Things to do in Prague

Things to do in  Prague

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Could Prague be Europe’s coolest little capital? It’s a strong contender for the title. Modern-day Prague has been shaped by centuries of historical, artistic, and outside influences. That means it’s a visual feast and a must-visit for anyone interested in history, from medieval to communist. Many things to do in Prague revolve around its well-preserved architecture, quirky museums, 20th-century history, and thriving arts scene. And with so much to see and do, it’s a good thing it's so compact and easy to get around.

Top 15 attractions in Prague

Prague Castle (Prazský hrad)

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On a hill overlooking the Charles Bridge and the Vltava River, Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) is a huge complex of museums, churches, palaces, and gardens, the oldest of which date to the 9th century. Nestled in the historic center of Prague—all of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site—the largest castle in the world is an outstanding relic of Prague's architectural history and a must for any visitor to the City of a Hundred Spires.More

Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)

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Forming a grand walkway between Prague Old Town, and the Lesser Town and Castle District, the 15th-century Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) is one of the city’s most striking landmarks. The magnificent Gothic bridge features 16 stone arches, two watchtowers, and 30 blackened baroque statues depicting various saints.More

Powder Tower (Prasná Brána)

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The Powder Tower (Prasná Brána) is one of Prague’s last remaining city gates. It once formed part of the defensive walls that surrounded the city and was one of 13 gates that allowed people to pass in and out of the center. Visit to climb to the top of the tower and enjoy views over the surrounding area.More

Prague Astronomical Clock (Prague Orloj)

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One of Prague’s most popular tourist attractions, the Astronomical Clock (Prazský Orloj) was built in the 15th century and is a mechanical marvel. Found on the south side of Prague’s imposing town hall in Old Town Square (Staromestske namestí), visitors line up in their hundreds to see the display as the clock strikes the hour.More

Rudolfinum

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The late-19th century Rudolfinum is a classical music theater on the east bank of Prague’s Vltava River, located at Jan Palach Square. It’s neo-classical in design, and is the home of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. As well as admiring the architecture from the outside, visitors can attend a performance or take a guided tour.More

St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála Sv. Vita)

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With twin Gothic towers visible across the city, St. Vitus Cathedral at the heart of the castle complex is one of Prague’s most recognizable landmarks. It took almost 600 years to complete and is a must-visit for tourists who come to marvel at the architecture and stunning stained-glass windows.More

Wenceslas Square (Václavské Námesti)

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Wenceslas Square (Václavské Námesti), one of Prague’s largest public squares, is actually more of a boulevard. Wide and tree-lined with sidewalk cafes and stylish boutiques, it feels modern and cosmopolitan. The square is bursting with history—from its intricate art nouveau buildings to its poignant memorial to the victims of Soviet occupation.More

Prague Old Town Square (Staromestské Námestí)

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Prague’s Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) is the historic heart and navigational center of the city’s UNESCO-listed Old Town. A feast of architectural wonders, the medieval square is ringed with grandiose Romanesque, baroque, and Gothic style buildings, including some of Prague’s most photographed monuments.More

Strahov Monastery (Strahovský Kláster)

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Located close to Prague castle, Strahov Monastery (Strahovský Kláster) has been home to a community of monks since the 12th century. The monastery is one of the most important landmarks in the Czech Republic and is famous for its historic library, which contains countless volumes, including over 3,000 original manuscripts.More

Lesser Quarter (Mala Strana)

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Close to Prague Castle and the impressive St. Vitus Cathedral, Mala Strana—the Lesser Quarter in English—is one of Prague’s most historic neighborhoods. As a royal town, it was home to some of the city’s wealthiest residents, and many grand palaces and ornate baroque buildings remain today.More

John Lennon Wall

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Starting life as a tribute to musical icon and peace activist John Lennon after his untimely death in 1980, Prague’s John Lennon Wall quickly became a symbol of peace and free speech for young Czechs angry and disillusioned with the country’s communist regime—much western pop music was banned under the regime, and some Czech musicians were even imprisoned for playing it.More

Clementinum (Klementinum)

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Prague’s historic Clementinum is a vast complex of beautiful baroque and rococo halls. One of the largest building complexes in Europe, the halls were built from the mid-16th century to mid-18th century, originally as a Jesuit dormitory. The Clementinum is now mostly occupied by the Czech National Library.More

Nerudova Street (Nerudova Ulice)

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Cutting through Prague’s Baroque heart, Nerudova Street (Nerudova Ulice) is one of the city’s most attractive thoroughfares. The street is lined by pastel 17th- and 18th-century townhouses—many sporting carved symbols that once represented the trade of their original owners. Today, they’re occupied by lively hotels, shops, and eateries.More

