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    Prague Castle

    by mallyak Written Sep 29, 2010

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    Prague Castle is the largest medieval castle complex in Europe and the ancient seat of Czech kings throughout the ages. It is Prague's premier tourist attraction.
    Several destructive wars and fires (and the subsequent renovations), along with differing political forces have combined to create an intriguing mix of palaces, churches and fortifications.

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    Prazsky Hrad

    by Pupa Written Feb 8, 2005

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    A national cultural monument, the symbol of more than millennial development of the Czech state. Since its foundation in the last quarter of the 9th century it has been developing throughout the past eleven centuries. It is a monumental complex of ecclesiastical, fortification, residential and office buildings representing all architectural styles and periods, surrounding three castle courtyards and covering 45 hectares. Originally it used to be the residence of princes and kings of Behemia, since 1918 it is the seat of the President.

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    Explore the Prague Castle Complex!

    by jumpingnorman Updated Mar 27, 2013

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    Prague Castle is one of the largest ancient castles in the world according to the Guiness Book of World Records, topping at 570 meters and 130 meters wide. It is also where you will find the Czech crown Jewels.

    When I was walking around, I felt I should have read more before I did so that I could easily identify the buildings. The Prague Castle Complex actually consists of several religious structures which include the Saint Vitus Cathedral, a monastery and several jmuseum and art galleries. St Georges’s Basilica is famous for evening classical concerts and you might chance upon one when visiting Prague.

    There has also been several wars and fires in the area and so the place has seen a lot of rebuilding. Today, tourists from all over the world walk around and it can get a little confusing. They watch the changing of the guards every hour in this castle which is the political and historical center of the Czech republic (seat of the President)

    But the beauty of the buildings remain and their history adds to their character.

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    I made a video of my adventure in Prague!
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    MY FIRST DAY IN PRAGUE

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    ~ Prague Castle ~

    by Heavens-Mirror Written May 28, 2006

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    Prague Castle is beautiful and is one of Europe's largest medieval castles.
    Prague Castle was established in the 9th century. A Romanesque palace was erected during the 12th century, and in the 14th century, under the reign of Charles IV, it was rebuilt to Gothic style. A further reconstruction of the Royal Palace then took place under the Jagellons at the end of the 15th century.

    If you go to the top of The Old Town Tower you can see fantastic views of Prague City & Prague Castle.
    The opening times are:
    Prague Castle Complex:
    Apr-Oct: Daily 05am till 11pm
    Nov-Mar: Daily 06am till 11pm
    Prague Castle Sights:
    Apr-Oct: Daily 09am till 5pm
    Nov-Mar: Daily 09am till 4pm
    Prague Castle Gardens:
    Apr-Oct: Daily 10:am 6pm.

    ~ The lovely view of Prague Castle ~

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    Pražský hrad (Prague Castle)

    by travelfrosch Updated May 26, 2009

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    Another of the "mandatory" places to visit is Prague Castle and its surroundings. The seat of power for the President of the Czech Republic to this day, tourists will also have no trouble finding places of interest and amazing sights within. While admission to the grounds is free, you must purchase a ticket to see the "places of interest." You have choices of tickets, which give you varying amounts of access. A "long tour" will give you access to just about everything except the President's office, and costs CZK 350. A "short tour" will give you access to Old Royal Palace, the permanent exhibition called "The Story of Prague Castle," St. George's Basilica, the Golden Lane, and Daliborka Tower. The latter option costs CZK 250 per person. Note a ticket is valid for two days; my recommendation is to show up around 4PM, buy your ticket, tour the Golden Lane, then get up early and see the other sights right at the opening while all of the other tourists are lined up at the ticket booths. We had limited time, but the "short tour" allowed us plenty of sights. But feel free to spend the extra Kr 100 and load up on the "long tour" if you really like museums.

    Outside the Old Royal Palace Inside the Old Royal Palace Sumptuous rooms Sara enjoys the view from the balcony Quite a sight
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    Prague Castle

    by ruki Updated Nov 16, 2009

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    Prazsky Hrad is the most significant Czech monument and the largest castle complex in the world with 70.000 m2 area. It is consist of large number of palaces and buildings of various architectural styles, from Roman buildings from 10th century through Gothic modifications in the 14 century. After the Velvet Revolution, Prague Castle has undergone significant and ongoing repairs and reconstructions.Castle is place where the Czech kings, Roman Emperors and president of Czech Republic have their offices.

