High on the hill above Prague’s Old Town, Prague Castle is a complex of varied buildings. Royal and religious structures have stood here since the 9th century. Today, it is home to the official office of the President of the Czech Republic. Once in the walls of the castle, you will find architecture of different styles spanning about 1,000 years.
You can climb the many steps to the dome that houses the cathedral bells. The view from here takes in the Old Town of Prague, the Vlatava River, and the iconic Charles Bridge. The red roofs of Prague are stunning.
You’ll find a toy museum, other churches and museums, and a village of small houses that once were home to blacksmiths and other tradespeople. We ate lunch at a café in a historic building, imagining all the history of that place.
Here’s the entrance to the government offices. The serious guard reminded us of London’s royal guards. If you look closely you’ll see the armed soldier at the gate. This is a great place for us tourists, but Prague knows to protect this landmark castle.
We took a tram to our next destination, though you could keep walking and cross a bridge over to the Old Town.
Prague Castle is open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., with St. Vitus Cathedral open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Aim early to avoid crowds.
Entrance to the grounds is free. If you want to go inside the museums and displays, a variety of ticket prices is available, depending on how many of the exhibits you plan to see. Check the official website for more information.