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As one of my favorite cities in the world, Prague holds a special spot in my heart.
I lovingly refer to it as “The Paris of the East” and if there’s only one city you should ever visit in Europe then this one is it.
From some of the most beautiful architecture I’ve ever seen to the cheapest beer I’ve ever drank there are countless reasons why this Czech gem is absolutely wonderful.
There are so many different fun and exciting things to do in Prague you could spend months there and never run out of ways to entertain yourself!
Whether you’re only visiting for a few days or you’re here for a month you’ll definitely never run out of things to check out and places to explore.
Things to do in Prague
Go For A Stroll Along the Charles Bridge
As the most famous bridge in Central Europe, the medieval Charles Bridge is the focal point of tourism in Prague.
It’s located halfway between the Old Town and Castle District and for most of the day (and well into the night) it’s covered with hordes of people.
Built during the 14th century and completed by 1402, the Charles Bridge has stood as an iconic piece of Prague’s history and Czech culture for over 600 years.
The bridge has survived through countless wars, natural disasters, and many other problems that have threatened to take it down and stands to this day as one of best things to see in Prague.
Along the bridge are over 30 different statues from the Baroque era that commemorate the important saints and religious figures in Czech history.
A few of them are considered good luck and you’ll see a crowd of people around the statues that are considered the luckiest. You’ll also be able to buy caricatures, hand-made paintings, crafts, and various other trinkets from vendors on the bridge.
The best time to visit the Charles Bridge is early in the morning (before 8AM) when there aren’t any tourists or just as the sun is setting behind the Prague Castle.
At either of those times you’ll be provided with a beautiful photo opportunity and a memory you’ll have for a lifetime.
Pretend You’re the King at Prague Castle
A trip to the Czech Republic isn’t complete without a visit to the Prague Castle.
Since the year 880 (yes, you read that right) a fortification for royal and important people has stood on the same spot as the Castle overlooking the city.
The Castle covers over 70,000 square meters and has earned the record of being the largest castle complex in the entire world.
You can really get a feel for its size as you walk through the grounds past many different garrisons, churches, gardens, and a variety of other kingly buildings.
The Prague Castle is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is historically and culturally protected under European Union law.
Many of the buildings date from between the 10th and 14th century and it’s easy to let your mind loose and pretend you’re walking through a medieval wonderland.
Many people come to visit the St. Vitus Cathedral, the gothic masterpiece in the center of the complex, but the entire area is simply beautiful and awe-inspiring on its own.
All across the city you’ll catch glimpses of the Prague Castle but the view from the Castle itself is stunning. The entire city is spread out before you and you’ll begin to see how many kings and other royalty fell in love with this Czech gem.
The best time to visit the Castle and surrounding area is late at night when the tourists have left and the entire area is romantically lit up.
I was there in March and at just 10 in the evening there was hardly anyone there.
Check the Time at the Prague Astronomical Clock
The Prague Astronomical Clock is one of the city’s most important treasures and has been keeping time for over 600 years. It’s actually the oldest astronomical clock in the whole world that’s still working.
Once per hour there is a melody played and some figures representing Apostles and even Death itself dance around the clock.
The dance is called “The Walk of the Apostle’s” and you’ll know it’s close when you see a bunch of people pointing their cameras towards the clocks dials.
There is an interesting legend surrounding the Astronomical Clock.
It is said that the King killed the man who designed it because the clock was so beautiful and he didn’t want it to replicated anywhere else.
Since then people have claimed to see the clock-maker wandering the streets nearby without his eyes.
Should the clock fall into disrepair or neglect this clock-maker will allegedly turn evil and begin harming the citizens of the city. To this day it has been meticulously preserved and any time something goes wrong it is immediately repaired.
Visit A Brewery or Bar For A Refreshing Beer
I don’t think there is any other country in the world where they drink as much beer as in the Czech Republic.
As the birthplace of pilsner it’s not surprising that beer is actually cheaper than water almost everywhere in the country.
Prague is home to many different breweries and famous bars where you can experience everything to do with beer from a guided tour of the Staropramen factory to a pour-your-own-beer drinking contest.
Many Czech locals are a bit angry with Americans over the famous U.S. beer “Budweiser”.
