"Prague Castle" Castle Tip by Paul2001

Castle, Prague: 261 reviews and 477 photos

  Prague Castle as seen from the Charles Bridge
by Paul2001
 
 

The Prague Castle or the hrad as the locals call it, is a premiere attraction for visitors touring Prague. This place is huge and covers over 38 hectares. Therefore as you might expect, it take a long time to see all of the castle if you so choose. You might has well since you have spent a lot of money to get in. To see the Cathedral of St. Vitus, the Golden Lane, St. George Basilica and Convent, the Powder Tower and Old Royal Palace will set you back 220Kcs ($9.00US). That is expensive by Czech standards however it is worth for this the one site in Prague that will not disappoint.
The castles begins it's history in the 9th century. During that time it was no more than a few houses and some wooden battlements built on a hill over looking the Vltava River. However over the centuries with each passing ruler and empire there have been many additions and restorations. Hence the castle has a wide range of architectual styles. It is also why there is so much to take in. Firstly there is the St. Vitus Cathedral, probably the most important in the Czech Republic. Then there is the St. George Basilica and Convent which houses a large collection of Czech painting. There is the famed Golden Lane, a collection of old houses and shops on a side street. Finally there is the Old Royal Palace and the very interesting museum underneath dedicated to the history of Prague Castle. This latter attraction has just recently been opened and some guidebooks do not mention it. These attraction are actually the ones included in the price of your ticket. It is actually possible to wander the grounds for free and admire the architecture and gardens in the process. The castle museums are open daily from 9am to 5pm however you have access to the grounds until 11pm. Come after dark and you will find that it is very romantic.
Finally a warning. This place is saturated with tourists. I came early but still by 10am the tourist hordes had arrived. Prepare to battle for elbow room.

Address: Prazsky hrad
Directions: North of the Hradcany district
Phone: 224-373-368
Website: http://old.hrad.cz/

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  • Updated Oct 22, 2005
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