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5 facts about Prague Castle

This sprawling UNESCO World Heritage Site was once the seat of the ancient Kings of Bohemia. Today, it is the most significant Czech monument and an important cultural institution in the Czech Republic. Here are some interesting factual tidbits about this Central European marvel.

The largest castle complex in the world!

With an area of about 215,000 ft² (over 18 acres!), Prague Castle is the largest medieval castle in the world!

St. Vitus Cathedral

Housed within the castle complex is the magnificent St. Vitus Cathedral. An amazing example of Gothic architecture, it remains one of the most important churches in the country.

Different architectural styles

Due to hundreds of years of political changeovers and ever-shifting cultural influences, the castle complex features broad mix of architectural styles, from Romanesque to ornate Baroque.

Prague Castle Orchestra

This small musical group (not in fact a full orchestra in residence) play outside the gates of the castle regularly for tourists and are worth hearing on your visit!

Changing of the guard

As Prague Castle is the official residence and office of the President of the Czech Republic, a Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place each day on the hour.

Prague Castle: Our Tips

What are the opening hours?

The opening times vary throughout the year, so be sure to check the website before you visit. The Courtyards are open Apr-Oct: Daily 5:00AM - Midnight; Nov - Mar: Daily: 6:00AM - 11:00PM. Prague Castle Buildings (Interiors): Apr - Oct: Daily 9:00AM - 5:00PM; Nov - Mar: Daily 9:00AM-4:00PM.

Do I need to take a tour?

With the castle complex being so large and so much housed within it, tours are advised. You can go on a guided tour, or take an audio tour and enjoy discovering the castle for yourself.

How much does it cost?

There are different ticket options depending on how much of the castle complex you want to see. The most extensive option, which they call Circuit A, costs 350 CZK (about 15 US dollars). The discounted price for youth and seniors is 175 CZK and family admission is 700 CZK.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Varies depending on the season. The Courtyards are open in the summer from 5AM until midnight. The castle buildings are open during typical work hours (9-5). The winter hours are only slightly more limited.
  • What is the price?
    It is free to wander around the Courtyards. Entrance tickets vary.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Check out our tours to find the best fit for your excursion.
  • How to get there
    If you want to go by foot, prepare for a scenic but quite steep trek uphill. To save your calves, you can take tram 22 to Pražský hrad and leave by metro from Malostranská station.
  • Additional tips
    Want to snap some photos inside the castle buildings? Make sure to purchase a photography license from the ticket stand.

What People Are Saying About Prague Castle

Amazing and very interesting. Great stories to remember.

Lana is a great guide. We told us the whole history of Czechs in a few hours in a very interesting way answer showed us the most important buildings and places.

Royal Prague Free Walking Tour Reviewed by Zuzana, 12/04/2016

Great tour - the boat ride is fantastic!

Our tour guide was very passionate about the area and explained everything in great detail. We had a great time touring parts of the city I would not have thought to go on my own!!

Perfect guide (Michaela or Misha (spelling?).

Misha was very knowledgeable and funny. She did a great job and her English is perfect.

Excellent, a very interesting guide. Far better than a guide book.

Why would you take a guide book when you can hear from Michaela what life was like and is now like for citizens of Prague.

Excellent tour, Segway is the perfect way to see Prague....

Great tour, you see so much more of Prague, views that you would miss on foot . Segway is the perfect way to explore Prague.....

Prague by Segway: Ultimate 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by stephen, 11/11/2016

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