Prague Castle

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Prague Castle
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Changing of the Guard

This ceremony takes place daily at noon in the First Courtyard.

Guided tour recommended

Unlike most large castles, this one does not require you to take a guided tour (though you must pay an admission fee). Still, it's wise to go on a guided or private tour lest you miss out on the many interesting historical and architectural nuances.


Prague Castle is infamous for being the scene of many 17th century acts of defenestration. This word defines getting rid of people you don't want by throwing them out a window (in this case, palace windows).


The castle evolved from a 9th century wooden fortress into a massive stone citadel while undergoing various stages ofdeterioration, rebuilding and enlargement. The most recent major renovations were championed by Empress Marie Theresa in the 18th century. Her touches gave Prague Castle the somewhat Baroque chateau look we see today. The structure is a sprawling complex of connected buildings. Unlike most castles, it is more linear than vertically oriented.

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