After my long hike, I finally made it to the infamous Prague Castle. This complex dates all the way back to the 9th century, and is still the official residence of the Czech Republic’s president.
I spent the rest of the day wandering these large grounds. In the photo below on the left, you can see the St. Vitus Cathedral peaking out from behind the other buildings.
My favorite of all the buildings was the Schwarzenberský Palác because of its intricate Baroque-style detailing.
This palace was built in 1567. The walls are amazing!
I walked through the courtyard and onto the terrace out back, where the bricks were painted bright red.
Next, I went through security to view the MASSIVE St. Vitus Cathedral. This cathedral can be seen from the other side of the river, distinguishable from far away, and from all sides.
To me, some of the features reminded me of a mixture of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and the Stephansdom in Vienna.
Because of its size, photographing it in its entirety was difficult.
The inside was extremely impressive, with its high ceilings and seemingly endless corridor.
I walked around the backside of the cathedral down a bumpy cobblestone path to the Black Tower, previously a Roman castle gate and one of the oldest buildings in Prague. Strange that it’s called that, because the stone is light with a red roof. From there, more views of the city and river can be seen.
Just outside the castle complex is a beautiful garden, so I decided to stroll slowly through and rest on the benches.
From the garden you could see just how big the Vitus Cathedral really is, and how far back it stretches.