One of the easiest ways to get to Prague Castle is through Nerudova street. It’s one of those streets where you can literally breath in the history of Old Prague, since most of the buildings there are still gothic at heart , even though they have been remodeled over the centuries to have mostly baroque façades.
Nerudova street was founded during the foundation of Lesser Side by Czech king Premysl Ottokar II in 1267. After the great fire of Prague in 1541 its appearance dramatically changed, because many houses were burned down. However, many amazing palaces you can see there nowadays replaced them and gave the street its charming atmosphere.
Another thing Nerudova street is famous for is that many original door signs survived over the centuries. The door signs were the very first system of distinguishing houses from one another, before they came out with a number system. That’s why you can see there The house of Three Violins, The house of a Golden Horseshoe, House of Two Suns etc.
A couple of the palaces, nowadays owned by different embassies, can be seen here as well. The gorgeous Morzin Palace (nowadays the Romanian Embassy) is decorated by sculptures of the most famous sculptor who worked in Prague – Ferdinand Brokoff. A few steps above you can find Kolowrat Palace – nowadays the seat of the Italian Embassy. Even though it’s not open to the public, this palace is an amazing mixture of gothic, renaissance, baroque and classicist style of architecture.
So walking up to the castle, take a few extra moments to admire the beauty of each building. Or you can join us on our Castle tour, where you guide will point out interesting details on buildings you might otherwise pass by.
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