Tiny, But Shiny: Prague Makes You Feel

When I choose a place I’d love to visit, I always look if there is something outstanding regarding it – rich culture, historical significance, luxury shopping… Prague does not satisfy this definition – it never scores higher than its European neighbors on any of these criteria. However, even those who haven’t visited it, already know – it’s charming. And yes, it’s happy, despite being relatively ordinary. How can we explain these phenomena?

GARDENS

Growing up in Prague and growing up amongst the flowers are kind of synonyms. The city is incredibly green having numerous gardens and parks at its disposal. There are over two hundred of them with the oldest one being founded in the Middle Ages, and they all offer breathtaking views of the city. franciscan_gardens_prague_2066_jpg_original1http://www.gardenvisit.com/uploads/image/image/166/16684/franciscan_gardens_prague_2066_jpg_original.jpg

The first Prague gardens were monastic gardens; private gardens, adjacent to palaces or expensive townhouses, came later during the Renaissance. Each period introduced its own unique style, layout and understanding of space into garden design. The unique atmosphere of these places helps Prague’s residents to feel special being proud of their amazing culture. Visiting the Palace Gardens below Prague Castle, the Petřín Hill gardens or Wallenstein Gardens is one of the most popular ways to spend spare time amongst the locals. 880935991http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/88093599.jpg

People have a great opportunity to combine healthy outdoor activities with aesthetic enrichment. And that’s such a top place for romantic dates! Having introduced wonderful blossoming spots all over the city, Prague definitely made a smart move in boosting its people’s happiness!

HISTORY ALIVE

Prague is literally a history book. In the heart of Europe, the Czech Republic is a country that crosses many cultures of different origins. The lucky ones who live here find historic marks of Slavic, Germanic and Jewish communities, which played an influential role in the creation of the Central-European culture and lifestyle. Visiting museums, attending literary cafes, entering by chance in old churches and cathedrals, walking through historic areas: this is a usual part of the locals’ daily routine. prague-castle-czech-republic-011http://www.tourists-attractions.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/prague-castle-czech-republic-01.jpg

Seriously, how can’t you be happy when you are literally, diving into the mysterious beauty of the past? Every corner has its history – Kafka’s school was there; one of the 27 knights lived in this house; Heinrich’s assassins got him over there; they shook their keys for the Velvet revolution next to the horse here. e3704647929d2b9d4a7d5d4c916bf3281https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/e3/70/46/e3704647929d2b9d4a7d5d4c916bf328.jpg

The Prague’s people are aware of their great cultural contribution to the world and can enjoy the fruits of this contribution as much as they want to. Happiness!

EDUCATION

Nobody will reject the claim that education is one of the underlying components of happiness – you need to be qualified enough to earn for a good life (unless you go to modern politics where having a loud voice is enough). The high quality and tradition of the Czech education and research are widely recognized, especially when it comes to studying Science, Engineering or Medicine. university-of-economics31http://studiesabroad.com/isa_images/jpg/0ac338d8522a94e62079540571576b94c9fdf818/University-of-Economics3.jpg

Charles University in Prague, the country’s capital, was founded in 1348 and is the oldest university in Central Europe. The Accreditation Commission and the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports are responsible for evaluating the quality of various aspects of higher education. claire-morris-uep-31http://www.uq.edu.au/uqabroad/images/czech/claire-morris-uep-3.jpg

Thus, the locals are provided with all the possibilities to gain necessary knowledge are typically grow into great specialists. Prague’s people are happy: their professionalism is respected and accoladed all over the Europe & they face no troubles in becoming self-sufficient once they graduate.

INTERNATIONAL INFLOW

Globalization has shown that cultural exchange does matter. Although many argue that we are on the way to homogenization, I believe that immigrants and travelers are valuable containers of fresh ideas, useful customs, and amazing traditions. The people of Prague seem to agree. With the increasing number of courses taught in foreign languages, especially in English, more and more students from abroad are coming to Prague to take their Undergraduate or Postgraduate programs. Another reason for this is that the Czech institutions are getting more and more internationalized, investing on partnerships and cooperation activities with European Union countries and others.15465599651_4b566a5474_c1 https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3927/15465599651_4b566a5474_c.jpg

Currently, more than 37,000 foreign students are enrolled in the Czech higher education institutions. Making new friends and developing international connections is the best way to be happy, right?

