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Prague Castle

 

The Prague Castle is the traditional place of Czech kings and since 1918 it is also a residence of the President of the Czech Republic. It was most likely founded in around 880 by Prince Bořivoj of the Přemyslid Dynasty. According to Guinness World Records, Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, with an area of nearly 70,000 square meters and is also inscribed in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Prague Castle buildings represent all architectural styles of the past millennium.

The dominant buildings of the Prague Castle complex are St. Vitus, St. Wenceslas and St. Adalbert cathedral, which is also the resting place of many Czech kings. In this place there are also kept Czech crown jewels. Among the most beautiful interiors of the castle belong monumental Vladislav Hall, probably the largest secular vaulted space without internal columns throughout Europe at that time. In the castle there is the Golden Lane, the original place, where lived people such as stablemen,gunners and goldsmiths. In the area of the Prague castle you can also find St. George's Basilica, Daliborka, where used to be a prison.

 

The Golden Lane

A lane named after the goldsmiths who originally lived on this lane at Prague Castle in the 17th century. Unfortunately, no golden pavements or roofs await you here. Historical small and tightly-packed houses with colourful facades lend this place a charming historical atmosphere and you absolutely must make sure to come here when visiting Prague Castle. The lane is currently home to a lot of little shops selling typical goods for tourists and Czech souvenirs as well as an exhibition of armour and museum of torture. You have to pay an entrance fee to enter the lane, but it is open longer than the castle. However, if you enter after 5 p.m., it is free of charge although the shops will be closed. Prague Castle and the Golden Lane are very close to our Hotel Kampa Garden *** in Prague 1: set off on foot in the direction of Malostranské náměstí and then continue on in the same direction up the hill to Prague Castle.