This magical city is ideal for lovers of romance and history. In the old streets you will feel like in another century, during the time of kings. Although it is also a popular tourist destination, to enjoy quality bars or the biggest music club in Central Europe. With excellent nightlife and tasting some of the best beers in the world.
The Best Things To Do In Prague
In Prague and its surroundings there are varieties of things to do. You will learn a lot of history, walk the beautiful streets of this bohemian city and most emblematic places.
Here are the 25 things you can do in Prague:
25. Take a Selfie in Front of the Dancing House and Visit the Terrace
The Dancing House has become one of the most photographed places in Prague. You cannot leave Prague without first going to admire its spectacular architecture.
The facade of this architectural work consists of two towers that resemble a dancing couple named Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers.
On the upper floor, you will find an elegant restaurant and on the terrace, there is a dome covered with a steel mesh that resembles the head of a jellyfish.
From the terrace bar the views of the city, as well as the castle and the Charles Bridge, are wonderful.
24. Visit The Žižkov TV Tower
This high-tech architectural creation is located in the Žižkov district and was built between 1985 and 1992.
Something very peculiar about this structure is the babies crawling between the pillars of the tower which are sculptures by the Czech artist David Černý. Its shape resembles a rocket ship and because of that, it received many nicknames from the inhabitants.
There are some capsules at the top that make up this Tower. And in some of them, there is an elegant restaurant, a bistro-type cafe, events room, hotel, and an observatory where you can have an impressive 360 ° panoramic view of the city from Heights.
23. Walk Up the Hill of Vyšehrad
This place has an interesting history. Is full of magic and legends, besides being a beautiful hill on the bank of the Vltava river. Its center of attraction is the Basilica of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
In Vyšehrad there are also a number of significant monuments as well as a national cemetery where important personalities from the Czech art world are buried.
Among the services in the park are restaurants, cafes, beer garden, tennis courts and finally a beautiful view of Prague.
To get here it can be through the metro (red line) at Vysehrad station, by tram at Vyton station or simply walking from the viewpoint of the river Vltava.
22. Historic Ride on Vintage Cars
In Prague there are multiple ways to explore its charming streets. And a very common way is through vintage cars guided by a friendly driver dressed in costumes characterized from the 30s. At the same time you will hear a little the history of the most important places in the city.
These cars can be found parked around the Old Town Square and Malostranská náměstí in Mala Strana.
21. Rent a Pedal Boat on The Vltava River
These boats are generally available during the warmer months. It is a different and romantic experience to enjoy your stay in Prague.
In addition, the views of the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle from the river are a privilege.
The pedal boats can be found around the Slavic island (Slovanský ostrov) near the national theater.
20. Have a Coffee Sitting in The Famous Slavia Cafe or Louvre Cafe in Prague
These two cafes have a place in the history of Prague.
Slavia cafe is located in a place with a privileged view from the large glass windows of the historic Charles Bridge, the national theater and part of Hradčany.
It was established in 1881 and was very popular because many famous Czech artists met there. The menu is varied between desserts, Czech and international food. You will enjoy classical piano music live.
The Louvre cafe with its elegant Belle Epoque style and pink walls is very famous and historic.
It was open since 1902 and has also been visited by great personalities such as Albert Einstein. The building has a gallery, large rooms and a small terrace.
The menu is extensive from excellent breakfasts and desserts to traditional Czech and international food.
19. Taste Varieties of Beers at The Beer Museum (Muzeum Piva)
When you come to the Czech Republic, do not forget to taste the wide variety of beers that are made there.
That is why it is considered one of the countries where beer is most consumed and produced. Here, Pilsner-type beer was produced for the first time in the world, a light lager that is currently produced under the trade name Pilsner Urquell.
If you want to know the history and the secrets of the elaboration of this precious liquid and taste different types of beers, go ahead and enter the beer museum.
You will go down to the basements of the 13th century and discover what the breweries were like in times of communism. It will be a fun and interesting experience.
18. Stroll Through the Gardens of Wallenstein Palace
Within this complex is the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. Which has a beautiful Baroque façade.
Walk through the extensive geometric-shaped gardens with their labyrinths of trees. Also you will find some attractions such as an artificial cave with stalactites, interesting sculptures, a fountain with the statue of Venus and love, a large pond full of fish, gardens with a variety of flowers and some turkeys real.
These gardens were created in parallel with the construction of the Wallenstein Palace during the years 1623 to 1629. Their spaces are also used for concerts, important events and plays.
17. Visit the Strahov Brewery and Monastery and Stroll Through its Beautiful Library
Among the main attractions that you can visit in this Czech national and cultural monument is its impressive library with a stucco decoration and beautiful frescoes on the ceiling.
This library has a baroque theological room and a classical philosophical room, cabinet of natural curiosities, animals, minerals and more.
You will also find the Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady, the convent building, some sculptures and small architectures as well as the large Strahov garden.
I also recommend visiting the craft brewery that is located within the area of the Strahov monastery complex to try the traditional draft beer.
