This year, the summer season will symbolically commence on Saturday, 13 May, on the exact day of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Austrian empress and Bohemian queen, Maria Theresa. With her enlightened reforms, she was able to significantly modernise the operations of the entire state. On this day, the most significant Prague Castle sites that can otherwise be visited solely with a purchased ticket will be open free of charge.
Where to go in MayOn 13 May 2017, all Prague Castle visitors can look forward to a diverse programme focusing on the subject of Maria Theresa. On this day, the Castle will open all of its most significant tourist sites, free of charge. In addition to free admission to these sites, visitors can also listen to the monarch's salutary speeches at various intervals, be entertained by vocal, dance, and fencing group performances, and can also enjoy refreshments from stands at the historical marketplace on St George's Square.
Important buildings that are otherwise accessible solely with a circuit tour ticket will be open to the public. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit the Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower, the interiors of the St Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace with Vladislav Hall, St George’s Basilica, as well as the Rosenberg Palace, and The Story of Prague Castle permanent exhibit will also be freely accessible. Additionally, a narrative theatre performance in Courtyard III of Prague Castle will focus on the legacy of Maria Theresa, the only woman to succeed to the throne of Bohemia.
Maria Theresa and her eraMaria Theresa reigned from 1740 to 1780. It was she who imprinted upon Prague Castle its current structural appearance, having been previously significantly damaged as a result of earlier wars.
Beginning in the autumn, Maria Theresa will also be the focus of a permanent exhibit in the former Rosenberg Palace. It was with the renovations to this palace that the queen initiated the reconstruction of Prague Castle, which lasted until 1774.
Notice: We ask that visitors please plan their time of arrival at Prague Castle in advance, and that they cooperate fully with members of the Police of the Czech Republic and the Castle Guard for entry onto the premises.