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Prague: 50-Minute Sightseeing Evening Cruise

1. Prague: 50-Minute Sightseeing Evening Cruise

Enjoy breathtaking views from the Vltava River and discover the beauty of one of the most famous cities in the world during this evening cruise. See majestic sights such as Charles Bridge, the Dancing House, Petřín Tower, and the historic fort of Vyšehrad. Admire the neo-Renaissance concert hall of the Rudolfinum and the biggest castle complex in the world, Prague Castle.  Relax on an air-conditioned boat with a roof over the sundeck. Learn about the main sights with audio commentary available in 8 languages.

Prague: Prague Castle Entry Ticket

2. Prague: Prague Castle Entry Ticket

Crown your Prague visit with a skip-the-line ticket to Prague Castle. Explore the Old Royal Palace, St. Vitus Cathedral, St. Georges Basilica, and Golden Lane on a self-guided tour. Enjoy the history of the castle as you walk through its many halls. From the castle's vantage points, you'll have a magnificent view of the city of Prague. The tour of the preserved architecture will take you back in time and show how the goldsmiths and archers used to live. The ticket is valid for 2 days and entitles you to a single entry into each building inside the castle during the castle's opening hours. With this ticket, you will bypass other queues inside the castle.

Prague: Sightseeing Dinner Cruise on Open-Top Glass Boat

3. Prague: Sightseeing Dinner Cruise on Open-Top Glass Boat

Discover Prague by night on a luxurious open-top boat as you feast on a delicious selection of traditional Czech and international dishes from the onboard buffet. See Prague’s iconic structures along the Vltava River and get amazing views of the illuminated Prague Castle on this round-trip cruise. Travel on a unique glass boat with a specially insulated deck that prevents noise and vibrations and a section that has retractable glass walls and ceilings. Enhance your experience by upgrading to the window seat option to be guaranteed being seated in this section. Sip a welcome drink as you board and then glide down the river to the Charles Bridge and admire the neo-Renaissance Rudolfinum. Benefit from free Wi-Fi, listen to informative multi-lingual audio commentary, and follow your route by paper or online map as you go. Continue past the famous Dancing House and admire the panoramic views of Petrin Hill and Old Town Prague while being serenaded by live music on board. Enjoy a buffet dinner, which includes a wide selection of Czech and international dishes. After dinner, explore the open decks that allow you to feel the cooling river breeze and see the city from many vantage points that provide perfect photo opportunities.  Dinner buffet selections: • Mozzarella with tomatoes and fresh basil pesto • Selection of domestic cheeses, ham, and salami • Duck pâté with cranberry sauce • Gran Moravia cheese • Greek salad • Fresh coleslaw • Chopped salad • Selection of bread and butter • Gluten-free pastries • Chicken noodle soup • Whole ham with bone • Beef goulash • Chicken schnitzels • Baked potatoes with zucchini • Spaghetti with cherry tomatoes and basil (vegan) • Paella with roasted vegetables and seafood • Steamed vegetables • Dumplings • Jasmine rice • Mashed potatoes • Homemade gingerbread • Apple strudel • Fresh fruit salad

Prague Castle 2.5-Hour Tour Including Admission Ticket

4. Prague Castle 2.5-Hour Tour Including Admission Ticket

Discover Prague Castle and its remarkable history on a guided walking tour with a local guide. Walk over the Charles Bridge, visit St. Vitus Cathedral, and see Golden Lane, marveling at the stunning architecture and rich history behind each landmark. Your 2.5-hour guided tour begins at the Charles Bridge, where your guide will provide a short historical overview of the history of Prague Castle. Cross Charles Bridge and make your way to Lesser Town Square, where a tram will take you to the Castle. When you enter St. Vitus Cathedral, hear stories about princes, kings, and emperors, and the ceremonial history of the site. Tour the old castle, Vladislav Hall, and then head to St. George's Basilica, where your guide will tell you about Czech saints. Visit the area known Golden Lane, where your guide will tell you about the lives of the local residents.

