The best way to visit Prague Castle

We decided to take it easy today as Alyssa had low fever last night. I always carried panadol with me so I gave her some to reduce the fever. She was okay in the morning. The weather forecast says very windy with temperature ranging from 15 to 20C.

We walked to the same old town square from yesterday and continued walking to Charles Bridge. Charles Bridge is a medieval  stone arch bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV and finished in the early 15th century. The bridge replaced the old Judith Bridge built 1158–1172 that had been badly damaged by a flood in 1342. This new bridge was originally called Stone Bridge (Kamenný most) or Prague Bridge (Pražský most), but has been referred to as “Charles Bridge” since 1870.

As the only means of crossing the river Vltava until 1841, Charles Bridge was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city’s Old Town and adjacent areas. This land connection made Prague important as a trade route between Eastern and Western Europe.

A UNESCO world heritage site,  Charles bridge is 516 metres (1,693 ft) long and nearly 10 metres (33 ft) wide. It was built as a bow bridge with 16 arches shielded by ice guards and is protected by three bridge towers, two on the Lesser Quarter side (including the Mala Strana Bridge Tower) and one on the Old Town side, the Old Town Bridge Tower. The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues, most of them Baroque-style, originally erected around 1700, but now all have been replaced by replicas.

Beautiful Charles Bridge

Walking thru Charles bridge took us to Kampa island where we stumbled into a cute bridge with many lockets where we stopped and took pictures

From Kampa island we continued walking to find malostranska where we could take the tram to Prague Castle. We have bought one day ticket from the newspaper shop for the tram and from reading Trip Advisor we found that the best way to visit the castle is by taking Tram number 22 to Pohorelec and making our way down from there. It was quite tricky finding where to catch the number 22 Tram and which direction. We made a mistake by taking the tram with the wrong direction and headed to the new town instead of the castle. As we were brought to the new town we decided to just have lunch first as Alyssa was already hungry.

We finally boarded Tram 22 with the right direction and stop at Pohorelec. From Pohorelec we walked down to the castle and made a stop at Strahov Monastery, Lorietta dan Stemberg Palace.

Strahov Monastery

Strahov Monastery was founded in 1149 by the Bishop of Olomouc Jindrich Zdik and the Premonstratensian order founded by St. Norbert. The monastery survived fire in1258, plundering by Prague citizens in 1420, Hussite raids and a period of inactivity before being renewed by Jan Lohelius who embarked on ambition building projects. The monastery complex includes a church, dormitories, workshops, gardens and a refectory. In 1627 the remains of the founder of the Premonstratensian order, Saint Norbert, were brought from Magdeburg to be buried in the abbey church where they remain today.  The monastery has a magnificent library adorned with intricate frescoes. The library holds more than 200,000 books including many valuable volumes. The fresco-covered Theological Hall (1671) holds the theology books of the Strahov library as well as several valuable 17th century astronomical globes. The two storey high Philosophical Hall (1782) has ceiling frescoes showing the history of mankind and holds books from the former Moravia Monastery. In the Strahov Church (Basilica of Our Lady) you can see the organ Mozart played when visiting the monastery in 1787 and also see the 16 meter high vaulted ceiling which is decorated with beautiful frescoes

 Lorietta

Lorietta is a pilgrimage destination in Prague. It consists of a cloister, the church of the Lord’s Birth, the Santa Casa and a clock tower with a famous chime. Construction started in 1626 and the Holy Hut was blessed on 25 March 1631. The architect was the Italian Giovanni Orsi, and the project was financed by Katerina Benigna, a noble woman of the Lobkowicz family. Fifty years later the place of pilgrimage was surrounded by cloisters, to which an upper storey was added after 1740. The baroque facade was designed by the architects Christoph Dientzenhofer and Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer, and added at the beginning of the 18th century

From Lorietta we made our way walking down to Prague Castle. Imagine if you start from the castle, you will have to walk upward all the way lol.

We arrived at the Castle in time for the Changing of Guard Ceremony. It was similar with Changing of the Guard Process in Buckingham palace and Windsor Castle but the Guards at Prague Castle are much more good looking lol.

St Vithus Cathedral dan church St Nicholas

Prague city view from the castle

It was almost sunset when we finish at Prague Castle so we couldn’t go to see the new town and Petrin Hill. We decided to head back to our Hotel and had dinner at Palladium Mall next door. Again we made the same mistake and took a wrong tram lol. The mistake though took us to see more of Prague from the tram.It is not a bad idea to explore Prague by taking Tram 22 as the Tram made a stop in various attraction along Prague.