Prague, Czech Republic
Prague, or Praha as it is known by locals, is centrally located in Europe. Only an hour and a half from the German border, it is the perfect destination out of Western Europe.
Old Town Prague
In all of Europe, there is no city as beautiful at night, than Prague. Visit Old Town Prague, west of the Vltava River. Here you will be mesmerized by the brilliant lights that glisten off of old streets and buildings. Old Town Prague is the original Prague, and walking the streets allows you to feel as if you were walking the Old Town some 600 to 700 years ago.
Church of Our Lady Before Tyn
Beyond belief, and dominating the Old Town Square, is the extremely impressive Church of Our Lady Before Tyn. The church’s steeples, resembling those of a castle, tower above Old Town and stretch into the starry night sky. Services are Wednesday to Saturday at 6pm, and Sunday at 9:30am and 9pm. Admission is free, and if you plan to visit with a group, make sure to make a reservation.
Prague Astronomical Clock
Old Town Prague also hosts the famous Prague Astronomical Clock which is on the Old Town Hall Tower. The clock tower dates back to 1410 and is the only one in the world that is still functioning. At night, the clock’s gold accents shine from the numerous lights in the square.
Wenceslas Square, also known as New Town, is the other main square in Prague. A boulevard runs through the square stretching for nearly a half mile (750 m), and hosts shops, hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
At night, walking along the boulevard is magnificent. As you make your way through the square, and towards the beautiful and impressive National Museum, you will be surrounded by people from all over the world. New Town is a true melting pot of the nations.
The Darker Side of New Town
Though Wenceslas Square is stunning and amazing to explore in the night hours, there is an element that tourists need to be aware of.
Outside of the many nightclubs, there are men up and down the boulevard offering anything and everything you may (or may not) desire. The endless possibilities, offered at every turn, can make for an uncomfortable experience for those not interested in what is being offered.
Seeing Wenceslas Square in the evening is truly magical, but be aware that as you walk the streets later into the night, the more the crowds change. This ever-present population may make many tourists feel uncomfortable.
Visiting Prague at night is an incredible experience, that won’t easily be forgotten.
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