Hello! So, we just wanted to give you an update and tell you about our current vacation away. At the moment, we’re spending Christmas in Prague. As some of you may have read previously, since moving to Ireland Toby and I always go home at Thanksgiving. It’s too expensive to turn around and come back for Christmas a month later, so we’ve started travelling over Christmas instead. This year, we decided on Prague for many reasons – I’d never been to Eastern Europe and wanted the chance to experience it, and also they’re supposed to be well known for their Christmas markets. Oh, and it’s SOOOOO cheap here!
We found this awesome apartment on Air BnB for pretty cheap, and it’s well located within the city just of Wenceslas Sqaure (yes… Wenceslas like the Christmas song. By the time we arrived in the apartment and got settled, it was dinner time, so we decided to go check out the christmas markets on Wenceslas Square. They were pretty good, but I’d soon find out the next day that this was nothing.
The next day few days we walked around to see the rest of Christmas Markets and sightsee a little bit.
Old Town Square
This square is one of the other main places where there are Christmas Markets in the City Centre. It’s also where St. Nicholas Church and the Gothic Tyn Church are. It’s also the location of the Astronomical Clock. The Tynn Church (the church behind the christmas tree in the photo below). The current church was built in 1427, however there was previous another church in the same spot about 200 years prior to that.
St. Nicholas Church contains the astronomical clock. It was installed in 1410, making it the 3rd oldest astronomical clock in the world. It also still functions – which is crazy!
In the Christmas Markets, they sell loads of things. Christmas ornaments, sweaters, knitted hats and scarves, trinkets carved out of wood, and lots of yummy yummy food.
The Klementinum is a large complex of buildings in the city centre where the National University used to be housed. One of the first of the buildings built here was a chapel in the 11th Century. Shortly after, a monastery was founded here in the medieval times, and was eventually turned into a jesuit college in 1556. It also houses a astronomical tower and observatory. We also saw an Advent Christmas Concert in their mirror chapel.
We then climbed to the top of the Astronomical Tower and got some AMAZING views of the city.