Tram travels to prague castle

Trip Start Aug 30, 2009
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Trip End Dec 25, 2009


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Thursday, October 1, 2009

Doing the Castle today. Decided that we didn't want to walk up the hill to the castle so spent a few minutes, a few very long minutes, working out how to get there on the tram. Prague is one of many European cities blessed with a very efficient tram and subway and bus system. Didn't take us too long to map out the route and find our stop. Getting tickets isn't too hard either as most small shops carry them. Hopped on the tram and hopped off just a short block from the side entrance to the castle.
The castle actually consists of a number of buildings and castles and courtyards. St. Vitus's Cathedral is the most noteworthy place to visit in the castle grounds. It is a huge old beautiful cathedral with dozens of stained glass windows that make me want to start working on stained glass again, immediately. We chose to get the audio tour which meant we didn't have to stand in line to get into the cathedral but were allowed to walk right into the massive building.
The audio tour takes you around the cathedral and explains each and every chapel around the sides and the windows and altars. It's such a wonderful place with so much to see. Photos just do not do justice to what you see. At the back of the cathedral is this massive silver casket with angels and an awning and so many people trying to photograph it that it is difficult to move around it. The audio tour is great for stopping to see what impresses you the most and moving on when a chapel isn't quite so interesting to you.
We wandered through the royal palace as well and St. George's Basilica. We also went down the Golden Lane which is mainly just small shops including the smallest house in Prague which wasn't open. The whole top of the hill is just lovely with the buildings, the cathedral, the views over Prague, and I was able to add some more drain spouts to my photo collection, I hope, because haven't had time to check it yet.
Finally we took the tram back to the hotel without any problems and had a nice evening trying to book the rest of my trip around the world. amazing how long it takes.
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