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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

Very awesome tour with a very informative guide

Tour was awesome and allowed for the perfect view of the castle, cathedral and the city. The guide was awesome and very informative and kind. Would highly recommend to a friend.

Prague: Prague Castle Tour with Interiors Reviewed by Mary, 02/11/2019

We lucked out. We had a private tour. Very thorough and friendly.

We had a great tour experience. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Pay attention to the meeting spot. We did not, went to the castle and had a long, lost walk but made it just in time to the bridge.

Superb. A must do activity if one visits prague

My guide David was amazing and he took to the streets of old town and the castle and amazing view points where you can see whole of prague lit in the dark.. the cobble stone paths , lanterns and tranquillity of the place mesmerises you which is just not possible during the day. Thank you David for this amazing experience

My family of 5 adults found it interesting and informative. Thank you

My family, husband and 3 adult children, 31, 26 and 22 were holidaying in Prague together for a few days. The guide was pleasant and well informed about the city and its history. We were all impressed with his extensive knowledge and ability to impart the information with an historical and analytical perspective of the political and religious influences on the construction and development of the city and its people.

Great tour, lots of information provided on tour.

We had an amazing time and loved every moment of this tour. The guide was informative, the pace good and the places all magical.

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