Walking In A Winter Wonderland … A Prague Castle Tour.

It was a cold, dark and quiet December morning. Looking out the window, I saw it was snowing. Large white flakes were falling gently to the ground. It was beautiful, much like a scene ripped out of an old fashioned black and white movie depicting a picture perfect winter wonderland. It seemed an appropriate time to curl up at home on the couch with a fuzzy blanket, a cup of hot tea and a good book.

While that would be a lovely way to spend a cold winter day, I wasn’t home but on holiday in Eastern Europe. And it was time to leave my hotel room and head out with my group for a tour of Prague Castle! Such a tough life …

I’d seen the castle from afar the day before while walking along the Charles Bridge during a Prague by Night tour. Perched on the banks of the Vltava river, the lit-up castle and it’s massive 70,000 square meter complex is impressive at a first glance.

Prague Castle

Of course, it was love at first sight and I was eager to explore the castle the next morning. While grey skies and a winter snowstorm may keep some people holed up in their hotel room or on the couch at home, it couldn’t have been a better time to take the tour.

This was our swoon-worthy view as we approached the castle complex.

Prague Castle
It was even decorated for Christmas!

Prague Castle
Castle guards keeping watch.

Prague Castle

It felt like I was looking into someone’s snow globe.

Prague Castle
Walking in to the castle grounds, we came to Saint Vitus’ Cathedral where we slipped inside to view the interior and warm-up for a bit.

Prague Castle

Prague Castle
Wandering back outside, we learned more about the history of Prague Castle and were given time to take in all that Roman and Gothic architecture.

Prague Castle

Prague Castle

Prague Castle

Prague Castle

Prague Castle

Prague Castle
This Prague Castle tour was really like taking a walk through a winter wonderland and the weather just added to the experience. I wouldn’t have had it any other way!

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Prague Castle in Winter

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36 Comments

  1. Cheryl,

    It looks like you approached the castle from the north side. I like how big the snow bokeh is in those first few photos. Prague Castle is beautiful on its own, but is it just me or does the muted diffuse grey winter light seem to emphasize the yellows? Looked cold enough, too!

    Thanks for your post!

  2. I love the way you managed to capture the snow flakes on camera. I have mixed feelings about visiting cities in winter, especially when the city in question has very harsh ones. I feel actual, sharp physical pain wondering in the cold, but gosh aren’t cities like Prague, Budapest and Zurich stunning in the snow!

  3. @Muza-chan and Denise – thanks for your comments. These cities are stunning all year round, but there’s something quite special about them in the winter.

  4. Looks like a great time to visit.
    What a complex. i had no idea it was that big.
    Fantastic photo inside the cathedral & loved your night time shot.

  5. I’d really like to hop on a plane now and head to Prague. I love the snowing photos with the snowballs best. They make it so much more of a winter wanderland!

  6. @Clara – it really is beautiful in the wintertime! Lucky that you got to live in Prague! 🙂

    @Laurel – agree. Good thing us Canadian gals can withstand the cold winter and are up for checking out castles no matter how cold it is. 😉

  7. @Leigh – thanks so much! The complex is huge … we didn’t even scratch the surface on ou walk either. I hope to make it back someday.

    @Andrea – Vienna is also beautiful during the winter. So lucky you go to see it! 🙂

  8. @Yvonne – let’s make it a girls get away weekend! 😀

    @Sherry – it was like being inside a snow globe. Seriously!

  9. Beautiful, I think most castles are even more beautiful in winter when covered with a bit of snow, and especially at Christmas when they’re decorated.

  10. I love visiting European cities in the winter. The first time I ever went to Prague was a snowy winter day in 1996. Your beautiful photographs brought back some nice memories. 🙂

  11. @Roy – ahhhh, lucky you! I wouldn’t mind living there sometime myself. 🙂

    @Jarmo – you are an Arctic Nomad, I’d thought you prefer the snow. LOL!

  12. Prague at Christmas, the markets, the Castle, the wonderful myriad of streets, one of my Favourite places to visit. Your photos bring back wonderful memories.

  13. @Jackie – It was such a happy moment. Being a new visitor to Europe, your first time visiting castles and the like are always really special but the snow just completed the mood.

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