As I described in my previous post – Prague – Old Town and Charles Bridge, I truly enjoyed visiting Prague, its architecture, historical monuments and beautiful streets were absolutely charming and captivating.
|View of Prague Castle|
|Prague Castle honor guard|
|Honor guard changing shifts|
Fort was always the traditional seat of the rulers of Bohemia. Buildings has survived since the beginning of the Romanesque period, but the shape was designed in large part in two periods in which Prague was the royal capital: first during the Holy Roman Empire, under the reign of King Karl (1378-1346), and later during the Austrian Hapsburg Empire, under the reign of Rudolf II (1612-1576).
Prague castle area includes a number of beautiful sites that can fill at least half a day of sightseeing. The Castle is probably the world oldest castle.It is a most outstanding structure in town, and the tall towers of St. Vitus Cathedral fills the Prague’s skyline in the full glory.
|St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála svatého Víta)|
Although Prague Castle is situated on a hill and on arrival it involves some effort it is absolutely worth it, especially visiting beautiful Cathedral of St. Vitus and St. George’s Basilica. St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála svatého Víta) is a Gothic masterpiece, and the spiritual symbol of the Czech state. St. George’s Basilica is the oldest church building within the Prague Castle complex. It is also the best-preserved Romanesque church in Prague.
|St. Vitus Cathedral|
|View from St.Vitus Cathedral|
At the northeast corner of the Castle complex is a lovely Zlata Street, commonly known as the Golden Lane or alchemist’s alley with colorful small buildings. Most houses were built in the 16th, and this alley was originally known as Zlatnická ulička (Goldsmith’s Lane), due to the many goldsmiths residing in the houses; some more alchemist than goldsmith!
You can get to Golden Lane through the Charles Bridge, from Nerudova Street and Hradcanske namesti.
|Zlata Street – the Golden Lane|
|Colorful buildings of Golden Lane|
|One of the Golden Lane homes|
|Prague Castle – The Golden Lane|
At the end of the visit you can eat authentic Czech lunch at charming Nerudova Street. This street leading to the Prague castle is full of restaurants and souvenir shops, known by its beautiful buildings with lovely ornaments.