Prague Castle

The Prague Castle, or Pražský hrad, is the largest castle in the world, covering an entire hilltop. It was home to the Kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors, and the presidents of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. It dates back to the year 870 and remains the heart of Bohemia.

To get to the castle, we must walk across the river (who can complain if that grants us another trip across the Charles Bridge), then follow the Royal Way up Neruda Street.

At the top of the hill is the castle gate, which is really more of a fence with imposing statues guarding the entry.

Gate of Giants

Gate of Giants

Gate of Prague Castle

Gate of Prague Castle

Eagle with Crown Statue

Eagle with Crown Statue

The crux of the castle is the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral. Much of the cathedral is relatively modern construction, but some of the chapels date from the 1300s.

St. Vitus Cathedral

St. Vitus Cathedral

Spires of St. Vitus

Spires of St. Vitus

Gothic St. Vitus

Gothic St. Vitus

St. Vitus Cathedral

St. Vitus Cathedral

St. Vitus Cathedral's Nave

St. Vitus Cathedral's Nave

Light Pours In

Light Pours In

St. John of Nepomuk's Tomb

St. John of Nepomuk's Tomb

We wandered around the grounds, through the alleys and around the other smaller buildings. Through the Golden Lane, by the Basilica of St. George, a red, Romantic church behind the cathedral, and we toured the Daliborka Tower and dungeon. We even took in the pomp and circumstance of the changing of the guard.

Mom and Dad on the Golden Lane

Mom and Dad on the Golden Lane

Bishop Bearing Church

Bishop Bearing Church

Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard

St. Nicholas Church Roof

St. Nicholas Church Roof

Castle View

Castle View

After the castle, we were ready to sit and have a drink, and maybe some food too. We found a rooftop bar where we had a drink and relaxed, then we moved on to one of the restaurants that line the Vltava River.

Yankees and Radar Go Home!

Yankees and Radar Go Home!

Piss

Piss

Charles Bridge and Family

Charles Bridge and Family

Mom and the Charles Bridge

Mom and the Charles Bridge

As the sun set, we headed over the Charles Bridge once more. Everything was bathed in a gentle, golden light that one only sees in spring.

John of Nepomuk

John of Nepomuk

Indian Prince

Indian Prince

Prague's Main Church

Prague's Main Church

Tomorrow is our final full day in Prague and I feel we're just scratching the surface. The vacation is going fast.