Thursday, March 5, 2015

The beautiful Prague - Part 2

View of the city from Prague Castle
So as I was looking through my pictures to write part 2, I realized how in love with this gorgeous city I am. In this post, I'll share with you more about Prague castle (and its churches, cathedrals, palaces, grounds, and galleries). Prague castle is the currently the office of the President of Czech Republic.

To get to the castle, Nate and I actually walked from our hostel (Art Hole hostel near old town square), across Charles bridge, and up the hills to reach there. You could also take other 
means of transportation, but really, why would 
you? Prague is beautiful and all I did while I was there was walk all around. In my opinion, that was the best way to see the city (or at least the more touristy parts of it). 

Walking to the castle
On the bridge - en route
On the busy bridge, in the freezing cold, waiting to get there! The bridge is adorned with gorgeous statutes every few feet. 
More Charles bridge pics
And we made it <3
More shameless me-pics with this view

A quick look back as we were walking up hill
Entrance to the palace behind me.

The main entrance to Prague Castle is from Hradcanske namesti with a large statue of the first president of Czechoslovakia Tomas Garrigue Masaryk. The gate is decorated with statues of Fighting Giants and vases from Ferdinand Platzer, guarded by two castle guards.
Dem Czech guards. Tip: Don't miss the changing of the guards.
Gem shot from inside one of the castles. A couple was taking their wedding photos right below.
Hint: There are two main types of tickets being sold here. There is one ticket that encompasses visit of all the galleries. These galleries are inside the smaller palaces. The other ticket grants you visit to the main palace, the stunning St. Vitus cathedral, Basilica of St. George and more. Confirm which one you are buying before you make your purchase. 

St. Vitus Cathedral - a fine example of Gothic architecture, seat of the archbishop of Prague
Inside St. Vitus Cathedral
II courtyard with Kohl’s fountain
Another view shot from windows of one of the palaces that held a 3-story gallery within it
Walking back to old town.
More bridge shots walking back

Charles Bridge:

Charles Bridge (Karlův most) is a 14th century stone bridge linking the two sides of Prague. It connects the Old town with Prague Castle and Lesser town. The Vltava river floats underneath the bridge. What's really interesting about the bridge is that it is still standing after all the floods that have covered it up throughout the years. Although almost all of its 75 statutes are replicas at this point (due to the floods destroying the originals), the bridge itself still remains strong and standing to this day.  

Charles bridge starting point on the old town side

The Old Town Bridge Tower is a beautiful Gothic tower guarding one end of Charles Bridge, and heralding entrance to the Old Town.
I love you Prague 
I hope you really enjoyed reading this piece as much as I enjoyed writing it and reminiscing. If you did, leave me a comment below. It makes me really happy :) Thank you and stay tuned for Prague - Part 3 in which I'll be showing you Josefov or the Jewish district and a few other unique sites. 

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