Pražsky Hrad

Trip Start Mar 06, 2013
Trip End Mar 16, 2013

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Lobkowicz Palace Prague
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Prague Castle (Prazsky hrad)
Read my review - 4/5 stars
St. George's Basilica Prague
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Zlata Ulitzka Prague
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Flag of Czech Republic  , Hlavní město Praha,
Monday, March 11, 2013

We rode the tram today, on our way to visit Prague Castle. It's an impressive, efficient service, that runs every five minutes to the castle from the Old Town.

The start of our visit at the castle was not impressive, however, as we had to purchase an expensive map despite the high cost of the entry ticket (which by the way, does not get you into everything). It's a huge complex and you could easily spend a couple days checking everything out. We decided to hit the highlights, as we couldn't imagine T. wanting to come back to the same place 2 days in a row, as the entry fee allows you to do.

St. Vitus Cathedral,our first stop, has an impressive stained glass collection, from medieval to modern. It's hard to resist taking a photo of each and every glass panel (I don't think I succeeded), and the various smaller scenes in them.

Less imposing but equally impressive is the Chapel of St. George, a much more modest church. My thoughts went to the tale of St. George and the Dragon that I would read to T. when she was a tyke.

We decided to check out "The Story of Prague Castle Museum" and the Old Castle. Interestingly, not many people went inside despite this being the core of the museum itself.

After the heavy duty museum going, we went to the Golden Lane, a quaint street that now contains a host of artisan shops, old homes, canons, and a display of knightly costumes. While the lane has all been refurbished and doesn't look or feel very old, it does give you a sense of how small everyone must have been in the Middle Ages. The doorways will knock you in the head if you are more than about 5'6" tall and don't bend over.

The highlight of our visit was Lobkowicz Castle. Even T. really enjoyed this. You have to pay an additional fee, which is reduced if you've already purchased entry to other sites at the Prague Castle, but it includes the audio guide. The guide doesn't overload you with too much detail, and gives you some interesting personal history from the grandson narrator. My favourite was the photo of the smoking dog. Again, not many visitors go into the castle.

After finishing our Pražsky Hrad visit and despite sore feet, we decided to walk from the hilltop down into Mala Strana, the Little or Lesser Quarter. The narrow streets down the hillside are gorgeous, and the trip is filled with colourful, old buildings and shops. Definitely worth the walk.
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