When I can visit the Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) ?

The castle  is open daily April to October from 5am to midnight, and November to March from 6am to 11pm; sights within the castle (unless otherwise stated) are open daily April to October from 9am to 6pm, and November to March from 9am to 4pm.

Is the Prague Castle has a Free Entry ?

Partly yes, see the below…

Prague Castle Stairs, from Malostranské náměstí. (Photo by: Kemal Onur Ozman)
This is the view of St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral view in the Prague Castle by Kemal Onur Ozman
St. Vitus Cathedral’s Baroque style door ( Photo: Kemal Onur Ozman)

You can wander freely through most of the streets, courtyards and gardens of the castle and watch the changing of the guard without a ticket. For the sights within the castle (excluding the cathedral) there are two main types of multi-entry ticket available: the velký okruh or long tour (350Kč), which gives you entry to most sights, including the Old Royal Palace, the Basilica and Convent of sv Jiří, the Prague Castle Picture Gallery and the Zlatá ulička; and the malý okruh or short tour around 300Kč, which only covers the Old Royal Palace, the Basilica of sv Jiří and the Zlatá ulička. Tickets are valid for two days? and available from several places, including the main information centre in the third courtyard, opposite the cathedral, where you can also rent an English-language audioguide (250Kč for 2hr?).

How to reach Prague Castle from Old Town Square

To reach Prague Castle from Old Town Square, you can follow these steps:

  1. From Old Town Square, head west on Celetná Street until you reach the Charles Bridge (Karlův most).
  2. Cross the Charles Bridge, and continue straight up the hill on Křížovnické náměstí.
  3. Turn left onto Hradčanské náměstí and follow the road until you reach the gates of Prague Castle.

Alternatively, you can also take the tram from Old Town Square to the Prague Castle stop. Tram numbers 22 and 23 both pass through the Old Town Square and stop at the Prague Castle gates. The journey by tram should take about 15-20 minutes.



It’s also worth noting that the walk from Old Town Square to Prague Castle is a popular tourist route and takes you through some of the city’s most beautiful and historic areas. The walk should take about 30-40 minutes and offers many opportunities to stop and explore along the way.

The Muzeum hraček, Lobkovický palác and any temporary exhibitions such as those held in Císařská konírna and Jízdárna, all have different opening hours and separate admission charges (see the relevant entries for details).

How to visit Prague Castle President Room

The state rooms used by the president are open to the public two days a year: currently the Saturday after May 8 and the Saturday after October 28.

Prague city view from the Prague Castle (you can see from left to right; St. Nicholas Church, National Museum, Church of St. Ludmila) Photo by: Kemal Onur Ozman

Which Cafe we should sit at the castle ?

Within the castle precincts there are several cafés and restaurants. If you simply want a quick cup of coffee, the best one to head for is the Café Poet, which has outside tables and is hidden away in the peaceful and little-visited Zahrada na baště at the western end of the castle. Also just ourside of the castle Starbucks has a great locaiton to see the Prague frm the top.

This is near by the Startbucks at the Prague Castle. You can see the Charles Bridge background of the photo. Beautiful couple (photo by: Prague Photographer Kemal Onur Ozman)
  • Castle Web Page: www.hrad.cz
  • Photographer: www.kemalonurozman.com


  1. Prague Castle is a complex that comprises several buildings, including St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, Basilica of St. George, and Golden Lane. The castle is surrounded by beautiful gardens and offers breathtaking views of the city. It is a great place to learn about the Czech Republic’s history and culture, and explore its art and architecture.
    Pros and Cons:

    Stunning architecture
    Rich history
    Cultural significance
    Beautiful interiors and gardens
    Panoramic views of the city
    Additional features, such as museums and art galleries

    Crowded during peak season
    Limited parking
    Some areas may be closed for renovations or maintenance


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