Hradcany Walk, Prague

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!
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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
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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; its copper roof resembles an upturned ship’s keel, the arches between the thirty six columns of the ornate arcade have 114 reliefs depicting scenes from royal hunts, battles and Greek and Roman mythology. One relief shows Ferdinand 1 presenting a flower to his wife.

The first floor of the palace was once an observatory, the building’s remote location made it ideal for observing the night sky. It has a splendid fresco of famous events in Czech history. The ground floor was once made up of drawing rooms and ballrooms, but nowadays these rooms are used for modern and creative art exhibitions.

The geometrical gardens in front of the palace are graced by the famous Singing Fountain. This fountain is made of bronze and metal and is decorated with scenes of royal hunts. It is the sound of the water spilling into the bronze basin that creates a “song”. You need to use a little imagination and also to crouch down beside the fountain basin to hear the song.
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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 place.
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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 from the family collection of guns and musical instruments. You can also see several original music scores and manuscripts written by Beethoven and Mozart among other famous compositors and you can admire the Old Masters, painted by Breughel the Elder, Velazquez and Canaletto.

The reception rooms, concert Hall, Balcony and Marble hall are beautifully decorated with frescos of Greek mythology on the stuccowork ceilings. The Imperial Hall is magnificent with its trompe-l’oeil paintings of Roman statues. The palace’s 17th-century chapel is dedicated to St Wenceslas and the walls are decorated with medallions depicting the legend of the patron saint of the Czech Republic.

When you have finished your visit and have bought your souvenirs at the museum shop, you can relax and have a wonderful meal in the palace café-restaurant which is geared to all palettes and where the burgers are the best in Prague. From here you have a wonderful view of the city.

Why You Should Visit:
Excellent value, especially for music lovers.

Tip:
Private audio guide available, giving insight into the collection of ancient portraits, paintings, musical instruments, and weaponry.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-6pm
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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 houses were rather poorly made out of stone, mud, and wood and had to be restored regularly.

When the marksmen were moved to new lodgings, the tiny houses were given to various palace workers, including goldsmiths, which is where the name Golden Lane came from. Another story tells that alchemists lived there, but in reality, they lived in another part of the castle complex. Later the tiny houses were occupied by the poor and Kafka’s sister lived at N°22. He stayed there with her for a short time and a memorial plaque has been fixed to the wall.

Today there are only eleven houses left; they have been restored, repainted and are now used to exhibit medieval armor, weapons and textiles, or have become souvenir shops and snack bars.

Why You Should Visit:
No golden pavement, unfortunately, but plenty of cobblestones, colorful facades, a few small windows, and interesting histories.

Tip:
Buying a ticket will grant access to other parts of the complex, including the Prague Castle.
If you'd rather not pay the ticket, you may still walk through the street after 5pm, although most houses and shops are closed by that time.

Opening Hours (paid entrance):
April–October: 9am-5pm; November–March: 9am-4pm.
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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 models and sketches of tombstones and architectural structures. Because the gallery has a chapel you will also find an exhibition of Sacred Art where Myslbek’s statues of Bohemian saints and Emanuel Max’s “Crucified Christ” are on display.

Things to look out for include: Peter Brandl’s “Bust of a Talking Apostle”, Vaclav Varinec Reiner’s “Landscape with Orpheus and Animals”, Jan Kupecky’s “Self Portrait” and Roelant Savery’s “Stag Hunt”.

The gallery is part of the National Gallery and they have installed a small exhibition from the collection of Rudolf II. The Museum of Decorative Art has also lent the gallery a fine display of glass, porcelain and furniture from the 18th and 19th century.

Opening hours: Tue-Sun: 10 am – 6 pm
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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 Vratislav and Boleslaus II of Bohemia are also in the basilica. The abbess of this community had the right to crown the Bohemian queens consort.

The building now houses the 19th century Bohemian Art Collection of National Gallery in Prague. It also serves as a concert hall.
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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 the first Marklin trains from 1918 – 1947, complete with a Marklin railway station.

Perhaps the most amazing part of the museum is its collection of Barbie dolls. Here you can see Barbie from her creation to today. There are black Barbie’s, Princess Barbie’s and even a pregnant Barbie, which is rather rare. Of course there are a few Ken’s and Barbie’s sister Skipper. The best thing about the collection is the clothes which give a clear view of how fashion has changed since the 1950s.

If you aren’t a Barbie fan you will find the huge collection of tin soldiers more interesting. These represent armies from various countries and various epochs. The only sad thing about this fascinating museum is that you are not allowed to touch the exhibits.

Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m
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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 Hall which has marvelous stellar-ribbed vaulted ceilings. The Hall was used for all sorts of events, including indoor tournaments; the knights on horseback reached the hall by the Rider's staircase which was specially adapted with long, shallow stairs for the horses to climb. Nowadays the hall is used for the investiture of President of the Czech Republic and other important state events.

