When I went I didn’t find as much information as I wanted. So this article is what I would have found before traveling. Hope this can help you.
In addition to telling you how great Prague Castle is, I want to give you information on how to get there, tickets, tours and much other information that will be useful.
The capital of the Czech Republic is a city with a lot of history, architecture, art, and places to see. One of them and almost mandatory is to visit Prague Castle.
In its original language, this castle is known as Pražský hrad, considered the greatest fortress in the whole world. In turn, it is the witness of a historical past of Prague as a cultural and religious center, but also an administrative one.
Prague Castle is not the type of castle we all know. But it is an architectural complex of several palaces and administrative and religious buildings that are distributed in several streets.
Enter almost “Free”
Well, I will clarify. It is not free … free.
You can not enter the castle for free unless you are less than 6 years old but there is a way to pay very little.
If you buy the Prague Card you will not have to pay the entrance to the castle.
This card allows you to cruise the river or use the tourist bus. Also, you can go to many other places like the 5 synagogues in the Jewish Quarter; the cathedral of San Vito; The Prague Museum and many others.
Other ways to enter the castle
In addition to the Prague Card, there are other alternative ways that you can use to enter Prague Castle for a good price or with many benefits.
Entrance with a guided tour
I am always of the idea and the recommendation that if you can go to a site with someone who explains what you will see, it is much better. It becomes a journey you do not forget. You will remember everything and enjoy it much more.
You can take a guided tour of the castle with a guide who, in addition to the entrance will explain everything you want, you can fill it with questions and it will be like going with a friend who knows a lot.
Entrance with a guide at a great price
If you are interested in going with a guide and that includes the entrance to the castle but you do not want to spend much.
Prague Castle History
The Pražský hrad or Prague Castle was founded in the 9th century, by Prince Bořivoj. First, a primitive wood-based construction was carried out, but later, thanks to the monarch Soběslav I, a stone one was added.
Centuries later, Prague Castle became the home of the kings of Bohemia and the castle district or Hradcany was built around it. Since the homes of court workers and servants were built near the walls. But the houses of artisans, who were at the service of the royal family, were also erected.
Over the years, the residences of the largest aristocratic families near the castle were also erected. So today, it is possible to see nearby the great palaces and houses of lords.
Some interesting facts about Prague Castle
- Jewels Inside the Prague Castle, the jewels of the Bohemian Crown are guarded.
- World Heritage Site In 1962, this castle was declared a National Monument. But also, it is considered a World Heritage Site.
- Immense The measures of the old royal palace are quite surprising since they are 130 m wide and 570 m long.
- Nazi Barracks Prague Castle was the central headquarters of the Nazis in Prague during World War II.
- Presidential Residence Today, this castle functions as the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic. If the flag is flying it means that the president is there.
- Illumination Every day, the castle is illuminated at dusk and until midnight, in summer even until later. Of the things to see in Prague, one of them is undoubtedly to see the image of the set of houses and illuminated palaces.
- Changing of the Guard Every day at noon the changing of the guard takes place in front of the entrance of the Royal Palace. This is done with a military parade and music, at the time of the hour a change of guard is also made but much simpler.
- Restaurants Keep in mind that despite having restaurants inside the castle, these are too expensive. So it is not advisable to eat in them unless your budget is very flexible.
What to do when visiting Prague Castle
Prague Castle is one of the most important and recognized monuments of the Czech Republic. This is a tourist attraction of Prague which, in addition to impressive, is also the one with the most visitors.
If you want to visit Prague Castle, I recommend you take a few hours to do it.
So it is necessary to organize your time well so that you can go through it completely and know what ticket to buy. Since depending on the monuments you want to visit, you will have to pay more or less for your visit.
What to see inside Prague Castle
Inside the castle there are several monuments you can know, among them we have:
- The most important religious building in the Czech Republic, the beautiful St. Vitus Cathedral. This was the most common scenario for the coronation of the kings of Bohemia for years. Inside you can observe many works of art, such as its stained glass, the jewels of royalty and the Royal Oratory. His most important piece is the Crown of St. Wenceslas, a beautifully decorated object, but that bears a horrible curse.
- The prison for common prisoners, the Daliborka Tower. His name is based on the legend of the young Dalibor, who was his first inmate sentenced to death for having helped slaves who had rebelled at the end of the fifteenth century. In prison, he got a violin, which played beautiful melodies from his cell for the inhabitants of Prague. They thanked him for bringing him food and faced with the fear of a popular revolution by killing him in public, the nobles killed him in his cell.
- The structure was full of the best private art collections in the country, Lobkowitz Palace. This palace has works by Velázquez, Rubens and Canaletto.
- The popular Callejón del Oro, which has beautiful and small colored houses. It is one of the most picturesque landscapes in Prague.
- The Ladislao Hall, which is located in the Royal Palace.
- The Convent of St. George, which is the first monastery in Bohemia. Also the Basilica of San Jorge, which has a very beautiful baroque facade. The Basilica and the Convent are in front of the cathedral.
How to get to the Castle?
There are several ways to get to Prague Castle, but the most entertaining is the one that climbs on foot from the Malá Strana neighborhood.
You must follow the stairs, which show you the silhouette of the big set up.
You will surely find this path if you follow the signs when you leave the Malostranská metro station.
Schedule and prices
If you want to visit Prague Castle you have to keep in mind that it is not open all day and that the schedules may change depending on the time of year.
You must also take into account the price of the ticket.
The schedule for visiting Prague Castle and the places within the complex varies throughout the year.
The castle complex is open every day to visit from 6 to 22.
But with the places of interest within the complex, it is a bit different. From April 1 to October 31, they are open every day from 9 am to 5 pm.
While from November 1 to March 31 they are open every day from 9 to 16.
- April 1 to October 31: 9 to 17
- November 1 to March 31: 9 to 16
The prices depend on the circuit you are going to choose. For example:
It includes the Royal Palace, the exhibition of the History of Prague Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, the Golden Alley, the Basilica of St. George, the Rosenberg Palace, and the Powder Tower.
For adults, the price is 350 CZK, while for those over 65, students (up to 26 years) and children between 6 and 16 years old the value is 175 CZK.
On the other hand, for children under 6 and people with disabilities, admission is free.
It includes the Royal Palace, the Cathedral of San Vito, the Callejón del Oro, the Basilica of San Jorge and the Daliborka Tower.
The price for adults is 250 CZK, while for those over 65, students (up to 26 years) and children between 6 and 16 years old, the value is 125 CZK.
Children under 6 years and people with disabilities can enter for free.
This circuit is comprised of the art galleries of Prague Castle and the treasure of St. Vitus Cathedral.
The cost for adults the price is 350 CZK, while for over 65 years, students (up to 26 years) and children between 6 and 16 years the value is 175 CZK.
As in previous cases under 6 years and people with disabilities do not pay admission.
Keep in mind that tickets will be valid for up to 2 consecutive days and visits cannot be repeated to the same monument. Tickets can be purchased at the offices that are distributed throughout the complex.