99 Things to Do in Prague: A Guide to The Best Things to Do in Prague

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After living and working as freelancers in Prague for 15 months, and having countless friends, family members, acquaintances, and readers visit and message us about the best things to do in Prague (keep those coming by the way…we love hearing from you!), I think it’s pretty safe to say we have a pretty robust set of recommendations when it comes to the best things to do in Prague.

Up until this point, we’ve always responded to people’s requests individually, which is problematic on two accounts: For one, it takes up a lot of time building lists of the best things to do in Prague for different people. And two, it means the readers who don’t message us don’t get to see our recommendations for what has become one of the most visited cities in the world!

I’ve been meaning to share our ideas about the best things to do in Prague for awhile now and am finally just getting around to it now. This post is meant to be a massive resource for anyone planning a trip to Prague. While most of these ideas are great for any type of traveller, some of them involve alcohol and steep steps (although, not together). I’ve tried to outline special considerations for each activity if there are any, but forgive me if I forgot one or two.

We hope you enjoy this list of fantastic things to do in Prague, according to us! And please do get in touch and let us know how your trip to Prague goes, and how you enjoy these activities. We’ll definitely update the post based on reader feedback over time, so we can be sure we truly do have the best things to do in Prague listed!


What to do in Prague: A Quick Guide to Finding The Best Things to do in Prague

Wondering what to do in Prague? If you’re looking for a quick answer and summary of the best things to do in Prague, start here →


  • 7 Things to Do in Prague at Charles Bridge: Wandering across the city’s most famous bridge is certainly one of the top things to do in Prague. Plan to hit it early in the morning or at dusk for sunrise or sunset, catch a few unique views of the bridge from afar, and learn about its history and statues.
  • 12 Things to Do in Prague Near Prague Castle: Get away from the crowds in the hidden neighborhoood of Nový Svět, climb s tower for spectacular views, visit one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, and rub a statue for good luck. There are lots of things to do in and around Prague Castle, so be sure to leave enough time.
  • 6 Things to Do in Prague in Malá Strana (Little Quarter): With beautiful architecture, a church which once hosted Mozart himself, Prague’s best trdelník, and the Lennon Wall, Malá Strana has lots to keep you interested!
  • 11 Things to Do In and Around Old Town: Prague’s Old Town is famous for the Old Town Square, Astronomical Clock, and Jewish Quarter, as well as Wenceslas Square and its significance in recent history. One of Prague’s most beautiful areas, it’s worth hitting up all the things to do, and also allowing time to get lost and wander.
  • 33 Things to Do In Prague if you Like Art, Architecture and Culture: Prague is full of museums, statues, and galleries to peruse, and literary and music history to enjoy and experience. Soak up some beautiful art nouveau, follow the Kafka trail, catch a Mozart concert, and learn about folk traditions around Prague.
  • 10 Things to Do In Prague if you Like Czech Beer: Czech gold — pivo — is famous the world over, and Prague has plenty of opportunities for learning and tasting the famous Pilsner, as well as newer craft varieties. Add to that the beautiful beer gardens, and even beer spas, and you could spend an entire trip to Prague focused on the beer!
  • 4 Things to Do In Prague if You’re a Foodie: If beer’s not your thing, no worries: food tours, fancy cocktails, and even visiting vineyards are all possible in Prague.
  • 5 Things to Do In Prague If You’re Interested in Communist History: If you’re interested in modern history and communism, Prague is a fantastic place to learn about the topic. Tour a bunker, learn about dissidents, and pay tribute to victims at communism memorials.
  • 7 Things to Do In Prague If You Want To Maximize Your Sightseeing: If you’re short on time, Prague has a number of great tours you can join, which will help you maximize your visit and see the most in a limited time. Check out a selection of Prague tours here!
  • 2 Once-in-a-Lifetime Things to Do In Prague: If you’re coming to Prague for a special occasion and don’t mind the splurge, how about a hot air balloon ride around Prague, or a private flight to sightsee some Czech castles?
  • Countless Seasonal Things to Do In Prague: Prague has loads of concerts, festivals and markets throughout the year, so it’s always worth checking event listings to see if your visit coincides. We’ve listed some of our favorites.


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7 Things to Do At Charles Bridge






1. Stroll Across Charles Bridge At Sunrise

No matter how many times we did it, I never got sick of walking across Charles Bridge, which connects Old Town Prague to the lovely Mala Strana district.

In the summer, it becomes choked with tourists, so it’s best to head out early in the morning, when you’ll get beautiful soft light and have the bridge almost to yourself. If you visit Prague outside of peak season (May to October, and Christmas), you’ll have a much calmer experience anytime of day.

If you’re lucky enough to visit Prague on or around the summer solstice, be sure to visit the Old Town side of the bridge at sunset. Every year during this time, the sunset lines up perfectly over St. Vitus Cathedral while standing on Charles Bridge. They call it Praguehenge and it’s one of the best views of Prague!!!


2. Rub St. John of Nepomuk

About halfway across Charles Bridge, you’ll see the St. John of Nepomuk statue, shiny and worn from years of rubbing. If you’re already in love with Prague, be sure to rub the shiny scenes of St. John’s life…the story goes that those who rub it are destined to return to Prague one day!


3. & 4. Climb One of Two Bridge Towers (Or Go Crazy & Climb Both!)

On either end of Charles Bridge, you’ll see a watchtower, both of which can be climbed for spectacular views.

The Lesser Town Bridge Tower is the one on the Castle side of the bridge, and the Old Town Bridge Tower is the one on the — you guessed it — Old Town side of the bridge. Both towers offer great views, and the Lesser Town tower tends to be less crowded. Climbing one of the towers is a great way to get an aerial view of Charles Bridge, enjoy the city from a different perspective, and escape the crowds if  the bridge is packed with people.

The views are different, so don’t hesitate to climb both towers.


Possible Money Saver?

If you’re in Prague for a few days and plan to visit a lot of attractions, do the math for the 72-hour Prague City Card as a possible money saver. In addition to free public transportation (A 3-day pass is 310 CKZ on its own), and a free ride on the Airport Express Bus (120 CKZ round-trip), the card gets you free admission to many (but not all) of Prague’s top attractions, plus discounted admission at many others. It also includes discounts at some restaurants and shops.

To give you an idea, at the Charles Bridge Towers either tower costs CKZ 90 to climb and it’s a 50% discount if you have a Prague Card. So if you want to climb both for the different views, you get a 2-for-1. And if you only want to climb one, you save some cash. The Prague Card also offers discounted entry to the Charles Bridge Museum (50% off the CKZ 170 fee).

Whether the Prague Card is worth it for you, or not, really depends on how many attractions you intend to do. I’ve outlined the discounts etc. within the post, so you can make the right decision and do the math based on your travel plans and preferences!

