Are you a bookish? What about planning the route through Prague based on its most famous writers and scenarios of their works? Find a good Old Town Prague hotel to live in the epicentre of that route and become the main characterof the storiesthat led you here.
Before your trip, we recommend reading any of the following stories (or all if you are a true book-worm), to help you appreciate even more thiscity fullofstories that have occupied the bestpages of the universalliterature:
- “The Adventures of the Good Soldier Svejk” by Jaroslav Hasek.
- “All the beauty of the world” by Jaroslav Seifert.
- “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” by Milan Kundera.
- “Lesser Town Tales” by Jan Neruda.
- “Magic Prague” of Ripellino.
- “The Golem” by Meynrink.
- “The spirit of Prague” by Ivan Klima.
And by the end as it could not be otherwise, Kafka and his Metamorphoses.
The neighbourhoods with the bestscenarios
All Prague’s tale: it only takes a walk at sunset through places like the Golden Lane or Vysehrad neighbourhood to realize the whole truth behind this statement. But following the recommendations we have been given bythe most famous Czech writers, there are three areas that stand out above others in the literary circuit:
- The Jewish quarter: either because their authors have made it a common scenario, either becauseit isthe place of residence of the mythical golem, the Jewish Quarter filled thousands of pages of literature based in Prague.
- MalaStrana: absolute protagonist of the collection of most popular stories of Prague, Mala Stranahosts famous places like the Prague Castle, Kampaisland or the Charles Bridge and deserves to be mentioned inthousands and thousands of works.
- Stare Mesto (Old Town): being Kafka’sbirthplace already has recognition, but the old town has cobblestone streets in an inspiration to the most famous works.
The Clementinum and Strahov: two monuments to letters
Also in Stare Mesto (the Old Town) we find whatis considered the second largest architectural complex of the city, just behindthe Prague Castle in the ranking: the Clementinum. Originally it was the headquarters of the Jesuit College and the University of Prague, being today and for more than two centuries, home of the National Library.
In addition to spaces like the astronomical tower and the chapel of the mirrors, in the Clementinumwe find the Baroque library, a space that seems like a film stage with shelves full of books beautifully ornamented and reaches the ceiling, exquisitely decorated in baroque style.
Style can also be seen in Strahov, defined (and quite correctly) as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world and it certainly deserves a must not only for lovers of literature, but for anyone who wants to appreciate the enormous beauty of its rooms.
The city of Kafka
We must return to the figure of the illustrious writer, but we can’t forget the huge inheritance left by the author of the Metamorphosis not justin literature, but as a symbol ofthe city.
From its two statues (one in the Jewish quarter of surreal inspiration and another in the modern area in the form of a mobile bust created by renowned artist David Cerny) to his birthplace in Stare Mesto and the house where he lived in the Golden Lane, through its museum on the bank of the Vltava river, the whole city has been artistically rendered to his feet, and so we will.