One of the most magical cities to visit in Europe, here’s our run-down of the absolute best things to do in Prague
Prague has seen plenty over its centuries, and that history is very much alive in the narrow streets of the old town and the curious characters of its districts. There are things to do everywhere here, no matter where you find yourself, and separating the good from the great comes down to interest and taste. Still, we’re more than happy to take on the challenge of identifying the best things to do in Prague. That’s what the job is all about, after all.
Prague is an incredible city, one brimming with world-famous attractions that have inspired writers and artists for centuries, while its beer is the most famous on the planet. The Czech capital is a hub of Central European culture, with beauty on and around every corner. Scouring the continent in search of the new Prague? We’ll stick to the old one, thank you very much.
For a romantic stroll, there are few stretches better. Linking Prague Castle to the Old Town, the open-air gallery of Baroque statues lining the Charles Bridge has been inspiring poets and novelists alike for more than six centuries. Come here, and you’ll immediately understand why. Sick of the hordes? Head down late at night or early in the morning – it’s surprisingly quiet.
Just a short walk from the Old Town, Wenceslas Square is the city’s main shopping area and the go-to spot for big public gatherings, from protests and rallies to parades and celebrations. This was where Jan Palach set himself alight to protest the Communist crackdown in 1968 and where locals jingled their keys in the air to celebrate Czech independence during the Velvet Revolution of 1989. You’ll find the massive statue of St. Wenceslas astride his horse near the National Museum at one end of the square.
Climb up to Letná Park and get yet another breathtaking perspective over Prague. In the past decade, Prague 7 (first-time visitors, take note: Prague is divided into sections and assigned numbers) has morphed from a sleepy residential neighbourhood into one that’s vibrant and full of cool boutiques and restaurants. Letná Park features a massive kinetic sculpture of a moving metronome; its foundation was once the base of an enormous Stalin monument torn down in 1962. Letná beer garden’s park benches and views of the Old Town across the Vltava are an after-work favourite among locals, dog walkers and international travellers. Note that despite the idyllic picnic setting, you’re not allowed to bring any food or drink from outside into the beer garden.
Dominated by the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral, the ninth-century Prague Castle has been a seat of power for Czech emperors, kings and presidents alike. Exploring every corner of these massive fortifications would take an entire trip, so read up in advance and take your pick. Our favourite sights include the tiny houses of Golden Lane, the Romanesque façade of St George’s Basilica, and the manicured landscapes of the South Gardens. Not even to mention Alphonse Mucha’s striking stained-glass windows.
Passage Lucerna is where tourists flock to see one of David Černý’s most controversial sculptures – of a saint riding an upside-down horse – but there’s so much more to explore. The passage boasts a collection of shops, an early 1900s-style café, a well-preserved old cinema, a rooftop bar in summer, and a nostalgic ’80s and ’90s party every weekend at Lucerna Music Bar. The building itself was designed by the father of Vaclav Havel (the first president of independent Czechoslovakia and later the Czech Republic, after it split from Slovakia). It’s worth getting to know both Černý and Havel, as both men have left major impressions on the city as it is today.
Though Prague has no shortage of viewpoints and photo-worthy panoramas, the tourist crowds can get a bit annoying. If you’re the type of traveller who likes a little breathing room, head over to Vyšehrad. The hillside views are a bonus on top of its parks sprinkled with statues, a peaceful cemetery, an eye-catching cathedral, and one of the city’s best beer gardens. The red line (also called the C line) stops here – making it easy to access the fort’s gothic spires and relaxing grounds just off the banks of the Vltava.
From the Astronomical Clock to the Church of Our Lady before Týn, the 600-year-old Old Town Square is home to all manner of beautiful historic monuments and buildings. This is the Prague you’ve seen in pictures – the mechanical wonder of the 15th-century clock, the towering statue of Martyred religious leader Jan Hus and his followers, the uneven twin towers of the Gothic church. Free walking tours start at the northern edge of the square. Come at Christmas and Easter for the atmospheric holiday markets.
This cathedral is lovely, but what earns it a spot in history is its connection to the Czech resistance efforts against the Nazis in Bohemia (the Czech Republic has three regions, Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia). The basement of this building now houses a free museum complete with video installations, photos and war paraphernalia. Learn how a group of young Czech soldiers and dissidents carried out a plan to regain their sovereignty from one of Hitler’s top deputies, Reinhard Heydrich, known as ‘the Butcher of Prague’. The story is heavy-going, so prepare yourself; then visit the tombs of the brave men who risked their lives to help free Bohemia.
When most people visit the Old Town Bridge Tower museum, they tend to head straight upstairs for the breathtaking views over all of Prague. What many don’t know is that their ticket also gains entry to the cellar and galleries around the tower’s stairwells. Here, curated from oldest to most recent, you’ll find a collection of items picked up in the vicinity of the Charles Bridge. A fascinating glimpse into the city’s past.
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