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Prague Castle: Small Group Tour with Local Guide & Admission

Duration: 3 hours
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Discover the awe-inspiring splendor of Prague Castle on a 3-hour guided tour. Breeze through the castle entrance by using the shortest security line…

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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!

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

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

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

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

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.

Our insider 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 should I 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.
  • Is it expensive?
    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 information
    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

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 11,567 reviews

A very enjoyable morning tour with an excellent guide

I'll start off by saying that when I booked this activity (we went Tuesday, October 1st), I thought I'd booked a segway tour of the castle district (my fault, I'd gotten confused between this tour and another one) - but, having said that, I was glad in the end that I DID book this tour because it was an excellent way to see the (very large) Prague Castle complex and its various buildings/sections, mostly thanks to our local guide who was very informative but also very entertaining. It was refreshing to have a live tour guide, after having done so many audioguide tours by that point!

Excellent tour and excellent tour guide!

We purchased the tickets just 30 minutes before the tour started. The meeting point was easy to find with GPS turned on. Our tour guide Alishka was so so great! She gave us all the information we needed to have a general understanding of what we were seeing in Prague Castle. She got us inside quickly and walked us through the main areas to explore. I would definitely recommend this tour! Especially if you choose Alishka for your English tour guide!

Good tour but too much time on other activities.

Tour did not start 30 minutes until after start time and spent time tour other locations instead of the castle. It was very cold and rainy on the day of the tour. The tour was late getting started. Then the tour guide spent time giving a tour of areas other than the castle on the way to catch the tram to the castle. Recommend the tour start promptly and skip areas other the castle during the cold rain.

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Very interesting tour on a very chilly day!

The tour was very interesting and included a lot of information. The guide was well informed and spoken and patient with the crowds. Her stories were historically significant and kept everyone involved. She created a safe environment and always ensured she knew where everyone was as the palace was very crowded. This tour is worth taking.

I enjoyed this tour, the tour guide Jana was very well informed.

Can thoroughly recommend the Prague Castle small group tour in English,that I recently took with Jana, she was great with all the facts and figures,and made sure we saw every thing of interest. Nothing was to much trouble in explaining and pointing out all the points of interest,that I would have missed doing the tour myself.

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