Prague: 45-Minute Historical River Cruise and Refreshments

5. Prague: 45-Minute Historical River Cruise and Refreshments

See Prague from a different perspective and go on a 45-minute historical boat tour along the Vltava river. Embark a traditional canal boat and explore the waterways of old Prague while listening to an audio commentary. Admire the charming views and listen to the history of Prague. To deepen your knowledge even further you can go to the Charles Bridge museum after the river cruise tour.  Your tour will depart from the Charles Bridge. Enjoy stunning views of Prague Castle and take some great photos. Cruise through The Devil’s Channel (Čertovka) and find out why this area is called the Venice of Prague.

Prague: Vltava River Lunch Cruise in an Open-Top Glass Boat

6. Prague: Vltava River Lunch Cruise in an Open-Top Glass Boat

This 2-hour cruise through the heart of Prague combines a sightseeing tour with a buffet lunch. You’ll be welcomed on board with a traditional Czech aperitif to help you relax for the journey ahead. The boat will sail along the Vltava River through the city’s historic center, passing landmarks such as Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, the Rudolfinum, the National Theater, the Dancing House, the Emmaus Monastery, Vyšehrad, the Podolí Waterworks and the historic Štvanice Power Station. Charles Bridge is the most iconic of the landmarks. Built in the 14th century by Charles IV, it connects the city’s Lesser Quarter to the Old Town. Along the edge of the bridge on both sides you’ll see carved statues of saints important to the Czech lands. The lunch buffet is open throughout the cruise and a live band on the boat plays for the duration of the cruise as well.

Prague: 1-Hour Panoramic Vltava River Cruise

7. Prague: 1-Hour Panoramic Vltava River Cruise

Take in stunning panoramic views of Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, and the skyline of the City of a Thousand Spires from the comfort of a boat on the Vltava River. This river cruise is perfect for families with small children or anyone who wants to enjoy an unforgettable experience in just an hour's time. Friendly bar staff serve light snacks along with coffee or cold drinks on the upper deck so you don't miss a moment of the action. The cruise begins and ends at the banks of the Vltava River. An inside deck, heated in the winter and air-conditioned in the summer, is also available.

Prague: Complete Bike Tour

8. Prague: Complete Bike Tour

Hop on for a relaxed bike ride encountering the highlights of this magnificent city, under the guidance of an enthusiastic guide. Prague highlights bike tour is a great and lovely way to discover all of the highlights whilst enjoying history, architecture, modern arts and all other secrets this beautiful city has to offer. Some of the sights you will experience include the old town square, Jewish Quarter, the awe-inspiring Prague castle and many more hidden treasures. During the tour you will be regaled with legends, stories, history and anecdotes, enabling you to experience Prague like never before and giving you a unique experience. The group determines the pace, if you want to stop for a drink, photo opportunities or just simply to soak up the view, just let your guide know and they will make sure it happens at the best spots. This 3 hour bicycle tour is suitable for all (not too strenuous) and is always under the supervision of a vigilant and enthusiastic guide.

Prague: Vltava River Sightseeing Cruise

9. Prague: Vltava River Sightseeing Cruise

Take in fantastic views from the river and discover the beauty of one of the most popular cities in the world. From your Vltava River boat trip you’ll see the Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, and other iconic sights. Cruising along the Vltava River is probably the best way to view Prague. The boat is air-conditioned and has a roof over the sundeck. Audio guide commentary is available in Czech, English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Polish, and Russian.

