Photo Essay: Golden Prague in Black and White

It was supposed to be a quick little trip to find out what Europe offers before my winter trip to Northern and Central Europe in early December 2012. I have been to Prague twice when I was a kid, each time for a summer holiday. I had positive memories, but what I experiences this winter- charmed me, took my breath away and made me feel so special.

Prague has turned out to be more beautiful than I though and remembered it.  What attracted me the most is that at every step I found little pieces of historical European cities I have travelled to – the streets of Barcelonaviews from the bridge like Paris, narrow streets and pastel from Lisbon and delicious food from Poland. All in one place!

The capital of Czech Republic is extremely diverse, locally very modern, mixed in style, where you can hear the languages of tourists from all over the world. Green delights, architecture and the magnitude theaters, galleries and exhibitions.

It was 24th of November, I took my camera with me, walked down the streets of Prague and couldn’t take my eyes off the scenery I could see. Here are some photos of Golden Prague I took.

The entrance to the Charles Castle
The entrance to the Prague Castle
A little coffee shop with wooden chairs nearby the Charles Castle
A little coffee shop with wooden chairs nearby the  Prague Castle
Cozy restaurant in Prague
Cozy restaurant
Street lamp in Prague
My favourite street lamp

Food stand, restaurant, Prague

Charles Castle, Prague
Prague Castle
Czech soldiers
Czech soldiers
CHarles Castle
Prague Castle- the biggest ancient castle in the world
Charles Castle, Prague
Prague Castle
Streets of Prague
Streets of Prague
Toy Museum Hracek
Toy Museum Hracek

Statue of a man nearby the Charles Castle

Beautiful scenery of Prague seen from the Charles Castle
Beautiful scenery of Prague seen from the Charles Castle
Paintings
Local paintings
Local paintings
Local paintings
Crunchy potatoes
Crunchy potatoes
Beautiful Prague
Beautiful Prague

Postcards from Prague

Streets of Prague
Streets of Prague
Man wearing traditional Czech clothes
Czech man wearing traditional Czech clothes

Paintings

Czech couple
The Czech couple who showed me around the city, extremely kind and generous people
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
The Czech Mole
The Mole (Krtek, or Krteček (little mole)- an animated character in a series of cartoons, created by Czech animator Zdeněk Miler
Trdelnik
Trdelník- traditional Czech cake and sweet pastry. It is made from rolled dough, wrapped around a stick, then grilled and topped with sugar and walnut mix
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Old Town Square
Traditional Czech music and costumes at Old Town Square
Old Town Square
Old Town Square

Old Town Square

Horses

Prague at night
Prague at night

Have you ever been to Prague? If so, what were your feelings?

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27 Comments

  • Great shots Agness! Prague looks beautiful and the black and white works really well. The bridge at night and the castle shots are my favourite. Enjoy the rest of your trip :)

    • Thanks Ardun. I told you the other day I love photos in black and white and your pictures kinda inspired me to do this photo essay. I should say thank you!

  • Yet another beautiful city that I’ve never passed through, no matter how many recommendations have come from friends & fellow bloggers. Feel kind of silly now being the other side of the world& wanting to go, especially since it was relatively on my doorstep before hand.

    Next time we’re in Europe, I’m seeing it properly.

    • I know the feeling. I’ve lived most of my life in Poland, yet also have not seen Prague, that’s embarrassing. I will go when I get to Europe next time, maybe by a chance we will bump into each other there.

  • I visited Prague in the fall and fell head over heels for it! It’s an incredibly beautiful city. Great photos – I loved all the little details and moments you captured here!

    • Thank you Julika. This city took my breath away and left me speechless :). Tried to capture it in the photos. I’m so glad you liked it ;-)

  • What a great collection of the sights and scenes of Prague from a tourist and local’s perspective. I love how you posted these beautiful photos in black and white and hints of color in some of them. I haven’t been to Praque yet but I’ve been wanting to go. Your pictures just bumped it up the list some more :)

    • Thank you so much Mary. Ardun – one of the bloggers and travellers inspired me to take some black and white photos of Prague. I also love them :):) Prague was amazing, so mysterious and historical. Missing it a lot.

    • Thanks Michael! I don’t usually see B&W photography on travel blogs or websites which is a real pitty ;-) Agree – they create such emotions in a shot :):)

  • Hi!

    Very nice pictures. But you have written Charles Castles (which would be Karlštejn, that is not located in Prague) instead of Prague Castle on the 1st and 2nd picture, later on, you have it totally correct.

    Good job!:)

    • Hey Veronika! Thanks for pointing it out. I meant Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) indeed ;-), don’t know what I wrote Charles Castle, maybe because I was thinking of the Charles Bridge :). Already changed it ;-)

      I’m glad you like the photos. These are my favourite Prague shots.

  • I went to Prague last winter and fell in love! The beauty and vibrancy of the city was so inspiring – hard to believe it used to be a communist country. Now – in the post revolution days…so alive and full of energy. Loved walking across the Charles Bridge every day. The Christmas markets were an introduction to the European markets for me and I am craving going back! It seemed like someone was selling hot, mulled wine out of every nook and cranny. Slowly, we found our favourites – I spent a blissful 10 days walking the streets of Prague and would go back in a heartbeat! Thanks for bringing me back, even if only in pictures.

    • Anita, I am so glad you have such great memories from Prague. I also fell in love with Prague and went there during the winter time. Absolutely agree – mulled wine was my favourite Czech drink and the Christmas markets were a great introduction to the German markets I visited after! This city is amazing, hope to get back there very soon!

  • Prague is one of my most favourite cities, ever, ever, ever!!!! (Did you know that I like the place?) I’ve only been twice (so far) and it has a beautiful feel to the place with great architecture and atmosphere. In some respects thank goodness they put up no resistance to the Germans so the city was not destroyed.

    Charles Bridge is for me my favourite bridge everywhere. Many thanks for bringing back some amazing memories for me.

    • So glad you hear that. It’s also one of my favourite places in Europe. Agree- it’s atmosphere’s great and I loved to explore the old city.

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