Prague Castle and Castle District (incl. Change of Guards with Music/Golden Lane)

Duration: 2h and 15min
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on July 08, 2020

Join the YouTube team Real Prague Guides aka 100 Spires City Tours for a free tour you will never forget (unless you drink too much beer after the tour🍻). We are a team of certified local tour guides who know how to make Prague's history fun! (Yes you heard it right! Fun and educational!) Most of us grew up in this city and know it like a back of our hand. So you definitely won’t get lost with us! So come and join us and let’s have fun together exploring Prague!

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

Explore Prague Castle and Castle District without missing out on its biggest highlights: The Big Change of Prague Castle Guards at 12 PM or Golden Lane.

Prague Castle is our favorite part of Prague. You will love it too! No other part of this city has so much history packed in one place as Prague Castle does.


⚠️Bookings for groups larger than 6 adults are not accepted ⚠️

Please be on time (at least 10 min before the start) because you CANNOT join the tour if you arrive late!

The tours cover exactly the same sites otherwise.

 What will you see?

  • St. Vitus Cathedral (interior and exterior)
  • Giants' Gate
  • Schwarzenberg Palace (the most beautiful Renaissance palace in Prague)
  • Presidential Palace
  • Mosaic of Last Judgment
  • Old Royal Palace
  • Basilica of St. George
  • Second Courtyard and Presidential Flag
  • Golden Lane and House of Franz Kafka (inside, on afternoon version of the tour only)
  • Big Change of Guards with Music (on 11 am version of the tour only)
  • Castle District
  • Archbishop's Palace 

Things to know:

  1. Our Prague Castle Tour is a little bit shorter than the other Prague Castle tours on the GuruWalk platform. What allows us to make the tour shorter is that our meeting point is directly below Prague Castle, not in the Old Town. We spend less time getting to Prague Castle. It doesn't mean you will see less!
  2. You will need a public transport ticket. We take tram to Prague Castle (not everyone is able to climb the hill). You can purchase the public transport ticket at the beginning of the tour. We finish the tour at the easter edge of Prague Castle which is about 10 mins walk from the Old Town. You won't need another public transport to return.
  3. Prague Castle area is FREE to enter. You don't need any tickets to visit Prague Castle. However, there are a couple of buildings in Prague Castle you can only visit with an entrance ticket (St. George's Basilica, Old Royal Palace, Golden Lane, and the eastern part of St. Vitus Cathedral). We do not go inside these buildings on the tour. If you would like to visit the paid parts of Prague Castle we suggest joining the 11 AM Prague Castle Free Tour to get an overview of the castle's history. After the tour, you will still have 3-4 hours to explore the interiors.
  4. Our groups are limited to 30 people, which is one of the lowest maximum capacities in the city (other companies typically accommodate up to 40 people). If this number is too high for your preference, we recommend hiring a private guide.
  5. We are unable to arrange alternate meeting points or assist latecomers in locating the guide, even if they message us via chat. Guides cannot send messages while they are waiting for customers or conducting tours. 
  6. Please note that this activity is not recommended for people with mobility challenges
  7. This tour connects to our Old Town, Jewish Quarter, and Charles Bridge Free Tour. You can easily combine it since there is a 2-hour long break between each tour. See our profile and which other free tours you can join with us in Prague!

Due to the installation of the St. Vitus Cathedral Organ, the FREE SECTION OF ST. VITUS CATHEDRAL IS CLOSED. At this time, the duration of the closure is uncertain, but it's estimated to last at least until April 2024. Until then, visitors can only access the paid section of the St. Vitus Cathedral. WE WILL NOT ENTER THE CATHEDRAL on the Free Prague Castle Tour until the organ installation is finished.

⚠️Bookings for groups larger than 6 adults are not accepted ⚠️

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Klárov 1, 118 00 Praha 1-Malá Strana,...
    Klárov 1, 118 00 Praha 1-Malá Strana, Czechia
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    Meet us at Klarov, Malostranska metro exit (there is only one). Look for a red umbrella with big white 100 written on it.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Klárov 1

    Our guide will be waiting for you in front of the metro station exit near the drinking fountain (works only in summer). Your guide will hold a red umbrella with 100 written on it.⏰Please, be there on time, as your group will be taking a tram shortly after the start of the tour!

  • 2
    Outside visit

    This is the tram stop where your group will get off. Sometimes the group will take a short WC break before continuing the tour. ⚠️ Bear in mind that some guides get off at different tram stops due to changes in the opening hours of the Prague Castle.

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Czernin Palace

    Černínský palace is one of the largest Baroque palaces in Prague and a place of many important historical events. We will tell you about the palace as well as the sights around it. ⚠️ This is where most of our guides go after arriving to Pohorelec. Please, bear in mind that some guides might choose to bring you to a view point (View of Entire Old Town, Strahovské nádvoří 133/3) and then climb up the hill to the castle.

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Castle District Square

    This beautiful square boasts magnificent palaces of Czech nobility. If you are joining our 11 am tour, this is where we watch the 12:00 charge of the guards from most of the time.

  • 5
    Outside visit
    Garden on the Bastion

    After going through a security check, your group will arrive to the garden at the Bastion.

  • 6
    Outside visit
    Second Courtyard of Prague Castle

    This large representative space is a perfect place to get into the history of Prague Castle.

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    Free admission
    St. Vitus Cathedral

    Whenever the opening hours allow it, we always try to visit the free area of the St. Vitus Cathedral (2 front chapels required no admission), but the rest of the cathedral is only accessible with a ticket. Our guide can explain how to get it and what you can see there.

  • 8
    Outside visit
    III. Nádvoří Pražského hradu

    Hands down one of the most picturesque places in Prague!

  • 9
    Outside visit
    Old Royal Palace

    This is one of the oldest residencies of Czech Royalty in Prague, so it would be a crime not to talk about it!

  • 10
    Outside visit
    St. George’s Basilica

    Another amazing photo opportunity and a place rich in history!

  • 11
    Free admission
    Golden Lane

    Free admission on 2 pm tour only as Golden Lane opens for free in the evening. If you are taking 11 am tour, you will need a ticket to enter. Our guide will explain the details upon your request.

  • 12
    Outside visit
    View of Prague from Prague Castle

    This is the last stop of our tour, don’t miss out on an epic view of Prague!

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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Sven 18 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
We had a great and informative tour with James. He always made sure that all participants stayed together and always looked for a place in the shade on the hot day. He also involved the participants by asking questions. Thank you very much!
Alan 18 Jun 2024
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It was informative and proceeded at an optimal pace. Our guide spoke loudly and clearly.
Tarlia 16 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Necessary for making the Castle experience worthwhile.
Dale 16 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Our guide was fun, very informative, clear instructions, hidden facts, great historical tour of the castle. I would recommend this tour to everyone.
Lina 14 Jun 2024

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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
I enjoyed every sec
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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