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Prague Castle

The world’s largest ancient castle, this imposing Gothic fortress overlooks the river Vltava and the rest of the city.

Chequered history

Prague Castle is a 70,000m² complex of churches, palaces, halls, towers and gardens, and has been the seat of power for Bohemian Kings, Holy Roman Emperors and Czech presidents. The castle has a long history. The now ruined Church of the Virgin Mary was first built on the site in 870 AD; its oldest surviving building is the Basilica of St. George, founded in 920.

Having weathered a number of wars and a great fire in 1451, the castle has undergone a number of renovations and rebuildings. Its architectural styles span a millennium, including wonderful examples of Gothic and Romanesque, and the castle houses several museums including the National Gallery collection of Bohemian art in St. George’s Basilica.


Relics of Bohemia

Another highlight is the Czech Crown Jewels in St. Vitus’ Cathedral; some of the oldest Crown Jewels in Europe, they include the Crown of Saint Wenceslas. During the Nazi occupation Reinhard Heydrich, the ‘Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia’ who took the castle as his headquarters, was rumoured to have worn the crown; an ancient legend states that any usurper who does so will die within a year and sure enough, Heydrich was killed eight months later.

Today, the castle is the seat of Miloš Zeman, the Czech president and current head of state. His state rooms are open the first Saturday after 8 May every year. The castle is also host to numerous concerts and shows each year in its Spanish Hall, and outside St. Vitus on the Terrace of the Riding School.

Nearby Attractions

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Church of St. Nicholas
The very best of Prague Baroque, in the heart of the city's Lesser Town.
John Lennon Wall
Covered with Lennon-inspired graffiti, this wall has stood as a symbol of love, peace and hope even through the Communist regime.
Lesser Quarter
On the left bank of the River Vltava, Prague's Malá Strana is one of its most historic and beautiful areas, dominated by Baroque buildings.
Nerudova Street
Leading from the Lesser Town Square to Prague Castle, this street boasts many a lovely façade.
Mánes Bridge
The Vltava's ninth bridge connects the Rudolfinum with the Lesser Quarter, and embodies the spirit of Czech Modernism.
St Vitus Cathedral
A stunning masterpiece of Gothic architecture designed by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV.

Related Tours

Prague Private Full Day Highlights Tour inc Tickets
Visit the most iconic and impressive areas of Prague, with your expert city guide informing you of the complex history, culture, and revolutionary ideas for which this great city is famous. 

  • Commence your tour in Old Town Square, where you will find the medieval Astronomical Clock 
  • Explore the Jewish quarter, originating in the tenth century 
  • Learn about Prague's Art Nouveau movement, see Wenceslas Square 
  • Cross the stunning Charles Bridge, as you head towards Mala Strana 
  • Enter Prague Castle, snap pictures of the fine architecture, and learn about Charles IV 
  • Discover the variety of artistic and cultural treasures inside the castles collection of historic buildings, museums, and galleries 
  • After your tour, enjoy an evening cruise of the Danube River.
Medieval Prague 

Your tour will start in one of Prague’s busiest areas; Old Town Square, where you will learn about the religious symbolism of the the medieval Astronomical Clock and its fascinating historical influences. You will then move on to explore an integral part of Prague- the Jewish community- whose history and influence dates back to the tenth century. 

Art Nouveau  

You will then venture on to explore Prague’s unique Art Nouveau movement, which sprung up at the beginning of the 20th century, and brought about a copious wave of intellectual insight. Beautiful examples of Art Nouveau are displayed throughout the splendid Wenceslas Square, in the centre New Town, where your expert city guide will help you understand this fascinating art movement.  You will have ample time to stop at a local eatery to have a chance to relax and sample some of the delicious traditional Czech fare on offer. 

Magnificent Prague Castle

Your stroll will continue to Malá Strana, but before entering Prague’s Lesser Side. Later, you will discover the life and times of the enigmatic Charles IV, the 14th century Holy Roman Emperor, as you enter Prague Castle. 

