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Tram 22 Prague - a convenient way how to get to Prague Castle
Tram 22 follows one of Prague's most scenic routes with stunning views along the way. It goes from Nadrazi Hostivar on the south-east end of Prague through the hip Vinohrady quarter to the New Town, passing by the National Theatre, crossing the river Vltava to Mala Strana (the Lesser Town) and continuing up to the Prague Castle. It ends at Bila hora on the west suburb of the city.
The 22 is ideal to see Prague´s major attractions in a cheap and comfortable way. You can hop on/off and visit the most interesting places in Prague.
The tram 22 uses iconic red tram cars T3 built by Tatra between 1960-1999. Several times an hour is the T3 replaced by modern low-floor tram car made by Skoda.
A tram stop for the line 22 is located roughly 150 meters from the hotel Anna in Vinohrady. A tram stop "Novoměstská radnice" for the 22 is located roughly 350 meters from the hotel Pav in the centre of Prague.
Tram 22 runs from 5am – until 1am at 5-10 minutes interval depending on the day time (on the weekends 15-20 minutes). Tram 97 follows the route of the 22 at night.
Buy your ticket at hotel, at newspaper stand (look for Tabák or Trafika) or from the yellow boxes located at some tram stops or inside metro stations (it´s coins only).
There are 4 types of tickets sorted by the validity - 30 CZK for 30 minutes, 40 CZK for 90 minutes, 120 CZK for 24 hours and 330 for 72 hours. The 22 journey from Vinohrady to the Prague Castle takes approximately 30 minutes. Don´t forget to validate your ticket in the yellow boxes in a tram.
Now take a seat and let´s the ride start!
Our journey starts at Vinohrady (Vineyards). Originally, it used to be a place for royal vineyards since 14th century. Nowadays, it´s a very popular residential quarter. Charming district with Art Deco houses and beautiful parks offers high concentration of good cafés and ethnic restaurants.
NÁMĚSTÍ MÍRU (METRO LINE A)
The centre of Vinohrady, Namesti Miru (Peace Square) with it´s beautiful neo-gothic church of St. Ludmila is surrounded by historical buildings such as the Vinohrady Theatre or the National House. Favourite Christmas market is held at the square. If you are lucky you can enjoy a spectacular performance of the Signal Festival (mid-October).
I.P. PAVLOVA (METRO LINE C)
A busy transportation hub is just one stop from Namesti Miru. It´s surrounded by plenty of fast foods, cafes, and by farmer´s market. The hub creates a border between Vinohrady and the New Town.
NOVÉ MĚSTO (NEW TOWN)
Prague´s New Town was founded in 1348 by the emperor Charles IV., but do not expect medieval atmosphere. During 19th century the walls were demolished, and the New Town was modernized.
The Baroque Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, built in 1670, or the gothic New Town Hall can be seen from the tram near the Charles square.
From the Charles square the 22 continues through Spalena street to the metro stop Narodni trida (line B). Look at the cubist house Diamant on the right on the corner of Spalena and Lazarska street.
A giant masterpiece (11 meters) of Franz Kafka´s Head by the controversial Czech artist David Cerny is located behind the shopping centre Quadrio at the Narodni Trida metro stop.
At the end of Spalena street the 22 tram turns left onto Narodni street, the boundary of the New Town and the Old Town. Walk north to the Old Town Square or east to the Wenceslas Square.
In the 19th century, important buildings and institutions, such as the National Theatre and the Czech Academy of Sciences were built here.
On November 17, 1989, police suppressed here a peaceful student demonstration, which is thought as the beginning of the Velvet Revolution.
Are you hungry? Café Louvre and Café Slavia are both good places to have brunch or lunch.
Before the 22 tram leaves right bank of the Vltava river, you will see two impressive buildings. A weird building of a black-light theatre (Nova scena) from 1980s and the National theatre with a golden roof.
While crossing the river towards Ujezd, be sure to capture the beautiful view of the Prague Castle in front of you.
The first stop on the opposite side of the river Vltava is Ujezd, the base of Petrin park. There is the Memorial to the Victims of Communism just across the street.
If you are an ice-cream lover, do not miss an ice-cream store Angelato.
You can climb up the Petrin hill or use a funicular. At the top of the hill you will find an observatory, a rose garden, a mirror maze, and a lookout tower resembling the Eiffel´s tower in Paris. The views from Petrin are worth the effort. It is possible to access the Prague Castle from the top of Petrin by following paths towards the Strahov monastery.
MALA STRANA (LESSER TOWN)
Ancient houses and palaces, souvenir shops, cafés and restaurants are lining the street heading to Malostranske namesti. The 22 pasts the Church of Our Lady Victorious, home to the Infant Jesus of Prague.
Malostranské namesti or the Lesser Town Sq. is the main square of the Lesser Town. An impressive building of the St. Nicholas Church with green-domed roofs that dominates the square, belongs to the artistically most significant Baroque buildings of Prague. The heart of Lesser Town is surrounded by embassies, ministry buildings, restaurants, and hotels. The square is just two blocks from the Charles bridge and about 10 minutes’ walk from the Prague Castle via Nerudova street.
Leaving the Lesser Town, the tram safely surmounts the hill towards the Prague Castle area. While going up Chotkova street, you get an amazing view of Prague, the river Vltava and all the bridges.
Nerudova Street - from Lesser Town Square to Prague Castle
View of Prague bridges from Chotkova street
PRAGUE CASTLE AREA
Tram 22 goes around the Prague Castle area. There are several possibilities to entrance the Castle:
Kralovsky letohradek stop
Enter the garden. Pass the Royal Summer Palace and go through the garden. In 15 minutes you reach the 2nd Courtyard of the Prague Castle. Note that the Royal Garden is open only in summer season (April - October).
Prazsky Hrad stop
Turn left and in 5 minutes you reach the 2nd courtyard of the Prague Castle.
Bull Staircase - Prague Castle
Prague Castle Gardens
Turn left to U brusnice street, continue via Kanovnicka street. In 10 -15 minutes you reach the 1st courtyard of the Prague Castle.
Last stop to reach the Prague Castle. Walk down the pebble stone street with the St. Vitus Cathedral in front of you. It is an easy way with some interesting sites along the way, such as the Loreta - a Baroque pilgrimage site consists of a cloister, the church of the Lord’s Birth, the Santa Casa and a clock tower with a famous chime.
You can also visit the Strahov Monastery which is famous for its library and halls. Additionally, the cloister has own brewery.
Our journey is at the end. The tram 22 continues via Břevnov and Bila hora to its end station.
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located 300m from the 22 tram stop (Novoměstská radnice), 500m from the National Theatre and the river Vltava
600 m from the Charles bridge
1 km from the Old Town Sq. and Wenceslaw Sq.
next to the shopping mall Palladium
800 m from the Old Town Sq. and Wenceslaw Sq.
located 300m from the 22 tram stop in residential quarter Vinohrady near the city centre
400m from Namestí Míru - the centre of Vinohrady and the metro stop line A
1 km from the Wenceslas Square, 20 minutes walk from Prague Old Town