The symbol of the Czech state has been the most important Czech landmark for ages; Prague Castle is also one of the country’s leading cultural institutions. The castle was probably founded around the year 880 by Prince Bořivoj of the Přemyslid dynasty. The Guinness Book of World Records lists Prague Castle as the largest castle complex in the world (covering an area of nearly 70,000 m²); the castle is also inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The castle is composed of a vast complex of palaces and Church buildings in a variety of architectural styles – from 10th–century Romanesque buildings to Gothic reconstructions from the 14th century, the work of renowned Slovenian architect Josip Plečnik during the First Republic up to the latest changes from the end of the 20th century.
The access to Prague Castle complex is easy. There are several tram stops nearby (Královský letohrádek, Pražský hrad, Pohořelec) and also two metro stations (Malostranská, Hradčanská). The visitors use mostly tram No. 22 (stop called Pražský hrad). Then they leave the Castle through the Old Castle Stairs to metro station Malostranská.
The most important monuments of Prague Castle are included in PRAGUE CITY PASS: Old Royal Palace with Vladislav Hall, St. George's Basilica, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower, St. Vitus Cathedral.
Prague Castle – Information Centre
119 08 Praha 1
Phone: +420 224 372 423, +420 224 372 434
Summer Tourist Season (1. 4. – 31. 10.)
Prague Castle complex – daily 5:00am – 12.00pm
Premises requiring tickets – daily 9.00am – 5.00pm
(St. Vitus Cathedral – Katedrála sv. Víta – on Sunday after worship from 12.00am, last entry 4.40pm, Great South Tower of St. Vitus Cathedral daily 10.00am – 6.00pm, last entry 5.30pm).
Winter Tourist Season (1. 11. – 31. 3.)
Prague Castle complex – daily 6.00am – 11.00pm
Premises requiring tickets – daily (except December 24) 9.00am – 4.00pm
(St. Vitus Cathedral – Katedrála sv. Víta – on Sunday after worship from 12.00am, last entry 3.40pm, Great South Tower of St. Vitus Cathedral daily 10.00am – 5.00pm, last entry 4.30pm).