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Prague Castle
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Prague Castle
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opening times
Prague Castle Complex:
Daily 06:00-22:00

Prague Castle Historic Buildings: April-October: Daily 09:00-17:00
November-March: Daily 09:00-16:00

Prague Castle Gardens:
April-October: Daily 10:00-18:00

Changing of the Guard Ceremony:
Daily 12:00 (midday). Includes a fanfare and banner exchange

Substitution of the Guard Ceremony:
Daily, on the hour every hour, from 07:00-20:00.
address of Prague Castle
Prague Castle,
Castle District, Prague 1, Czech Republic
public transport to get to Prague Castle
Metro station: Malostranska (line A), then take tram 22 or 23 to Prazsky hrad or Pohorelec. Prazsky hrad offers the shortest route to Prague Castle. Pohorelec enables you to take a short walk through the Castle District (Hradcany), which is quite pleasant, before entering Prague Castle by the main entrance.
places of interest near to Prague Castle
-St. Vitus Cathedral
-St. George's Basilica
-Lobkowicz Palace
-Golden Lane
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map showing Prague Castle in Prague
Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) is the No. 1 tourist attraction in Prague, and the largest ancient castle complex in the world.

Founded around 880 AD, Prague Castle is the city's most recognisable landmark; perched majestically on the hillside above the Lesser Town, the castle dominates the skyline.

For parts of the 14th, 16th and 17th centuries, Prague Castle was the seat of the Kings of Bohemia. Today, it is the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic.

Prague Castle is not a single edifice, but a complex of buildings and open spaces covering 7 hectares (18 acres). The complex is centred around three great courtyards and is enclosed within high castle walls.

The most prominent structure in the Prague Castle complex is St. Vitus Cathedral.

Prague Castle has had an eventful history. Differing political and religious forces, along with several rebuilding programmes following destructive wars and fires, have produced an intriguing mix of architecture: ancient churches, Royal palaces, great halls, state apartments, towers and fortifications, a monastery, museums, art galleries, and Golden Lane.

Visitors can enter the Prague Castle complex for free, walk around the courtyards, and admire the buildings from the outside.

However, to gain a true understanding of the history and significance of it all, we advise taking either a Prague Castle tour or a general Prague tour (with Prague Castle in the itinerary).

Another option is to join the queue at the castle to purchase a self-guided ticket.

Alternatively, you can attend a Prague Castle concert in one of the historic buildings.



1. Prague Castle Tour:
The Prague Castle tour includes a tram ride up to the castle, and you are escorted in via the shortest security queue: Prague Castle Tour.

You can also visit Prague Castle at night:
Prague Castle by Night and Alchemy Tour.

2. Prague Tour:
Prague Tours generally include a visit to Prague Castle in the itinerary. You are transported up to the castle by bus, and escorted in via the shortest security queue:
Prague Explorer Tour & Boat Trip
Prague City Tour & Boat Trip
Prague Historical Centre And Castle Tour & Boat Trip.

3. Self-Guided Prague Castle Ticket:
Make your own way to the castle and buy a self-guided ticket once you have passed through security. Arrive early, because you will need to queue at both security and the ticket office.
Ticket Price: 250 CZK. Audio Guide: 350 CZK.

4. Prague Castle Concert:
A classical concert is a popular way to experience the grandeur of Prague Castle. Two historic buildings stage regular concerts:

Lunchtime concerts are held at Lobkowicz Palace.

Early evening concerts are held at St. George's Basilica.

Concerts are popular and tickets are limited, so advance booking is required.

Concert listings & tickets: Book Concerts.

5. Refreshments at Prague Castle:
Several cafés are located within the castle complex, where visitors can buy hot and cold food and drinks. Lobkowicz Palace café has good views over Prague from its terrace.



The first known building was erected on the site of Prague Castle in the 9th century. In the 12th century it was transformed into a Romanesque palace. And in the 14th century, under Charles IV, it was rebuilt in the Gothic style.

A further reconstruction of the Royal Palace took place under the Jagellons at the end of the 15th century, but a major fire in 1541 necessitated yet more rebuilding.

The Spanish Hall was added during the reign of Rudolf II (1552-1612), and final alterations were made by Empress Maria Theresa (1717-1780).

After World War I, renovations to the castle buildings and to the Prague Castle Gardens were undertaken by the architect J. Plecnik.

In recent times, the exterior of St. Vitus Cathedral has been cleaned and now gleams in the sunlight, while the stone courtyards have been renovated.



Prague Castle is the official residence and office of the President of the Czech Republic.

A Changing of the Guard ceremony at the main gates reflects this. It takes place every day at midday, all year round, and includes a fanfare and banner exchange.

Christmas markets and Easter markets are held on the square in front of St. George's Basilica.



Security checks at Prague Castle can result in lengthy queues, with waiting times of between 10 and 50 minutes.

Despite what you may read elsewhere, it is NOT possible to 'skip the line' at the castle unless you are the president! ALL visitors must wait in line.

However, there are several entrances to Prague Castle, and if you book a Prague Castle Tour or Prague Tour, your guide will lead you through the one with the shortest queue.

currency informationCURRENCY GUIDE
GBP exchange rate£1 = 27 CZK
Euro exchange rate€1 = 24 CZK
US Dollar exchange rate$1 = 22 CZK
ticket price informationTICKET PRICES
250 CZK Adult
125 CZK Student
125 CZK Child

500 CZK Family
(2 Adults + 1-5 Children)

6-16yrs: child price
0-5yrs: free
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