Prague, the capital city of Czech Republic, has been here for 1,100 years witnessing the feats of people and time! It has been nicknamed as the ‘city of a thousand spires’. This city of tall old towers, domed churches, and weathered alleyways has many tales to tell from history. Bisected by the famous Vltava river, Prague has rightly been dubbed as one of the cultural hubs of Europe. Its medieval buildings done in Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance style attract many visitors every year. People not only love to see the historic buildings in Prague but are also inclined towards exploring the abandoned lanes and natural treasures. With its many museums, libraries and entertainment centers, Prague maintains its reputation as a prime political, commercial and cultural city of Europe. As an important UNESCO World Heritage Site, Prague lures a great number of tourists every year from all over the world. Here is a list of top 16 things to do in Prague to help you sort out your trip to this city of culture and history.
Watch this video for some quick tips that will help you in your journey to Prague:
#1 of 16 Things to do in Prague – Visit the Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock
Old Town is the historical center of Prague and this is where you’ll find the Old Town Square. Prague has a vigorous history of foray but the Old Town Square has remained untouched of these vexations. It is undoubtedly one of the best places to begin your exploration of the city. Splendid architecture, numerous restaurants, entertainers, and musicians – everything you come to Prague for is found right here in the Old Town Square. One of the main attractions of this place is the Astronomical Clock installed here in the early 15th century. This clock stands as one of many attractions enticing people from all around the world for Prague tourism. While you are there, time your visit to witness the clock striking an hour. The show will not disappoint you.
Watch this video of the Astronomical clock striking an hour:
#2 of 16 Things to do in Prague – Find the Book Tunnel in the Municipal Library
It is one of the oldest libraries in Prague. Its oldest item is an ancient print of the Prague Bible from 1488. Locals can’t get over the beauty and serenity of this library. There is a large exhibition space dedicated to holding temporary exhibitions of contemporary arts and at times music concerts are also hosted here. The building was restored in 1994. Several changes were made including a new prominent entrance into the library by Vlado Munic. In front of the inner entrance, you’ll find a vertical tunnel like structure made of books. There are mirrors on each side of the tunnel which makes it appear deeper than it really is and hence it gives an allure that the tunnel is never-ending! You’ll have to see it for yourself to find out how it exactly works.
Take a quick sneak peak inside Prague Municipal Library.
#3 of 16 Things to do in Prague – Ride a Train within Prague
A beautiful and romantic ride that shows you around the entire city. This is a traditional train ride that has lasted for years in his city and serves as a prime tool for Prague sightseeing. This particular train is a part of Prague’s public transportation so you don’t need any special ticket. Just be willing to have an unusual experience in a city like Prague! The train leaves from Main Train Station taking you to Prague suburbs. You’ll be able to see much more of Prague in this one train ride as compared to your entire Prague tour.
#4 of 16 Things to do in Prague – Visit the Clementium and the National Library
Clementium is a collection of historic buildings in Prague. Among these buildings is the National Library of the Czech Republic. The collection of National Library is housed in a huge building that contains copies of every single book published in the Czech Republic. The highlights of the library include exquisite ancient Library Hall, the 68 meters tall Astronomical Tower offering splendid views over Prague and the spectacular Mirror Chapel. Guided tours in the English language are available. You should totally mark the time of jazz and classical music concerts held in Clementium to be there right on time!
Before you plan your visit, watch this complete video highlighting all the attractions in the Clementium.
#5 of 16 Things to do in Prague – Take a walk down the Charles bridge
Spanning over 520 meters, this famous bridge in Europe was built in the 14th century. This bridge is associated with a number of superstitions. The very first stone of this bridge was laid in 1357 on 9th of July at sharp 5:31 am. Locals believe that this number (135797531) gives extra strength to the bridge. Being a major attraction, it is crowded at almost all times of the day. There are 32 unique sites along the span of this bridge. The bridge is primarily famous for the statues of Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and John of Nepomuk. If you are not in a hurry, you can enjoy the views of the Vltava river flowing under this very bridge.
Refer to this map for assistance showing all the stops at the Charles Bridge.
#6 of 16 Things to do in Prague – Visit Prague Castle
Prague Castle is evidently one of the most popular city attractions. In past times, Czech rulers resided the Castle whereas today it is the official home of the President of Czech Republic. Located in Hradcany (the Castle district), it was built in 970 AD as a walled fortress. The castle has undergone many changes since then. There is no entry fee in the castle but some of the popular tourist sites inside the castle’s walls can be visited with a combined ticket. Among the most visited tourist spots in the castle are St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, the Powder Tower and, the Old Royal Palace. You need some extra time to completely explore this complex of historical buildings.
Watch this informative video about Prague Castle.
#7 of 16 Things to do in Prague – See the National Library of Technology
There seems to be no point in going here until you visit this place. The library is a few steps away from the castle. The building is something to marvel over! It doesn’t matter whether you are into technology or not. You can get inside this place without any ticket or pass. The modern interior is dotted with technical jokes which you need to be witty to understand. Some non-technical books are also placed on the shelves. Just crash at this library if you are looking for a place to chill or study otherwise free wi-fi is motivation enough to spend reasonable hours of your time at this place.
Pro-Tip: Make your way to the top floor. Look down. Be amazed!
#8 of 16 Things to do in Prague – Visit the DOX Center for Contemporary Arts
A modern gallery for all forms of art! Lots of exhibitions and other events are held at this modern center of contemporary arts. Special discounts are offered to students. If you are an art student this is a must-go place for you. Different sculptures are scattered around the gallery. If you are having trouble finding inspiration for your art endeavors, just head to this place and let the contradiction between serenity and beautiful chaos sink in! This place also showcases some of the student work which you won’t find at any other place because they are just starting their careers.
