Prague Castle - St. Vitus Cathedral

Pražský hrad, Praha 1

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Address:Pražský hrad, Praha 1
Capacity:700
Winter heating:Yes
Wheelchair access:Yes
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The magnificent St. Vitus Cathedral is situated in the Prague Castle complex

The cathedral was founded by the Emperor Charles IV in 1344 at the site of the former St. Vitus Basilica. While most European cathedrals were built within the city, the Cathedral of Prague grew up outside and far above the town, in the middle of the Prague Castle, which was not only the seat of rulers, but also kind of the sacred precinct with several churches.

From the beginning the cathedral was intended as a prominent feature of the Prague agglomeration. In addition, it was built with great artistic and mystical aspirations. St Vitus, St Wenceslas and St Adalbert Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Prague and the sacred place where the saints, Bohemian kings, princes and Holy Roman emperors are buried - i.e. St. Wenceslas, patron saint of the country, is buried in the Cathedral in St. Wenceslas Chapel, a masterpiece of Gothic art.

Above the chapel is situated chamber guarding the crown jewels of Bohemian kings. The coronations of the kings of Bohemia were held in the Cathedral until 1836.  The first architect Matthias of Arras, who was called by Charles IV from Avignon, mediated the model of the French cathedral architecture. Matthias´s successor, genius Petr Parléř, gived to the cathedral and its sculptural decoration features of artistic excellence.

After the death of Charles IV the building was suspended and the cathedral remained a torso. The construction was not completed until the beginning of the 20th century, when the western part was completed and decorated by leading artists of the era (V. Sucharda, A. Mucha etc.). The St. Vitus Cathedral is an excellent example of Gothic architecture and masterpiece of art.

How to get there: 

  • Accessibility by Prague public transport:
    metro A (green line) - Malostranská station
    tram 2, 12, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23 - Malostranská stop or
    tram 22, 23 -  Pražský hrad stop
  • Nearest car parking:
    Malostranské náměstí

Please note:

We recommend to arrive 40 minutes before the concert because of the security check-in spots within the Prague Castle area.

Upcoming events

International organ festival in Prague Castle

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July 2021

The organ festival in St Vitus Cathedral in Prague Castle offers a rare opportunity to hear the 4 500 pipes organ of the Cathedral. Listen to music by J. S. Bach, C. Franck, and more, played by renowned organists.

Festival Czech Touches of Music 2021

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The international Festival Czech Touches of Music is among the most renowned festivals in the Czech Republic. The top works of classical music are performed in historically valuable halls. The program offers grand orchestral concerts as well as captivating chamber music.

26th International Organ Festival

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August-September 2021

After a long musical fast, enjoy a musical feast. St. James Basilica presents the 26th edition of the international organ festival. Listen to the great performances on the largest and most famous organ in Prague.

Dvořák International Festival Prague

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September 2021

The series of concerts presents the works of A. Dvořák in the interpretation of stars such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Milan Scala Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic and others.

Czech Philharmonic - Rudolfinum

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The Czech Philharmonic celebrates its 125th anniversary. The most noteworthy orchestra in Czech Republic presents a new series of concerts. You can appreciate the outstanding acoustics of Dvořák and Suk Hall in Rudolfinum. Take a look!

Klementinum classical concerts Prague

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Enjoy classical concerts in Klementinum (Clementinum) Mirror Chapel, St. Salvator Church in Clementinum, or St. Clement Cathedral. Very popular orchestral or chamber concerts in splendid venues often accompanied by organ.

Prague Dinner Concerts - classic and jazz

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Enjoy an unforgettable dinner with live music in Prague. Jazz, classical, traditional. Some great Prague event venues such as Boccaccio Hall or Jazz Boat. Romantic ambiance. Great musicians. Exquisite meal. Choice is yours.

Concerts in Smetana Hall of Municipal House

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The Smetana Hall is the most important hall of the Municipal House in Prague. During classical concerts held here, you may enjoy the splendour and beautiful decorations of this Art Nouveau jewel of Prague architecture.

Organ concerts in Prague

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Concert Season 2021: Find a list of all spiritual, sacred, organ or chamber concerts in the most famous churches in Prague center with astonishing architecture and exterior. Most of them have unique organ instruments from Baroque period.

Prague Opera Tickets

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Czech opera: full schedule and tickets for the best opera performances at the National Theatre, State Opera and the Estates Theatre in Prague. Top opera soloists and orchestra in splendid venues.

Prague Ballet Tickets

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We bring you the full schedule and tickets for the best Czech ballet company performances at magnificent scenes of Prague National Theatre, State Opera, the Estates Theatre and chamber ballets at Prague Theatre Hybernia.

Group Discounts

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We offer group discounts

Are you a group of 10+ people? Do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to negotiate the best price for you. Simply choose the event and we will take care of the rest.

Gift Certificates

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Is someone precious to you planning a trip to Prague? Why don´t you surprise them with a unique present! We are pleased to offer you Prague Ticket Office Gift Certificate.

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