Introduction to Nerudova Street
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. Most of the buildings there are still Gothic at heart. Thoughmany have seen restoration over the centuries and now have mostly Baroque facades.
Nerudova street came about 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 replaced them and gave the street its charming atmosphere.
Another thing this street is famous for is that many original door signs survived over the centuries. The door signs were the first system of distinguishing one house from 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.
You’ll also see a couple of the palaces here which are owned by different embassies. The gorgeous Morzin Palace is now the Romanian Embassy. It’s decoration of sculptures is by the most famous sculptor who worked in Prague – Ferdinand Brokoff. A few steps above you can find Kolowrat Palace which is 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 when walking up to the castle just 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.
Nerudova Street Map HERE
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