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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.
With an area of about 215,000 ft² (over 18 acres!), Prague Castle is the largest medieval castle in the world!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
- When to visitVaries 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 thereIf 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 tipsWant 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
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!!
Misha was very knowledgeable and funny. She did a great job and her English is perfect.
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.
Great tour, you see so much more of Prague, views that you would miss on foot . Segway is the perfect way to explore Prague.....
It was very funny. Not only facts and boring dates, but great stories around the history :) better than any of the tour buses! Absolutely recommendable. The tour that is going to the castle, you have to buy though! This one is going to the most important places of the city and providing you with useful tips.