Prague Introduction Walking Tour, Prague

Prague Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Prague

Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” Prague is home to a wealth of attractions, including more than ten major museums, numerous theatres, galleries, and plethora of historic sights.

The Czech name Praha derives from an old Slavic word práh, which means "ford" or "rapid", referring to the city's origin at a crossing point of the Vltava river. The legendary origins of Prague attribute its foundation to the 8th-century Czech duchess and prophetess Libuše and her husband, Přemysl, founder of the Přemyslid dynasty. Legend says that Libuše came out on a rocky cliff high above the Vltava and prophesied: "I see a great city whose glory will touch the stars." She ordered a castle and a town called Praha to be built on the site.

As the main residence of several Holy Roman Emperors, most notably of Charles IV (1346–1378), and the capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia, Prague flourished during the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras. Under Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II, an art lover elected King of Bohemia in 1576, Prague became the capital of European culture. Famous people lived here throughout that period, including astronomers Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler, painter Arcimboldo, alchemists Edward Kelley and John Dee, poet Elizabeth Jane Weston, and more.

Prague played major roles in the Bohemian and Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years' War and was also an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire. In the 20th century, it served as the capital city of Czechoslovakia between two World Wars and the post-war Communist era, until finally, in 1993, following the Velvet Divorce, became the capital of the newly-emerged Czech Republic.

Today's Prague is home to a number of well-known sights, many of which survived the violence and destruction of 20th-century Europe. Among them are Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock renowned for its animated hourly show, the Jewish Quarter, Petřín Hill and Vyšehrad.

Since 1992, the extensive historic center of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. To acquaint yourself with magnificent Prague at your own pace, take this self-guided walking tour.
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Guide Name: Prague Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Czech Republic » Prague (See other walking tours in Prague)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 14
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Old Town Square
  • Church of Our Lady before Týn
  • Astronomical Clock
  • Karlova Street
  • Old Town Bridge Tower
  • Charles Bridge
  • Bridge Street (Mostecka)
  • Lesser Town Square
  • Church of St. Nicholas (Lesser Town)
  • Nerudova Street
  • Prague Castle
  • St. Vitus Cathedral
  • Lobkowicz Palace
  • Golden Lane
Old Town Square

1) Old Town Square

While in Prague, you are bound to visit the Old Town Square, nestled right in the heart of the city. Its unexpectedly vast expanse gives it a grandiose presence as it unfolds from narrow alleyways. Once a thriving marketplace, this square has now transformed into a pedestrian haven bustling with shops, hotels, eateries, and bars—a perfect spot to mingle with fellow travelers, behold some of the city's most breathtaking sights, and experience its vibrant nightlife, with musicians competing for the attention of passersby.

Here, you will also encounter some of the city's most remarkable medieval structures, starting with the Old Town City Hall, erected in 1364 and renowned for its iconic Astronomical Clock. Towards the northern end of the square stands the 18th-century Saint Nicholas Church, now a venue for classical music concerts, adorned with a radiant white façade that glistens in the sunlight.

Dominating the square's skyline is the 14th-century Týn Church, arguably the most photographed religious site in the city, adorned with Gothic spires (access to the interior is through the Týn School, another remarkable Gothic edifice with numerous arcades). Nearby, you can explore the Stone Bell House, home to a prominent art gallery displaying contemporary and modern artworks; adjacent stands the charming Kinsky Palace, now a part of the National Gallery Art Museum, boasting a Rococo façade.

On the southern side, you'll encounter splendid Baroque and Renaissance buildings, distinguished by their house signs: At the Golden Unicorn, At the Blue Star, At the Red Fox... In Prague's past, buildings were not numbered but identified by their unique names.

At the heart of the square stands the monumental Jan Hus Memorial, erected to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the religious reformer's death. Revered as a martyr by the Czechs, Hus was branded a heretic and met his fate at the stake on July 6, 1415.

