Our path took us across the Old Town and Charles Bridge to Mosteck in the Mala Strana. Originally called the 'Lesser Town', the Mala Strana's main square is dominated by the building known as St. Nicholas Church. Crossing the square we began our steep ascent up the steps to the Castle.
Our entrance coincided with the changing of the guard which we were able to view through the arch linking the inner and outer courtyards. From what we could make out there were ordinary soldiers and then guards in ceremonial dress.
St Vitus Cathedral inside the Castle grounds is an impressive building dominating the skyline and the castle itself. Architecturally there is much to admire and particularly the work of the stone masons.
The Castle grounds are extensive and next on our list of places to visit was the Vladislav Hall in the Old Royal Palace. The hall is said to be a mastery of Gothic design with elaborate vaulting. Even the Riders' Staircase which permitted mounted knights to make a grand entrance to the hall has a vaulted ceiling. The hall has been used for coronations and jousting tournaments, and since the `First Republic' the country's presidents have been chosen here. Leaving the hall we made away next to St George's Basilica.
Now the restored houses in Golden lane feature various aspects of life within the castle grounds over the years. They also provide a shop front for traditional Prague products.
At the foot of the lane the view over the city was spectacular. From here we could identify so many of the landmarks featured in our guidebook.
Before exiting the castle grounds we stopped by the Black Tower to enjoy a panini lunch washed down by a good cup of coffee.
Our path to the River and its crossing took us down through a vineyard to Malostranská.
Many around us were purchasing typical street food including Hot Potato (like a spiral crisp) and a special Prague doughnut - some filled with cram or ice-cream. What really caught our attention was an advert for the Soup of the Day - Wine!
As we made the way back to our accommodation we found ourselves in Wenceslas Square - as mentioned in the traditional Christmas Carol. Most of the buildings have Art Nouveau facades but many house Stores and Shops that are familiar names in Britain.