Prague castle is the biggest castle complex in the world. It was founded in the year 880 and took almost 700 years to complete. It is now the seat of the Czech government. We decided to buy tickets for the long route, which included the Old Royal Palace, the Story of Prague Castle exhibit, the Basilica of St. George, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Convent of St. George, the Prague Castle Picture Gallery, and Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower. We entered the grounds in the third courtyard where St. Vitus Cathedral dominates the square. When we came up those stairs we had never seen anything quite like it; I think it might be one of my favorite buildings so far. The cathedral looks as if there had been numerous candles that had dripped wax on it, with rose and gold colored glass and frescoes. The cathedral is visible from many parts of Prague and is a staple in its skyline.
|St. Vitus Cathedral|
|Inside the cathedral|
The Old Royal Palace sits next to St. Vitus Cathedral. It dates back to the 10th century and has been home to many princes and kings. Every president of the republic has been sworn in there.
|Vladislav Hall in the Royal Palace|
|St. George's Basilica|
|Inside of St. George's Basilica|
|An old cell for a prisoner in Daliborka Tower|
|One of the courtyards of the palace|
Since our hotel provided direct access to the gardens and palace we were able to go straight back to the hotel without having to make our way through the crowds (though the gardens were pretty empty). Our hotel was beautifully situated in a quiet location away from the hustle and bustle. Each night we were presented with a different dessert in our room as well as a cheese plate and a bottle of wine when we first arrived. We were definitely spoiled at our hotel during our time in Prague. We also ate very well, trying the traditional Czech cuisine of meats, goulash, and potatoes.
|Cheese and fruit plates with a bottle of wine|
|A good night dessert|
|Some of the hotel|
|Duck with "potato dumplings"|
|Goulash in a bread bowl|