Royal Way│Nerudova Street, Prague
Nerudova (also known as “Royal Way” or “Kings Road”) is the historic street linking Prague Castle to Charles Bridge, via the Lesser Town (Malá Strana). This charming street is characterised by ancient burgher houses, mostly now transformed into quaint hotels, restaurants and small shops. House numbering is a relatively recent modernization in Prague. In older times, it was usual to distinguish buildings with house signs above the main door. Nerudova offers plenty of fine examples of this, such as a house near the bottom of the street, called the Three Little Fiddles (named as the home to a family of violin makers around 1700). Another fine example is the house of the Two Suns, which used to be Neruda’s home. Prague Experience features several fine hotels and restaurants along Nerudova.
We ended up Royal Way after a massive downpour in Prague! We sat in a Starbucks for over an hour – and we were lucky enough to have found a seat when we did! Within 10 minutes of sitting down, it went from light rain, to a heavy torrential downpour. Every single person even half a block from Starbucks RAN into the cafe to find shelter, and of course, grab a coffee.
As you can see, Eli is wearing a sweater and jeans. There were definitely some cooler days on this European Summer road trip. But even those days can be fun if you make the most of the time you have. We enjoyed some cafe lattes in Starbucks, and Eli played a few iPad games. There were people everywhere, sitting on the floor and standing in the hallways. It was a pleasure to have a cozy corner to sit in!
After the Downpour
When the rain stopped, and our coffees were finished, we made our way up Nerudova Street.
We stopped to look in small stores, take pictures, and enjoy some snacks.
Look at that face! This face is accompanied by an “owwwwwww woo woo woo” sound. In fact, I don’t even know how to write it out phonetically because it is pretty unique. It is really quite amusing, although we have no idea why he is doing it. He might have been sick of being in the stroller, or wearing of shoes. It was probably the shoes because when he is done with the stroller, he simply puts his feet on the ground. This compact travel one doesn’t keep him as elevated and secure as his Mountain Buggy stroller at home.
Here are a few glimpses at our walk along Nerudova Street…
We couldn’t help by stop in at a gingerbread store. I think it might have been the smell that caught our attention as we walked by. The gingerbread city (pictured above), in the store window, was very interesting. Below, “Praha” is Prague in Czech. As we moved from city-to-city on our European road trip, we often started to call the towns by their local name, not the English version.
Nerudova street got its name after a famous Czech poet and journalist Jan Neruda, above, who wrote many short stories about this Prague district.
What a gorgeous view below as you walk higher and higher up this famous street!
If you are planning a trip to the city of Prague, definitely include some time to stroll up and down this street. See if you can find house signs, such as the Red Eagle (no.6), the Golden Horseshoe (no. 34), the Green Lobster (no. 43) or the White Swan (no. 49) in this street. A fun family scavenger-type hunt for older kids!
How to get there:
From metro station Malostranska (green line A) continue by tram (no. 12, 20, 22, 23) to the next Malostranska.
Nerudova street is just up the hill.