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“Prague Castle in Winter - Beauty under snow” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Prague Castle (Prazsky hrad)

Prague Castle (Prazsky hrad)
Prague 11908, Czech Republic (Praha 1)
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Ranked #21 of 314 Attractions in Prague
Type: Castles, Historic Walking Areas
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The largest castle in Europe contains more than seven hundred rooms.
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“Prague Castle in Winter - Beauty under snow”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2011

Winter was quite harsh in Prague this year with a lot of snow and frost and I have got several opportunities to get to Prague Castle with my camera. Either in morning light or at night with so characteristic 19th century lamps, Prague Castle is magical place under snow. It is also time, when you can enjoy Castle courtyards and surrounding area without crowds of visitors, when you can visit great art collections in Castle complex - National Gallery in Sternberg and Schwarzenberg Palaces on Hradcany Square and Castle Gallery. Highlight of art collections is Lobkowicz Princely Collection in Lobkowiz Palace.

Visited January 2011
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“Buy ''short tour'' ticket only!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2011

Just a short note: there are a few types of ticketing, inlcuding ''long tour'' and ''short tour''. The ''long tour'' costs 100kc more than the ''short tour'' and enables visit to the powder tower, story of prague castle, and two galleries. All are pretty boring so just pick the ''short tour'' will be good enough.

Visited April 2011
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“Magical Prague Castle in Winter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2011

Winter 2010/2011 was very rich in snow in Prague and I was quite often out leaving my lab with my Nikon to catch magical snow and light conditions. I would like to share with you couple of my Prague Castle Area images.

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“Disappointing, poor presentation, empty rooms, you pay extra to take photos.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2011

Prague Castle was a top-tier attraction for us, and we visited at the first opportunity, however we were pretty disappointed by it. Above all it's a failure of information and presentation.

On walking up the many steps to enter the castle, there is no clear sign about where to go or what to do. A number of different areas advertise "tickets", however these are for the gallery and side attractions that happen to be on the premises.
The closest we came to actual tickets was a small window that appeared mainly to be selling refreshments, but also had a "tickets" notice. We had a choice of either short-visit tickets, which only granted access to certain parts and buildings, or full tickets. Although it was clear which elements could and could not be visited with each ticket, not having much knowledge of what was inside, it was hard to tell which was worth paying for. We went for the cheaper short visit ticket. We were also told (in faltering English, not her fault, but still) that it would be an extra 50 crowns if we wished to take photos inside the buildings. 50 isn't actually much, £2 or so, but I balked at that on principle.

We were given a leaflet with a map of sorts, but there wasn't much information of what to see, and that's the second area where the Castle fell down, how the buildings and their contents were presented to the visitor. Don't get me wrong, we wanted to be informed as much as the next visitor, we wanted to learn about Czech history and the various buildings, but the information available was usually in the form of a small plaque or notice, and surely didn't do these buildings justice. Unfortunately without historical context or information, it came across as one empty room after another, ie not very interesting.
"If only audio guides were available!", we said. We always use these if we can when we visit an attraction. Then we saw a number of people walking around who *did* have these guides, it seemed! As far as we could tell, there was a second entrance to the Castle which was much better than the way we entered, and we presume that these audio guides were made available there. Why on earth they were not available or offered at what we presume was a main entrance is a total mystery and very disappointing.
So in the end we walked around the whole place, but with so little to learn it was really a case of "that's a nice building" and that's it. St Vitus Cathedral, very impressive and worth a look. It's a pity I couldn't learn more about that there either.
Oh another thing, I'm sure the changing of the guard would have been great to watch, if only we could see where and when it took place!
It's also worth noting that if you want to just walk around the grounds (and with the poor presentation inside the buildings, it's not a bad idea), you don't need to buy a ticket at all.
Come on Prague Castle, you can do better than this!

PS they charge money for the restrooms too!

Visited March 2011
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“Pricey but worthwhile”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2011

POSITIVES
cathedral
guardsmen
medieval hall
views

NEGATIVES
pricey - its a shame the whole of Prague is pricey
doesn't look like a castle! more an italianate palace

Visited March 2011
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