Check Out These Amazing Churches In Prague Czech Republic

When you stroll around the streets of Prague … you’ll notice that there are so many buildings with incredible architecture.

And, when it comes to churches or places of worship, there are heaps in this capital city. Plus, when you go beyond the Old Town centre of Prague… you’ll discover even more.

So, in this We Drink Eat Travel blog… we’ll highlight some of the most different and amazing churches in Prague, Czech Republic. 

Now, let’s start with one of the most popular churches in Prague…

St Vitus Cathedral

Saint Vitus Cathedral is within the grounds of Prague Castle. And, the history of where St Vitus Cathedral is built on, goes back to the early 900’s… where a Romanesque-style Rotunda was built. 

Over hundreds of years, different builders would construct new churches at that site. Yet, due to the Hussite Wars… the completion of this church was at a standstill in the early 1400’s. And, it wasn’t until the 19th Century where works would re-start to finish off the original church… as well as complete it with the Neo-Gothic style that you see today.

Now, in complete contrast to St Vitus Cathedral, yet still within Prague Castle is this…

St George’s Basilica and Monastery

While St George’s Basilica may not look at grand as St Vitus Cathedral… it is one of the oldest surviving churches within Prague Castle.

And, one of the most striking features is the radiant deep red color. This Romanesque-style building was founded in the late 900’s… with major reconstructions made in the 1100’s and 1600’s.

Within the church are also tombs and shrines, of which one of the most well-known is for… St Ludmila, who was the first saint and martyr for Bohemia. Nowadays, there are art exhibitions that are held here.

Now, if you’re strolling along Charles Bridge, then you’ll see this at the Old Town end…

St Francis of Assisi Church

One of the most notable features of this church is the huge green dome… which stands out when looking at it from afar and high above. 

Yet, back in the mid-1200’s, a Gothic-style church was built here. Much of it remains within the St Francis of Assisi Church structure. And, nowadays, many concerts are held within the church… with the second oldest church organ in Prague, built in 1702.

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Church of Our Lady Before Tyn

When you’re at the Prague Old Town Square, you can’t miss this church as it’s so striking. This Gothic-style church is impressive, dominating the Square with its 2 tall towers… and spires reaching a height of around 80 metres. 

So, earlier we said that St Francis of Assisi had the second oldest church organ. Well, the Church of Our Lady has the oldest church organ in Prague… dating back to the 1670’s.

Now, at the opposite side of the Old Town Square is this…

St Nicholas Church Old Town

As you can see it’s architectural style is completely different to Our Lady Cathedral. Yet, this Baroque-style church was built in the 1700’s… replacing a parish church that was there in the 1200’s.

Nowadays, St Nicholas Church hosts many classical concerts and operas. And, speaking of parish churches, have a look at the pic of this one…

St Procopius Church

This is a beautifully captured shot of the St Procopius Church by Paul. What do you think? Back in the late 1800’s there was a dance hall here. Yet, in the early 1900’s that would be replaced by St Procopius Church.

You can find this outside of the city centre of Prague, in the bustling suburb of Zizkov. 

Now, one of the churches in Prague that’s popular as a pilgrimage site, is this one…

Loreto Prague

The Loreto has been a popular pilgrimage place since the 1620’s. 

This impressive complex consists of a Baroque-style Church, Monastery, Holy Hut and Clock Tower. Plus, there are many rare artefacts that are held within the complex. And, one of these treasures is the “Prague Sun,” which is adorned with 6,222 diamonds.

While you’ve seen many lavish and grandiose churches in Prague… there are some quaint ones that deserve mention. And, one of these is…

Chapel of Our Lady Šancovská

When you head to Vyšehrad, you’ll want to spend some time here looking around. There are far less tourists here, yet it is a lovely place to visit if you have time. And, one of the quaint churches here is the Chapel of Our Lady Šancovská.

It was originally built in the mid 1700’s as a pilgrimage site… where people would come for healing.

Also, within the Vyšehrad complex is this magnificent church…

Saints Peter and Paul Basilica

When you’re strolling around the city centre of Prague, especially when crossing the bridges… you’ll definitely notice this church standing out. It has two prominent towers reaching a height of about 58 metres. 

