Prague Castle

This is a detailed tour of Prague Castle, the largest castle complex of Europe and the oldest center of power as well. We will reach the castle hill by tram. We will first walk through the Royal garden of the Castle, seeing the Renaissance Royal Summer House, the Great Ball Game Hall, enjoying a great view of the city and the Cathedral of St. Vitus along the way. Walking through a smaller garden, the Garden on the Bastion, we will come to Hradcany Square and find ourselves standing in front of the first courtyard. Here I will give you a brief overview of the Castle history and then we will continue through the first and second courtyards to the Cathedral of St. Vitus, a marvelous Gothic church, a symbol of the Czech statehood. You will see the burial chapel of St. Wenceslas, the leading patron saint of this country, the royal crypt, a resting place of several Bohemian kings and two Holy Roman Emperors, the silver tomb of St. John of Nepomuk and more. Those who do not mind climbing 287 steps and are not afraid of heights can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city from the Cathedral’s Southern tower. After crossing the third courtyard we will enter the Old Royal Palace and will soon find ourselves in the Wladislas Hall, an incredible late Gothic, 62 meters long hall which was in the past used as a throne hall, but also for jousts. I will take you to the office of the Czech chancellory, where you will have a chance to see the “defenestration window”, out of which in 1618 two Catholic governors were thrown down by protestant rebels. Now our steps will lead us to the Powder tower, an original artillery tower from the end of the 15th century and then to the Basilica of St. George, the second oldest church at the castle, originally built at the beginning of the 10th century. Inside we can admire a sober Romanesque space with fragments of early and late Gothic frescoes on the walls. Our next visit will be paid to the Golden Lane, a narrow romantic street with picturesque tiny houses in which in the past goldsmiths, castle guards and later some artists lived. Today you can buy souvenirs, handicraft, jewellery etc. in shops inside the houses. You can also visit the White tower, once a hard?? prison. There are the torture chamber, shops with replicas of old weapons and historic clothes displayed inside. After leaving the Golden Lane we will see another tower – Daliborka, originally a part of the Northern fortification system, used as a prison as well. We will continue through the courtyard of the Highest Burgrave Palace, through the gate of the Black tower, the only Romanesque tower from the 12th century preserved at the Castle. In front of the Eastern gate, in the past an execution place, our tour ends. From here you can descend the Old Castle steps and then take a tram or metro to the Old Town or you can walk to the Little Town.

From Apr. 1st till Oct. 31st we will be able to walk around the Royal Garden as well as the Garden on the Ramparts (southern side of the Castle). Nov. 1st till March 31st the gardens are closed.

Duration: 3 hours

Group size (price per group)
1-2 3-6 7 and more
Guiding 1700 CZK 2000 CZK 2300 CZK

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Terms and conditions

Admission:
Castle:
Long tour (incl. Old Royal Palace, exhibition Story of Prague Castle, Basilika of St. George, Convent of St. George (exibitions of the National Gallery), Powder Tower, Golden Lane and Daliborka Tower, Prague Castle Picture Gallery):
350 CZK CZK (adults) | 175 CZK (seniors, students)

Short tour (incl. Old Royal Palace, Basilika of St. George, Golden Lane and Daliborka Tower):
250 CZK (adults) | 125 CZK (seniors, students)