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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.

Matthias Gate

When you visit the Prague Castle, you will go through the Matthias Gate from the first castle courtyard to the second one. It is the earliest work of Baroque architecture in Bohemia. It was built in 1614 as a triumphant antique arch, standing separately between the Castle Square and the …

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Chapel of the Holy Cross in Prague

You can find the Chapel of the Holy Cross in the Prague Castle‘s second courtyard. It was built in 1763 and temporarily became a treasury of the St. Vitus Cathedral in the 20th century. Valuable works of art can be seen in the chapel.   History of the Chapel During …

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Castle Square

When visiting Prague Castle, you should definitely see the view from the ramp at Castle Square. It is one of the best lookout places in Prague. Castle Square is the large area in front of the entrance gate to Prague Castle. There are several important palaces of various architectural styles …

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Black Tower

The Black Tower is one of the oldest existing buildings in Prague. It was built in 1135 as an eastern gate of the Romanesque fortification of Prague Castle. You can still see the former gateway on the ground floor, but it is walled up now.   Origin of the name …

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Prague Castle Riding School

Prague Castle Riding School is a dipteral building by the U Prazskeho Mostu Street, which goes to the Northern gate of Prague Castle. At the end of the 17th century, it was built in Baroque style by the constructionist Jakub Antonin Canevall. The author of the design is the architect …

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The Supreme Burgrave’s House

Opposite the Lobkowicz Palace and neighbouring the Black Tower you notice the Supreme Bulgrave’s House. It used to belong to a very important person in the past – to the supreme burgrave – the highest official and the deputy of the king. This office was served by the most prominent …

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Deer Moat

Deer Moat (Jelení příkop) used to be a part of Prague Castle‘s northern fortification and helped to defend the Castle. It was created by Brusnice stream which was drained via underground pipes in 1899. Archaeologists found out in the 19th century that the moat hid traces of prehistoric settlement. When …

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South Gardens

Occupying the long, narrow band of land below the Castle, South Gardens are quite small gardens linked together: the Paradise Garden (Rajská zahrada) with a circular pavilion, the 19th-century Garden on the Ramparts (Zahrada Na valech) has two obelisks, and the Hartig Garden has a Baroque music pavilion and beautiful …

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Schwarzenberg Palace

From a distance, the facade of this well preserved palace appears to be clad in projecting pyramid-shaped stonework, but it is an illusion created by rich black-and-white sgraffito patterns incised on a flat wall. It is an example of the so-called Czech Renaissance – mixing the Italian influences with Czech …

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Royal Garden

There are seven gardens surrounding the Prague Castle but The Royal Garden is historically the most important of them, created in 1534 for Ferdinand I. Originally a Renaissance garden, with some beautiful pieces of architecture inspired by Italian influences, it used to be a place, where the king and his …

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