Our second day in Prague. And basically the last day. The third day was more about getting to the airport and flying back home again. But with another full day ahead of us there was still enough time to see some more of the city. The plan was to explore the Castle district. Which can easily fill up half a day. And then there were two more things on my list that I wanted to photograph as well. The dancing house (seen above) and the lightbulb staircase.
We did quite some walking again that day. First thing on our list was the Old Jewish Cemetery. Unfortunately it was closed due to a Jewish holiday. After having a quick look from the outside we started walking towards the Castle district by passing the Rudolfinum (a music auditorium and art gallery) and crossing the Mánes Bridge (which offers a nice view of the Charles Bridge). This took us eventually to the place where we wanted to be. It’s definitely not a punishment to wander the streets of Prague.
Eventually we made our way up to the Castle itself. To enter the Castle we had to wait in a pretty long line (security checks). And although we were slowly getting cold and wet, it was worth the wait (the visit to the Castle is free). It also turns out that on the other side of the Castle there was no waiting line at all (good to know should you decide to visit it). Once you’re inside you can visit the magnificent Metropolitan Cathedral of Saints Vitus, Wenceslaus and Adalbert (metropolitní katedrála svatého Víta, Václava a Vojtěcha). But there’s a lot more to see and to discover. Luckily it wasn’t raining all the time. City trips are so much better without rain. 🙂
The Castle districts offers you many nice panoramas of Prague. I just love the view of all those houses with red roof tiles.
I wanted to shoot the dancing house at night. So we combined it with the lightbulb staircase. I researched the place where we had to go to get the shot (Cafe Orient) and it turned out to be close to our hotel (we already passed it a number of times without knowing it). You can simply walk inside, look up and there it is.
The dancing house is not that close to the center. It took us a little bit of walking to get there but I am happy we did. We even had to go back once more since I forgot to turn of the auto ISO. One more shot of the Prague Castle before returning back to the hotel and call it a night. Two days is pretty short. But I think we did quite well. Especially with all the rain.