Traveling with Kafka in Prague

What a city. What a soul. I dreamt about visiting Prague for ages, since I was 18. Not because of its beautiful stone bridge called Charles Bridge or majestic Castle. Its architecture covering all epochs fascinates me indeed, but it was not the only reason.

I fall in love with Prague long before I visited it. And it is clearly Franz Kafka‘s fault. His novels made me imagine about this city. I imagined of a grotesque city, where the sun never shines. I imagined its residents hiding behind their umbrellas while they walk in the dark narrow streets. I imagined people who regard every being with suspicion and try to define the danger from the sound of the foot steps behind them while they across the stone bridge in a rainy evening. I dreamt of long never-ending corridors in the buildings of Prague. I dreamt of people who tried to reach the castle but never did.

I imagined of people whose imagination is as quirky as Kafka’s. Did I find what I imagined of? Yes… apart of the darkness and rain (luckily the weather was lovely). For me it was a dream coming true walking down the streets where Kafka once walked along.

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I’ve seen Kafka’s birthplace in Old Town Square and the New Jewish Cemetery where he rests in peace. I couldn’t visit his grave tough as the cemetery was closed. Because of restoration works I couldn’t see the house number 22 in the Golden Lane, where he wrote many novels and stories. I couldn’t go to the Kafka Museum or to the Old-New Synagogue, where his bar mitzvah was held, just because of wrong days or wrong hours I stood in front of those buildings. Well, based on this chain of odd “coincidences” I’d say my Prague visit was pretty much kafkaesque after all 🙂

TIPS

To learn more about Lisbon have a look at Lonely Planet’s Travel Guide for Prague. Before you travel, don’t forget to check my Pack List.

For price worthy accommodation check Booking.com or Agoda.com. Also Airbnb and Couchsurfing are good options to find accommodation.

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