Prague - The royal route

Even though we would not find the Royal Route on a map, you will most certainly gravitate towards it during your visit of Prague’s centre. Encompassing a large portion of old Prague, it is probably the most beautiful sightseeing route in the city. This route was taken by the Czech kings on their way to coronation in the St. Vitus Cathedral of the Prague Castle and by clergymen heading towards the spiritual centre of the kingdom. 
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Imagine a medieval city at the peak of its greatest ceremonial occasion There are precious cloths and rugs hanging from windows, people hail the king and toss flowers at the procession. On various stops of the route there are members of artisans’ guilds and church orders as well as students and soldiers. At the Prague Castle, the provincial officials greet the new king. Accompanied by chiming of bells, music, singing and cannon fusillades, the coronation is attended by highest church officials of the country, noblemen and distinguished guests from neighbouring countries.


©  Michal Vitásek

From the first coronation of the Czech king in 1086 to the last one in 1836, there were 26 Czech kings and 28 queens crowned and anointed during a ceremonial mass in the St. Vitus Cathedral. This route was taken by kings on their way to coronation as well as by envoys from other countries and prominent guests entering Prague. And you can now walk in their footsteps. Your journey will be lined by palaces and churches and your guides will be the world-famous architects and artists who created them as well as mighty rulers and aristocrats, who ordered them and paid for them.

Interesting thing

In accordance with the customs of the time of the Emperor Charles IV, the new king and his retinue went from the Prague Castle to Vyšehrad on the day before coronation, come back after prayers and participate in the evening services in the Church of St. Vitus. In this manner the king cleverly connected the original and the current place of residence of Czech rulers – Vyšehrad and the Prague Castle.

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Start your tour of Prague on the Old Town Square. Take good look at the Old Town Hall with its tower, which is a scene for the hourly performance of the Astronomical Clock. You will surely be captivated by the magnificent Church of Our Lady Before Týn  and by the old houses surrounding the square. Visit one of the restaurants and take in the atmosphere of the heart of the city from an outside seating. Through a network of jumbled alleys, you will get to the Charles Bridge. Pass its rows of majestic statues and the ever-present street artists and cross it to the left riverbank. Turn left before the Lesser Town Bridge Tower and then, at the end of Míšeňská street, turn right again. Pass under the bridge to the Kampa Island, which is separated from the Lesser Town by a millstream called Čertovka. Then walk over a small bridge and through a series of winding alleys to the Lesser Town Square. Stop for a while and relish the beauty of the Church of St. Nicholas.  Then, finally, climb the Old Castle Steps to the Prague Castle. At midday you can watch the changing of the castle guards on the 1st Courtyard. Changing at the individual guard posts takes place every hour.  Cross the 2nd Courtyard and go to the St. Vitus cathedral.  If you accept the challenge of the 287 stairs of the Great Southern Tower, you will be rewarded by a breathtaking view of the castle and entire Prague below. Jiřská Street will take you to the picturesque Golden Lane and the Black Tower. Exit through the gate and walk down the Old Castle Steps to the tram stop Malostranská. The tram will then take you to Ostrčilovo Square. From there it is only a short walk to the famous Vyšehrad, steeped in so many legends. There is also a cemetery and a lookout, from where you can watch the sun set above the Vltava.

Common Tips

Take the opportunity of a sunny afternoon, borrow a rowboat, a pedalo, a motorboat or a swan boat and go out on a river cruise. You will have a chance to watch Prague’s life from a different perspective – from the surface of the Vltava, which reflects the towers of Prague’s churches, the Charles Bridge or the skyline of Hradčany and it is regularly rippled by steamboats full of tourists.  

Transportation

One option of getting into Prague is by train, which usually arrives to the Main Railway Station (“Hlavní nádraží”) located in the city centre. From there you can walk directly to the Wenceslas Square or get wherever you need by tram or metro.
International buses usually terminate at the Bus Station Florenc. From Florenc, you can also take a tram or metro, which will get you wherever you want.
If you arrive at the Václav Havel Airport, use bus lines no. 100, 119 or 179 (they go every 5 to 10 minutes) and then you can transfer to metro or trams to get to the city centre. You can also use bus transportation provided by Czech Railways, the so-called Airport Express (AE), which stops at the Main Railway Station. You can also take a taxi. 