Ascend or take an elevator to the top of the clock tower for a panoramic 360-degree view of the city.
Church of Our Lady before Týn

2) Church of Our Lady before Týn (must see)

This mighty 14th-century Gothic marvel, distinguished by its two asymmetric twin towers capped by four small spires, reigns as the most imposing Gothic monument in the Old Town. Its commanding presence is visible from every corner of Prague, serving as a reliable landmark for orientation. Like the neighboring Hus Monument, the Týn Church fills Czech hearts with pride, adding to the overall aura of "Magic Prague"—no wonder Disney used it as an inspiration for his fairytale castle.

For the best exterior view, secure a ticket to the opposite clock tower and ascend via lift to the summit. Inside, the church boasts lavish gilded woodwork, a testament to its Baroque transformation. Countless altarpieces adorn the space, positioned before pillars, beside the main altar, nestled in corners, and lining the walls. The profusion of these towering, black-gilded altars, along with the brightly stained glass, leaves an indelible impression.

Astronomy enthusiasts will certainly enjoy a visit to the exquisite marble tomb of Tycho Brahe, astronomer to Rudolf II (look for a wood relief carving depicting him with astronomical symbols), much as the chance to wonder at the grand 17th-century organ. If willing to spend extra, consider booking tickets through Via Musica for the chance to attend the occasional concert.

Why You Should Visit:
To capture great photos from the square or clock tower outside and delve into the intricate details of the free-to-enter interior.
At night, the church is bathed in orange light, casting a fairytale-like glow when viewed from the square.

Access is via a narrow passage; locate the last arch on the left among the row of restaurants when standing in the square and gazing at the twin spires. Note that visiting hours are limited, with doors possibly closed between 12 and 3 PM.
Astronomical Clock

3) Astronomical Clock (must see)

Since the 1400s, the Astronomical Clock (or Horologe) on the Old Town Square has been a perennial favorite among visitors. Its hourly mechanical performance, unfolding from 9 am to 9 pm daily, never fails to captivate the crowds of tourists who gather to witness its spectacle. A true marvel, the clock's intricate design and complex mechanism, coupled with its astronomical and calendar dials, attest to the remarkable scientific prowess of its creators.

The clock's face symbolizes the Earth and the Sky, with one section denoting daytime and the other nighttime. An outer ring displays old Bohemian time, while the astronomical dial tracks the Sun and planets' orbits around the Earth (which is, of course, positioned at the center of the universe!). A third dial maps the Sun and Moon's journey through the zodiac signs. Along the periphery, an additional pointer indicates the date, day of the week, and saint's day, a matter of significance in medieval times.

Yet, the clock's main allure lies in its hourly performance of wooden statuettes, including Christ and the Twelve Apostles, emerging from miniature trapdoors and traversing from left to right. Atop the clock, perched on pinnacles, stand four symbolic figures representing the medieval threats of Death, Greed, Vanity, and a turbaned Turk. Below, stoic statues embody Philosophy, Religion, Astronomy, and History, observing the scene. As the show concludes, a cockerel emerges, flapping its wings to signal the end, followed by the clock's chiming of the hour as the spectators disperse.

Legend has it that the clock's creator, Hanus, suffered the loss of his eyes to prevent him from replicating his masterpiece. In retaliation, he purportedly sabotaged the mechanism, which remained broken for a century before its restoration. Another myth warns that if the clock halts for an extended period, it forebodes the fall of Prague.

Ascend the clock tower or take the elevator for a panoramic view of the cityscape.
Karlova Street

4) Karlova Street

As the most direct path connecting the Old Town Square and Charles Bridge, Karlova buzzes with activity day and night, drawing crowds who navigate between souvenir shops while ensuring they stay on track as the street winds its way to the river. A segment of the historic Royal Route, Karlova boasts predominantly Baroque facades while retaining its original Gothic or Romanesque cellars and vaults.

Capture Karlova's charm by photographing its distinctive house signs, each with its own tale to tell. "At the Blue Pike", once a favorite haunt of Wenceslas IV and his magician Zito, offers a glimpse into Prague's medieval past. Nearby, "At the French Crown", once home to the esteemed astronomer Johannes Kepler, bears witness to the city's rich intellectual heritage. Further down, "At the Golden Crown" and "At the White Horse", a pair of Gothic houses with 16th-century origins, beckon with their timeless allure.