Old New Synagogue (Staronová Synagoga)

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Europe’s oldest still-working synagogue, the Old-New Synagogue (Staronová Synagoga was completed around 1270, making it one of Prague’s first Gothic buildings. Situated in the Jewish Quarter of Josefov, it is the main synagogue of the Jewish community in Prague.More

Franz Kafka Museum (Muzeum Franze Kafky)

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Delve into the life and work of one of the most significant figures of 20th-century literature at the Franz Kafka Museum in Prague. The exhibition features most of the first editions of Kafka's works, correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, photographs, and drawings that have never been displayed before, as well as multimedia exhibits.More

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All about Prague

When to visit

Prague is a lovely place to visit all year round, but spring and fall offer the most pleasant conditions for enjoying all that the city has to offer. Temperatures are mild (though sometimes a little wet), and there are far fewer visitors during these seasons than in the summer. Spring also boasts a number of notable events, including the 17-day-long Czech Beer Festival and the Spring International Music Festival, both of which take place in May.

Getting around

Prague’s compact historic center can be easily explored on foot. The city also boasts an excellent public transit system. It is cheap, reliable, and integrated, with tickets valid on the metro, trams, and buses—and for transfers between them. If you’re traveling after midnight, when public transit shuts down, a taxi is your best bet for getting around, but if you hail a cab on the street, make sure to agree to a price before taking a ride.

Traveler tips

Art lovers will enjoy the public works of contemporary artist David Černý. He has made his mark on Prague with a variety of peculiar sculptures, including gigantic babies installed climbing on the Žižkov Television Tower and an upside-down horse, which can be seen in the a gallery in the Lucerna Palace shopping gallery, off Wenceslas Square. Černý also founded MeetFactory gallery and theater in the Smíchov district, which showcases the country’s alternative art scene through exhibitions, workshops, and theatrical and musical performances.

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A local’s pocket guide to Prague

Elen Turner

Prague turned Elen into a beer drinker (or, rather, into a pilsner drinker). She studied Czech art history, literature, and theater at Charles University, one of the oldest universities in Europe.

The first thing you should do in Prague is...

walk between the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. The traditional and contemporary hearts of the city present an interesting contrast.

A perfect Saturday in Prague...

Visit Kampa Island, on the west bank of the Vltava River. In summer, paddle a boat on the river from here, and check out the fantastic Museum Kampa showcasing contemporary art.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

Old Town Square. The architecture of the churches and civic buildings on the square is simply gorgeous.

To discover the "real" Prague...

get around by tram. The tram network is so extensive that you can get almost anywhere this way.

For the best view of the city...

head to the viewing platform in the Zizkov Television Tower in the eastern neighborhood of Zizkov.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking that Prague is only good for a booze-fueled night out. You’ll certainly see stag do groups around, but it’s easy to avoid them by heading to Prague’s art galleries, history museums, theaters, churches, and other cultural attractions.

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People Also Ask

What is Prague famous for?

Known as the City of a Hundred Spires, Prague is famous for its well-preserved medieval architecture, Gothic spires, and hilltop castle perched above a long river. Prague's maze of cobbled lanes and hidden courtyards invite long days of exploration, and regular refreshment with its famous beer.

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How many days do I need in Prague?

Prague is a popular weekend destination and while it is certainly possible to check off all the major attractions in a couple of days, it’s worth aiming for at least four days to get more of a feel for the city without rushing from one place to the next. Some of the best experiences in Prague come from simply strolling around without a plan.

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Do they speak English in Prague?

Yes. Although English is not spoken by everyone, as a short-term visitor who spends most of their time in the touristy areas, you will find that most people you interact with (waiters, hotel staff, etc.) speak at least basic English. Czech is a notoriously complex language, but at least try to learn a few words.

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What is the best part of Prague?

What you’ll consider the best part of Prague will depend on your interests, but first timers will likely want to head first for fairy tale-like Staré Město (Old Town) in the center of the city. This is where you’ll find such attractions as the medieval Astronomical Clock and the Gothic Church of Our Lady Before Týn.

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What is the best month to go to Prague?

April, May, September, and October are the best months to visit Prague. Temperatures in those seasons are mild (although you should pack an umbrella and raincoat), and there are far fewer visitors than in the peak summer months. May visitors can also enjoy the much-loved Czech Beer Festival.

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Is Prague expensive?

No. While Prague is not quite the steal it used to be, costs are still much lower here than in many European capitals. Public transportation and eating out are cheap—the beer famously so—and you can save money on admission prices by buying multi-attractions passes and booking combination tours.

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