Hradcany Walk, Prague

Hradcany Walk, Prague
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Hradčany, or the Castle District, is an area in Prague surrounding the Prague Castle. The latter is said to be the biggest castle in the world (measuring some 570 meters long and approximate 130 meters wide). Going back in history as far as the 9th century, the castle has been the seat of power for Bohemian kings, Holy Roman emperors, leaders of Czechoslovakia and is currently the official residence of the Czech Republic President. Located nearby is St Vitus' Cathedral, housing the Archbishop of Prague. Despite the presence of majestic, historic locations, Hradčany also has plenty of romantic and peaceful nooks and corners, complete with picturesque lookouts, much to the delight of numerous guests of the city and locals. Take this walk and explore some of these at your own pace!

Hradcany Walk Map

Guide Name: Hradcany Walk
Guide Location: Czech Republic » Prague (See other walking tours in Prague)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 21
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Author: vickyc
Belvedere or Royal Summer Palace

1) Belvedere or Royal Summer Palace

Prague Castle is the biggest castle complex in the world and it contains many buildings. When visiting the castle, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to take in the Royal Summer Palace or Belvedere. This construction was commissioned by Ferdinand 1 for his wife Queen Anne and is a fine sample of Italian Renaissance based on the project by the Italian architect Paolo Della Stella.

Located at the far end of the Royal Gardens to the north of Prague Castle, the Belvedere is an elegant building;...   view more
Villa Richter Restaurant

2) Villa Richter Restaurant

Piano Nobile is a charming place to dine and enjoy beautiful panorama of Old Town. French cuisine and wines are elite. Try chef dishes that contribute to the fairy tale ambiance of the restaurant. It is a truly romantic...   view more
Lobkowicz Palace

3) Lobkowicz Palace (must see)

Lobkovic Palace is the only privately owned building in the great Prague Castle multiplex. Built in the 16th century, it belongs to the Lobkowicz family and was restored to them after the fall of the communist regime. It is one of the most beautiful palaces in Prague and is certainly worth a visit.

The palace is now a museum, reception rooms and concert hall where classical music is played every lunch time. The museum relates the Czech history through the Lobkowicz family; the exhibits come...   view more
Golden Lane

4) Golden Lane (must see)

One of the most fascinating areas of Prague Castle is undoubtedly Golden Lane, where you will find a collection of tiny houses, all brightly painted.

There were once 24, built up against the castle’s northern fortification in the 16th century. At first they housed Rudolf II’s marksmen and legend has it that he ordered them not to build houses that exceeded the wall’s arches, which would explain why they are so small. In all likelihood the real reason was due to a lack of space. The...   view more
Gallery at the St. George Convent

5) Gallery at the St. George Convent

The Gallery at the St George Convent in the Prague Castle complex holds a permanent exhibition of Czech Baroque art from 1790 to 1910. Its purpose is to enlighten visitors about the changes of trends and styles of art during this period and it is a must for all lovers of Bohemian art.

In this 10th century convent you will find over 350 paintings and 54 sculptures arranged in nine sections according to their period of execution and theme. As well as the paintings and sculptures there are also...   view more
St. George's Basilica at Prague Castle

6) St. George's Basilica at Prague Castle

St. George's Basilica is the oldest surviving church building within Prague Castle. The basilica was founded by Vratislaus I of Bohemia in 920. It is dedicated to Saint George.

The basilica was substantially enlarged in 973 with the addition of the Benedictine St. George's Abbey. It was rebuilt following a major fire in 1142. The Baroque façade dates from the late 17th century. A Gothic style chapel dedicated to Ludmila of Bohemia holds the tomb of the saint. The shrines of...   view more
Toy Museum

7) Toy Museum

No visit to Prague Castle is complete without taking in the Toy Museum, which is the second largest of its kind in the world.

The museum’s seven exhibition rooms take up two floors with stunning displays of toys from Ancient Greece to the present day. There are Czech and Bohemian traditional toys by the score and also a collection of the film-maker and cartoonist Ivan Steiger’s wooden and tin toys. You can admire a model of a mountain village beautifully crafted out of tin, and models of...   view more
Old Royal Palace

8) Old Royal Palace (must see)

The most visited part of Prague Castle is the Old Royal Palace, once the home of kings and where the 30 Years War started in 1618 when two Imperial Catholic Governors were thrown out of the window of one of the Bohemian Chancellery Rooms by Protestant nobles. The rather funny thing about this piece of Czech history is that the two unfortunates had their lives saved because they fell onto the Royal Stable muck-heap below the window!

The most notable part of the palace is the 60m long Vladislav...   view more
Saint Vitus Cathedral

9) Saint Vitus Cathedral (must see)

Situated in Prague Castle, St Vitus Cathedral is the most visited of all Prague’s sacred monuments. It is a Roman Catholic cathedral and the seat of the Archbishop of Prague.

The cathedral is built on the place where Wenceslas I founded a Romanesque rotunda in 925 dedicated to St Vitus. At the beginning of the 11th century a Romanesque basilica replaced the rotunda, and in 1344 Charles IV commissioned the building of the cathedral you can see today. He intended it to be the final resting...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
New Royal Palace

10) New Royal Palace (must see)

A part of the Prague Castle the New Royal Palace occupies part of the 3rd courtyard of the castle. The construction was started in the 17th century and completed in the 18th. It comprises four wings, the north, west south and central wings.

