Prague Castle

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Hradčanské náměstí, Prague, Czech Republic

Prague Castle Reviews

Maurizioago Maurizio…
574 reviews
Vist the castle. Apr 06, 2017
The Prague castle is a complex of around 60 buildings. Its construction began in the late 9th century. Between the 12th and 13th centuries it was fortified and expanded. In the 14th century, under the reign of king Charles IV it was renovated and enlarged. In 1485 king Ladislaus II Jagello started to reconstruct the castle. Queen Maria Theresa ordered the final major reconstruction of the buildings in the latter half of the 18th century.

The highlights of the castle are; Saint Vitus cathedral; the old royal palace; Saint George basilica and the golden Lane.

The building of Saint Vitus cathedral begun in 1344 on the site of a 10th century rotunda and was completed in the XIX century. The cathedral is very large and has many beautiful glass stained windows. I recommend climbing up the Wentzel Tower (it is a bell tower). It is inside the cathedral. From the top of it you will enjoy a very beautiful landscape over the castle and the city.

The old royal palace is a complex of buildings set one on the other. Its construction was started from the first half of the XII century. It was the seat of Bohemian princes and from the 13th century to the 16th century it was the king' s palace.

Saint George basilica was first built as a rotunda; around 920. It was later reconstructed into a three naves basilica. It was enlarged at the beginning of the XIII century.

The golden lane is a short street with several colourful small houses. They were originally built in the 16th century for the castle guards.This street was named after the goldsmiths who went to live there in the 17th century.

Most of these houses are nicely furnished as they could have been long ago. Some other are used as souvenir shops.

It is said that Franz Kafka lived at n. 22 for some time.
Saint Vitus cathedral.
Saint Vitus' tomb (I think) closeu…
Door inside Saint Vitus cathedral.
Landscape from the tower.
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Bojasem Bojasem
216 reviews
Fanatastic Jan 24, 2016
This is such a different experience from any other castle you will ever visit (and we have been to so many I can't count) and can highly recommend. Over 2 days we spent seven hours here and if the gardens had not been closed it would have been even longer, Golden alley was my favorite place and I have never visited anything remotely similar anywhere else in the world and not sure we ever will again, don't miss out.

Prague castle is a castle in Prague where the Kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic have had their offices. The Czech Crown Jewels are kept here. Prague Castle is the biggest castle in the world (according to Guinness Book of Records the biggest ancient castle)[1] at about 570 metres in length and an average of about 130 meters wide.

The castle buildings represent virtually every architectural style of the last millennium. The Prague Castle includes Gothic St Vitus Cathedral, Romanesque Basilica of St George, a monastery and several palaces, gardens and defense towers. Most of the castle areas are open to tourists. Nowadays, the castle houses several museums, including the National Gallery collection of Bohemian baroque and mannerism art.

Type of ticket Full admission Discount (*) Family admission (*)

Prague Castle - long visit CZK 350 CZK 175 CZK 700

Prague Castle - short visit CZK 250 CZK 125 CZK 500

Permanent exhibition "The Story of Prague Castle" CZK 140 CZK 70 CZK 280

Prague Castle Picture Gallery CZK 150 CZK 80 CZK 300

Powder Tower CZK 70 CZK 40 CZK 140

Permanent exhibition "The Treasure of St. Vitus Cathedral
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prokes prokes
1 reviews
Biggest castle in the world Aug 02, 2015
Prague Castle complex is supposed to be the biggest one in the world. It consists of many interesting buildings (old palace, cathedral, tower, church etc.), streets (mainly Golden Lane), courtyards, wineyards and gardens. Definitely worth to see.

Switching of guards with a ceremony every noon in front of the main entrance.

Best view on the castle is from the Old Town, but also from Lesser Town or Petrin hill.

Easy to get there by metro A or tram No. 22. From Prague Airport it takes about 35 minutes by public transport.

Some palaces used by Czech president can be opened on special occasions usually twice a year.
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Vikram Vikram
312 reviews
Can be overwhelming in the heat. Very nice attraction but hardly 'must-see' May 22, 2014
So guys, first things first - this is probably the most visited attraction in Prague and rightly so. It's huge. And if you're not careful (and I say this in a good way) - a timesuck. You'll need to devote at least half a day if not more for this attraction. Better yet, a day!

It's easy to find. Most tourist books have separate sections on it, the tram parks itself right in front of it and as one would expect, lots and lots of tourist buses.

Before we go into my experience, let's get a bit of the pricing sorted out - the Prague Castle comes in four different flavours or schemes. The Prague Pass comes with a free 'basic' scheme ("Circuit A") so to see any galleries or to get to the top of the South Tower of the Vitrus Cathedral, well... PONY UP AND PAY!