Watch this video showing different exhibitions at the DOX Center for Contemporary Arts.
#9 of 16 Things to do in Prague – Explore the Golden Lane (Playground for Alchemists)
The Golden Lane, located in the proximity of Prague Castle, is the shortest street in Prague having tiny houses which are suitable only for dwarfs. This street was built at the end of 16th century. The famous inhabitants of this place included Franz Kafka, a popular writer, who resided in house No. 22 and Prague prophetess Madame de Thebes. This name is given to this street because of the story of Alchemists. During the times of Rudolph II, they not only tried to make the philosopher stone or elixir of life but also turn metals into gold. Over the years, houses were destroyed in this lane. By 1657, only 14 houses remained in the street. Golden-lane is also a part of Prague Castle long and short tour.
See how beautiful this place looks during winters.
#10 of 16 Things to do in Prague – Visit the Franz Kafka Museum
This museum is a place for you to visit only if you have knowledge of Kafka’s work. The dark lighting makes you a bit uncomfortable but just like Kafka’s work, it makes you come in touch with the dark side of your personality. You are also made aware of Kafka’s life and his works for a better appreciation of the person and writer that he was. A lot of original diary entries and letters are on display which is really exciting.
Enjoy this video showing the insides of Franz Kafka museum.
#11 of 16 Things to do in Prague – Take pictures at Novy Svet (New World)
Located in the Hradcany district, Novy Svet is very close to Prague Castle yet still is not a part of many tourist routes. The history of this New World goes back to the 16th century. Houses were built for the accommodation of castle staff. Famous Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe used to live at Novy Svet 1. After renovating these old and rusty houses, New World emerged with its eye-catching pastel colors and an overall beat dropping spectacle. New World is dubbed as a perfect alternative to the Golden Lane. Not many people visit this somewhat secluded part of the city hence giving you a chance to take quirky pictures of yourself. There is also an almost hidden playground for children near Loretanskie Namesti.
Watch this video exploring all the nooks and crannies of the New World.
#12 of 16 Things to do in Prague – Take the world War II and Communism Tour
Prague was an unfortunate victim of the storm of tyranny and injustice that World War II brought along. Dead eyes giving a hint of shattered hopes and dreams, unspeakable suffering, and unimaginable courage – Prague took a brutal whipping by the great powers that seemed to be in control at that time. The guide of the tour highlights the Nazi occupation and shows an extreme understanding of important places in this fragment of history. You’ll visit the streets that were once marched by the German military. The guide will tell you about Nicholas Winton who managed to save 700 Czech Jewish children. A visit to the underground tunnels, where the secret headquarters of Prague resistance were located, is also included in the tour.
Watch this video series to get an insight on the after effects World War II.
#13 of 16 Things to do in Prague – Discover different parks of the city
- The Vrtba Garden: Quiet, beautiful place and a beautifully structured garden. Makes up for spectacular backgrounds for your photographs.
- Kampa Park: Located right by the end of the Charles Bridge, it is somewhat difficult to get here. The views from this place are breath-taking and the greenery suddenly puts you in a perky mood.
- Letna Park: It is located on the top of a hill hence providing great views of the city. In August, a festival of the new circus called Letni Letna is held here. This festival is an additional treat for theater lovers.
- Prague Botanical Garden: Several varieties of plants are on show throughout the year. You should visit when there are butterflies in the garden. It only adds some colors to your experience.
Some other parks you should visit are Riegrovy Sady, Royal Garden, Divoka Sarka, Franciscan Garden.
A must watch video showing different parks and natural attractions in Prague.
#14 of 16 Things to do in Prague – Visit the Museums
- Jewish Museum: It is one of the most famous Jewish museums in the world right now. This museum contains complete information about the lives and occupation of its Jewish residents.
- Speculum Alchemiae Museum: A really small but amazing museum. You can see all the works of the Alchemists that once resided Prague.
- National Technical Museum: You’ll find all the machines under one roof. A very busy place on Saturdays so try to visit on other weekdays for a more interactive experience.
- Veletrzni Museum: This museum showcases a nice collection of Czech, French and European Art.
Some other museums you should visit are Grevin Praha, KGB Museum, Army Museum Zizkov.
Refer to this museum guide before planning your trip to Prague.
#15 of 16 Things to do in Prague – Take a Picture in front of the John Lennon Wall
During the Communist era of the 1980s, people started making graffiti on this particular wall to spread the messages of ‘love and peace’. Communist police tried to whitewash the wall but their vigor didn’t match the people’s persistence. The original John Lennon portrait is now buried under tons of layers of paint. Still a visually spectacular piece of art and a fun place to take your pictures.
Watch this video for some extra information about the history of John Lennon Wall.
#16 of 16 Things to do in Prague – Enjoy different Cuisines
- Café Jedna: A recent addition to the Prague coffee scene. An open and spacious interior which allows for this place to be used as a party venue as well. The minimalistic concept behind designing the interiors is remarkable. It seems like the designer has created art of some kind.
- Portfolio Restaurant: Food quality is much better than the charged money. Interesting menu and flavor combinations for you to try. Waiters also have great knowledge of food preparation techniques. It has tons of positive reviews not only from locals but also from the tourists.
- Ristorante Pagana: Located a bit off from the main street. They serve an excellent Italian menu compiled by the owner himself. The staff is professional and treats you like royalty. One of the finest dining experiences you’ll ever have.
- Vegan’s Restaurant Prague: A romantic and cozy ambiance. Service is also very attentive. A variety of vegan dishes is on the menu.
Some other restaurants and cafes you should visit are Restaurant Alcron, Etnosvet, DIVINE Bistronomy Twist, Café Louvre, Café Neustadt.
Just look at the amazing interior of Cafe Jedna.
Watch this video highlighting some cool places in Prague to grab your meal from.
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