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Old Town Square

Where does the true heart of Prague beat? On the Old Town Square of course! It is precisely here that winding lanes of the Old Town run, in order to spill out onto the most beautiful square in Prague. The elegant tower of the Town Hall with the world famous astronomical clock, the proud silhouette of the fairytale Týn Cathedral, the monumental Church of St. Nicholas and countless multicoloured houses of many styles lend this place a unique atmosphere, which will captivate all those who decide to take a look at its charm.

Address

Staroměstské náměstí 110 00 Praha 1
GPS: 50.087472, 14.420734

Astronomical Clock on the Old Town Square

Every hour, hundreds of tourists from all over the world with cameras at the ready gather in front of the Old Town Hall to enjoy a fascinating mechanical performance which in the Middle Ages was considered one of the wonders of the world. The Prague Astronomical Clock, which for 600 years has been one of the greatest treasures of the city, still amazes people with its procession of Apostles, moving statues and visualization of time like no other instrument in the world.

Address

Staroměstské náměstí 1/3
110 00 Praha 1
GPS: 50.087, 14.420733

Old Town Hall in Prague

Old Town Hall has been a dominating feature of Old Town Square for centuries. Thanks to the remarkable Astronomical Clock and the tower, with its view of the historic centre of Prague, Old Town Hall is amongst the most-visited sites in the city. The construction of this Gothic building was started in 1338.

Address

Staroměstské náměstí 1
110 00 Praha 1
GPS: 50.086856, 14.420203

Church of Our Lady Before Týn

On the site of a Romanesque hospital church, construction of the Týn Church (Kostel Matky Boží před Týnem) began in the mid-14th century. The church was completed during the reign of King George of Poděbrady.

Address

Celetná 5
110 00 Praha 1
GPS: 50.087454331748695, 14.422827959060669

Charles Bridge and bridge towers

The Charles Bridge will never cease to fascinate the artists, photographers and poets who pay homage to it in their works. When the day’s first rays of sunlight touch the cold cobblestones and illuminate the monumental Gothic towers at both of its ends, you would be hard put to find a more romantic location. With the powerful silhouette of Prague Castle in the background and the gallery of Baroque statues on both sides, it is no wonder that this is one of the most beautiful places in Europe.

Address

Křižovnické náměstí 3
110 00 Praha 1
GPS: 50.086449, 14.411653

Lesser Town

Unlike Old Town, steep streets, stairways and beautiful palace gardens await you in Lesser Town in Prague. The diversity of the Baroque façades gives Lesser Town the atmosphere of a storybook setting, but it is also a residential neighborhood, and home to the government and offices, embassies and foreign diplomats.

Address

Malá Strana
118 00 Praha 1 ‎
GPS: 50.088170931055814, 14.404279947411851

Church of St. Nicholas in the Lesser Quarter

Just like Prague Castle, the towers at the ends of Charles Bridge and the Old Town Hall, the Church of St. Nicholas is an inherent part of the Prague skyline. One of the most beautiful Baroque structures in Europe, the church has been the jewel in the crown of the Lesser Quarter for 300 years and a place admired by crowds of people from around the world on a daily basis. So let yourself be enchanted by its Baroque magnificence and grandeur!

Address

Malostranské náměstí
118 00 Praha 1 - Malá Strana
GPS: 50.087974, 14.402913

Prague Castle

Which is the largest castle in the world? The one in Prague of course! You can wander around its courtyards, palaces, museums and garden all day long and whilst doing so, admire the overwhelming beauty of a place which has been the seat of Czech kings, emperors and presidents for a thousand years. The whole castle grounds are dominated by the monumental St. Vitus Cathedral, which is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Discover the secret of this symbol of the Czech Republic and a place which makes Prague one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Address

Pražský hrad
119 08 Praha 1
GPS: 50.090373, 14.398993

Cathedral of Sts. Vitus, Wenceslas and Adalbert

The biggest, most important, most beautiful. The Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle is a place of so many superlatives. Above all, it’s the spiritual symbol of the Czech nation and the resting place of Czech history’s greatest rulers. Come and learn the story of this fascinating architectural masterpiece which is among the most important cathedrals in Europe.

