Prague Castle, Prague
This palace was built after the great fire of Castle in 1541, later it was extended and rebuilt in peak Renaissance style and peak Baroque style. The reconstruction was done in 1753-56 so that it could serve the purposes of the Institute of Gentlewomen.
The Institute of Gentlewomen was an educational institution for female members of aristocratic families aged 24 and above.
Fondest memory: After 1919 the Institute of Gentlewomen was closed down and the building was used by the Ministry of Interior Affairs, at present time it is used by the Presidential Office and Prague Castle Administration.
Jiøská Street 3/2, Prague Castle
The Gothic bronze statue of St.George killing a dragon stands East of Plecnik’s granite monolith.
It is an unique example of metal casting in 14th century. The statue was cast in 1373.
Fondest memory: The original statue is stored in the collections of the National Gallery, the actual statue is a copy from 1967.
Prague Castle, Third Courtyard
This bronze statue of the 1st Czechoslovak president T.G. Masaryk was installed opposite the main gateway of the Prague Castle in 2000 on the occasion of 150th anniversary of birth of this statesman. Another statue from 1937 served as a model.
Below his standing figure there are letters TGM and dates of his birth and death engraved.
Fondest memory: Tired tourists often use the staircase that enables access to the pedestal and the statue itself as recreational and refreshments area.
Hradcanske Square, Hradcany
Lobkowicz Palacehad been constructed in Renaissance style from mid-16th century for the masters of Pernstejn in place of older aristcratic residences.
Fondest memory: It been rebuilt in Baroque style between 1651 and 1668 for Czech governor Vaclav Eusebius of Lobkowicz.
Exhibitions and concerts take place there occasionally.
At present time the palace belongs to the Lobkowicz family again.
3/1 Jiøská Street, Prague Castle
This early Baroque gateway was built during the reign of Matthias I in 1614.
Before 1763-71 it used to be free standing and was conceived as an arch of triumph and then it became incorporated into the buildings of the court d'honneur .
Fondest memory: Left from the gate starts a column hall with Rothmayer Hall leading to the big halls of the North wing.
In the center of the Second Castle Courtyard you will see a large, richly decorated Baroque fountain, made in 1686. Sometimes it's called the Lion's Fountain because of the lion statues on the pillar, sometimes it's called Leopold's after the emperor Leopold I under whose reign it was built.
Fondest memory: The fountain is supplied with water from an ancient water pipe. It brings water from the Brusnice stream and from the pond below the Hvezda summer palace.
Daliborka Tower used to be an artillery bastion. It has cylindrical shape and is the part of late Gothic fortifications. It was built in 1496 and originally had an extra floor.
The walls are up to 2.5 metres thick. Inside the tower there is a 7 metres deep dungeon used until the end of the 18th century for the most serious criminals.
Fondest memory: Daliborka Tower is connected to the New White Tower through a defence passage way above the Stag Moat, it is also connected to the Black Tower by the Old Castle Steps through fortification wall passages.
The Daliborka tower can be accessed from the lower end of the Golden Lane through a staircase in house no. 1/12.
Golden Lane by Daliborka Tower, Prague Castle
Powder Tower - Mihulka was built in the late 15th century as a part of the new bulwarks designed by Benedikt Ried. This tower has been successively called the New Tower, the Round Bastion, the Laboratory or the Swedish Laboratory, and the Powder Tower.
Fondest memory: The Powder Tower was the largest of the cannon towers. Later a gunpowder storehouse existed here.
A tower - 30 m high, comes from the 12 th century, pert of the castle fortification.
The gate inside the tower originally served as an eastern entrance to the Prague Castle.
During the reign of Charles IV the tower roof was plated in gold and was called the Golden Tower but after the fire in 1541 it was renamed to Black Tower.
Fondest memory: It is 30 metres high, the walls are up to 3 metres thick at the bottom and around 2 metres on the top below the roof.
There was a prison for debtors inside the tower.
Chapel of the Holy Rood situated on the south side of the Second Castle Courtyard. It was build in 1758-63 as part of Theresian building renovations of the Castle, serving as the court shrine.
Fondest memory: Since 1961 the chapel serves as the church treasury where the treasure from St. Vitus Cathedral is stored.
Prague Castle, Second Courtyard
Favorite thing: Having a look around Prague Castle takes quite a bit of time. If you are hungry, yet don't want to pay for a Restaurant meal, we found plenty of snack places scattered around the area. Most of them have tables and chairs, so we stopped at one and bought a coffee, sat down at one of the tables in the shade, and rested our legs. They sold Water, Coke and other drinks, EVEN BEER! Sandwiches and other types of snack food are available.
You will see this well with a Baroque grille dated of the end of the 17th century or perhaps the beginning of the 18th century in Prague Castle, on the Second Courtyard.
Fondest memory: It's one of the total of 20 wells (approximately) in the Castle area. This well is 14 meters deep, water column is 4 meters high. It has been used as a water source until 1905.
Favorite thing: The Schwarzenberg Palace is a 16th century renaissance structure housing a museum with baroque bohemian art. The exterior is a painted façade with etched sgraffito patterns to simulate cut stone. The building is located on the western portion of castle hill.
Golden Lane is very interesting part of the Prague Castle complex.
11 Small houses built in the gothic fortification, the 16th centery homes of castle riflemen and craftsmen.
Now they exhibit medieval armoury and textiles, as well as selling tourist souvenirs.
You can also shoot a crossbow on the upper floor of one of the buildings.
You need to purchase a combined ticket for the whole Prague Castle complex in order to gain entrance to Golden Lane.
Fondest memory: Don't miss this small street on Prague Castle!
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.