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The magnificent Prague Castle takes your breath away! Spread over an area of 18 acres (7 hectares), Prague Castle complex is easily the biggest in the world and undoubtedly the most stunning
Experience the magical splendor of Prague Castle to believe it
The second oldest Church in Prague, the Basilica of St. George nestles quietly behind the St. Vitus Cathedral. The architectural and interior elegance of the Basilica is subtle standing in contrast to the gothic brilliance of the Cathedral.
St. Vitus Cathedral is one of the most critical structures in the castle complex and shines brightly with its gothic architectural brilliance. The Cathedral of St. Vitus is one of the most prominent and most prominent churches in the country. Not just the exterior architecture, but the Cathedral is breathtaking even on the inside. The Cathedral also houses one of the most stunning chapels, St. Wenceslas Chapel, with its altar fully decked with precious jewels. You can also enjoy decorative paintings housed inside that date back to the middle ages. You can also visit the ‘Treasury' boasting of some of the priceless collection of artifacts from the same period. The beautiful glass windows inside the Cathedral lend a magical touch to the interiors.
Away from the buzzing commercial activities and crowds, royal garden in the castle complex offers respite to the travelers who are seeking some solitude. The lush green landscape inspired by the Italian Renaissance style was developed for King Ferdinand 1 in the year 1534. One of the marvels in the Garden is the Singing Fountain. Its water drops seem to resemble the sound of ringing bells.
You can also stroll on the ‘Golden Lane' with its colorful houses that are decorated with traditional crafts, furniture with a few of them offering souvenirs and artifacts for sale. The legend has it that the royal goldsmiths lived in these houses in the 17th Century and hence the name, Golden Lane. The Golden Lane is also famous for some of the best-known names that have lived on this street, including Franz Kafka, the famous Czech author, who resided in house #22 for about two years. Jaroslav Seifert, well-known author & poet, and a Noble award recipient is known to have lived on this street.
The old royal palace, built in the 14th century by Emperor Charles IV, stands in all of its old architectural elegance. Inside the Royal Palace is the magnificent Vladislav Hall where coronations, banquets and jousting tournaments were held. The Royal Palace also houses an Observation Gallery. The Riders' Staircase in the palace is a marvelous structure that was built wide enough to allow participating knights to enter the hall riding on their horses.
Standing tall and majestic is the old powder tower that was used as a gate of entry into the ancient city of Prague. Powder tower was also used to store gunpowder and huge cannons. It stands as one of the tallest towers in the castle complex, proudly showcasing the architectural elegance that is on display all through the castle complex.
How to Get Tickets?
Admission to the Castle Grounds is free. Admission tickets to individual attractions are available at several ticket-stands around the complex. Tickets can also be bought online by visiting www.pragueticketoffice.com. You can opt for the Prague Castle Walking Tours with an expert guide for a more explorative experience or buy a skip-the-line ticket to explore the complex on your own. Several sight-seeing tour packages and the Vitava River Cruise tour include visits to the Prague Castle as well.
How To Get Around?
By Tram, you can get to Prague Castle by taking tram # 22 to Prazsky Hrad. You can reach the Castle by taking a tram to Kralovsky letohradek or Pohorelec, or By Metro, you can also hop onto the metro to Malostranska or Hradcanska.
What Should I Wear?
Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit Prague and hence the Castle is between June to October as the temperature is pleasant. The Prague Castle is open all year-round, with shorter hours during winters.
The official currency of the Czech Republic is the Czech Koruna.
Will I Need a Guide?
How To Get There?
By Tram, you can get to Prague Castle by taking tram # 22 to Prazsky Hrad. You can reach the Castle by taking a tram to Kralovsky letohradek or Pohorelec or getting into the metro to Malostranska or Hradcanska. By Foot, if you love trekking, you can opt for a trek up the steep hill to reach the Castle.
Make sure to be clear about instructions on using your cameras as photography is allowed in certain exhibits only. A Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place every day at noon. Make sure not to give it a miss. You can expect a waiting of around 20 to 30 minutes to get through the security at the main entrance. Reach the venue early and avoid holidays and weekends, if possible, to enjoy a less crowded and relaxed visit to the complex. As the castle complex is massive, plan your visit to allow ample time for the castle tour.