- Type: Castles/Palaces, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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One of the largest fortresses in the world, Prague Castle serves double duty as the residence of the Czech President and as a popular tourist destination. The complex where it stands is also home to several key attractions, including St. Vitus Cathedral.
Prague Castle has been standing for more than a thousand years and covers a lot of area. Frommer's says: "A visit to the castle can easily take an entire day or more, depending on how thoroughly you explore it. Still, you can see the top sights -- St. Vitus Cathedral, the Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica, the Powder Tower, and Golden Lane -- in the space of a morning or an afternoon." If you're visiting during the summer season (April to October) be sure to spend some time relaxing in the gardens. And of course there's St. Vitus Cathedral, the unquestioned highlight of Prague Castle.
Recent travelers say the audio guide rental is unnecessary (though the staff will insist that it is) -- most of the exhibits have plenty of free information right next to them; the audio guide will just be information overload. They also say that while restroom facilities are plentiful, most cost money to use. Additionally, recent visitors say that good food is hard to find here -- the only options are overpriced cafes that serve mediocre cuisine.
Admission to the grounds is free, but some of the individual sites charge for entry. Prague Castle is accessible by subway from the Hradcany station or you can take Tram 22 to the Pražský Hrad stop. You could also make the 25-minute walk to the area from Charles Bridge.
During the summer, Prague Castle is open 5 a.m. until midnight, while pulling back in the winter season (November to March) to 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. Hours for sites within Prague Castle vary. Click here for more information.