Prague Castle: Small-Group Tour with Local Guide & Admission

10. Prague Castle: Small-Group Tour with Local Guide & Admission

Visiting Prague Castle is like walking into a fairy tale. See the highlights of the castle complex including St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica, and the Golden Lane. The Castle contains an overwhelming amount of history and art, but thanks to your local expert guide, you'll navigate the castle grounds with ease. Meet your guide in front of the Malostranská metro station near the Mánes Bridge. From there, take the tram up to Prague Castle. Once inside, your guide will give you headphones so that you can easily hear their commentary throughout the tour. Marvel at St. Vitus’ Gothic architecture. Spot the gargoyles that adorn the exterior of the church. Be dazzled by the Art-Nouveau stained glass window made by Czech artist Alfons Mucha. Admire the 14th-century mosaic of the last judgment. See the tombs of St. Wenceslas and Charles IV, the baroque tomb of St. John of Nepomuk, and the Chapel of St. Wenceslas. Next, enter the Old Royal Palace. Stand under the massive vaulted ceiling of the Vladislav Hall. Enter the chamber where the Defenestration of Prague occurred. Here the Czech Protestant aristocrats threw the Catholic governors of the Habsburg emperor and their secretary out the window, starting the Thirty Years War. Visit the Basilica of St. George. The stone walls and design of the basilica offer a counterpoint to the grandiosity of the castle. See the fragments of 12th-century frescoes and then walk up the double staircase where the remains of St. Ludmila lie.  Walk along the Golden Lane. The cottages in this alley were originally built for the castle’s sharpshooters, but later housed goldsmiths. In later centuries artists like Franz Kafka lived there. Examine the reconstructed workshops and homes of the Golden alley. See how the working people of Prague lived in the shadow of the castle.

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening hours?

    The opening times vary throughout the year, so be sure to check the website before you visit. The Courtyards are open Apr-Oct: Daily 5:00AM - Midnight; Nov - Mar: Daily: 6:00AM - 11:00PM. Prague Castle Buildings (Interiors): Apr - Oct: Daily 9:00AM - 5:00PM; Nov - Mar: Daily 9:00AM-4:00PM.

  • Do I need to take a tour?

    With the castle complex being so large and so much housed within it, tours are advised. You can go on a guided tour, or take an audio tour and enjoy discovering the castle for yourself.

  • How much does it cost?

    There are different ticket options depending on how much of the castle complex you want to see. The most extensive option, which they call Circuit A, costs 350 CZK (about 15 US dollars). The discounted price for youth and seniors is 175 CZK and family admission is 700 CZK.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Varies depending on the season. The Courtyards are open in the summer from 5AM until midnight. The castle buildings are open during typical work hours (9-5). The winter hours are only slightly more limited.
  • Is it expensive?
    It is free to wander around the Courtyards. Entrance tickets vary.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Check out our tours to find the best fit for your excursion.
  • How to get there
    If you want to go by foot, prepare for a scenic but quite steep trek uphill. To save your calves, you can take tram 22 to Pražský hrad and leave by metro from Malostranská station.
  • Additional information
    Want to snap some photos inside the castle buildings? Make sure to purchase a photography license from the ticket stand.

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What people are saying about Prague Castle

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 17,576 reviews

Beautifully clean boat. Very attentive staff. Plenty to eat and with a very varied choice there was something for everyone. Whether hot or cold or a mix of both you could visit the buffet as many times as you wanted. To finish off a great mix of puddings/cakes and cheese. Entertainment was included by an accordionist who sometimes burst into song as we were enjoying our delicious lunch. The only downside, which wasn’t their fault, was that we couldn’t travel the length of the River as was advertised. We were warned beforehand but didn’t feel the need to complain as we were leaving Prague that evening!

This was a fun way to see the city at night. Our guide Magdalena was good at telling the spooky stories and intriguing legends of the Old Town and Jewish Quarter. It was a fair amount of walking, almost totally flat, but I saw things I wouldn’t have noticed and went to little nooks I wouldn’t have known to visit if not for this tour. It was a nice way to spend the evening.

Great value for money. For just 10€ you get to see so much. Everything very well organised and easy understand.

Very nice and interesting tour with a Russian language guide. I learned a lot new.

Dinner was good and the views from the boat were excellent