If you're planning a Europe trip, consider adding Prague to your itinerary. The capital of the Czech Republic is an eclectic mix of heritage, vibrant culture, and modern attractions. You'll find ample things to see and do, without the steep price tag associated with many other European capital cities.
Think Prague sounds like a place you'd like to visit? Explore this guide for my recommendations of things to do and see while you're there!
Where is Prague?
Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic in Central Europe. It is located on the western side of the country, in Bohemia. If you plan to take the plane, here's a guide on PRG Airport that can help you be prepared!
While the Czech Republic is in the EU, they don't use euros as their local currency. You will need to have Czech Korunas (CZK) on hand if you wish to pay in cash, and be sure to look up the current exchange rate with your home currency before you travel!
Things to do in Prague
Prague is a bustling city with so much to see and do. Like many other major European cities, there is an excellent blend of history and modernity, and you can choose to explore either side of Prague while you're there.
You can learn how Prague was shaped by different eras as it transitioned from the power of monarchs to Nazis to the USSR. Let's dive into some ideas of what to do while you're in Prague!
With so much cultural history, Prague is rife with museums for every taste. In addition to these top five museums to visit recommendations, here are some others you should consider visiting while in Prague:
- The National Museum: The main building of the National Museum complex is near Wenceslas Square. It is the largest museum in Prague and has dedicated scientific collections and historic exhibits spread out inside an ornate building. Cost is 250 CZK, and 150 CZK for students with a proper university ID. In addition, there are many other exhibition centers throughout Prague that you can visit using the same ticket.
- Museum of Communism: While this is a smaller museum than most, it offers a glance back into what life was like in the Czech Republic under communist rule. The main exhibit weaves its way through the decades with a mix of reproductions, multimedia installations, and more. The cost is 380 CZK for adults, and 290 CZK for students with a valid university ID.
- Jewish Museum: Prague is home to centuries of Jewish history, and you can explore it by visiting the seven locations of the Jewish Museum. You'll learn about Jewish life in Prague, up to and during the Holocaust, including how the city of Prague has been impacted by the local Jewish community. The cost for visiting all locations of the museum is 350 CZK for adults, and 250 CZK for students under 26. You can also wander through the Jewish Quarter for free.
- Museum of Public Transport: If you're interested in trains, carriages, and all things transport-related, this is the museum for you. Housing 40 historic vehicles, you'll be able to closely examine photographs, models, tickets, documents, and more relating to Prague, and the Czech Republic's public transport over the years. The cost is 100 CZK for adults and 60 CZK for students under 26.
Prague is a city rich in culture and history. It would be a shame not to visit Prague's multitude of historic sites during your trip. Here's a list of some of the best historical spots to visit while in Prague:
- Old Town Square: Take a step back in time in this main public square. You'll be surrounded on all sides by historic architecture, as well as take in some street performers. The Square is usually pretty crowded, so it's best to reach as early as possible to enjoy the views. It hosts the Prague Christmas Market in December, where you can shop a variety of local items.
- Watch the Astronomical Clock: While you're in Old Town Square, you absolutely have to be sure to swing by the astronomical clock on the hour to watch it chime. It was built in the 15th century and put on a little show every hour for anyone who wants to watch. It's located on the south face of the Town Hall, but if you can't find it, look for a large crowd gathering close to the hour!
- Charles Bridge: Walking around Prague is a great way to see the city, and while you're walking, you have to cross Charles Bridge. The medieval bridge is the pathway connecting Prague Castle and Old Town Square. From the bridge, you'll get spectacular views of the city's architecture and marvel at the city from afar. I recommend you get there early morning or late evening to avoid the crowds.
- Prague Castle: If you're looking for the seat of Czech royalty of old, this is the place to visit. The grand castle is one of the largest in the world and features architectural styles from both the gothic and renaissance periods. Entry to the grounds is free, but you'll have to purchase a ticket to enter any of the buildings on-site, which include St. Vitus Cathedral and Golden Lane.
Other things to see and do
- Lennon Wall: Although Prague has little connection to the Beatles, you can find a beautifully painted image of John Lennon on this wall, along with other elements of Beatles-related graffiti. It's a fun thing to see and a perfect Instagram photo spot.
- Petrin Hill: If you want a view from up high of Prague city, you can hike up—or take a funicular if you want—to the top of Petrin Hill. From there, you can also climb a miniature version of the Eiffel Tower for an even more spectacular view.