Saints Peter and Paul Basilica with its Baroque-style architecture… was originally founded in the 11th Century. Over time it was rebuilt with a Renaissance-style architecture. Then, in the late 1800’s its reconstruction was in the Neo-Gothic style that you see today.

Church of St Ignatius 

If you’re in the New Town area of Prague, there’s the massive Karlovo Square with parkland. In between these 2 park areas is the Church of St Ignatius. This church built with an early Baroque-style architecture, which has a defining feature.

And, atop of the centre of the church is a statue of Saint Ignatius, founder of the Jesuits. Plus, what makes it stand out is the golden light surrounding him… of which this was a contentious topic.

Now, you may have heard of the phrase, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” And, if you want to discover one of the surprising and amazing churches in Prague, then go here…

Church of Our Lady of the Snows

This church and the monastery dates back to the mid-1300’s. And, in comparison to the other churches you’ve learnt about today… this one from the outside entrance looks the most plain. Yet, it does has plenty of intricate detail and furnishings when you look inside. 

Plus, make sure you go around the perimeter of this church. And, the reason why we say that is because there’s a beer garden! Yep, you read that correctly… a beer garden in the grounds of a church.

Church of Saint Ludmila

When you venture out to the Vinohrady district of Prague… one of the most prominent landmarks is the Church of St Ludmila, in the square of Náměstí Míru. This Neo-Gothic style church was built in the late 1800’s… with two towers on either side, reaching a height of about 60 metres.

It looks particularly impressive around Summer and Spring time… when the grass is lush, green, and beautiful flowers surround the church.

St Wenceslas Cathedral

If you venture out to the district of Smíchov… you’ll discover that there are many things to do here. This was one of the faster developing suburbs in Prague. And, while there was the small parish church of Saints Philip and James in the neighbourhood… it couldn’t cater for the growing number of people. 

So, in the late 1800’s under the design of Antonín Barviti… St Wenceslas Cathedral was to be built. It took about 4 years to complete this remarkable Neo-Renaissance style church, which would hold around 2,000 people. 

Church of St Nicholas

For an impressive church in the popular district of Mala Strana… head on over to the Church of St Nicholas. It’s said that the construction of this church took about 100 years… starting in the mid-1600’s. Now, that’s a lot of hard work, patience and money! 

All that effort was worth it though. The amazing Baroque architecture and detail, make this church a popular site for visitors and locals alike. 

And, when looking at it from afar, close up or from high above… one of the most prominent features is the dome, of which the diameter is about 20 metres. Plus, the height from inside the church through to the top of the lantern is around 57 metres… thus, making it the tallest interior in Prague. 

Now, last but not least is a place of worship, which we thought deserves special mention…

Jerusalem Synagogue

When we were walking from the Prague Main Station, towards the Old Town… we went down Jeruzalémská Street and saw this…

This is the most modern and youngest of all the Jewish synagogues in Prague, built in the early 1900’s. Since then it has undergone some reconstructions. Yet, it still retains the Art Nouveau style from the Viennese architect, Wilhelm Stiassny. 

It is incredibly striking, with so much detail… along with the eye-catching bright and beautiful colors.

So, even though we’ve highlighted several of the amazing churches in Prague Czech Republic… you’ll discover that there are so many more as you explore. Of course, during service times it will be busy. Thus, making it difficult to get photos, if you don’t want many people in them.

And, while we were seeing the different churches… some of them weren’t open when we got there. Yet, for the ones we could go into and see, many of them were so impressive. The level of detail is incredible. Plus, you can see that a lot of money has gone into building the churches… and, with many having real gold as part of the materials.

So, make sure you plan the timing of your visits well… especially if you want to see the interior of the churches. And, if you need help on where else to go, CLICK HERE.

Yet, we’re sure that you’ll be gob-smacked, when you go and see the many amazing churches in Prague. 

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Here Is How To Get To Cesky Krumlov From Prague

Prague is not only a magnificent capital city… where you could spend days, weeks or even months exploring what it has to offer. Prague is also a great base to visit other parts of the Czech Republic. 