MUSIC

Music causes our hearts to beat faster, encouraging us to think, to feel, to resign ourselves. Music is always a relief. The locals here enjoy a wide variety of choice. Prague can satisfy both classical music listeners and as fans of rock, pop, and every other genre. 201605120614149331http://www.wtcf.org.cn/uploadfile/2016/0512/20160512061414933.png

While the elders usually get their fill of classical music in the Rudolfinum, the Municipal House, or one of the churches in Prague, younger fans of dance music never miss a visit to Prague’s renowned music clubs such as the Roxy, Akropolis, Cross Club or the multimedia space MeetFactory. Every summer, Prague’s islands and parks come alive with the multi-genre music festival United Islands. dscn64001http://www.2747.com/2747/world/city/prague/2010en/dscn6400.jpg

As the locals say, “Happy sounds for happy souls”.

CAFES

I cannot handle myself – you’ve probably noticed that I need to speak up about coffee! Prague is full of celebrated cafés which people visit both out of respect for the classical café tradition. And every cafe has its won spirit and story. The locals forget the hustle and bustle of the city when they sit at Café Slavia; experience a nearly Parisian atmosphere at Café Louvre; enjoy Grand Café Orient‘s exceptional Cubist interiors and furniture. Praguers like having breakfast in the posh Café Savoy or Café Imperial. On the rise are also modern cafés. 02_2000x600_inner_2000x600_90_255x255x2551http://www.prague-me.cz/assets/images/gallery/_thumbnails/restaurants_new/mediterranean-kitchen/luka-lu/big/02_2000x600_inner_2000x600_90_255x255x255.jpg

Café Lounge amazes not only with its first-class cappuccino, but also its homemade cakes and desserts, all in the spirit of the noble First Republic. Kavárna Pražírna offers specialty coffee from small farms. KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAhttp://www.cafeboheme.cz/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/cafe4.jpg

They buy the beans themselves, test and roast them. Sipping awesome coffee, trying delicious sweets, being surrounded by gorgeous design – what else is required to be happy?

FAMILY CULTURE

Living in Prague is strongly connected with family values. The locals see their relatives as the greatest treasures in the world. Prague offers countless activities for parents and children. For example, Praha Zoo is rightly considered to be one of the most beautiful zoos in the world. 001_blog_pavla_aksenova_prazhskiy_zoopark_zoo_praha_prague_zoo_photo_petr_hamernik_prague_zoo1http://29palms.ru/photo/blog/animals/zoo/260217/resized/001_Blog_Pavla_Aksenova_Prazhskiy_zoopark_(Zoo_Praha_Prague_Zoo)_Photo_Petr_Hamernik_Prague_Zoo.jpg

If they are in the mood for animals (if applicable to kids), young visitors are usually impressed by a tour of the Toy Museum, located directly in Prague Castle, which brings together historical toys from around the world as well as a large collection of Barbie dolls. Boys also love to visit the exhibits at the National Technical Museum at Letná. Steam locomotives and predecessors of today’s automobiles, the first motorcycles and planes form a permanent exhibition complemented by a number of temporary exhibitions devoted to science and technology. prague-kid-park-gutovka1http://www.prague-guide.eu/images/prague-kid-park-gutovka.jpg

And, of course, pastry shops are the most beloved destinations ever for both children and their parents. Goodies from the Erhart Pastry Shop at Letná, the pastry shop Uknofliků on Újezd, or cakes made fresh daily in the legendary Myšák cake shop in Vodičkova Street serve as a reward for all members of the family. Prague encourages its people to take care of their loved ones, spending more time together. Eventually, this does add to their happiness.

In conclusion, Prague is neither similar to huge overcrowded capitals of other European states nor does has it ever tried to outcompete them. Prague stands out, loud and proud of its coziness, tinyness, fragility. Prague dares to be different. prague-151https://i1.wp.com/wickedwalkabout.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Prague-15.jpg?resize=950%2C713

In the world where everyone has become so focused on reaching for the stars, Prague stays calm, but with dignity – it does not seek global admiration, and yet people from all over the globe are coming to its peaceful streets in search of stability. Prague feels like home. Although not granting all the entertainment available in other megapolises, it strengthens relationships and connects the hearts. And this suffices to make its people happy.

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