    There you can see:
    St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George Basilica,All saints Church, St. Cross Chapel
    Old Royal Palace, Royal Summer Palace, Lebkowicz Palace, New Royal Palace
    Column Hall, Spanish Hall, Vladislav Hall, Dalibor Tower, Zlata ulièka....
    Many gardens: Royal Garden, Riding School Terrace Garden, Paradise Garden...

    Open daily:

    05:00 – 24:00 in summer season (April 1 – October 31)
    06:00 – 23:00 in winter season (November 1 – Mar, 31)

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    Prague Castle

    by sue_stone Written Dec 29, 2005

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    Prague's castle sits upon a hill, grandly looking over the city. It is the main draw card for visitors (besides the beer!!) and is a must see on anyone's itinerary.

    The entrance to the castle is via the beautiful Hradcanske Square which is lined with fabulous baroque and renaissance houses.

    We paid a visit to the castle first thing one morning, trying to beat the crowds...it wasn't too crowded, but still plenty of tour groups around.

    There are several attractions located with the castle grounds. You can buy different priced tickets depending on which attractions you wish to visit, though it is free to enter the castle grounds - there are plenty of photo opportunities here without having to pay a cent. If you do get a ticket to enter the palace, for example, you will have to pay extra if you wish to take photos inside.

    We enjoyed a look around the Royal Palace and St Georges Convent. The views from the castle over Prague are pretty special too.

    Inside the Castle grounds Hradcanske Square inside the Royal Palace inside the Royal Palace St Georges Convent
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    Instruments of Torture

    by nhcram Updated Oct 25, 2004

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    Some of the houses in Golden Lane are like mini museums. This one had a small area dedicated to Instruments of torture. Glad they are only in a museum as some of them looked pretty wicked to me.

    Instruments of torture

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    Prague Castle

    by Mikebb Updated Dec 20, 2005

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    Our first morning in Prague we walked along the river and across Charles Bridge, unknowingly walking into the Lesser Town. We soon found out where we were and continued on up the hill to Prague Castle. As it was a Sunday the area was crowded, but we just followed and eventually reached the castle, a little exhausted and in dire need for a drink. The effort was worth it , however we had to admire the castle from outside as the inside is closed to the public. Whilst there we visited St Vitus Cathedral which is very beautiful. The walk down the hill back to the river was much easier and gave good opportunities for photos.

    Prague Castle from outside the gates Prague Castle , inside the gates The Castle from a side angle Prague Castle Gates, note the guards on duty
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    PRAGUE CASTLE

    by LoriPori Written Aug 29, 2005

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    Within the Castle Complex known as HRADCANY, PRAGUE CASTLE is a collection of buildings including the Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Royal Gardens.
    The Castle was the home of Czech Princes and Kings and are now the residence of the Czech President.
    We were fortunate to get there when the Changing of the Guard was about to take place and that will be described in the next tip.

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    Beautiful Prague Castle

    by Glen30 Written Aug 17, 2004

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    There are lots to see in Prague Castle and its surroundings. I would suggest at least a day to explore this place, and don’t forget your camera!

    Prague Castle, standing on a hill top, is perhaps the main focus of most tourists’ visit to Prague. I’m sure it has attracted many visitors from all over the world. The Castle was actually established during the 9th century and a Romanesque Palace was erected during the 12th.

    In the centre of the Royal Palace is the St. Vitus Cathedral , the most recognised landmark in Prague.

    Another great attraction is the “The Golden Lane” where you can find colourful hovels built into the castle wall. They were homes to the goldsmiths to avoid guild dues in town. Today, the little houses sell souvenirs and crafts and attract many tourists.

    Other places which are accessible are :
    Prague Castle Gardens
    Powder Tower (Mihulka)
    Prague Castle Gallery
    Queen Anna’s Summerhouse

    Address:
    Hradcany
    Prague 1, Czech Republic

    Public transport:
    Take Tram No. 22 or 23 to “Prazsky Hrad” or walk up from Charles bridge through Nerudova Street.