5. Visit the Charles Bridge Museum

In general, the Charles Bridge Museum gets mixed reviews from most people – some people love it, and some loathe it for its’ long (and some would say, boring) descriptions. I really debated about whether to include it in this list, but decided to based on the fact that different people like different things. If you’re an engineer or an architect, or if you’re interested in how things are built, you’ll probably find this museum interesting. The museum does a good job at telling how the bridge was constructed using ancient techniques. However, if you’re more interested in the stories and history of the bridge, you might want to give this a miss. If you don’t want to climb the bridge towers, there are some nice views from the museum as well. Also worth noting, if you’re in need of a break, there’s a nice café inside!

170 CKZ admission; 50% off with Prague Card


6. Catch a View Away from the Crowds

One of the top things to do in Prague is checking out Charles Bridge. Unfortunately, everyone has the same idea. From May to September, Charles Bridge is packed, and it’s close to impossible to enjoy the experience when you’re fighting elbow to elbow with others, while also watching your pockets and belongings. Of course, you’ll want to still go over the bridge — just to say you did it — but we also recommend enjoying the bridge from afar, which is far more tranquil.

There are two options for this:

1) Head down to Střelecký Island (under Most Legií / Legií Bridge) to look at the bridge without all the crowds, and to relax on the island. It’s a popular spot with locals to hang out on a sunny afternoon. In the winter, it provides a lovely view and photo, especially if everything is blanketed in snow.

2) You can get nice views from “behind” (north of) the Franz Kafka Museum, along the river. Navigate to the museum, and then wander around the perimeter and area until you can find a path right down to the water.


7. See It From the Water (Seasonal)

In the summer, it’s possible to rent a paddle boat for a few hours, and paddle up and down the river near Charles Bridge, getting great views of the city with fewer crowds. Boats tend to run between CZK 150 to 200 per hour, and can be rented at Slovanský Ostrov.



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12 Things to Do Near Prague Castle









8. Meander Through Quaint Nový Svět

Behind Prague Castle is the tiny street/area of Nový Svět, which is often totally free of tourists, not to mention it’s beautiful and movie-set picturesque.

In fact, if you’re looking for a more tranquil way to visit Prague Castle (compared to walking up Nerudova Street), you can visit Prague Castle from the back via Nový Svět. To try this route out, take Tram #22 one stop past Pražský Hrad stop to Brusnice, and enjoy a bucolic, crowd-free walk through the quaint, village-like area of Nový Svět on your way to Prague Castle. It’s super cute!

When you get off in Brusnice, cross the street and keep walking in the same direction as the tram was going to a park. In the park, veer to the left on the path until you get to a staircase (which has nice views), and then go down to the Nový Svět area, which you can wander through on your way to the castle!


9., 10. & 11. Visit St. Vitus Cathedral, the Mucha Panel & St. Wenceslas Chapel

To be honest, Prague Castle itself is a bit of a let down from the outside – St. Vitus Cathedral, the imposing gothic church in the middle of the castle complex, is the real draw (and it’s what you can see in the Prague skyline), as well as the interiors of the castle complex.

From the main gate of the Castle (near the Starbucks), wander into the complex to St. Vitus Cathedral, which is free to enter the first section of the church. If you want to see the rest of the church, including the spectacular St. Wenceslas Chapel (so. many. gems.) and Mucha’s stained glass panel, you’ll need to pay for a ticket (250 to 350 CKZ, depending on the ticket you choose).

During the summer and at Christmas, line-ups to buy tickets can get a bit out of control. At those times, it’s worth considering a Skip-the-Line ticket for Prague Castle and St. Vitus for USD $19.09 (455 CZK at time of writing). Note, Prague Castle and the Cathedral are free with the Prague Card, so don’t buy both the Prague Card and the Skip-the-Line ticket!


12. Climb St. Vitus’ Southern Tower

For an extra 150 CKZ and some major calorie burning, climb the Southern Tower of St. Vitus for spectacular views over the city. Be forewarned: there’s no elevator, and the steps up are steep and narrow. If you have the Prague Card, the ticket is 20% off.


13. Catch the Changing of the Guards

If you time your visit for the top of the hour, you’ll catch the changing of the guards ceremony, which makes a nice photo opp. The ‘main’ event is at noon each day in the first courtyard – that’s when you’ll see the most fanfare and pizzazz. Even if you can’t make it for noon, you can still catch a smaller-scale (albeit less impressive) version at the top of the hour (from 7am…I can’t remember the last one at night, but I *think* it’s 9pm in summer. If someone knows, please comment!).


14. Explore Golden Lane

Golden Lane is a tiny street tucked just beyond St. Vitus Cathedral within the Castle Complex. There’s some debate about where the name came from, with the stories going it was named after either the alchemists or goldsmiths who worked on the street. Many of the buildings have some history, including No. 22, where Kafka lived for a year.

Golden Lane is included in the Prague Castle Tour A and B, the Prague Card, and the Skip-the-Line ticket for Prague Castle and St. Vitus


Prague Card Discounts

The Prague Card includes the Prague Castle Tour B (Cathedral, Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica, Golden Lane, and Daliborka) for free, as well as a 20% discount if you want to climb the tower.


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15. Rub A Statue’s – ahem – Unit

Prague has a lot of bizarre statues, but this might be the winner!

At some point, someone spread the idea that it’s good luck to rub the teenaged boy statue’s penis, and people have been doing just that ever since, giving the statue a distinctively glowing member. We’ve asked around, and no one has told us the same rumour, or knows how it got started. We’ve heard anything from good luck, good sex, or – if you’re a single lady – ensuring you’re married within the year.

If you want to see the statue…or just get some cheeky photos…it’s within Prague Castle grounds on Jirska street, in the courtyard of the toy museum! Don’t forget to hashtag your photos with the ever popular #goldenpenis !!!


16. Get Lost in the Castle Gardens

Prague Castle has lovely, terraced gardens that can take you all the way from the Castle down to the Kafka Museum in Malá Strana, making a great stroll when the weather is warm. The gardens are open April to October.


17. Catch a Concert at the Castle

One of Prague’s nicknames is the City of Music, and there are plenty of opportunities to catch one or multiple shows in the city. No matter when you visit, you can catch a classical music concert at Lobkowicz Palace, 16th-century building within the Prague Castle complex.

No matter when you visit, you can catch a classical music concert at Lobkowicz Palace, 16th-century building within the Prague Castle complex (More info about the daily concert at Prague Castle).

If you’re really lucky, you’ll arrive in Prague when there’s a public (FREE) concert happening at the castle, including occasional concerts given by the Czech Philharmonic. Check the Culture at the Castle website to see if there’s anything going on while you’re in Prague!


