Prague Castle, Prague

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    Neurdova Street

    by sandysmith Updated Apr 1, 2004

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    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.

    Jan Neruda's house

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    NATIONAL GALLERY

    by LoriPori Written Aug 31, 2005

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    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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    Castle Itinerary

    by sandysmith Updated Apr 14, 2004

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    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.

    View from Castle Square

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    view from above - snowy day

    by barbipez Updated Sep 5, 2003

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    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!!!

    view from prague castle.
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    Castle Complex

    by sandysmith Updated Jan 19, 2004

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    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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    The biggest castle complex

    by Veroali Updated Feb 13, 2010

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    Favorite thing: To describe Prague castle needs a lot of time. It is a symbol of Prague and also the Czech republic. All czech history relates with Prague castle. Since 9th century it has been always the seat of czech kings and presidents.

    History - First reports about castle come from 9. century. But the biggest expansion had reached in 14. century, during the government of king Charles IV. He had the idea to build St. Vitus Cathedral and he begun in 1344. King Vladislav Jagelonsky built the Vladislav hall, beautiful hall for audiences and meetings. Today's look it has thanks to emperor Rudolf II. and Maria Theresia.

    What to visit - Prague castle is very large complex, one of the biggest in the world. The main monument is St. Vitus Cathedral, the main building of President's office, then a lot of coutyards, churches, towers, riding schools and gardens (Royal garden, South gardens, Paradise gardens,...). Lovely is also Golden lane with the architecture around, small old houses with tower Daliborka, served as a prison in the past.
    Guard changing is every hour, but at 12 am with music at the main gate.
    Time to time when an anniversary is possible to see Royal jewels. Inside of castle is worth to see Spanish hall, Vladislav hall, but it is also open twice a year or so when an anniversary, first Saturday after 8.5. and 28.10.

    When to visit - Prague castle is fantastic in winter or summer.
    Prague castle - 9 sm to 6 pm
    Gardens open April to October - 10 am to 20 pm.
    Pictures hall - every Monday 4 pm to 6 pm.

    Prague castle Prague castle in winter Prague castle The main gate to Prague castle Church of St. George
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    Prague Castle

    by extrajoce Written Mar 10, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Situated on top of a hill on the west side of Prague, the castle is an imposing complex, and allegedly the biggest castle in Europe. It is at the end of the Royal Way coming from the Old Town, and oversees the whole city. This is both a great place to visit and a way of catching a view onto central Prague.

    Prague Castle
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    Institute of Gentlewomen

    by kris-t Written Nov 3, 2013

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    Favorite thing: This palace was built after the great fire of Castle in 1541, later it was extended and rebuilt in peak Renaissance style and peak Baroque style. The reconstruction was done in 1753-56 so that it could serve the purposes of the Institute of Gentlewomen.

    The Institute of Gentlewomen was an educational institution for female members of aristocratic families aged 24 and above.

    Fondest memory: After 1919 the Institute of Gentlewomen was closed down and the building was used by the Ministry of Interior Affairs, at present time it is used by the Presidential Office and Prague Castle Administration.

    Jiøská Street 3/2, Prague Castle

    Institute of Gentlewomen Institute of Gentlewomen
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    Statue of St.George

    by kris-t Updated Oct 2, 2013

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    Favorite thing: The Gothic bronze statue of St.George killing a dragon stands East of Plecnik’s granite monolith.

    It is an unique example of metal casting in 14th century. The statue was cast in 1373.

    Fondest memory: The original statue is stored in the collections of the National Gallery, the actual statue is a copy from 1967.

    Prague Castle, Third Courtyard

    Statue of St.George Statue of St.George Third Courtyard
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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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    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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    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 - Black Tower

    by kris-t Updated Sep 16, 2013

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    Favorite thing: A tower - 30 m high, comes from the 12 th century, pert of the castle fortification.

    The gate inside the tower originally served as an eastern entrance to the Prague Castle.

    During the reign of Charles IV the tower roof was plated in gold and was called the Golden Tower but after the fire in 1541 it was renamed to Black Tower.

    Fondest memory: It is 30 metres high, the walls are up to 3 metres thick at the bottom and around 2 metres on the top below the roof.

    There was a prison for debtors inside the tower.

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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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    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!

    Prague Castle Goulash Mulled wine vendor in Old Town Square Famous Clock @ Old Town Square
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