The biggest castle complex
To describe Prague castle needs a lot of time. It is a symbol of Prague and also the Czech republic. All czech history relates with Prague castle. Since 9th century it has been always the seat of czech kings and presidents.
History - First reports about castle come from 9. century. But the biggest expansion had reached in 14. century, during the government of king Charles IV. He had the idea to build St. Vitus Cathedral and he begun in 1344. King Vladislav Jagelonsky built the Vladislav hall, beautiful hall for audiences and meetings. Today's look it has thanks to emperor Rudolf II. and Maria Theresia.
What to visit - Prague castle is very large complex, one of the biggest in the world. The main monument is St. Vitus Cathedral, the main building of President's office, then a lot of coutyards, churches, towers, riding schools and gardens (Royal garden, South gardens, Paradise gardens,...). Lovely is also Golden lane with the architecture around, small old houses with tower Daliborka, served as a prison in the past.
Guard changing is every hour, but at 12 am with music at the main gate.
Time to time when an anniversary is possible to see Royal jewels. Inside of castle is worth to see Spanish hall, Vladislav hall, but it is also open twice a year or so when an anniversary, first Saturday after 8.5. and 28.10.
When to visit - Prague castle is fantastic in winter or summer.
Prague castle - 9 sm to 6 pm
Gardens open April to October - 10 am to 20 pm.
Pictures hall - every Monday 4 pm to 6 pm.