It actually was created in the Czech Republic under the name Czechvar and the American’s stole the name.
Maybe you won’t find anyone too upset about it because there is so much beer in Prague that no one has time to remember what happened so many years ago.
Whether you’re tired from walking around all day or it’s hot outside and you need a drink be sure to stop at one of the many bars in Prague for a beer.
You’re sure to find a wide selection, unless you visit a traditional bar that only sells one type of beer, and you’ll be able to enjoy yourself without spending very much money.
At many places throughout the city you can have a huge glass of beer for less than $1.50 so quench your thirst with the favorite drink of the Czech people.
Get A Blast to the Past in the Old Town Square
The Prague Old Town Square is one of the most beautiful and best preserved in the entire world.
Walking between Wenceslas Square and the Charles’s Bridge you’ll no doubt stumble upon the Square with its countless Baroque and Gothic style buildings.
The area has been a popular hang out for locals and tourists alike since the 1100’s when a market stand and Old Town Hall were setup here.
Today the Old Town Square is dominated by the Astronomical Clock and the St. Nicholas Church and offers quite the blast to the past in Czech history.
Colorful buildings line the entire space and you can easily find somewhere to eat or grab a drink.
At the center of the Square is a statue of Jan Hus, a man whose beliefs reformed the minds of the Czech people and resulted in the Hussite Wars.
It’s a popular meeting point and an interesting place to relax and enjoy the sights.
Some of the oldest buildings in Prague stand in the neighborhood surrounding the Square and regardless of the time of day you visit you’re sure to have your breath taken away by the beauty and imposing nature of the area.
Explore the Side Streets Around the Old Town Square
It’s not just the square that’s worth checking out – all of the surrounding streets are lined with beautiful, colorful buildings and countless small restaurants, cafes, and pubs.
It doesn’t matter which direction you’re walking in, whether you’re walking towards the Charles Bridge, Wenceslas Square, or anywhere else, you’re bound to discover a quiet and tucked away side street without many tourists or you can just catch your breath and relax for a short while away from the crowds.
The best time to explore is early in the morning before everyone wakes up and you’ll be quite surprised as it’s likely you’ll have the entire city to yourself.
Don’t forget to check out any of the cafes that look interesting or stop for a quick beer at one of the many bars throughout the Old Town that are much more affordable than what you’ll find in the city center.
People Watch in Wenceslas Square
Wenceslas Square is the second of the two squares in Prague and a popular place to tourists to visit.
It’s not as beautiful as the Old Town Square but it’s definitely worth checking out. All day long and well into the night you’re likely to find some sort of live street performance or something else going on.
It’s not so much a square as a boulevard and the whole thing is lined with restaurants, shops, grocery stores, and nightclubs.
It started out as a horse market nearly 700 years ago and today is a popular place for both tourists and locals to come hang out.
At the one end you’ll find the famous National Museum and an enormous statue of St. Wenceslas on his horse.
The view from the museum steps is incredible and provides a great photo opportunity, especially as the sun starts to set across the city.
It was here during the communist era that nearly 400,000 people came to protest against their unfair government and it’s an important symbol in Czech history.
If you’re looking for a quick snack there are some great sausage vendors at the end of the square nearest the Old Town.
At night the area is even more beautiful as all the buildings are lit up and crowds of people take to the streets to enjoy the city.
Grab a Souvenir in Havel’s Market
Right in between the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square is Havel’s Market.
This is one of the most permanent, popular and oldest markets in the city centre and it’s here will you be able to find a wide variety of different souvenirs along with a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables.
This market is open every day and the surrounding square is quite picturesque so it’s worth heading to to grab some good photos and check out all of the different souvenirs available.
Hike Up Petrin Hill For A Beautiful View of the City
At the edge of the city is the imposing Petrin Hill and Petrin Observation Tower. Petrin Hill stands tall over the city and surprisingly offers quite a few things for tourists to do.
At the top is the Observation Tower, which was designed as a replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Surrounding it are many trails, gardens, and an observatory.
If you want to enjoy a nice dinner with one of the best views of Prague there is a restaurant at the top of Petrin Tower.
