How to get to Prague Castle? This question can be heard in the streets of Prague a thousand times a day. Oddly enough, not every Praguer knows the correct answer. It’s easy to send you to an underground station or a tram stop, but there are better options, from romantic and adventurous walks through narrow streets to the excursions to historic treasures and picturesque corners near the Castle.
If you stay longer in Prague, it is worth trying all the options. If you come only for a day, choose the right one according to your preferences and the address where you’re staying. The tour to Prague Castle has just begun.
The route for lovers
Have you heard about the Petřín Hill? The grassy hill on the left river bank is a favourite place for many amorous couples and families with children. There are a lot of attractive trails for walks and sitting areas. Prague Castle is nearby.
During your trip, visit one more Prague attraction – the shuttle funicular to Petřín. Hop on the funicular at Újezd, which is also the name of a tram stop in Lesser Town. Don’t worry, you can use public transport tickets, too. The funicular will take you up the hill where you can admire the beautiful gardens around the Štefánikova Observatory, climb the Petřín look out tower (378m above the sea) or have fun in the tower mirror maze.
Walk along the Petřín Orchard to the lookout points below the Strahov Monastery. Walk a few meters down the steep Úvoz Street and climb the narrow stairs between the houses to Loretánská Street. At the end of the street, you’ll get to the main entrance to the Castle in Hradčanské Square. Later, you can get back to the Lesser Town of Prague along the old Nerudova Street.
Tram No. 22
Tourists taking the tram 22 usually think they should get off at the Prague Castle stop. But this is a big mistake! Wait two more stops and enjoy a beautiful walk to Prague Castle past other historical monuments and along picturesque streets.
When you take the tram 22 from the city centre, let other passengers get off at the Prague Castle. Your destination is Pohořelec. Behind Pohořelec Square, you’ll see the Baroque Loretto with its famous chimes and the Church of the Nativity.
If you turn to the Loretto, you’ll get close to the so-called New World – charming winding streets full of colourful houses of all shapes and sizes. The atmosphere of this place, formerly a slum, will amaze you with its calm and authenticity. Kanovnická Street leads directly to Prague Castle in Hradčanské Square.
Take the underground only if you have to
In the plans of the Prague underground, Prague Castle is shown next to the Hradčanská station. However, it’s not an ideal choice. From Hradčanská station, there’s still a long way to go. You can either take a tram to Prašný most and then walk up U Prašného mostu Street to the Castle, or decide for a much more pleasant walk past Queen Anne’s summer residence, the so-called Belveder. Then walk along the Royal Gardens to the side entrance of the Prague Castle and the Prague Castle stop of tram 22.
If you’re not afraid of climbing stairs, get off at the Malostranská underground station. You’ll start walking at the level of the Vltava River, but you’ll be surrounded by historical buildings and have much better views of the city centre. Have a nice trip!
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