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Prague: Skip-the-line Castle Ticket & optional Audio Guide

1. Prague: Skip-the-line Castle Ticket & optional Audio Guide

Pre-book your tickets to Prague Castle and avoid wasting time in the ticket line. Get a short (15-20 minute) introductory overview of the castle complex before exploring it at your own pace. Meet your host for an introduction to Prague Castle. After, your host will then exchange your voucher for your ticket, which covers the best there is to see at Prague Castle. Skip the ticket line and begin at St. Vitus Cathedral, where you’ll get guidelines and a map of the best way to explore the sprawling grounds at your own pace. Upgrade your Prague Castle visit with an optional online audio guide that will point out the most important and the most interesting parts inside each building. Just follow the recommended route which was carefully planned by experienced guides to see all the vitrines, pictures, sculptures, and more. Admire the architecture and stories of Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica, Golden Lane, and Daliborka Tower. Learn about the castle’s purpose as a home to Kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, dating way back to the 9th century. Your ticket is valid for 2 days and allows you one entry to each building in the castle interiors during this whole period.

Prague Castle: Tour with Local Guide and Entry Ticket

2. Prague Castle: Tour with Local Guide and Entry Ticket

Visiting Prague Castle is like walking into a fairy tale. See the highlights of the castle complex including St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica, and the Golden Lane. The Castle contains an overwhelming amount of history and art, but thanks to your local expert guide, you'll navigate the castle grounds with ease. Meet your guide in front of the Malostranská metro station near the Mánes Bridge. From there, take the tram up to Prague Castle. Once inside, your guide will give you headphones so that you can easily hear their commentary throughout the tour. Marvel at St. Vitus’ Gothic architecture. Spot the gargoyles that adorn the exterior of the church. Be dazzled by the Art-Nouveau stained glass window made by Czech artist Alfons Mucha. Admire the 14th-century mosaic of the last judgment. See the tombs of St. Wenceslas and Charles IV, the baroque tomb of St. John of Nepomuk, and the Chapel of St. Wenceslas. Next, enter the Old Royal Palace. Stand under the massive vaulted ceiling of the Vladislav Hall. Enter the chamber where the Defenestration of Prague occurred. Here the Czech Protestant aristocrats threw the Catholic governors of the Habsburg emperor and their secretary out the window, starting the Thirty Years War. Visit the Basilica of St. George. The stone walls and design of the basilica offer a counterpoint to the grandiosity of the castle. See the fragments of 12th-century frescoes and then walk up the double staircase where the remains of St. Ludmila lie.  Walk along the Golden Lane. The cottages in this alley were originally built for the castle’s sharpshooters, but later housed goldsmiths. In later centuries artists like Franz Kafka lived there. Examine the reconstructed workshops and homes of the Golden alley. See how the working people of Prague lived in the shadow of the castle.

Prague: Old Town, Medieval Underground & Dungeon Tour

3. Prague: Old Town, Medieval Underground & Dungeon Tour

The city of Prague may be famous for its beautiful architecture but the real mystery of the city lies below. On this guided tour step away from the masses and explore a different city - one that exists under the cobblestoned streets of Old Town. Your guide will show you a part of the Czech capital that hasn't changed much since the 12th century. On your underground visit learn about the incredible history behind the system of rooms, corridors, and cellars that lie underneath Prague. During the tour, hear stories about the medieval period of Prague when these premises were still in use, and discover what life must have been like at this time for its inhabitants. You will also visit the medieval Dungeon and see the display of torture and executions.

Half-Day Tour to Kutná Hora and Ossuary from Prague

4. Half-Day Tour to Kutná Hora and Ossuary from Prague

Get picked up at your hotel by an air-conditioned bus and drive to the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kutná Hora. Visit the late Gothic jewel of St. Barbara’s Church and discover one of the town's symbols and the pride of its miners. Take a guided walk through the historic town center. Next, travel to the Ossuary beneath the Roman Catholic Cemetery Church of All Saints. Built in the 14th century, the 2-story building is the site of an underground chapel decorated with more than 40,000 human bones. Return to Prague and get dropped off in the city center.

Prague: Illusion Art Museum Ticket

5. Prague: Illusion Art Museum Ticket

Explore the Illusion Art Museum Prague, full of illusory art and trick art, which will appeal to all ages. Enjoy unexpected optical effects that will play with your imagination and thus expand your visual perception of the world with new perspectives. Discover illusory art techniques across the history of art, but also in current artistic trends. Experience a reverse perspective in the works of the prominent British artist Patrick Hughes. Be amazed by 3D anamorphic installations from various objects by Patrik Prošek or unique metallurgical paintings painted with fire by Ladislav Vlna. See optical reliefs of Ivana Štenclová and the distorted 3D paintings by Zdeněk Daňek and Jan Jírovec. Admire changing lenticular images of David Strauzz, or the stereoscopic photographs of the travelers Zikmund and Hanzelka. Since most of the works are interactive, you will be able to engage with them in your own way. Be sure to take plenty of photos, where you will be the main hero of stories in illusory processing. Right in front of your eyes, 2D images will turn into 3D spaces, and on the contrary, sculptures will turn into paintings. You can try light painting yourself, learn about the behind-the-scenes of the individual works in the mini cinema and become actors in augmented reality thanks to a new application that animates the works in real-time. The exhibition is not only about entertainment, but also about education. Learn how artistic illusory techniques are used in a historical context, and some works are directly related to important personalities and events in Czech history. Experience the Swedish siege of Prague, or take part in the fall of the monarchy in Bohemia. See illusory portrayals of St. Agnes of Bohemia, Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák, Tomáš Bata, St. Wenceslas, Nikola Tesla, Charles IV, Franz Kafka, Karel Čapek, Otto Wichterle, František Kupka, Václav Havel and others famous figures from Czech history.