Looming above the Vltava's left bank, with its many beautiful fairytale-like spires and towers, the awe-inspiring Prague Castle is one of the most famous and imposing buildings in Europe. Within its walls lie a fascinating collection of historic buildings, museums and galleries that are home to some of the Czech Republic's greatest artistic and cultural treasures.

After a full day spent exploring the city, your guide will drop you off for an hour river cruise (tickets included) of the majestic Danube River. 
Private Half-Day Highlights of Prague
On this comprehensive half day tour your expert city guide will be helping you to uncover the soul of Prague in just four hours. 

  • Commence your tour at the Old Town Square, pass by the medieval Astronomical Clock 
  • Walk across the beautiful Charles Bridge, which offers views of the city 
  • Explore the Lesser Quarter of Prague 
  • Learn about the architectural influences behind the iconic medieval Nerudova Street 
  • Journey towards Prague Castle and snap photos of the exterior
  • Learn about the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV
Medieval Prague

Your tour will begin in the heart of Prague, Old Town Square, where you will learn about the religious symbolism of the absolutely stunning medieval Astronomical Clock and its longstanding historical influences. Journeying inside the Old Town will help you to get a sense of what ‘Old Prague’ must have been like 500 years ago. 

You will feel absolutely immersed in the layers of history and cultural influences that are around every corner. Indeed your expert city guide will be more than happy to field any questions you may have on the history of this great city and the changes it saw, set in motion by the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV. 

Magnificent Prague Castle

Crossing over to the Lesser Quarter of Prague, you will take a moment at the 14th century Charles Bridge to enjoy the magnificent views over the Vltava and the rest of the city. This Gothic masterpiece was key in creating Prague’s New Town area, as it linked the established parts of Prague with new innovation and development. Later, you will endeavour to decipher the architectural influences behind the iconic medieval Nerudova Street, as you journey to the awe-inspiring Prague Castle. 

Looming above the Vltava's left bank, with its many beautiful fairytale like spires and towers, the stunning Prague Castle is one of the most famous and imposing buildings in Europe. Within its walls lies a fascinating collection of historic buildings, museums and galleries that are home to some of the Czech Republic's greatest artistic and cultural treasures. Indeed Prague Castle is an absolute must for anyone visiting the Czech Republic.
The Prague Castle Private Tour
In this comprehensive three hour walking tour you will endeavour to uncover the fascinating history of one of  Prague’s most visited attractions- Prague Castle. On this tour, you will:

  • Cross over the stunning Charles Bridge 
  • Explore the exteriors and interiors of the Prague Castle 
  • Learn about the Czech monarchy and their architecture 
  • Visit the collection of buildings, museums and galleries at the castle 
  • Enjoy breathtaking views over Charles Bridge and the Vltava river, as well as Prague's Old Town
Fairytale Castle

Prague Castle looms above the Vltava's left bank, with its many beautiful fairytale like spires and towers. Within its walls lies a fascinating collection of historic buildings, museums and galleries that are home to some of the Czech Republic's greatest artistic and cultural treasures. Indeed Prague Castle is an absolute must for anyone visiting the Czech Republic.

Facets of Prague Castle

The castle has long been the seat of Czech monarchs as well as the official residence of the head of state. Its construction has been on a monumental scale and is famed across Europe; with Prince Bořivoj founding a fortified settlement here in the 9th century. It grew sporadically as monarchs made their own additions to the castle complex. There have been four major reconstructions, from that of Prince Soběslav in the 12th century to a classical facelift under Empress Maria Theresa (r 1740–80). 

Your expert city guide will help you to unravel the fascinating history of this enigmatic building in the heart of Prague. The Castle also provides a breathtaking, royal view over Charles Bridge, the Vltava river and the rest of Prague. Exploring the Castle complex will help us to discover more about the fascinating life of the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV, and his contributions to his Empire. 

Please note in the summer months, even with skip-the-line tickets, there are still queues which cannot be avoided.
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