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Prague Castle, Prague

Categories: Historic Walking Areas, Castles, Tourist Spots
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Looming above the left bank of the Vltava River, Prague Castle claims status as the largest castle complex in the world. Dating back to the ninth century, the imposing structure occupies nearly 70,000 sq m (753,000 sq ft), its grounds so big they include four churches and four palaces, as well as five different gardens. Once the seat of power for kings of Bohemia and Holy Roman emperors, the castle now serves as the official residence of the country's president. The structure has undergone four major reconstructions since the 12th century, and its blend of architectural styles earned it a spot on the World Heritage List. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Prague Castle and many more Prague attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Prague trip itinerary planner.
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  • It is a good climb walking but you can take buses. Castle big, with good views of the city. tired to see and explore,
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  • The gardens, white peacocks, and the palace are all beautiful. With a nice little walk through the grounds, you can discover some really cool sculptures and nicely manicured gardens. At the palace, th...  read more »
  • Great place to learn the history of Prague. A lot of sub areas within the castle, like St. Vita church, Golden Lane, etc. Walking there felt like being in medieval era. 
  • This castle is huge with so many parts to see that it could take you days to get around, the crowds don't help either with lines to get into some of the buildings. We arrived just prior to the changing of the guards and around ten minutes prior if you walk up the road from the castle gates you can see quite a few of the guards leave their quarters and march down the road into another entry and the good thing is that there are few tourists around as they are all waiting at the castle gates. Getting a good view of the changing of the guards isn't easy unless you get there early but if you stand to the left of the gates (when looking at the entry) and get to the front you will get a really good side on view. Next time we'll spend more time there and pay to visit parts of the castle but you can see a lot without having to pay. To save walking uphill and all those stairs we took the funicular tram to the top and walked around the park and walked down towards the main gates. There are a lot of steps down and it can be slippery in areas in the park so you can use the road instead which is an easier walk. Visited September 2014
  • Packed with tourists (for good reason), but a very pleasant area to visit with perfect views of Prague. It has some very nice garden areas, some are free, some pay to enter. There are plenty of exhibits which are worth considering visiting here. You can get by with a quick visit in an hour or two, or spend the whole day there if you don't mind paying for the museums, etc.
  • Absolutely beautiful. The gardens close as a specific time, so be sure to find out and walk those first! Additionally, take the small dirt path down into the woods! There is a nature walk that is very scenic and well groomed.
  • We visited the cathedral inside the castle walls. It's as beautiful outside as it's inside, but it was so crowded of tourists that we could barely see what's inside. There is no explanation of anything. The castle itself was closed to the public even if we payed for visiting it in advance. Things are exposed without any apparent sense and with no explanation. Some things look like are there temporarily... The most interesting thing to visit inside the castle complex is the golden lane. It's beautiful and very interesting. You can find a huge number of tiny shops selling typical objects. We enjoyed also the toys museum which is a private collection, but it really worth the cost of the ticket. Once there take a look at the royal gardens which are impressively relaxing.
  • This Prague Castle is definitely one of the top attraction in Prague. Dating back to the 9th century, this place was firstly founded by Prince Bořivoj of the Přemyslid Dynasty. The first building that was erected here is the Church of the Virgin Mary of which only remnants can be seen today. According to the Guinness Book of Records, this is the largest ancient castle in the world. You may find various churches, historical buildings and interesting museums inside this castle complex: Old Royal Palace, Saint George's Basilica, also the magnificent Saint Vitus Cathedral. This place was a seat of power for kings of Bohemia and Holy Roman emperors. Today it's the official residence of the president Czech Republic.
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