|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 city 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 Czechia.
Prague Castle is not a single edifice, but a complex of buildings and open spaces covering some 7 hectares (18 acres). It is centred around three great courtyards and enclosed within huge castle walls.
An eventful history spanning differing political and religious forces, along with various rebuilding programmes following destructive wars and fires, have produced an intriguing mix of squares, buildings and fortifications. There are palaces, state apartments, great halls, churches, a monastery, viewing towers, and museums and art galleries.
The most prominent structure in the Prague Castle complex is St. Vitus Cathedral, the largest and most important temple in Prague. The coronation of medieval kings and queens was carried out here.
And dating from the 15th century is Golden Lane, where skilled artisans once lived and worked, providing vital goods and services for the inhabitants of Prague Castle. The mystical art of alchemy was practised here during the reign of Rudolf II (1552-1612)!
Visitors can enter the Prague Castle complex for free, walk around the courtyards, and admire the monuments from the outside.
To enter any of the buildings, you will need a self-guided ticket, which you can buy on the day at the castle (note: queues can be a quite lengthy).
However, to gain a true understanding of the history and significance of it all, we advise taking either a Prague Castle Tour or a citywide Prague tour which includes Prague Castle in the itinerary).
Another option is to attend a classical concert at Lobkowicz Palace.
HOW TO VISIT PRAGUE CASTLE:
1. Prague Castle Tours:
The Prague Castle Tour operates every day and includes a tram ride up to the castle.
Alternatively, experience the beauty of the castle at night on the Prague Castle by Night & Alchemy Tour.
2. Prague City Tours:
Most Prague city tours include a visit to Prague Castle in their itinerary. Participants on these tours are transported up to the castle by bus, then enjoy a full guided walking tour of the castle complex:
Prague Explorer Tour + Boat Trip
Prague City & Castle Tour + Boat Trip
Prague Historical Centre & Castle Tour + Boat Trip.
3. Self-Guided Prague Castle Tickets:
Make your own way, and buy a self-guided ticket at the castle. Arrive early to avoid the queues at the ticket office.
Ticket Price: 250 CZK. Audio Guide: 350 CZK.
4. Prague Castle Concerts:
A classical concert is a popular way to experience the grandeur of Prague Castle.
Lunchtime concerts are held at Lobkowicz Palace.
Concerts are popular and tickets are limited, so advance booking is required.
View listings and book Prague concert tickets.