Address

Pražský hrad
III. nádvoří 48/2
119 01 Praha 1 - Hradčany
GPS: 50.090607, 14.399937

Opening Hours

Amade restaurant

Amade is in the heart of the old city of Prague in a superbly renovated baroque “Pachta" palace. The restaurant’s name suggests a connection to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Amade being his nickname), who used to spent time in this palace during his visits to Prague. The Amade cuisine is as intriguing and unique as Mozart’s music.
 

Address

Karolíny Světlé 34
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0846150, 14.4141261

U Karlova mostu restaurant

Visit our newly opened Bistro on the banks of the Vltava River with view of the Charles Bridge. Excellent cuisine and modern and comfortable interior with a pleasant atmosphere are here waiting for you. Food and drink can be enjoyed by sitting inside the restaurant or you can simply take it with you.
 

Address

Na Kampě 508/15
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0859389, 14.4087389

Ambiente – Pasta Fresca

The Head Chef, Tomáš Mykytyn, prepares regional Italian dishes from freshly made homemade pasta using fresh, seasonal ingredients according to Italian tradition. Their wine cellar boasts a unique collection of Italian wines. 

Address

Celetná 11
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0872161, 14.4236861

Argument

Restaurant Argument is a modern international cuisine specialising in lava grilled meat and fresh fish. Their restaurant’s slogan is “Freshest place in Prague 6”.
The interior offers three cosy rooms with an almost homely atmosphere for about 105 people linked together by a recollection of the 1930s. The restaurant is, of course, divided into a smoking and non-smoking area, and there is a pleasant terrace in the inner block where you can sit in the summer.

Address

Bubenečská 19
160 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0997761, 14.4039342

Blue Orange

Restaurant in the Blue Orange is famous mainly for its Mediterranean cuisine and Czech specialities but you can also find here a wide range of salads and fish specialities. Our team of cooks work exclusively with fresh and quality food raw materials what is a base for unique taste of all meals served. Experience from taste is highlighted with fantasy realised meals layout.

Address

Tupolevova 676
199 00 Praha
GPS: 50.1439942, 14.5070131

Café Imperial

The Café Imperial has always been a busy and well-visited place. Throughout the years it was a social gathering spot for guests from all walks of life. Now the tradition continues.
The successful reconstruction has on the one hand added a touch of class to this place, but on the other still keeps the unforgettable atmosphere of the Grand Café.
 

Address

Na Poříčí 15
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0898431, 14.4328581

Cafe Lounge

Let us invite you for some excellent freshly brewed coffee - if you are not a coffee lover, feel free to discover the secret of wine cellar, which is filled up to the ceiling with the most delicious wines from Bohemia, Moravia and other countries; once your thirst is quenched, do not forget about your hunger- tease it with one of their delicacies.

Address

Plaská 615/8
150 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0815469, 14.4067500

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe Prague, considered Europe's largest Hard Rock Cafe, is situated in the four-story, V.J.Rott building with a beautifully decorated neo-Renaissance façade and frescos. The cafe is located in the heart of old Prague less than 50 meters from the famous Old Town Square. The three-level, 1900-square-meter cafe includes two vibrant bars and features a unique compilation of memorabilia from Hard Rock's world-famous collection completed by a 5-meter custom-made chandelier in the shape of a guitar.

Address

Malé náměstí 3
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0866969, 14.4188789

Hergetova cihelna

Hergetova Cihelna is a lively and stylish restaurant on the bank of Prague`s Vltava river with a spectacular view of the Charles Bridge. Locals and visitors come here for creative variations on Czech and international favorites, gourmet salads, and the freshest seafood anywhere.

Address

Cihelná 2b
118 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0879889, 14.4099022

Kalina Cuisine & Vins

The cuisine and wine. These two words, the two pillars of the European gastronomy express all what the Kalina cafe-restaurant stresses the most. Genuinely and purely designed interior without any pretentiousness offers nothing less than thoughtful simplicity and pleasant atmosphere. The real luxury is actually waiting for you on your plate and inside your wine glass. The chef of the Kalina restaurant Miroslav Kalina cooks always just for you, his cuisine is simple yet delicate, healthy yet sophisticated.