Anyway, back to the visit. My first and everlasting memory of this castle will be the hordes of Japanese tourists taking pictures of the guard on duty. Was kind of fun to see. And unlike, say, the Buckingham Palace, the guard isn't metres away behind a compound, but literally a few feet away, under what looks like a phone booth.

There are several websites that give information on the Castle so I won't get into boring details of each, but here's the skinny:

ST. VITUS CATHEDRAL - stunning is as stunning does! It looks imposing from the outside, massive photo ops bar the annoying scaffolding work. Inside felt like any other cathedral except that it had fresh flowers and one could smell the scent from miles away (kinda unique). As mentioned above, we had to pay extra to get to the top of the South Tower which opens later. So we had to wait till 10am for it to open, in the rather hot sun might I add! By now, it was getting crowded...

We got a cheap souvenir with the ticket to the Tower. The ticket office opened, it was a fairly easy climb to the top and the views were somewhat stunning save for the haze on the town (from that height). The views were lovely, but as I said, this town is hot hot hot.

THE OLD CASTLE: This, I'm sorry, was boring as muck. There was 1 hall with lots of colourful insignia which I thought was cool but that's really it. The problem with these sort of "palaces" is that the decoration seems sparse. Infact, we were in and out by 15 minutes! Headed to the balcony for a few photos. Piercing sunshine (is this becoming a theme!).

CHAPEL: Again, did I miss the memo on why this place was supposed to be a gem? It was about as normal as they come... another sparse kind of place like the Old Castle. I was noticing a theme here, the exteriors definitely seemed way better than the interiors.

ROYAL LANES: So, here we are - the most picturesque part of the Castle grounds. This again too was somewhat disappointing because the pictures gave me the impression that it's this long looooong road with cosy houses but what it ended up being was a very tiny short narrow lane with lots of tourists and tiny shops that sell marionettes. Infact, when I saw the postcard shots, I thought it was a 'part' of the actual lane, turns out that it was the entire lane! There's an adjoining tower that used to be a torture chamber and there's a glass floor covering the place where people were hung.

There were a few more paid offerings as part of other 'circuits' of the tickets which we passed. Given the paucity of time, we sadly had to give up seeing the gardens which I am told are amazing. But given the time we had, it is what it is.

Overall, do visit it. Just be prepared for the heat, the crowds and more importantly, don't judge a book by its cover (in this case the 'cover' at times being better than the 'book').
St. Wenceslas Chapel in St. Vitus …
The guard that everyone was taking…
In front of the Cathedral
The Cathedral
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Andy99 Andy99
623 reviews
The Multilayered and Multifaceted Prague Castle Sep 27, 2011
Prague Castle, or Pražský hrad, is the fortress and palace overlooking the city from atop the Hradčany hillside. Begun as a wooden fortress in the 9th century, the castle predates the city and was the foundation of Prague. Czechs have mixed feelings about it, I understand. due to past associations. The castle has long been the seat of government for Bohemia and Czechoslovakia--in the times of the Bohemian kings as well as under Habsburg, Nazi, and Communist dominion. The castle houses the offices of the President of the Czech Republic today.

The castle is very large in area, occupying what would amount to several city blocks. Visitors must see it. One can spend as much time as one wishes, but you must visit it.

The castle is arranged first into several courtyards. Leading from Hradčanské náměstí (Castle Square) the First Courtyard is the main entrance to the castle, though many visitors will enter via the the Powder Bridge. (The latter is just down from the Line 22 tram stop and the tour bus drop off.)

The Second Courtyard quadrangle once housed royal apartments and the riding school. Maria Theresa commissioned the redesign of the 14th and 16th century facades--still a controversial move today! The Chapel of the Holy Cross and a Baroque fountain are notable landmarks in the Second Courtyard. The President's offices are in the apartments between the Second and Third Courtyards. (One can get much closer to them than to the White House!) The Picture Gallery art museum occupies the apartments on the opposite side.

A portal leads to the Third Courtyard. Here is St. Vitus Cathedral. (Please see my separate review of St. Vitus.) The (New) Royal Palace is to the right of St. Vitus. It represents many centuries and layers of architectural styles built upon one another, again most recently redesigned under Maria Theresa. Further on is the Old Royal Palace. This wing houses the Gothic Vadislav Hall and is famous as the site of the Defenestration of 1618 that touched off the Thirty Years War.

Other castle precincts house St. George's Basilica, the Lobkowicz Palace, the Powder Tower, the Golden Lane, and the Dalibor Tower (where the imprisoned Dalibor played his violin). Probably too much to see in a single visit, but well worth the time spent!

