Neruda Street

So, you've come through the impressive Matthias Gate into Hradčany Square. There's quite a lot to see here; the Archbishop's palace, and the large Schwarzenberg Palace - which now houses a military history museum. There are steps down from the castle terrace, or from Loreto Square next to Hradčany Square, which take you to Neruda Street. This is a steep street down to the Malostranské Square. Looking back up you can see the citadel above.

Looking up from Neruda Street

Jan Neruda, a writer and poet, lived near to the top of this street, in the house clearly marked on the outside! One of the interesting things about this street, and indeed many of the streets in this area, is the fact that many houses have unusual signs over the doors - a remnant of the time before house numbers. (Prague houses also have two house numbers! One is from the days of the Hapsburgs, and one is the modern one. Who'd be a postman?) Some can be seen in the following photographs.

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The Three Fiddles was the house of violin makers the Edlinger family. Others you can look out for include The Blue Fox on Kampa Island, and various paintings over the doors. There is also a swan, a red lion, and many others. All this side of Prague is very colourful, and there is plenty to see. We are only scratching the surface here.

Down towards the Charles Bridge is part of the city called Čertovka - The Venice of Prague. Some of the houses built here in the 18th and 19th centuries have walls rising straight from the water. There is also an old mill, whose water wheel still turns slowly. This photo illustrates the area.

The Venice of Prague

Now we have reached possibly the best-known part of the city, Karlův Most - the Charles Bridge. Please go to the next page and we'll talk a lttle about it.