Rick Steves Tour: Prague Castle


By Rick Steves

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Rick Steves' Pocket guidebooks truly are a “tour guide in your pocket.” Each colorful, compact book includes Rick's advice for prioritizing your time, whether you’re spending 1 or 7 days in a city. Everything a busy traveler needs is easy to access: a neighborhood overview, city walks and tours, sights, handy food and accommodations charts, an appendix packed with information on trip planning and practicalities, and a fold-out city map.

Rick Steves’ Pocket Prague covers sights including: Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, the Jewish Quarter, Wenceslas Square, Mucha Museum, Municipal House, the Museum of Communism, St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague Castle, and Lobkowicz Palace.


Prague Castle Tour



1 Castle Square (Hradčanské Náměstí)

Map: Prague Castle Quarter

2 Second Courtyard

3 St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála Sv. Víta)

Map: St. Vitus Cathedral

4 Third Courtyard

5 Old Royal Palace (Starý Královský Palác)

6 The Story of Prague Castle Exhibit (Příběh Pražského Hradu)

7 Basilica of St. George (Bazilika Sv. Jiří)

8 Golden Lane (Zlatá Ulička)

9 Lobkowicz Palace

10 Toy Museum

Pražský Hrad

For more than a thousand years, Czech leaders—from kings and emperors to Nazis, communists, and presidents—have ruled from Prague Castle. When Christianity arrived in the Czech lands, this promontory proved a perfect spot for a church. Later, the nobles built their palaces nearby, creating an elegant neighborhood that survives to this day.

This large complex contains a number of worthwhile sights: the castle itself (the grounds, gardens, and Old Royal Palace interior), St. Vitus Cathedral (stained glass and royal tombs), and a museum on the castle’s history. With more time, you can step inside a number of historic sights and museums (such as Lobkowicz Palace) within the complex. Various combo-tickets cover some or all of these options.

If you plan to see these separate sights—the Strahov Monastery and Loreta Church (both covered in the Sights chapter)—it’s easiest to visit them before the castle, since they’re nearby and on the same hill.


Cost: Admission to the castle grounds is free, but you need a ticket to enter the sights. Most visitors choose “Circuit B” (250 Kč), which covers the highlights: St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace, the Basilica of St. George, and the Golden Lane. The more comprehensive “Circuit A” (350 Kč) adds a few sights, most notably The Story of Prague Castle exhibit (read the description on here before investing in this ticket). Tickets are good for two days.

Hours: Castle sights—daily April-Oct 9:00-17:00, Nov-March 9:00-16:00, last entry 15 minutes before closing; castle grounds—daily 5:00-24:00. On Sunday, St. Vitus Cathedral is closed until noon for Mass. The cathedral can close unexpectedly for special services (check “events” at www.katedralasvatehovita.cz or call 724-933-441).

Buying Castle Tickets: There are three ticket offices (each marked by a green “i”): two in the Second Courtyard, and one in the Third Courtyard (in front of the cathedral). Lines can be long at one and nonexistent at the next, so if it’s crowded, check all three. Hang on to your ticket; you must present it at each sight.

Crowd-Beating Tips: Prague Castle is one of the city’s most crowded sights. Peak times are 9:30-12:30, especially May-Sept. Early birds should leave their hotel no later than 8:00 to be able to buy their ticket and be standing at the doors of St. Vitus Cathedral when they open at 9:00. Alternatively, arrive after 14:00, when crowds start subsiding (and leave crowded St. Vitus until the very end). At night, the sights are closed, but the grounds are free, floodlit, and atmospheric.


On Sale
May 16, 2017
Page Count
30 pages
Rick Steves

Rick Steves

About the Author

Since 1973, Rick Steves has spent about four months a year exploring Europe. His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 30,000 travelers to Europe annually.  He does all of this with the help of more than 100 well-traveled staff members at Rick Steves’ Europe in Edmonds, WA (near Seattle). When not on the road, Rick is active in his church and with advocacy groups focused on economic and social justice, drug policy reform, and ending hunger. To recharge, Rick plays piano, relaxes at his family cabin in the Cascade Mountains, and spends time with his son Andy and daughter Jackie. Find out more about Rick at http://www.ricksteves.com and on Facebook.

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