Some time ago I told you about Prague and everything you can do. Today I want you to see why you should visit Prague Castle.
When I went I didn’t find as much information as I wanted. So this article is what I would have found before I traveled. I hope it serves 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 a lot of other information that will be useful to you.
the capital of the Czech Republic is a city with lots of history, architecture, art and places to see. One of them and almost obligatory is to visit Prague Castle.
In its original language this castle is known as Pražský hrad, considered the largest fortress in the world. At the same time, it bears witness to Prague’s historical past as a cultural and religious centre, but also as an administrative centre.
Prague Castle is not the kind of castle we all know. Rather, it is an architectural ensemble of several palaces and administrative and religious buildings that are distributed in several streets.
Enter almost “Free”
Well, let me get this straight. It’s not free… free.
You can’t enter the castle for free unless you’re under 6, but there is a way to pay very little.
If you buy the Prague Card you won’t have to pay the entrance fee to the castle.
This card allows you to do a river cruise or use the tourist bus. In addition you can enter many other sites such as the 5 synagogues of the Jewish Quarter; the cathedral of St. Vitus; the museum of Prague and many others.
Other ways to enter the castle
In addition to the Prague Card there are other alternative ways you can use to enter Prague Castle for a good price or with many benefits.
You can buy the general ticket for the castle on this website and you will pay less than elsewhere.
Entrance with guided tour
I am always of the idea and recommendation that if you can go to a site with someone to explain what you will see is much better. It becomes a journey you don’t forget. You’ll really remember everything and enjoy it a lot more.
You can make 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 guide at a very good price
If you are interested in going with a guide and that includes the entrance to the castle but do not want to spend much I recommend this tour because the price is the best you can find.
History of Prague Castle
Pražský hrad or Prague Castle was founded in the 9th century by the prince Bořivoj. First a primitive construction was made of wood, but later thanks to the monarch Soběslav I was added a stone.
Centuries later, Prague Castle became the home of the Bohemian kings and the castle district or Hradcany was built around it. Because the houses of court workers and servants were built near the walls. But the houses of the artisans, who were at the service of the royal family, were also built.
Over the years, the residences of the largest aristocratic families were also built near the castle. So today, it is possible to see nearby the great palaces and houses of lords.
Some interesting facts about Prague Castle
Jewellery Within Prague Castle are kept the jewellery of the Crown of Bohemia. World Heritage In 1962, this castle was declared a National Monument. The measures of the old royal palace are quite surprising, as they are 130 m wide and 570 m long.Nazi barracks Prague Castle was the 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. Lighting Every day, the castle is lit at dusk and until midnight, in summer even until later. Of the things to see in Prague, one of them undoubtedly is to see the image of the set of houses and palaces illuminated Change of Guard Every day at 12 noon the change of guard takes place in front of the entrance of the Royal Palace. This is done with a military parade and music, at o’clock hours is also made a change of guard but much simpler. Restaurants Please note that although there are restaurants inside the castle, these are too expensive. So it’s not advisable to eat at them, unless your budget is very flexible.
What to do when visiting Prague Castle
Prague Castle is one of the most important and recognised monuments in the Czech Republic. This is a tourist attraction in Prague which, in addition to being impressive, is also the one with the most visitors.
If you want to visit Prague Castle I recommend that you devote a few hours to do so.
So it is necessary to organize your time well so that you can go through it completely and know what ticket to buy. Depending on the monuments you wish 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 see, among them we have:
The most important religious building in the Czech Republic, the beautiful St. Vitus Cathedral. This was the most common setting for the coronation of Bohemian kings for years. Inside you can see many works of art, such as their stained glass windows, royal jewels and the Royal Oratory. His most important piece is the Crown of St. Wenceslas, an object very well decorated, but carrying 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 condemned to death for having helped the slaves who had rebelled against vinales of the fifteenth century. In prison he got a violin, which he played from his cell beautiful melodies for the inhabitants of Prague. They thanked him by bringing him food, and in fear of a popular revolution by killing him in public, the nobles killed him in his cell. The structure filled with the best private art collections in the country, the Lobkowitz Palace. This palace has works by Velázquez, Rubens and Canaletto, the popular Callejón del Oro, which has beautiful and small colorful houses. It is one of the most picturesque landscapes of 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 St. George, 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 you walk up from the Malá Strana district.
You must follow the stairs, which show you the silhouette of the great ensemble up to the top.
You will surely find this path if you follow the signs when you leave Malostranská metro station.
Timetables and prices
If you want to visit Prague Castle you have to bear in mind that it is not open all day and the timetables 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 places within the complex varies throughout the year.
The castle complex is open every day from 6 am to 10 pm.
But with the sights inside the complex it’s a little different. From April 1st to October 31st, they are open every day from 9am to 5pm.
From 1 November to 31 March they are open every day from 9 am to 4 pm.
In a nutshell:
1 April to 31 October: 9 to 171 November to 31 March: 9 to 16
The prices depend on the circuit you will choose. For example:
It includes the Royal Palace, the exhibition of the History of Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Golden Alley, St. George’s Basilica, Rosenberg Palace and Powder Tower.
For adults the price is 350 CZK, while for over 65s, students (up to 26 years) and children between 6 and 16 years the value is 175 CZK.
On the other hand, for children under 6 years old and people with disabilities the entrance is free.
It includes the Royal Palace, St. Vitus Cathedral, Golden Alley, St. George’s Basilica and Daliborka Tower.
The price for adults is 250 CZK, while for over 65s, students (up to 26 years) and children between 6 and 16 years the value is 125 CZK.
Children under the age of 6 and people with disabilities can enter free of charge.
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 65s, students (up to 26 years) and children between 6 and 16 years the value is 175 CZK.
As in previous cases, children under 6 years of age and people with disabilities do not pay entrance fees.
Please note 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 offices that are distributed throughout the complex.