For many years Prague Castle was open for free to everyone. Having several entrances, it was very easy to get in without waiting. Since last summer (2016), Czech president Miloš Zeman decided to put security checks in place. This measure started to cause a big problem: long line ups. My new blog post focuses on the best practices how to make the most of your Prague Castle visit and how to avoid line ups.
1. BEST TIME FOR YOUR VISIT
Come either early in the morning or later in the afternoon or at night. Prague Castle is open from 6am – 10pm. If you plan to visit Prague Castle during the day (peak is 10am – 4pm), you need to count with some extra time in a line up for security checks. Working days are also better for visit. Entrance to Prague Castle grounds is free of charge, however, in case you would like to visit interiours and histroical buildings (St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George´s Basilica, Golden Lane), you need to purchase a ticket (It is called B circuit and cost 250 CZK. This ticket is valid two days). Historical buildings are open from 10am – 5pm.
2. ALL ABOUT SECURITY CHECKS
By every entrance to Prague Castle (3 in total) there are strict security checks. You will walk through a security frame / or your body is scanned by security device. You need to take anything made of metal out of your pockets (keys, coins…), then you will be asked to open your bag. Guns, knifes and drons are not allowed. Liquids are ok.
3. LINE UPS
Sometimes the line ups are super crazy and annoying expecially during hot summer, cold winter or when it rains. Around the noon you can wait up to 20 minutes. The times vary. Best option is to enter Castle from the east. You will not wait so long. Basically just walk from Malostranská stop (metro A line / tram stop) via Staré královské schody (Old castle stairs) to reach east entrance.
4. MY TIPS HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR CASTLE VISIT (AND SAVE TIME AND NERVES)
- Wake up early and get to the Castle as soon as possible. In the morning you can enter Castle through the main entrance (from west – Hradčanské sq.). It will not be so crowded.
- Explore the Castle grounds, enjoy the atmosphere with just few people around you.
- You can visit service in St. Vitus Cathedral.
- Buy a ticket to historical buildings in ticket office or visit Castle gardens (free of charge, open during summer season).
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