Prague Castle (Czech: Pražský hrad; [ˈpraʃskiː ˈɦrat]) is a castle complex in Prague , Czech Republic , built in the 9th century. It is the official office of the President of the Czech Republic . The castle was a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia.
Today Prague Castle , besides being the seat of the head of state, is also an important cultural and historical monument. The Crown Jewels are kept at Prague Castle , as are the relics of Bohemian kings, precious Christian relics, art treasures and historical documents.
Prague Castle was most likely founded in around 880 by Prince Bořivoj of the Premyslid Dynasty (Přemyslovci). According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world , with an area of almost 70,000 m².
287 steps , all worth it. – Prague Castle .
Entry to castle courtyards, gardens and to the nave of Cathedral of St Vitus is free. There are four types of tickets . Most expensive one is for 350 CZK (adult) or 520 CZK (family) allowing you see everything or just choose where you want to go and buy an appropriate ticket.
While it’s free to roam the castle grounds, there IS a Prague Castle entrance fee if you want to visit the various buildings on the complex. The Prague Castle entrance fee is broken down into circuits and only covers self-guided tours.
Top 10 Things to Avoid in Prague Sightseeing. Wasting Time Waiting for the Cuckoo. Charles Bridge in the Middle of the Day. Getting around. Getting Pickpocketed on the 22 Tram. Getting Ripped off by Taxis. Shopping and money. Tacky Souvenir Shops. Rip-off Exchange Offices. U Fleku’s Pushy Waiters. Wenceslas Square Sausages. Restaurants on Old Town Square.
Prague is famous for well-preserved castles, Baroque and Gothic cathedrals, medieval squares, dreamy bridges, nightlife spots, and a lively arts scene. It’s known for its centuries of history and cultural heritage, where the medieval heart of Europe can be felt in its cobblestone streets.
Entire visit of Prague Castle is free of charge.
Prague can be a very cheap city to visit but it can also be very expensive . It depends where you pull out your wallet. Because there are so many tourists and almost all of them visit the same few sites, it is just good business sense for a shop or restaurant owner to raise their prices and collect as much as they can.
To really see Prague, it’s best to visit for four to five days . That will allow you to see all the main sites and get a sense of the city’s culture.
Probably the oldest and largest castle in the world is the Citadel of Aleppo located in the very old city of Aleppo, Syria, built around 3000 BC.
You should allow 2-3 hours at minimum for visiting Prague Castle. However, if you find that you want to follow the audio tour, seeing the Prague Castle Complex may take longer.
The access to Prague Castle complex is easy. There are several tram stops nearby ( Královský letohrádek , Pražský hrad , Pohořelec) and also two metro stations ( Malostranská , Hradčanská ). The visitors use mostly tram No. 22 (stop called Pražský hrad ) – option 1.
Tipping in the Czech Republic is commonly expected. Foreign visitors are often expected to tip at least 10%. (N.B. This practice holds true mainly in Prague and leading tourist “meccas” such as Cesky Krumlov, not in the general countryside, where foreigners are not expected to do anything more than locals.)