In the last few years Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, has become ever so popular. The city attracts all kinds of travellers from around the world. Backpackers love it, as do digital nomads, and it is one of the most popular bucks night destinations in Europe. Well, the beer is very cheap after all! But even with its growing popularity, Prague remains a delightful city to explore, with many beautiful sights to enjoy. Here are the 10 best things to do in this amazing city:
1- Explore the Old Town
The well-preserved Old Town is totally stunning and it’s a great place to wander around. With colourful buildings, cobblestone streets and ornate architecture, you’ll quickly feel like you are back in the medieval times! Be sure to check out the Astronomical Clock (an icon of the city) and the town square. Of course, a visit to the Gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn is also a must.
2- Walk across the Charles Bridge
The Charles Bridge is the most famous bridge in Prague. This pedestrian bridge takes you from the Old Town, across to the other side of the Vltava river, towards the Prague Castle complex. It’s always packed with vendors and street artists selling their wares. There are several statues on either side of the bridge. Some of them are, well, rather creepy! On the other hand, the views down the river from the middle of the bridge are fantastic!
3- Visit the Prague Castle
The Prague castle dates from the 9th century and it is the largest castle complex in the world. Sitting on top of a hill looking down onto Prague, its imposing presence dominates the city. It still remains the official residence of the President of Czech Republic.
The castle consists of multiple buildings, the Old Royal Palace, the exhibition “Story of Prague Castle”, St. George’s Basilica, Golden Lane, the Powder Tower, Rosenberg Palace and last but not least the famous St. Vitus Cathedral. The St. Vitus Cathedral is the largest of those buildings and it’s the one you can see from all over the city. It’s the most beautiful cathedral I have seen to date; just incredible!
There are a few different tickets options, depending on which buildings you wish to visit. If you plan on visiting all of them you can buy a circuit A ticket for CZK 350. If you are only interested in a couple, there are cheaper options available.
4- Explore the Jewish Quarter
The Jewish Quarter is an important area to visit in Prague. It is full of history. Hitler decided to preserve this area and turn it into a museum for the lost Jewish race.
Dating back to 1478, the Old Jewish Cemetery is an important landmark in the Jewish Quarter. It is Europe’s oldest surviving Jewish cemetery and is the final resting place for over 100,000 people. Many graves are stacked on top of each other.
The Jewish quarter is also home to six synagogues and a Jewish Ceremonial Hall. The Pinkas synagogue is an emotional place that everyone should visit. As you enter, you are confronted with 80,000 names inscribed on the inner walls. These are the names of Jewish people murdered during the Holocaust. On the second floor, you will find drawings by children who were sent to the Terezin Labor camp. These drawings show the children’s own stories and are very moving.
5- Drink beer at the Prague beer museum
If museums aren’t your thing then don’t worry; you are going to love this next one. Well, if you’re a beer lover that is! This is not your average museum, it’s more like a pub where you can order a sample paddle with a variety of craft beers. There are thirty beers on tap and all of the ones we tried were delicious!
6- Walk up to the observation tower in Petrín Park
When tired of the crowds, head to Petrín Park for some greenery and for some peace and quiet. Petrín Park is Prague’s biggest and most beautiful park. It offers breathtaking views of the city and the river. There you’ll find expansive gardens, lots of trees and a funny looking observation tower that sort of resembles the Eiffel Tower. You can climb the 299 steps to the top of the tower or take the lift. There you’ll find even better views across the city.
150 CZK and an extra 60 CZK for the lift.
7- Take a sunset boat trip on the Vltava river
For some great views of the city, its various bridges and Prague Castle, take a sunset boat cruise on the Vltava river. Sit back with a glass of wine in hand and relax, while you enjoy sunset followed by the sight of Prague’s most beautiful monuments all lit up.
From 300 CZK
8- Check out the dancing house
Leave the Old Town behind and make your way to the Nationale Nederlanden building, known as the “Dancing House”. This modern building was designed in 1996 by the American architect Frank O. Gehry and was inspired by two famous dancers, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. To get there you take a lovely walk along the riverbank. If you have time, be sure to check out the rooftop sightseeing terrace for a beautiful panorama of Prague.
9- Visit the Powder Tower
The Powder Tower was completed in 1475 and was used initially as a gunpowder store. The tower is stunning and very imposing, with beautiful architecture. This monumental Gothic tower is one of the original city gates and it separates the Old Town from the New Town. It is the starting point for the Coronation or Royal Route to Prague Castle. There is a viewing gallery that you can access by climbing 186 stairs.
Admission: 100 CZK
10- Wander in Prague’s New Town and visit Wenceslas Square
The highlight of Prague’s New Town is the large Wenceslas Square. It’s home to the National Museum and other stunning architectural treasures. This square was named after the patron saint of Bohemia and there is a statue of him on the square. Wenceslas Square used to be a horse market in the 14th century but has since become one of the city’s most important public spaces. It is often used for demonstrations and celebrations alike.
How to get around in Prague?
Prague has a metro system, trams and buses, which are all easy to use. But to be honest, we never used public transport! Prague is a fantastic city to walk around. We walked and then walked some more. Yes, our feet hurt at the end of the day but we really enjoyed seeing this fabulous city on foot. It’s also great exercise!
Where to stay in Prague?
Domus Henrici Boutique Hotel
This quiet hotel is located a few steps from the Prague Castle and is close to all sightseeing. It offers magnificent views of the Old Town, Lesser Town and Petřín Park from its large terraces. Prices start from 57,00 €, click here for the latest prices.
MOODs Boutique Hotel
MOODS Boutique Hotel is located in a quiet street and is perfect for exploring Prague on foot. It is close to the Old Town and the river. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and modern. Prices start from 110,00 €, click here for the latest prices.
Hotel Residence Agnes
The Hotel Residence Agnes is located in the heart of the Old Town, just a few steps from Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, the Jewish Quarter and the Palladium shopping centre. Prices start from 116,00 €, click here for the latest prices.
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