For a tranquil respite, venture through the serene courtyards of the Klementinum on the street's north side. While there, don't miss the opportunity to ascend to the Astronomical Tower at the center of the complex, offering an outstanding panorama of central Prague.

Pro Tips:
To support local artisans, don't miss MANUFAKTURA at #26, a haven for authentic Czech souvenirs sourced directly from small towns across the country. Equally noteworthy is LOCAL ARTISTS at #21, where every meticulously crafted piece showcases the timeless beauty of Czech traditional arts and crafts, including handmade pottery and beer-infused cosmetics.
Old Town Bridge Tower

5) Old Town Bridge Tower

The grandeur of Gothic architecture finds ample expression in the Old Town Tower Bridge, situated at one end of the Charles Bridge. Constructed in the 14th century, it was envisioned as a triumphant arch for the procession of Bohemian Kings during their coronation journey from the Old Town to Prague Castle. It was also a crucial part of the city's medieval defenses against northern invaders.

Above the arch, you can see the coat of arms of the Bohemian Kingdom and the emblem of King Wenceslas IV, depicted as a kingfisher. Above these symbols stand three statues: Charles IV on the right, Wenceslas IV on the left, and Saint Vitus in the center. Higher up, near the tower's apex, are statues of saints Vojtech and Sigismund, patrons of the Czech land.

The east and west facades, once embellished, fell victim to destruction by invading Swedish forces in 1648 during the culmination of the Thirty Years' War. Commemorating this event is a stone plaque portraying Prague citizens repelling the invaders, installed shortly after.

Initially serving as a debtor's prison, the tower's first floor now houses a brief documentary detailing the bridge and tower's history. For a fee, visitors can ascend 139 steps to the top floor for a breathtaking panoramic view of the city.

Two mysterious inscriptions can be seen on the archway roof. These palindromes, "Signate Signate mere me tangis et angis" and "Roma tibi subito motibus ibit amor," hold obscure origins, with some speculating they may have served as protective spells against evil forces.

Why You Should Visit:
An iconic emblem of the city's landscape, offering unrivaled views of the Prague Castle over the Vltava River.

Consider descending the first two or three flights of stairs backward from the top for added ease.
Charles Bridge

6) Charles Bridge (must see)

The Charles Bridge, a renowned symbol of Prague, commenced its construction on July 9, 1357, at precisely 5:31 AM. This timing was no mere coincidence but based on the belief of Charles IV, the Roman Emperor, in the powers of numerology and astrology. His choice of the specific date and time, forming a palindrome, was thought to endow the bridge with added strength. Whether this belief held true, or whether the rumored mixtures of eggs, wine, or milk into the foundations contributed to durability, remains one of the structure's intriguing mysteries.

Spanning the Vltava River and stretching 516 meters long, nearly 10 meters wide, and supported by 16 arches protected by ice guards, the Charles Bridge served as the vital link between the Old Town, Prague Castle, and surrounding areas until 1841. Witnessing a surge in traffic during the early 20th century, it eventually transitioned to pedestrian-only access in 1978.

Adding a unique artistic dimension to the bridge are thirty Baroque statues, installed between the late 17th century and 1928, seamlessly blending with the underlying Gothic architecture. While strolling toward Lesser Town ("Malá Strana"), take a moment to appreciate these statues up close. Notable among them is the bronze crucifix, the oldest dating back to the mid-17th century, and the striking depiction of Saint Francis Xavier converting four pagan princes—an Indian, Moor, Chinese, and Tartar—a masterpiece of Baroque sculpture. Another significant figure is the eighth on the right, Saint John of Nepomuk, associated with a legendary tale of martyrdom on the bridge. Tradition holds that touching his statue brings good fortune or, in some renditions, ensures a return visit to Prague.

For a more leisurely experience, visit early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the crowds.
Bridge Street (Mostecka)

7) Bridge Street (Mostecka)

Passing through the arch connecting the Lesser Town Bridge Towers, you'll step into Mostecká ("Bridge") Street. Flanked by vibrant, gabled Renaissance, Baroque, and sometimes Rococo facades, dating from the 14th to 18th centuries, this narrow cobblestone lane has stood for 750 years, seamlessly linking Charles Bridge to The Lesser Town Square. Some of the facades still carry original decorations, including a chained bear at No. 4, the bust of cellist Zelenka, a striking bronze door at No. 17, three goats at No. 18, and more. With all its curious beauty, it's no wonder that this street once served as a route for royal processions during coronations.

