There are a lot of amazing things to do in Prague. We know because we’ve lived here for nearly a decade!
Most people associate Prague with stunning views of Prague Castle or walking across the historic stones of the gorgeous Charles Bridge. However, beautiful architecture is not the only thing the capital of the Czech Republic offers.
Prague possesses a wildly eclectic mix of history, culture, ambiance, nightlife, and beauty. Lovers of amazing architecture, green parks, historical ambiance, delicious beer, and incredible Gothic skylines will fall in love with Prague.
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Things to Do in Prague
Prague offers tourists a lot more than first might meet the eye. After exploring the spectacular beauty of the center we highly urge you to venture beyond.
With that in mind, we put together a list of can’t miss things to do in Prague for a first-time visitor. Everything on this list should be done at least once.
Bear in mind that some of these locations and activities are rather obvious. Some will be crowded with tourists pretty much all year round. However, we’re very much of the opinion that some of the best parts of Prague lie off the beaten path. We are including a handful to add to your list of what to see in Prague as well.
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When we think of things to do in Prague one of the first activities that comes to mind is taking in the views from the Charles Bridge. This is an unforgettable experience that will doubtlessly stay with you for years to come.
That’s why, out of all the sites to visit in Prague, the Charles Bridge is the absolute first one you have to see!
The Charles Bridge (Karlův most in Czech) is almost 700 years old and took about 50 years to build. It spans the Vltava River and connects Old Prague Center to Mala Strana, which means “Little Side”. The bridge is protected by three imposing Gothic towers and is home to thirty Baroque-style statues and statuaries.
Make sure you enter and climb the Old Town Tower Bridge for amazing landscape views. It’s totally worth the 190 Kč entrance to go up into these towers for a pristine view of Mala Strana.
Old Town Square
Prague’s Old Town Square is one of the most spectacular squares in Europe. It’s probably also one of the few that are actually shaped like a square, but that’s neither here nor there.
The square has seen centuries of history with some of its Gothic buildings dating back to the 14th century. This impressive square managed to survive World War II mostly unscathed, which is rare for European cities. Parts of it are so well preserved you might wonder if you took a step back in time.
During the high season and the winter holidays, the Old Town Square is crowded and festive, catering mostly to tourists. If you’re traveling on a budget in Prague don’t eat here as the restaurants are predictably overpriced. Instead, sip on a beverage purchased elsewhere, and take in the incredible architecture and ambiance of the city center.
If you are visiting in December you will get to see Prague’s largest Christmas Market right in Old Town Square. Lucky you!
Check out our article on exploring Old Town Prague for some more tips on where you need to go when exploring this historic area for the first time.
Prague’s Astronomical Clock
The Old Town Hall Tower, constructed in the early 1400s, sits imposingly in the middle of Old Town Square. The tower is among the highest in Old Town and houses one of Prague’s most identifiable icons, the Astronomical Clock.
Dozens of tourists flock to the clock every hour, on the hour, to see the mechanical relic put on a small show. We can honestly say that sticking around for the dancing mechanical dolls is not really worth your time if you are in a rush to discover the city, but it’s an amusing sight to see once in your life.
You can ascend to the top of the Old Town Hall tower, which houses the Astronomical clock, for around 300 Kč. That price is a bit more expensive than other landmarks in Prague, but it’s worth the price of admission, so make sure you pay the fee and go.
There are elevators for those who have a hard time climbing stairs, and the views from atop are spectacular. You’ll get a really good look at Our Lady Before Tyn Church and the rest of Prague’s magnificent Old Town in all directions.
Absolutely a can’t-miss item to put on your things to do in Prague list.
Set atop a hilly vantage point overlooking the Vltava River, Prague Castle is a staggering work of architectural design. Its twin spire church, St. Vitus Cathedral, is especially impressive. It sports an abundance of arches, gargoyles, and massive Gothic spires. The cathedral is what everyone pictures when they think of Prague Castle.
The park around the castle is peaceful, green, and magnificently landscaped. A walk amidst the leafy pathways while marveling upwards at the castle on a sunny day makes for an unforgettable experience.
Check out our complete guide to visiting Prague Castle for everything you need to know about exploring this amazing work of wonder!
