Prague is one of the most beautiful European cities, and for good reason. Filled with incredible architecture, history and culture, this city offers so many things to do and see.
Having been there twice, I love the city even more and can see myself returning to visit. It’s one place that I highly recommend visiting if you’re in Europe.
So here’s a list of best things to do and see in the Czech capital city.
Explore Old Town Square
As the oldest and most prominent square in the capital city, this is one place you can’t miss. Apparently it used to serve as the marketplace for products of European trade routes since the 10th century.
Over here, you’ll see iconic sites such as the elegant tower of the Town Hall and Church of St. Nicholas. There’s also a great selection of cafes and restaurants around the corner to take it all in and relax.
Check out Old Town Hall
If you’re into views of cities, like me, getting to the top of the Town Hall is a must. Standing at about 230 feet high, it overlooks the Old Town Square and offers the best view in the heart of Prague.
Admission costs 250 Czech krona (approximately USD 12.50). But it includes access to the underground, historical halls, and the Chapel.
It is also located next to the Astronomical Clock, which strikes every hour with a brief performance showcasing the procession of 12 apostles and movement of unique sculptures. This is a must-see if you’re into history and architecture.
Stroll along Charles Bridge
Also known as Karlův most in Czech, this bridge links the Old Town and Lesser Town across the Vltava River, and is one of the most well known ones in Europe.
It is also a photographer’s paradise. If you want to snap a great photo without the crowd, I recommend getting there first thing in the morning!
Head to Letná Park
Here’s another amazing spot for taking photos of Prague, particularly because of the sight of various bridges across the Vltava River.
If you’re there for the summer, check out their Beer Garden!
Ascend the Petrín Lookout Tower
Can’t get enough of all the views of Prague mentioned so far? Make your way to this tower, located at the top of Petrín Hill (about 1,043 feet high).
Take the funicular (from Ujezd Street) to Petrín Hill, and get ready to climb 299 steps to reach the top of the tower. The view is so worth it 😉
Explore the Vyšehrad area
If you’re looking for somewhere off the beaten path, Vyšehrad is a great spot.
Built in the mid 10th century, it is a fort located above a massive rock looming over the Vltava River, and offers amazing panoramic views over parts of the capital city. During the summer, there will be a food galore (and live music performances) at the pier.
It’s located a little further from the central core of Prague, so you’ll see more locals in this area.
Beer tasting at Prague Beer Museum
There’s actually more to Czech beer than just the world-renowned Pilsner Urquell. Each region, whether it’s Bohemia or Moravia, produces unique flavours of its own.
Now, you get the chance to try them all just at the Beer Museum. Everyone gets a selection of 5 or 10 flavours out of 30 different beers from microbreweries from all over the country!
Check out St. Vitus Cathedral
Built over a time span of six hundred years, it is one of the most magnificent churches in Central Europe today.
Aside from its stunning architecture, you can climb to the top of the Great South Tower of the cathedral for amazing views of Prague.
Head to Troja Chateau
If you’re into history and architecture, check this out. It is a 17th century Baroque palace surrounded by a splendid garden. If you’re familiar with Paris’ Jardin du Luxembourg, think of this site as the Czech version.
Admission to the palace grounds and the garden is free. Located in the outer suburbs of Prague, this spot is perfect if you want to venture somewhere away from the crowd.
Relax and take a stroll at Wenceslas Square
Originally a horse market almost seven centuries ago, Wenceslas Square now serves as Prague’s main boulevard. It represents the administrative, commercial and financial centre of the capital city as several banks, hotels, administrative buildings and theatres are located here.
Although this may not seem exciting to some people, there is historical significance attached to it. It was here where the Czech Republic’s existence and the fall of communism in 1989 was made official.
Wander around Prague’s outdoor markets
One of the best things about the Czech capital is its variety of markets. Whether it’s food or flea markets, you’ll probably be able to find something that catches your eye.
If you’re there for the Christmas season, check out the Christmas markets especially the Old Town and Wenceslas Square. Be sure to try svařák – a traditional Czech-style mulled wine!
Try traditional Czech cuisine
If Prague is the only city you’re visiting in the Czech Republic, be sure to taste their local food. Trust me, it’s really good and filling!
One of my top favourites is kulajda – a traditional Czech creamy soup made from ingredients including mushroom, dill and potatoes.
In fact, Czech cuisine is influenced by tastes from those of Austria and Germany, so it’s not uncommon to find food that you thought to be only Austrian (like schnitzel) being served in local restaurants.
If you’re serious about trying different culinary options, I recommend joining one of the food tours. Such tours are readily available each day and week, so there’s no need to book in advance.
Join one of the night tours
From pub crawls to dinner cruise along the Vltava River, there’s tons of events and things going on in Prague at night.
They are fairly popular and available any time of the week, so don’t worry about booking before your arrival.
|NOTE : To save on costs and time, get the Prague Card. It entitles you free entry to (and huge discounts on) some of the city’s top attractions such as St. Vitus Cathedral, as well as unlimited access to the use of public transportation (like bus, metro and tram).|