Self-guided tours of Prague Castle and the surrounding area run the risk of leaving you with only a sliver of their history. Don’t miss anything on this walking tour inside and outside of the castle; make sure you learn everything there is to know. Then see and learn about St. Vitus Cathedral, Golden Lane, and the rest of the castle’s must-sees before strolling the cobbled Castle District once more.
- Walk through Prague’s Castle District and the surrounding area to learn about the history of the city.
- Use a guide to make sure you see all the major sights and learn about their history.
- The baroque Castle District and castle highlights like Golden Lane can be seen in this area.
- Walking tour only: tram ride and castle admission are not included.
Meet your guide in central Prague and set out on your 3-hour walking tour of Prague’s Castle and Castle District. Perched above the Vltava River, this vast complex is the world’s largest ancient castle and was once the seat of Bohemia’s kings, Holy Roman Emperors, and Czechoslovakia’s presidents.
First, stroll across the Vltava River and absorb the views of its bridges as your guide gives you a fascinating rundown of Prague’s history and major landmarks.
St Nicholas Church
Across the river, make your way into Malá Strana, the Baroque district set below the castle walls. Amble down the cobbled streets and stop for photos at Malá’s 18th-century St Nicholas Church and World War II memorial.
Next, ride a tram up to the castle and enter via the North Gate, crossing the Royal Gardens and Powder Bridge into stately Hradčany Square
Admire the Schwarzenberg Palace and statue to Czechoslovakia’s first president, Tomas Masaryks, in the square, and then walk into the Second Courtyard. Feel the power of the former Hapsburg Empire in this neoclassical courtyard, and then enter the stunning Third Courtyard, home to the mighty St Vitus Cathedral.
St. Vitus Cathedral
Head inside with your guide to see the majestic interior of the cathedral, one of Europe’s largest
St. George’s Basilica
Continue past the Golden Gate, Vladislav Hall, and St George’s Basilica to Golden Lane, a cobbled street of cottages that once housed castle archers, artisans, and goldsmiths.
Dip inside some of the 11 cottages, some converted into tiny boutique shops, and some styled to recreate medieval life, and hear how Czech writer Franz Kafka lived here between 1916 and 1917.
Leave the castle near the Eastern Black Tower and admire the city views from the hillside.
Your tour then ends here or at Charles Bridge when you bid farewell to your guide.