From our hotel, we walk along Apolinarska and turn into Vinicna. At the end of Vinicna, we pass the Faculty of Medicine of the Charles University.
Then we follow Nemocnice and Na Morani until we reach the Vltava River at the Palackeho most, Palacký Bridge. The Palacký Bridge is the second oldest bridge in Prague after the Charles Bridge.
We continue to the Jirásek Bridge. Here the so-called Dancing House immediately catches our eye.
It was designed by the Czech architect Vlado Milunić in cooperation with the Canadian architect Frank Gehry and completed in 1996.
Today, it serves as an office building with conference rooms and a restaurant on the top floor.
Some see a dancer in a glass dress clinging to the dancer. That’s why it’s also called Ginger and Fred, after Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.
Then we watch the bustle of the boats on the Vltava and before the lock. From here you also have a great view of Prague Castle and Hradcany.
We make a small detour now, walk along the Resslova up to the Charles Square, Park Karlovo námestí.
In the Middle Ages, it was the largest marketplace in Europe. Today, it forms a green island in the middle of Prague.
At the northern end is the New Town Hall, scene of the first Prague lintel.
Through the Lazarska, the Opatovicka and the Na Struze, we return to the bank of the Vltava River, which we reach between the National Theater and the Goethe Institute.
The gilded railing on the roof of the National Theater certainly helped to ground the myth of the Golden City.
From here you have the best view of the Charles Bridge, but of course also of the Prague Castle.
Afterward, we turn back towards the city center. At the Rotunda of Finding of the Holy Cross, we turn into Konviktska.
It is the oldest of the three Prague rotundas, first mentioned in 1365.
However, its origin dates back to the end of the 11th century. Presumably, it was a private sanctuary.
The Konviktska leads into the Betlemske nam. At its end is the restaurant Svejk. It is decorated inside with many motives of the Good Soldier Svejk. Old Bohemian cuisine invites you to stop for a bite to eat.
Unfortunately, we missed the artwork of the artist David Cerny hanging down from the roof of the neighboring house: It shows the hanging figure of Sigmund Freud.
On the way to the metro, we pass one of the many shops offering the famous Czech lead crystal ware.
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