Standing on the Lesser Town ("Malá Strana") side, just beyond the towers, you'll notice a house painted with three ostriches on the right. This Renaissance-style building, now a hotel, was once the residence of Jan Fux, a feather merchant and fashion purveyor who specialized in ostrich plumes and other prized bird feathers—highly fashionable accessories of the era used for decorating ladies' hats, courtiers' and officers' headwear, horse trappings, fans, and various garments. In 1606, Fux commissioned an artists to paint the bold ostrich advertisement on the facade, promoting his extravagant feather business.

Continuing your leisurely stroll along the street, be sure to admire the Gothic tower tucked within the courtyard of "At the Three Golden Bells", the opulent sculptural embellishments of the "At the Black Eagle" house, complete with its magnificent Baroque wrought-iron grille, and marvel at the ornate pink and yellow Rococo facade of the Kounic Palace.

Pro Tip:
Explore the boutique shops, restaurants, and bars lining the lower part of the street, all catering to the stream of passersby. For a delightful refueling break, indulge in craft beer and cake at the charming, family-run ROESEL café housed in a historic building. Don't miss the mini-exhibition on your way in, and be sure to explore the lovely courtyard. They also offer daily lunch and dinner specials.
Lesser Town Square

8) Lesser Town Square

Ever since the 10th century, this arcaded square has been an important marketplace and epicenter of activity on the left bank of the river. Today, it remains lively with restaurants, pubs, and shops, inviting visitors to linger and admire its array of remarkable buildings.

One notable structure is the 14th-century Old Town Hall (now transformed into the Malostranská Beseda nightclub and bar), where non-Catholic nobles penned the Czech Confession ("České Konfese") in 1575, a pioneering plea for religious tolerance directed at the Habsburg emperor, later enshrined into Czech law. However, the true gem of the square is the magnificent 18th-century Baroque Saint Nicholas Church. Erected atop the remnants of a Gothic chapel, it showcases truly wonderful frescoes, including a sprawling 1,500-square meter masterpiece on its ceiling, alongside a collection of exquisite statues.

If you happen to relax over a Starbucks coffee here, take note that you're seated in the former Grömling Palace, a prime example of Prague Rococo architecture. Across the square at No. 18, distinguished by its twin turrets and striking pistachio and vanilla-colored facade, stands the Smiřických Palace. In 1618, this palace witnessed the gathering of Protestant leaders who deliberated over plans to confront Emperor Ferdinand’s Catholic governors, sparking the Thirty Years' War with the infamous Defenestration of Prague. Nearby, the High Baroque Sternberg Palace now houses masterpieces of the National Gallery.

Presently, the Czech Parliament stands as the foremost edifice in this vicinity, commanding a significant portion of the square's northern side. Hence, it's not uncommon to encounter smartly attired officials traversing the area from time to time.

Why You Should Visit:
To immerse yourself in the heart of historic Prague, replete with an array of historical palaces, monuments, charming shops, and opportunities to savor traditional Czech cuisine. There are weekend markets, too.
Church of St. Nicholas (Lesser Town)

9) Church of St. Nicholas (Lesser Town) (must see)

Commanding the skyline of Lesser Town ("Malá Strana") is this Baroque masterpiece distinguished by its colossal green dome and tower, serving as one of Prague's most recognizable landmarks along the left bank of the Vltava River. Constructed by the Jesuits in the early 18th century, it represented their most ambitious endeavor in Bohemia, symbolizing their significant influence over the region. The juxtaposition of the broad, robust dome with the slender bell tower adds to the architectural allure that defines Prague's skyline.

Upon entering, the vast pink-and-green interior overwhelms the senses. Every corner bursts with vitality, drawing attention to the dramatic statues, vibrant frescoes, and gleaming faux-marble pillars. The impressive fresco in the nave portrays various miraculous acts attributed to Saint Nicholas, highlighting the grandeur of the Baroque era. However, it is the dome at the church's eastern end that truly captivates, owing to its remarkable height. Gazing upward, one encounters four imposing Church Fathers, depicted with stern expressions, with one wielding a gilded thunderbolt, leaving no doubt about the gravity of the Jesuit message.