18. Visit the Stunning Strahov Libraries

Strahovský Klášter is most notable for its beautiful Theological Hall and Philosophical Hall, both of which are a great and slightly off-the-beaten-path thing to do in Prague. Nearby is a monastic brewery (Klášterní Pivovar Strahov), where you can get blueberry beer (and normal beer, too!).


19. Wander Petřín’s Orchards

Nestled between Petřín Hill/Park and Prague Castle, just in front of Strahovský klášter, are the Petrin Orchards, which offer a gorgeous view of Prague (the view is nice in summer, but it’s extra special when Prague is covered in snow)!

Whereas the view from Letná is really all about Prague’s bridges or Old Town, the view from here is panoramic, and you can pretty much see all the landmarks from high above in one shot. The closest tram stop is Pohořelec, but you can also get there by walking from Prague Castle or taking the funicular (included in a public transit ticket, or Prague Card) to the top of Petřín Hill, and then following the signs toward Strahovský klášter.

This route – Petřín Funicular (from Újezd tram stop) to Strahovský Klášter & Petřín Orchard – continues on to Prague Castle, and is another great alternative to walking up Nerudova Street. Once you’re at the top of the funicular, follow the signs to the ‘Strahovský klášter,’ walking down a somewhat steep hill (important to know when choosing footwear) to the ridge below Strahov Monastery, and then continuing on to the Castle.


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6 Things to Do in Prague In Mala Strana






20. Catch A Classical Concert At St. Nicholas Church

In lesser town (Malá Strana), it’s impossible to miss the iconic, skyline-defining copper dome of St. Nicholas Church, which took 100 years to build, and was completed by 3 generations of the same family. Be sure to take in the beautiful ceiling and the organ, which Mozart used on a visit to Prague, and catch a classical music concert in the evening, if you’re so inclined! (Get a 100 CKZ discount with a Prague Card).


21. Climb St. Nicholas Church’s Adjoining Tower

Just over 200 steps to the top, this is another tower that offers great views of Prague. Tickets can be purchased at the base of the tower, which is located at Malostranské Náměstí 29/556. Tickets are CKZ 90, and are 50% off with the Prague Card.


22. Explore Historic Nerudova Street

Nerudova Street is the most popular way to get up to Prague Castle, and provides a thoroughfare from St. Nicholas Church and Malostranské Náměstí up to the Castle. Today, Nerudova Street  has been taken over by tourist shops, but hints of its past grandeur remain if you look at the building facades. Back in the day, Prague didn’t have addresses, and people distinguished one building from another by the sculptural details on the building exteriors. Look for the Golden Lion, the Golden Cup, the Two Suns and more.


23. Taste Prague’s Best Trdelník

Trdelník is a Prague treat (although you can also find versions in Hungary and Slovakia, and possibly other Slavic countries as well!). It’s kind of like a donut but is a bit more cakey than doughy. It’s cooked over a fire, and typically served with cinnamon, sugar, and sometimes some nuts. Creperie U Kajetána (Nerudova 248/17) is often recognized as having the best in Prague.

If you’re looking for more tasty treats, or are travelling as a vegetarian in Prague (we get a lot of questions about this!), you might also want to try Smažený sýr!


24. Spend a Lazy Afternoon on Kampa Island

Just as Nový Svět feels like a separate village, a world away from Prague’s crowds, so too does Kampa Island. Just south of Charles Bridge on the Malá Strana/Castle side of the river, Kampa is a manmade island with lovely lanes, bridges, old mill waterwheels, and pubs and cafés.


25. Leave a Message at the John Lennon Wall

The John Lennon Wall on Kampa is one of Prague’s legendary attractions, spontaneously popping into existence in the 1980s after John Lennon was assassinated, as a means to mourn his loss and continue the message of freedom and peace the creators felt he embodied. Despite the best efforts of the secret police, the wall lived on, and today is a popular spot for tourists (and makes a great Instagram). Bring your own marker if you want to contribute.

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11 Things to Do In and Around Prague’s Old Town






26., 27. & 28. Explore Prague’s Beautiful Jewish Quarter (Josefov)

One of the first things people notice when they visit Prague is how beautiful, grand, and well-preserved the former Jewish ghetto is, especially when compared to its counterparts in many other European cities.

The reason behind the beautiful state of Prague’s Jewish Quarter is tragic: Hitler loved Prague so much, he wanted to retire in the city. And his plan was for Prague’s Jewish Quarter to serve as a museum to an extinct race of people.

The Jewish Quarter has a number of sites worth your time, meaning the area itself is worth at least half-a-day, if not a bit more. At minimum, we’d recommended the following three sites:

  • Old Jewish Cemetary
  • Old-New Synagogue
  • Spanish Synagogue

The Jewish Quarter’s main sites are mostly administered by the Jewish Museum in Prague, which also sells tickets.

Ticket A: Old New Synagogue Ticket – 200 CKZ – Includes Entry to the Old-New Synagogue.

Ticket B: Jewish Museum in Prague Ticket – 300 CKZ – Includes entry to Maisel Synagogue / Pinkas Synagogue / Old Jewish Cemetery / Klausen Synagogue / Ceremonial Hall / Spanish Synagogue / + Robert Guttmann Gallery

Ticket A + B Combo: Jewish Town of Prague Ticket – 480 CKZ – Includes entry to Maisel Synagogue / Pinkas Synagogue / Old Jewish Cemetery / Klausen Synagogue / Ceremonial Hall / Spanish Synagogue / Old-New Synagogue + Robert Guttmann Gallery


Prague Card Discounts

All of these Jewish Quarter sites are FREE with the Prague Card, except for the Old-New Synagogue. The Prague Card also includes free entry to Old Town Hall Tower (below), a 15% discount off entry to Municipal House, and free entry to the Powder Tower (also below).


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29. Spot Stumbling Stones Around Prague

Stumbling Stones are one of our favorite things to point out to visitors to Prague and Europe in general. They are small bronze cobblestones — set into the ground to replace a stone cobble — commemorating victims of the Holocaust. Each stumbling stone is placed outside the victim’s house, or place they lived immediately before their deportation to a concentration camp or murder. In our opinion, they’re some of the most moving memorials for Holocaust victims, because they play tribute to the most basic part of everyday life: their homes.

Found throughout Prague and the Czech Republic – and in 17 other countries across Europe – Stumbling Stones were started by German artist Gunter Demnig and there are now around 48,000 of them. The idea behind a stumbling stone is you’ll stumble when you walk over one, taking notice of what tripped you up. Each stumbling stone has the name and details of the person who used to live at that spot before they became victims of the Holocaust. Details usually include date and place of birth, information about the person’s deportation and imprisonment at a concentration camp, and their fate, if known.

