Prague has always been a city I longed to visit. I have always known in my heart the well-known story that Adolf Hitler spared Prague during World War II because he did not want to destroy such beauty and it was rumored that he was even planning to live there. Even before Hitler, many famous people were mesmerized by the city’s medieval charm and they have stayed there for a time. Two of them are Albert Einstein who taught at the Charles University and Mozart who composed most of his operas in Prague.
2014 was the year I had to make my dream of visiting Prague come true. I took a flight from the Philippines operated by Emirates, adjudged the World’s Best Airline for 2013. I had a 9-hour stopover in Dubai which entitled me to a free overnight hotel stay paid by the airline and then I flew from Dubai to Prague the next day. We arrived in Prague after lunch time and I waited for my friend who came all the way from the U.S. via Amsterdam. We immediately took a taxi to our hotel for around US$40 which was actually more expensive than the US$30 private car I booked through the internet that would have brought us from the airport to the city but it never came.
On our way to the hotel, we passed by the famous Dancing House.
The Prague Hilton was our choice of hotel while in the Czech capital. Its proximity to the Old Town Square, good reviews and reasonable price made the decision easier for us.
Since we were in the Old Town Square area we explored the neighborhood a little and we hurried down to the center of the famous square racing against dusk.
The sun had just set, the sky was blue and I was loving the stunning scenery. The Astronomical Clock Tower and the Baroque Church of St. Nicolas were on one side of the square.
The other side was where Tyn church was located. It is the most imposing Gothic structure in the square.
It was just fitting to have our photos taken with such an amazing view of the square.