2 Days in Prague

Update 02.09.16: Here is my complete Travel-VLOG to Prague. Get some Burgers & Beer and enjoy!

 

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In this travel blogpost i want to present you my photos of beautiful prague in the Czech Republic. I only had 2 days to shoot there, but i took the chance and used my personal trinity of lenses on my Sony A7II:

  • Sigma 24mm 1.4 (Canon Mount)
  • Canon 70-200 F4 L
  •  Sigma MC11 Adapter
  •  Sony FE 50mm 1.8

On this trip to Prague i had my Small Sony Bag with my 3 lenses  + ND 1000x Filter + A7II and the Camslinger Streetomatic Bag with the Samsung NX500 for 4K Video, a monopod and small tripod. I took also 3 fully charged batteries for the Sony A7II  with me + travel charger and 2 fully charged batteries for the NX500 + charger. The battery power lastet for exactly 2 days, the A7II needs a lot of juice, so make shure to always have at least 3 batteries with you on a travel trip! I also had 2 extra backup SD cards with me. So from 24mm – 200mm there is pretty much everything coverd and as you can see the bags are still small even with this gear and the weight is still very travel friendly.

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About Prague:

 

„Prague /Praha, is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. It is the 14th largest city in the European Union.  It is also the historical capital of Bohemia. Situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava River, the city is home to about 1.26 million people, while its larger urban zone is estimated to have a population of nearly 2 million. The city has a temperate climate, with warm summers and chilly winters. Prague has the lowest unemployment rate in the European Union.

 

Prague has been a political, cultural, and economic centre of central Europe with waxing and waning fortunes during its 1,100-year existence. Founded during the Romanesqueand flourishing by the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras, Prague was not only the capital of the Czech state, but also the seat of two Holy Roman Emperors and thus also the capital of the Holy Roman Empire.

 

It was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire and after World War I became the capital of Czechoslovakia. The city played major roles in the Bohemian and Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years‘ War, and in 20th-century history, during both World Wars and the post-war Communist era.

 

Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of 20th-century Europe. Main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square with the Prague astronomical clock, the Jewish Quarter, Petřín hill and Vyšehrad. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

 

The city boasts more than ten major museums, along with numerous theatres, galleries, cinemas, and other historical exhibits. An extensive modern public transportation system connects the city. Also, it is home to a wide range of public and private schools, including Charles University in Prague, the oldest university in Central Europe. Prague is classified as an „Alpha-“ global city according to GaWC studies, comparable to Vienna, Seoul and Washington, D.C.

 

Prague ranked sixth in the Tripadvisor world list of best destinations in 2016. Its rich history makes it a popular tourist destination, and the city receives more than 6.4 million international visitors annually, as of 2014. Prague is the fifth most visited European city after London, Paris, Istanbul and Rome. Prague’s low cost of living makes it a popular destination for expats relocating to Europe.“

 

Source: wiki

 

I was travelling with my car from Linz, Austria to Prague, so it took only about 3 hours to get to our hotel in the Czech Republic . We stayed at the beautiful Hotel International Prague, which has an excellent price/quality ratio. We had a very nice room on the 12th floor there, with a great view. The hotel has free wifi Internet everywhere and very good food too. It  is about 15 min. away from the center of prague, but you can get there with a taxi for about 7€. I would definetly recommend to leave your car at the hotel, its quite difficult to drive in the center of prague if you are not fimiliar with the city. So if you are planning your trip to Prague i can definetly recommend this hotel.

 

Day 1, Prague center with the astronomical clock

Where to start? We decided to go to the city center where also the famous astronomical clock of prague is situated. Of course there you will also find the most tourists, but it´s a must see. The weather was very mixed, first it was dry and then after 1 hour or so it  suddenly started raining like crazy, which then turned into a sunny day again. Make shure to take an umbrella and a rain jacket with you even in july these days. If it starts raining you can go inside in one of the excellent restaurants or museums, churches…untill the rain stops, thats what we did and i captured some rainy photos too.

The clock looks pretty amazing and also the church and the old historical buildings, make shure  to take pictures here. We enjoyed some great food in a restaurant nearby called „The white horse“ in an old cellar while it was raining.

„The astronomical clock in Prague was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working.“ Source: wiki

 

 

There is so much to see, it´s incredible how well the old architecture remained after so many years. Also the stores in Prague are worth visiting, a lot of them are very unique and there is even an Apple Museum.

„Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, Prague has become one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Prague suffered considerably less damage during World War II than some other major cities in the region, allowing most of its historic architecture to stay true to form. It contains one of the world’s most pristine and varied collections of architecture, from Romanesque, to Gothic,Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neo-Renaissance, Neo-Gothic, Art Nouveau, Cubist, Neo-Classical and ultra-modern.“ Source: wiki

 

Day 2, Charles Bridge, St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle

 

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At day 2 the weather was a bit better and i absolutely wanted to see Charles Bridge, which was photographed like millions of times by photographers all over the world. I did not have the time to search a better location to photograph the bridge from a better perspective, maybe next time. There is so much going on at the Charles Bridge you can really spend at least 1 hour only just by taking time and watching all the historical sculptures on the bridge. At the bridge are also a lot of Street Artists , you can take a trip  with a boat or just enjoy the great view.

 

„On 9 July 1357 at 5:31 am, Charles IV personally laid the first foundation stone for the Charles Bridge. The exact time of laying the first foundation stone is known because the palindromic number 135797531 was carved into the Old Town bridge tower having been chosen by the royal astrologists and numerologists as the best time for starting the bridge construction.“

source:wiki

 

After the Charles Bridge we went up to the Prague Castle, which really deserves this name. The castle and the church there are huge and also the view up there is amazing. It will take you like about 1 hour or so to get up there by foot but its really worth it! The church inside is jaw dropping, it looks even bigger inside and its just pure eye candy.

 

 

 St. Vitus Cathedral atPrague Castle

Charles IV began construction of the Gothic Saint Vitus Cathedral, within the largest of the Prague Castle courtyards, on the site of the Romanesque rotunda there. Prague was elevated to an archbishopric in 1344, the year the cathedral was begun.

 

In the following two centuries, Prague strengthened its role as a merchant city. Many noteworthy Gothic buildings were erected and Vladislav Hall of the Prague Castle was added.“

Source: wiki

We totally enjoyed our trip to Prague and definetly want to come back, there is so much more to discover, but you really need more time than 2 days!

All 3 lenses the Sigma, Canon and Sony worked great in Prague, only thing i was missing is a ultrawide lens. If you are interested in each individual lenses please also read my reviews for them on this blog.

Canon 70-200 F4 L + Sony A7II REVIEW

SIGMA 24 mm 1.4 ART on Sony A7II REVIEW

Sony FE50mm 1.8 REVIEW

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Great photos! How did you process them?

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