Top Things To Do In Prague Including Travel-guide, Attractions, Restaurants, Cheap Hotels, Good Places To Visit.
1. Charles Bridge
2. Old Town Square
3. Powder Tower
4. Old Jewish Cemetery
5. Synagogues of the Jewish Quarter
7. Hradcany Square
8. St. Vitus Cathedral
9. Golden Alley
10. Old Royal Palace
11. Basilica San Jorge
12. Other spaces in the Castle
14. Strahov Monastery and its impressive library
15. Queen Anne's summer palace and its gardens
16. Mount Petrin and its viewpoint
17. Novy Svet
18. Church of San Nicolas
19. John Lennon Wall
20. Wallenstein Gardens
21. The Dancing House
22. Wenceslas Square
24. Letna: beer and the best views of Prague
25. Kafka's route
Prague is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Together with Budapest and Vienna, they form this wonderful triangle that with its turbulent history, architecture and its interesting customs attracts many travelers from all over the world. Things to do in Prague, the City of 100 Towers or the Golden City as it is also known, but this city will bring you much more if you go off its tourist route and get to know the real Prague. In more than any other city we have visited, if you want to enjoy the magic of the main places to visit in Prague, you will have to get up early to avoid the crowds. ubiquitous around the main sights for most of the day. In this post, in addition to mentioning the 25 essential things to do in Prague in two or three days, we will also give you tips on how to organize your day for an unbeatable experience.
The historical center of Prague, known as Staré Město (the Old Town) is the medieval center of the city. Here we find the most emblematic things to do in Prague and this is where the flow of tourists is most dense. In addition to visiting the main monuments, it is worth getting lost in the alleys and thus discovering little hidden gems. The best thing is to get up early and enjoy these streets full of history without almost anyone or at night do this night tour of ghosts and legends. The places in Stare Mesto that you cannot miss.
The Charles Bridge is not only the most essential monument to visit in Prague, but it is the main symbol of the things to do in Prague. This medieval bridge over the Vltava River linking Staré Město with Malá Strana (the Little Town) is a true jewel of 14th-century medieval architecture with 30 sculptures on both sides of the bridge. To visit it in (almost) solitary, you will have to get up very early, since even at night it does not empty until very high hours. Be careful because with increased tourism, even at dawn it begins to fill with Asian couples dressed as grooms who are making their album of «romantic photos». Yes indeed, Seeing the first rays of the sun walking on this bridge is one of the magical things to do in Prague.
In addition to the visit in the morning, we recommend that you also return at night, but instead of crossing it, we recommend you contemplate the fantastic lighting of this bridge from some point on the banks of the Vltava River or from one of the other bridges. A true wonder!
Charles bridge praque
The jewel in the center of Prague is the wonderful Old Town Square, one of the most impressive squares in Europe. It an always lively square and if you want to see it without people, you will have to wake up soon. The biggest things to do in Prague in the square are the 15th-century Astronomical Clock, one of the most famous clocks in the world consisting of various figures and an astronomical calendar.
In the square, you will also find the gothic church of Our Lady of Týn with its quite particular towers, the Jan Hus Monument, the church of Saint Nicolas (not to be confused with the baroque church in Malá Strana), and several other palaces of things to do in Prague.
Old Town Square
Among the various monuments of the Old City, the Powder Tower, one of the oldest buildings in the city, also deserves a special mention. This Gothic tower built in the 15th century is what remains of the great medieval wall. This imposing tower was used as a warehouse for gunpowder and its name is due to that.
Unfortunately, little remains of the wealth of the city's old Jewish quarter, as most of the neighborhood has been demolished. However, some gems remain, such as the Old Jewish Cemetery, which is quite impressive with the huge amount of graves in a really small cemetery. Looking at the stone tombstones one on top of the other, we felt very sad thinking about the destruction suffered by the Jewish community in these things to do in Prague as well.
Old Jewish Cemetery
In addition to the old cemetery, several old synagogues have also been preserved in the Jewish quarter. Talking about things to do in Prague there are 6 synagogues in total: the Klausen, the Maisel, the Pinkas, the Alta, the Old-New, and above all the Spanish Synagogue that inside shows the typical features of Moorish art, typical of the Muslim era in Spain. Its interior with intimate lights and colors make it one of the most beautiful monuments to see in things to do in Prague.
By the way, while the other synagogues in the Jewish quarter did not seem so spectacular, in Nové Město (the New City) we have come across the Jerusalem Synagogue, which we found beautiful both inside and outside.
