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Prague Castle: Small Group Tour with Local Guide & Admission

Duration: 3 hours
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Discover the awe-inspiring splendor of the Prague Castle on a 3-hour guided tour. Breeze through the castle entrance by using the shortest security…

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5 facts about Prague Castle

This sprawling UNESCO World Heritage Site was once the seat of the ancient Kings of Bohemia. Today, it is the most significant Czech monument and an important cultural institution in the Czech Republic. Here are some interesting factual tidbits about this Central European marvel.

The largest castle complex in the world!

The largest castle complex in the world!

With an area of about 215,000 ft² (over 18 acres!), Prague Castle is the largest medieval castle in the world!

St. Vitus Cathedral

St. Vitus Cathedral

Housed within the castle complex is the magnificent St. Vitus Cathedral. An amazing example of Gothic architecture, it remains one of the most important churches in the country.

Different architectural styles

Different architectural styles

Due to hundreds of years of political changeovers and ever-shifting cultural influences, the castle complex features broad mix of architectural styles, from Romanesque to ornate Baroque.

Prague Castle Orchestra

Prague Castle Orchestra

This small musical group (not in fact a full orchestra in residence) play outside the gates of the castle regularly for tourists and are worth hearing on your visit!

Changing of the guard

Changing of the guard

As Prague Castle is the official residence and office of the President of the Czech Republic, a Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place each day on the hour.

Our insider tips

What are the opening hours?

The opening times vary throughout the year, so be sure to check the website before you visit. The Courtyards are open Apr-Oct: Daily 5:00AM - Midnight; Nov - Mar: Daily: 6:00AM - 11:00PM. Prague Castle Buildings (Interiors): Apr - Oct: Daily 9:00AM - 5:00PM; Nov - Mar: Daily 9:00AM-4:00PM.

Do I need to take a tour?

With the castle complex being so large and so much housed within it, tours are advised. You can go on a guided tour, or take an audio tour and enjoy discovering the castle for yourself.

How much does it cost?

There are different ticket options depending on how much of the castle complex you want to see. The most extensive option, which they call Circuit A, costs 350 CZK (about 15 US dollars). The discounted price for youth and seniors is 175 CZK and family admission is 700 CZK.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Varies depending on the season. The Courtyards are open in the summer from 5AM until midnight. The castle buildings are open during typical work hours (9-5). The winter hours are only slightly more limited.
  • Is it expensive?
    It is free to wander around the Courtyards. Entrance tickets vary.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Check out our tours to find the best fit for your excursion.
  • How to get there
    If you want to go by foot, prepare for a scenic but quite steep trek uphill. To save your calves, you can take tram 22 to Pražský hrad and leave by metro from Malostranská station.
  • Additional information
    Want to snap some photos inside the castle buildings? Make sure to purchase a photography license from the ticket stand.

What people are saying about Prague Castle

Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 9,217 reviews

Best experience of our trip to Prague was the Castle Tour with Petra!

What can I say that would do justice to our Prague Castle tour with Petra? It was the best of all experiences during our week long stay in Prague. My wife and I wanted to have Petra for our entire stay in Prague. She was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the Castle and Prague in general. She had our private and small tour group incredibly engaged. Our tour group was multi-national and she spoke to each one of us. Her English was perfect, she had a great personality and was very fun and funny! We learned so much about Prague and she left us with a fantastic impression of the city and its people.

Simple way to get into the Palace and Prague Castle

We were told by a walking tour guide that we need not have paid for entry to the Castle since so much of it is free to look through, but we found the tickets to the 5 buildings worth it - especially to get out of the cold for a while! We had no trouble exchanging out voucher for tickets at the Palace.

Excellent experience and super tour guide.

Petra was the best. She provided great info about the castle and history not shared in the audio your or if going by yourself. Definitely worth the price.

Comprehensive and informative tour of Prague

Tour guide is excellent in keeping his audience interested, entertained and informed. The tour involves a lot of walking so I really suggest to wear comfortable shoes!

Fantastic tour if limited to time and dont want to miss anything

Fantastic tour if your limited to time or as an introduction to the city as further points of interest and things to do are pointed out. Covers a lot of ground quickly with a charming, enthusiastic, knowledgable guide. He wont lose you as he has a trusty baby terminator. Great tour, lot of ground and facts covered.

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