“Prague on the Vltava River”

Prague, Czechia (The Czech Republic). May 2018 (14 photos)

This is Part 3 of my Czechia (The Czech Republic) 2018 photo series, and also Part 23 of my Europe 2018 photo series.

As we near the end of my European photography series, let’s leave Athens and return to Prague. So here are some more of my postcards from Prague…

“Excuse me Sir, can you tell me how to get to Prague Castle please?”

Prague is a rather small city, easily walkable with beautiful architectural details everywhere you go. Of course, Prague Castle is one of the more famous icons of the city, and acts as an orientation marker should you get lost.

“Lost in Prague”

But you shouldn’t be afraid to get lost in Prague. Because if you do get lost, you’ll come across buildings like these…

“More of the same”

And decorated buildings like this…

“Move along, nothing to see here”

And doors like this…

“Sun and Moon”

And other surprise features like these.

“The Dancing House”

Prague also has its modern side. The Dancing House (Czech: Tančící dům) is the nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building on the Rašín Embankment. It was designed by the Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić in cooperation with Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry on a vacant riverfront plot. Designed in 1992 and completed in 1996.

“Malostranské náměstí”

But I was mainly interested in the old Prague such as the area of the Malá Strana.

“View from The Malá Strana Bridge Tower to St Nicholas Church”

“The House of Hlahol”

The House of the Hlahol Choir, built in 1906 by Josef Fanta for a patriotic choral society associated with the Czech National Revival, is decorated with elaborate musical motifs and topped by a giant mosaic depicting Music.

“Lost again”

“New World, Old Prague”

This is the area of Nový Svět (New World), practically adjacent to Prague castle yet few people pass through the area.

“When you gotta go, you gotta go”

At the entrance to the Franz Kafka Museum is a fountain, evocatively named, Piss (Czech: Čůrající postavy). It was designed by Czech artist David Černý in 2004. The fountain’s basin is made of bronze and shaped like the former Czech Republic. Standing in the fountain are mechanical statues of men, standing 210cm (6 ft 11 in) tall with moving pelvises, “urinating”. Visitors can command the men to write messages into the water via SMS.

This is Part 3 of my Czechia (The Czech Republic) 2018 photo series.
This is Part 23 of my Europe 2018 photo series, including Czechia (The Czech Republic), The Netherlands, France, Italy, Austria, Greece and Germany.

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Postcards from Prague (2)

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74 thoughts on “Postcards from Prague (2)

  1. How much I enjoyed viewing your post on a part of the world I won’t ever see in in person. Beautiful images! That dancing building wow! Incredible! Thank you for the share. And yeah, you got a giggle out of me when I saw the last few pictures.

  2. Anne Fraser says:

    Beautiful photos. I saw some of those sites when I visited Prague at the end of August. Incidently the reason the lot was empty for the dancing house was that an American bomber pilot had got lost on the way to Dresden. It has the Fred and Ginger restaurant at the top as it is supposed to look like Fred Astaire dancing with Ginger Rogers.

    • Thank you. I read that Gehry’s working name for the building was Fred and Ginger but ultimately he didn’t want to “americanise” the building so dropped his nickname. I didn’t realise there was a restaurant up top. Thanks for the information. I assume you’ll be headed back later.

  3. I have many photos LD of the same things (though not the lovely window and sun and moon chairs), and not as beautifully photographed as yours. Did you ever find yourself in the Wallenstein Garden, in Malá Strana, where there is an artificial stalactite cave (grotto), made of lime stucco stalactites. Very odd.

    • Thanks, Jude. It’s difficult not to be captivated by those beautiful buildings in Prague. I’m not surprised we walked many of the same streets and photographed the same sights.
      OK, I’ve just reviewed Google Maps. It seems I walked on the street with the Wallenstein Garden to my left and the Embassies and their gardens to my right. The Wallenstein Garden was mostly behind a wall so my gaze was on the Embassies! I really should look at Google Maps more often when I’m wandering.

  4. Such amazing architecture and history. I am absolutely amazed at all the different architectural styles — from old to new. I love the old ornate buildings but the Dancing building was fascinating and fun! Each building is so unique and ornate and very artistic! It just amazes me. Thank you for sharing places I won’t see in person. You have captured sights magnificently! 😀

  5. Prague must be amazing – everybody says so, and you too. I can see from your pictures that you enjoyed the diversity despite wanting the old town…I am a Kafka fan (my students never were…) so I loved that fountain too – and I bet he likes it, wherever he is!

  6. Postcards pictures indeed. Interesting you can control the fountain by SMS. From the outset it looks like an normal fountain with some kind of display. Very cheeky to control moving pelvises.

  7. I always advise people to let themselves get lost in Prague. It’s really the only way to start to get a feel for the spirit of the city. You did that fabulously. You even found Novy Svet! Few tourists stumble upon it. And what a unique angle on the peeing statues.

    • Thank you. I agree with you. That’s great advice. Yes, Novy Svet was a good find. I guess most people head to the Castle mostly from the Charles Bridge direction and just don’t come anywhere near there.
      As for the statues, well I had to do something different, didn’t I? 🙂

  8. Juan Guillaron says:

    Mil gracias por permitirnos mirar tales maravillas. Esas imágenes ayudan a convertir un día malo en bueno y alientan el alma.

  9. Heide says:

    No wonder my friends say Prague is their favorite city! Seen through your eyes, it seems to very gracefully balance the new with the old. Gorgeous images as always, Mr. Draco.

  10. “Visitors can command the men to write messages into the water via SMS.” This must be the silliest thing I’ve heard all week (but I don’t listen to the news). I was to Prague a couple of times and saw many posts from there, but I have never seen this sculpture. Not a fan.

    I love the photos and the old architecture, but something was off both times I was there. I think it was the love of moneymoneymoney that I hated: attempts to rip the tourist everywhere, poor quality of food on a few occasions, and the fact that my guidebook was stolen in a restaurant in a few minutes before I noticed it, returned to where I was reading it moments ago and only met empty table and blank stares from customers and staff. I know, I know, could be worse. Also, this was decades ago.

    Funny how you call it a rather small town though. I remember quite some distances and the subway. In Ljubljana you’d then soon know everybody by name. 😉 There are many similarities between the two cities.

    That sun and moon scene is just to my liking. ❤ And I love it how you get lost and find beauty.

    • I friend of mine had a similar experience in Prague – he hates the place. Sometimes, luck is against you when you travel. At least you only lost a guidebook.
      My reference is Sydney which has chosen to sprawl outwards.”Officially” it is almost 75km at its widest point and can take up to 2 hours to drive across.

      • Right… it’s almost the size of Slovenia then. 🙂 (Nah, it must be at least 300 km and 3 hours to drive across Slovenia – where it’s highway. But you can get really lost too, in the Alps, don’t recommend it.)

        • It takes about 5 hours to fly from Sydney on the East Coast to Perth on the West Coast. Plenty of land but not enough water to support a big population. I was almost in shock that it took just under an hour to fly from Frankfurt to Prague.

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