Synagogues of the Jewish Quarter
The Clementinum (from the 11th century) is one of the important architectural complexes of the things to do in Prague. It has an impressive library from the Baroque period, decorated with very beautiful frescoes. The other spaces that you can visit in the Clementinum are the Chapel of Mirrors, the Meridian Room, or the area of the Treasure Room next to the San Salvador and San Clemente churches. The only "but" is that you can only enter with a guided tour in English, therefore it is a bit fair to include the visit if you have to see the rest of Prague's monuments in two days. If you have three or four days in Prague, it is an essential things to do in Prague.
The Prague Castle is one of the most tourist places in the city. Similar to Buda Castle, it is an architectural complex located on a hill with several important buildings to visit and dominates the views from anywhere in the city center. Due to its location, it is also a fantastic viewpoint and the views of the city from the Castle are among our favorite things to see in Prague. If you don't want to waste time planning a visit to this huge complex, you can also discover Prague Castle on a guided tour.
Visiting the main monuments is one of the things to do in Prague and we already tell you that getting up early is essential, if you do not want to waste time in line behind large groups of Chinese tourists. The site is open most of the day (from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.) and is free, while the monuments open at 9. If you have to visit Prague in two days, perhaps it is enough to visit most of the monuments from outside and enter the Cathedral and the Golden Alley, but if you have time to visit Prague in three days or more, you can dedicate the necessary time and visit all the monuments of the complex. Here we name the main monuments.
Before entering the castle grounds, we recommend that you stop for a moment in this square. Not only to see the imposing portal or to watch the changing of the guard that takes place here every hour, but to contemplate the number of palaces in this area such as the Archbishop's Palace, the Schwarzenberg Palace, the Sternberg Palace, or the Martinitz Palace.
The most dominant building in the Castle complex is the Cathedral of St. Vitus, the largest church in the Czech Republic with enormous dimensions. It was built in the Gothic style and for many years in this cathedral, most of the Czech kings were crowned. You can climb its bell tower to enjoy impressive views of things to do in Prague.
St. Vitus Cathedral
One of the most picturesque streets in the world that can be enjoyed only first thing in the morning, since due to the constant noise, it is the only moment when you can see something of the small colored houses with their old shops that will make you travel to another era. Even Kafka lived on this street and it is one of the must things to do in Prague.
For us, this gothic palace (renovated by Carlos IV) has been a bit disappointing, especially if we compare it with other royal palaces we have visited. Its vaulted room, the Vladislav Room, is impressive and it is interesting to know that this room is still used for major political events.
The Basilica San Jorge is the oldest church in the Castle area, it was built in the Romanesque style, although later its façade was transformed into a Baroque style. However, its interior follows this austere look that originates from the 20th century. You cannot miss the Gothic chapel dedicated to Ludmila de Bohemia with beautiful frescoes on its walls.
Basilica San Jorge
In addition to things to do in Prague to the most prominent monuments, the Castle grounds are home to several other monuments and palaces. For example, you can visit the Dalibor Tower (1496), the old castle dungeon. There is also the Rosenberg Palace built in the 16th century in the Renaissance style or the Lobkowicz Palace (in private hands) which inside is an impressive gallery.
Around the Castle grounds, you will find several of the most picturesque things to do in Prague. In this area there are usually much fewer tourists, therefore you can visit this area, while the vast majority are queuing in front of the main monuments of the castle. The most notable things to do in Prague are the following.
The Loreto (Loreta in Czech), this ornate church, is a wonderful example of 17th century Czech Baroque. It is one of the most important centers of religion in the country and things to do in Prague of pilgrimage. It is very nice to sit on the stairs in front of your portal to enjoy this wonder. Inside it houses important treasures from the history of the city.
It is one of the oldest monasteries (from the 12th century). Things to do in Prague you will find one of the most spectacular jewels of the Baroque in the city. It is a wonderful library that houses more than 200 thousand works from manuscripts and maps to all types of illustrations. Its two rooms, the Theological Room and the Philosophical Room, left us speechless. An essential visit.
There are several gardens around the castle and what we liked the most was the area around this palace built by Ferdinand I for his wife, Anna Jagellonská in the 16th century. The palace and its gardens are a true oasis to rest after your visit to the castle.
Queen Anne's summer palace
Not far from the Castle district is Mount Petřín, a pleasant green area of the city. You can go up by funicular (it is part of public transport) from the Malá Strana neighborhood, although for us the best thing is to get there from the Castle passing through the gardens and then go down by funicular. The Petřín Tower has been built to remember the Eiffel Tower. Its 63 meters make it one of the best viewpoints things to do in Prague.