The Throne Hall in the southern wing is richly decorated and boasts three huge crystal chandeliers, Persian carpets and a painting of Ferdinand V on his coronation day. The 47m long Rudolf Gallery has reliefs of 19th century Czech historic events and the...   view more
Prague Castle Picture Gallery

11) Prague Castle Picture Gallery

Prague Castle Picture Gallery is situated in the northern wing of the New Palace in the 2nd courtyard. It is a small gallery and quite easy to miss, which would be a shame as it is well worth visiting.

The gallery holds a permanent exhibition of over 100 paintings from the collection of Rudolf II, who was a great art lover and who once had the largest private art collection in the 16th century. Some of the paintings were lost during the 30 Years War; others were removed to Vienna and England...   view more
Prague Castle

12) Prague Castle (must see)

Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) 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 Bohemian Crown Jewels are kept here. Prague Castle is one of the biggest castles in the world (according to Guinness Book of Records the biggest ancient castle) at about 570 meters in length and an average of about 130 meters wide. The castle buildings represent virtually every architectural...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Archbishop Palace

13) Archbishop Palace

Situated at Castle Square near Prague Castle, the beautiful Archbishop Palace is the residence of the Archbishop of Prague. It was built on the site of a Renaissance building and has been rebuilt several times in the Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo styles. There are vestiges of 16th century Renaissance sgraffitoes in the courtyard.

The interior is an amazing mix of wood-carvings and Rococo stuccowork, the Throne Hall is decorated with French 18th century tapestries and on the walls of the...   view more
National Gallery in Sternberg Palace

14) National Gallery in Sternberg Palace

The National Gallery in Stenberg Palace is another fine example of how Prague uses its ancient buildings to promote culture, art and history and no-one visiting Prague Castle should miss this lovely gallery dedicated to European art from the medieval period to the 21st century.

On the ground floor of the gallery, a part from a very good café and the gardens which display modern 20th century Czech sculpture, is an exhibition of German and Austrian art from the 15th to the 18th century. Here...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Tuscany Palace

15) Tuscany Palace

Tuscany Palace is the imposing Baroque building opposite Prague Castle. Built in the 17th century as a private residence, it belonged to the Dukes of Tuscany for over two hundred years. Today it houses the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

If this lovely palace seems a little familiar, it is because it was designed by the French architect Jean-Baptiste Mathey, who also designed the Archbishop’s Palace. There are two main entrances to the palace and above the portal of the left-hand entrance you...   view more
Schwarzenberg Palace

16) Schwarzenberg Palace (must see)

Schwarzenberg Palace is perhaps one of the most impressive buildings in Prague. The façade of this 16th century Renaissance palace looks as though it is of pyramidal relief, but this is a clever 3D effect painted onto the stonework, which is actually flat.

Inside, many of the ceilings are covered in paintings on canvas. These frescoes, depicting scenes such as the Judgment of Paris and the Conquest of Troy, have been carefully restored during the five-year renovation of the palace which was...   view more
Schwarzenberg Palace Gallery

17) Schwarzenberg Palace Gallery (must see)

Schwarzenberg Palace Gallery also belongs to the National Gallery. It houses Renaissance and Baroque art works from Bohemia, that includes about 160 sculptures and 280 paintings. Make sure you visit this amazing place while you in Prague. It's worth it.

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 10 -...   view more
Nerudova Street

18) Nerudova Street (must see)

You will find Nerudova Street in The Lesser Town area and if you don’t mind walking up a rather steep hill, this street makes for a very interesting visit, especially if you collect house-signs.

The street is named after Jan Neruda the writer who used the Lesser Town area as the backdrop for his stories and essays. The buildings are Renaissance or Baroque, but most have kept their Gothic origins in the form of cellars and vaults. The Embassy of Romania is housed in Morzin Palace, with its...   view more
Loreta

19) Loreta

Loreta is a large pilgrimage destination in Hradcany, a district of Prague. It consists of a cloister, the church of the Lord’s Birth, a Holy Hut and the clock tower with a famous chime. The construction had started in 1626 and the Holy Hut was blessed on March 25, 1631. The architect was the Italian Giovanni Orsi; the project was financed by a noblewoman of the Lobkowitz family.

The chapel is most known for its peal, heard since August 15, 1695. It was constructed during 1694 by...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Rocking Horse Toy Shop

20) Rocking Horse Toy Shop

What to buy here: Kovap Mechanical Toys.

For more than 50 years, the Czech company Kovodružstvo Náchod, now better-known by the shortened name Kovap, has been turning out heirloom-quality mechanical toys. Marvels of craftsmanship, the trucks, buses, fire engines and construction and farm vehicles reflect high standards of design and production – there are 300 steps involved from tin plate to finished product – as well as the countryʼs labor-intensive communist heritage. The most...   view more
Czernin Palace

21) Czernin Palace

If you are making a photo album of Prague’s historic buildings, you must include Czernin Palace which stands on Loreta Square.

Built in 1668 the palace is 150 metres long and is the largest Baroque building in Prague. All along the eastern façade are 30 semi-columns which make the palace instantly recognizable. The building was damaged twice, once by the French army in 1742 and then by the Prussians in 1747. In 1851 the military government bought the palace, a part of it was transformed...   view more

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