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“Dont' bother paying the entrance fee!”
Review of Prague Castle

Prague Castle
Ranked #4 of 1,078 things to do in Prague
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The largest castle in Europe contains more than seven hundred rooms.
Reviewed May 18, 2009

Totally agree with the previous review (Jerome) - whilst Prague Castle is in a beautiful setting and makes for an interesting day out, there is no need to pay the over-inflated entrance fee as it gives you access to very little else (when we visited, two of the pay-for attractions were closed) and whilst we paid extra to take photographs, we were then told in a couple of exhibits that we weren't permitted to do so.
In our opinion, visit Prague Castle, walk around the grounds and see the amazing Cathedral (be prepared to queue for quite a while) and watch the changing of the guards at midday .... (all for free) - leave the rest alone, it's not worth the money!

93  Thank MojacarSpencers
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Reviewed May 7, 2009

The biggest medieval castle in the world doesn't look very medieval thanks to an Austrian make-over. The gardens are really nice too. Most of the castle you can walk around for free until midnight and it's better to come later to avoid the crowds. In the day they do a changing of the guards by the front gate that's fun but not exactly Buckingham Palace. There are some amazing views from the castle and the nearby streets are very quiet and charming.

12  Thank JeromeHD
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Reviewed January 11, 2009

A good place to learn a bit of history about Prague. The best things to see there is Golden Lane and St George's Convent. The castle view was wonderful: we saw the old town towers, petrin park and petrin tower at the top, the Karlov bridge, neat side streets, roof top terraces, the opera house top and much more. Definately worth the money (the tickets were expensive compared to other places).

4  Thank DiaBaBurMElha
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Reviewed September 1, 2008

The cost of the tickets was counterbalanced by the fact that they were valid for two days and this obviously meant that one didn't end up in culture overload. Lots of the Prague Castle area is free to wander round but the main buildings are not. The best things to see there in my opinion is St George's Convent where the artworks are housed, and St Vitus Cathedral. We saw the Catherdral at around 4 or 5 in the afternoon and it was far less crowded than the following morning when the queues were massive.
Well worth the visit and much enjoyed.

20  Thank bewildergirl
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Reviewed August 9, 2008

Overall, it was quite nice, especially the park area overlooking the city.

However, what was annoying is that very few guidebooks (like Lonely Planet and AA) emphasize the point that the most picturesque parts of the castle grounds are free, which we didn't find out 'til I noticed that there was no one collecting tickets to get into St. Vitus Cathedral.

The different tickets that you have to buy separately merely get you into an additional amount of various historical buildings that, while interesting, were not worth the price of admission (IMHO).

So if you're just looking to enjoy the scenery and relax, then you can do the whole thing for free. Only buy the tickets to the other buildings if you REALLY want to see them. Otherwise, you'll just be making a donation to the Prague Castle Conservation Society when you don't really need to.

58  Thank robbuaa
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