On our second day in Prague, we had planned to go on a day trip to Kutna Hora. Unfortunately, there was a crazy ice storm that wiped out all public transportation, so our tour was cancelled. We quickly came up with a game plan for our unexpected day in Prague and visited a few places we had planned to check out later in the week.
Our first stop was to the Jewish Quarter. We purchased a combo ticket and were able to visit several synagogues, historically important Jewish sites, and a Jewish cemetery. Many of the Jewish places in Prague weren’t damaged during WWII because Hitler had planned to use the city as a museum for an extinct people, the Jews. The Jewish Cemetery was beautiful in the snow. We learned the Jewish population was only given a certain amount of space to bury their dead, so when it filled up with bodies, they added another layer of dirt and started again. I did the math and there could be up to 144,000 bodies buried in this small space!
The hike from the bridge to the castle was pretty steep and strenuous. We toured the castle and cathedral and also had some amazing views of the city. The red rooftops covered with snow were simply stunning!
We bought tickets to visit several museums within the castle complex. This entrance took us to the cathedral and several museums.
Inside St. Vitus Cathedral.
Map of Prague!
Outside of St. Vitus Cathedral.
One of the museums we visited had lots of jewels!
I love the way the snow looks on the Christmas tree!
Cathedral and Christmas tree!
Once we were done visiting the castle and its many sights, we walked back to our hostel. I saw this crazy picture on the way! I have no idea what it says, but I LOVE that there’s a cat wrapped up on a sled, haha.
We made it back to the hostel in time to join the group heading to the John Lennon Peace Wall with spray paint! On the way, we walked over the Charles Bridge again and saw this statue. Legend says if you touch the dog, you will receive good luck. If you touch the woman, you will find love. If you touch both, you’ll receive bad luck. Which would you choose?!?
The John Lennon Peace Wall before we attacked it!
Ariel’s before and after shots!
My before and after shots. I went ahead and spray painted my nickname, LDubs!
If you could spray paint the Lennon Wall, what would you write?
On the walk back, we saw a lock bridge and an “interesting” statue.
We hung out for the rest of the night and got ready for another busy day in Prague!
- Jewish Quarter – It was very interesting to learn about the history of Jews in Prague. We bought a combo ticket and toured several sights all near each other. The cemetery was my favorite part!
- Charles Bridge – You have to cross the bridge to get to the castle and cathedral any way, but it’s fun to walk across regardless. It’s a pedestrian bridge with lots of statues and people selling things along the way. You also get a nice view of the castle from the bridge.
- Prague Castle & St Vitus Cathedral – You can walk to the castle and see the outside of the cathedral without paying for a ticket. If you want to see an amazing view of Prague, it’s worth the walk! I didn’t mind paying to see the inside of the cathedral as well as some of the castle museums, but if you’re tight on money, I’d at least visit the outside for the view!
- John Lennon Peace Wall – Definitely go! Our hostel provided the spray paint, but I’m sure you can purchase some in Prague. It’s completely legal to paint the wall and super fun!