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5 facts about Prague Castle

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.

The largest castle complex in the world!

With an area of about 215,000 ft² (over 18 acres!), Prague Castle is the largest medieval castle in the world!

St. Vitus Cathedral

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.

Different architectural styles

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.

Prague Castle Orchestra

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!

Changing of the guard

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.

Prague Castle: Our Tips

What are the opening hours?

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.

Do I need to take a tour?

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.

How much does it cost?

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.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Varies 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 there
    If 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 tips
    Want 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

Great whirlwind tour Bridge & Castle highlights

2.5 hours is the minimum time you need to see and understand all the influence Charles IV had on Prague & this tour makes sure you hit all the highlights. Marketa(sp?) is 3rd generation tour guide and clearly loves her city and offers great perspective of Prague now and how it was 700 years ago. A little prompting also got her to answer questions about Prague under communism. She keeps the pace flowing. Highly recommend!

Enjoy the visit with an excellent guide Tom

Tom, the guide , was friendly, with lot's of knowledge and good cooperation with the group

Royal Prague Free Walking Tour Reviewed by עקיבא, 01/07/2017

Wonderful dinner,highly recommended,thank you..

A very comfortable boat,it was warm inside even the outer temp was minus 5.The buffet dinner was excellent,but the dessert was poor.General ambiance was wonderful with a good life music.the stuff is pro with excellent service.

Prague by Night: 3-Hour Dinner Cruise Reviewed by Ziad, 01/02/2017

Our guide Micha combined humour with great guiding of Prague. Thanks!

The walking tour was well organised and we saw most of the important sights. The guide was lovely and knowledgeable. We felt it was well worth it.

Prague: 3-Hour Walking Tour of Old Town & Prague Castle Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 12/30/2016

Guide gave us an enlightening tour despite the cold windy weather.

We were amazed by the area we covered in the short length of time we had. The guide had a very good command of English but occasionally her pronunciation made her information difficult to understand. The tales were fascinating - if a little far-fetched - and it was a shame that some of the group did not stay for the full tour. We learned a lot about the history of old Prague as well as about the ghosts and the information whetted our appetites to find out more in the daylight.

Prague: Ghosts and Legends 1.5-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 12/29/2016

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