Prague Castle it’s the official home of the President of the Czech Republic, but for obvious reasons, it’s become a popular tourist spot, and a hotspot for stand-out Instagram photos.

Prague Castle has its share of secrets: you can read all about five of our favorites ahead.

Lawbreakers have been tossed out of Prague Castle’s windows.

The word defenestration, which means throwing someone out of a window, was invented for an incident at Prague Castle in 1618. A year prior, Roman Catholic officials had shut down a pair of new Protestant chapels. Angry Protestant rights defenders called for a trial in the council room at the Castle, and won.

What happened next went down in history: Two Catholic regents and their secretary—all found guilty of violating the right to religious freedom—were shoved out the window. Luckily, a pile of horse manure broke their fall and they emerged uninjured.


The Crown Jewels are seriously secure.

Stowed away in a chamber of St. Vitus Cathedral, the Bohemian Crown Jewels include the St. Wenceslas crown, royal scepter, and coronation cloak. And the Republic isn’t taking any chances with their safekeeping. Both the chamber door and iron safe inside have seven locks, the keys to which are held by seven people, including the President, Prime Minister, and Prague Archbishop.


The Prague Castle is in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The Prague Castle complex is enormous, with an area totaling of 753,474 square feet. That makes it the largest ancient castle in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.


Kafka spent time writing at Prague Castle.

Franz Kafka, lived with his sister in the Golden Lane in house No. 22 from 1916-1917. It was a good move: Kafka wrote short stories for “A Country Doctor,” and was inspired to write his book “The Castle” during his Golden Lane stay.


There’s a tropical garden

Back in the 16th century, Rudolf II had a garden of tropical plants, including citrus trees, at Prague Castle. The tradition continues today at the Orangery, a tubular-shaped glass-enclosed greenhouse built in 1999 in the Royal Gardens. It’s open to visitors in summer months.

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