Admission to the castle grounds and St. Vitus are free. There are admission charges to the museums and other castle buildings, sold in different packages.
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WalterC WalterC
391 reviews
Don't miss this place Mar 06, 2011
Built in the 9th century on top of a hill, Prague Castle is well worth the time for any visitor to Prague.

There are different ways to get there, as the castle area has 2 different entrances. The better one to start from, is the one by Castle Square, although it may be a little more difficult to get to. The other one would make a better exit, on the other side, which gives nice views of Prague, and closer to a Metro station.

Once inside the premises, you have a choice of attractions to pick from. But you have to buy a ticket, with your choice of Long Visit or Short Visit. Pick Short Visit, since it is not likely you will be able or want to see everything that the castle has to offer.

Definitely check out the following attractions: St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, and Basilica of St. George. All worth it, especially the stained glass windows in St. Vitus Cathedral. I hear Golden Lane is worth seeing as well, but it was closed off when I was there.

For more information on visiting, check out…
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entrance to St. Vitus Cathedral
stained glass window
St. Vitus Cathedral
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danigirl88 danigirl…
1 reviews
Enjoyable but crowded Jun 07, 2011
I really liked Prague Castle, and it's definitely worth going to see, but if you are going in summer, beware of the crowds and don't expect to get any nice, tourist-free photos of the castle itself. It's also a hotspot for pickpockets I believe, so be sure to watch your wallet!
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nimic nimic
70 reviews
Prague Castle! Jun 23, 2011
I really enjoyed my trip to the Prague Castle! FYI, Prague castle wasfounded in around 880 by Prince Bořivoj of the Premyslid Dynasty (Přemyslovci) and is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, with an area of almost 70,000 m².

The castle opens daily from 5.00 - 24.00 in the summer , and from 6.00 - 23.00 in the winter. The Historical monument is open from 9.00 - 17.00 in the summer & 9.00 - 16.00 in the winter .

Make sure you don't miss the Changing of the guard, though it isn't that grand as the one in Buckingham Palace. The ceremony by the Castle gates takes place every hour. At noon it also includes a fanfare and the flag ceremony in the First Courtyard.

They do provide tours through Prague Castle guided by professional guides of Prague Castle Administration . Check out the Prague Castle website for more details!
dari78 dari78
2 reviews
bridges Apr 22, 2011
Had a realy good time in prague 2 years ago with my friend , unfortunately we only had 2 days with a coach tour, id loved to have stayed much longer, theres so many interesting areas to see, and different vantage points to view from, what impressed me the most was the resteraunts and food there, we often ate at quality resteraunts, with the bill coming to less than 10 pounds, the food and service was amazing,
dreamrJan dreamrJan
3 reviews
which castle May 30, 2011
writing a review. newbie traveler traveling tips. I have been to Prague Castle. It's huge and you could spend a wbole day there. The view was amazing, just looking out from a terrance onto the orange rooftops was postcard perfect. Don't forget Charles Bridge.
frank0755 frank0755
3 reviews
Prague castle Mar 22, 2011
When i first saw the Cathedral church, i was like "what the f***" was spectacular,i couldn't believe it was built that long time ago, i've never seen nothing like it before. i've been to some other places that people recommended, what i saw them it saw them i was like "..nah, it's OK", but this time i'm glad that i went to see it.
mikie1 mikie1
2 reviews
Beautifull indeed May 29, 2011
Prague in general is a must!!

if you go there you will like it very much.

you get the sense of the world before the second world war.

most of the buildings are from then.

it has a unique beauty and charm.

every body that goes there gets so excited about Prague!

Have a nice trip!!
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Liselore_Verschuren Liselore…
252 reviews
One of the highlights of Prague Apr 02, 2010
Together with the Old Town, the Prague Castle is the highlight of the Czech Republic’s capital. The Prague Castle isn’t literally a castle though, it more a fortification that holds different buildings, sights and streets. This is a useful website that shows the contents of the Prague Castle:

Decide before you get to the castle what it is you want to see, since there are two kinds of entrance tickets you can buy, One that gives admission to a couple of the highlights of the Castle, and one that gives admission to everything. Make sure you have at least a full day to visit the Prague Castle and do not skip out on:

- St. Vitus’s Cathedral

- The Old Royal Palace

- St. George’s Basilica

- The Golden Lane

The castle has two entrances: one at the front and one at the back. It’s most convenient to take the back entrance since it is not only very close to metro station Malostranska, you also don’t have to climb hundreds of steps to reach the entrance, which is the case at the front entrance.

