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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.

Mihulka Powder Tower

This tower was built in the late 15th century by King Vladislav as a cannon bastion overlooking the Stag Moat. At that time it was one of the most modern and effective fortifications. The tower was rebuilt after the fire in 1541 and became the gunpowder deposit and home of …

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Cernin Palace

Just a few hundred metres from Prague Castle across the square from the Loreto is the expansive facade of Černín Palace. It is Prague’s largest Baroque palace with a facade stretching the entire length of Loretanske Square (measuring an astounding 150m). Built in the 17th and 18th centuries as the …

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Daliborka Tower

Daliborka tower was used as a prison and was named after its first prisoner Dalibor of Kozojedy, who was imprisoned for supporting serfs of another squire. According to the legend he learnt to play the violin there and this legend gave rise to the Czech proverb “Nouze naučila Dalibora housti”, …

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Italian Street (Vlašská ulice)

Italian craftsmen working on the Castle settled here in the 16th century. The former Baroque Italian Hospital has an arcaded courtyard, but the grandest building is the former Lobkowicz Palace. One of Prague’s best Baroque palaces, it has a large oval hall on the ground floor leading out onto a …

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