St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague

Prague's finest example of Gothic architecture, St. Vitus Cathedral is the resting place of many saints, kings, princes, and archbishops. Located within the city's World Heritage-listed castle complex, the cathedral notably contains 14th-century mosaics and stained glass by artist Alfons Mucha. The biggest and most ornate of the cathedral's many side chapels features medieval frescoes depicting scenes from the life of Christ, as well as a hidden staircase leading to a chamber housing priceless Bohemian crown jewels. You may not be able to see the real jewels, which are famously protected by seven locks, but you can reward yourself with panoramic views of the city from the cathedral's south tower. Add St. Vitus Cathedral and other attractions to your Prague trip itinerary using our Prague trip planner.
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  • Pay the money for the ticket in because its breathtaking inside. The stained glass is something out of this world! You get get inside for free to a little section but to walk around you need the ticke...  more »
  • It was quite busy, everywhere we go back outside the season to be able to view everything than what calmer
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  • Of the city. Very beautiful stained glass Windows. Very great to visit especially if there are a lot of people. Impossible not to visit it. Is the center of the Prague Castle.
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  • One of the most beautiful cathedrals in all of Europe. A must-see upon any visit to the country. There is no cost to entering the building, you’ll get the chance to see beautiful stain glass windows and walk inside the front half of the building. If you want to walk all the way to the front of the cathedral and see some of the ornate work up close you will have to pay for the tour. If you enter through the side door of cathedral over by the mosaic on the side of the building you can pay a small fee to hike the tower. I think it was between $5-7 a person. It is a lot of steps up so make sure you’re up for the hike, but the top provides an amazing 360 degree view of the river and the city as well as an inside view of some of the bells and structure through some small glass windows in the tower. It’s a good stop near the beginning of the trip as a way to see attractions you’re interested in seeing from the view at the top and also to give you a feel of what the city looks like as a whole.
  • Beautiful, but pales in comparison to others in Europe. We had seen so many cathedrals in France, Italy, Germany and Holland, that this was pretty, but nothing memorable. It was even less memorable because the people in Prague are not traditionally religious and not really connected to this building either, which made it feel much less significant (unlike, for example, the reaction of Italians and tourists to places like St. Peter's - which has HUGE personal significance). The stained glass was definitely the highlight - truly a beautiful piece of art. This was my favourite part. If you are spending a few days in Prague, of course you would go and see it. Just maybe don't set your expectations super high.
  • The view from these grounds over Prague was something to be seen. Watching the royal guards march was surreal and the cathedral was very rich in history and design. It’s like a maze inside but worth the wait time to get in.
  • The view from these grounds over Prague was something to be seen. Watching the royal guards march was surreal and the cathedral was very rich in history and design. It’s like a maze inside but worth the wait time to get in.
  • Peaceful and religious + Beautiful architecture, huge in size. You can enter the church for free, but to walk all around the church you need to get a ticket. It's located almost within the castle, so you better plan the visit together, in addition to the Lobcowicz Palace (which requires a different kind of ticket) On more thing, the people that sells tickets for the entrance of the church and palace are very very rude, especially the guy that sells the tourist guide tickets.

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