Prague Castle Walking Tour

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A walking tour of Prague Castle is best for those who want to explore all of Prague Castle with the guidance of a knowledgeable tour guide. 

These tours cover the most famous parts of the castle complex, providing insights into its history and architecture. 

It is ideal for visitors who don’t mind walking much and want to learn about the hidden gems and fascinating stories associated with the castle. 

Additionally, this Prague Castle walking tour includes admission tickets, allowing participants to access the castle’s key locations

This Prague 3-hour afternoon walking tour, including Prague Castle, starts at Maiselova Street and ends at the famous Prague Castle.

As simple as it sounds, this walking tour is about embracing the beautiful city and exploring its critical highlights at your own pace.

Learn more about the Prague Castle walking tour below.

Prague Castle Walking Tour Price

Duration: Three hours
Starting time: 9.50 am

  Age GroupPrice
Adult ticket (18+ years)CZK 373 ($16)
Youth ticket (up to 17 years)CZK 621 ($21)

Highlights of the Prague Castle Walking Tour

  • Have the chance to admire Prague’s renowned landmarks like Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, and Prague Castle.
  • Get an insight into the local life in Prague with the three-hour Prague walking tour.
  • Learn about the history and architecture of the city by listening to interesting historical facts and stories about it.
  • Enjoy views of the largest ancient castle in the world, Prague Castle.

You will need admission tickets to visit some attractions inside Prague Castle.

What is Included in the Prague Castle Walking Tour?

  • Tram tickets
  • Tour guide

Prague Castle Walking Tour Map

You will meet your guide at the Get Prague Guide office at Maiselova 5, 110 00, Prague 1.

To spot your tour guide, look for a blue and white umbrella.

Itinerary for Prague Castle Walking Tour

Begin your tour at the Get Prague Guide office on Maiselova Street.
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Meet your guide
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The first attraction you will see will be the astronomical clock, which is near the guide office.
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Listen to your guide give a historical overview of the Old Town Square.
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Next, cross the Charles Bridge and enjoy its unique statues and sculptures while watching the calm waters of the River Vltava beneath you.
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After this, take a tram to cross the bridge and reach Prague Castle while listening to the redevelopment plans.
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As you approach the castle, stop to view Hradcany, or Castle District and get insight into its history.
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Enter Prague Castle for your last part of the tour and learn about the history of the Czech royal family.
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End your trip by enjoying the breathtaking city view from the castle

A Journey Inside the Prague Castle Walking Tour

After learning the entire Prague Castle walking tour itinerary, let’s get into detail about what the castle complex will be like.

Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of how your castle tour is going to be:

Cross the Dalibor Tower, you will come across the Supreme Burgrave’s house. 

Firstly, your walk will start at the Prague Castle gate. 

  1. You will spot the Ignac Frantisek stone giants just as you enter the castle through the main gate facing the Hradcanske Namesti.

    As you move forward in the front courtyard, you will also see two gray-suited guards standing on either side of the gate.

    Make sure to get a picture with the guards and try to make them laugh, as they are sturdier than the ones in London.

  2. You will enjoy the guards’ changing shift proceedings if you are lucky enough.

    The guards there change hourly, and a vast, elaborate ceremony, introduced by the former President, is conducted here.

    It is a bit of a tourist tussle during this time, but we recommend standing on the left side to get the best view.

    Tip: The best time to view this ceremony is at noon when a musical rendition is played.

  3. Next, head over to the Matthias Gate, which Giovanni Maria Filippi, an Italian architect, designed.

  4. Walk through the Matthias gate to enter the second courtyard, where you will immediately spot a stone fountain.

    You can also enjoy the courtyard’s artistic surroundings, modified by the Austrian architect Nicholas Pacassi.

    The castle’s north wing houses the Prague Gallery and Spanish Hall, where Emperor Leopard once conducted an indoor hunting session with his kids.

  5. Furthermore, you can explore Golden Lane and other interiors. However, you will be required to buy an admission ticket for it.

  6. Your next stop will be the iconic and most famous landmark at Prague Castle: St. Vitus Cathedral.

    The breathtaking interiors and their history will make your visit even more memorable.

  7. Continue through the third courtyard, where you will see the centerpieces of Josef Plecnik’s memorial to the First World War victims.

    The third courtyard is also the best for gargoyle spotting, among other sightings of dragons, scorpions and musicians on the cathedral roof.

  8. Next, head towards the Old Royal Palace, which dates back to the 9th century.

    There, the major highlight is the Hall Rider’s Stairways, which is named after the knights.

  9. Descending from these stairs will take you to St. George Square, where you will discover St. George’s Basilica.

    Among the church’s dark Romanesque interiors are a permanent art collection and music concerts with amazing artists trying out the acoustics.

  10.  Continue down by walking past the basilica and come across Rosenberg Palace, where unmarried noblewomen would reside.

  11.  Moving ahead, you will spot the only privately owned building in the castle, Lobkowicz Palace, on your right-hand side.

    Then take a left turn, and you will come across the Golden Lane.

  12. You will spot colorful houses built in the 16th century on Golden Lane.

    Also, the White Towers (prisons for noblemen) and the Dalibor Tower (another dungeon) are at both ends of the lane.

  13. As you walk through the lane and cross the Dalibor Tower, you will come across the Supreme Burgrave’s house.

    This particular courtyard is exciting for many reasons:
  • You can enjoy a beer or a coffee while enjoying the beautiful surroundings.
  • Explore a well-stocked toy museum hosting an incredible collection of Barbie dolls.
  • A statue of a boy whose penis tourists rub for good luck.

14. As you exit the courtyard via its main gate, take a left to slope down the castle’s eastern gateway.

From this pathway, you will find the Malostranska tram and metro stations.

But if you want to spend more time there, you can take a turn and enter the small entrance that leads you through the castle’s south gardens.

After touring the gardens, you can exit from where you started at the Hradcanske Namesti gate.

Restrictions for the Prague Castle Walking Tour

The tour is not suitable for people with/who are:

  • Mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

Know Before You Go

  • You will have to bring comfortable shoes.
  • During the monsoon season, bring an umbrella.
  • Baby strollers are allowed on the Prague Castle walking tour.

Beyond Prague Castle

FAQs

How long does it take to walk around Prague Castle?

Exploring the highlights inside the Prague Castle takes about three to four hours.

You can tour the key landmarks like the Old Royal Palace and the Basilica of St. George while walking through the luscious gardens.

Can you walk to Prague Castle?

Yes, you can walk to Prague Castle.

It is the easiest way to go from Old Town Square to the castle; as you cross the lesser town, you can open Google Maps to get directions to the castle.

Passing the St. Nicolas Church to Nerudova Street is the simplest way to reach the Prague Castle main gate.

Are there free walking tours in Prague?

There are free walking tours, but they only cover the Old Town Square, the astronomical clock, and the Church of Our Lady before Týn.

You will need admission tickets to explore the castle’s primary highlights.

Is it worth visiting Prague Castle?

Yes, visiting the largest ancient castle in the world is worth it.

You get to explore its vast castle, which is a must-do when researching the best of Prague.

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