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Soldiers of elite Prague Castle Guard welcome you at the gates of Prague Castle. The Prague Castle was most likely founded in around 880 by Prince Bořivoj of the Premyslid Dynasty (Přemyslovci). According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, with an area of almost 70,000 m². A UNESCO World Heritage site, it consists of a large-scale composition of palaces and ecclesiastical buildings of various architectural styles, from Roman-style buildings from the 10th century through Gothic modifications in the 14th century. The famous Slovenian architect Josip Plečnik was responsible for extensive renovations in the time of the First Republic (1918-1938). Since the Velvet Revolution, the Prague Castle has undergone significant and ongoing repairs and reconstructions.
Catch the ceremonial changing of the guard including a fanfare and the flag ceremony: daily at 12.00 in the first courtyard, or at the castle gates on the hour from 7am-8pm in the summer season, or 7am-6pm in the winter season.
Prague Castle complex: Apr-Oct daily 5am-12am, Nov-Mar daily 6am-11pm. Premises requiring tickets: Apr-Oct daily 9am-5pm, Nov-Mar (exc. Dec 24) daily 9am-4pm. Prague Castle Gardens daily Apr/Oct 10am-6pm, May/Sep 10am-7pm, Jun/Jul 10am-9pm, Aug 10am-8pm, Closed Nov-Mar except the Garden on the Bastion. The Garden on the Bastion Apr-Oct 5am-12am, Nov-Mar 6am-11pm. St. Vitus Cathedral: Mar-Oct: M-Sa 9am-5pm, Su 12pm-5pm. Nov-Feb: M-Sa 9am-4pm, Su 12pm-4pm.
Prague Castle: Regular CZK 250-350, Reduced CZK 125-175, Family CZK 500-700. Tickets good for two days. Ala carte tickets available for certain attractions and exhibitions.
several tram stops nearby (Královský letohrádek, Pražský hrad, Pohořelec) and also two metro stations (Malostranská, Hradčanská). The visitors use mostly tram No. 22 (stop called Pražský hrad). Then they leave the Castle through the Old Castle Stairs to metro station Malostranská.
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