Which is the largest castle in the world? The one in Prague of course! You can wander around its courtyards, palaces, museums and garden all day long and whilst doing so, admire the overwhelming beauty of a place which has been the seat of Czech kings, emperors and presidents for a thousand years. The whole castle grounds are dominated by the monumental St. Vitus Cathedral, which is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Discover the secret of this symbol of the Czech Republic and a place which makes Prague one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
A place where time has stood still
The most famous dominant feature of Prague Castle is the St. Vitus Cathedral. When you enter it, you will find yourself in a place where time has literally stood still. The beautifully decorated interior created by medieval masters is lit to perfection by the rays of sunlight which stream through the beautiful stained-glass windows. Above all make sure to view the stained-glass windows by the Czech Art Nouveau artist Alfons Mucha. The cathedral also houses the tombs and remains of important saints and Czech rulers. You can see the tomb of St. Wenceslas here – the patron saint of the Czech lands, St. John of Nepomuk, as well as the last resting places of the emperors Charles IV and Rudolf II. Make sure to also take a look at the imposing mosaic of the Last Judgement above the Golden Gate and make the climb up to the main tower, which offers one of the most beautiful views over Prague, city of a hundred spires.
Little fairytale houses
No visit to Prague Castle would be complete without a tour of the Golden Lane. This tiny lane adjacent to the ramparts will absolutely amaze you with its picturesque look. According to legend, the colourful miniature houses here were inhabited by alchemists working for Emperor Rudolf II, who longed to discover the legendary Elixir of Youth and the Philosopher’s Stone. Don’t forget above all to view house No. 22, in which the world famous Prague writer Franz Kafka worked.
Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance…
A tour of Prague Castle is like a walk through a textbook on architecture. Over the course of a few hours, you can visit the Romanesque Basilica of St. George with its mystical interiors, the Gothic Royal Palace, the extensive Baroque courtyard, the Renaissance Summer Palace of Queen Anne as well as the ultramodern greenhouse in the Royal Gardens. Simply put, Prague Castle offers something for everyone. All you have to do is go there and allow yourself to be carried away by the story of one of the most important monuments in the Czech Republic.
Titian and Barbie under one roof
The true treasures of Prague Castle are hidden inside. You can take your pick from the many museums and exhibitions which are held here all year round. Would you like to see works from masters such as Titian or Rubens with your own eyes? Then visit the Picture Gallery at Prague Castle. If you have your children with you, don’t forget to treat them to a visit to the Museum of Toys. You can top off a tour of Prague Castle in one of the beautiful gardens, walk along “Deer Moat” or set out for the “New World”, an enchanting area of the city not far from Loretánské náměstí, where the studios of important Prague artists can be found in multicoloured houses.