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Prague Castle

Prague Castle offers a unique example of continuous settlement and uninterrupted human activity for more than thousand years. It became the seat of the profane as well as the church authority of the Přemyslid princedom and all later Central European states with Prague as their capital.


Visitors Information

Prague castle

Open daily:
5am – 12pm in the summer season (April 1 – October 31)
6am – 11pm in the winter season (November 1 – March 31)

Historical monuments are open daily except for December 24 :
9am – 5pm in the summer season (April 1 – October 31)
9am – 4pm in the winter season (November 1 – March 31)

The permanent exhibition ‘Story of the Prague Castle’ offers a view of more than a thousand years’ history of Prague Castle. It is situated in the Old Royal Palace, on the Gothic floor, where you can get from the 3rd courtyard or from St George’s Square.

Gardens of Prague castle free access in the summer season (April 1 – October 31).

Information Centres

Information Centres in the 2nd and 3rd courtyard.


By plane
Václav Havel airport is located 20 km north-west of the town centre. Generally, it takes about 30 minutes to get to the town centre by car. How to get from the airport to the town centre:

BUS: The cheapest way to get to the centre is bus no. 119 (terminus Dejvická, Subway station A) or by bus no. 100 to subway station Zličín (Metro B). At night, bus 510 to the bus stops ‘Jiráskovo náměstí’ or ‘I. P. Pavlova’ that are close to the centre. www.dpp.cz (public transport in Prague)

AIRPORT EXPRESS (a bus line operated by Czech Railways): These buses leave the airport every 30 minutes, they drive to the railway and subway station Dejvická and Masarykovo nádraží. The last stop will be Prague’s central railway station.

By shuttle: Various companies run shuttle services from the airport to your hotel.

By train
Prague is well connected to European EC train network.
www.cd.cz (train ticket eshop)

By bus
The central bus station for international buses in Prague is Florenc, in Prague 8 (subway lines B and C). It is located east of the city centre.

By car
Prague has highway connections from five major directions.



About us

The Institute of Archaeology in Prague (by then State Institute of Archaeology) was founded in autumn 1919 as part of the Ministry of Education and National Enlightenment. In 1953, it was incorporated into the Czechoslovak Academy of Science, since 1992, it has been part of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

The Prague Castle Department is to be found in the former Institute of Noblewomen in Jiřská Street, descriptive no. 2, at Prague Castle. The main aim of the department is the archaeological heritage management of the number one national monument of Prague Castle, i.e. the protection of archaeological grounds by means of rescue excavations. Inseparable part of this activity is as well the care for archaeological conservation in the area of Prague Castle and the management of vast repositories from all excavations since 1925. The results of its work are presented to the scientific and lay public. Among others, this purpose is served by the publication of Castrum Pragense, an own scientific series on various subjects of Prague Castle.

Written by

Jana Maříková-Kubková, Prague Castle workplace, Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Katarína Válová, Prague Castle workplace, Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Katarína Chlustiková, Prague Castle workplace, Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

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