Prague Castle

Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the entire world

  • Presiding over the beautiful city of Prague, you will find a magnificent construction in baroque and mannerism styles, one that constitutes the largest ancient castle in the entire world, according to the Guinness Book of Records. But the Prague Castle is much more than a castle: It is formed by little and picturesque allies, palaces and churches of different styles. You will be able to get lost among its beauty for hours, so the Prague Castle is well worth an entire day of your time in the capital of the Czech Republic.
    Besides, you will be able to learn about the history of the castle and the city. It is said that the history of Prague started with the castle: It was the seat of the Kings of Bohemia, but its construction dates back to the 9th century. Its strategic location would be key for the foundation of the city.
    The Prague Castle has also been important in recent history. It was the seat of Reinhard Heydrich during the Nazi occupation until he was killed by Slovak and Czech soldiers. The legend says that he dared to put on the crown of the kings of Bohemia, even though old legends said that if a usurper wore that crown, he would be dead before a year had passed.
    Nowadays, the Prague Castle is the residence and the seat of the president of the Czech Republic.
  • The Prague Castle is located in the Hradčany or Castle District of the city, located north of Mala Strana (Lesser Quarter), which includes the castle and its surroundings. It is a particular district, since most of the houses are historical castles or other houses that belong to noble families. This district is a quiet, sightseeing one, and one of the most beautiful of Prague. But if you want to mingle with the locals, it’s better to go to the Old Town or Lesser Quarter, where you will be able to go to different cafés, bars and pubs where to be a part of the Czech atmosphere.
  • Prague Castle isn’t in a big shopping area, but there are some interesting places where you can buy gifts and souvenirs for your loved ones… Or for yourself! Of course, you will find a gift shop in the Prague Castle, located in the Lobkowicz Palace, a private building that hosts the Lobkowicz Collections and Museum. You can also go to Manufaktura, a shop of hand-made artisan cosmetic products and candles located next to Saint Nicholas’ Church. If you’re looking for a shopping centre, the biggest one in Prague is located in the Republic Square: The Palladium Centre has more than 200 shops and there you will find anything you’re looking for!
  • Prague has a great transportation system from which tourists can take advantage. The city is very well communicated, since two thirds of the population use public transport to move around. There is an extensive metro and tramway system and, of course, there are buses as well. Moving from the Prague Castle is quite easy, although you will have to arrive there by tramway – the metro stop that is closest to the apartments near the Prague Castle is Malostranska (line A), but it is a bit further away. The best option is to go by tramway until station Pražský hrad… Or to walk! Prague is a beautiful city and it has the perfect size to walk from one place to the other.
  • Visiting the Prague Castle is a must during your stay in the capital of the Czech Republic… and it will make for a whole day! The Prague Castle is the largest in the world, and it has several Museums and historical buildings in its premises that you will like to see. Among the many wonders located there, you will be able to visit the Old Royal Palace, the New Royal Palace, the Lobkowicz Palace, the impressive St. Vitus Cathedral, St George’s Basilica and Convent, the Dalibor Tower… And many more! Of course, you will also be able to enjoy beautiful green areas like the Royal Gardens and charming little streets like the Golden Lane. And don’t forget about the museums! In one of the exhibits at the Royal Palace, you will be able to see a reproduction of the Bohemian Crown Jewels, the four oldest in Europe. The Prague Castle opens very early in the morning, at 6 am, and remains open until 23.00, even more in the high season. However, the monuments have a different schedule.
    If you’re in the mood for more sightseeing after such a busy day in the Prague Castle, you will be very close to both Saint Nicholas’ Church, the Lennon Wall and Charles Bridge. Grab a bite to regain your energy, because there is still a lot of Prague to discover!
  • Near the Prague Castle you will find lots of options to try the savoury and delicious Czech cuisine. In the fancy Valoria Castle and Garden Restaurant you will be able to taste amazing dishes while enjoying wonderful views. And if you are in the mood for something sweet, you can go to the Bistro U Kajetana, which also offers savoury dishes besides typical Czech sweet treats. And if you are in the mood for vegetarian, there is a great one around as well: LoVeg, where you will also find some gluten-free options.
    And now that you’re visiting the magnificent Prague Castle, why not have a full medieval experience? Right next to the tramway stop closest to the monument, you will find the medieval tavern Tavern U Krale Brabantskeho, which offers freshly brewed beer and Czech cuisine – make sure to be hungry, because the portions are quite generous!
  • Prague is as lively during the night as it is during the day, and during your stay in the apartments near the Prague Castle you will be able to have some good fun once the sun goes down. If you want to have a nice refreshing drink after spending the day getting to know the Prague Castle, we recommend U Hrocha, a Czech pub where you will be able to mingle with the local as you taste the pub’s beers. And if you’re in the mood for something familiar, there is an Irish pub close by as well, the JJ Murphy’s Irish Bar. Finally, if you’re in the mood to go dancing, you can take the tram to the Old Town, where you will find plenty of pubs and clubs.
 
 

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