Wednesday

Stroll through Prague - a bit of superstition never hurt anyone

Have you ever heard someone saying the sentence I felt like the only person on earth or something like that? It really gets often dropped in talks about travel. And there is nothing wrong with it at all. But I had to laugh about it while strolling through Prague. In Prague I experience the opposite, more like there are no other human beings left anywhere else in the world, because the city is simply heaving with visitors. The whole population of mother earth must be here surely?

Never have I seen something like this before. I mean it. Even the very popular island of Santorini in August looks deserted ... compared to these cheerful crowds. Queues at museums and sights are several hundreds of metres long (at least it looked like it). 


It does not come as a surprise that Prague in the Czech Republic was ranked in fifth place of the world's top destinations by Tripadvisor. Ranking is as follows: 1. Istanbul, 2. Rome, 3. London, 4. Beijing, 6. Marrakech, 7. Paris, 8. Hanoi, 9. Siem Reap, 10. Shanghai.

Narrow streets and sunshine

To make the best of my sunny time in Prague, I decide to just stroll around and look at buildings and statues and go for coffees and boy have I a great time. It is spring and the sky is bright blue for most of my stay. It feels like the weather god would know I am here for the first time and organised these stunning conditions to please me. The architecture is simply stunning, this town looks like from a picture book, so perfect are its many narrow streets and wide open squares. On some corners I can still see how life must have been before the iron curtain came down, all these years ago. I picture how it must have felt, when Prague and its citizens were isolated from the west, and in the fangs of the communist world. 

There is this statue of St John of Nepomuk on Charles Bridge. He used to be the court priest of King Wenceslas IV until 1338, when he had been killed by his boss for treachery. Today a cross and stars mark the exact place where he had been thrown into the Vltava River from the bridge. The story goes that whatever your wish, when you touch the cross with your left hand, it will come true. In previous times countless people in the hope of reforms and a new regime, must have touched the cross and stars near the statue of St John of Nepomuk on Charles Bridge.

Even today, nearly any person who trots over the stone bridge, touches them and hopes for being lucky or healthy or rich or whatever. I love to look at people and to see how excited and happy everyone gets by simply touching the cross and the stars. A bit of superstition never hurt anyone or does it?









Searching for St John of Nepomuk
























Have you ever been to a place as busy as Prague and had despite the massive crowds such a brilliant time as I had?

From Berlin with love

P.S. Yes, I touched the cross and stars and made a wish.

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Greetings stranger. I always try to be myself and to be a tourist as often as I can. I would love to get in contact with lots of hard travelling tourists who love to be out and about as much as I do. I am looking forward to all your comments. Thanks so much in advance.