In the palace's All Saints Chapel, paintings are dedicated to the legend of St Procopius. The chapel is open to the public on Saturday at 4pm and for concerts. In the Charles Hall and the Wenceslas IV Hall you can admire the 'Story of Prague Castle' exhibition, which relates the history of the castle, important characters and events from the castle's creation to the present day. In the Theresian Wing, a Creative Art exhibition is well worth a visit, while the New State Boards Chancellery holds an impressive collection of Coats of Arms.

Why You Should Visit:
A palace that is imbibed with Czech History and is a nice way to spend a cultural afternoon.

Tip:
Remember to look up, because that's where some of the best things to see are!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-5pm
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St. Vitus Cathedral

9) St. 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 place of St Wenceslas and a coronation church.

The cathedral had many different architects. The first, Mattias of Arras, drew up the plans based on French Gothic style but he died shortly after work was started. Peter Parler took over and was succeeded by his sons. Between them, Mattias of Arras and Peter Parler built the chancel with its ring of chapels, the Golden Portal and the lower part of the steeple.

The cathedral was finally consecrated in 1929. In the crypt below the royal mausoleum in front of the high alter lie Bohemian Kings and Holy Roman Emperors. Coronations were held in the partly finished church until 1836 and the Crown Jewels are kept in the Crown Chamber just off St Wenceslas chapel. This lovely chapel is decorated in frescoes and semi-precious stones. The stained glass windows and the rose window are particularly beautiful. You can climb to the tower and see the bell which is the biggest in Europe.

Why You Should Visit:
Largest of Prague's churches overlooking the entire city.
The incredible stained glass windows alone are worth the visit.

Tip:
Choose a tour guide if you want to get in easier, without waiting in long lines.

Opening Hours:
April–October: 9am-5pm; November–March: 9am-4pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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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: north, west, south, and central.

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 Spanish Hall is graced by golden chandeliers and large mirrors which add light and an impression of space to the room.

Once the residence of kings, the palace now houses the offices of the President of the Republic and his administrative staff. This is where diplomats and foreign statesmen are received by the President when they are visiting Prague.

The palace is used for state and cultural events and is only open to the public twice a year; on Liberation from Fascism Day in May and on Foundation of the Czech Republic Day in October. Although the public isn’t admitted to the interior of the palace, the exterior is nevertheless included in visits to Prague Castle.
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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 by Rudolf’s successors, but Prague Castle retains over 4000 fine paintings and the best of these are to be found in this small gallery.

Here you can admire paintings by Tiziano Vecellio and Rubens amongst other exceptional Italian, Flemish and German Old masters, and Czech Masters of the Baroque Period. You can also see a statuette of Martha and Venus by Hans Mont, an important 16th century sculptor. Fine jewellery is also on display, made by Italian, German and Flemish jewellers of Rudolf’s time.

The gallery itself was once the stables where Rudolf kept his famous Spanish horses. During reconstruction in the early 1960s, workers brought to light the remains of a 9th century church, which have been carefully preserved.

Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 9 am to 5 pm during Summer season, from 9 am to 4 pm during winter season.
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Prague Castle

12) Prague Castle (must see)

Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) is where the Kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors, as well as 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 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 style of the last millennium. The Prague Castle includes Gothic St Vitus Cathedral, Romanesque Basilica of St. George, a monastery and several palaces, gardens and defense towers. Most of the castle areas are open to tourists. Nowadays, the castle houses several museums, including the National Gallery collection of Bohemian baroque and mannerism art, an exhibition dedicated to Czech history, a Toy Museum and the picture gallery of Prague Castle, based on the collection of Rudolph II.

Why You Should Visit:
Prague's highlight; a remarkable blend of history with different architectural styling from the inhabitants of the castle and its walls over the years.

Tip:
There are multiple ticket booths, so if the main line is too long, walk into the courtyard to check the other line as well.
Plan for a minimum of 3-5 hours to explore the whole Castle complex. Gardens are free and you're welcome to enjoy them as much time as you like.

Opening Hours:
(April-October) Prague Castle complex: 6am-10pm; Historical buildings: 9am-5pm
(November-March) Prague Castle complex: 6am-10pm; Historical buildings: 9am-4pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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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 Eating Hall are portraits of Prague’s Archbishops. The furniture is contemporary and the rooms are filled with priceless glass and porcelain vases and statuettes.

The only part of the palace that is open to the public is the Chapel of St John the Baptist which was built in 1599. You can only visit it on the day before Good Friday, and if you are lucky enough to be in Prague at that time, you really shouldn’t miss a trip to the chapel.

