During the last summer
(August 2002), Prague fell victim to the floods
which occured all over Eastern Europe
. I was there at the time, on holiday
with two friends. We were only staying 3 days, and arrived on a Monday
. That evening, the river level started to rise. We were actually on Charles Bridge
, the most famous bridge
in the city, taking photos
of the rising water, when the police
came to close the bridge, and move everybody off it.
We were staying with some friends who lived in Prague, who had a house north
of the river
. After being moved off Charles Bridge
, we were pretty much stranded
on this side. Most of the tourist attractions
in the City are South
of the river, which was a little unfortunate for us. The zoo
was closed (several animals drowned
there, unforuately), so the only place we could go was the castle
. The castle in Prague is fantastic. It is at the very top of a huge hill
, so the views
from up there are absolutely stunning. The castle itself wasn't huge, but had an amazing Cathedral
built into it, as well as a large plot of gardens
. All three of us were and are keen photographers
, so it was fortunate that the grounds were so beautiful.
Other than visiting the castle, there was very little left to do. The shops were mainly closed, as were the restaurants, as deliveries
could not cross the river
to get to them. The electricity was turned off on Tuesday, for safety reasons, so we were left trying to see our way round the house by candle
light, with very little to eat.
We did manage to find an open supermarket, after a long tram
ride and a reasonable walk. The trams
in Prague are one of the main tourist attractions. They run almost perfectly on time (which is amazing to someone accustomed to British public transport), and can take you anywhere in the city.
Our journey home was on Thursday, although not from the bus station
we expected, which was underwater at the time. We set off on time, and arrived home slightly early. Although it was an interesting
experience, it certainly wasn't the one we were expecting! We plan to repeat our visit, this time without the excess of water
, to enable us to actually see all the sights to be seen.