119 08 Prague, Czech Republic
Prague 1 - Hradcany
tel: +420 224 373 368
fax: + 420 224 37 3238
Daily, Apr 1-Oct 31 9-18; Nov 1-Mar 31 9-16
NileGuide Expert tip:
If you really want to explore all that the Prague Castle has to offer, expect to spend most of the day there. Limited tickets are available, though, so you can choose to visit only those areas you are most interested in.
The Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) is the largest castle complex in the world and one of the most important cultural sites in the Czech Republic. Founded in the 9th century as a wooden fortress, it expanded to include a palace, three churches, and a monastery. Extensive renovations took place in the early 20th century and again after the Velvet Revolution. Over the course of its many face-lifts, the castle has taken on Baroque, Gothic, and Neo-Gothic qualities. The complex includes three courtyards, in which you can find such important sites as St. Vitus Cathedral, Mihulka Powder Tower, and St. George's Basilica, among others. The ceremony of the changing of the guard takes place every hour; at noon, some fanfare accompanies this ceremony. The Prague Castle currently houses the Czech President and is the seat of Czech political power.