As of March 2, Prague Castle’s South Gardens are open to the public after its closure during winter.
Accessible year-round, the visiting hours of the Royal Garden have been extended and is now open from 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.
Further adjustments to the grounds include modifying existing tickets and lowering entrance fees. The Prague Castle Administration (SPH) is hoping to focus on domestic visitors; introducing new tours which visit places inside of the grounds that are typically off-limits for tourists.
Although entry to the Prague Castle grounds remains restricted by security checkpoints, visitors to the Royal Garden and Deer’s Moat will be able to circumvent these checkpoints. Like the Royal Garden, both parts of Jelení kopóp have been open year-round since last year.
Depending on good weather, the access footbridges from Klárov and from Jeléní street will be open as well, and the Deer Moat will be open daily from 10:00 a.m to dusk.
During the months of March and April, the Royal Garden will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. During May and June, it will be open until 7:00 p.m., and in July and August, it will not close until 8:00 p.m. The hours will return to normal in September.
As stated on its website, higher operating costs, compounded by inflation, is forcing the Prague Castle Administration to seek additional sources of income.
The basic ticket, which grants access to the Old Royal Palace, the Basilica of St. George, and Zlatá ulička, will remain the same – costing CZK 250. A new ticket package is available for 200 CZK which grants visitors access to both the exhibition, ‘The Story of Prague Castle’, and the newly reopened Picture Gallery.
According to SPH, this arrangement is favourable for tourists, as previously, tickets for these two exhibits would’ve had to be purchased separately for 150 CZK each.
Visitors over the age of 70 will have free entry to the Prague Castle grounds, granting access to the Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace, the Basilica of St. George, Golden lane, the newly opened Prague Castle Picture Gallery, and the permanent exhibition, ‘The Story of Prague Castle’.
SPH also introduced new guided tours that allow tourists to visit the chapel of St. Wenceslas – which is typically inaccessible to the public – as well as descend into the royal tomb.
Private tours are additionally provided by SPH, offering the opportunity to visit the cathedral, Old Royal Palace, and Golden Alley without the public present.
These private tours will cost CZK 1000 per person, or CZK 10,000 for a large group.
Finally, SPH provides curated tours of the inner triforium of the Cathedral, although advance booking is required.