If you are planning a trip to Central Europe, Prague will most certainly be on your itinerary. This gorgeous capital is known as “City of a Thousand Spires” and it is also an important UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will find many architectural gems here from Gothic, Baroque to Art Novoue style. And with a lively night scene, there are many things to do in Prague at night.
To make your stay in Prague even more enjoyable, we compiled this list of what to visit in the Prague Czech Republic and a few other tips.
Prague Castle dates to the 9th century and it is the world’s largest medieval castle. There are a few things to do in Prague Castle: Visit St Vitus Cathedral to admire the glass windows inside by Czech artist Alfonz Mucha, explore Golden Lane, the narrow and colourful lane where once upon a time Kafka lived, and don’t miss the view of Prague at the second main entrance.
Starting the day exploring the Castle District is one of the best things to do in Prague
2. Dancing House in Prague
While Prague is definitely famous for its medieval look, one of the best things to do in Prague is to appreciate the modern architecture. One of the highlights is the Dancing House in Prague which was completed in 1996.
The design of this building was inspired by the dance of a famous movie couple – the stone tower symbolizes Fred Astaire and the glass tower, his partner Ginger Rogers. You can enjoy a drink in the restaurant with 360 Degree view or even stay a night in the hotel.
Best Things to do in Prague Czech Republic – Dancing House
3. Lennon Wall in Prague
Another hidden gem in Prague that we wanted to include on our list of the best things to do in Prague Czech Republic is the well-known Lennon Wall. When it comes to Prague John Lennon Wall reflects the mood of the 80’s when then Czechoslovakia was under communist rule.
The Lennon Wall is in a nondescript small alleyway and the first graffiti appeared here shortly after Lennon’s death. The wall became the centrepiece of freedom of speech and expression by rebelling youth creating art with messages of freedom and change. Several attempts were made by the police to whitewash the wall but in vain.
Today it continues to bare the ideas of freedom and peace. There has been a new focus to allow the artist to contribute to the wall with a collective approach. The Lennon Wall in Prague is near the Charles Bridge.
Prague Lennon Wall continues to be a symbol of free speech
4. Charles Bridge
The stunning Charles Bridge might just be the most beautiful bridge in Europe. Commissioned to be built in 1357 by Charles IV it is 615 metres long. Charles Bridge is one of the most popular things to do in Prague and you should expect plenty of tourists here. However come here in the early morning, perhaps at sunrise and you might have the bridge to yourself.
There are many legends about Charles Bridge, the locals believe the reason why the bridge is still standing is that raw eggs were added into the mortar when the bridge was built. There are many other great myths and stories and in order to learn more about the attractions in Prague, you are best to join a City Tour by Bus, Boat and on Foot.
There is no doubt strolling across Charles Bridge is one of the best things to do in Prague
5. Taste the best beer in the world
The Czech Republic is the home of the best beer in the world. A long tradition in beer making combined with fresh ingredients without the use of pesticides has resulted in a world-class beer.
Pilsner Urquell is the best well-known Czech beer out there, the pilsner-style of beer was first brewed in 1842, in the town of Plzen. The Czech Republic is home to the original Budweiser which originates from the town of Ceske Budejovice. Both beers seem to be the preferred choices of bars and pubs, but there are few other newer beers that gained popularity.
After you have spent the day exploring Prague, I recommend sampling the Czech Beer in one of the well-known pubs/restaurants. I recommend this Czech Beer Tasting Tour too.
At last on our list of best things to do in Prague, is the astronomical clock of Prague which dates to the 1400s.
What is the Astronomical clock and what does it actually do?
The astronomical clock in Prague is also called Orloj in the Czech language. The clock is unusual, as, in addition to indicating the 24 hours of the day, the astronomical dial shows the position of the sun and the moon, earth, and zodiac constellations. And best of all, it provides some theatre for its viewers on the even hour.
Tourists will gather around just before the show starts. When the clock strikes the hour, you’ll hear the rooster announce the start of the show. The small windows will open and the sophisticated mechanism sets the 12 apostles in motion.
The four figures near the clock are also set in motion on the hour, and represent four things that were despised at the time of the clock’s making.
From left to right in the photograph below, the first is Vanity, represented by a figure admiring himself in a mirror. Next, the figure holding a bag of gold represents greed. Across the clock stands a skeleton that strikes the time upon the hour – obviously representing death. Finally, there is a Turkish figure representing lust or possible invasion. On the hour, the skeleton rings the bell and immediately all other figures shake their heads side to side.
For something different, try to climb to the top of the same tower of the town hall and watch the people gather below to see the show. Reserve your Old Town Hall & Astronomical Clock Entrance Ticket HERE.
Close up of the Astronomical Clock and the four main statues
7. Join a Food Tour in Prague
Prague might not be known as one of the foodie capitals in Europe, but the food is one of the reasons why I keep on returning. You might consider following our guide tothe Best Czech food in Prague – Top 6 Placesor even better, why not join a fantastic food tour which will introduce you to Czech food and you get to taste some of the best dishes. Check out my recommendations below:
Where to travel from Prague?
If you are planning to visit Prague, we recommend you take the opportunity to visit other places in this part of Europe. Here are a few recommendations and most of them are easily accessible by train. If you are unsure how to go about booking and travelling, then our detailed post about how to travel Europe by trainis a useful tool.
Travel from Prague to Munich
Munich is a great option for you to continue your travels from Prague. You can travel from Prague to Munich by car in just 3.5 hours (380 km). If you prefer to sit back and relax, there are daily trains (up to 7 departures per day) with Czech Railways. The travel from Prague to Munich by train takes 5 hours and 40 minutes and tickets start from 20 Euros. Regiojetis another train company that offers awesome train journeys from Prague.
Alternatively, you can fly daily with Lufthansa, which takes 50 minutes. To get the best price for your flights checkSkyscanner.
Best things to do in Prague – Stay longer and visit another place in Central Europe by train
Travel from Prague to Karlovy Vary
Karlovy Vary is Czech Republic’s most famed spa destination and a gorgeous town to visit. Travel from Prague to Karlovy Vary is easy by train or bus. The train from Prague to Karlovy Vary takes around 3 and a half hours and the ticket starts at just 12 Euros.
However, for a faster connection, I recommend taking the Flixbus that has up to 7 departures per day and the journey takes only 1 hour 45 minutes. To book your ticket, check the Flixbus website here.
Travel from Prague to Berlin
Of course, another obvious destination is to travel from Prague to Berlin by train. The train journey from Prague to Berlin takes 4 hours and 17 minutes with Czech Railways and tickets start from 17 Euros.
RegioJet offers a bus connection that can be a great alternative option as tickets start at 11 euros and the overall bus journey takes 4 and half hours.
What is the best way to visit Prague Vienna and Budapest?
If you are planning to visit the three capitals Prague, Vienna, and Budapest, your most comfortable option would be to take a train.
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