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Prague Castle: Power, Glory & Destruction small group Tour

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Hlavní město Praha, Czechia
Prague Castle: Power, Glory & Destruction small group Tour

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iconOffered in: English
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Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour of Prague’s Royal District, including Prague Castle. Explore inside the castle (own expense), and learn about the history of the district. See the former prison, Domeček, and the Renaissance Building’s Ball Game Hall where tennis was played by aristocrats. Plus, walk past and admire the architecture of many ancient buildings along the way,  
  • 3-hour waking tour of Prague’s Royal District, including Prague Castle
  • Visit Prague Castle (own expense), and learn about its historical significance to the city
  • Go inside the Royal Gardens, and stroll by the Reissuance Building
  • See Domeček, the former prison where political opponents were imprisoned by the Gestapo
  • Pass by ancient buildings, and admire their architecture styles
  • Small-group tour ensures a personalized experience with your guide
  • Choose between a morning or afternoon departure time
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Historic guide
Prague Castle entrance (adults CZK 350, students & seniors CZK 175)
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Klárov, 118 00 Praha 1-Malá Strana, Czechia

Please meet your guide right at the door of Metrocafe, Klárov 1, 118 00 Praha 1-Malá Strana. Look for the cafe which is connected to the entrance of the Malostranska Metro.

Departure Time

2:00 PM

Return Details

Prague, Czechia
Meet your small group and guide at Metro Cafe Malá Strana a little before the time you chose for your tour. You’re sure to learn so much while taking in the historical sites during the next three hours.

Stroll the streets, and see ancient buildings that’ll stop you in your tracks with their beautiful architectural styles. 

Follow your guide to the top of Hradčany Hill to get to Prague Castle, the official residence of the president of the Czech Republic. Go inside (own expense) to explore the building that dates back to the 9th century. View the Renaissance Building, and see the Ball Game Hall. Admire the lovely Vladislav Hall, which was built to hold indoor jousting tournaments.

After your time inside the castle, head over to Hradčany. Pass by Domeček, the former prison where political opponents were imprisoned by the Gestapo, and the Strahov Monastery, where an ancient library is housed.  

Your tour ends at a monastic brewery where you can choose to savor rare St. Norbert’s micro-brew (own expense) before going your separate way.  
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Prague Castle
Discover the fascinating 1,100-year old history behind the world’s largest castle complex on a small group 3-hour walking tour of Prague Castle and the Royal District with an historian guide. This guided walking tour will take you to the imposing Prague Castle atop Hradčany Hill through the Royal Garden and over the Stag Moat. See the ancient buildings, that have been constructed and reconstructed in every architectural style, incorporating Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Rococo, Renaissance, and Neoclassical monuments. Learn about the Castle buildings from your historian guide and how these have been bombarded by artillery, plundered by marauding armies and left to deteriorate by indifferent Austrian Emperors over the years. Allow your guide to bring this history to life with their vast knowledge of the country’s turbulent past. We recommend booking an afternoon tour if your schedule allows as the castle complex is often less crowded then.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ball Game Hall in the Royal Garden
Stroll past the Renaissance Ball Game Hall, where sporty aristocrats played tennis with the Emperor. Admirer the Renaissance sgraffito depicting the allegories of virtues, arts and sciences.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Queen Anne's Summer Palace
The purest Renaissance architecture outside Italy, Queen Anne's summer house in the Royal Gardens of the Prague Castle was commissioned by Ferdinand I in mid 1500's. It was converted into an astronomical observatory by Rudolf II. Among the guests, there were Tycho de Brahe, Johanes Kepler, and even the emperor himself, who died here after losing the royal title.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St. Vitus Cathedral
St. Vitus cathedral in Prague is one of the most monumental cathedrals in Central Europe and represents a prominent example of Gothic architecture. Founded in the first half of the 14th century it was finally completed 600 years later in the first half of the 19th c. The cathedral is the site of the royal crypt of Czech sovereigns and patron saints. Of particular interest are the baroque tomb of St. John of Nepomuk, the first martyr of the Seal of the Confessional, cast in silver and gothic St. Wenceslas Chapel which houses relics of the saint.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Old Royal Palace
Walk through the magnificent Vladislav Hall, built at the end of the 15th century combining the Late Gothic with brand new Renaissance style. It was the scene of coronation festivities and banquets, and knights' tournaments. The knights would enter the hall to take part in the jousting competitions in full armor and on horseback through the Riders' Staircase, which was designed precisely for that purpose. Step into the Ludwig Wing to see the window through which the members of the Czech Estates defenestrated two Austrian governors and their scribe, sparking the Thirty Years' War, one of the most destructive conflicts in human history.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
St. George's Basilica
Step into the austere and monumental Romanesque basilica built in the 1100 hundreds. Compare its architecture and interior to the just visited Gothic style of the St. Vitus Cathedral.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Golden Lane
Walk through this quaint, diminutive street Originally built in the 16th century to house Rudolf II's castle guards. Step into the tiny rooms which now mostly house souvenir shops. There is a museum of medieval armoury within the former 14th-century fortification accessible from Golden Lane. Golden Lane is connected with Dalibor Tower, which used to be a dungeon.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
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