Charles Bridge, Old Town Square and Prague Castle

Type: Walking route Distance: 7.3 km Difficulty: Easy Vertical 73 m Rating: 100/5

Prague (Praha), Czech Republic

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Charles Bridge, Old Town Square and Prague Castle

The route starts in front of the new building of the Central Railway Station. From the entrance to the new building turn left and go along Washington Street to the intersection at the National Museum. Currently the historic main building is under reconstruction and the museum is accessible from the new building, which is located on the left side of the road. Opposite the entrance to the museum there is one of the entrances to the C metro station Museum.

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From the building of museum cross the street and go to the Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí)  with the dominant statue of St. Václav riding a horse. Go down from the museum across the square. Here you can see a large number of restaurants and shops. Approximately in the middle of the square there is the metro station A and B Můstek and the tram restaurant. Continue to the end of the square and enter Na Můstku street. The street ends at an intersection with Rytířská street. There is a tourist information center. Go through the intersection and continue straight on along Melantrichova street to the Old Town Square.

You will reach one of the historically most interesting parts of Prague. The Old Town Hall Building with the Astronomical Clock and the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí). After visiting the square and all its interesting places go back to the Astronomical clock and continue in the direction from the square to the Malé (small) Square. Go straight across the small square to the Karlova street, which will lead you all the way to the Karlův (Charles) bridge. At the Karlův Bridge we recommend using the opportunity to visit the bridge's towers. Walk across the Karlův Bridge to the other side of the river to Mostecká street, which will lead you to Malostranské Square.

Go straight across the square to the St. Mikuláš church. From there, turn slightly right to Zámecká street. At the end of the street in front of the Red Cross building, turn left in Thunovská street. There you will find Zámecké stairs which will get you to the Prague Castle. If for any reason the stairs would be a obstacle for you, at the end of Malostranské Square instead of turning to Zámecká street turn left to Nerudova street. Go along the Nerudova street till you reach a restaurant and the castle walls on your right. Here turn sharplz right to the U Hradu street, which will also lead you to the Prague Castle.

Here you can walk along Hradčany Square full of historic buildings and palaces. There are several restaurants and exhibitions. Then go through the main gate of Prague Castle to the courtyard and continue through the archway to the inner courtyard in front of the Cathedral of St. Vít. After visiting the cathedral proceed further past the cathedral to the square behind it. From there take the only path leading to the back gate of the Prague Castle. After a few hundred meters turn left to the entrance to Zlatá ulička. The entrance to the alley is charged. Tickets are purchased at the office opposite the entrance turnstiles. You can walk down the aisle either directly through the inside of the houses, which offer interesting exhibitions included in the admission price , or just walk down the aisle to the exit from the castle. If you do not want to visit the Golden Lane for any reason, or if it is closed, you can get to the back gate using the same street you used to leave the cathedral.

Exit the Prague Castle through the back gate. There are beautiful views of Prague and the surrounding gardens. Then walk down the castle stairs to the road where you turn right and continue along the road to the metro station A Malostranska. The entrance to the metro station is located in the courtyard of Wallenstein Riding School. Here our trip ends.

If you have enough time and energy you can extend your trip around the Wallenstein Riding School Street back to Malostranské Square under the Prague Castle and then go back in the opposite direction of the route. 

  • Prague Main Railway Station Prague Main Railway Station

    The most important railway station in Prague was opened in 1871. Originaly named after the emperor František Josef. Inside the station hall you can find the metro station of the C line Hlavní nádraží, shops, restaurants, chemist's, ATMs and WC. There is also a direct bus line to the Airport. 

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    Railway platform Checkroom Prague Main Railway Station Prague Main Railway Station Prague Main Railway Station Station of metro C line Hlavní nádraží Prague Main Railway Station Entrence to the new bulding of the station Direction of the route
  • National Museum National Museum

    The National Museum in Prague was built in 1891. Currently it is undergoing an overall reconstruction which should be finished in 2018. For this reason visiting the museum is possible only through the New building which is located on the left hand side (in direction to the Main Railway Station). 

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    New bulding of the National Museum National Museum National Museum
  • Metro station of lines A and C - Muzeum Metro station of lines A and C - Muzeum

    Transit metro station of lines A and C Muzeum. 

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  • Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí) Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí)

    The main Prague square with length of 682m. A dominant of the square is a statue of St. Václav riding a horse by Josef Vaclav Myslbek from the year 1912. 

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    Wenceslas Square with building of National Museum Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí) Metro station Můstek Café Tramvaj Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí) Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí)
  • Old Town Square Old Town Square

    The dominant feature of the Old Town Square is the Old Town Hall with the Astronomical Clock from the early 15th century. The parade of the Twelve Apostles occurs every time the clock strikes the hours. The square itself is full of galleries, restaurants and interesting sights.