Prague: Jewish Quarter Admission Ticket with Introduction

6. Prague: Jewish Quarter Admission Ticket with Introduction

Learn about the history of the Jewish Quarter in Prague. This experience includes visits to the Jewish Cemetery, which is one of the oldest in Central Europe, and it includes admission to 3 synagogues. Begin with a 20-minute introduction (in English) and orientation from your guide as you hear about the history of Prague’s Jewish Quarter. Meet with your guide at the local partner office in Maiselova street, just a few steps from the Maisel Synagogue. The guide will help you with orientation in the Jewish Town. After that, you will explore the Jewish Town on your own. Your entry ticket includes access to synagogues as well as Prague’s Jewish cemetery. You can choose between Circuit 1 or Circuit 2. Both Circuits include admission to the Old Jewish Cemetery, among the oldest in all of Central Europe. You will get a chance to visit the Spanish Synagogue, constructed in the beautiful Moorish Revival style. Both circuits also include admission into 3 synagogues: Maisel, Pinkas, and Klausen Synagogue. The latter is the biggest in Prague Jewish Town. Moreover, you will have the chance to visit the Ceremonial Hall, and Robert Guttman Gallery, home to several temporary exhibitions. These include items from the Jewish Museum’s collections or aspects of modern Jewish life. Circuit 1 additionally contains an entrance ticket to the Old-New synagogue, one of the oldest active synagogues in all of Europe. Constructed in the Gothic style in 1270, it is one of the earliest Gothic buildings in Prague and continues to be one of the most important religious sites for Jews in the Czech Republic.

Prague: Old Town Hall & Astronomical Clock Entrance Ticket

7. Prague: Old Town Hall & Astronomical Clock Entrance Ticket

The Old Town Hall is located on the Old Town Square and was established in 1338 as the seat of the Old Town administration. The complex consists of 5 buildings. The dominant part of the building is a Gothic tower with a chapel and a unique astronomical clock, where every hour between 9:00 AM and 11:00 PM, the twelve apostles rotate. Start your tour on the first floor, where the state rooms are located. Continue to the Gothic chapel of the Virgin Mary and the ceremonial halls. Afterwards, use the staircase leading to the third floor to the viewing gallery of the 70-meter tall tower and enjoy the most amazing views of Prague. A guided visit of the Old Town Hall medieval underground is included in your entrance ticket, so make sure not to miss out!

From Prague: Terezin Concentration Camp Guided Tour w/ Audio

8. From Prague: Terezin Concentration Camp Guided Tour w/ Audio

Explore the famous Terezin Concentration Camp on a guided tour. You will see the Terezin Small Fortress, the museum, and more on a half-day tour from Prague.  Take a tour of the site of the concentration camp, the barracks, while hearing about how the former garrison town transformed into a camp. Learn about how Terezin changed dramatically when the Nazis renamed it Theresienstadt and sent the first Jewish transports there in November 1941.  You will know more about the camp's history and the significance of the places. Finally, after the tour, you will return to Prague.

Prague Castle 2.5-Hour Tour Including Admission Ticket

9. Prague Castle 2.5-Hour Tour Including Admission Ticket

Discover Prague Castle and its remarkable history on a guided walking tour with a local guide. Walk over the Charles Bridge, visit St. Vitus Cathedral, and see Golden Lane, marveling at the stunning architecture and rich history behind each landmark. Your 2.5-hour guided tour begins at the Charles Bridge, where your guide will provide a short historical overview of the history of Prague Castle. Cross Charles Bridge and make your way to Lesser Town Square, where a tram will take you to the Castle. When you enter St. Vitus Cathedral, hear stories about princes, kings, and emperors, and the ceremonial history of the site. Tour the old castle, Vladislav Hall, and then head to St. George's Basilica, where your guide will tell you about Czech saints. Visit the area known Golden Lane, where your guide will tell you about the lives of the local residents.

Prague: Communism History and Nuclear Bunker Guided Tour

10. Prague: Communism History and Nuclear Bunker Guided Tour

Step back in time to a dark period in Czechoslovakia’s history. With an expert guide leading the way, you will discover what it was like to live in country under communist rule – an age of paranoia, spying, fear and violence. You will learn about the history of communism, hear cold war stories and about the biggest statue of Stalin ever built and the former headquarters of the former communist secret police. Afterwards the tour will lead you for a visit to Prague’s largest nuclear bunker. Built in the 1950’s, this bunker was designed to accommodate up to 5000 people. The tour will conclude with a trip to the nuclear bunker museum which will include cold war expositions and a special gasmask workshop.

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There were only 5 people in our tour group which was great.Our guide was a marvellous lady called Veronika who showed real passion and immense knowledge throughout the tour. She spoke both Italian and English perfectly and showed us the best sights of Kutna Hora. We really enjoyed it.I cannot recommend Veronika enough!

Conhecer a cidade pela visão de seus moradores é sempre o melhor jeito. Praga estava lotada agora no Natal, e a nossa guia Nina, nos levou a lugares onde pareceu que só a gente estava na cidade, foi excelente Fortíssima recomendação do tour

Marcela, our guide, was great. Kept things moving at an excellent pace. Not too fast but not too slow. She was very informative with a good mix of humour and info. I’d highly recommend her.

Interesting, informative, and paced well. It's not very scary, but the stories are well told.

Super amazing experience! The staffs are friendly and helpful!