through an art gallery where at the end, is a steep spiral stair case up the hostel.
Bodrum halal eatery below Ritchie’s hostel right on Karlova Street. Tasty servings. See location on map below.
As usual, not wasting time, we sat out to walk to Palladium mall about 1.3km away. On the way, just before reaching the astronomical clock, to your left is Hard Rock cafe.
Hard Rock Cafe, Prague.
Just a short distance further up, is the old town hall & astronomical clock that strikes every hour. Come to think of the flood of crowd waiting for the clock to strike and witness nothing else amazes me. I’m sure something was malfunctioning about this clock.
Prague Astronomical clock by the Old Town Square.
To the right of the clock (looking at it) is the Old Town Square where you’ll find different street musicians performing each day. And across the square is the Church of Our Lady before Týn.
Street musicians performing at the Old Town Square.
Church of Our Lady before Týn as seen from across the astronomical clock.
Walking further down from the Old Town Square passing rows of shops will take you to the Powder Gate and turning left onwards to Palladium Mall where we had lunch at Nordsee located at the top floor food court. There’s also an Arabic/Indian halal shop diagonally across Nordsee.
Pass the Powder Gate and to your left, it will take you to Palladium.
Nordsee, Palladium food court, Prague.
Walking route from Ritchie’s Hostel to Palladium. 1.3km, 16 minutes brisk walk.
We had booked a Prague 3-hour daytime guided Photo Walk through ‘Get Your Guide‘ conducted by a husband-and-wife team of Thomas & Petra. They came over to our hostel and the photo walk started at 5.15 p.m. I was the only participant & my wife as a non-paying companion.
We first passed the Czech Philharmonic building before crossing river Vltava via Manusuv bridge. Once on the other side of the river, we turned left and headed downwards towards the river cruise jetty where there were a flock of geese and ducks with the Charles Bridge in the background.
Geese, ducks, boat & Charles Bridge.
We back-tracked to where we turned left earlier, crossed Klarov street and walked straight ahead past Malostranska tram stop and turned left to what seems to be a uphill driveway before exiting mid way on the right into the woods! This off the beaten track will take us to the castle entrance according to Thomas. About half hour of tracking, we reached the 2nd courtyard castle entrance where the castle sentry stood on guard.
Start of our trekking through the woods to Prague castle. Thomas & Petra showing the way. Or is it my wife leading them?
Through this short tunnel what seems at the end of it like pollen or dust floating around.
Part of the castle from the woods.
St Vitus cathedral structure jutting out from the woods.
At the end of wooden fence on the right (with the light pole) just before the guard, is the exit from the woods. This will be the entrance to the castle 2nd courtyard if came by tram No. 22 and dropped-off at Prazsky Hard. Credit:rogerzki.wordpress.com
Entering the castle from the 2nd courtyard entrance, we made our way to the 3rd courtyard where St Vitus cathedral is located. An awesomely huge building. Thereon, we walked to the Golden Lane and had photos of John Kafka’s former home.
Entrance to the 3rd courtyard.
St Vitus cathedral located in the 3rd courtyard.
Golden Lane with it’s rather cute ‘small’ houses.
The castle square in-front of the 1st courtyard (main entrance) at dusk.
From the Golden Lane, we made our way out through the main castle entrance, pass the castle square and headed to Novy Svet. Photographers take note – the quiet lanes here are photo spot not to be missed.
Quiet lane of Novy Svet.
Back lane of Novy Svet.
From Novy Svet, we started our walk back to our hostel passing the Loreta church, Uvoz street, Strahovská garden, the US Embassy and onto Charles Bridge which will take us to Karlova street at the other end. By the time we were at Strahovská garden, it was 7.40 p.m. and the sun has already set and it’s starting to get dark.
Uvoz street at sundown.
Prague castle alight after sundown. Shot from Strahovská garden.
Shot towards Kafka Museum from Charles Bridge at nightfall.
We crossed Charles Bridge at 8.15 p.m. and reached our hostel 10 minutes later. With our thanks of appreciation, we bid goodbye to Thomas & Petra for showing us around Prague’s photo spots.
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