Ascending the tower (admission fee required) in summer offers a fine perspective overlooking Lesser Town and the iconic Charles Bridge.
Nerudova Street

10) Nerudova Street

You'll encounter the picturesque Nerudova Street nestled within the Lesser Town area, and if you're up for a bit of a climb, it promises a fascinating excursion, especially if you have a penchant for collecting house-signs. Formerly the concluding stretch of the "Royal Way", the path of the king's procession preceding his coronation (naturally, he rode a horse rather than scaling the hill), it was more recently named after Jan Neruda, a Czech writer who found inspiration for his stories and essays in this very area.

Before the 18th century, Prague had no system of house numbering, with each building instead identified by a unique name depicted pictorially on its façade. Nerudova boasts numerous examples of these fascinating house-signs. Take, for instance, No. 12, "At the Three Fiddles", once the dwelling of the Edlinger violin-making family, or "At the Golden Cup", adorned with the symbol of goldsmiths dating back to 1660. You'll also spot "At the Golden Horseshoe", where a genuine horseshoe was placed at the foot of a painted horse in 1559.

Be sure to pause at two palaces designed by baroque architect Giovanni Santini: the Morzin Palace at No. 5, featuring an allegorical "night and day" façade crafted in 1713 by Ferdinand Brokoff, famed for his Charles Bridge statues. Across the street at No. 20 stands the Thun-Hohenstein Palace, sporting an eagle gateway designed by another prominent bridge statue sculptor, Mathias Braun. Keep an eye out for the winding passageway under the arch of No. 13, a characteristic feature of this quarter. And don't miss No. 33, the Bretfeld Palace, where Mozart and Casanova lodged during the world premiere of "Don Giovanni" in 1787.

Swing by the Gingerbread Museum at No. 9 for a tasty treat, or visit Czech Marionettes at No. 51 to explore an array of linden-wood marionettes, ranging from classic characters to eerily reptilian wizards and princesses in pink—plus a few modern politicians!
Prague Castle

11) Prague Castle (must see)

The term "Prague Castle" might lead you to envision a single grandiose structure with towering turrets and regal chambers; yet, it's actually a sprawling fortified enclave comprising government edifices, churches, museums, historical courtyards, stunning gardens, and the enchanting Golden Lane, where one of the cottages was once inhabited by Kafka. Spanning roughly 70,000 square meters (over 17 acres), this complex holds the Guinness Record as the largest castle complex globally. Its history spans centuries of royal dynasties.

Established around 880 by Duke Bořivoj I and his wife Ludmila, the Castle has hosted notable residents such as their grandson Wenceslas I, members of the Habsburg family, and Thomas Garrigue Masaryk, the first president of Czechoslovakia in 1918. Today, it serves as the residence of the Czech president, marked by the national flag flying when the president is in town. Outside the main Matthias Gates, stone-faced castle guards perform a ceremonial "Changing of the Guards" at noon, with smaller versions held hourly from 7 AM onwards.

The architectural diversity, ranging from the dazzling Gothic-Renaissance-Baroque fusion of the Saint Vitus Cathedral to the Baroque exterior and Romanesque interior of Saint George's Basilica, reflect an ongoing evolution spanning from 880 to the early 1900s. Modern elements, attributed to Slovenian architect Josip Plečnik's 20th-century contributions, can also be spotted throughout the grounds.

Allocate at least 3-5 hours for a comprehensive exploration of the Castle complex. The gardens are open to the public free of charge, allowing ample time for leisurely enjoyment. Since there are multiple ticket booths, if the main line appears lengthy, consider checking alternative lines within the courtyard.
St. Vitus Cathedral

12) St. Vitus Cathedral (must see)

Perched within the precincts of Prague Castle, overlooking the Vltava River and the cityscape, Saint Vitus Cathedral is hailed as a pinnacle of Gothic architecture, symbolizing the essence of Bohemian national identity for many. Housing the tombs of numerous Holy Roman Emperors and Bohemian kings, its historical significance is palpable. Yet, beyond its rich past, the cathedral's striking exterior, grand nave, and exquisite stained-glass windows unite to evoke a profound sense of beauty and reverence.

