Prague Castle is the largest medieval castle in Europe and the capital's top attraction. The current President of the Czech Republic and past kings of the empire live in this massive estate. Visiting Prague Castle can take up an entire day. If you have more than 24 hours in Prague, save this visit for a day when you're not rushing from one attraction to the next. This royal palace is the size of seven football fields - SEVEN! That's a whole lot of exploring - and cleaning.
Back in the day, the empire employed hundreds of domestic helpers and housed them on Golden Lane. It's home to servants, goldsmiths, alchemists and renown writer Franz Kafka. This street located within the castle walls is lined with miniature houses, which seem to be better suited for dwarfs than for a 5'1" girl like me. Some of these homes have been turned into souvenir shops. Others have been frozen in time, preserving household furniture, clothing and tools behind glass dividers.
St. Vitus Cathedral
Within the walls of Prague Castle is the St. Vitus Cathedral, the largest and most important religious establishment in Prague. Some of the most photo worthy shots are the bright stained-glass windows.
The climb uphill was a bit of a hike, but the way down felt much steeper. As I stumbled down the cobblestone road, I noticed a cafe serving bubble tea with alcohol. Not kidding. Amaretto 33%. Vodka 37%. Rum 40%. Absinthe 55%. Clearly what tourists need on their steep descent is alcohol to help facilitate the tumble and perhaps to numb the pain.