Prague had really turned on the welcome party since I arrived. Beautiful weather and to die for experiences all wrapped up in years of history. So before I booked the next train out of town I had to get up and see the jewel in the crown of Prague so to speak, Prague Castle.
I had been dieing to get here ever since I saw it on my tour, but there just hadn’t been enough hours in the day until now. Crossing Charles Bridge and navigating up to the castle is easier said than done. A map would have been handy, but when you can see your target high up above you its just a matter of heading in that direction. Of course with a map I would have avoided the steep stairs and not been out of breath to see this.
Once inside the castle walls its easy to see why this place is one the largest castles in the world. Making my way through the gates I wandered around and found St. Vitus Cathedral. Standing tall and proud in the middle of the complex it was just as amazing as St Barbara’s Church I saw in Kutna Hora. Noticing the lack of people saying I needed to pay to enter I jumped the entry rope and snuck in.
I love big old cathedrals and this one didn’t disappoint. With its many statues, stained glass windows of all shapes and sizes, right up to the big old organ that I wished just once someone would play while I was around.
Leaving the cathedral I looped out to the gardens that line the castle walls so I could take in a view looking back at Prague. Up to this point I’d been snapping all my photos looking this way so to finally look back from high above was well worth the effort to get here.
Not wanting to leave the castle just yet (could have spent all day sitting in the gardens) I stopped and grabbed a beer at a little bar near the entrance I wish I had walked up. Beer in one hand and the view out over Prague before me, I was finding it difficult to bring myself to want to leave this city. What was originally planned as a one night stop over had turned into 3 days of excitement and dreams of coming back to live.
Unfortunately beer doesn’t last forever, so once it was empty I headed back to the Old Town Square so I could catch a viewing of the Astronomical Clock show. While waiting for the clocks performance I allowed myself to feast on yet another Trdelník. I had been consuming these in proportions that cannot be healthy but I couldn’t resist, they are so tasty.
To make them they take some dough, wrap it around a wooden stick and cook it up over a low flame. Then the finally treatment is a good old roll around in sugar. Seriously how could you say no to that?
The clock show is as you would expect, 3-4 minutes of looking up while some figures move about. It’s worth seeing if your there but don’t be upset if you miss it.
With just my plan to watch the castle light up as the day ended to go, I killed the last couple of daylight hours by re-tracing some of my steps from previous days for extra photos opportunities. Eventually my path lead me back to Charles Bridge with enough time to grab a good spot to watch the castle light up.
While enjoy the view of the castle, I also became acting photographer for couples who wanted to remember the moment they both stopped by Prague. It was rather fun, and a great way to end my final night in Prague. Tomorrow I was off to another country but not the one I had originally planned to see.