Address

Dlouhá 12
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0892011, 4.4225261

Chez Marcel

Enjoy the charm of French gastronomy in the relaxed atmosphere of Chez Marcel. Upon entering the diner you will have the feeling you already know the place. Its mellow style combines well to the aroma emanating from dishes cooked by the excellent chef, and its staff can always predict what would make you happy. Authentic French meals together with a choice of fine wines from small family wineries of France will be the reason you come back with pleasure to this “Montmartre of Prague".

Address

Haštalská 12
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0908919, 14.4244250

Absolutum Boutique Hotel ****

The Absolutum is a newly refurbished hotel situated close to the city centre of Prague, directly at the Holešovice train and metro station, just 6 minutes from Wenceslas Square.

The modern and very comfortable hotel not only offers wonderfully styled rooms including marble bathrooms with underfloor heating, but also a wellness studio and a high-class restaurant. The well-trained staff will provide you with any information you may need to spend and interesting and rewarding stay.

Address

Jablonského 639/4
170 00 Praha
GPS: 50.1071269, 14.4410972

Hotel Amarilis****

The Amarilis hotel is located in the centre of Prague, 400 metres from Wenceslas Square and features free WiFi. The rooms are air-conditioned.
The spacious rooms are individually decorated and are painted in fresh bright Feng Shui colours. Allergy-free rooms are available on request and availability.
 

Address

Štěpánská 613/18
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0780489, 14.4253206

Hotel Antik****

Located in the lively Josefov neighbourhood, this 4-star boutique hotel is just 300 metres from Old Town Square. Hotel Antik includes a restaurant, a café, and a winter garden. Free internet is available.
The bright and elegant rooms are air-conditioned and provide an LCD TV, a laptop-size safe, and a minibar. Bathrooms include a hairdryer and exclusive toiletries.
Antik Hotel Prague’s restaurant serves Czech and international cuisine, including homemade pastries and a daily breakfast buffet.

Address

Dlouhá 22
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0898392, 14.4240125

Hotel Appia Residences****

Appia Residences in Lesser Town is nestled in peaceful surroundings below Prague Castle, 5 minutes' walk from Charles Bridge. It features a romantic garden and private parking in a garage.
All rooms have oak wooden floors and marble bathrooms. Each room is individually designed and reflects a unique character. The deluxe rooms overlook the garden.
 

Address

Šporkova 322/3
118 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0878833, 14.3976958

Hotel Archibald U Karlova mostu****

Situated in the centre of Prague overlooking the famous bridge, close to Prague Castle, the Archibald at the Charles Bridge boasts a great location.
All major points of interest are within walking distance, be it the historical part of the town, cultural attractions or business and shopping centres.

Address

Na Kampě 508/15
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0859256, 14.4087600

ART HOTEL PRAHA****

The recently refurbished Art Hotel Prague is situated in a quiet and prestigious residential area next to the Sparta Stadium. The historic centre of Prague can be reached on foot in 20 minutes or by tram from the nearby stop.
The ideal location of the hotel near the National Gallery, the National Technical Museum and 2 well-known parks make it a popular retreat from hectic urban life.
 

Address

Nad Královskou oborou 920/53
170 00 Praha
GPS: 50.1011475, 14.4158297

Hotel Ariston & Ariston Patio****

Ariston Hotel offers elegantly furnished en-suite rooms close to Vitkov Park, within walking distance to Prague's centre. There is free Wi-Fi access in the rooms.
The rooms feature satellite TV, a work desk, a minibar and tea/coffee facilities. The en-suite bathroom comes with a shower or bathtub and free toiletries.
 

Address

Seifertova 65
130 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0848047, 14.4483144

Hotel Barceló Praha Five****

Located 200 metres from the Anděl metro station, Barceló Praha Five is a 20-minute journey from the historical centre of Prague. The 4-star hotel offers modern rooms with air-conditioning and a flat-screen satellite TV. Free Wi-Fi is available in the entire hotel.
The Barceló provides airport shuttle service 24 hours a day for a surcharge.