If you want to see Stumbling Stones in Prague, there is one near the Mark’s and Spencers on Wenceslas Square (in front of an apartment-hotel). You can also take a walk along Pařížská Street, the ultra high-end shopping street in the Jewish Quarter, which has quite a few of these memorials to individual tragedies.

As with this picture, you’ll often see the word Terezína on Stumbling Stones in Prague – it is the name of a concentration camp near Prague that you can visit as a day trip.


30. Enjoy The Atmosphere Of Old Town Square

Old Town Square is the historical heart of Prague and is still today always buzzing with street entertainers; touts trying to hook you into a pub tour; tourists enjoying the view; and vendors selling beer, sausage, Prague ham, and other treats.

At Christmas time and Easter, Old Town Square plays host to the biggest holiday markets in Prague. During the summer, it’s packed with visitors, day and night, soaking up both the beauty and the atmosphere.

While it’s certainly touristy — and the food and drinks are over-priced compared to what you’ll pay in less visited areas of Prague — it’s still hard to resist enjoying for at least a little while!


31. Take the Elevator Up Old Town Tower

The only ancient tower in Prague that doesn’t involve climbing hundreds of narrow, uneven stone steps. Yes, the tower at the top of Old Town Hall (right in the heart of Old Town Square, next to the Astronomical Clock) has an elevator! The views are absolutely unbelievable, and in our opinion, this one is a must-do. Try to do it early in the morning to avoid crowds, or (and if you don’t mind crowds) at sunset!

Tickets are 120 CKZ, or Free with the Prague Card.


32. Catch the Astronomical Show At the Top of the Hour

Another story I can’t verify, but seems to be repeated over and over again, is that Prague’s famed Astronomical Clock was voted the 2nd most disappointing tourist attraction in all of Europe.

We think this is a bit harsh. The clock is beautiful, the story has all the plot twists of a modern thriller – betrayal, murder, revenge – and when you consider what the clock can do in relation to the fact that it’s more than 600 years old, it’s pretty damn impressive.

That said, the show itself is only a few minutes of craning your neck, and it’s always crowded with people hoping to catch a glimpse.

Definitely worth seeing while you’re in Prague, but just don’t expect too much. Catch it at the top of the hour in Old Town Square.


33. Take a Peek In Our Lady of Tyn

The Roman Catholic Our Lady of Tyn Church (which, in my humble opinion, resembles something an evil witch would live in in a Disney cartoon) has an impossible-to-ignore presence on Old Town Square, but few venture inside to see the spectacular interior. It’s free to enter the general part of the church, and a mere 25 CKZ to enter the temple part.

If you just want to enjoy the atmosphere of the church’s exterior, there’s a small street to the left (if you’re facing the church – Tynska is the name) with a few bars and restaurants where you can grab a coffee or Czech Pilsner with a great view of the towers!


34. Walk the Way of Kings and Queens

Head down to Republic Square (Náměstí Republiky), where you’ll find the Municipal Palace (featured in a Vin Diesel movie, guys! Famous!) and the Powder Tower, which marks the beginning of the ancient coronation route for Czech Royals. The Powder Tower is – surprise – open to climbing if you’re up to it. It’s just under 200 steps to the top and is free with a Prague Card, or 90 CKZ without.


35. Get a Klobása on Wenceslas Square

Cheap sausage (klobása) stands dot the sidewalks all along Wenceslas Square (which is really more of a boulevard, than a Square), but particularly at the bottom in the traffic-free zone. While tourists eat the sausages all day long – and you can too, without much shame – to Czechs, these are “drunk food” spots, a place you stop at after a big night out to satisfy cravings and attempt to blunt the effects of bad decision-making.

These spots sell sausages, and sometimes fried cheese sandwiches as well, as well as draught beer. A perfect cheap lunch or dinner!

(More Reading: the BBC on the right way to eat a sausage in Prague)


36. Stock Up on Awesome Souveniers at Manufaktura

Manufaktura is a small, local chain selling homewares, wooden children’s toys, and bath products, and became my favourite go-to for getting Czech gifts and souvenirs. My favorite was the Czech beer and wine products — shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, etc. There is one location right near Old Town Square, and one right near Charles Bridge on the Malá Strana side.


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37 to 43. Do a Self-Guided Černý Tour

David Černý is like the bad boy of Czech advent guard art, and regularly stages controversial, provocative and thought-provoking pieces around Prague. From his highlights reel:

  • Gesture, a giant pink hand giving the middle finger, that floated up and down the Vltava River
  • London Booster, a double-decker London bus with hydraulic arms that did pushups during the London Olympics
  • Nation for Itself Forever, a statue of a giant gold man that was scheduled to sit on the roof of the national theatre, and spray passers by from its…ahem…nozzle.

While those installations are not available to see in Prague now, there’s plenty of Černý to keep you busy if you’re interested. When friends came to visit and asked us about things to do in Prague that are a little less “typical,” we often took them on a 30 minute loop to show them:

  • Dead Horse being ridden by St. Wenceslas (Lucerna – Štěpánská 61),
  • The relatively new rotating Kafka Head in the back courtyard near Tesco My (Národní 63/26)
  • Freud ‘Man Hanging Out’ statue (Betlémské Náměstí 6).

There’s also a pretty funny Černý in the Franz Kafka Museum courtyard (free to enter the courtyard) called, simply, Piss. Featuring two bronze men peeing (water) on a map of the Czech Republic, the best part of this statue is its interactivity: if you text a message to +420 724-370-770, the statues will pee out your message!

If you want even more Černý, Prague can deliver:

  • The ‘barcode’ babies in Kampa Park, near Museum Kampa
  • In Utero, a gigantic naked mirrored woman whose uterus you can crawl into, if you’re so inclined (Dlouhá 616/12)
  • Embryo, a misshapen mound on the side of a building that glows at night (Namesti U Sv. Anny, quite close to Charles Bridge)
  • Brownnosers, an installation featuring two sets of gigantic legs and behinds at Futura Gallery. If you climb the ladders and peer into the sculptures’ a$$holes (yes – seriously!) you can watch a video of two Czech politicians feeding each other slop, all to the delightful soundtrack of We are the Champions.

More reading: a great post by our friends Pete & Dalene of Hecktic Travels, who checked out some other Černý while in Prague, and Polish blogger Kami also has a great post on Černý in Prague, complete with a helpful Google Map with the sculptures plotted out.


