Prague Castle (Pražský hrad), Prague, Czech Republic

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Across the Vltava River, overlooking the Lesser Town (Malá_Strana) is the Prague Castle (Pražský hrad), the largest medieval castle in Europe and the seat of power of the past kings of Bohemia, Roman Emperors, the current official residence and office of the President of Czech Republic.
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It is hard to miss out Prague Castle among the city skyline. It is the one you see from afar and whatever narrow road you turn at the Lesser Town, there is always the castle rising high above.
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It might look far to reach but going to the castle is actually quite easy.

There are five ways to reach the castle complex as published in the castle official website (https://www.hrad.cz/en/). The provided options mainly involves taking the tram, however everywhere in Prague feels like a mere walking distance away, so I just walked my way from the Old Town via Charles Bridge, explored the Lesser Town and headed the Prague castle by the Old Castle steps.
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The Old Castle steps as historical as the Prague Castle itself provide another overlooking view of the rooftops of Lesser Town.
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Like many others, I made a mistake on assuming that the dominant spires of the St. Vitus Cathedral (metropolitní katedrála svatého Víta, Václava a Vojtěcha) is the castle itself.
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The cathedral is what makes the castle worth visiting, for St. Vitus Cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece.
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Prague Castle is huge, with an estimated size of a seven football fields.

A complex of churches, gardens, courtyards and alleyways, to see the castle, many visitors either participate in one of the walking tours while some go for the self-guided approach and simply purchase the combination ticket to enter the historical buildings.
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Actually, Prague Castle can be explore for free but it will be only limited to the courtyards. If you happen to be at the complex later in the afternoon, you might chance upon that the Golden Lane (Zlatá ulička) is actually free to enter at around that time.

Golden Lane is one of the ancient street in the castle complex consisting of several preserved colorful historic houses of artisans who once lived there.
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5 thoughts on “Prague Castle (Pražský hrad), Prague, Czech Republic

    1. Hi, yes 🙂 i put some heavy grain purposely. My intention was to mimic the film effect and i think its quite appropriate for a timeless place like Prague.
      What do you think? I

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