Top 15 Things To Do in Prague Czechia
1. Old Town, Astronomical Clock & Church of Our Lady before Týn
The Old Town (Staré Mesto in Czech) is the liveliest part of Prague. This is where most tourists flock to explore the city on the cobbled streets. In the Old Town you can find numerous souvenir stores, bars, restaurants and food stands. Especially popular here over the last few years has been the chimney cake (trdelník). Among the most famous sights here are the medieval astronomical clock and the Gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn.
2. Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge is a historically significant bridge built in the 14th century over the Vltava River connecting Prague’s Old Town with Malá Strana. It is considered a landmark of the city and belongs to the National Cultural Monuments. From it you have a fantastic view of the city and the river, and also find a lot of art and artists. From paintings to jewelry to musicians, everything is there. This makes the bridge something very special.
3. Malá Strana
Malá Strana is one of the most historic districts in Prague and translates as “Little Side (of the River)”. Together with the Old Town, it is one of my favorite parts of Prague to walk around. Maybe even my favorite one. The architecture of the old buildings and the flair of the streets are simply enchanting. If you don’t mind walking, you should definitely walk from Charles Bridge via Malá Strana to Prague Castle. This is a very nice walk on which you get a great feeling for the city.
4. Prague Castle
Prague Castle is considered one of the largest enclosed castle complexes in the world. Its castle complex includes palaces, churches, chapels, fortifications, offices, courtyards, and gardens. It was founded in the 9th century and is constantly changing. Today it is the seat of the President of Czechia. Prague Castle can be reached by public transport, by car, but also on foot. Those who make the effort to climb the Old Castle Stairs will be rewarded with a fantastic view over the city, which is definitely worth it!
5. St. Vitus Cathedral
St. Vitus Cathedral is located in the middle of Prague Castle. It is the cathedral of the Archbishopric of Prague and the largest church building in the Czech Republic. It was built in the 14th century and modeled after the French royal cathedrals.
6. Cafe Louvre & eat
Of course, you can not go to Prague without trying one of the local specialties. In my post about the 15 Must Eats in Czechia, you can learn more about what you should eat during your stay in Prague.
7. John Lennon Wall
The John Lennon Wall is probably the most famous street art and graffiti wall in Prague. Since the 1960s, this wall is painted with love poems and political messages. After John Lennon was shot in 1980, someone painted Lennon’s portrait on this wall one night, as well as some quotes from his songs: Give peace a chance. That was the beginning of the John Lennon Wall. The wall and its messages are constantly changing and are above all a monument to free expression.
8. Head of Franz Kafka
Something for art and literature lovers. Head of Franz Kafka, as the name suggests, is a sculpture of the head of the Prague writer Franz Kafka. It was made by the Czech artist David Černý. The moving installation is intended to be an allusion to Kafka’s story The Metamorphosis. If you want to learn more about Kafka, you can also visit the Franz Kafka Museum.
9. Jewish Quarter (Josefov)
Prague has one of the best preserved Jewish quarters (“Josefov”). Magnificent synagogues, a cemetery from the 15th century and specialized museums tell here the Jewish history of Prague. Among the places not to be missed are: Old Jewish Cemetery, the 6 synagogues of the quarter (Klausen, Pinkas, Spanish, Maisel, Old New, and the High Synagogue), the Robert Guttmann Gallery and the Ceremonial Hall.
10. Dancing House
Besides the beautiful historical architecture in Prague, you can also admire modern works. The Dancing House was realized in 1996 by Czech architect Vlado Milunić in cooperation with Canadian architect Frank Gehry. It is located on the bank of the Vltava River and serves as an office building for several mainly multinational companies.
11. Wenceslas Square
Wenceslas Square is a central gathering place in Prague. It is about 750m (0.5 mi) long, making it one of the largest urban squares in Europe. It is surrounded by many well-preserved Baroque houses or buildings with Art Nouveau facades, numerous shopping opportunities and interesting sights. These include the National Museum, Cold War Museum, St. Wenceslas Monument, Jan Palach and Jan Zajíc Monument and the State Opera House.
12. National Museum & others
The National Museum in Prague is the leading museum in the Czech Republic on cultural and natural history. It has numerous collections, exhibition buildings and also historically significant buildings. I must confess that I was almost more excited by the interior architecture of the building than by the exhibitions themselves. I was surprised by the large crystal collection, but also the interactive exhibitions on various topics make the museum worth a visit.
If you have not had enough of culture and history, you can also visit one of these museums and exhibitions: National Gallery Prague, City of Prague Museum, Illusion Art Museum Prague, Mucha Museum or the Museum of Communism.
13. Petrin Lookout tower
Prague’s Little Eiffel Tower. The Petřín Lookout Tower is a 63.5 meter high steel lattice tower on Petřín Hill in the Malá Strana (Lesser Town) district. The tower was opened on the occasion of the Industrial Exhibition on August 20, 1891 as a scaled-down replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. From it you have a great view over Prague and the wider surroundings.
Vyšehrad is one of the most famous early medieval castle ramparts in Bohemia. I vividly remember my Czech friend taking us to Vysehrad as a “super secret special place, much better than Prague Castle”. And a quick Google search later, I found out it’s not so secret, but still a great place to explore. (Although I’d prefer Prague Castle if I didn’t have time for both. Please don’t tell him.)
It has an interesting history and you get a great view of Prague and can also see Prague Castle. What maybe not so many know is the beer garden there “Hospůdka Na Hradbách” which has a really nice atmosphere and is great for relaxing with your friends.
15. Powder Tower & Old Town Bridge Tower
Both towers are built in the Gothic style and are absolutely worth seeing for this alone. They respectively form the old end of the Old Town or the end of the Charles Bridge. And characterize the Prague cityscape with their imposing architecture.
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