Destination List > Prague Castle
Photo by Pierre Blanché
This castle has been the seat of Czech rulers for almost 1000 years and it is now the official residence of the president of the Czech Republic. The history of this largest ancient castle complex in the world dates back to the 9th century when the first church was built here. Under the rule of Charles IV, the fortification was strengthened and some of the buildings got a new Gothic appearance.
There is a large number of important historical sights to be seen in the complex. Be sure not to miss St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George's Basilica, and the Golden Lane. If looking for a place to escape Prague's buzz, go and explore the royal gardens created in 1540, with the beautiful Orangery.
Being one of the most popular sights of Prague, the complex is often crowded with tourists. It is advisable to come either early in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid the crowds. Note that you will have to go through an airport-style security check. To speed the check up, try to carry as little belongings as possible.
There are several ways how to access the castle. Most people opt for taking tram No. 22, station Pražský hrad, which is a 5-minute walk from the castle's courtyard. Nearest metro stations are Malostranská and Hradčanská.