Prague Castle is fascinating, but don't overlook the surrounding area, known as Hradčany, or the Castle District. Here you will find abundant greenery, peace and quiet, and magnificent views of Prague. The first mention of Hradčany dates back to 1320 when on the area surrounding the castle a town with the same name was established. Hradčany is famous mainly for its monumental palaces such as, for example, Schwarzenberg or Sternberg palaces but also for Strahov Monastery with its historical library. Also in the area Loreta Square is worth stopping by which was built during the construction of the Cernin Palace. On Loreta Square you will find the Cernin Palace and a Capuchin monastery with a large garden that is home to a replica of the Santa Casa, the legendary home of the Virgin Mary. 

Royal Summer Palace

Located in the grounds of the Prague Castle complex is the Royal Summer Palace, one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture outside of Italy. The Royal Summer Palace, often referred to as Queen Anne's Summer Palace, was commissioned in 1538 by Ferdinand I for his wife Queen Anne. The magnificent structure was a combined effort of skilled...

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Ball Game Hall

Overlooking the Stag Moat this architectural gem of a building is located in the Prague Castle Royal Gardens and has charmed passersby for centuries. Designed and built by Bonifaz Wohlmut and Ulrico Aostali in the mid 16th century as a game hall where royals could partake in tennis and badminton, this intriguing structure features an impressive fac...

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Prague Castle

Prague Castle is a must-see. According to the Guinness World Records, it’s the largest ancient castle in the world – covering a total area bigger than seven football fields. Prince Borivoj built this spectacular castle to be the seat of his Premyslid dynasty in the late 9th century. It later became residence to Czech kings, Roman emperors and today...

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St. Vitus Cathedral

You can see the magnificent Cathedral of St. Vitus from nearly any elevated place in Prague. The cathedral towers over Prague Castle and is the architectural trademark of the city. History whispers from every corner of this monumental structure, taking visitors back in time. In 1344 French architect Matthias of Arras was commissioned to plan and bu...

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Basilica of St. George

The Basilica of St. George is the second oldest church in Prague. This significant Romanesque monument is located within Prague Castle at Jiřské náměstí and was built around 920 by Prince Vratislav. In the 12th century the church was partially damaged by fire and had to undergo reconstruction. Two towers with stone roofs and two rows of Romanesque...

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Lobkowicz Palace

If you are searching for a wonderful and intriguing place to spend an afternoon, do not miss the Lobkowicz Palace where you will find one of the best private collections in all of Europe. Lobkowicz Palace was built by Czech Nobleman Jaroslav of Perstejn in the middle of the 16th century; this is where the dynasty of the Lobkowicz family would begin...

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Prague Castle Picture Gallery

Situated in the massive complex of the beautiful Prague Castle, the Prague Castle Picture Gallery is well worth a visit if you are a fan of classical art. The castle owns over 4,000 paintings, thanks to Rudolf II, the one time ruler of Prague that was an avid art collector and all around supporter of the arts. The Prague Castle Picture Gallery disp...

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Sternberg Palace

The National Gallery's special collection of European art from the Classical era till the end of the Baroque period is housed in the Baroque Sternberg Palace, just off of Hradčanské Náměstí in Prague's Castle District. Similar to the Troja Chateau, this important Baroque monument was built for Count Václav Vojtěch of Sternberg and his wife. On the...

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Schwarzenberg Palace

If you are interested in Baroque art, you should not miss a visit to the incredible Schwarzenberg Palace, located on Hradčanské Náměstí in Prague. This beautiful Renaissance building houses a permanent exhibition of the National Gallery Prague called Baroque in Bohemia. Across the three floors, you can see 160 sculptures and 280 other artifacts of...

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Salm Palace

The Salm Palace on Hradčanské Square was originally built as a luxury apartment building between 1800 and 1811. This Neoclassicist palace was built by the Prague archbishop William Florentan, the Prince of Sal-Salm, on the site of several smaller aristocratic residences. The Salm Palace is connected with the neighboring Schwarzenberg Palace and som...

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Loreta

The Prague Loreto is a remarkable Baroque monument especially thanks to the decorative frontal façade, which captivates its visitors. Passing through the frontal building at the top of the hour, you can hear the chimes of the Loreto carillon. Local organists also play the carillon keyboard each Sunday afternoon. Inside the courtyard stands the Sant...

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Villa Bílek

The Bílek Villa in Prague's Hradčany used to be the home and workplace of the famous Czech sculptor, architect and graphic artist František Bílek. Today Bílek's original artwork from his most creative periods, and furniture reproductions based on Bílek's original designs, as well as the original fittings of the villa are on display in the building....

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