Prague Castle, Cathedral and its highlight
Day 2 in the City of Hires
Day 2 came, and we started to get ready for a buffet breakfast of the hotel. After a while, we took the car to visit the famous Prague Castle and its vicinity outline. This time we use my phone as GPS since the “Synergie” app does work quite well in this city.
Ten minutes later, we arrive at the area and took a parking place which cost 40 CPK per hour. The guard asks us how long will it take for us to tour inside and we responded 2 hours, more or less. There was a security check at the entrance, officers were there to check your things and items on your bags plus scan your body using their detector.
It was pretty easy for me cause I didn’t bring that much, only one sling bag and my bag for the camera.
Approaching to the Palace Complex, the outlook of the Cathedral outshines the Dalibor Tower. The round tower which is actually a monumental dungeon that has a circular opening in the floor. There was also a Royal Park of the left side of the entrance place however it was closed that day due to the maintenance issue.
From afar I noticed 2 guards standing at the opposite sides at the entrance of the complex. Holding their guns and constantly immobile while on duty, they look stiff and extremely serious. It makes me think of London’s guards too.
There were some tourists who manage to take some photos of them with their wacky faces together with the guards. But the guards don’t move or talk at all, They will just ignore you if every you get closer to them.
Interior place of Prague Castle Complex
Visualizing the interior part of the complex, you will notice it’s a close site surrounded with buildings all over it. At first, I thought I will directly spot the castle of the Cathedral but it seems just an open place with a fountain in the middle and some huge monuments around.
St. Vitus Cathedral
The Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Vitus Cathedral is a gothic resting place of saints including Vitus, Wenceslas & Adalbert as well as the state treasury. It is considered as the largest and the most important church of the country and the spiritual symbol of the state.
One of the most visited places in Prague, with its great allure measuring 96.5 meters (317 ft) high, front towers 82 meters (269 ft).
As we arrive at the place, people were queuing to get inside the Cathedral. I was really curious what lies inside this place. It has attracted many tourist all these years, over million visitors come to see this gothic church.
While queuing, I noticed the statues on the top, it was actually like an angel form statue with her tongue out. I discreetly told my husband and he explained. That the purpose of it is to protect the statues from stagnant water from the rain.
So if ever it’ll rain the water drops directly, a good flow of dispersing water from the statue. It was my first time to hear about it, but yeah its true if water will stay on statues it will create molds.
The interior part looks really amazing, there were too many people though I still manage to get some good spot to take photos. However, the façade of the entrance was a little deserted. I haven’t seen that
I haven’t seen that many holy statues encompassing the entrance. On the other hand, the stained glasses were fantastically outshining the Cathedral. With its luminous aura and uniqueness of vibrant colors, you could definitely say “wow”.
Usually, I opt to take photos of stained glasses whenever I visit churches but these ones are just magical. Despite being in the pitfall of crowded people It didn’t stop me to explore and discover more about it.
Magical Stained Glasses
I could say this was the highlight of the Cathedral, its very own unique baroque style stained glasses. Ther were many of them actually, each part of the window has this angelic and graceful charisma.
On that day of visiting, we haven’t paid any tour or services, so the disadvantage was we weren’t able to go further in the interior part of the church.
Besides, I think it’s enough for us too, cause with the people around that day? it was suffocating.
From the information that I gathered, they still do masses in this place. Regular Catholic Mass every Sunday 8:30 am and 10:00 am (every last Sunday in the month in Latin), 17.00 (except July – September). Every Monday – Saturday at 7:00 am
If you wish to visit St. Vitus Cathedral, the admission fee is :
- Full 140 CZK: Reduced 70 CZK: Family 200 CZK (6 – 8,70 euros)
- Guided tours in the Czech language: 50 CZK/person/hour
- Guided tours in other languages: 100 CZK/person/hour
With the inclusion tour of historical part St Wenceslas Chapel and the tombstones of the Premyslid kings and princes (accessible with a valid ticket for the Prague Castle A or B circuit)
Note that 1 Euro is 23 CZK (current currency)
One of the significant places found in Prague, a national cultural monument. It is the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic.
The symbol of the development of the Czech state lasting for more than a thousand years. It is the seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents.
Since we haven’t avail any tour to access the other parts of the castle we directly go to the exit side. There were also guards guarding the exit of the Palace.
This was the one that I saw from many of the covers of the tour guide magazines. The emblematic flag of Czech and it’s the golden gate of the palace.
Did you know that Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world? that’s so amazing to here. Almost 70,000 square meters (750-meter square feet), at about 570 meters (1,870 feet) in length and an average of about 130 meters (430 feet) wide.
At the outer part of the Castle, you will see more buildings like
- National Gallery Salm Palace
- Sternberg Palace
- Hradčany Square
- Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk
- Schwarzenberský palác
- House at the Golden Stars
- St. Benedict
A Museum with Czech baroque paintings, decorative arts & historic weapons in a Renaissance palace. Known to be one of the richest noblemen in Bohemia and later on Prague’s highest burgrave.
The walls carved out in different layers to show different color tones. The ceilings inside Schwarzenberg palace are decorated with paintings on canvas stretched over a wooden construction.
View of the Castle
Important things to remember
The closest way to get to the Prague Castle is to walk from Malostranske Namesti (trams no. 12, 20, 22 or 23) up Nerudova street to Hradcanske square.
If you don’t walk up the hill, take tram no 22 or 23 from metro station Malostranska and get off at stop Prazsky Hrad.
Watch The Routines of Changing Guards in Prague Castle
A great timing to see how guards do change their positions, I thought they work all day but glad to know they have shifted too.
Follow our next exploration just on the other side of the Palace where you can see the marvelous view of the City.