44 & 45. Michal Trpak Sculptures and Installations

Černý isn’t the only artist represented around town. Two other sculptures/installations that are worth checking out (if you like that kind of thing) from Michal Trpak:

  • Slight Uncertainty — men with umbrellas, suspended in the air.
  • Looking for Happiness – gigantic, psychedelic and glowing mushroom sculptures

Both are located outside Mosaic House at Odborů 278/4.


46. Treat Yourself to Tea & Cake at the Art Nouveau Municipal House

Build in the early 20th Century on the site of the old Royal Court, Prague’s Municipal Palace at Republic Square (Náměstí Republiky) houses a beautiful concert hall, some lovely cafés and restaurants, and perfect art nouveau atmosphere. If you just want a peek, it’s free to gawk at the exterior (which have quite a few art nouveau features and decorations, including the Homage to Prague mosaic above the entrance). If you love Art Nouveau, treat yourself to tea and cake in the café or take a tour of the building (290 CKZ / 15% discount with Prague Card).


47. Mucha Museum

If you want still more art nouveau, this is the place for you (Riga, Latvia is also the place for you). I actually had no idea that Mucha was Czech before living in Prague, but this museum will tell you all about him, and show you some of his most popular pieces.

Be fair-warned though…it’s really small. Some people have left pretty nasty reviews of the place, feeling it’s not good value for money (240 CKZ). Others rave about it. Whether it’s worth it or not probably comes down to whether you are a Mucha fan, or an art lover more generally.


48., 49. & 50. Fuel Up at Prague’s Grand Cafés

Prague has a few stunning grand old cafés, which played host in times past to intellectual heavyweights like Einstein, when he visited the city, and local legend Franz Kafka. They’re typically stunningly beautiful, and have elegant details and service, with patrons ordering anything from coffee and cake to a glass of Prosecco, no matter the time of day.

Check out Café Savoy (reservations recommended for peak times – Vítězná 124/5), Café Louvre (Národní 22) and the Grand Café Orient (Ovocný trh 569/19), which is hella cubist. And if you need a little animal therapy with your cup of java, try out Prague’s cat cafe!


51. Appreciate Some Modern Architecture At Dancing House

The Frank Gehry-designed “Dancing House” is on the east bank of the Vltava River. Checking out the building from the outside is one of the popular things to do in Prague, but it also offers nice views looking north at Prague Castle from inside. The restaurant is a bit pricey, but for the price of a cup of coffee you can enjoy the view from the strangely-mirrored café with near 360° windows. There’s also an option to go out on the terrace, but it’ll cost you (~100 kc).

The Prague Card offers a 25% discount in the Gallery and the Glass Bar on the Top, which I think is different from the café.


52 to 61. Set Out Along the Kafka Trail

One of Prague’s most famous residents, the writer Franz Kafka was born in Prague, and lived for much of his life in the city, Kafka Sites in Prague include:

  • The house in which he was born, at Náměstí Franze Kafky 3 (this is the spot he was born; the building’s been replaced)
  • Oppelt House, in Old Town Square (# 5), a place Kafka stood, looked out the window, and declared: “This narrow circle encompasses my entire life.”
  • A brothel he used to frequent, mostly for conversations apparently (Kamzikova 6 — U Cerveneho Pava restaurant)
  • The insurance company at which he worked (now the Hotel Century Old Town – Na Poříčí 7).
  • The Synagogue at which he attended services (the Old-New Synagogue – Červená 250)
  • The house in which he wrote the bulk of The Trial (16 Dlouhá)
  • The Intercontinental Hotel, which replaced the apartment building at which he wrote The Metamorphosis (Parizska 30)
  • The house at #22 Golden Lane, where he lived for a year
  • Café Louvre, one of his favorite cafés (Národní 22)
  • Grand Hotel Europa on Wenceslas Square, where he held readings
  • Lucerna Arcade (entry is on Wenceslas Square, across from Grand Hotel Europa), where he socialized and attended shows
  • The new Jewish Cemetary, where he is buried (Izraelská 1)

In addition to where Kafka lived and spent time, there are statues and monuments through the city:

  • The headless statue at the intersection of Dušní Street and Vezenska Street
  • The Kafka Museum (Cihelná 2b – 200 CZK, with a 20% discount if you have a Prague Card)
  • Kafka’s Head, a relatively new sculpture by David Černý (in the back courtyard of Quadrio Shopping Centre at Narodni Trida Metro – Spálená 22)


Accommodation For Kafka Fans

If you really want to get into the Kafka swing of things in Prague, stay at the Hotel Century Old Town, the former office of the insurance company Kafka used to work at. If you’re a huge literature fan/Kafka fan, you can apparently request to stay in the room that was Kafka’s former office.


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62. Get Your Mozart On

One of Prague’s nicknames is the City of Music, and once you see all that’s on offer, it’s easy to see why. One of the most memorable things to do in Prague is to catch a show, with one standing out in historical significance above all others. More than 200 years ago, Mozart’s Don Giovanni premiered at the Estates Theatre in Prague’s Old Town, and you can still see it there today! (You can arrange tickets ahead of time here)


63. & 64. Learn About Czech Marionette Traditions

Wooden marionettes have a long history in the Czech Republic – Prague even has a National Marionette Theatre that puts on a marionette version of Mozart’s Don Giovanni (more info and tickets).

If you’re interested in marionettes and want to do something other than buy them or watch them, one company lets you make your own in a 3- to 4-hour workshop. (Details here).


65. See Modern, Central European Art At Museum Kampa

A modern art gallery set in a park on the edge of Kampa Island, Museum Kampa has works from all over Europe, but with a particularly strong collection of central European and Czech artists. Entry is 240 CKZ for the entire collection, or you can do a piecemeal ticket based on what you want to see.


66. Experience A Czech Folklore Show

When we moved to the Czech Republic, I was surprised by all the folklore and traditions! The Czech Republic is often (simplistically) divided up into Bohemia (Prague and area) and Moravia (the east of the country), with Bohemians being stereotyped as colder and more sophisticated, and Moravians as simple country people with a long history of tradition and folklore.

If you’re interested in learning more about these traditions, there are tours that include dinner and performances. The dinner includes some Czech classics like Becherovka, an aperitif mythologized as digestive medicine and favoured by old people, ham, duck, Czech-style goulash (different from neighbouring countries, you’ll be told!), Halušky (a personal favorite – basically a ham, potatoes and cabbage hash), and more.

More information, prices and availability can be found here!


67. See the World’s Most Beautiful Library at the Klementinum

Considered to be one of the most – if not the most – beautiful library in the world, Prague’s Klementinum is conveniently located near the Old Town side of Charles Bridge. Holding more than 20,000 books, the real draw for visitors are the unbelievably beautiful frescoes on the ceiling.