And, one of the towns that we’d heard about from other fellow travelers was, Cesky Krumlov. It often has references as being the “Little Prague.” So, this was intriguing. Plus, having seen various photos and videos, it did look like an amazing place to visit. 

Yet, as we didn’t have our own transport… we had to do some research on how to get to Cesky Krumlov from Prague. 

So, in this We Drink Eat Travel blog… we highlight some of the ways to get from Prague to Cesky Krumlov. And, keep in mind that we were looking at transport options for a day trip.

So, let’s get right into it! 

Getting to Cesky Krumlov from Prague 

When we were in the Czech Republic… we found out that the transport systems are pretty good. So, it was great to discover that there are several options for getting to Cesky Krumlov… if you don’t have your own transport. 

Options include taking the bus, train, hiring a car, getting a taxi, rideshare… or even hiring a private car with a driver.

Now, it was interesting to research the prices for the services of a taxi, rideshare… or even hiring a car for the day. 

So, to give you a rough estimate… to take a taxi may cost around 5,000 Koruna (about USD $205 / 200 Euros / GBP 175). And, while it may get to our destination quicker… we were dubious about getting a taxi for this trip, in case of scamming.

So, rideshare services like Uber and Bolt are common to use. Yet, depending on the time of day and how much traffic or demand… it could cost around 4,200 Koruna and upwards. And, having that uncertainty of what the final fare would be, wasn’t appealing to us.

Another option is to book a private car with driver. And, there are many to choose from. Yet, even though it would be convenient and faster… this could cost around 180 Euros and upwards, depending on the company you book through.

So, after looking at all those options… we made the decision to check out the trains and buses.

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Taking the Train from Prague to Cesky Krumlov

There are a few train operators that offer transport when traveling around the Czech Republic. Yet, the more popular option when using the train services is… the Czech Republic’s primary railway operator, Ceske drahy. When you go to their website it does have an English translation option, which is handy.

According to their website… a direct train trip from Prague to Cesky Krumlov takes about 2 hours and 47 minutes or even longer. And, the price can vary depending on the time of day, season, and so forth. 

Yet, if you’re wanting to do a day trip from Prague, then we believe the earlier the better… so you can fit more in. You never know what you’ll discover when you’re there.

For us, using the train service may not have been the best option. And, that’s because the first departure time from Prague was around 8am. Plus, getting into Cesky Krumlov would take about 3 hours. So, that means we wouldn’t get into town until about 11:00am. That’s almost the whole morning gone!

Even so, for a one-way adult ticket the price is cheaper… in comparison to the other alternatives we have already gone through. So, by taking the Ceske drahy train… prices for a one-way trip may START from around 314 Koruna (about USD $12.90 / Euros 12.75 / GBP 11.10).

The train departure times weren’t ideal for us. So, that’s when we had a look at the bus services to see what they could offer.

Taking the Bus from Prague to Cesky Krumlov

There are 2 main bus operators that we had a look at to choose from… which was RegioJet and Flixbus.

Flixbus has the bright lime green color…

Whereas with RegioJet, the transport has a bold yellow color…

With Flixbus, they had many options to choose from… including departure times from around 7am, which was good. Plus, direct services to Cesky Krumlov would take around 2 hours 40 minutes, or 3 hours 15 minutes… depending on the departure bus stop in Prague. And, there are different stops from Prague to choose from. 

So, the base fare would cost around USD $9, which sounds really cheap. 

Yet, a mandatory service fee is added on top of the base fare. Plus, if you want to reserve a seat this is an additional cost. Thus, all up a one-way adult ticket could cost around USD $14.50 (about 343 Koruna / Euros 14 / GBP 12.10). Even so, in the scheme of things it still is cheap!

Now, with that in mind, we had a look at options with RegioJet.

RegioJet had a bus that would leave Prague at 6am, getting into Czesky Krumlov around 8:50am. We aren’t raving fans of early starts, especially if it has to involve an alarm clock! 

Yet, as we had in mind to make the most of the day trip… this was a good option to consider. And, with RegioJet it doesn’t cost extra to reserve a seat. 