Address

Radlická 3276/46
150 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0667158, 14.4024778

Hotel Boscolo, Prague

The luxury, five-star Hotel Boscolo Prague is located on Senovážné náměstí  in the centre of Prague. The hotel’s architects succeeded in restoring the building’s, which previously served as a bank, former glory, including its original frescos, marvellous staircases and alabaster Dorian columns. 

Address

Boscolo Prague *****
Senovážné náměstí 13
110 00 Praha 1
GPS: 50.08628338131983, 14.433880806100206

Hotel Carlton****

Elegant, completely reconstructed Hotel Carlton Prague issituated in the traditional residential area of the old Zizkov - Prague 3. Hotel is characteristic by its convenient position, not far from the business and historical centre of Prague. A tram stop is in the close proximity of the hotel; the main train station and the underground line C only 7 minutes from the property.
 

Address

Táboritská 18/ roh Kubelíkova
130 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0827625, 14.4548233

Hotel Casa Marcello****

Hotel Casa Marcello is superbly situated next to the 1000 years-old St. Agnes Monastery and is just a few minutes' walk away from Charles Bridge and Old Town Square.

The hotel benefits from a great location in peaceful surroundings and the very close proximity to many lively restaurants and bars.

Address

Řásnovka 783/1
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0917511, 14.4248178

Hotel Claris***

Set in the heart of Prague, Hotel Claris is only one metro stop from the famous Wenceslas Square. It offers free Wi-Fi and serves breakfast in a glass-roofed dining room.
All quiet rooms provide a bathroom, TV and a hairdryer.
The Namesti Miru metro stop is only 200 metres from Hotel Claris, the next tram stop is 50 metres away. The Rieger Park, featuring a famous beer garden with a beautiful view over Prague, can be found 200 metres from the Claris hotel.

Address

Slezská 883/26
120 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0761067, 14.4424850

Hotel Elysée****

The elegant Elysee Hotel is located right on Wenceslas Square in the heart of Prague. It offers soundproofed rooms and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
A buffet breakfast can be enjoyed every morning.
The Elysee Hotel is situated in the Jalta shopping arcade, which features shops, restaurants and cafés, a theatre, a bookshop, a fitness centre, and a beauty salon.
Vaclavske namesti Tram Stop is about 100 metres away. Old Town Square, the State Opera and luxurious boutiques are all close by.

Address

Václavské náměstí 43 (pasáž Jalta)
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0817417, 14.4288914

Hotel Esplanade Praha, a.s.

Opposite the State Opera, this luxurious Secession-style hotel dating from 1927 is just a 2-minute walk from Wenceslas Square and 5 minutes from Prague Main Train Station. It offers a French gourmet restaurant.
The Esplanade Prague’s air-conditioned rooms feature elegant wooden furniture and large bathrooms made from Carrara marble. Facilities include a flat-screen satellite TV and a minibar.
 

Address

Washingtonova 1600/19
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0818364, 14.4319217

Hotel Extol Inn***

Extol Inn is located close Prague's centre only 200 metres from the next tram stop. It features a wellness centre and secure parking.
The hotel has a 24-hour lobby bar together with an excellent restaurant, which is popular with locals as well as with the hotel’s guests. Free Wi-Fi is available in some rooms, as well as in lobby and hotel restaurant.
The hotel is fully accessible for wheelchairs and there are 2 triple rooms which are specially designed for disabled guests.
 

Address

Přístavní 2
170 00 Praha
GPS: 50.1040178, 14.4472861

Hotel Harmony***

Mere minutes on foot from Wenceslas Square, Old Town Square and the Royal Route, the Harmony hotel is an ideal place for exploring Prague.
Enjoy the tastefully furnished and very spacious rooms and start your day with the complimentary breakfast buffet.
Fine dining places and bars can be found in the immediate vicinity of the Hotel Harmony.
 

Address

Na Poříčí 31
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.1040178, 14.4472861

Hotel Jungmann****

Set in the heart of Prague, Jungmann Hotel is in the Golden Cross area and 100 metres from the Wenceslas Square. It features elegant rooms with flat-screen satellite TV, and serves a buffet breakfast. Free Wi-Fi is available in the entire property.
All rooms are stylishly decorated with modern furnishings and light earthy tones.

Address

Jungmannovo náměstí 2
110 00 Praha