Last Updated on 1st August 2022
Best Things to Do in Prague
Want to know the best things to do in Prague, well you have come to the right place. Below is a comprehensive list of the best things to do in Prague and a lot of them are free. Prague is now becoming as much of a Winter destination as well as being very much a Summer destination.
With its magnificent architecture dating back 800 years, Prague is one of Europe's most stunning capitals. Under the reign of the revered king, Charles IV, Czech architecture reached its pinnacle. During his reign, he commissioned numerous big undertakings, notably the beautiful Charles Bridge.
Prague is also renowned for its excellent nightlife, Beer Gardens, huge parks and of course its cheap and excellent beer.
Here’s our comprehensive list of the Best Things to Do in Prague.
1. Explore the Old Town Square
Considering the number of times Prague has been attacked throughout the years, Prague Old Town Square, which dates from the 10th century, has survived relatively undamaged.
Every day, thousands of tourists visit the Square. The terraces of the outside restaurants are always packed. The Old Town Hall (which houses the Astronomical Clock), Tyn Church (with its majestic spires), the Jan Hus monument, and the newest monument, a reproduction of the Marian column from the 17th century, are all located on the Square.
2. The Astronomical Clock
On the Old Town Square, the Astronomical Clock is located on the south facade of the Town Hall. Tourists crowd around the clock as it changes the hour. This is where you'll find "The Walk of the Apostles" and other moving sculptures, including a skeleton-like representation of Death (you will see this on the right side).
It was constructed in the fourteenth century, and tradition has it that the architect was blinded in order to prevent him from copying it. He did gain his vengeance, though, when he disabled the clock, which no one could fix for the following hundred years.
3. Walk across the Charles Bridge
One of the most enjoyable aspects of visiting Prague is strolling across the Charles Bridge. It was constructed in the 14th century to replace an older bridge that had been destroyed by a flood. In the 17th century, statues were erected, and until 1841, it was the only way to cross the Vltava river.
4. The old Jewish Quarter (Josefov)
To the north of the Old Town Square sits the Jewish Quarter (Josefov). Jews are thought to have arrived in Prague in the 10th century. In 1096, the first crusade was launched against them, and Jews were confined to a walled Ghetto. The Jews of Prague have been persecuted for ages, but in some centuries they were very prominent in the governance of the city, almost self-governing.
Sadly, during World War 2, the Holocaust wiped out the majority of Prague's Jewish population. In Josefov, Hitler even planned a Museum of an Extinct Race. The writer Franz Kafka was, of course, Prague's most famous Jew. Six synagogues, the Jewish Town Hall, and two cemeteries make up the Jewish Quarter. You can buy a combination ticket for the Jewish Museum and Old-New Synagogue for 480 CZK (€19). This is the best value option.
5. Go To Prague Castle
Prague Castle is a complex of buildings and huge gardens, not just a standard castle. It is by far the most popular attraction in the city. It is said to be Europe's largest and oldest castle.
The Castle has served as the seat of Czech rulers and is now the president's official residence. Entry to the grounds of the castle is free but if you want to visit St Vitus Cathedral, Basilica of St George and Golden Lane you have to buy a combined ticket (250 CZK or €10).
6. St Vitus Cathedral
St Vitus Cathedral is the most notable attraction on the grounds of Prague Castle. This cathedral is the largest church in the Czech Republic and one of the outstanding examples of Gothic architecture.
Many Bohemian rulers and Holy Roman Emperors are buried there. Enjoy the building's stunning exterior and interior lofty ceilings. Don't forget to check out the organ as well. It almost rivals the Cathedral in terms of history.
7. Golden Lane
Golden Lane is a charming street lined with colourful buildings that run through the grounds of Prague Castle. Golden Lane is a mysterious street with a long history. For around two years, Franz Kafka, the famous Jewish writer, lived in his sister's house across the street. Jaroslav Seifert, a Nobel Laureate in Literature in 1984 and one of the Charter 77 signatories, also lived on the street.
8. The Lennon Wall
Despite the fact that Prague is a long way from Liverpool, the Beatles' birthplace, fans should visit this memorial to one of the most famous bands of all time. Since the 1980s, the wall has been covered in John Lennon and The Beatles graffiti, lyrics, and phrases, which are particularly popular among tourists and young Beatles fans.
9. The Municipal House
The Municipal House is located on Náměstí Republiky, directly across from the Powder Gate in the city centre. The Municipal House used to be on the location of the Royal Court Palace. The property was home to the King of Bohemia from 1383 to 1485. It was abandoned after 1485. In the early twentieth century, it was demolished. It first opened its doors in 1912.
The Czechoslovak Declaration of Independence was signed at the Municipal House. The structure is designed in the Art Nouveau style. Smetana Hall, which serves as a performance hall and ballroom, is the most famous room in the complex. It also houses three restaurants, one bar, and a few boutique shops.
10. Drink a few beer beers
Czechs claim to have the best and some of the cheapest beer in the world. They also drink the most beer in the world per head of capital. There huge selection of bars in the city that offer famous Czech lagers such as Pilsner or Budvar. Many of the more hip bars now serve Craft beers on tap that come from microbreweries all over the country. Most Czech beers are light beers.
11. Meander through the cobbled streets of the Old Town
The Old Town is a labyrinth of streets. Start strolling from the Old Town Square, turn left and right a few times, and see where it takes you. Perhaps you'll come upon some more magnificent architecture or a cosy pub or restaurant.
12. Climb Petrin Hill
Petrin Hill is situated on the Vltava River's left bank. You will get a panoramic view of the city from here. It's a beautiful hike to the top of the hill, and there are plenty of benches to stop on along the route. Alternatively, you can take the funicular train to the top of the hill and then walk down. A small reproduction of the Eiffel Tower, magnificently planted gardens, and the unusual Church of St Michael may all be found at the summit.
