(Czech: Pražský hrad)
Top 17 of 162 things to do in Prague
Prague Castle is a castle complex, built in the 9th century and is the largest ancient castle in the world, occupying an area of almost 45 hectares. The castle was a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia.
The panoramic view of Prague Castle is one of the most spectacular in the world.
The castle buildings represent virtually every architectural style of the last millennium. Prague Castle includes Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral, Romanesque Basilica of St. George, a monastery and several palaces, gardens and defense towers. Most of the castle areas are open to tourists.
TOP reasons why every tourist should visit Prague Castle:
Historical significance - Prague Castle is not only the largest castle complex in the world, but it also has a history that spans more than a millennium. It was once the home of Czech kings, Holy Roman Emperors, and is now the residence of the President of the Republic. Each of the buildings and monuments within the castle grounds has a story to tell, bearing witness to the history of the Czech people.
Architecture and Art - Prague Castle is home to numerous architectural and artistic treasures that any history and culture lover should see. From the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral, to the Romanesque St. Georges Basilica, to the Baroque Queen Annes Summer Palace, there are many beautiful structures to marvel at within the castle walls.
Stunning Views - Situated atop a hill, Prague Castle offers breathtaking views of the entire city. From the terrace in front of St. Vitus Cathedral, visitors can take in not only the historic center of Prague, but also the Vltava River and surrounding hills.
Royal Garden - Within the castle complex lies the beautiful Royal Garden, which was founded back in the 16th century. It is the perfect place to relax and take a stroll amidst nature, in the heart of the city.
Cultural Events - Prague Castle hosts various cultural events throughout the year. For example, the International Music Festival "Prague Spring" is held here annually, as well as the Historical Celebrations at the Castle, which transport visitors back in time to when famous knight tournaments were held here.
Hradčany, Prague Castle, Prague
Suggested Duration: half day trip