(Happy New Year!)
Despite the throngs of visitors to the Prague Castle complex, if you go just a little ways away from the tourist attractions, many peaceful nooks and crannies await, and these were my favorite parts of the Castle, and of Prague generally.
Having already covered the sights of Prague Castle here, I will let the photos speak for themselves in this, the last post in my Prague series.
Prague Castle is known to be a crowded tourist magnet, which it is.
After waiting in a potentially very long line (go on a weekday or in the morning for the shortest waits, and be aware that this is an active church, so Sunday mornings are out), the interior of St. Vitus Cathedral is a treat for the eyes.
Looking toward St. Vitus’ altar
Looming over the landscape of old Prague, St. Vitus Cathedral is quite impossible to miss, its gothic spires rising high above the large edifice of Prague Castle.
St. Vitus Cathedral from the north
Incongruously located next to the heavily-touristed “Golden Lane” in Prague Castle is the Toy and Barbie Museum. It’s apparently the second-largest museum of its kind in the world. I cannot imagine that there is too much competition in that area, but one never knows….
Near the main entrance to Prague Castle is the intricately-frescoed Schwarzenberg Palace.
Schwarzenberg Palace exterior