The gothic St Vitus Cathedral is the spirit symbol of Czech Republic and the biggest temple in the country. It is located in the capital, the city of Prague, right next to the Prague Castle. The building process of St Vitus Cathedral began in the 1344th year on the terrain of the old Roman rotunda. Officially, the construction ended in the beginning of the 20th century. The whole name of the cathedral is, as a matter of fact, Saints Vitus, Wenceslaus and Adalbert. This building impresses not only with its magnificent façade, but also with its well-kept in-house treasures – the beautifully decorated chapel “Saint Wenceslaus” and its vault, the crypt, where the Chez kings are buried. The South and the North wall of the cathedral include a whole crown of chapels.
- Saint Wenceslaus Chapel – It’s the central point of the cathedral with a vault built for the most significant Czech patron – Saint Wenceslaus. The authentic decoration of the chapel is preserved – with its amazing precious stones and wall drawings that date from the 14th century. The door on the south-western corner of the chapel leads to the crown chamber where the jewelries from the royal coronations are stored.
- The Big South Tower – to reach its top you should climb 287 steps, but it’s worth it as the view you will enjoy here is amazing, showing you how spectacular the city of Prague is. The tower, though, is closed when the weather is bad.
What should I know before a visit of St Vitus Cathedral in Prague?
- The cathedral has summer and winter working time
- You can enter the cathedral through the gates at the western façade, which is in front of the orifice between the Second and the Third yard of the Prague Castle
- Pictures made with flash or stand are not allowed in the cathedral
- You cannot enter the cathedral with big bags or knapsacks
- It’s necessary to be dressed up appropriately for St Vitus Cathedral in Prague
To visit the cathedral, you should own any of the two types of tickets for the Prague Castle:
- Prague Castle Tour A – a tour of the cathedral St Vitus Cathedral in Prague, the Old Royal Palace, the exhibition “History of Prague Castle”, Saint George Basilica, the Golden Alley with Daliborka Tower, as well as Rosenberg Palace
- Prague Castle Tour B – St Vitus Cathedral cathedral, the Old Royal Palace, Saint George Basilica, Golden Alley with Daliborka Tower
- Ticket for the Big South Tower
- Free entrance only for the front neo-gothic part of the cathedral
There discounts available for:
- Kids between 6 and 16 years old
- School and university students up to 26 years old
- Seniors over 65 years old
- Families – two adults and 1 to 5 kids under 16 years old
- Student groups
If you want to see St Vitus Cathedral in Prague with a guide, you can join any of Prague Castle tours:
- Standard tour – includes the cathedral St Vitus Cathedral in Prague and the Old Royal Palace. The duration is 1 hour.
- Audio guide – includes information about the interior of the cathedral. This tour is available in English, too.
The cathedral is accessible for visitors in wheelchairs.