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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 Prague Castle on a 3-hour guided tour. Breeze through the castle entrance by using the shortest security line…

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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
4.5 / 5
based on 10,982 reviews

Great Prague Castle complex tour w/headset and 4 building interiors!

Maricella was an excellent tour guide! She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and kept the tour moving and helped us see many things in the castle complex. I was very happy I chose this tour because it was easy to find the group at the meeting spot, and we appreciated that the tram ride up the hill and the interior tickets were included in the price. It was easy to hear her because of the headsets they provided, and she gave a running commentary the entire time.

Great way to explore the castle and surrounds

We only wanted to do one organised tour in Prague and chose this one as we knew there was so much to see around the Prague castle / Charles Bridge and wanted to make sure we didn't miss anything. A great way to get information about the history of the country and the stories behind the castle. Our guide was great (sorry, can't spell his name!). Definitely recommend.

Great intro to the city and entertaining guide

This was a great tour to do on my first day. Guide was also knowledgeable and very entertaining. Only reason I did not give 5 stars was I booked the option with hotel transfers while there was a hotel pick up there was no drop off. Not a big deal but would have been good to be given a map to find my way back to the hotel.

Matena (English Guide) went above & beyond!!! INCREDIBLE! WOW

Our English Guide Matena was amazing!! We've never seen such a great guide go out of her way to help her clients! She even met us the following day to deliver a castle book we wanted but the vendor was unavailable on our tour day. TOP NOTCH. Fun! I wish we got to see more castle rooms on the tour.

Extremely knowledgeable guide kept things interesting for the 3 hours

Guide was excellent. Very knowledgeable and entertaining. Gave the group a well timed break in the middle of the tour for bathroom and refreshments. The “skip the line” tickets saved a huge amount of time and headache as ticket queues were extemely long. Highly recommended!

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