Plus, they offer other services like a free Smart Guide on the destination… as well as free cancellation 15 minutes before departure.

So, for the 6am bus it cost around 8 Euros (about 200 Koruna / USD $8.15 / GBP 7). And, prices may be higher depending on times, or other factors.

TRAVEL TIP:

Make sure you check BEFORE booking, where the departure points are. Also, we recommend you double check your stops, AFTER booking and at the destinations. Because, things can change at the last moment, without you realizing! 

Plus, it can get confusing sometimes, especially if the stop names are similar. Unfortunately, we saw a few people miss their transport… as they went to the wrong station or stop.

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Which Transport Option Did We Choose in the End?

So, the transport options such as using taxis, a private driver or rideshare… didn’t suit us for this trip.

And, while we prefer taking trains over buses… there weren’t ideal departure time options for us. As we do like to make the most of our day trips.

We thought that taking the train from Prague to Cesky Krumlov would be quicker… and cheaper than by bus. Yet, as we did our research it was surprising to discover that it wasn’t. 

So, in the end it was going to be bus transport. Then, after having made comparisons with Flixbus and RegioJet… our choice for getting to Cesky Krumlov from Prague, was via a RegioJet bus.

It had better times, flexibility if our plans were to change, and a great price.

So, we trust that this is helpful… for when you’re thinking about how to get to Cesky Krumlov from Prague.

What transport option did you decide to take when you made this trip? And, why did you choose that option?

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Things To See In Prague, Czech Republic – Interesting Statues!

When you visit Prague, the capital of Czech Republic… you’ll be in amazement with all the incredible sights it has to offer. Yet, what you may also discover when exploring this beautiful and lively city… is that there are many different, and even quirky statues that will blow your mind!

So, when you’re thinking about things to see in Prague… consider putting these interesting statues on your list to broaden your horizons.

Let’s start with these popular statues…

Giant Crawling Babies

When you’re strolling through the Kampa Gardens area in Mala Strana, Prague 1… you’ll notice how beautiful the surroundings area. Then, as you continue through the gardens, your eye will look twice as you see these…

These giant crawling babies statues with interesting faces… was made by the controversial Czech artist, David Cerny. They certainly are photoworthy. And, we saw many tourists taking “unconventional” photos with these famous giant babies!

Umbrella Man

Now, this interesting statue is something we may not have found… if we hadn’t of seen several people hanging around strangely near Odboru Street of New Town, Prague.

And, this statue goes by the name of, Slight Uncertainty… of which the sculptor was, Michal Trpak.

So, after seeing this it reminded us to look upwards, downward and everywhere… while we were wandering the streets of Prague.

Now, one of the things to see in Prague that will surprise you is this…

Pissing Statue

If you’re making your way to see the narrowest street in Prague… nearby is the Franz Kafka Museum in Mala Strana. Now, even if you’re not a fan of museums… you need to walk through the entrance.

And, that’s because you’ll see another highly popular statue by David Cerny… which is the Pissing Statue.

This outdoor sculpture brings in loads of tourists. And, we had to wait patiently for groups of tourists to leave… or to get an angle where no-one would be in our pics.

The interesting thing about these statues is that you can go up to them… and you’ll discover that you can rotate their hips. So, their piss can go in many different directions! Take as many “interesting” photos or videos as your heart desires!

Statue of Harmony

This next statue is of Sri Chinmoy, and has the label of the Statue of Harmony.

You can find this statue when you’re strolling along the waterfront in Kampa Park. Yet, while this statue may seem peaceful… it has been a point of contention for many years.

When you look at it… most people assume that it’s a statue of a Buddhist monk, praying. Yet, it’s said that this statue has an underlying meaning… where its associations are with a religious cult. Hmmmmm!

So, when it comes to seeing lots of statues in one location on a major Prague landmark, then see these…

Charles Bridge Statues

The popular and prominent landmark of Charles Bridge… has 30 statues that you can see in the one place. These statues that line both sides of this famous bridge… date back to around the late 1600’s and beyond.

