Walking Tour of Prague: Castle Hill

Cherub at the Loreta
The Loreta

Self-Guided Walking Tour of Prague: Castle Hill
Start your tour on the Charles Bridge, where you’ll have amazing views of Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. Walk across the bridge to Mala Strana (Lesser Town) and go straight up the street.

Stop by the green-domed St. Nicholas Church on your right. The church is a beautiful example of Rococo architecture, complete with pink marble columns and more cherubs than you’ll find in heaven.

Once outside, take a right in the plaza and then a left on the street. Follow the street up Castle Hill. If you need a rest on your way up, stop for some tea and pastries at U Zeleneho Caje, a teahouse where scenes from the movie Amadeus were filmed. Try the gingerbread or apple strudel if you’re hungry.

Once you’ve made it to the top of the hill, you will find yourself at the doorstep of Prague Castle. Walk around the castle, and do an audio tour or walking tour if you’re ambitious.

The highlight of Prague Castle is St. Vitus Cathedral, an amazing church built in the Gothic style. Half of St. Vitus Cathedral was built long before the other half; if you look carefully at the columns inside, you’ll see the difference in the quality of the craftsmanship. Also note the stained glass window by Czech artist Alfons Mucha on the left near the back.

Other highlights of the Prague Castle area include the small houses of the Golden Lane, the Basilica of St. George, and several art museums.

Once you have seen the castle, you have two options. One is to take tram #22 or 23 down to the bottom of the hill. To get to the tram stop, you’ll have to walk across the bridge by the castle entrance.

The other option is to walk down the hill through the Prague Castle Gardens. The entrance is on the side of the castle closest to the river, and you can walk down through the gardens to get back to Mala Strana (Lesser Town).

Other Self-Guided Walking Tours of Prague
Mala Strana to Hradcany

Charles Bridge to Charles Square

Charles Bridge to Old Town Square

Prague Castle Guide

Prague Castle
Prague Castle

Prague Castle is one of the most well known landmarks in the Czech capital. Perched high on a hill above the small streets of Mala Strana, the castle is the perfect place to start one’s visit to Prague.

The castle itself consists of many different buildings, including the famous St. Vitus Cathedral, the small houses of the Golden Lane, and the Basilica of St. George. There are also cafes and gift shops, gardens and vista points. There is even a toy museum within the complex, and regular concerts are held throughout the year.

The best way to visit Prague Castle is to take a guided tour or an audio tour, both of which are available daily. Afterwards, you can explore the area having been acquainted with the complex by the tour.

If there is one place that you shouldn’t miss on your visit, it is St. Vitus Cathedral. Centuries of history lie within its walls, and the stained glass windows alone are worth a stop.

Prague Castle offers spectacular views of the city below, including other major destinations like the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, St. Nicholas Church, and the Valdstejn Palace Garden.


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