St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague

Prague's finest example of Gothic architecture, St. Vitus Cathedral is the resting place of many saints, kings, princes, and archbishops. Located within the city's World Heritage-listed castle complex, the cathedral notably contains 14th-century mosaics and stained glass by artist Alfons Mucha. The biggest and most ornate of the cathedral's many side chapels features medieval frescoes depicting scenes from the life of Christ, as well as a hidden staircase leading to a chamber housing priceless Bohemian crown jewels. You may not be able to see the real jewels, which are famously protected by seven locks, but you can reward yourself with panoramic views of the city from the cathedral's south tower. Add St. Vitus Cathedral and other attractions to your Prague trip itinerary using our Prague trip planner.
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  • This church is very ornate and seeing where Ferdinand 3 and his wife Sophia resting place is really something. The ornate altars and tombs towards the back of the church is really something to behold....  more »
  • Prague's historic Cathedral. Full of mysteries and legends. Beautiful discover it and visit it. A magical place
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  • I fell under the spell of this Cathedral, really I consider it essential. Unfortunately, I n did not inside, because we can't take a ticket just for a visit to monument, and there were a lot of people. But nothing that her work around you take full view, and if the sun light you can still see the color and the illustration of the stained glass windows.
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  • Go early! It's best to arrive early so you can get through the security check point. Then walk through to the cathedral before it opens at 9am. As soon as you come through the archway grab a photo. The church is mammoth and hard to fit in the camera frame so you need to do it before there are too many people around. As soon as you come through the tunnel go to the right and into the less crowded ticket office to get your entrance ticket. Then back out to the left to get in line on the left side of the cathedral. If there is a line it is worth the wait. I'd do at least an audio tour/book tour. Beautiful interior and it's good to know what you are looking at and why it is catching your attention.
  • One of the most beautiful cathedrals in all of Europe. A must-see upon any visit to the country. Be prepared to have your bags searched as you are entering the grounds but it’s a quick and painless process. There is no cost to enter the building, you’ll get the chance to see the beautiful stain glass windows and walk inside the front half of the building. If you want to walk all the way to the front of the cathedral and see some of the ornate work up close you will have to pay for the tour. Take time to take pictures outside the building and obviously inside but the crowds will make it hard to get a good shot once you’re inside. If you enter through the side door of cathedral over by the mosaic on the side of the building you can pay a small fee to hike the tower. I think it was between $5-7 a person. It is a lot of steps up so make sure you’re up for the hike, but the top provides an amazing 360 degree view of the river and the city as well as an inside view of some of the bells and structure through some small glass windows in the tower. It’s a good stop near the beginning of the trip as a way to see attractions you’re interested in seeing from the view at the top and also to give you a feel of what the city looks like as a whole. As you can imagine it gets crazy busy even on weekdays and usually in the morning. Plan to be there right when it opens if you’re not into crowds and afterwards take time to walk all the way down to the bridge so you get a chance to see a lot of the main touristy streets.
  • A lot of people have called this one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe, and they are right! The architecture is stunning, both from a distance and close up. The interior is amazing and the beauty of the stained glass windows needs to be seen. Climbing to the top of the tower is worth the effort of you can manage it and are not affected by heights. It is the best view across Prague. You can get an audio tour for a small charge and it is worth it as it would be so easy to miss some of the important historical aspects.
  • Up until this point my favorite cathedral was Saint Mary's Queen of the World in Montreal. Not anymore. Don't ride, walk if you're able, up the grand staircase to the castle walls and through them to the most spectacular instance of 14th Century Gothic architecture on Earth. Among a host of must-sees in this fabulous city, Saint Vitus is the Apex.
  • Outside black and inside the pure light...You do not have to pay to come in,but if you want to make an inner long walk around the whole place, you have to buy the ticket. For me it was breathtaking to observe the precious pieces of art on any corner of this cathedral. Also outside you can see well-known gargulias, which according to the legend protect the Cathedral from evil power.
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