Prague Castle, Czech Republic
Castle in PragueToday we walked a million miles – or so it felt! It was castle day! After lucking out with a park close to the castle, there were still many sights to see on the short walk to the gates including historic palaces, elaborate water features, and monuments. We spent the first hour outside the castle gates photographing stunning views over the city and Vltava River, as well as the village of Mala Strana below Prague Castle. On the hour, every hour is the changing of the guard so before entering the Castle grounds, we observed this hourly ritual.
Once inside the Prague Castle Grounds we made our way to St Vitus’s Cathedral, a gothic stylic church with sharp pointed spires, vaulted ceilings, elaborate pulpit and stained glass windows, and an enormous pipe organ.
The Prague Castle grounds are quite large and contain shops, cafes, and many cobbled lanes including the famous little Golden Lane. By now we are exhausted, but still have to climb the hill to the monastery – Strahov.
First day in Picturesque City of Prague, Czech Republic
We will have 3 days to explore Prague, so today we concentrated on the New Town District – Nove Mesto. This area is not so new but newer than most of the city.
We spent most of the time in the Wenceslas Square a place which represents the moral and historical conscience of the Czech Republic. Once the scene of violence and demonstrations, Wenceslas Square is now a bustling strip of boutiques, cafes, and historic hotels and buildings. Like much of the Czech Republic since the Velvet Revolution Prague is slowly being rebuilt. Our walk brought us to the Czech National Museum and the main Train Station built in the romantic jugendstil style – although some refurbishing is required.