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Prague Castle
Prague Castle

Prague Castle

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Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Castle or Palace
Ranked #3 in Prague things to do
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Prague 11908, Czech Republic
+420 224 373 368
https://www.hrad.cz/cs/prazsky-hrad-pro-navstevniky
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Perhaps the most beautiful sight east of Paris, Prague Castle was the original seat of power in Bohemia, the home of Czech royalty. The former royal compound is actually a series of castles, with a ... Read more
cathedral and several gardens and plazas at the center. If you visit during the day, make sure to catch the changing of the guard, which occurs every hour (the most spectacular of which takes place at noon). If you visit by night, be sure to appreciate the lighting design and beauty as you make your way up, and the spectacular view of Prague on your way down.

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Ottawa, Canada

The Prague Castle is beautiful both inside AND out and has some of the best views of the city below. You can easily spend an entire day on the grounds checking out each of the various buildings located on the property. There will always be crowds and a queue to get inside, but it is well worth it!

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Columbia, South Carolina, USA

The Prague Castle is beautiful and historic, yet packed. It is a must see in Prague but it will be so busy no matter what. I advise you to eat outside of the castle area since it is overpriced!

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Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA

One of my favorite spots in Prague. There a breathtaking view of the city and the inside the complex will have you spending hours exploring the intricate details of the 9th century.

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Local from Prague, Czech Republic

Prague Castle was most likely founded in around 880. According to the Guinness Book, the castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world.

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Kaiserslautern, Germany

Considered it more of a day hike! The views were amazing, the 300 winding stairs to the top of the bell tower were brutal but lead to amazing views. The queues were a bit long for me for the other aspects but it was a Saturday.

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Lincoln, Nebraska

Outstandingly beautiful. It is kept exactly the way it was built. You can explore the castle without even going in and still leave with a feeling of awe.

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Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, USA

Absolutely beautiful. A visit to this castle is a visit to the olden days. A must visit.

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Local from Prague, Czech Republic

Wonderful historic landmark....on the banks on the Vltava river. Must see in the exquisite city of Prague!

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Klang, Malaysia

Prague Castle is the official residence and office of the President of the Czech Republic, it was build in the 9th century. in each castle building, architectural style Romanessque, Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance and other years can be described as priceless treasures of Prague. The Guiness Book of Records lists Prague Castle as the largest ancient castle in the world.

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Glasgow, UK

A huge, sprawling complex of buildings, gardens, exhibitions and museums it is easy to spend an entire day here and still not see it all. Buy a combination ticket to get the best price and follow the numbers for the best route. One of the lesser visited parts of the complex is the Royal Garden which offers great views back to the castle and beautiful gardens to walk in.

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Katrineholm, Sweden

Beautiful place and worth a visit. Packed with tourists though, hence only four stars. Spend an entire day there, you won't regret it.

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New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

I was able to spend hours and hours strolling around the castle and exploring the architectures and design of this magnificent place. Be ready to spend at least half a day here!

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San Francisco, California, USA

This pristinely maintained castle is probably the most visited location in Eastern Europe. I wouldn't be surprised. It's stunningly beautiful, something out of a fairy-tale, really. It's difficult to describe something as grand and fantastical as a castle without drifting off into a strange fantasy land, so I'll just say that you really must visit the castle if you're in Prague. If you have the time, check it out during the day and at night. The two viewings will be totally different experiences.

Tip for the night viewing: around dusk, start on the far side of the Charles Bridge and slowly make your way up to the castle. Being able to take in the bridge, the river, and the castle at the same time, as the sun is setting, is truly dream-like.

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Richmond

Plan to spend the entire day at Prague Castle. The "A" ticket gets you in to see the majority of sights: castle grounds and gardens, St. George's Basilica, St. Vitus Cathedral, and Golden Lane. You'll do some walking so wear comfy shoes. Grounds are spread out so its best to buy one all-encompassing ticket. It's about $15 USD, so completely worth it. Photos are not allowed inside most of the castle itself.

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Chapin

A gorgeous place to see a lot of history. You can get to the top by walking or by tram, but I personally think it's worth the walk up the hill because there's a lot of cool little shop on the way.

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Interlaken, Switzerland

When the Iron Curtain fell in 1989, the Rolling Stones were one of the first bands to play in Prague. They became friends with a politician in the city. In 1996 after another concert, they were out with the politician and Mick Jagger said to him, “Hey, why do you not light up your castle at night?” The politician said, “Well Mick, we are just freshly out of communism and starting over again. The country does not have money for that.” So, when the Rolling Stones left Prague, they left behind all of their stage lighting: approximately £40,000 worth of equipment. That lighting was and some of it is still used to illuminate the castle at night. The Rolling Stones are to thank for the beautiful Prague Castle evening illuminated skyline.

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San Diego, California

The hike up the stairs of the "golden lane" was a bit daunting, but it is well worth a trip up to the castle. There is lots to see and we were lucky enough to be able to see the changing of the guard when we were there.

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Local from Prague, Czech Republic

Dating back to the 10th century, the sprawling Prague Castle lords over the city, dominating nearly every panoramic photo taken of Prague. Home to kings, emperors and now the Czech president, the castle grounds are free to wander, but to visit the St. Vitus Cathedral or other interiors you'll need to pay. Entering from Hradčany (instead of down below in Mala Strana) will allow you to take in the main courtyards and then wander down the old steps (look for the vineyard and great views from the South garden). The Royal Gardens are another treat just outside the side entrance.

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New York City, New York State, USA

The Czech president lives in Prague Castle these days, yet most areas are open to tourists, who stroll through palaces, ecclesiastical buildings, and museums like the Prague Castle Picture Gallery. The castle, whose history dates back to 870, still guards the Bohemian Crown Jewels, notably, the St. Wenceslas Crown, made of pure gold and decorated with pearls and precious stones. The crown is kept in an iron safe with seven locks and seven keys; all key holders must be present to open it—the last time was in 1998. At 753,474 square feet, Prague Castle counts as the largest ancient castle in the world.

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New Delhi, India

utterly incredible. very rich history. vast grounds. tons of places to see.

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