Your guide will help you to purchase tickets at the Castle Ticket Centre
Highlights of this three hour walk include the aforementioned sites as well as a stroll through the Moat (now dry) and Gardens. We pass by the Renaissance Ball Game Hall where tennis was played by sporty aristocrats and the vast Vladislav Hall, which was built to host indoor jousting tournaments. Since 1995, the hall has been brilliantly illuminated by lighting paid for by The Rolling Stones as a gift to their friend, President Vaclav Havel.
Outside the Castle grounds, we walk through Hradčany (Royal Town). We may stop at the Domeček (“Little House”) and discuss the fate of political opponents imprisoned there by the Gestapo and Communist StB (Secret Police). Around the corner lies the pilgrimage site of the Loreto Church, which contains the “Santa Casa,” a “reproduction” of the Virgin Mary’s Nazareth home. Farther up the hill is the Strahov Monastery with its ancient library containing two hundred thousand volumes. At the monastic brewery, you can conclude by savoring the rare St. Norbert’s microbrew while taking in a panoramic view of the 100-spired city below.
- The guides at Insight Cities are professors, doctoral students, historians, journalists, art critics and published authors
- We cater to visitors who want to enjoy spirited and informed presentations of the cultural and political histories of great cities
- This 3-hour walk introduces you to the largest castle complex in the world, home to Bohemian Kings, Austrian Emperors, dictators and presidents
- Explore a royal district built in every architectural style, incorporating Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Rococo, Renaissance and Neoclassical monuments
- Take in Castle buildings that were bombarded by artillery, plundered by marauding armies and left to deteriorate by indifferent Austrian Emperors
- Visit the vast Vladislav Hall, built to host indoor jousting tournaments, now illuminated by lights given by The Rolling Stones to Vaclav Havel
Czech Republic, Prague