    Open: Halls Mon 11 - 18, Tue - Sun 9 - 18
    Tower Mon 11 - 22, Tue - Sun 9 - 22
    Admission: Halls 100 Kč
    Tower 130 Kč
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  • Charles Bridge (Karlův most) Charles Bridge (Karlův most)

    The oldest stone bridge over the Vltava River in Prague. It was completed in 1402 and connects the Old Town with Mala Strana. The bridge is completed by three towers with a tour option. By the late 17th century, about 30 mostly baroque statues were added. The bridge acquired its present name around 1870, at the initiative of Karel Havlicek Borovsky. The bridge's towers are ideal for taking pictures of the Prague city center. 

    Open: Towers of the bridge
    Oct, Mar: Mon-Sun 10-20
    Nov-Feb: Mon-Sun 10-18
    Apr-Sept: Mon-Sun 10-22
    Admission: Towers of the bridge
    Adults 90 Kč
    Children, Students 6-26, pensioners 65 Kč
    Children 3-6 years old 25 Kč
    Family (2+4) 250 Kč
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  • Malostranské Square Malostranské Square

    In the past, this square carried different names - Rynk, St. Stephen's Square or Marshal Radlicky's Square. In fact, it is rather a pair of squares divided by St. Nicholas Church. Along the square there are many historical buildings and palaces. In the past the square served as a market square area, or for various social events, including executions. There is a tram stop "Malostranské náměstí" lines 12, 20, 22, 57 and also a large number of restaurants. 

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  • Prague Castle Prague Castle

    The most significant Czech castle and the seat of Czech rulers and, nowadays, presidents . The Prague Castle area has been inhabited since the Neolithic period. The construction of the castle itself was probably begun by Spytihnev I. 

    Open: Summer Tourist Season (April 1 till October 31)
    Prague Castle complex
    6.00 - 22.00
    Historical buildings
    9.00 – 17.00

    Winter Tourist Season (November 1 till March 31)
    Prague Castle complex
    6.00 - 22.00
    Historical buildings
    9.00 – 16.00
    Admission: Prague Castle – Circuit A: CZK 350
    Prague Castle – Circuit B: CZK 250
    Prague Castle – Circuit C: CZK 350
    Prague Castle Picture Gallery: CZK 100
    Powder Tower: CZK 70
    Great South Tower with a View Gallery: CZK 150
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  • St. Vitus Cathedral St. Vitus Cathedral

    The three-nave Gothic cathedral with three spiers of the church and the seat of the Archbishop of Prague. Construction took place in several stages and lasted nearly 600 years. 

    Open: Mon – Sat 9:00 – 16:40
    Sun 12:00 – 16:40
    Admission:
    St. Vitus Cathedral St. Vitus Cathedral St. Vitus Cathedral St. Vitus Cathedral St. Vitus Cathedral St. Vitus Cathedral
  • Golden Lane Golden Lane

    Golden Lane was created after the construction of the northern wall of the Castle. This space was used to build the modest dwellings incorporated into the castle walls, which are the last remnants of small buildings of the Prague Castle. The street got its name probably after goldsmiths that used to live there. Houses were inhabited until the Second World War. In house No. 22 lived in the years 1916-17 the writer Franz Kafka. 

    Open: 9.00 – 17.00


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  • Metro A line station - Malostranská Metro A line station - Malostranská

    Entrance to the metro station is located in the courtyard of Wallenstein Riding School. Here our trip ends.  If you have enough time and energy you can extend your trip around the Wallenstein Riding School Street back to Malostranské Square under the Prague Castle and then go back in the opposite direction of the route.  

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    Metro A line station - Malostranská Metro A line station - Malostranská Metro A line station - Malostranská

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  • Zličín car park Zličín car park

    From the car park walk to the nearby bus station. Take metro B line to the Můstek station. Můstek metro station has lots of exits, be careful to take the one leading to Václavské náměstí (Wenceslas Square). From here walk up the square to the statue of a horse rider and the building of the National Museum where you can join our route. (itinerary/POI "National Museum") 

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    Nearby bus station with a metro station Entrance to the metro station Zličín car park
  • Černý most Černý most

    There are two large guarded parking lots. After parking your vehicle go towards the building of the nearby bus station, where you can find metro B line, station Černý most. Take metro B line to the Můstek station. Můstek metro station has lots of exits, be careful to take the one leading to Václavské náměstí (Wenceslas Square). From here walk up the square to the statue of a horse rider and the building of the National Museum where you can join our route. (itinerary/POI "National Museum"). If you don't mind changing trains you can also go to Florence station and then transfer to metro C line (in direction to Háje) and ride to the Muzeum station, which is located directly at our route. (itinerary/POI "National Museum") 

    Open: Admission: 20Kc
    Černý most Černý most Černý most
  • Letňany Letňany

    From the car park walk down to the nearby metro station Letňany. Here take metro C line (in direction to Háje) to the Muzeum station. Here you can join our route. (itinerary/POI "National Museum")

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    Letňany Letňany Letňany
  • Chodov

    Metro Station C Chodov is located in the Chodov Shopping centre. Take metro C line (in direction to Letňany) to the Muzeum station. Here you can join our route. (itinerary/POI "National Museum")  

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