St Vitus Cathedral in Prague looked familiar to me the first time I looked at its massive Gothic structure. I was pretty sure I’d seen it somewhere, but I had difficulty remembering it.
Standing and staring outside its facade, I tried hard to remember where I had seen this cathedral before.
Then it hit me – it looks like the smaller version of the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. Both are impressive and great examples of Gothic architecture with historical importance.
The Cathedral is inside the complex of Prague Palace, the world’s largest palace complex.
Inside, you won’t just find breathtaking arches, flying buttresses, and scary gargoyles but also tombs of royals and saints of Bohemia.
And, of course, the body of St Vitus also rests here. Saint Vitus is said to be the saint for entertainers, dancers, lightning strikes, oversleeping, and animal attacks.
Don’t forget to admire the colorful stained glass windows, too. The cathedral looks bathed in a kaleidoscope of rainbows on a sunny day!
Believe it or not, St Vitus Cathedral took almost 600 years to build.
When you’re done inspecting the interiors, go to the back of the Cathedral. There, you will find a smaller church in Baroque style.
Walk on Golden Lane and search for house 22, where Franz Kafka used to live.
Also, in one of the odd corners around here, the complex’s dark secrets are unveiled. I found this eerie hanging “ironman” in one of the corners that used to be a prison cell.
And when you are done strolling around the Cathedral, climb the tower to see the bird’s eye view of the city of Prague. It’s a sight you shouldn’t miss!
Hostel/Hotel in Prague – Where to Stay
Look no further – stay at RoadHouse Prague, especially when you are staying for 2 days/1 night only. It’s in downtown Prague, and you can walk to the Old Town Square and Charles Bridge. Famous landmarks like the St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague Castle, and Strahov Monastery Library are less than 2 kilometers on foot. You can book it via Booking, HostelWorld, and Expedia.