Many of the buildings, and even the castle, were built using stone that was cut out of Petrin Hill but today all that remains are beautiful trees and gardens.
There is a funicular that brings you to the top if you don’t feel like walking for 30 minutes up hill.
If you do feel like walking the trails are well marked and there are many different types of wild fruit growing like cherries, strawberries, and even raspberries.
The best time to visit is during the summer and it’s a great place to escape from the heat as well as the tourists.
Wander Around the Jewish Quarter
A few steps away from the Old Town Square is where you’ll find the small neighborhood of Josefov, known locally as the Jewish Quarter.
It’s in this part of the city where you’ll find some of the more popular and picturesque synagogues in Prague, some of which are more than 500 years old, and there are also quite a few museums here dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust.
These museums are definitely worth checking out if you’re interested in learning more about the history of the Jews in the Czech Republic.
Apart from the museum’s there’s also the Jewish cemetery which is one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in all of Europe and an interesting place to check out as well.
Eat Goulash Like A True Local
Goulash, the meat stew made famous in the Czech Republic, is widely offered at restaurants all across the city.
At the end of the long day the best thing to do is to find a cozy restaurant and enjoy a bread bowl of goulash with a beer.
For less than $5 at many places you’ll be able to fill yourself up on a steaming bowl of this delicious Czech stew.
If you’re looking for the best goulash in Prague you’ll want to stray away from the Old Town Square and find somewhere secluded along one of the winding streets in the city.
While most places don’t specialize in goulash the traditional recipe has been passed down for many years and it’s likely you’ll find the best goulash wherever you decide to go.
Relax With A Coffee Along the Edge of the Vltava River
Winding peacefully through the heart of the city is the Vltava River.
It’s the longest river in the Czech Republic and the entire Old Town is actually situated at the spot where the river bends and starts flowing East for a few kilometers.
On one side you’ll find countless viewpoints of the Prague Castle and a range of boat hotels, cafes, and restaurants.
On a warm summer evening it’s a great idea to walk along the East bank and watch the sun set over the Castle.
There are also many benches, ledges, and walkways along the river where you can sit down and relax for a little while.
The river is very busy with tour boats and barges making their way South that makes it an interesting place to sit and watch the river traffic.
Parts of the walkway are also secluded from the sidewalk and hordes of tourists standing on the higher parts of the riverbank.
Swans tend to flock to the shores as well and you’ll see many people feeding them throughout the day.
If you want to feed them be sure to bring some bread and just stand for a few moments. Before you know it an army of enormous swans will be squawking at you to feed them and you’ll have a lovely photo opportunity with the precious birds.
Word of warning: Watch out for the rats.
At night the rats come out in the thousands and roam the banks looking for leftover food and garbage. I’ve seen quite a few rats run over people’s feet that were wearing sandals. Be careful because you really don’t want that to happen!
Look For Gold on Golden Lane
One of the hidden gems in Prague is the Golden Lane behind the Castle.
It gained its name during the 16th century when alchemists living along the street were on their hunt for a chemical reaction that could produce gold.
They never found this reaction and some say that alchemists never even lived here but today the Golden Lane is a secluded and quiet are of the Castle complex.
The small, multi-colored houses are lined along a narrow cobblestone street at the rear of the Castle and can be easily reached.
They’re fairly hidden so you won’t see many people there but they are definitely a must-see.
At house 22 the famous author Franz Kafka is said to have lived for a few years and done some writing.
It’s beautiful all year round and you’ll likely be thinking about your visit to the Golden Lane for years to come. It’s truly a unique part of the city and definitely earns its place on the top 10 things to do in Prague.
Visit the National Museum
The Prague National Museum is one of the most popular and important museums in the entire city and it’s also the oldest.
It was founded in 1818 and since then has amassed a collection of nearly 14-million different items that cover a vast array of exhibits.
There is one main building to the museum, which can be found at the end of Wenceslas Square, and in total there are 10 buildings spread throughout the city where you can go check out different relics of the history of Prague and the Czech Republic.
Unfortunately the main building is closed until 2019, due to construction, but I still suggest checking out the other buildings where many other artifacts and exhibits can be discovered.
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