Visit Prague By Mouse
Prague, in the Czech Republic, (official web site) is 92 miles from Dresden. We went to Prague from there. We left the motorhome in the campground in Dresden, took a train to Prague and stayed in a hotel. That saved us driving the hilly terrain on the route there.
 
Everything went smoothly except that when we arrived at the hotel for which we had a confirmed booking made on the internet at an good price, they were full up.  They referred us to another hotel three blocks away that was more expensive--but nice.  When we finally got settled we took a subway to the Great Square, a very impressive open space in the town center, which you can see in the photo on the right.  Subways in Prague are very deep, way deeper than in any other city we have visited except St. Petersburg, Russia.  Check out the other photo on the right.
When we got to the Great Square, we saw that there were city tour buses right there. Since we were not going to stay in Prague very long, a tour is the best way to get a quick look and a little understanding of a city's main attractions. So we took it. (The next day we discovered that we could have taken a city tour in a small antique and very cute automobile for just a little more money.There is a photo.) As in other cities you could get off and on the bus at different stops. We got off at Prague Castle that overlooks the town, and at Wenceslas Square, named after Good King Wenceslas in the Christmas carol. The Castle was the residence of Czech kings and Holy Roman Emperors and also is where Presidents of the Czech Republic live. It is one of the largest in the world and most of it is open to the public. The views of the red roofed city from the Castle are spectacular. Wenceslas Square is really a large and long street lined with shops and hotels and is the scene of special exhibits and public demonstrations. On the day we were there we saw a sculpture made of stripped down auto chassis welded together in the shape of a triangle and a long line of large futuristic men, or perhaps robots. (see the photo page.)
The whole city is beautiful and there are two pages of photos here that illustrate that. Of special note is that the city is devoted to music of all kinds. Concerts are advertised by people carrying sandwich boards, by posters, and flyers that are handed out on the street. You can purchase tickets from them if you wish. A music lover can attend four or five concerts in a day if they wish. One reason is that Prague is the home base of the Czech composer Bedrich Smetena, best known for his symphonic poem "Vlatava" , also known as "The Moldau" and for "Ma Vlast" and his opera, "The Bartered Bride". There is a museum devoted to his life and work. Another reason is that Don Giovanni, the opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart premiered in Prague on October 29. 1787, a fact of which the Czechs are very proud.
The Vlatava River ( a.k.a. the Moldau)  runs through the city and that, too provides some spectacular views, especially from a restaurant in which we had lunch that had an outdoor dining area on an over water deck. Another lovely thing to do is walk on the Charles Bridge, built in the 14th century over the Vlatava from the old town to the suburb where the Castle is. In the afternoon you will be with hundreds of people, street performers and stalls of vendors. Or shop for amber or garnet jewelry on the side streets leading from the Great Square. On your way, stop to see the large astronomical clock.
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