16. Discover the Adventure of the IMAGE Black Light Theatre
The black light theater (černé divadlo) is a theatrical performance based on the optical effect of darkness and ultraviolet lighting.
The costumes and instruments used in the scene glow in the dark creating visual illusions with shows of different styles.
The Black Theater will be a different experience on your trip to Prague.
15. Listen to a Classical Music Concert at the Municipal House or Rudolfinum
If you like classical music then enjoy a concert in the Smetana Hall of the Prague municipal house complex (Obecní dům).
Important concerts are held here, such as the Prague International Spring Music Festival, which is held in May. It is also the home of the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Throughout the year they have an extensive program with a series of concerts, art exhibitions as well as guided tours.
Another option can be Rudolfinum. This architectural monument is associated with music and the arts. It is also the headquarters of the Czech Philharmonic, its large concert hall is named Dvořák in honor of the famous Czech composer. Within its facilities, there is also a gallery and an elegant cafe.
14. Enjoy and Admire an Opera Concert in Prague
For opera lovers, there are also many options in the Czech capital. Among the best places to book and admire the opera are: The State Opera (Státní opera), the National Theater (Národní divadlo).
The Prague State Opera is currently integrated into the company of the Prague National Theater. It is considered one of the most beautiful opera theaters in Europe.
Important conductors and singers have performed here. The repertoire is quite wide based on the opera of the century XX as well as new works.
The National Theater (Národní divadlo) with its impressive façade is one of the richest Czech cultural and historical jewels in terms of artistic tradition and the central soul of opera. Where you can admire the art of opera, drama, ballet, and performances by Laterna magika.
13. Visit a Gallery or Museum
You will get many, many options of museums and galleries to visit. Among the most important that we can recommend are:
The National Museum which is the largest museum in the Czech Republic where you can find a great variety of art, scientific collections, exhibitions.
In addition, the museum includes a series of buildings and monuments around Prague. Such as the Czech Music Museum, the Vítkov National Monument, the Antonín Dvořák Museum, the Bedřich Smetana Museum, among others.
A gallery that you cannot miss is the Lucerna Gallery. Located in a historic passage (Palác Lucerna) that was the first passage building in Prague.
This gallery is the venue for many important public and private cultural events, art and photo exhibitions, concerts among others.
In this passing building you will also find gourmet restaurants, a historic and elegant cafe, a pub in the traditional style of old Prague, antique shops, outlets.
Be sure to have your photo taken in the peculiar sculpture called Horse made by famous Czech artist David Černý.
12. See the Moving Sculpture of Franz Kafka’s Head
The statue is located in front of the Quadrio shopping center in Národní třída.
This sculpture is made up of panels that rotate and align themselves giving the shape of the head of the famous Czech writer Franz Kafka. It is a 21st century technical marvel created by Czech artist David Černý.
11. Walk Through the Famous Wenceslas Square
Wenceslas Square has been the scene in the past and present in the history of the Czech Republic, of many important historical events, demonstrations and celebrations.
This long street looks like a boulevard. At the end of the avenue in the southeast part is the Czech National Museum.
In this important square is the Wenceslas monument, considered the patron of Bohemia. There are also shopping centers, varieties of stores, excellent restaurants, and interesting places.
10. Visit the John Lennon Wall
This famous and important wall is considered as a commemoration of the singer-songwriter John Lennon and the beatles. Also as a symbol of freedom of expression where people could rebel against communism.
The wall is filled with many colors of graffiti works dedicated to the lyrics of the songs of John Lennon and the Beatles.
At present, candles and flowers are still left in honor of him and the brave as well as scratching on the wall is allowed. So you can leave your mark or small memory on this famous wall
To get to this controversial wall, it is located in the Mala Strana neighborhood in front of the French embassy.
9. Stroll Through the Most Beautiful Neighborhood in Prague (Mala Strana)
To get here you can do it walking from the old town across the Charles Bridge or you can get there by tram.
The Mala Strana neighborhood is very picturesque with its cobbled streets. Surrounded by beautiful historical buildings, palaces, beautiful churches and gardens.
There are many attractions and important places such as the famous church where the statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague is located.
Another thing to do or visit in this historic neighborhood is the narrowest street in Prague, sailing by boat through the Čertovka canals, and strolling along Nerudova Street.
8. Explore Prague on The Historic Tram
This tram has an interesting tourist route passing through the most iconic and popular destinations in Prague. They normally work every weekend.
All depart at hourly intervals. You can buy the ticket inside the tram. To check its path you must access the page dpp.cz
The transport company of the capital city of Prague also offers private rides for groups or individuals or special trams for private parties and celebrations with a bar and DJ.
7. Take a Cruise Along the Vltava River
Everything will depend on what plan you are on during your trip to Prague.
If you come in a romantic plan, you can sail the Vltava river in an elegant boat with a glass roof. Listening live music and having gourmet dinner. In this case we will recommend you the modern glass boat called Grand Bohemia.
Another option could be to take an hour cruise. In the same way you will get the best views from the river of the beautiful Prague, and the impressive castle.
