Prague Castle, Prague

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    Third courtyard

    by mardaska Written Dec 21, 2007

    Favorite thing: As you enter the third courtyard you stand in front of the cathedral of St. Vitus. You can choose either to wait to the line to go inside the church, or to move on and visit the church later. That’s what we did since the line was endless and there are so many other things to see.

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    First courtyard

    by mardaska Written Dec 21, 2007
    Matthias��� Gate

    Favorite thing: Just after the Giant’s gate you find yourself into the Ceremonial courtyard. It is surrounded by beautiful buildings which are still in use for official receptions and events. At the west wing of the courtyard is the Matthias’ Gate that leads to the second courtyard.

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    Giant’s Gate

    by mardaska Updated Dec 21, 2007
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    Favorite thing: Giant’s gate is the main entrance to Prague’s castle and it is located on the west side. From the square before the gate you can see the entire city.
    The name of the gate comes from the gigantic figures at the entrance. The statues are copies, since the originals, which were made of sandstone, have been effected by the climate conditions.

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    Prague Castle

    by Julie1and2 Updated Feb 25, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Everyone who goes to Prague must take a walk up to the Prague Castle. The views from up there are simply amazing. There is also a beautiful garden, so if you're lucky enough to be there in the spring or summer be sure to stroll through the garden as well.

    Fondest memory: I was introduced to Becherovka the first time I went to Prague. It's a liquor with a very distinctive taste. I love it and always bring a bottle of it back to the US!

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    Zlata ulicka - Golden Lane

    by kris-t Updated Apr 5, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Golden Lane, dating back to the end of the 15th Century, is yet another interesting part of the Prague Castle complex.
    Golden Lane is a small street lined by 11 historic houses, some of which now house interesting armoury and textile exhibits, along with tourist souvenir shops.
    A popular section of the Prague Castle complex, Golden Lane attracts it's fair share of visitors, crowding into the small passageway and low buildings.
    Golden Lane was created when a new outer wall was added to the existing Romanesque castle complex. It was originally known as Zlatnicka Ulicka (Goldsmith's Lane), due to the many goldsmith's residing there.
    In it's early years, Golden Lane consisted of many small dwellings, many of which eventually fell into disrepair. As larger buildings replaced the old ones and then have subsequently themselves been restored, we are left with a charming little passageway, well worth a visit.
    Combined tickets for the whole Prague Castle complex include entrance to Golden Lane. Otherwise, buy a single entry ticket.

    Fondest memory: in small blue home # 22 (just 1 room about 6 sq m !!! ) Franz Kafka used to work in 1916-1917.

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    Prazsky Hrad

    by kris-t Updated Mar 30, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Despite many wars and fires, Prague Castle has grown into a unique architectural complex, the largest of its kind in Europe.
    A visit to this medieval castle is a must for all visitors to Prague. It contains the Gothic Saint Vitus Cathedral (the most recognised landmark in Prague), a monastery, several towers, St. George's Basilica, palaces and Golden Lane.
    Prague Castle was established during the 9th century, with a Romanesque palace erected during the 12th century. In the 14th century, under the reign of Charles IV, it was rebuilt to Gothic style. A further reconstruction of the Royal Palace then took place under the Jagellons at the end of the 15th century. The builder, Benedikt Rejt, also added the now famous Vladislav Hall.

    Fondest memory: The castle underwent further works during the 16th century, mainly due to a big fire in 1541. The Spanish Hall, a new section of the castle, was added during the reign of Rudolf II, and took its final form in the time of Empress Maria Theresa - under the direction of the architect M. Pacassi.
    After World War I, the interior and gardens of Prague Castle were renovated by the architect J. Plecnik.
    Today, Prague Castle is the seat of the President of the Czech Republic, and serves as the historical and political centre of both city and state.

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    Prazsky Hrad

    by kris-t Updated Mar 8, 2006

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    Favorite thing: A national cultural monument, the symbol of more than millennial development of the Czech state.
    Since its foundation in the last quarter of the 9th century it has been developing uninterruptedly throughtout the past eleven centuries. It'is a monumen complex of ecclesiastical, fortification, residental and ofice buldings representing all architectural styles and periods, surrounding three castle courtyards and covering 45 hectares.

    Fondest memory: Originally it used to be the residennce of princes and kings of Bogemia, since 1918 it is the seat of the president.

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    The Castle

    by hundertmorgen Updated Nov 29, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Here you see a night view on Prague Castle. At daytime robust sightseers will hike the steep path along Nerudova Street to Prague Castle; the less hardy will take the tram at Malostranska Square. All will marvel at an area dense with architectural masterpieces, including the castle, St. Vitus’ Cathedral, and St. George’s Basilica. Despite international crowds, visitors have the strong sense that they’ve stepped through a time warp as they’re dazzled by gargoyled facades, spectacular stained-glass windows, and musty tombs.

