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A tour of Hradčany Square

Square surrounded by monuments

Petr Liška
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A tour of Hradčany Square
Inserted: 17.05.2022
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Hradčanské náměstí together with the Old Town and Wenceslas Square are among the most visited in Prague. No wonder, as it is the main entrance to Prague Castle. Around the square there are a number of important buildings in the form of former exhibition palaces of individual aristocratic families. Before entering the castle grounds, it is definitely worth taking a short walk here.

Entrance to the first courtyard of Prague Castle

The eastern part of Hradčanské náměstí occupies the entrance to the first courtyard of Prague Castle. The castle guard stands here. Above them is the famous sculpture Clash of the Titans. You can also see the famous Baroque Matthias Gate, which leads to the second courtyard. Now this road serves only as an exit from Prague Castle

Entrance to the first courtyard of Prague Castle
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Archbishop's Palace

Next door is the magnificent Archbishop's P­alace, one of the most important late Baroque monuments in Prague. Next to the palace is a beautiful street lamppost

Archbishop's Palace
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Marian Plague Column Hradcany

Now we move to the center of the theme, which creates a relaxing impression – there is greenery and benches. Right in the middle is a nice Marian plague column.

Marian Plague Column Hradcany
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Tuscan palace

The western end of Hradčany Square is dominated by the massive Tuscan Palace

Tuscan palace
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Schwarzenberg Palace

We turn back slowly and we can immediately admire the Schwarzenberg Palace – which is one of the most preserved Renaissance buildings in the Czech Republic. He is currently exhibiting paintings by the National Gallery in Prague

Schwarzenberg Palace
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Salm Palace

The last of the magnificent palaces on Hradčany Square is the Salm Palace, built in the Classicist style.

Salm Palace
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Monument to Tomas Garrigue Masaryk
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Monument to Tomas Garrigue Masaryk

At the Salm Palace you will find a bronze statue of the legendary first president of Czechoslovakia – Tomas Garrigue Masaryk

Wide view of Prague

In the southeast corner of the square there is a wide view of Prague. Usually, however, count on crowds of tourists, because the Castle Stairs and Ke hradu Street with a lively tourist traffic flow here.

Wide view of Prague
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Beautiful view of Prague

From the viewpoint there is a really nice view over the center to the high-rise buildings on the horizon

Beautiful view of Prague
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