Here you will notice a magnificent painting of the Crucifixion behind the chapel alter. This painting was executed under rather gruesome circumstances. It was commissioned by the Archbishop of that time and the work was carried out by a young Italian artist. The artist hired a beggar as a model and tied him to a cross, but because the poor man didn’t seem to be suffering enough, the artist stabbed him through the heart and painted his agony-filled face. After delivering the painting, the artist, full of remorse, committed suicide.
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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 you can feast your eyes on Durer’s “Feast of the Rose Garland” and Jean-Antoine Houdon’s 1776 bronze sculpture of Diana.

The first floor is devoted to Italian art from the 14th to the 16th century, and Netherlands art of the 15th and 16th century. Here you will find Anthonie Blocklandt Van Monfoort’s lovely “Venus Dressing Cupid”. There is also a 4th century Egyptian painting entitled “Portrait of a Girl”.

On the second floor, which is the largest part of the gallery, are the exhibitions of Italian, Spanish, Flemish and Dutch art from the 16th to the 18th century and French art from the 17th and 18th century. The exhibition includes “Praying Christ” painted in 1595 by El Greco and “Portrait of Don Miguel De Lardizabel” executed in 1815 by Goya. An oval room on this floor includes paintings by Van Dyck and Peter Paul Reubens.

Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm, Friday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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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 will find the Tuscan Coat of Arms.

The statues on the roof were designed by the German sculptor Jan Brokoff and made by his son Ferdinand. On the wall of one corner of the palace you will see a wonderful statue of St Michael the Archangel sculpted by Ottovio Mosto who was the father of Baroque Illusionism in Prague.

The palace has four wings that enclose a central courtyard with two fountains in wall niches. The ground floor is often used for temporary art exhibitions and is open to the public.
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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 finished in 2008, during which time the building was closed to the public.

Now a department of the National Gallery of Prague, you can visit the wonderful permanent exhibition of sculptures and paintings of Renaissance and Bohemian art on three floors of the palace. The exhibition rooms are light and airy and the beautifully painted ceilings are sometimes more impressive than the exhibits themselves.

There is a museum of curiosities in true Baroque style and in one of the basement areas is a tactile exhibition called 'Touches of Baroque' for the blind. Another part of the basement is given over to an archaeological exhibition. Recently an exhibition of the Imperial Armoury has been installed in one of the attics of the palace.

Why You Should Visit:
Tastefully renovated and eye-catching Renaissance building with a fine collection of paintings, sculptures, and exhibitions for everyone.

Tip:
Don't miss the amazing ceilings that boast canvases stretched onto wooden frames.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm
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Schwarzenberg Palace Gallery

17) Schwarzenberg Palace Gallery (must see)

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

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm
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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 statues of two Moors holding up the balcony. The Italian Embassy is found at Thun-Hobenstein Palace and has a pair of eagles spreading their wings over the portal. The street is full of quaint pubs, restaurants and shops.

House signs were used before houses were numbered and Nerudova Street has plenty of fine examples. Among others are: “At the Golden Cup” you’ll see the symbol of goldsmiths and this one dates back to 1660. “At the Three Fiddles” is where the violin maker T.Edlinger, the founder of the Prague School of Violin Making, once lived. “At the Golden Horseshoe” you can see a real horseshoe on the foot of the painted horse, put there in 1559.

The Lesser Town is probably the most haunted area of Prague and Nerudova Street is no exception. “At the Black Eagle” was owned by a miserly old woman who locked all her possessions away so that her heirs couldn’t get them. Now you can hear her late at night, rattling a bunch of keys as she opens and closes doors to check on her treasures.

Why You Should Visit:
One of Prague's most picturesque cobblestone streets.

Tip:
Stop by the Gingerbread Museum for a snack!
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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 watchmaker Peter Neumann from thirty smaller and larger bells. Today the building also hosts large collection of liturgical tools, mainly monstrances. Exhibitions are occasionally held on the first floor of the cloister. Neighbouring square is named after Loreta.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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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 popular vehicles, for example, are not flashy racing cars but incredibly detailed wind-up tractors with rubber tires, four working gears (including reverse) and functional steering. Thereʼs also a full line of farm accessories: trailers, harrows, tilling and sowing machines. And while communism may have narrowed the manufacturersʼ world view, it did not entirely wipe out their humor and sense of whimsy. You can also find a vintage circus truck, hearse and cable car. Kovap toys show up in many souvenir and toy shops; for the best selection, try the Rocking Horse Toy Shop a few blocks from Prague Castle. Located at Loretanské náměstí 9, open seven days 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Prices range from 295 – 1,995 crowns.
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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 into barracks and the terrace became a training area. Between 1923 and 1939 it belonged to the Ministry of Foreign affairs, and then again at the end the second World War.

