A few steps back in time!
Founded in the 9th century, this site is full of history and parts are indeed over 1000 years old.
As per other castles, the Prague Castle is not a single structure. It is composed of many buildings grouped and surrounded by a low wall.
This is a must see site when visiting Prague. Expect to spend a few hours here as you will find inside the wall:
- Palaces (*we visited the old royal palace – supplement for pictures)
- St.Vitus Cathedral
- St-George’s BasilicaThe Golden Lane
- Tower (Daliborka Tower is the prison)
- Courts and beautiful gates.
You do not need a ticket to walk around the courtyards and a small section of St.Vitus Cathedral but if you really want to visit different buildings, you will need to pay an admission fee. It is worth it even if it is not guided and you are on your own.
What you also need to know is that the castle, as most of them, is built on a hill. If you or someone has a physical challenge to go up the stairs, you will be happy to know that you can start your visit uphill and move downhill to the castle. We took Tram #22 and got out at the Pohorelec stop. From there, we walked down to the castle stopping by the Loreto and the gardens of Czernin Palace.
The Old Royal Palace was the residence of kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors and presidents, and is still the home of the current President of the Czech Republic.