Don't miss the Great South Tower of the Cathedral
The construction of the tower was started in the Gothic style by architect Peter Parler at the end of the 14th century. In the 16th century, the view gallery and helmet were added. The original helmet was replaced by a new dome in the 18th century. Reaching the bells in the tower requires a climb of 280 steps, almost 100 metres up. The bell, the biggest in the country at about 15 tons, is from 1549. Ringing the bell requires six bell ringers. A trip up the tower yields fabulous views of the city of Prague.
Pay a visit to the Orangery, a greenhouse of tropical plants.
You may be surprised to see tropical plants, including citrus trees, growing in the Czech Republic. In the 16th century, Rudolf II had a garden of tropical plants at Prague Castle. The current greenhouse was the project of Olga Havlová, the first wife of former president Václav Havel, in 1999. This tube-shaped modern greenhouse set in the Royal Gardens is open to visitors from April 1 to October 31.
Bring the kids to see the Toy Museum
Another surprise inside the castle complex is the Toy Museum, located in the Chambers of the Old Count. Don't miss the seven rooms filled with toys spanning centuries, from Ancient Greece to more modern times. A highlight is a collection of traditional Czech toys featuring old Marklin engines as well as airplanes, trains, and toy cars.