Prague Castle

Prague Castle has always been the political and spiritual centre of the Czech lands,  the seat of Czech princes, later kings and from the early 20th century on, it has become the official residence of Czechoslovak and later Czech presidents. At present, Prague Castle serves as the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic, but it is also open to the public. In addition to offering sightseeing opportunities of its interiors and exteriors, the castle enjoys a rich cultural life. Prague Castle is the place for holding exhibitions, concerts, and even theatre performances. In the past years, much effort and funds have been invested into maintenance and upgrades, which have turned Prague Castle into an attractive venue for highest-level international meetings and conferences.

In the winter season, the castle complex is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. Areas requiring admission fees (St Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St George Basilica, Powder Tower, Golden Lane/Daliborka Tower) are open from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. The Prague Castle Gardens—including the Stag Moat and the terraces of the Riding School are closed.  The opening hours for the Garden on Bastion are the same as those of the castle complex. The Lany castle park is closed.

Since January 1, 2007, two new basic tours were created for visitors. The Long Tour includes the Old Royal Palace, the Story of Prague Castle Exhibition, the Prague Castle Picture Gallery, the Basilica of St George and the Golden Lane including the Daliborka Tower. This tour is suitable for individual visitors with a deeper interest in the various sites, school parties and families with children. The Short Tour includes the Old Royal Palace, the Basilica of St George and the Golden Lane including the Daliborka Tower, and is aimed more at groups and visitors with a limited amount of time, who nevertheless want to see the best parts of Prague Castle.

The Story of Prague Castle Exhibition and the Prague Castle Picture Gallery can still be visited individually. The Prague Castle Administration has also decided to be more accommodating to families with children by introducing less expensive family tickets. The tickets will still be valid for two days.

Prices:
Long Tour: adults CZK 350, concessions (children, senior citizens over 65 years of age) CZK 175, family ticket CZK 500 (at least 1 child and a maximum of 2 adults)

Short Tour: adults CZK 250, concessions (children, senior citizens over 65 years of age) CZK 125, family ticket (at least 1 child and a maximum of 2 adults) CZK 300

Free of charge (both tours):

Children up to the age of 6, holders of ZTP and ZTP-P passes (disabled perosns) plus one accompanying person.


Contact details:

Prague Castle Administration
119 08 Prague 1 - Castle
Prague Castle, switchboard operator: + 420 224 371 111
Information Centre: +420 224 373 368, +420 224 372 434, +420 224 372 435
Official Castle Guides: +420 22437 3368
www.hrad.cz

Permanent Exhibitions:


The Story of Prague Castle


The Old Royal Palace—Gothic floor
daily from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Adults: 140 CZK or, as part of route A, reduced: 80 CZK, family: 260 CZK, basic schools: 20 CZK/student, children from 6 to 15: 50 CZK, secondary schools: 50 CZK/student, groups over 10 persons: 120 CZK

This unique project presents the history of Prague Castle from its prehistory to the present. Visitors may examine models of Prague Castle in each of the stages it has gone through and discover the many original items on display from the Castle’s collections. The Permanent Exhibition is supplemented by interactive computer programmes and a children’s programme titled “The Castle Game.” Moreover, a documentary film produced as a part of the project is projected in a continuous film loop at the exhibition.
For more information, please see www.pribeh-hradu.cz or call 224 373 102

Guided tours – every Sunday at 10.00 a.m. Interested parties may gather at the Information Centre in the 3rd courtyard. Tour price is 40 CZK + admission fee.

 
1. Funeral Crown of  Rudolph I. Habsburg - photo Lubomír Fuxa and Jaroslav Prokop
2. Funeral Coat of  Rudolph II. - photo Jan Gloc

Prague Castle Picture Gallery

2nd Courtyard, daily 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Adults: 100 CZK, Reduced: 50 CZK, family 150 CZK, schools: 200 CZK
Free admission: children under 6, the handicapped, seniors every first Monday of the month (not during the exhibition of Lucas Cranach)
Guide service: Prague Castle Information Centre, 3rd courtyard, tel. 224 373 368

The Picture Gallery contains the works of celebrated European painters from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, arranged according to regional schools. Paintings by Tizian, Tintoretto, Rubens, Hans von Achen, Spranger, Veronese, Cranach, Holbein and others are among the gallery’s showpieces. Czech art is represented by the works of artists from the Baroque period—Kupecký and Brandl.

Temporary exhibitions:


Lucas Cranach and the Czech Lands

Prague Castle Picture Gallery
Open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Paintings by Lucas Cranach st. (1472 – 1553) are among the most valued items in the art collections worldwide. Holding the exhibition at Prague Castle is not accidental. The theme most associated with the art historical environs of Prague Castle, becomes the dominant feature of the exhibition. It is the so-called Prague Altar created by Lucas Cranach and his Wittenberg workshop around 1520 for the Cathedral of St. Vitus, St. Wenceslas and St. Adalbert. The exhibition installed in Prague Castle Picture Gallery till 8th January is held under the auspices of the President of the Czech Republic, Mr. Václav Klaus.

              
Lucas Cranach senior: St. Catherina and St. Barbara                         Lucas Cranach st.- workhop:
fragment of the middle part of Prague´s altar, around 1520         Lady with apple-portait, 1527

Prague Castle Administration, photo © Fototéka Pražského hradu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Prague Castle in Photographs 1856 – 1900

Theresian Wing of Old Royal Palace
Open daily except Mondays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The exhibition is the first part of an exhibition cycle devoted to the photo history of this place. The first part of the cycle, installed in the Theresian Wing of Old Royal Palace at Prague Castle till 13th January 2006, is devoted to the second half of the 19th century and will be followed by another exhibition displaying Prague Castle photos of the first decades of 20th century, while the third part of the cycle will present photos of the appearance of the Castle during and after wars.  The authors are aiming at a complex survey of the existing earliest photos of Prague Castle both in Czech and foreign collections and wish to present unknown, hitherto unpublished photos. The date 1856 in title of the exhibition refers to the year when the earliest surviving photo of Prague Castle was taken by the photographer Andreas Groll. An active programmer for the visitors is also included. Entitled The First Photo Tour of Prague Castle 1856-1900, a folding booklet contains the plan of Prague Castle and samples of photos from that time.
                                                         
                 
Prague castle from the river bank, around1867     Motor car at the 1st courtyard, 1898
photo: Rudolf Bruner-Dvořák                                      photo: František Fridrich

owner: private collection
reprophoto: Kateřina Scheuflerová


Photo of Cathedral of St. Vitus on the top of the article: © Fototéka Pražského hradu

More info at www.hrad.cz - Prague Castle Administration official websites