Statues include the bronze statue of St John of Nepomuk. Now, this statue is said to bring good luck! And, that’s why you’ll see tourists putting their hand on this statue… and you can see the marks.

The most expensive of all the statues on Charles Bridge is by sculptor, Ferdinand Brokoff. This statue was originally built in the 1700’s, to honor 3 different figures… St John of Matha, St Felix of Valois, and St Ivan. Make sure you look at the lower part of this statue… as there is a chamber containing Christians, who are praying to the Lord for salvation.

Statue of Franz Kafka

When you’re exploring the Jewish Quarter in Prague… you’ll most likely come across this statue of Franz Kafka.

It stands out the front of the Jewish Museum… near the corner of Vezenska and Dusni Streets. So, the most defining feature of this statue is the larger man… with a hole in his upper body and arms. And, sitting atop of his shoulders is a smaller statue of Franz Kafka.

It’s said that it took about 4 years for this statue to come into fruition. Yet, you’d have to agree that this artistic flair by sculptor, Jaroslav Róna… makes it one of the interesting things to see in Prague, when it comes to statues. 

Red Man on Horse

Tucked away in Museum Kampa are a variety of statues. We weren’t sure if we had to pay to get in to explore what was around. Yet, on both occasions that we went, no-one was there and we paid no entry fee in the outside courtyard area.

So, one of the most prominent statues, especially because of the vibrant color… is this man on a horse… 

Yet, when you look at his arms, they extend all the way down to the ground!

And, a stone’s throw away from this, is another interesting statue…

Woman in the Sun

This bronze sculpture is of a Woman in the Sun, by designer Eva Kmentova.To me, it appears that she doesn’t seem too comfortable in that position!

Yet, the interpretation and what you get by looking at artwork… differs between each person. So, you may have a completely different outlook of what you think and feel… when seeing the Woman in the Sun, in comparison to what I think!

There are other statues and artworks within the Kampa Museum… so check it out if you’re in the area.

Now, when it comes to statues, this is an interesting one…

Memorial to the Victims of Communism

This is a very moving memorial of bronze statues… at the end of Vitezna Street in Mala Strana, near the base of Petrin Hill. This is to commemorate the prisoners who had suffered… during 1948 and 1989 under communism.

At first glance, you may think that all the statues… with their harrowing faces are exactly the same. Yet, as you take a closer look, each one has a slight difference. 

Upside Down Horse

Now, this is a statue that often has tourists flocking to see it. And, that is the Statue of King Wenceslas on an Upside Down Horse.

So, to see this statue, you’ll need to go into a shopping centre… which is on Vodickova Street, off Wenceslas Square. You won’t see any huge signs pointing to where it is… or not that we saw anyway.

A landmark to look up or keep an eye out for is Kino Lucerna… as they’re in the same building.

It’s a unique statue to look at. And, if you walk up the staircase… you can get even better views of it.

Next on our list of things to see in Prague is this…

Senovážném Náměstí (Hay Square) Statue

When you’re in the New Town area of Prague… you may come across Senovážném Náměstí (Hay Square). And, when you’re on the Dlazdena Street side of the Square, you’ll see this…

The 4 dancing statues were from the artist, Anna Chromy… and represent Czech musicians surrounding a fountain.

When I look at it, it gives me feelings of happiness and harmony. Don’t know what you think?!

Standing Brave

When we were strolling around the Prague 7 district, after checking out a festival / market… by the waterfront we saw this huge statue, near the corner of Hlavkuv Bridge…

The name of it is, Standing Brave. It’s said that the statue was taken away, to allow for expanding of the bridge. And, while the intention was not to put them back, perseverance byy sculptor Vlastimil Vecera… would see the Standing Brave statues return.

We give thanks to this artist, because otherwise we may not have been able to witness it!

So, when you’re looking for things to see in Prague, Czech Republic… it’s well worth taking the time to check out the interesting statues dotted around the city.

While some are controversial, others are fun, memorable or down right unique!

Yet, while you’re exploring Prague, make sure you keep an eye out… as there are plenty more statues around to see.

What other statues did you see and thought were memorable in Prague?

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