So, you’re going to Prague or planning to, but you are overwhelmed with all the travel tips and places that you should visit? Based on a personal experience, a thorough research and locals’ advice, I’ve covered in this post the Top 10 Things To Do in Prague, which will definitely make things easier for you when planning your itinerary for this amazing city.
Before we get started, I just wanted to give you a glimpse of history about this fascinating city…
Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic, it began as a tiny settlement on the banks of the River Vltava over 1000 years ago, and today is one of the world’s great architectural jewels.
Thirty years ago, Prague was a mystery to travelers in Europe; now, it is one of the most popular destinations on the continent, drawing about 4 million visitors each year.
Prague conjures up images of romantic fairy tales, and when the clouds roll in, dark gothic folk stories, which is just fascinating.
Without further ado, here’s a look at the Top 10 Things To Do in Prague:
1- Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge is Prague’s heart.
It connects the Old Town and Lesser Town over the River Vltava; it is 600 years old, and considered to be Prague’s most iconic landmark.
Thirty Baroque statues line the sides of the pedestrian bridge along with vendor’s stalls, musicians and performance artists.
A bustling, very busy area, the bridge is almost never empty of people.
Travel Tip: try to head out to the Charles Bridge at dawn or in the evening when fewer crowds are there.
2- Malá Strana
On the other end of Charles Bridge from Old Town Square lies the Malá Strana or Lesser Town district.
It was founded in 1257 as a royal town. Surrounding Lesser Town Square are pubs, shops, restaurants and international embassies, housed in grand old Baroque buildings.
Towering over Malá Strana is Prague Castle, which can be reached by a hike up a picturesque street.
3- Prague Castle
Prague castle is more of a sprawling complex than a single defensive building.
Its buildings span centuries and consist of a royal palace, several churches, defensive towers, royal stables and magnificent gardens.
By the 11th century, it included a royal palace and the 14th century saw the beginning of St. Vitus Cathedral.
Rising above the castle are the 600 year-old gothic spires of St. Vitus Cathedral, many treasures await the visitors there.
The cathedral in the castle complex is a jewel in Prague’s crown, a superb example of Gothic architecture; it is the resting place of Bohemia’s kings, emperors and saints.
Travel Tip: Prague Castle, is lit at night, and provides a dramatic vista that enchants all visitors.
4- Wenceslas Square
One of Prague’s two main squares, Wenceslas Square is a shopper’s paradise.
Charles IV established it as Prague’s horse market in 1348.
The place is central to most of Prague, as Old Town Square and Charles Bridge are only five-minute walk away, and all three metro lines meet in the square.
The square is home to the grand National Museum and the Prague State Opera.
5- Old Town Square
You will find superb buildings around the Old Town Square, which is located between Wenceslas Square, and the Charles Bridge, Prague’s Old Town Square is often bursting with tourists and locals in the summer, and it is where all the tours go, but that’s because it’s just gorgeous.
I’ve spent my first day at the Old Town Square wandering its cobblestone streets and of course getting some photos for the blog. 🙂
The square is home to some of the most historic attractions in the city, including the Old Town Hall, one of the best places to get a bird’s-eye view of the city and the Prague Astronomical Clock, a beautiful timepiece dating back to the 1400s.
Known for its beautiful architecture, colourful history and vibrant atmosphere, the square hasn’t changed much since it was established in the 12th century when it functioned as the city’s original marketplace.
6- Church of Our Lady before Týn
The Church of Our Lady before Týn graces the Old Town Square.
Among the most well-known attractions in Prague, the church’s Gothic towers soar 260 feet into the sky and can be seen from all parts of the city.
The site’s original building was an 11th century Romanesque church built for foreign merchants who came to Týn Courtyard for trade.
The present church was constructed in the 14th century, although the roof, towers and gables came years later.
7- Prague Astronomical Clock
Whilst you are in the Old Town Square, YOU MUST watch the spectacle of
Prague Astronomical Clock marking the turn of an hour.
The clock itself is on the south face of the town hall and is the pride of Prague.
You’ll know you’ve found it by the gathering crowds at the base of its gothic tower where every hour between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. the 12 Apostles appear on the astronomical clock.
The appearance only lasts a moment, but the crowd will roar with applause for the amazing mechanical show.
The clock was built in the fifteenth century and is widely regarded as one of the best-preserved medieval mechanical clocks in the world.
Travel Tip: Take a tour of the clock tower, see the insides, and learn about the history, significance, and meaning of this remarkable piece of medieval engineering, also you will get spectacular views of the City from the top.
8- Powder Tower
You must be wondering why it is called the Powder Tower?
Well, during the 17th century, the tower was used for storing gunpowder, which is where it gets its name.
It is one of the original gates into the Old Town, and was first built in the 11th century.
Inside the tower is a spiral staircase with 186 steps leading up to the gallery where visitors can get a great view of Old Town.
9- Municipal House
The Municipal House is a beautifully ornate building right next to the Powder Tower in the old part of town.
Bohemian Kings used to rule the countryside from this art nouveau classic where operas and plays are now held.
Inside, you’ll find sculptures from some of the most renowned artists of past centuries.
10- Prague Zoo
Prague Zoo opened in 1931 and during its existence has risen to become one of the most prestigious zoos in the world.
With over 4,600 animals living in the Zoo, visitors can explore 12 pavilions and 150 exhibits over 58 hectares.
There is also a chairlift, mini-train, observation tower, paddling pool and Children’s Zoo to be enjoyed by all the family.
Final Travel Tips When Visiting Prague…
a. Book a River Cruise
Seeing Prague from the river Vltava is a unique experience and offers a way to see the many historical buildings and monuments from a different perspective.
Encounter the very grand and historic Charles Bridge from below and spot the magnificent Prague Castle in the distance, the River Cruise is a brilliant experience for any visitor.
Cruises within the city are competitively priced and often include lunch or dinner depending on the time of day you choose to embark.
b. Pack Some Comfortable Shoes
Prague’s cobblestone streets rarely follow a straight line, and they have been designed for horses and carts… 🙂
So that sums up the top 10 things to do in Prague, I hope you enjoyed reading this post.
I’d love to hear what your favourite places in Prague are and if you happen to know of any more of Prague’s secret gems that you don’t mind sharing, that would be amazing, so please make sure to leave a comment below.