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The Prague Castle

The Prague Castle is over one thousand years old now and has been home to kings, emperors and presidents. It's an ancient symbol of the Czech lands, and is a significant Czech monument, and one of the most important cultural institutions in the Czech Republic. The Prague Castle will take your breath away, and not only because of its size, but because of its sheer beauty too. Although records are not clear as to who built it or exactly when, the Prague Castle was most likely built around 880AD by Prince Borivoj, of the Premyslid Dynasty.


Prague Castle Is The Largest Castle Complex In The World

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, with an area of almost 70,000 m². The Prague Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site, consisting of a collection of palaces and ecclesiastical buildings of various architectural styles. The architecture of the buildings within the complex range from Roman-style buildings dating from the 10th century, through Gothic styles of the 14th century. The famous Slovenian architect Josip Plecnik was responsible for extensive renovations during the time of the First Republic (1918 through 1938). Since the Velvet Revolution, the Prague Castle has undergone significant restoration and repairs, with ongoing repairs and reconstruction.


Prague Castle
Photo by Karel Jakubec


The Prague Castle is open daily:

5.00 - 24.00 in the summer season (April 1 - October 31)
6.00 - 23.00 in the winter season (November 1 - March 31)


Historical monuments are open daily except 24.12.

9.00 - 18.00 in the summer season (April 1 - October 31)
9.00 - 16.00 in the winter season (November 1 - March 31)


The ceremonial Changing of the Guard and the flag ceremony is a daily spectacle conducted at 12.00 in the first courtyard.


The Changing of the Guard by the Castle gates is on the hour, starting at 7.00 AM to 8:00 PM in the summer season, and on the hour from 7.00 AM until 6:00 PM during the winter season.



Rooms used by the Office of the President of the Czech Republic are open the first Saturday after May 8 as a rule. The gardens are freely accessible in the summer Season, April 1 through October 31.


There are restrictions placed on taking photographs or shooting video within Prague Castle. At the time of writing, photographing most building interiors required a permit costing CZK 50, and use of flash or a tripod was not permitted at all. Taking photographs or videos is prohibited in the permanent exhibition “The Story of Prague Castle”, located in Prague Castle Picture Gallery, as well as in the Convent of St. George.


While visiting the Prague Castle, I recommending using the service of the Information Centres of Prague Castle, located in the second and the third courtyards. They provide tours through Prague Castle guided by professional guides of Prague Castle Administration and include foreign language service, or you can use the Audioguide Service. Guided tours are available in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Russian.


More information about visiting Prague, or anywhere in the Czech Republic, or the Prague Castle specifically, is available by writing or emailing...
Department of Tourism
Pražský hrad
119 08 Praha 1, CZ
Phone: +420 224 37 3368
Fax: + 420 224 37 3238


I have been to Prague many times, mostly on business, when it was the capital of the still combined, communist era Czechoslovakia, and after the Velvet Revolution when Prague became the capital of the Czech Republic with Bratislava becoming the capital of the Repubic of Slovakia. While staying in Prague I recommend staying at Jalta Hotel Prague.


Jalta Hotel


The Jalta Hotel Prague is located on Wenceslas Square, which has a variety of shops and restaurants for travelers to peruse. This Prague hotel is near the commercial and the historic districts of the city. Guests will find that they are close to many of the tourist attractions and can visit Prague Castle and Charles Bridge. Many of the historical attractions are an easy walk from the Jalta Hotel Prague. Guests will also find that they can walk to the popular shopping areas.

The Jalta Hotel Prague has 89 rooms, all of which have air conditioning, private bathrooms, direct dial phones, satellite TV, mini bars, safes, hairdryers, Internet access, and more. Best, for a full service, beautiful hotel, right in the middle of everything anyone visiting Prague would want to see, room rates are very reasonable.

The Jalta Hotel Prague was built in 1958, and is classified as a cultural monument. Guests of the hotel will be able to enjoy the onsite bar that includes a casino and dine at the onsite restaurant. The hotel also has conference facilities that can accommodate 160 people. The hotel also has a fully equipped gym.Hopefully I'll see you there one of these days!


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