Sightseeing in Prague is easy with the super-value Prague Card. It not only gives you free entry to more than 44 of the most popular attractions in the city but also entitles you to useful discounts on a number of services.
The card comes with a handy booklet and is valid for 2, 3 or 4 days.
The attractions for which your Prague Card provides free entry are spread between four different parts of the city:
Prague Castle, Old Town, the Mala Strana and the New Town. You are also entitled to free admission to Vyšehrad Castle and to several other castles and chateaus.
You’ll also get free entry to the spectacular National Gallery. The National Gallery contains the Czech Republic’s fabulous collection of art treasures, displayed at different locations within the city. The largest of the gallery sites is the Veletržní Palác, which houses the National Gallery's collection of modern art.
Just a few of the top attractions available through your Prague Card are described below.
Prague Castle: This is one of the world’s largest castles and its many buildings reflect nearly all the architectural styles of the last millennium. Allow at least half a day to explore it. Your Prague Card entitles you to a 15 per cent discount on an audio guide (available in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Russian). Some of the most interesting buildings in and around the complex include:
The Old Palace: Former seat of the princes and emperors of Bohemia, first built in the 9th century and altered many times. It is famous for its spectacular halls such as the high Gothic Vladislav Hall. Built around 1500 CE, this huge space has seen coronation festivities, balls, upscale markets and even mounted tournaments! The hall is now used for presidential elections and ceremonial state events.
Schwarzenberg Palace: One of the most beautiful and well preserved Renaissance palaces in Prague, easily distinguished by the rich black-and-white sgraffito decorations on its outer walls.
St. George’s Basilica and Convent: Founded in the 10th century, St. George's Basilica is the oldest church building still standing within Prague Castle. While it has a Baroque façade, the interior is Romanesque, austere and monumental. The nearby Benedictine Convent also has a Baroque façade. It houses part of the National Gallery art collection.
The Daliborka: A famous prison, built in the 15th century and used until the 18th century. Legend says its first prisoner was a knight named Dalibor who played melancholy music on his violin while awaiting execution. Today the tower holds a small display of prison and torture techniques.
Old Town: Allow about half a day to explore all the attractions of the Old Town.
The Old Town Square: One of the most beautiful historic squares in Europe, where you will see stunning examples of Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic buildings erected by wealthy merchants over centuries. Highlights include:
Old Town Hall Tower: One of Prague’s most striking buildings, first built in 1338 and later extended by joining it to nearby houses. Refurbished in Gothic style in 1470. Check out the amazing 15th century Astronomical Clock on the side of the Old Town Hall Tower. On the hour, you will see the figures of Christ and the Twelve Apostles emerging from a door, while the Death tolls the bell. Legend says that, after the work was completed, the clockmaker was blinded by the King who commissioned it, so that such a marvel could never be built again.
Goltz-Kinsky Palace: A Rococo building with a beautiful pink and white stucco façade. The palace contained a valuable family library, now it hosts part of the National Gallery collections.
Decorative Arts Museum: Located in the Jewish Quarter. Fascinating exhibitions of historical and contemporary crafts, as well as applied arts and design, embracing ancient and modern styles.
Chocolate Museum: A pleasure for all senses can be found at this enticing museum, inspired by the tradition of the Belgian chocolatiers. Learn all about the production of chocolate and get to taste the exhibits. Purchase some cocoa powder or chocolate lipstick!
Malá Strana: A picturesque district at the foot of Prague Castle, full of ancient burgher houses, quaint side streets and 17th and 18th century churches and palaces. The main entry point is the Bridge Tower, built in the second half of the 15th century. Attractions in Malá Strana include:
St. Nicholas Church: The most important High Baroque building in Prague. The impressive cupola is more that 70m high and the nave of the church has a ceiling with one of the largest frescoes in Europe.
Waldstein Riding School: Situated in the garden of an early Baroque palace, the Riding School has recently undergone extensive reconstruction and now hosts interesting short-term exhibitions.
Mozart Museum: Located in Bertramka Villa, where Mozart stayed in the late 18th century and was inspired to compose ‘Don Giovanni’, one of his most famous works. A permanent exhibition, in the composer’s honour, occupies the rooms in which he stayed.
Petrin View Tower: This miniature version of the Eiffel Tower 60m (195 ft) tall sits on top of Petrin Hill overlooking the whole of Prague. The views are breath-taking and well worth the 299 step climb to reach the viewing platform.
New Town Museums: The New Town was constructed as an extension of the Old Town in the 14th century. The main attraction here is Wenceslas Square, which has many stalls, shops and restaurants. Other places of interest include:
The National Museum: A huge collection of specimens classified under the disciplines of mineralogy, palaeontology, mycology, botany, entomology, zoology, anthropology and archaeology.
Prague City Museum: Housed in an impressive neo-renaissance building, the Prague City Museum contains a well organized permanent exhibition covering the history of Prague from prehistoric times to the 18th century.
Castles and Chateaus:
Vyšehrad Castle: A 10th century castle on a hill overlooking the Vltava River. Within the castle are the Basilica of St Peter and St Paul, and a cemetery where many famous Czechs are buried, including Antonín Dvorák, Bedrich Smetana and Karel Capek.
Veletrzní Palác: Houses a large part of the National Gallery collection and has the most extensive exhibition of modern and contemporary arts in Prague, presented on six floors inside a marvellous Functionalism-style building.
Troja Chateau: Situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Prague, this chateau is famous for its magnificent staircase, glorious gardens and splendid Baroque interiors.
Zbraslav Chateau: Originally a 13th century Cistercian monastery, the current complex was completed in the 18th century. Enjoy the beauty of the building, wander down the calm corridors complete with stone giants and explore the exhibition rooms full of fascinating art objects.
In addition to free entry to Prague’s top attractions, your Prague card also entitles you to the following:
• 20 – 30 per cent discount on city tours by bus from Martin Tour
• 10 per cent discount on guided walks by Prague Walks
• 24 per cent discount on river cruises by Pražské Benátky
• A special offer and gift at the Hard Rock Café
• Special rates on taxis from Modry Andel Taxis (Blue Angel Taxis)