In 1948, Jan Masaryk, the son of Czechoslovakia’s first president, fell to his death from one of the upper storey windows. It has never been proved whether he was pushed or whether he committed suicide, but those who believe the former, refer to his death as the 3rd Defenestration of Prague.

Walking Tours in Prague, Czech Republic

Create Your Own Walk in Prague

Create Your Own Walk in Prague

Creating your own self-guided walk in Prague is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Josefov Nightlife

Josefov Nightlife

Prague offers fascinating night entertainment. It has a lot of clubs and discos. Check out the most popular nightlife spots in Central Prague in the following self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Holesovice Walking Tour

Holesovice Walking Tour

Holešovice is a suburb in the north of Prague situated on a meander of the river Vltava. In the past it was a heavily industrial area, while today it is home to the main site of the Prague's National Gallery, the Veletržní palác, and one of the largest railway stations in Prague, Nádraží Holešovice. Take this tour to enjoy what Holešovice area has to offer.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
Stare Mesto Orientation Walk

Stare Mesto Orientation Walk

Old Town (Czech: Staré Město) is a medieval settlement of Prague, once separated from the outside by a semi-circular moat and wall, connected to the Vltava at both of its ends. The moat is now covered up by the streets, which remain the official boundary of the cadastral district of Old Town. Notable places in the Old Town include the Old Town Square, Astronomical Clock, Kinsky Palace and many others. Take this orientation walk to explore the Prague Old Town at its best.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Josefov Walking Tour

Josefov Walking Tour

Josefov, formerly the Jewish ghetto of the town, is completely surrounded by Prague Staré Město. Here you can find beautiful and historically important synagogues, as well as art galleries and museums. This tour will help you to explore the most interesting sites of the Jewish quarter.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Mala Strana Walking Tour

Mala Strana Walking Tour

Malá Strana ("Little Quarter") is a district in Prague, one of the most historically significant in the city. Back in the Middle Ages, it was predominantly populated by ethnic Germans and, in later years, largely retained Germanic influence, despite prevalence of the Baroque style in architecture. The most prominent landmark of Malá Strana is the Wallenstein Palace. There are also a number of interesting churches, including St. Nicholas's Cathedral. Other local attractions include the Franz Kafka Museum, the Michna Palace, and the Petřín Tower renowned for its resemblance with the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Prague Nightlife

Prague Nightlife

Prague offers fascinating night entertainment. It has a lot of clubs and discos. Check out the most popular nightlife spots in Central Prague in the following self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km

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Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few Prague hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: Hotel Lippert, Old Town Square Hotel, Grand Hotel Praha.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Prague, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Prague typically costs somewhere between US$25+ and US$85+ per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to admire Prague's best-known landmarks in comfort from the open top of the bus listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able to get on and off at any of the stops along the three interconnecting routes (the ticket is valid for all three). For extra fun, enhance the experience with a complementary walking tour of the Jewish Quarter or Prague Castle!

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour of Prague – this usually lasts about 2 hours and allows visitors to get a real sense of the Czech capital. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise could have done by walking.

- Pedal your way around Prague on a 2-hour bike tour exploring the city's exceptional architecture and spectacular landmarks, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the Czech capital from an informative group leader, making halfway through a 30 minute refreshment stop at the Vltava riverside pub.

- Acquaint yourself with the secrets and wicked stories of the magical Golden Lane of Prague and gain insight into one of Europe's largest medieval castles on a 3.5-hour historical walk to the renowned Prague Castle and other gems of the Czech capital!

- Take a 3-hour walk to discover Prague’s Old Town and other downtown highlights including the Jewish quarter for a chance to learn about the centuries-long fascinating and complicated history of Prague and the Prague Jews in particular. In addition to the beautiful historic architecture, enjoy a free drink during a break!

- Discover Prague with the taste of beer on a relaxing 1.5-hour tasting session sampling some of the best brews the city has to offer! Learn some secrets of professional beer tasting and brewing traditions of the Czech Republic. A truly insightful introduction to the city's beer culture renowned for its pilsners, porters and other brews!

Day Trips


If you have a day to spare whilst in Prague, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Terezin, Kutna Hora, Cesky Krumlov, or Karlstejn Castle. For as little as circa US$45+ to US$80+ per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites including medieval city with hundreds of historic buildings, see the «Pearl of the Renaissance» castle - one of the most important historic sites in Central Europe, explore the picturesque south Bohemian countryside, visit a 13th century silver mine town - once the rich and powerful seat of the royal mint, embark on an educational journey into a former Jewish ghetto for some chilling insights into the grim World War II period, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up straight from your hotel in Prague and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or private vehicle to the destination of your choice and back again.