The cruise will sail under the Charles Bridge and at the same time you can enjoy the bar on the boat.
For these tours there are several companies that offer the similar route but with different fleets of boats. Among the most prominent cruise companies there is one called Prague boats, with programs such as lunch included, jazz music or simply the tour.
Most of the piers are along the Vltava River in the old city.
6. See Prague from Different Towers
Prague is known as the city of 100 towers so among the most historic and outstanding with the most attractive views are:
The Tower of the old town hall: Which is located in the part of the old city. Its style is Gothic and Renaissance. From its viewpoint, you can have an excellent view of the entire old town square as well as the Týn church and the beautiful Prague rooftops.
The Powder Tower: It is one of the original gates of the old city of Prague. Its name comes from the fact that gunpowder was stored here in the past. Inside the tower you can see sculptures of monarchs. Going up to its viewpoint you will have a beautiful view of Republic Square (Náměstí Republiky).
The Towers of the Charles Bridge: This beautiful historic bridge has two towers at the end of its two ends.
The tower of the bridge of the old city with its symbolic meaning since here it was the route of the kings towards their coronation in the castle.
Then there is the small town bridge tower (Malostranské mostecké věže) which is made up of two towers linked by an arch. The door between the two towers allows access to the Mala Strana neighborhood. From the viewpoint of the towers, you can admire the Moldavian river and the center of the old town.
5. Visit the Petřín Hill
To disconnect a bit from the city and breathe fresh air, then go up to see Petřín. To go up the hill you can do it through a beautiful old funicular or the other way is walking enjoying the beautiful landscape.
On the Petřín hill, there are many attractions such as the mirror maze where there are about 35 mirrors and some are distorting. Entering there will be a fun experience.
You can also visit the Štefánik observatory where there are interesting exhibitions, space objects, and telescopes to observe the day and night.
But the main attraction is the viewpoint of the Petřín tower. Which looks like the Eiffel tower but smaller.
The base of this observation tower is metal and was built for the regional exhibition of the jubilee of Prague. To go up to the viewpoint you can get through an elevator paying a fee or if you like adrenaline you can go up the stairs. The panoramic view of the city is impressive.
Also on this hill there are restaurants and cafes.
4. Get to Know and Explore the Prague Zoo
The Prague Zoo is one of the most visited in the country after Prague Castle. There are many activities and things to do there. You will observe a lot of diversity of animal species from all over the world.
Walking through the zoo you will find different pavilions such as an Indonesian jungle, an African house, many animals such as gorillas, giraffes, lions, elephants, hippos, bears and more.
In 2007, Forbes magazine praised the Prague Zoo as the number 7 zoo in the world.
In addition, the prestigious travel site Tripadvisor ranked this zoo at number 4 in the ranking of the 25 best zoos in the world based on the opinion of millions of users.
Inside the zoo there is a lot of entertainment, guided tours, restaurants, a playground, recreation yards, bicycles, souvenir shops, and many activities for children. To come you can do it by bus, boat or by car.
3 Walk Through the Historic Old Town of Prague
The old town of Prague has been considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This entire historic old square is surrounded by old buildings with baroque and gothic architecture, cobbled streets, and in the center of the square is the symbolic monument to Jan Hus an important figure in Czech history.
Here is the old town hall of the old city, on the facade of the town hall you can admire the famous medieval-style astronomical clock capturing the eyes of many onlookers.
This historical jewel also represents the position of the moon and the sun, the months of the year, and signs of the zodiac. The most characteristic thing about this clock is that the twelve apostles move every hour.
Another thing to do in the old town square is to visit the Týn church which is made up of two towers and has an impressive Gothic façade. The San Nicolás church, as well as important monuments.
The walking tour through the Jewish quarter is also interesting as well as going to know the States Theater where it was premiered Mozart’s opera, Don Giovanni.
In the past, this historic center was considered the royal route through which the kings passed during their coronation.
2. Cross the Vltava River Through the Charles Bridge
To get to the bridge you can do it walking from the old town or from the beautiful Mala Strana neighborhood.
This historic old cobbled bridge was founded by Charles IV in 1357. Over the Vltava River from this charming bridge you get wonderful views towards the impressive Prague Castle.
On the Charles Bridge you will see around 30 significant statues of saints and angels, the most prominent sculpture is John of Nepomuk ( Jan Nepomucký) the patron saint of Bohemia, this saint was thrown into the river from this bridge.
1. Explore Prague Castle and its Gardens
The recommendation is to go through the entire extensive castle complex. You can get here by tram on route 22 from Staroměstska station in the old city. Also walking from the Mala Strana neighborhood up beautiful streets.
One of the main attractions of the complex is the beautiful Cathedral of St. Vitus with its Gothic style, a place where important kings of Bohemia were crowned.
Other things that can be done inside the castle is to observe the changing of the guard of soldiers every hour, the castle gardens, the Basilica of St. George, the golden street (Zlatá ulička) with its picturesque little houses where Franz Kafka lived, galleries, and more.
Within the castle complex, there are also restaurants, souvenir shops, and cafes.