Hradčanské Náměstí, or Hradčanské Square, in Prague's Castle District, is one of those impressive squares that embodies all of the charm, grandeur, and allure of Europe. Steeped in history, Hradčanské Náměstí is the all-in-one scene of some of the most impressive palaces in Prague, such as the Archbishop's Palace, the Martinicky Palace, the Sternberg Palace with its especially interesting exhibit of the artwork of some of the great Tuscan masters, Venetian art, and excellent examples of Florentine Mannerism; the Schwarzenberg Palace with its permanent exhibitions of sculpture and paintings; the Tuscany Palace (also called the Thun-Hohenštejnský Palace), and other fascinating palaces, many of which are open to the public. Of course, the most important palace of all on Hradčanské Náměstí is just past the grand neo-classic and late baroque gates that herald the entrance to the Prague Castle - the largest medieval fortress in the world. Here you can watch the changing of the guards every Sunday at noon, and you can step in the very footsteps of history while walking around the massive Hradčanské Square looking at monuments such as the statue of the very first president of Czechoslovakia, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, or Ferdinand Platzer's giant fighting Titans statues guarding the first gate of the Prague Castle complex. The facades of the palaces and buildings on Hradčanské Náměstí are works of art in themselves, ranging from many fine examples of Baroque, Renaissance, Rococo and Classicist architectural wonders. With so many things to see on Hradčanské Náměstí, be sure to schedule plenty of time to enjoy this incredible outdoor museum of art and architecture in Prague- and be sure to go into the palaces to see the vivid interiors hidden behind the luxurious facades. Don't forget to take a look over the castle walls, you will get a stunning view of Mala Strana, or Lesser Town, as well as over much of the center of Prague, including such areas as Old Town, and Vinohrady as well as the Vltava River.
Address: Hradčanské Náměstí, Prague 1
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