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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 are plenty of unique ways to experience Prague Castle. Here is a list of some of the top ones:
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This family-friendly Prague hotel is located in a state park, within a 15-minute walk of Strahov Monastery, Prague Castle, and St. Vitus Cathedral. Lennon Wall and Charles Bridge are also within 1 mi (2 km). Malostranska Station is 23 minutes by foot and Dejvicka Station is 24 minutes.
Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palladium Shopping Centre, Municipal House Hall, and Powder Tower. Mucha Museum and Old Town Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Florenc Station is only a 3-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.
This family-friendly Prague hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Petrin Hill, Lennon Wall, and Prague National Theatre. Charles Bridge and Old Town Bridge Tower are also within 15 minutes. Narodni Road Station is 15 minutes by foot and Malostranska Station is 15 minutes.
This family-friendly Prague hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Wenceslas Square and Prague Astronomical Clock. Old Town Square and Dancing House are also within 15 minutes. Narodni Road Station and Mustek Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Prague 1, this apartment building is steps from Spanish Synagogue and Old-New Synagogue. Old Jewish Cemetery and Kinsky Palace are also within 5 minutes. Staromestska Station is 5 minutes by foot and Namesti Republiky Station is 11 minutes.
Located in Prague 1, this romantic apartment building is steps from Royal Route and St. Vitus Cathedral. Prague Castle and Lennon Wall are also within 10 minutes. Malostranska Station is 10 minutes by foot and Staromestska Station is 15 minutes.
Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lucerna Palace and New Town Hall. Wenceslas Square and Mucha Museum are also within 10 minutes. Muzeum Station is 7 minutes by foot and Mustek Station is 8 minutes.