Admission is CZK 220, and includes entry to and a guided tour of the Library, the Astronomical Tower and the Meridian Hall. If you have a Prague Card, the price is discounted by 25%.

BoredPanda has a nice little post about it, with lovely photos, if you want more info.


Prague Card Discounts

The Prague Card includes free entry to the Lapidarium (as well as other Nat. Museum Buildings, such as the Museum of Music), as well as to Prague Zoo (regular price is 200 CKZ). It offers a 25% discount to the Klementinum, 15% at Municipal House, 25% off at Dancing House bar, and a 20% discount at the Kafka Museum.


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68. See Ancient Bohemian Statues at the Lapidarium

The rarely-visited (by tourists) Lapidarium has over 400 11th to 19 C Bohemian stone sculptures, including many of the original sculptures from Charles Bridge. It’s only open from May to November, and has odd hours so be sure to check opening times before you commit, as it requires a transit ride. Bonus: the Lapidarium is on the edge of Prague’s largest park, Stromovka, which is a nice spot for a picnic or a stroll! (It’s also about 15 to 20 minutes’ walk to Letna Beer Garden if you wanted to combine!).

Tickets to the Lapidarium are CKZ 50, or free with the Prague Card.


69. Geek Out at the Museum of Transport

If you’re a transportation geek, be sure to check out the Museum of Transport, which has 40+ historical buses and trams, plus maps, models, tickets and other pieces of nostalgia. Tickets are cheap at CKZ 35 per person. More info here.


70. See Cute Fuzzy Animals at Prague’s Massive Zoo

Not really a museum, but worth a mention, as it’s consistently recognized as one of the best zoos in the world, and is one of the largest. While I never made it there, I think it’d be a good thing to do in Prague with kids! See more on TripAdvisor and note, it’s free entry with the Prague Card.


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10 Things To Do In Prague If You Like Beer






71. Enjoy Spectacular Views from Letna Beer Garden

Before we moved to Prague, I didn’t really associate beer gardens with the Czech Republic, thinking it was more of a German thing. I quickly realized how wrong I was, and we made a point of going to the city’s best beer gardens.

Letná Park Beer Garden (Czech: Letenské sady) offers a few of the best views in Prague, and if you’re here on a sunny day, a trip to Letná is up there as one of the best things to do in Prague! There lots of great spots for a view, but the top of the stairs at the Prague Metronome and the always-popular Letná Beer Garden are by far the best.


72. Hang With Locals and Expats at Riegrovy Sady Beer Garden

Sandwiched between the Zizkov District and Vinohrady District of Prague, Riegrovy Sady Beer Garden has a stunning, west-facing view stretching from the National Museum at the top of Wenceslas Square all the way to Prague Castle. Once you’re in the park, find the sports track/field, and then walk around the edge until you see a sloped clearing filled with locals sitting on the grass! The park has an awesome beer garden too, in case you get thirsty after all the Prague ogling.


73. Visit the Staropramen Brewery

We haven’t done this, and the reviews are mixed, so don’t take this as a recommendation of a thing to do in Prague, but more of an option. If you don’t have time for a day trip to Pilsen, the Staropramen Brewery offers “AV based” tours of their plant near Anděl (Prague 5). We’ll update this if we ever get around to doing it ourselves!


74. Dangle Your Feet Or Hit Up a Barge At Náplavka

One of our absolute favorite things to do in Prague is going to the Náplavka area in the spring, summer, or early fall. In fact, we love it SO MUCH we actually partially based our decision of where to live on being close to Náplavka, and we could walk there in 5 minutes (if you’re wondering Where to Stay in Prague, we’ve got a handy guide to the best neighbourhoods!)

Náplavka is a really wide paved path down on the river, and when the weather is nice a few hole in the wall bars open up, lay out tables, and serve cheap draft beer, wine, and even cocktails! There are also barges moored along the river walk, which are converted into bars, and some of them have BBQ or food stalls to get a klobása sausage or smažený sýr (fried cheese…nomnom). To get to Náplavka, go to the Dancing House and cross the street to the river. There’s a nearby ramp going down to Náplavka, which stretches just past the railway bridge in the distance.


75. Take a Beer Tour

Famous for it’s pivo, it was only a matter of time before Prague’s entrepreneurs started capitalizing on its delicious, world-famous golden nectar with beer tours. My friends, that time has arrived. There are countless beer tours in Prague, it seems. Below are 5 tours we think are worth considering if you’re interested in learning more about Czech Beer, and the complicated drinking culture and customs here.

Prague Beer and Czech Tapas Evening Walking Tour — 5 hours of world-class beer and food…what’s not to like? This walking tour visits 5 drinking spots around Prague, including 1 microbrewery, while the guide tells you all about the Czech Republic’s most famous drink. And if you’re wondering what Czech Tapas are (a word Czechs would never use to describe beer snacks, BTW), think sausage and pickled stuff (so yum!). Max 10 people, and gets consistently exceptional reviews from past guests.

More info and compare prices and reviews: Viator and TripAdvisor (TripAdvisor was cheaper when I looked, FYI)

Microbrewery Walking Tour — Starting at 6pm on weekdays, 4pm on weekends, this tour will take you to 3 different microbreweries and let you taste a minimum of 9 different beers. Includes Czech beer snacks.

specifically on local mini-breweries which produce really unique beers various in colour, taste or the drinking feeling in general.  …

mini-breweries with UNLIMITED beer consumption

More info and compare prices and reviews: Viator and TripAdvisor (Again, TripAdvisor was cheaper when I looked)


76. Attend a Beer Tasting

If you’re interested in trying some different Czech beers and learning about the history and culture surrounding Czech beer, but don’t want to do it as part of a tour going from pub to pub, consider a beer tasting instead.

Bohemian Craft Beer Tasting happens every day at 6pm, and lasts about a 1.5 hours, tasting 11 samples (all together, you’ll drink about 2.5 pints of beer) along with appetizer-style Czech beer snacks. Basically a lecture/presentation with tasting. Learn how to taste, and how to distinguish different types of beer. (Cost is 700 CKZ)


77. Relax At A Beer Spa

Yes, beer spas are a thing, at least in Prague, where the devotion to beer is next-level. At the city’s two beer spas, you can soak (and drink) all your worries away in massive soaker tubs filled with hot water and barley, hops, and yeast. And – of course- you can drink while you do it, filling up your glass from beer taps right at the bath!

If you want to try a beer spa, you can at either Beer Spa Bernard (from the Bernard Brewery) at Týn 10 in Old Town or Pivni Lazne Spa Beerland (on Masná street).

(Read about our friend Cheryl’s trip to the beer bath in Prague!)


78. Try Some New Flavours

Every year around Easter (Maundy Thursday, to be precise) you can try Czech-style green beer, made so by the nettles used in the brewing. If you’re in Prague at this time, you should be able to find the beer at many local pubs around town.

