Today was a busy day. We woke up early to enjoy the buffet breakfast at the hotel and then got ready for our city tour.
Our first stop was the Prague Castle. The castle is the largest castle spanning a total area of 74,100 square metres. The castle itself has many representations of architecture from Baroque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Romanesque. Most of the castle is open to the public with a few areas where a ticket is required. We were lucky to have our tour include some of these areas from the famous St. Vitus Cathedral, Gold Lane, Presidential Palace, and Vladislav Hall. Be warned that some areas require you to purchase a separate liscence to be able to take photos costing about $50Kc (approximately $3 CDN).
There are some great vantage points around the castle grounds that let you see into Prague, so this is a must see.
Our tour continued down into the old town where we walked around the old Jewish area, which houses the oldest synagogue in Europe. It was interesting to hear from our tour guide that even though there are many churches and a few synagogues throughout Prague, only a fraction of the 1.1 million people here actually practice their faith.
Our tour ended with a walk to Old Town Square which is filled with many great restaurants, cafes, hotels and the famous Church of our Lady before Tyn, St. Nicolas Church, Old Town Hall Tower, and the Astronomical Clock.
Russ and I later came back to the square where we took the elevator up the Old Town Hall Tower to get some great shots of the city during sunset. Alas I missed a great opportunity with the lighting, but still an amazing journey up the tower for 100Kc (approximately $6 CDN).
All in all a very fun filled day. Tomorrow is a free a day for us, so not sure what we will get up to. Maybe visit the St. Charles Bridge or walk around a bit more and explore.