When you enter at the back entrance, the first thing you’ll see is the Golden Lane.
St. Vitus’s Cathedral at the Pra…
St. Vitus’s Cathedral at the Pra…
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MissUnknwn MissUnkn…
2 reviews
Prague Castle Nov 08, 2009
Very Big and nice to see!

When you are at this castle you can go also to other attractions at the same ticket.

See the photos for other attractions nearby the Castle!!
South side of the castle
St. Vitus Cathedrale
The golden lane
mikie1 says:
Thanks for all the nice imformation.
I Love Prague so much.I think that there is nothing of its kind in Europe.
Nice to chat to you.
Good Bye
Posted on: May 29, 2011
bbeshoner bbeshoner
1 reviews
Sep 22, 2007
I was recently in Prague for a week this past summer, we did the whole hostel thing and it was great. Prague Castle is what everyone talks about and there is a reason, it's fantastic! I guess a little known thing to do though, is you can actually get off the tram one stop early on the way there, and wander through the royal gardens. You begin at what used to be the families summer home, we had some great photo opts in the gardens... even in the mist and very cool air (mind you this is July).

As far as unusual, my friend got a hold of a book called "Weird Europe" that we looked through before our trip. It had some very interesting places to check out, however the book was old so not everything was current as far as activities go, but after we had spent the morning at Prague Castle we wandered among the streets and decided to try to find something in the book. It is a statue of a car with legs... not kidding. It's on the grounds of the German Embassy so you have to go around back and peek through the gates to see it, but we had a good time searching for it in the middle of a downpour of rain. So if you are into that sort of thing it's a fun adventure if you have a good map and an address.

Also the black light theatre was very Prague, and there are very few words (as in almost none) so you don't have to worry about translations. Other than that, there was the normal, Old Town, Mucha Musuem, Jewish Quarter, St. Charles' Bridge (very touristy) and all that good stuff. You should know that our only form of transportation was public with the metro and trams but I am told about an hour outside of Prague there is another Castle worth going to see if you have the means and opportunity, I forget the name though... but happy travelling!
Nzelvis Nzelvis
56 reviews
Jun 26, 2007
Prague Castle is a must see! It's very easy to spend half a day there because there's so much to see. It's where the President lives today. Entering through the main entrance will take you past the guards and to the ticket booth. If you come at the right time of day, you can see the changing of the guard, which is quite different than what is done in London! After you get your ticket, you'll want to stop in St. Vitus Cathedral. This cathedral is right in the heart of the castle, and is impressive from the outside and the inside. Admission includes a trip to the top for spectacular views over all of Prague. From there you can walk through Golden Lane. This medieval road still has houses that were once armorsmiths, textile makers, etc. There's also St. George's Basilica, which has remarkable architecture and is today used as a concert hall. One more stop would be to the museum on the history of the castle.
Prague Castle on the hill
138 reviews
Aug 06, 2007
The Prague Castle is located on the top of a hill like most castles. Its easily reached by Metro or Tram (just look for Hradska).

The price is 250/125 for the short tour and 350/175 for the long tour which is a little expensive,and I'm not really sure if its worth it because you are only walking inside buildings. But there are some highlights ,but you have to have the full ticket to view them (the short tour its quite boring so if your going, buy the long one!).

Verdict: Its one of the worth tourist traps that I've ever been to, but its absolutely worth seeing, but don't come to Prague just because of the Castle
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lbdomem lbdomem
2 reviews
Sep 19, 2006
Really good buy. I'd recommend getting the full ticket which includes everything within the castle walls, as you don't have to see it all in one day (the ticket covers three days entrance into the complex), it cost my friend and I (roughly translated) £4 each with student concessions.

The stain glass windows are amazing and it is worth it alone to get access into Golden Lane which has a variety of handcrafted items for sale (I was particularly fond of "botanicus" which sold herbal soap and bath confectionaries - a great and original present to bring back)
Inside St Vitus Cathedral
One of the stain glass panels
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meshuganut meshugan…
1 reviews
May 08, 2006
It is towering above the city and lit up beautifuly in the eveings, make a trip up to the top of the hill for a great view of the city and for all the wonders the castle has to offer. There is a regular change of the guard, fantastic gothic cathedral that hides the crowning jewels of Czech kings and their tombs and the best part is that you can visit it for free, you only pay to visit the tombs. There are large gardens, courtyards, waterfountains, art gallery and a special treat is a small narrow street called the Golden Lane with deinty little houses standing in rows around narrow cobble stoned street where once alchemysts used to live and work to learn how make gold. The president of Czech republic resides here!

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