If you make it up to Strahov Monastery (see Things to do Around Prague Castle, above), be sure to stop in at the Monastic Brewery there, which has been brewing up fantastic beer since the 17th century.


79. Try Pivo Z Tanku

If you love beer, drinking pivo z tanku is a must-do while in Prague. Basically “tank beer”pivo z tanku is trucked in straight from the brewery in a tanker truck that looks much like fuel tanker, and piped into huge tanks your pub of choice. It’s the freshest beer you can get, other than at the brewery itself, and is unpasteurized. Pubs that have pivo z tanku will often advertise it on a sign outside. Look for signs with either pivo z tanku  or tankovna.


80. Take a Day-Trip to Pilsen

If you want to get straight to the source, visiting Pilsen is one of the easiest day trips from Prague you can do!

The city of Plzeň (Pilsen, in English) is about 1.5 hours from Prague by car or train, where Pilsner Urquell — the original Czech pilsner — is and always has been brewed. You can visit the Pilsner Urquell brewery on a tour — which we did a couple of years ago, and it was a lot of fun. The trip to Pilsen is really easy, and can easily be done on your own from Prague, using the train. You can purchase tickets at Prague’s railway station, or online (you’ll need to print it out) here. If you purchase online you’ll want to go from Praha HLN to Plzen HLN. Tickets are around 100 CKZ each way, depending on the train you take. Once you arrive in Pilsen, the brewery is about 5 minutes’ walk from the train station. To visit the brewery, you have to go with a group and a guide (200 CKZ). Details can be found on the brewery website here.


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4 Things To Do In Prague If You’re A Foodie


81. Do As Locals Do, And Eat a Set Lunch

Prague isn’t exacly known as an expensive destination, but prices have gone up significantly in recent years, and there’s a marked difference between tourist prices and non, and lunch prices vs. dinner. For many Czechs, lunch (not dinner) is the biggest meal of the day, giving rise to fantastic deals all around town for hearty, soul-feeding set lunches of traditional Czech food.

One that’s accessible even if you don’t speak Czech is the set lunch at Lokal. Lokal is a chain (there are several around town), but there’s one right in old town. All the food is made fresh on site using local ingredients and recipes, and it’s delicious. Be warned, the set lunch is – ummm – set. So don’t expect the pick off a menu (although you can also order off a menu, it’s more expensive).


82. Join a Food Tour

Food tours aren’t really our thing, so I can’t say we’ve been on any of these. However, the following food tours come recommended by friends, or get great reviews: Prague Food Tour, Eating Prague, or Taste of Prague.


83. Enjoy Czech Wine

Prague is definitely a beer destination (with good reason), but that means Czech wine is often overlooked. If you prefer vino to pivo, fear not: there are loads of wine bars in Prague to explore Czech vintages on your own, as well as a few tours if you want to go into more depth.

For wine bars, Vinograf (3 locations: Mishenska 68/8 in Mala Strana /Senovážné Namesti 23 near Namesti Republiky /Radlická 1C in Andel) is the winner, and consistently has good Czech wines by the glass on offer.

If you want a little help exploring Czech wines, you can do guided wine tastings in the city, visit Prague’s oldest city vineyard on a guided tour and tasting, or head out of town to the Bohemian wine region.


84. Kick Back With a Fancy Cocktail

Prague has a few great cocktail bars, with Anonymous Bar (Michalská 12) and Hemingway’s (Karoliny Světlé 279/26) topping our list.

Anonymous Bar is more kitschy: it’s got an Anonymous/Guy Fawkes/V is for Vendetta theme (yes – really), and all the drinks follow this. We’ve at various times had drinks served out of IV Bags (the drink drips into a glass of ice from the bag), “biohazard” kits, volleyballs…they’re nothing if not creative. Despite the kitsch, all the cocktails are fantastically high quality, and made from local ingredients wherever possible. No sugary syrups here. Be sure to get a picture wearing Guy Fawkes masks, and order “the password” drink if you go. Reservations recommended, and it’s fine to call in English.

If you want something less quirky with equally fantastic cocktails, head to Hemingway’s, which is often ranked as one of the best cocktail bars in Prague. Definitely make a reservation in advance for this, and wear your classy clothes.


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5 Things To Do In Prague If You’re Interested in Communist and War History


85. Tour A Nuclear Bunker

The Communism and Nuclear Bunker tour gives a high-level overview of life, lies, spies and secret police in Prague and Czechoslovakia during the Cold War, and includes a visit a secret civilian shelter built in the 1950s in case of nuclear attack. This is a two hour tour, and it gets fantastic reviews from past participants.

Check prices and reviews on TripAdvisor


86. Get Educated at the Museum of Communism

The Museum of Communism gets mixed reviews – it’s nowhere near as flashy or exciting as the Museum of Terror in Budapest, for example – but it does present a nice range of artifacts and information about Czech history during the communist times. If you’re expecting to be entertained, give it a miss. However, if you’re open to working your way through a dense collection of information and displays, you’ll likely enjoy it!

Check out reviews on TripAdvisor


87. See Reminders Of Nazi History At HardRock Cafe

Now…I can’t honestly attest to the truth of this. I’m just relaying what I’ve been told. The Internet seems to back the story up, but we all know what a fickle beast the Internet is, don’t we? Here’s the story…

The Hard Rock Café in Prague’s Old Town USED TO BE THE NAZI SS HEADQUARTERS back in the day!!! Crazy right?

Well…even crazier are the staircases and railings in the restaurant, which still have a shape that very closely resembles swastikas running up and down. They are very geometric with an almost art deco look to them, and most people probably wouldn’t identify them as such on a passing glance. BUT, knowing what they are, they definitely look like swastikas.

So what’s the story? Apparently, because Prague’s Old Town is a big Unesco World Heritage site, and because the buildings are protected, the only way the Hard Rock Café was given permission to take over the building was to leave the historic features…including the swastikas.


88. Stop By A Dissident Hotspot

Walking by Café Slavia, you’d never know the history its walls have seen. And yet, it was a popular spot for Václav Havel, the Czech Republic’s poet-dissident turned president hero, and his fellow anti-communist dissidents, during the communist times.

Today, it’s a great spot for a coffee and people watching!


89. Memorial to the Victims of Communism

At the bottom of Petrin Hill, very close to the tram stop Újezd, you can see a haunting collection of statues. The broken bodies symbolize how communism tore away peoples’ lives, and also (perhaps) how people emerged from it and became whole again. To see the statues, take a tram to Újezd, or enjoy a nice walk from old town or the castle


Accommodation For Modern History Buffs

If you really want to get into the communist history swing of things in Prague, stay at the Intercontinental Hotel Prague.

