With an area of almost 70,000 square metre, Prague Castle is listed in the Guiness Book of Records as the largest ancient castle in the world. It is also the workplace of the President of the Republic and the seat of the Presidency.
Operating hours (area of Prague Castle) :
0500 to 2400 from Apr 1 to Oct 31
0600 to 2300 from Nov 1 to Mar 31
Operating hours of historical monuments
0900 to 1800 from Apr 1 to Oct 31
0900 to 1600 from Nov 1 to Mar 31
Entrance fee to the area of Prague Castle : Free
Entrance fees to the Historical premises
Circuit A (350 CZK) – covers St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, exhibition The Story of Prague Castle, St. George’s Basilica, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower, Powder Tower, Rosenberg Palace
Circuit B (250 CZK) – covers St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower
Circuit C (350 CZK) – covers Exhibition The Treasure of St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague Castle Picture Gallery
The tickets are valid for 2 days, and are sold in Information Centres in the second and third courtyards.
Audio guides providing detailed information about both the exteriors and interiors of Prague Castle can be rented at the 2nd and 3rd courtyard. The recording lasts more than 3 hours.
Audio guide rental price : 3 hours 350 CZK and 1 day 450 CZK
For a layout plan of the castle and a brief description of the various historical premises, visit the official website
Changing of Guards
The Changing of Guards ceremony takes place daily at 12pm in the first courtyard.
Getting there : Tram 22 (stop at Prazsky hrad)
For more information check out the official website
Tip : Wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking, and bring coins as you need to pay to use the toilets.
St. Vitus Cathedral
St Vitus Cathedral is the biggest and most important church in Czech Republic. Located within Prague Castle, it contains the tomb of many Bohemian Kings and Holy Roman Emperors. The Cathedral is also the national treasury which contains some of the most important symbols of Czech statehood, such as the Saint Wenceslas Crown or the Coronation Cross with relics of the passion of Christ.
November to March : 09.00 – 16.00 (Mon to Sat) and 12.00 – 16.00 (Sun)
April to October : 09.00 – 17.00 (Mon to Sat) and 12.00 – 17.00 (Sun)
The entrance fees are included in the Prague Castle entrance fees.
It is possible to climb up 287 steps to the look out gallery of the South Tower of the Cathedral to enjoy the view.
For more information please visit the official website