Few cities can pride themselves with having one of the largest, most beautiful and impressive monuments in the world. For centuries, Prague’s Castle came to symbolize the place from which Czech power emanated. However, kings, emperors and presidents have taken up residence within its walls, thus forming an almost mythical place in the collective imagination of the Czechs.
There is no prior planning for its construction, but over the course of a thousand years, each ruler left their mark according to the tastes or needs of the time. Gradually, this irregular nature gave the complex its unique appearance and unparalleled richness in the form of bastions, palaces, gardens and religious buildings.
Our Free Castle Tour starts at the Rudolfinum, home of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, to walk to one of the jewels of Prague, the Baroque quarter of Malá Strana, undoubtedly one of the most charming places in the city. Echoes of old legends can still be heard in its narrow streets. Stories that make us travel in time and talk to us about characters like Mozart or Jan Neruda.
Join us on a free tour where hundreds of colourful Baroque houses and other old monuments, such as the Charles Bridge, intermingle with others that are less ancient but equally famous and symbolic for the inhabitants of Prague, the most famous example of which is the well-known John Lennon Wall.
Once in the castle itself, we will visit the many elements that make up this miniature city. Along the courtyards and viewpoints, we will learn about its millenary history and its protagonists, from the legends that place its creation in the prophetic vision of a Bohemian princess, to the archaeological evidence that tells us about a primitive settlement back in the 9th century.
Through its unique mixture of styles we will discover the remnants of the first Romanesque stone walls and buildings; the spectacular Saint Vitus Cathedral, a true jewel of Central European Gothic style; the Renaissance elements present in the Royal Palace and Matthias’ Gate; beautiful Baroque buildings, such as the façade of Saint George’s Basilica; as well as the austerity of the neoclassical extensions promoted by the renovation project of the Empress Maria Theresa, the true protagonist of one of the greatest periods of splendour in the city.
All kinds of characters have roamed through its courtyards and rooms, from great monarchs such as Maria Theresa and the eccentric Rudolph II, to mathematicians and astronomers of the stature of Johannes Kepler and Tycho Brahe, as well as the best artists of their time. Even world-famous literary figures, such as Franz Kafka, who we have the opportunity to talk about in the Golden Alley, undoubtedly one of the most picturesque places of the visit, and where alchemists, magicians and authentic charlatans met.