I was back in Prague, Czech Republic earlier this month.
I lived here in this fairy tale city many years ago, and enjoy returning when I can. On this visit, quite a few years had gone by since my previous visit.
The weather was a bit hit-and-miss during our stay here (par for the course for early April), but on the first day of stunning blue skies and warming sun, we made a beeline for Old Town Square and its clock tower.
Prague is even more spectacular when seen from on high: its twisty streets and picturesque squares come clearly into view.
When I first lived in this city, these views from on high helped me to understand the geography of the town. Now, it’s all for enjoyment.
The Old Town Square (Starometske namesti) clock tower is an ideal high point. The fourteenth century bell tower is worth a visit when the clock chimes the hour, but also for its stunning views.
Back in my time, there was no elevator, but one has recently been installed. But honestly, this is the easiest medieval tower you will ever tackle. It comes complete with wide ramps, instead of spiralling staircases.
The climb up is definitely worth it.
From the top, you have spectacular, panoramic views over Old Town Square and the Tyn cathedral. You can admire the twisty streets of the Old Town.
And you have views over the Charles Bridge, Mala strana ( the Lesser Quarter) and the castle up on high.
In the past, I took many a friend passing through Prague up here to enjoy the views.
But now, when I visit, I am happy to play the tourist.
When you’re next in Prague, take advantage of clear days to haul yourself up this ancient tower for stunning views over gorgeous Prague. See you at the top!