St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Castle, founded in the 9th Century, is an ancient symbol of the Czech lands, and stands as the largest medieval castle in Europe with an area of almost 70,000 m² (roughly the size of 7 football pitches!) The castle has been a seat to the likes of kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia, and is currently the official residence and office of the President of the Czech Republic.
Built and renovated across 13 centuries, this incredible complex includes churches, gardens and royal residences, including the infamous St. Vitus Cathedral. Discover the beautiful Royal Garden where you will find the singing fountain, and take a wander down The Alley of Gold, which is a row of small houses where the Castle’s fusiliers lived, and later goldsmiths, from where the alleyway got it’s iconic name.
Inside St. Vitus Cathedral
The Alley of Gold
Visitors can roam around its courtyards, palaces, museums and gardens for free whilst admiring the beauty of the building. In order to gain a true understanding of the history, you should take a guided tour or Self-guided tour of its historic buildings, which are home to some of the Czech Republic’s greatest artistic and cultural treasures, such as the tomb of St. John of Nepomuk.
Tomb of St. John of Nepomuk
Something not to miss is the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the front gates, which takes place on the hour every hour during the day, with a midday ceremony consisting of a fanfare and banner exchange.
Prague Castle is the most significant and exciting Czech monument and a fantastic day out!
Head over to the Prague Castle Website for further information and to book your guided tour.