After visiting the Old Town on Day 1 , today we move to the Prague Castle and to Malá Strana. But first, let’s start the day we an amazing brunch!
Coffee Corner Bakery is the perfect brunch spot.
The atmosphere is the one of the vintage American coffee shops , industrial style, wood, armchairs and big iron windows.
The food is both salty and sweet, with great attention to the details and customer service.
I strongly suggest the pancakes.
Address: Korunní 1342/96 | 10100 Prague
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/coffeecornerbakeryprague/
The easiest way to reach the castle, that is on the top of a hill, is by tram, stopping at Pražský hrad, located on the upper side. The alternative is reaching the castle by foot, climbing the hill, and entering from the lower side.
In reality, the castle is a walled city, with proper streets, courts, palaces and churches. The entry is free, but once you get inside you’ll have to reach the information point to buy one of the “circuits” that allow you to visit the different attractions.
We choose circuit B, that includes the main buildings: St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica and the Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower.
St. Vitus Cathedral is probably the most spectacular building inside the castle: gothic style, amazing stained glass and an history that dates back to the first century.
On one side of the cathedral, there’s the Great South Tower, from which, once climbed the 287 stairs, you can enjoy one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the city. You can see all the different areas of the city: the Old Town, the newest part, Charles Bridge and also Malá Strana, where we are heading soon. The tower’s ticket is on top of the “circuit”, but it’s really worth it!
Another amazing part of the castle is the Golden Lane, that take its name from an antique legend according to which the lane hosted the alchemists the where studying how to turn iron to gold, or how to find the Philosopher’s Stone. Nowadays, the lane is a made of little colourful houses, that are small museums or themed shops.
Once we exit the Golden Lane, we reach the lower part of the castle, exit the walls and we arrive to Malá Strana.
A must-see in the neighbour is for sure Nerudova Street, a steep climb that goes directly to the castle, and that preserved the charm of the XVIII century Prague. The palaces are the original ones, but now on the ground floor there are small shops, restaurants and café.
From Nerudova street we walk to St Nicholas Church, the heart of Malá Strana, and from there we reach Charles Bridge.
Charles Bridge connects Malá Strana to the Old Town, that is in front of us, on the other side of the Vltava.
The old palaces sparkle in the sunset light and everything stops, in a magic atmosphere, with the music of the street artists.
It seems that the city wants us to enjoy this last amazing moment: standing at centre of the river, the wind in our hair, the golden light, the sound of the guitar and an American song with improvised words. Prague with its imperfect, fascinating, mysterious beauty.