- Franz Kafka: You will notice the memorial statue of the famous writer Franz Kafka when exploring the Old Town. But, there's an even more interesting monument of the famous figure near Quadrio Shopping Center. Installed in 2014, the rotating and moving metallic sculpture of Kafka's head is marveling to watch.
- Wenceslas Square: The 700-meter-long boulevard is another popular landmark nearby. It is a hub for Prague's social and cultural activities and a popular meeting spot among locals. Wenceslas Square is ideal for shopping as there is a wide range of shops selling everything from souvenirs to fresh produce. There are also plenty of eateries, nightclubs, and bars to hang out.
Things to do in Prague for couples
Prague, indisputably, is one of the most romantic cities in the world. If you are touring with your special someone, here are some things worth your attention.
- Enjoy a Beer Spa: Have you ever indulged in a beer spa? Well, Prague is one place you can experience it, given how famous it is for its beer consumption. A beer bath is said to be beneficial for your health in many ways and can revitalize your skin. But, don't attempt to drink it, as it's not ideal for consumption!
- Tie a Lock: Did you know there's a smaller version of the Paris' love lock bridge in Prague? Although not very popular, the Certovka pedestrian bridge is full of locks, and perhaps you could tie one too, just for fun! It is located close to the John Lennon Wall.
- Prague River Cruise: Prague is home to the longest river in the country, the Vltava. A river cruise is the best way to enjoy the stunning vistas around. You can do this by day or by night on the Vltava, but at night, you'll get to see the city lit up and enjoy the evening atmosphere. The cruise can range from 1 to 3 hours, depending on the package. Some even offer meals and music for entertainment.
- The Mind Maze: For those who love brain games, this spot will be right up your alley. Here, you and a group of fellow visitors will be locked in the Alchemist's Chamber, which consists of riddles, quizzes, and locks that you have to solve to escape the room. They admit 2-5 players per group, and you get 60 minutes to solve the clues and escape!
Where to eat in Prague
I haven't forgotten the beer connoisseurs and food aficionados. Prague city is famous for its meat and beer, but there's more to enjoy. Here are some places to treat your appetite.
- Kantýna: If you love meat, the menu here will impress you for sure. Renowned for its beef and pork dishes, this old-styled eatery serves some authentic Czech cuisine. You can choose the meat variety you prefer and get the dish made to your liking.
- Lehká Hlava: If you don't prefer meat, try this vegetarian-friendly restaurant located in Old Town. The interior is designed with inspiration from nature. You can eat and relax under their starry night sky décor!
- Café Savoy: Perfect spot to have breakfast or a mid-day snack enjoying a classy neo-renaissance interior. The café serves a good range of local pastries, including classic vetrnik, homemade bread, and delicious meals.
Also, don't forget to try the ever-famous trdelnik. Translated to chimney cake, these delicious treats can be found everywhere. Whether you try a plain one or a sweet version filled with Nutella, you won't be disappointed! You will find them in almost any bakery and street food stall in Prague.
The Czech Republic is known for its beer consumption, which means breweries. You can get really good beer for cheap prices in Prague. Try Beer Greek Bar, Letná Beer Garden, and U Kunštátů – for hundreds of local craft beers.
Where to Shop in Prague
Want to purchase some gifts or memorable items before saying goodbye to the city? Prague is renowned for wooden toys, fine glassware, garnet, and more. Check out these shops!
- Pragtigue: The store has earned a reputation as one of the go-to places for souvenirs among tourists. You will find cute Russian dolls, funky print T-shirts, astronomical clocks, notebooks, and a whole lot of Prague-themed items to take home.
- U Elektry Flea Market: Open only on weekends, this flea market, run by locals, has jewelry, toys, clothes, Bohemian glass, historical treasures, and everything in between. The disarray of stalls can be overwhelming, but worth a visit!
- Bookstores: If hoarding books is your kind of shopping, consider visiting Shakespeare & Sons. It also has couches for you to sit and go through the titles. There are many such bookshops in the city. On the other hand, Antikvariát Kant is a great second-hand store offering old, out-of-print books.
Can you do Prague in three days?
While there is a lot to do in Prague, with a compact itinerary, it is possible to hit all the big spots in three days. If you're looking to visit for three days, it's important to plan out your trip in advance to ensure you will see everything you want. Don't foget the travel time to get from place to place!
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