The Prague Castle is the most important Czech monument that reflects the culture of Czech Republic. It is believed to be constructed by Prince Bořivoj in 880 and is the largest castle in the world covering an area of 70,000 sq m. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and has a large collection of palaces and buildings of different architectural patterns and Roman style buildings from 10th century. The wide ranging renovation was carried out by architect Josip Plecnik during 1918-1938.The castle has undergone further repairs, reconstruction and beautification since then.
This is a splendid and dominating castle from where you can observe every activity of the city. It is located on top of a hill on the other side of Vltav River. Its palaces and towers can be seen from anywhere in the city. The castle ground can be visited by public free of cost whereas fee is charged for admission to various buildings and museums. The fabulous 12th century St Vitus’s Cathedral, with its beautiful stained glass and arched ceiling, can be seen by the visitors without any charges. In order to reach the castle you would be required to go via steep climb up to the steep steps of New Castle located near Nerudova.
There are so many beautiful things to see in the castle that at least a day is required to see them. If your visit happens to be short it must be ensured that Old Royal Palace, Golden Lane, White Tower and the Story of Prague are visited. Despite being simple, Old Royal Palace is magnificent. The main hall is beautifully decorated with dull stones; wood work is artistically made with elaborate work. The ceiling is covered with precious stones and attractive chandeliers. You can have an appealing and charming view of the castle gardens from hall’s balcony.
Golden lane that runs between White Tower and Royal Palace is filled with beautifully painted houses which originally belonged to the goldsmith. Now various items like craft, souvenirs and food are sold from these houses.
The story of the castle is very captivating. Though President of Czech Republic resides here now, Nobility has occupied it since 3200 BC. Remnants of history are buried here. Bones and riches are now being dug out from inner parts of the fort. The crown jewels of St King Wenceslas, skeletons of Royalties and artworks giving information regarding cultural upbringing of Prague have been excavated here.
Prague castle remains open during following timings;
5.00 – 24.00 in summer (Apr- Oct)
5.00 - 24.00 in winter (Nov- Mar)
Monuments can be visited daily between:
9.00 – 18.00 during summer (01 Apr – 31 Oct)
9.00 – 16.00 during winter (01 Nov – 31 Mar)
The ceremonial change of guards is carried out every hour. Flag ceremony takes place in the afternoon with a fanfare. The gardens can be visited free of cost during summer. Exhibition halls except towers and historical monuments can also be visited free of cost. Services of a professional guide speaking in different languages can also be obtained from Prague Castle administration.
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