    Bird's eye view from Prague Castle
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    Prague Castle

    by Paul2001 Updated Oct 22, 2005

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    The Prague Castle or the hrad as the locals call it, is a premiere attraction for visitors touring Prague. This place is huge and covers over 38 hectares. Therefore as you might expect, it take a long time to see all of the castle if you so choose. You might has well since you have spent a lot of money to get in. To see the Cathedral of St. Vitus, the Golden Lane, St. George Basilica and Convent, the Powder Tower and Old Royal Palace will set you back 220Kcs ($9.00US). That is expensive by Czech standards however it is worth for this the one site in Prague that will not disappoint.
    The castles begins it's history in the 9th century. During that time it was no more than a few houses and some wooden battlements built on a hill over looking the Vltava River. However over the centuries with each passing ruler and empire there have been many additions and restorations. Hence the castle has a wide range of architectual styles. It is also why there is so much to take in. Firstly there is the St. Vitus Cathedral, probably the most important in the Czech Republic. Then there is the St. George Basilica and Convent which houses a large collection of Czech painting. There is the famed Golden Lane, a collection of old houses and shops on a side street. Finally there is the Old Royal Palace and the very interesting museum underneath dedicated to the history of Prague Castle. This latter attraction has just recently been opened and some guidebooks do not mention it. These attraction are actually the ones included in the price of your ticket. It is actually possible to wander the grounds for free and admire the architecture and gardens in the process. The castle museums are open daily from 9am to 5pm however you have access to the grounds until 11pm. Come after dark and you will find that it is very romantic.
    Finally a warning. This place is saturated with tourists. I came early but still by 10am the tourist hordes had arrived. Prepare to battle for elbow room.

    Prague Castle as seen from the Charles Bridge
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    The castle.

    by Maurizioago Updated Feb 20, 2015

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    Prague Castle is a complex of around 60 buildings. Its construction began in the late 9th century. Between the 12th and 13th centuries it was fortified and expanded. In the 14th century, under the reign of king Charles IV it was renovated and enlarged. In 1485 king Ladislaus II Jagello started to reconstruct the castle. Queen Maria Theresa ordered the final major reconstruction of the buildings in the latter half of the 18th century.

    The highlights of the castle are; Saint Vitus Cathedral; the Old Royal Palace; Saint George basilica and the Golden Lane.

    The building of Saint Vitus cathedral begun in 1344 on the site of a 10th century rotunda and was completed in the XIX century. The cathedral is very large and has many beautiful glass stained windows. I recommend climbing up the Wentzel Tower (it is a bell tower). It is inside the cathedral. From the top of it you will enjoy a very beautiful landscape over the castle and the city.

    The Old Royal Palace is a complex of buildings set one on the other. Its construction was started from the first half of the XII century. It was the seat of Bohemian princes and from the 13th century to the 16th century it was the king' s palace.

    Saint George basilica was first built as a rotunda; around 920. It was later reconstructed into a three naves basilica. It was enlarged at the beginning of the XIII century.

    The access to the castle grounds is free, but if you want to see some places and/or museums there, you must buy a ticket.

    Pic taken from the bell tower. Another pic taken from the bell tower. Saint Vitus Cathedral. The bell tower. Saint Vitus Cathedral.
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    LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION

    by neilward Written Mar 6, 2004

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    The history of the castle starts back in the 9th century,it was founded by prince Borivoj,its in a prime postion to over see the whole area,similar to many other castles in the world,including Salzburgs Hohlenstien.

    We went here on a crisp winters morning,and were very impressed with the whole place.It was a lovely way to pass a couple of hours.
    We had a hot drink in a cafe near Golden Lane (see Restaurant tips) then slowly walked back to the city down the Old Castle steps to Malostranska Metro.

    Again I've found it easier and perhaps less repetative,to create a travelogue.

    See what I mean??

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    Parable with Skull

    by nicolaitan Written Oct 17, 2006

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    This bronze sculpture of a skull atop a crouching man is found near Golden Lane. There is very little information about the provenance - an internet reference states that it may be by Jaroslav Rona. This is a very popular site for photographs by tourists and is a striking piece of work for sure.

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