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“Don't miss this attraction” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Prague Castle (Prazsky hrad)

Prague Castle (Prazsky hrad)
Prague 11908, Czech Republic (Hradcany & Letna)
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Prague in One Day Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #9 of 1,345 things to do in Prague
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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.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Don't miss this attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

We found the name Prague Castle to be deceptive. It was much more than a Castle. The original majestic building that served Czech princes, kings, and presidents dominates the Prague skyline. However, it has been gradually added to and extended for over 1000 years, so that it is now made up of individual structures and elements from various epochs. Now Romanesque in style, its origins go back to a 9th century fortified settlement enclosed by a moat.

I will only tell you about one of the many buildings there. St. Vitus Cathedral is the largest church treasury in the Czech lands and one of the most extensive in Europe. It was built over a period of 600 years and thus is a mixture of many different architectural styles.

There is also a very large and excellent garden to explore.

My husband and I enjoyed the Castle area so much, that we returned the next day to see more
and still did not see everything. A good way of getting there is the 48 hour Hop on Hop off bus.

Visited May 2013
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“Fab castle and great views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Amazing place up here and well worth the walk up the hill. We went past all the embassies which were all very nice to see. Even found the British one with Winston Churchill statue outside. Could recognise it a mile off!

Lots of little restaurants in the area and places to buy glass and engraving. Really interesting to see it all being done.

Visited May 2013
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“Worthy of the crowds”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

There's a reason that this place is the most visited attraction in all of Prague, and once you've seen this pretty much everything else you see in the city will seem to pale in comparison.
We entered around 1130 in the morning and bought the long tour tickets plus audioguide (350 + 350) and went straight away for the changing of the guard ceremony...couldn't see too much of this because of the crowds but it's got a lot of fanfare along with it. St Vitus is the highlight of the castle, both inside and outside...some of the side chapels in the cathedral are quite stunning and the stained glass adds an amazing touch...mind you its cold inside!!! St. George's basilica, though not nearly close, still is a good visit and is a lot quieter. For the more artistic, the picture gallery is a must see. The story of Prague castle exhibition is a good place to start things ideally, but it is located after a few of the attractions, so you might end up doing this afterwards...it has some very good information about the castle through the times. Golden Lane is something that we weren't really expecting in a castle but it adds a nice little touch with its small and cozy little rooms. Powder tower, Rosenberg Palace and Old Royal Palace were not too great though.
Not too forget, the gardens on the ramparts offers great views over Prague and is a must do at the end of the long day at the castle...In all keep about 4-5 hours to see most things at a leisurely speed.

Visited April 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“The cathedral.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

The cathedral is the gem here. Buy the ticket to visit all the buildings but you will find that the cathedral is the best part of the visit. There is a separate ticket required to climb the tower of the cathedral, it's a hard climb up those stairs and everyone needed a breather when they got to the top. But once you get there, the view is worth it.

I spent about 3 hours looking around the attractions here and would recommend it.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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“Sprawling fortress like castle.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

St Vitus Cathedral is a must see. Many interesting buildings and squares with a rich and colorful history.

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