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Prague Castle Opening Hours | Timings, Best Time To Visit, FAQs & more

Today

Open 6 AM - 10 PM

Prague Castle

Jan 1 TO Dec 31 Timings

Days (Jan 1 TO Dec 31)

TIMINGS
Monday (Today)6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Prague Castle Hours
  • The Prague Castle grounds are open to visitors from 6 AM - 10 PM every day. However, the opening hours of the historical buildings and gardens inside the castle complex might differ. 
  • The last entry is 30 minutes before the closing time.



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Best time to visit the Prague Castle

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Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle complex in the world, spanning an impressive 70,000 square meters. The vast complex includes historical buildings and structures, including royal palaces, cathedrals, churches, offices, courtyards, and gardens exhibiting different architectural styles thanks to its origin in the 880s and the Gothic modification and expansion work in the 14th century.

Prague castle opening hours

Castle complex & historical buildings
St. Vitus Cathedral
Exhibition halls
Gardens
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Prague Castle Complex Timings
Castle complex timings
  • 6 AM to 10 PM
Historical buildings timings
  • April 1 - October 31: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • November 1 - March 31: 9 AM - 4 PM

Please Note: Historical Buildings include Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower. 

St. Vitus Cathedral Timings
Summer season (April 1 - October 31)
  • Monday - Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday: 12 PM - 5 PM
Winter season (November 1 - March 31)
  • Monday - Saturday: 9 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday: 12 PM - 4 PM
Prague Castle Exhibition Halls Timings
  • 10 AM - 5 PM

Please Note: Exhibition Halls include Prague Castle Riding School, Imperial Stables, Theresian Wing, and The Royal Summer Palace.

Prague Castle Gardens Timings
Royal Garden & Stag Moat
  • March - April: 10 AM - 6 PM
  • May - June & September: 10 AM - 7 PM
  • July - August: 10 AM - 8 PM
  • October - February: 10 AM - 4 PM
South Gardens
  • March - April: 10 AM - 6 PM
  • May - June: 10 AM - 7 PM
  • July - August: 10 AM - 8 PM
  • September: 10 AM - 7 PM
  • October: 10 AM - 4 PM
The Garden on the Bastion
  • 6 AM - 8 PM
Prague Castle Timings
  • Entry is always 30 minutes before the closing time.
  • Prague Castle is closed on 24th December.

Best time to visit Prague Castle

Best Time to Visit Prague Castle

Peak season vs. low season 

  • Summer (July to August) is the peak season, with warmer weather and longer daylight hours. While the city buzzes with energy and numerous cultural events, including music festivals and outdoor performances, expect larger crowds and higher prices. 
  • Winter, the low season (November to March), has snow-covered streets and holiday markets, but be prepared for colder temperatures and shorter days. 
  • Consider visiting during the shoulder seasons of spring or fall, when the weather is pleasant, and the crowds are thinner, allowing you to make the most of your experience.
Best Time to Visit Prague Castle

Weekday vs. weekend

  • If you prefer a more relaxed and crowd-free experience, weekdays are your best bet. Weekdays generally have fewer tourists, allowing you to explore the castle grounds and attractions more comfortably. 
  • For those seeking a livelier atmosphere and a chance to witness the castle bustling with activity, weekends can be a great choice. Saturdays and Sundays often bring a surge of tourists and locals, adding a vibrant energy to the surroundings. 
  • Consider arriving early in the morning or late in the afternoon to beat the midday rush and capture stunning photos without the crowds.

How long should you spend at Prague Castle?

  • Prague Castle is not just a single building but a vast complex that spans an impressive area. With its stunning architecture, captivating museums, and breathtaking views of the city, you'll want to give yourself ample time to soak it all in.
  • If you have the luxury of time, you could easily spend an entire day exploring the various buildings and exhibitions within the castle grounds. From the awe-inspiring St. Vitus Cathedral to the intriguing Golden Lane, each corner holds its own secrets and wonders.
  • However, if you find yourself short on time, dedicate a minimum of three to four hours to experience the highlights of Prague Castle. You can visit the key landmarks, like the Old Royal Palace and the Basilica of St. George, and take a stroll through the picturesque gardens.

Frequently asked questions about Prague Castle opening hours

What are the timings of the historical buildings of the Prague Castle?

The Prague Castle complex remains open from 6 AM to 10 PM. The historical buildings are open from 9 AM to 5 PM during summer (April 1 to October 31) and 9 AM to 4 PM during winter (November 1 to March 31).

Is Prague Castle open all week?

Yes, Prague Castle is open every day of the week. However, certain areas within the castle complex may have restricted access on specific days. Make sure you buy your Prague Castle tickets online in advance to reserve your slot before you visit the attraction.

When is Prague Castle closed?

Prague Castle is closed on December 24th, which is Christmas Eve. It is the only day when the castle is closed to the public.

How long should I spend at Prague Castle?

Allocate at least half a day to fully explore Prague Castle. This will give you ample time to visit the main sites and soak in the rich history and stunning architecture.

Is Prague Castle open on public holidays?

Yes, Prague Castle is open on public holidays, except for Christmas Eve (December 24th).

What are the Prague Castle opening hours for public holidays?

Prague Castle operates on the same opening hours for public holidays as regular days.

Is Prague Castle open on weekends?

Yes, Prague Castle is open on weekends, allowing visitors to explore its grandeur on Saturdays and Sundays.

Does Prague Castle have special hours on weekdays?

Prague Castle follows the same opening hours throughout the week, offering consistent access to its splendid attractions.

What is the best time to visit Prague Castle?

The best time to visit Prague Castle is in the early morning or late afternoon. By arriving early, you can beat the crowds and savor the tranquility of the castle grounds. Late afternoon offers a chance to witness the castle bathed in the warm glow of sunset.

Are there any specific timings for visiting individual attractions within Prague Castle?

While Prague Castle itself has set opening hours, individual attractions within the complex might have varying opening hours. It's recommended to check the specific timings for attractions like St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, and Golden Lane, as they might have slightly different schedules.

Can I buy tickets for Prague Castle in advance?

Yes, it's advisable to purchase tickets for Prague Castle in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons. Consider booking skip-the-line tickets to avoid long queues.