Pictures of Prague taken the week before Christmas, on my last trip there. Prague has hundreds of churches so you expect to see some angels around Christmas time and I was not disappointed. Apparently, they eat in restaurants like the rest of us.
There were more secular but still unusual people in my hotel
I fit right in.
The lobby was dressed up for the season.
You can tell I was on a business trip, as I don’t stay at fancy places like this on my own nickel.
This is the outside of the hotel:
Even on my own nickel, however, I could eat at extremely fancy places. A decent meal at the Imperial Hotel Café is only $25-$30, including a locally brewed beer special. I had duck one time and wild boar another. Game is offered in most Czech-style restaurants.
Even the washrooms at the Imperial are totally over-the-top, or is that “over the tap”?
There is a huge outdoor market with permanent stalls. It isn’t just in one market square, there are stalls all over.
I didn’t quite figure out the purpose of the illuminated “bridge” which crowds of people were walking over, unless it was just to give a view of the lights in the market.
Those with a greater head for heights, the patience to stand in line and hunger could go up the tower by the astronomical clock (see below) and dine. The picture is a bit fuzzy as it was dark, but the lit area is populated by people at tables:
The tree in the centre of the market was a big feature:
It wasn’t too cold, by Ontario standards – about freezing. Still, you need something to warm you up and the stalls sold all kinds of food and drink, alcoholic and otherwise, so I got myself a small hot mead and that warmed me up instantly.
Just around the corner was the famous astronomical clock, one of the world’s oldest.
Although “Christmas” was the main theme, other celebrations were also in progress:
Still, there is an overwhelming collection of christian churches in Prague, but I didn’t have time to go inside any, but perhaps next time as Google images show some extremely impressive interiors. Here are some exteriors.
The statue didn’t have a description – it looked like it was being restored as it was standing on wooden supports on top of a stone block.
On the secular side again, there are many magnificent buildings in Prague:
The Hotel Paris also has a magnificent Sarah Bernhardt restaurant, decorated as much as the Imperial. I didn’t go in, will have to check prices for next time.
I don’t know the origin of this building but it seemed like it was just used for offices now. They don’t decorate buildings like this any more.
The Palladium has now been converted into a mall. Inside, it looks like any other shopping mall.
Looking across the river you can see Prague Castle. I didn’t have time to go across so all I saw was what you see in these pictures. (I only had about 4 hours in daylight to see what I could. I’m supposed to have a weekend next time so maybe I’ll see more).