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A Few Tips for Visiting Prague Castle

Published on May 02nd, 2013 in Sights

  • Pohořelec Square - vintage photo

  • Strahov Monastery Library, 1953

  • Loreto Church, 1958

  • Watercolor of Prague Castle - Jaroslav Šetelík

  • The Golden Lane - Hradčany, 1949

 

My favorite way to visit the castle is by starting at the top – taking the #22 tram to the Pohořelec stop – and dropping by the often-overlooked Strahov Monastary Library (Strahovské nádvoří 1), which dates back to the 12th century, to view the incredible frescoed ceilings.

 

From there, it’s just a short downhill stroll to the main castle entrance. Along the way, two worthy stops: Toy lovers will want to check out Hračky (Loretánské náměstí 3) and beer lovers – or anyone seeking a “real” Czech pub experience – should seek out U Černého vola (Loretánské náměstí 1), which opens at 10:00 if you happen to be an early bird!

 

Right across the street from the pub is the impressive Loreto Church (Loretánské náměstí 7), which was built in 1720 in the Baroque style – if you’re in the area near the top of any hour, stick around to hear the 27-bell tower ring out.

 

At the castle itself, as in so much of this city, what I find most gratifying is to walk through all the nooks and crannies to see the mesmerizing architecture, as opposed to going inside to see every sight listed in the tourist guides. You don’t need to pay to enter the castle grounds, but you’ll need tickets to see the main sights – St. Vitus Cathedral (completed on its 1,000th anniversary in 1929) and the Royal Gardens being the two I’d most strongly encourage you to visit. 

 

Before leaving the castle grounds, I highly recommend a visit to the Lobkowicz Palace (Jiřská 3); even though it requires a separate admission fee, it’s well worth the investment.

 

 

 

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