As we mentioned above, Mala Strana means “Little Side” in Czech. After you are done exploring Prague Castle take a walk down the hill to the Mala Strana neighborhood. Marvel at the historic cobble-stoned streets and the spectacular facades of the centuries-old buildings as you stroll the hilly streets.
No matter what season you visit the city walking this neighborhood is one of the top things to do in Prague and you are likely to run into many tourists on the main streets of Mala Strana.
Don’t be afraid to wander off the main thoroughfares to turn into a side street and follow your curiosity. There is much to be discovered in this gorgeous neighborhood beyond overpriced food and cheap souvenirs.
Things to See and Do in Mala Strana
Mala Strana has loads to offer. Here are the main sites:
- Walk Through Wallenstein Garden
- Memorial to the Victims of Communism
- Climb to the top of Petrin Tower
- Marvel at the Church of Saint Nicholas
- Drink a Beer at Strahov Monastery
- Relax at Kampa Park
- Visit the Franz Kafka Museum
For more information about the top sites listed above, check out our guide Mala Strana.
Prague’s Jewish Quarter
Formerly the Jewish Ghetto, Prague’s Jewish Quarter, Josefov, is located in the city’s historic Old Town. Once considered a slum, the district was transformed during the late 1800s when large sections were demolished to make room for modern apartment buildings. Today, it is home to the Jewish Musem in Prague (Židovské muzeum v Praze).
Visitors can tour several of the neighborhood’s original structures, including the Maisel Synagogue, the Spanish Synagogue, and the Pinkas Synagogue. Tours also include access to the Ceremonial Hall and the Old Jewish Cemetery, which holds over 100,000 burials dating back to the 1400s.
As the “Times Square of Prague”, Wenceslas Square is a busy consumer hub right in the center of the Prague 1 neighborhood.
History buffs will appreciate the tumultuous and critical role Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí) has played over the last century. Named after the patron saint of Bohemia, Saint Wenceslas, the square is part of Prague’s New Town (Nové Město) and is a recognized World Heritage Site.
While today it is a major center for business and retail, Wenceslas Square has been the historical site of many of the country’s most influential demonstrations, protests, and celebrations.
It is also home to the newly re-opened National Museum, which is the oldest museum in Prague, and the Czech Republic.
There are a ton of tourist restaurants in the square that we think visitors are best served to avoid. The square is home to various nightclubs and becomes a bit raucous after dark.
The John Lennon Wall
Right across the river, via the Charles Bridge, behind a small church courtyard lies the John Lennon Wall. This vibrant homage to the famous poet, singer, and songwriter is a living monument.
The wall was created shortly after the singer’s death during the communist era, and stands as a monument to freedom, and the ongoing fight against fascism and oppression.
For years the wall a place where visitors could paint their tributes to the infamous singer. Today, the space has been redesigned by over 30 artists and includes a portrait of the Beetle’s singer. Visitors can still scribble a non-permanent message on the wall.
Prague is easy on the eyes, and always leaves you wanting more. Head to Letenske Sady (Letna Park) for a unique view of the River Vltava and all of its bridges.
Perched above the city on a hilltop you can snap as many incredible pictures of Prague as your heart desires. Just be sure to go when the weather is nice to capture the city in all of its glory.
Letna Park is also home to one of the best beer gardens in Prague, aptly named the Letna Beer Garden. You can chill out here for hours. Drink amazing Czech beers, eat greasy Czech street food, and take in the stunning views of the city. Letna is one of the best places to enjoy a beer on a nice day, so make sure to put this on your list of things to do in Prague!
The Dancing House
Often referred to as Fred and Ginger, the Dancing House (Tančící dům) is one of Prague’s most photographed attractions. Designed in 1992 and completed in 1996, the riverfront building is one of Prague’s first examples of modern architecture.
Many say that this building’s unique abstract shape resembles a man and woman dancing, hence the name “Fred and Ginger”, after the famous American actors of yore. Though mainly used as office space, visitors to the Dancing House can enjoy a very sweet birds-eye view and drink from its rooftop bar and restaurant. We highly recommend visiting this awesome attraction in Prague when the weather is nice!
Dating as far back as the 10th century, Vysehrad fortress, or “Hill Castle”, is one of the most splendid attractions in Prague. Overlooking the Vltava River from a rocky hilltop, the fortress is believed to be the oldest seat of Czech royalty and the original settlement of Prague.