The funicular has an intermediate stop and it is worth stopping in this area and enjoying the views of one of the terraces with a Czech beer.
A few meters from the castle grounds you can find one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, called Nový Svět (New World). It is a kind of Callejón de Oro with beautiful streets full of colored houses transmitting an old and decadent air. The only difference is that it will be difficult for you to see a tourist here. Taking a walk in this area is one of the best surprising things to do in Prague.
The bohemian quarter of the city is Malá Strana (the Little Town) which is located at the foot of the Castle. It is a real pleasure to walk through its charming streets where you can breathe its particular atmosphere.
One of the main churches from the list of things to do in Prague is the Church of St. Nicholas, the jewel of this neighborhood. It is a fantastic baroque complex with its dome that is visible from almost anywhere in the city.
Church of San Nicolas
The Kampa Island belonging to the neighborhood that was an area mill where you can still see some of them based is where most people gather because here is the gigantic wall of John Lennon that was created after the murder of the English musician. Not only Beatles lovers make a pilgrimage to this wall that has been modified many times (during communism the political regime has removed graffiti several times because it considered them provocative) but all those who want to pay tribute to the character of Lennon, a symbol of the struggle pacifist.
John Lennon Wall
Malá Strana is a neighborhood full of picturesque gardens to relax while visiting the city, such as the Vrtba Garden. Our favorite of these gardens is the Wallenstein Gardens that belong to the Wallenstein Palace, a baroque palace that today houses the country's Senate. The Gardens have several beautiful fountains and the pond with a statue of Hercules stands out.
In the Nove Mesto (New Town) neighborhood, you will find one of the most unique buildings in the city. On the bank of the Vltava River, you will find the Dancing House that has nothing to do with the baroque and Gothic buildings in its surroundings. This curious building with curved lines represents two famous dancers, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The building is only of tourist interest things to do in Prague since inside there are only offices.
The Dancing House
One of the liveliest areas of the city is Wenceslas Square, an elongated square (750 meters by 60) full of shops, bars, and restaurants. However, this square presided over by the Wenceslas sculpture played a very important role in the history of the country. There are several historic hotels in the square, the best known being the Hotel Europa.
During its turbulent history, medieval markets or Nazi demonstrations took place in this square, but the most decisive event occurred in 1989 when a demonstration started the Velvet Revolution against the communist regime. We already know the story, communism fell a little later in most Eastern European countries. If you want, on this tour through communist Prague you can learn about the legacy of the dictatorship of things to do in Prague.
The Vysehrad Citadel is one of the oldest parts of the city where Prague was born. A castle towering dominated this hill in the XI and XII century, and today, unfortunately, are only a few ruins of this place was inhabited by the first Czech princes. This area is easily accessible from the center by tram or metro, but very few tourists come, so you can enjoy some of the best things to do in Prague with hardly anyone by your side.
It is a large green space where you can visit the Gothic-style Church of San Pedro and San Pablo or you can simply relax on the lawn or in the gardens enjoying the tranquility and beauty of this place. To know the most interesting things to do in Prague of the Citadel, you have this free tour of Vysehrad at your availability.
Things to do in Prague that we have visited several times is the Letná park that occupies one of the hills on the bank of the Vltava River. In addition to being a beautiful park full of trails, there are two reasons why we consider that climbing Letna are the best things to do in Prague if you have two days, three or more. From one side of this hill, you can enjoy for us the best view of Prague with the Vltava river and all its bridges, an image that will surely remain in your memory.
On the other side at the top of the hill is the Letná Beer Garden, a beer garden where you can have beers in a fairly local atmosphere while enjoying the unbeatable views. For us, the best plan of things to do in Prague. By the way, if you like beer as we do, you can't leave the city without taking a Czech beer tour.
By the way, since we are talking about things to do in Prague and its river, a wonderful way to see the city from another point of view is a cruise on the Vltava River. For romantics, there is the option of taking a luxury romantic cruise with dinner included.
There is no doubt that Franz Kafka, the Czech writer is the most famous character in the history of the city. Lovers of his literature will find traces of the writer or monuments dedicated to his character. From house 22 in the Callejón de Oro in the Castle to the curious monument to Franz Kafka, a bronze sculpture located next to the Spanish Synagogue, many places that at some point are related to the writer and there is a museum also dedicated to his life and his works. One of the little-known things to do in Prague, since it is a monument inaugurated only a few years ago is the modern sculpture of the writer's head, located on Avenida Nacional. It is a sculpture that has 42 blocks that are constantly turned and the head is almost never complete, recalling in a way the Metamorphosis, Kafka's most famous work. A really peculiar things to do in Prague.