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Prague Castle

Prague Castle is astonishing – size of a small town and includes churches, galleries, gardens and state buildings. The Castle’s château-like appearance dates from 1753 to 1775, situated atop a large hill on the left bank of the Vltava River dominating Hradcany Quarter with majestic assurance. It is one of the places you simply must visit, either independently or as a part of a guided tour. The tour of Prague Castle takes two hours if you do not enter the buildings and the gardens. A thorough inspection of Prague Castle may take the whole day, but without the art galleries, four hours suffice. Earphones for an audio-guided tour are available at the information centre. The major sights of Prague Castle are St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, the Royal Palace and Golden Lane. Before you leave the castle complex one thing you MUST do – climb the tower. The sight over the whole city is amazing.

Location: Hradcany
Open: Castle complex, daily 05.00-midnight; premises, 26 Mar-Oct daily; 09.00 until 17.00 Nov 15-Mar daily.

Story of Prague Castleadult 140 CZK, Open: 9am-6pm Apr-Oct, to 4pm Nov-Mar. This is one of the castle’s newest and most compelling exhibitions, with displays expertly presented in a low-lit, state-of-the-art environment and explained in English. The collection of armour, jewellery, glassware, furniture and other artefacts traces more than 1000 years of castle history. One outstanding sight is the skeleton of the pre-Christian ‘warrior’, still encased in the earth where archaeologists found him within the castle grounds.

Security checks at Prague Castle are bullying, tour agencies are angry. Tourists do not complain and guides are trying to amuse them while waiting

Travel agencies do not like the increased security measures at Prague Castle. Jan Papež, the Vice Chairman of the Association of Travel Agencies, called them ill-conceived and bullying tourists. Prague Castle rejects the criticism. According to the spokesman Jiří Ovčáček, security has priority over money. The tourists addressed understood checks. …

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Prague Castle

Prague Castle looks almost like a small town itself. It is the largest ancient castle in the world (570m long and on average 128m wide). It is also where the Czech kings, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of the Czech Republic used to have their offices. It is not surprising …

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Toy Museum

Close to Golden Lane (at the courtyard of Burgrave’s House) is this nice little place with lots of antique trains, teddy bears and dolls, complete with English-language signs on most of them. There are not many things children are allowed to touch, but there are plenty of mysterious mechanical objects, such …

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Prague Castle Tickets

Ticket prices Admission Fee to Historical Premises of Prague Castle Entry to castle courtyards, gardens and to the nave of Cathedral of St Vitus is free. There are four types of tickets. Most expensive one is for 350 CZK (adult) or 520 CZK (family) allowing you see everything or just …

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Prague Castle Courtyards

The First Courtyard Visitors enter the first courtyard through a nice Baroque gate guarded by two giant statues, created by Ignác František Platzer and dating from 1769. For centuries a moat divided the castle from Hradčanské Square where the gate now stands, and the castle could only be accessed across …

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Golden Lane

Golden Lane (Zlatá ulička) is located on the eastern side of the castle, only a short walk from St. George’s Basilica. This short lane, named after goldsmiths who used to live here in the 17th century, is one of the most picturesque streets of Prague. Golden Lane is very popular …

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The Palace Gardens

The Palace Gardens are situated on the southern slopes of the hill crowned by Prague Castle. They consist of five historic gardens: the Ledebour Garden, the Small Palffy Garden, the Great Palffy Garden, the Kolowrat Garden and the Small Fürstenberg Garden. These gardens represent a unique historic complex which is …

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The Great Fürstenberg Garden

The Great Fürstenberg Garden is spread out around the Fürstenberg Palace. It was founded in the early 18th century by an unknown architect in place of the former vineyards. The Garden consists of two parts – the lower plain and the terraced back garden. A stairway passes through the Garden …

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Belvedere – The Royal Summer Palace

To the north of the castle fortifications and across from the deep moat stands Belvedere Palace, a pleasant place to relax. The palace can be seen from the tram if you take a ride up to the castle. This finest Italian Renaissance building was completed in 1564. It is a …

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