Do you want to see Prague Castle but are confused about which Prague Castle ticket to buy? Don't worry! We are here to help you! This is our guide to Prague Castle, how to visit, what does skip the line ticket means, and which Prague Castle ticket will take you where.
We also offer a tour to Prague Castle which includes tickets: Prague Castle Tour w/ Tickets to Interiors.
Prague Castle is the largest castle complex in the world according to The Guinness Book of records. There are many ways of how to see the complex, you can be there for 1 hour or for 2 days if you would like.
You don't need a ticket to Prague Castle if you only want to visit the castle grounds. You need the Prague Castle Ticket if you want to visit the Castle interiors.
There is only one ticket that covers all Prague Castle's important sights such as St Vitus Cathedral, St George's Basilica, Golden Lane, and the Old Royal Palace - Prague Castle Circuit ticket. You cannot get individual tickets to these attractions. However, there are few other places in the Prague Castle where you will need to get a ticket, we will mention them below.
Yes, you've read it right. You can see Prague Castle for free. Not everything though, of course! To make it simple, all of the outside parts of the castle are for free. To be more detailed, 4 courtyards of Prague Castle and 4 gardens, and the vineyard of St. Wenceslas are free to access. If you are not a history fan and care more about the visuals and great photos, visiting Prague Castle for free might be just enough.
This is the ticket you should go for if you want to get the most out of your visit, and see the best sights, and the most important interiors of the castle. With the Circuit Ticket, you will see the interiors of:
It gives you access to the Tomb of St. Wenceslas, the place of the Third Prague Defenestration (some sources prefer to call it the Second), Alchemy Chambers, the House of Franz Kafka, and more.
The interiors have a few written info boards that explain the basics. If you want to go a little bit more into details, you can get the audioguide, or get a guide directly at the castle (cheapest option but not always available, since its a "wait and see if more people book" type of tour), or book a Prague Castle Tour which includes a ticket.
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The only person who can purchase a skip-the-line ticket is a guide with a valid guiding license. It won't save you from all the lines, but it will save you from the worst one, which is the line to purchase the tickets.
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Author: Valeriia Zahradnikova and Vaclav Zahradnik, Prague guides certified by Prague City Tourism agency. Valeriia and Vaclav have worked in tourism for over 6 years and have guided thousands of Prague visitors.