Security Checks at Prague Castle

Security checks at Prague Castle means waiting in line twice for the number one in the top ten Prague tourist attractions. Every year thousands of tourists flock to the castle perched on a hill above the Vltava River. Before entering the Castle grounds or the historic buildings, visitors have to go the security check. In summer the line is very long and in winter just long.

There is no way to avoid the security check! Try to arrive early to avoid the tour groups. The first guided tour of Prague Castle starts at 09.00 hours. The security checks are open from 6 o’clock in the morning. At this early hour you can visit the Castle grounds. The historic building open at 09.00 as does the ticket office.

To enter Prague Castle means waiting in line-ups twice: first at the security checks and second when buying your ticket.

Tip: Buy your Prague Castle ticket online!

The security checks ended on 2 April 2021. The safety of visitors is not at stake. The entrances still have security equipment, an updated camera system and are monitored by the Czech police. Random checks will be carried out. The security checks were introduced in the summer of 2016 and caused huge queues, especially at the beginning. At the time, critics said these measure was useless, but the cabinet advocated the need to ensure the safety of visitors.

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Security Checks

You line up at all 3 entrances to Prague Castle for security checks. You walk through a security frame similar to those at airports. Remove all things made of metal from your pockets (keys, coins etc). You will be asked to open your bag. Guns, knives and the like are not permitted. Liquids are. Security checks are open from 06.00 in the morning.

Best Time for Your Visit and Security Checks

Arrive early in the morning or late in the afternoon, peak hours are from 10.00 – 16.00. Working days are better than weekend and holidays .Entrance to the castle grounds is free, but if you want to visit the historical buildings (Old Royal palace, St Vitus Cathedral, Golden Lane, St George Basilica), you need to buy a ticket which is valid for two days.

Prague Castle opening hours:
Prague Castle complex: 06.00 – 22.00 hours
Historical buildings: 09.00 – 17.00 hours (1 April – 31 October), until 16.00 hours (1 November – 31 March)

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How to Make the Most of your Prague Castle Visit

1. Arrive early, preferably before 9 am. Early in the morning you can enter the Castle through the main entrance on Hradcanske namesti. Until about 10 am, the waiting lines at the security check are quite short.
2. Your best option is east entrance which you reach via Old Castle Stairs (Stare zamecke schody)
3. Your worst option is via U Prasneho mostu street because large groups of tourists take the tram to get to the Castle. This is also the entrance for tourists on sightseeing buses and coach trips.

To Prague Castle on Foot

1. Via Nerudova Street – start at Malostranske namesti and walk up (quite steep) Nerudova street then turn sharp right into Ke Hradu which takes you to Hradcanske namesti in front of the main entrance to Prague Castle

2. Via Castle Stairs (Zamecke schody) – start from Malostranske namesti, walk straight on into Zamecka street, then turn left and climb the Castle Stairs, which takes you to east entrance.

3. Via Old Castle Stairs (Stare zamecke schody) – the stairs start near Malostranska metro station and take you to the beginning of Jirska street

To Prague Castle by Tram

Take tram 22 and get off at one of these stops:

1. Kralovsky letohradek tram stop – and start your visit with the Royal Garden, Belvedere (Summer Palace) and Ballgame Hall, cross the Deer Moat bridge to get to the north entrance.
Note: The Royal Garden and Deer Moat are closed from November through March

2. Prazsky hrad tram stop – Walk up U Prasneho mostu street to get to the north entrance.

3. Pohorelec tram stop – walk through Hradcany neighbourhood and arrive at the main entrance on Hradcanske namesti.

Take a look at the Castle Map to find your bearings

Photos: Marianne Crone

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