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Prague Castle is a castle in Prague where the Kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic have had their offices. The Czech Crown Jewels are kept here. Prague Castle is the biggest castle in the world (according to Guinness Book of Records the biggest ancient castle) at about 570 metres in length and an average of about 130 metres wide.

The history of Prague and the Czech Republic is intricately linked with the development of Prague Castle, or “Hrad.” Today, the castle complex encompasses numerous Prague attractions: St. Vitus Cathedral, the Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica, the Powder Tower, and other monuments, courtyards, and historic buildings. No trip to the Czech Republic is complete without exploring Prague Castle.

The castle is open daily, 9 am to 5 pm. Admission to the castle complex is free, but visitors will probably want to purchase a Prague Castle tours ticket to enter the impressive buildings on the grounds. Prague Castle tours without a ground cost about $15 for adults. Guided Prague Castle tours cost about $18. Less expensive tickets for individual buildings or combinations of buildings are also available starting at about $2 each.

The history of Prague Castle can be traced to the ninth century, when the Bohemian royal family established settlements near the banks of the Vltava River. By the early tenth century, the Prague Castle complex was the home to the Czech head of state as well as the bishop of Prague. St. Vitus Cathedral, one of the most important of all Prague attractions, was begun in the tenth century. Main additions came in the fourteenth century with the construction of the large Gothic chapels, including St. Wenceslas Chapel and its lavishly decorated altar. The impressive mosaic of the Last Judgment, over the intricate Golden Portal entrance, was completed in 1370. Subsequent additions were made in the 1700s. It is well worth a visit inside the massive basilica to see the dazzling stained glass windows, 21 chapels, and the royal crypt, which houses the remains of members of the Czech royal family.

Prague Castle tours continue to the Royal Palace, the historic home of the royal family. The palace is home to a permanent exhibition detailing the history of Prague Castle and is still used for special state events. Entrance to the museum is included in the price of a Prague Castle tours ticket or can be purchased separately for about $6 each.
   

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