The Spires of Prague
There are great many beautiful churches in Prague if one is interested in marvellous church architecture. I have already mentioned St. Vitus and St. Nicholas. But in the area around the castle and in Mala Straná you will find the Church of St. Simon and St. Jude, Church of St. Savior, Church of St. Hastal, Church of Our Lady of Loreto, Church of St. John of Nepomuk, Church of the Nativity, Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows, Church of the Assumption, St. Thomas´Church and St. Josephs´ Church, and the Church of Our Lady Victorious (Prague’s first Baroque church). On the other side: Church of Our Lady of Tyn (Tynsky chram) is second only to St. Virus’s Cathedral. It is a most remarkable Gothic church with Baroque interior. Not far away is St. James´Church renowned for its superb acoustics. St. Joseps´Church stands in the Republic Square and is one of the earliest Baroque Churches. Not to forget Havel´s Church, Church of St. Martin-in-the-Walls, St. Adalbert´s Church, Church of St. Cyril and Methodius, St. Wenceslas´ Church, St. Ignatius´ Church, Church of St. John-on-the-Rock, Church of Our-Lady-of-the-Victory, and many more. WOW! Being to a wonderful concert at St. Nicholas' Church (Chram Sv. Nikulase) in Mala Straná. This church, built in the period 1704-55, is a beautiful example of the Prague Baroque. The architects were Kristof Dienzenhofer, Kilián Ignác Dienzenhofer, and Anselmo Lurago. Mozart played on the organ here during his stay in Prague.
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Tyn church, Old Town Square
Týnský Dvùr on Staromìstské námestí (in Czech), is the most recognisable building because of its unmistakable top, which is mirrored in other places across the city. There is hardly a chance you will miss it!
Learn a few basic Czech words
Just as in any country, local people really appreciate when you make an effort to speak their language. Even if it is just the word "hello" or "thank you", so learn a few basic words. They will really value your attempt to learn Czech, and as they are generally very friendly people, will easily help you and share a lot of things with you.
Even if English is the international language, Czech is still theirs so don't expect to have menus in English, or for them to understand everything you say.
It might seem like a very obvious tip to some of you, but trust me, I have witnessed many times tourists complaining and saying "How can they not have a menu in English!!!!"
Relax in beautiful surroundings
The best way to exit the castle area and come back down to Lesser Town is to go via the Palace Gardens below the Castle.
These are a series of beautiful walled gardens on the slopes of the hill on which the castle stands. There are a number of interesting little architectural features including gazebos, vaulted arches and a fountain.
There are enough hidden little areas to ensure that you can have a part of the garden to yourself and the views over Prague are fantastic. I found a bench virtually hidden in the Small Plaffy Garden, away from view and spent a very pleasant few hours reading and dozing in the afternoon sunshine. There was also plenty of shade when things a got a little hot.
There are three entries of exits: Valdstejnske square 3, (through the Ledeburg Palace) , Valdstejnska street 12-14, where there is small pleasant cafe bar or Prague Castle (go through the Garden on the Ramparts to the east of the cathedral, down the hill).
The cost is minimal (about 65kr).
Lazy Daze on Petrin Hill
Petrin is a large hill made into a city park right next to the castle area where the citizens of Prague go to relax and enjoy a weekend afternoon. You can either walk all the way up the hill with increasingly amazing views of the city, or take the funucular up the hill and end up at the top, where there is a garden, a maze, a glass house, and Petrin Tower. Half way up there is also a restaurant to grab a snack or a pint of the ever popular Czech beer. At the bottom of the hill is a large playground for children where parents can sit and relax while their kids tear around the place!
There are many interesting things to see on Petrin Hill so make sure you bring your camera!