    This otherworldly feeling continues behind the basilica to Golden Lane, a walk into the pages of a Gothic fairy tale—where timbered cottages are filled with Czech folk art, antiques, crystal and glass, and books. Even here, Kafka’s ghost haunts. Tour guides point out the cottage where he lived briefly. Today, a small bookstore on the premises pushes Kafka-related merchandise.

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    NATIONAL GALLERY

    by LoriPori Written Aug 31, 2005

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    National Gallery

    Favorite thing: Located in the Prague Castle complex is this lovely red structure, the NATIONAL GALLERY. It was formerly St. Georges Basilica but was turned into the National Gallery and became part of the Prague Castle complex.
    Entrance fee was 50 CZK
    http://www.hrad.cz

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    Prazsky Hrad

    by kris-t Updated Jul 21, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Despite many wars and fires, Prague Castle has grown into a unique architectural complex, the largest of its kind in Europe.
    A visit to this medieval castle is a must for all visitors to Prague. It contains the Gothic Saint Vitus Cathedral (the most recognised landmark in Prague), a monastery, several towers, St. George's Basilica, palaces and Golden Lane.

    Prazsky Grad is splendid any time of the year....

    Fondest memory: Prague Castle Complex:
    Apr-Oct: Daily 05:00-24:00
    Nov-Mar: Daily 06:00-23:00

    Prague Castle Sights:
    Apr-Oct: Daily 09:00-17:00
    Nov-Mar: Daily 09:00-16:00

    Prague Castle Gardens:
    Apr-Oct: Daily 10:00-18:00

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    Castle Itinerary

    by sandysmith Updated Apr 14, 2004

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    View from Castle Square

    Favorite thing: The Castle is such a complex of building and courtyards that you really could spend days here just absorbing it all.

    The main western gate leads to the First Courtyard where the ceremonial changing of the guard takes place.
    The Mathias Gate leads to the Second Courtyard - enclosed by the Theresain style buildings of the Castle wings. A staircase on the right leads to the state rooms and a gate in the northern wing leads to the Powder Bridge.

    Another gateway leads to the Third Courtyard - the central part of the castle complex which is dominated by the St Vitus Catheral. The Royal Palace is located south-west of St Vitus.
    The Third Courtyard leads to St George's square and Basilica of the same name.

    Follow the lane past the Basilica and then turn left to reach the entrance to Golden Lane.

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    Neurdova Street

    by sandysmith Updated Apr 1, 2004

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    Jan Neruda's house

    Favorite thing: The street leading up from Mala Strana Square to the Castle is Neurdova Street and has some of the finest baroque palaces and mansions in Prague. Named after the Jan Neruda, a czech 19th century writer, whose plaque can be seen on the house at the top of the road. There are several interseting decorations to look out for on the palaces too - take at the look at the travelogue if you wish to see some.

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    Castle Complex

    by sandysmith Updated Jan 19, 2004

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    guards at castle entrance

    Favorite thing: Prague Castle consists of the walls and a collection of buildings dating from the 10th to the 20th centuries, which are linked by a series of internal courtyards - the main one which encloses St Vitus Cathedral.If here for several days a 3-day consecutive ticket allowing admission to the various buildings here, may be useful.

    The castle has 3 main entrances - the old castle steps to the east, the Powder Bridge to the north and the western gate where the changing of the guard can be seen hourly from 5:00-23:00 or 24:00. Best time is at noon with there are fanfares and banner exchange.

    All Prague Castle sights are open daily 9:00-17:00 (Apr-Oct), 9:00-16:00 (Nov-Mar),
    Prague Castle Gardens daily 10:00-18:00 (Apr-Oct).

    To reach the castle area takeTram No. 22, 23 to Prazsky Hrad stop, or walk up from Charles Bridge through Nerudova street.

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    view from above - snowy day

    by barbipez Updated Sep 5, 2003

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    view from prague castle.

    Favorite thing: this was a shot from the castle grounds winter of 2003 (around february i believe). i love the red roofs covered in snow. very magical and fairy tale-ish :o)

    Fondest memory: Prague is beautiful during any time of the year...just be careful if you're not used to cold weather and you come in december, january, feb, etc etc...ITS COLD!!!

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    Prague Castle...

    by CandS Updated Jun 4, 2003

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    Prague Castle

    Favorite thing: You will need to spend a fair bit of time at the Prague Castle, there is a lot to see there... I really loved the Golden Lane and the White Tower...

    The Prague Castle was founded around 1000 years ago...

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