Though largely in ruins today, guests can stroll the fort grounds and enjoy several must-see attractions including Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul and the Vyšehrad Cemetery.
Additionally, you can catch some really sweet views of Prague from the top of the wall. If you get thirsty exploring the park stop by the beer garden in Vysehrad (we love how much Czech’s love their beer gardens) and have a nice cold delicious beer!
The Czech Republic has the highest per capita consumption of beer in the world. The country has an absolute love affair with beer. And why not? They make damn fine brews.
Prague offers so many opportunities to sit down and have a cheap cold pivo (Czech for beer) that anyone visiting would be remiss not to try at least a pint. Find yourself a nice spot with a good view, either by the river or in a square somewhere, and order one of Prague’s many world-renowned beers.
Regardless of where you consume your beverages drinking beer is definitely on the list of things to do in Prague. Na Zdravi (which means “to health” and is how you say cheers in Czech)!
Check out our list of the best places to drink delicious beer in Prague, and create your own beer tour of the City of 100 Spires!
Our list of the best pubs and bars in Prague should help you out as well.
Other Things to Do in Prague
Have more than a couple of days to explore Prague? Lucky you! Here are some other attractions, parks, and various activities that you should consider when visiting Prague.
Visit Petrin Tower and Petrin Hill
Petrin Hill is one of the most beautiful parks in Prague, hands down. Petřín Hill boasts the highest elevation of any of Prague’s green spaces at 320 meters above sea level. Getting up there can be a hike, so be sure to wear good walking shoes. If walking up hills isn’t something you enjoy feel free to take the Petřín funicular.
Petřín Hill is also home to one of Prague’s most famous landmarks, the Petřín Lookout Tower. Built in 1891, the tower was inspired by the Eiffel Tower. Fun fact – the height of the hill plus the height of the tower add up to the height of the actual Eiffel Tower.
Incredible Views in Prague
If it’s a nice day take a trip to Riegrovy Sady to catch views like the one above. There is an awesome beer garden in Riegrovy Sady that is open all year round. We have spent many an evening there, and absolutely love it.
Other places with incredible views of Prague include:
- The Dancing House
- Old Town Bridge Tower
- St. Nicholas Church Tower
- Strahov Monastery
- The Zizkov TV Tower
Have a look at our article on photographing Prague for some great vantage points to capture incredible images!
Take a Group Tour
If you’re short on time a tour is a great way to see a lot in a short period. Here’s list of tours in Prague that we think might benefit a first-time visitor. For a full list check out our guide to the best tours in Prague.
- Prague Ghosts and Legends Tour
- Czech Beer Museum Tour in Prague
- Prague Old Town, New Town, and Astronomical Clock Tour
Hop on a Tram and Ride
Prague has an excellent system of public transportation, using trams, metro, and buses that make getting around the city super easy. The best way to see parts of Prague you might otherwise miss is to hop on a tram and ride it out in any direction. Additionally, if adventure isn’t your thing, we recommend riding either the historic 91 or 23 Prague trams. These tourist trams take you through some of Prague’s most important landmarks.
Plan a Night Out in Prague
Bars, cafes, lounges, beer gardens, jazz bars, pub crawls, dance clubs, underground clubs, casinos…Prague has every single type of venue you can think of when it comes to nighttime entertainment. For more information check out our guide to Prague nightlife, which includes the best bars and clubs in Prague!
Visit the Prague Christmas Markets
If you are visiting Prague in December and you like all things festive and Christmas-related, you’re in luck. For more on Prague’s Christmas markets, and on markets elsewhere in the Czech Republic have a look at our mega guide to Xmas markets in Prague.
Get Off the Beaten Path
Exploring outside of traditional tourist zones can be a challenge when visiting a city for the first time. Thankfully Prague has a great public transportation system of trams, metros, and buses to make getting around the city easy.
Check out our article about getting off the beaten path in Prague and exploring the Prague that most tourists never get to see!
Day Trips from Prague
Finally, if you have the time, take a day trip from Prague. There are many great trips to take from the capital city. For some inspiration read our comprehensive guide to day trips from Prague.
Things to Do in Prague Wrap-up
And there you have it folks. Our guide to all the wonderful things to do in Prague. As you can see we put a lot of time into exploring this city. We hope you do as well.
As always, safe travels and we’ll see you on the road!