The exterior is distinguished by the imposing Great Tower, crowned with a baroque dome and housing Sigismund – the largest bell in Bohemia, forged in the mid-16th century and weighing over 33,000 pounds. Adjacent to the tower lies the cathedral's southern entrance, known as the Golden Gate, decorated with a remarkable Venetian-glass mosaic depicting the Last Judgment.

Stepping inside, one is immediately awed by the soaring height of the nave, while the luminous stained-glass windows on the left impart a transcendent aura. Noteworthy among these is the third window, a masterpiece by the Art Nouveau maestro Alfons Mucha, narrating the entire history of Christianity in the Czech lands through vibrant imagery and profound symbolism. Other captivating features include the wooden panorama of Prague, the opulent Tomb of Saint John of Nepomuk crafted in solid silver, and an array of decorative elements ranging from the intricate to the whimsical.

While entry to the exterior and partial interior is free, a ticket is required for a comprehensive tour, available as part of Prague Castle's visit options. Additionally, a separate fee allows access to the tower, offering amazing views albeit via a rather narrow ascent.
Lobkowicz Palace

13) Lobkowicz Palace

As the sole privately owned edifice within the expansive Prague Castle complex, this 16th-century palace remains under the ownership of the aristocratic Lobkowicz family, having been returned to them following the collapse of the communist regime. Today, it serves as a multifaceted establishment housing a museum, reception areas, and a concert hall that hosts classical music performances during lunch hours. Notably, the palace is renowned for its exquisite 180-degree panoramic vista from its terrace, complemented by the 30-minute Prague Inspires Panorama Tour provided with each audio guide.

The museum offers a unique family-narrated audio tour, guiding visitors through an exhibition showcasing renowned artworks by "old masters" such as Canaletto, Brueghel the Elder, and Velázquez. Additionally, visitors can marvel at exceptional displays of arms and armor, as well as ceramics, including the world's largest surviving Delft dinner service. Original music scores and manuscripts authored by luminaries like Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn enrich the experience further.

The palace's reception rooms, concert hall, balcony, and Marble Hall are beautifully decorated with elaborate frescoes depicting scenes from Greek mythology on their stucco ceilings, while the Imperial Hall features stunning trompe-l'oeil paintings of Roman statuary. Moreover, the palace's 17th-century chapel, dedicated to Saint Wenceslas, showcases walls adorned with medallions depicting the legend of the Czech Republic's patron saint.

After concluding your visit and perusing the museum shop for souvenirs, unwind with a delightful meal at the palace café-restaurant, catering to a variety of tastes and renowned for serving the finest burgers in Prague.
Golden Lane

14) Golden Lane

One of the most fascinating corners within Prague Castle is undoubtedly Golden Lane, a charming thoroughfare adorned with brightly painted miniature cottages. Originally constructed in the 16th century to accommodate the 24 members of Rudolf II’s castle guard, the lane acquired its name from the goldsmiths who settled there a century later. By the 19th century, the lane had transformed into a sort of palace slum, attracting artists and craftsmen. Among its notable residents were Nobel Prize-winning poet Jaroslav Seifert and Franz Kafka, who frequented the lane in the evenings to craft his short stories during the winter of 1916.

Although the tiny houses were inhabited until World War II, efforts were made to preserve the picturesque character of the lane during any renovations. Today, the eleven preserved houses have been meticulously restored and repainted, serving as venues to exhibit medieval armor, weapons, textiles, as well as housing souvenir shops and snack bars. The lane culminates at the prison tower known as Daliborka, which features displays of historical torture instruments, providing a chilling yet integral glimpse into the past.

Why You Should Visit:
To experience the last vestige of Prague Castle's small-scale architecture. While there may not be a literal golden pathway, the lane's cobblestones, vibrant facades, quaint windows, and rich histories offer ample fascination.

Purchasing a ticket grants access to other sections of the Prague Castle complex. Alternatively, you can stroll through Golden Lane after 5 PM without a ticket, though most establishments are closed by then.

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
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