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Prague Castle (Pražský Hrad) is the city’s most iconic attraction. It’s one of the world’s largest castles and a World Heritage Site. The castle has over 1,100 years of history and architecture within its walls and was home to Bohemian kings, Roman emperors and Czechoslovakian presidents. Today the castle is still active as the seat of the Czech President.
Start your visit by learning some of the castle’s history at the Story of the Prague Castle exhibition before you move on through the grounds. The castle has been under constant transformation since it was founded in the ninth century. As a result, you can see signs of almost every architectural period of the past 1,100 years, including many Gothic, Renaissance and modernist features.
Prague Castle is huge: It’s 1,870 feet (570 meters) long and 426 feet (130 meters) wide, and stands on a site of over 17 acres (seven hectares). The castle complex consists of many buildings and gardens, including four churches, four palaces and sprawling gardens.
See the final resting place of some of the city's most notable religious figures at the neo-Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral. Visit the home of the Czech crown jewels at St. Wenceslas Chapel.
At midday, watch the daily ceremony for the changing of the guard in the first courtyard. The guards also change at the castle gates on each hour during daylight hours. An exhibition on the castle guards can be seen at the Powder Tower, within the castle complex.
Take a guided tour, which leaves from the Information Centre and has a fee. See weapons and shields of medieval knights and admire the ornate ceilings of the churches while listening to gripping stories. Audio guides are also available for rent.
Prague Castle sits on top of Castle Hill in the Castle District on the west bank of the Vltava River. The complex is easily reached by tram or metro from the city center. While entry is free of charge and you can access from about dawn until midnight, many of its attractions keep different hours and charge a fee. Check the official Prague Castle website for details.
There's no place anywhere on the planet exactly like Prague Castle. To make the most of your time here, we've created a list of the best things to do:
For many more activities, check out our Prague things to do page.
Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Municipal House Hall and Powder Tower. Palladium Shopping Centre and Mucha Museum are also within 15 minutes. Florenc Station is only a 5-minute walk and Namesti Republiky Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mucha Museum, Wenceslas Square, and Jindrisska Tower. Museum of Communism and Old Town Square are also within 15 minutes. Muzeum Station is only a 5-minute walk and Prague Central Station is 6 minutes.
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