Prague is the big metropolis in the Czech Republic and a city of plenty. Cosmopolitan city with flair and heart. The place to be. Prague is a good place for daytrippers, for spending a couple of days there or a whole week. What ever you do, you will not cease being amazed.
Looking back in history Prague was a big city during the KuK Monarchy and up to our days, Prague has continued in being a metropolitan city with flair. Anyone travelling to Prague unsure what to expect or what to do there will come back wishing to return as soon as possible. Promise!
Is Prague good for a daytrip? Yes and No. Though, it is impossible to travel to Prague and have it all in a few hours only. Yes, of course you will manage to walk through the old town and up to Prague Castle and back. But that is all you can manage within a few hours. Anyway, even if you only have limited time at your disposal, better than nothing. Because even during a few hours Prague will impose its charme on you.
However, the recommendation is to spend more time there, between 7 and 8 days ist more or less a must.
Prague is the ever changing city that never seem to sleep. Everyone and everything is in motion. The city is full of tourists and locals alike. There is no standstill. And there is a lot to watch and to look at.
Prague Castle sits high up on its hill overlooking Prague City and is the top landmark which can be seen from afar. Although Prage Castle is well protected by walls and ditches it is far more than just a castle; it is a huge palace complex and can easily be compared to Vienna Hofburg.
The castle is a complex that was built over centuries and therefore shows a complex structure and several palaces and courtyards.
Before we can enter the castle first we arrive at the large squre in front of Prague Castle - the Hradcany Square. Not only the square is large but it gives an excellent first view of the castle, there are lots of interesting palaces and buildings lined up at the square and mostly, the place is packed to the rafters, especially during sonny days when thousands flock to the square queueing up to be allowend into the castle. Find some image below.
The first couryard us u-shaped and opens up towards Hradcany Square only separated from the square by the huge two-winged iron-wrought gate and fence. The grids of the fence are hinged between large pillars, with sculptures on top. The guard stands at the gate. During noon the gate changes which is always a big show. So, if you can allow for some extra time, you should be there, it is great.
Through Matthias Gate the visitor arrives at the second courtyard with is nearly entirely framed by palace buildings. Another passage will lead into the third courtyard.
Directly opposite to the passage to the third courtyard is the entrance to Saint Veit cathedral. The third courtyard is by far the largest and most spacious yard within Prague Castle, with the massive Saint Veit cathedral taking centre place.