The changing of the guards ceremony takes place at Hadcrany Castle on the hour but the most hilarious one is at noon when there is music and banner exchange. For the best view stand peer through the gate on the far left hand side to see the banner exchange or inside the coutyard to see the musicians.
To sum it up it was like watching Trumpton to the sound of Thunderbirds theme tune witrh the guards marching like John Cleese doing his silly walk!
It's a well-known tourist site, but I urge you to visit anyway. I don't care if you're Baptist or Buddhist, you will deprive yourself of an incomparable experience if you don't. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of what is becoming an increasingly Westernized, increasingly 'global' city (and I do not mean that as a compliment), this part of the city has retained a distinct atmosphere. Perhaps because the Jews were walled into a ghetto in this part of the city, perhaps because they (and their buildings) were left alone for so long. Whatever the reason, visit and wander. Look inside the synagogues and especially, especially visit the old cemetery. Because the ghetto was walled in, there was no room to expand. So when the cemetery was filled, earth was brought in to cover it, and then a new layer buried. Twelve times! The oldest gravestone was placed in 1439 and the cemetery was closed to new burials in 1787. Even so, the gravestones are so close together, it is almost impossible to walk. Haunting and picturesque at the same time.
Just sit and listen....
When crossing the Charles Bridge you may see , that almost everyone of the local people will touch a certain spot of the statue of Holy Jan Nepomuk, who was killed by the king by throwing him into the Moldau / Vltava from the bridge in 1393.
Touching the statue will bring good luck...
Wentzel Square is much more than a nice boulevard to take a walk.
For the people in Prague and the whole of Czechia it is also a place, where they gather in order to protest.
Jan Palach, a young student burnt himself there in 1969 in order to protest against the end of the " Prague Spring Revolution "
Russian tanks occupied the square in 1968 and made an end to a smooth revolution " a la Prague " , that had given a bit of freedom of speach and arts to the people.
Close to the Charlesbridge on the Kampa peninsula there is a wall of the Maltese embassy that shows plenty of graffities, including the most famous one :
It had to be repainted quite often in Communiste times, ( and therefore it looks a bit different on many pics ) as it was regularily removed by the police, as there was a " bad capitalist message" as well :
...You may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one...
Today it is really hard to be found between so many other graffities with less peaceful messages...
Prague has not been ruled by a monarch since 1918; it's not called the Czech Republic for nothing. But the Crown Jewels have an importance that go far beyond any mere monarchial appeal. In the summer of 2003, the Crown Jewels were put out on display for a brief period, in honor of the new Czech President; and thousands of people arranged their lives and sacrificed their time for the rare opportunity to see first-hand these emblems of Czech nationhood. Simply put, they are a significant embodiment of the ideals of the Czech State. Isn't it interesting how there is a basic desire to invest the nation-state with quasi-religious symbols: a crown, a battlefield, a flag. Nationality and patriotism are all wrapped up with the emblems of religion; these people were willing to wait in long lines for a few seconds glance as a sacred object.
Also near the Old Town Square were these gymnasts as street entertainment. Their routine was pretty good.
The guards outside of Prague Castle are like the ones outside of Buckingham Palace in London, except you can go up to these guys. Don't be too much of a immature tourist though.