13. Experience David Cerny’s Art
David Cerny is an extremely talented Czech sculptor and artist. His work can be seen in many locations in Prague. One of Cerny's most creative contributions to Prague was the "Tower Babies" which were a series of crawling infants attached to the Žižkov Television Tower.
Other examples of Cerny's work are, the "Statue of St. Wenceslas riding a dead horse" (located at the Lucerna Centre), "Statue of Sigmund Freud hanging by one hand" (located at the intersection of Husova and Skorepka streets in the Old Town) and the "Peeing Statues" (located just outside the Franz Kafka Museum in Malá Strana).
14. Wenceslas Square
In many respects, Wenceslas Square is the heart of Prague. It is the heart of the New Town of Prague's business and cultural communities. There have been numerous historical events held there, and it is a popular location for demonstrations, festivals, and other public meetings. Saint Wenceslas, the patron saint of Bohemia, is commemorated at this square. Previously known as Kosk Trh (Horse Market), as the street had a Horse Market for generations.
In 1848 it was renamed Svatováclavské Náměstí (Saint Wenceslas Square) and it was eventually abbreviated to Václavské Náměstí (Wenceslas Square). Wenceslas Square is more of a boulevard than a square due to its rectangular shape. The massive Czech National Museum and the St. Wenceslas Equestrian Monument dominate the street. Along the Boulevard now, there are numerous restaurants, shops, hotels, and bars.
15. The Strahov Monastery and Library
Strahov Monastery was established in 1143 by Jindrich Zdk, Bishop John of Prague, and Vladislaus II, Duke of Bohemia, as a Premonstratensian convent. It's in Prague's Strahov district. Strahov Library is the Czech Republic's largest monastic library, with two splendid baroque halls (Theological Philosophical Halls) dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. It's incredibly photogenic, as you can see in the photograph above.
16. Vitkov Hill
Vitkov Hill in Zizkov, just a few tram stops from Prague's centre, provides panoramic views of the city. It is dominated by Jan Zizka's bronze Equestrian Statue, which is said to be one of the world's largest equestrian statues.
In the Battle of Vtkov Hill in 1420, Jan Zizka defeated Catholic soldiers led by King Sigismund. He has long been regarded as a symbol of Czech nationalism. The Ceremonial Hall, an exhibition titled Crossroads of Czech and Czechoslovak Statehood, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are also located on Vitkov Hill.
17. Prague Zoo
Prague Zoo is located in the Troja neighbourhood of Prague, in the northwestern part of the city. The zoo is 58 hectares (140 acres) in size and contains roughly 4,200 animals from 650 different species. In 2007, Forbes Travel Guide ranked the zoo as the world's seventh-best zoo, and TripAdvisor ranked it as the world's fifth-greatest zoo.
Prague Zoo is very easy to get to by public transport and the bus stops directly outside the entrance. Admission costs 250 CZK (€10.00) for Adults and 200 CZK (€8.00) for children (3 to 15 years - children under 3 years old are free).
18. Wallenstein Palace and Gardens
Built between 1624 and 1630, Wallenstein Palace is a large palace complex. It was erected for Albrecht von Wallenstein, one of the most prominent and wealthy Czech noblemen of the time. It now serves as the seat of the Czech Republic's Senate. During the summer, the adjacent Wallenstein Gardens are available to the public.
19. The National Theatre
The National Theatre is a magnificent neo-renaissance structure located at the end of Narodni on the banks of the Vltava River. It is an important national monument as well as a cultural institution that has contributed significantly to the preservation and development of Czech language, music, and art.
It was built in 1881 and burned down the following summer. The building was reconstructed for another two years before reopening in 1883. Opera, ballet, and drama are the three creative ensembles that make up the National Theatre today. Some of the performances are in English.
20. The Dancing House
The Dancing House is located in the New Town on the Vltava River. It is situated on a historically significant property, as it was the site of a house that was destroyed during the US bombing of Prague in 1945. The plot and structure lay decrepit until 1960 when the area was cleared.
The Havel family co-owned the house next door, where Vaclav Havel spent the majority of his life. When Havel was elected president of Czechoslovakia, the idea to develop the site grew. The structure was finished in 1996 after being conceived in 1992.
Map of the Best Things to do in Prague
HOW TO USE THIS MAP: Click on the map above and it will open in a new window. Then click on the name of any bar and it will be highlighted on the map.
I hope that you enjoyed our list of the best things to do in Prague. These are in no particular order, as they are all good in their own unique way.
Book Your Trip to Prague
Book Your Accommodation
To book a hostel in Prague, always use HostelWorld to get the best possible price. Below is a selection of my favourite hostels in Prague.
- The RoadHouse Hostel - Best overall hostel in Prague.
- Czech Inn - Super-sized hostel located only a few times trams stop from the centre.
- Sir Toby's Hostel - Traditional hostel with beautifully designed rustic rooms.
- Sophie's Hostel - Unique accommodation with a modern contemporary design.
Recommended Tours in Prague
I recommend GetYourGuide for Tours. They offer highly unique tours with Local Guides. Below is a selection of some of the most interesting tours in Prague.
- World War II and Communist History Tour - Learn all about World War II and the communist history of Prague.
- Ghosts and Legends of the Old Town Evening Tour - a ghost tour through Prague's historic Old Town.
- Medieval Dinner with Unlimited Drinks - Spend an evening in the heart of Prague enjoying a 3 to 5-course medieval dinner with unlimited drinks.
- Terezín Concentration Camp Full-Day Tour from Prague - Day trip from Prague to Terezín concentration camp.
- Beer Bath With Unlimited Beer - Enjoy a private treatment in a unique beer spa with high-quality ingredients and unlimited beer.
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