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Prague CastleWoke up bumping into a Pakistani guy I met last night in the pub crawl who patiently explained me the easiest way to reach the Prague Castle from our hostel.
The historic Prague Castle is beyond any ordinary castle. It is the largest ancient castle as per the Guinness Book Of World Records. This 9th century castle complex has been home to some of the most powerful empires in Czech including Bohemians, Holy Romans, Czechoslovakian kings.Today it is the home to the President of Czech Republic and one of the most tourist savvy spots in the city.Czech DinnerWhen in Czech, eat like the Czechs! Roasted Duck, chicken and fish along with some local wine is just the perfect Czech meal to blend in with the Czech food flavors!We dined at UPavouka, a cool medieval theme-based restaurant with excellent food, unlimited servings of wine/Pilsners and lots of entertainment to keep you hooked (we’re talking sword fighting, belly dancing and a lot more magic!) DAY 2Letna Park
If you plan on exploring the city on your own. Start with the most Majestic structure in the city, the Prague Castle. Exploring the castle and the area around it can be really tiring as its an ascent. Instead, a local suggested an easier way. We took the tram to Brusnice, which is on the back side of the hill, where the Castle and other important structures are located. Therefore, we only had to descend, which saved us a lot of energy. The pictures below will show you the route to the castle and the spectacular view at the end.
What is supposed to be the largest ancient castle on this planet, Pražský hrad is the pride of Prague, a shining gem in its crown. The imposing towers and spires are not only strongly evocative of Disney fairy tales but also possess a distinct old-world charm. The many museums and galleries that this fortress is home to are replete with treasures of immense cultural and artistic importance. Founded in around the 9th Century by Prince Borivoj, the castle has only expanded with the passage of time and has received several facelifts, so much so that this UNESCO World Heritage Site now covers an area of 70,000 square metres. Essential information: There is a lot to see and do around Prague Castle and it is therefore imperative that you spend a whole day here. Two types of tickets, a ‘Long Tour’ and a ‘Short Tour’, are available at the information centres in the second and third courtyards inside the complex and both provide entry to different combinations of sights. Other ‘Exhibition’ tickets are also available and you are free to choose one out of the three. These tickets are valid for two days and can also be bought at the entrances of all major sights. However, the information centres are recommended because they are not all that crowded. The first ticket includes a tour of St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace, an exhibition on "The Story of Prague Castle", St. George's Basilica, Golden Lane (Franz Kafka lived here for a short period), the Daliborka Tower, the Powder Tower and Rosenberg Palace. It comes for 350 CZK. The second ticket comprises of St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica and Golden Lane with the Daliborka Tower and costs 250 CZK. If in case you are a student or a senior citizen, you pay half the price provided you produce a valid ID. Make sure you walk around the beautiful palace gardens towards the end of your tour. Getting There: Tram 22 gets you to Pražský Hrad (Prague Castle). Get off at 'Pohorelec' so that the walk to the fortress is shorter. The historical buildings usually shut by 5 in the evening while the rest of the complex is open till 10.
Majestic and ancient
This iconic castle is breathtaking
Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world. Dating back to the 9th century, it has the Gothic St Vitus Cathedral, the Vladislav Hall and the Renaissance Belvedere Summer Palace.
The Prague Castle, an ancient symbol of the Czech lands, is the most significant Czech monument and one of the most important cultural institutions in the Czech Republic.A UNESCO World Heritage site, it consists of a large-scale composition of palaces and ecclesiastical buildings of various architectural styles, from Roman-style buildings from the 10th century through Gothic modifications in the 14th century.