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tip on visiting Prague castle complex

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Thanks to the help of this forum, we had a GREAT time in Austria and Czech Republic! Trip report forthcoming, I promise!

Meanwhile, I wanted to pass along a little insight about the Prague castle complex (Pražský hrad): the "Old Royal Palace" is just a huge empty hall, and currently the old St. George Basilica is full of scaffolding in its interesting bits, so the only thing of interest (in our opinion) is St. Vitus Cathedral. It is free to attend mass (once daily, several on the weekend), so why not save the money and just go to a mass at St. Vitus? You can gawk while you sit in the pew, take pics before and after, and maybe get a little spiritual refreshment to boot (hint to non-Catholics: you can still go to mass and enjoy the surroundings and music; it's no problem to just sit in the pew if you don't want to participate in certain parts). Then you can walk outside and take pics of the city views from the free viewpoints all around.

I'm sure others have found the castle more interesting, but we felt that the cathedral was the only part we cared for. BTW they do a Latin mass the first sunday of every month; the chant sounded so beautiful with the cathedral's acoustics!

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