Built in the 1970s, it sticks out like a sore thumb in Prague’s lovely old quarter. Czechoslovakia’s government used it to house visiting communist dignitaries. Don’t worry: it’s since been refurbished with modern conveniences and luxury you’d expect of the Intercontinental, without losing the historical significance.


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7 Things To Do In Prague If You Want to Maximize Your Sight Seeing






90., 91. & 92. Take Some Scenic Tram Rides

For 110 CZK (free with Prague Card), take a ride on Tram 17 or 22 — the two most scenic routes in the city!

#17 runs along the Vltava River, offering a gorgeous view and passing (or offering views of) some of the main sites in Prague: Prague Castle, the Rudolfinum, Charles Bridge, the National Theatre, and the Dancing House, plunking you off at Náplavka for an afternoon drink (see Things to Do for Beer Lovers below for more about the fantastic Náplavka area!). From here, you can walk uphill to Vysehrad fortress to explore and enjoy the views (you can also take the metro to Vysehrad)

#22 will take you through Malá Strana, up to Prague Castle and beyond to Nový Svět if you’re up for it!

If you’re in Prague on a weekend from the end of March to Mid-November, jump on the Nostalgic Tram Line #91, which is also run by the public transit authority.


93. Take A City Tour

Prague has so much to offer visitors, it’s possible to stay for weeks on end, and never get bored. Unfortunately, some people don’t have enough time to do it all. If you’re only in Prague for a day or two, consider taking a city tour that covers off most (if not all) of the main attractions, and gives you some background info to help appreciate it. As we lived in Prague, we never felt the need to do much in the way of City Tours. We did take the Sandeman’s Free Walking Tour, and it was…okay. You get what you pay for, right? I’ve done the research, and have come up with a few different tour options that look great for short-stay visitors (they cover off the main sites, they get glowing reviews, and the price seems fair).

Small-Group Prague City Walking Tour Including Vltava River Cruise and Lunch — This tour gets consistently exceptional reviews on TripAdvisor (5 out of 5), and covers Old Town, the Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, and the Castle. In addition to a city walking tour, it includes a cruise along the Vltava at night. A traditional Czech lunch is included.

Check Reviews, Compare Prices, and See Availability: TripAdvisor / Viator


94. Get A Different View of Prague in Žižkov

The Žižkov TV Tower is notable for the strange baby sculptures on the exterior – courtesy of David Černý, of course. The story goes the TV Tower was used during the communist times to spy on residents and block out signals from the West. Now, it’s a tourist attraction offering views of Prague.

I actually found the view from Žižkov TV tower a bit disappointing, especially considering the price (180 Kc). However, it did provide a different perspective from the other views we’ve recommended, which is kind of neat. Rather than looking at the usual suspects — Prague Castle, Old Town, etc. — it gives you an idea of what Prague’s different neighborhoods look like from above. While I didn’t try this, I’ve been told if you go to the bar, instead of the viewing platform, you’ll get the same view without paying the entrance fee.

At the base of the tower, there’s a nice outdoor garden restaurant in the summer. Pull up a swing or a gigantic bean bag chair and grab a drink to relax!

The Prague Card offers a 20% discount to go up the tower.


Prague Card Discounts

The Prague Card includes free public transit, making it easy to jump on and off Prague’s trams (+ the metro and bus) as you want. It also includes a 20% discount for the Zizkov TV Tower.


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95. Dig Deeper With Context Travel

We (unfortunately) haven’t taken a tour with Context Travel in Prague, but we did experience 4 tours with them in Rome, and absolutely loved them. Context’s whole brand is offering extremely small group tours led by experts. In Rome, for example, we visited an ancient Roman city with an archaeologist, did a central Rome tour with a restoration architect, learned about the fall and rise of Rome with a Byzantine scholar, and toured the Vatican with a PhD-level art historian.

Context also offers tours in Prague, and if you’re looking to get in depth on a specific topic, and are short on time, we’d definitely recommend you check them out.


96. Jump Aboard the HoHo

I had never heard the term HoHo before until my mother-in-law introduced it. It’s an acronym that stands for Hop-on-Hop-off – you know, the big double decker buses with audio guides that lets you blitz through a city quickly, while still seeing everything?

To be sure, this is the completely opposite approach to taking a tour with Context Travel. But, as they say, different strokes for different folks. If you just really want to SEE Prague, and see it quickly, or if you have mobility issues (or have young children that don’t love walking), buying a hop-on-hop-off pass could be a good way to go.

There are a couple of different HoHo options in Prague. Check out reviews, get more details and book in advance at Trip Advisor.


2 Once-in-a-Lifetime Things to do in Prague


97. Take A Hot Air Balloon Ride Around Prague

If the idea of drinking champagne with your beloved while floating high above the Czech countryside sounds pleasant, consider a hot air balloon ride! It’s possible to arrange a one-hour hot air balloon ride in Prague’s surroundings, giving an aerial view of the Czech countryside near Konopiště Castle, including views of the castle itself. It gets great reviews, and is definitely one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences…great for a special occasion!

More Information / Check Reviews and Compare Prices: Viator and TripAdvisor


98. Fly High Above Czech Castles

If money isn’t a huge consideration, one company offers a  1-hour sightseeing flight over Bohemia’s most spectacular castles, giving you aerial views of Kokořín Castle, Bezděz Castle, and Sychrov Castle, followed by the castles and ruins of Valdštejn, Hrubá Skála and Trosky. On the way back to Prague, you’ll fly over Kost Castle, Mladá Boleslav, and Brandýs nad Labem.

More Information / Check Reviews Prices: Viator


Countless Seasonal Things To Do In Prague


99. Check Out Markets, Concerts, Festivals and More

From the end of November until just after the new year, Prague is filled with a range of Christmas Markets. The Christmas Market in Old Town Square is definitely the most famous, and it’s easy to see why – it’s so pretty to see the stalls, draped in a layer of snow, and surrounded by the Old Town buildings and Town Hall. While Old Town Square Christmas Market is not to be missed if you’re in Prague at the right time, there are others, more quaint feeling markets, as well. Check out these additional markets while in Prague:

  • Namesti Miru – Much smaller than the Old Town market, the market at Namesti Miru is filled with locals and expats, rather than tourists. Grab a hot mug of spiced wine and browse for treats and gifts!
  • Kampa Island – This is a tiny market – no more than 2 rows of stalls, really – but oh so pretty! Kampa was voted the 2nd most beautiful city island in the world, and it’s easy to see why.

But it doesn’t stop at Christmas Markets. In the summer, Prague has awesome farmers markets. Prague also has lovely Easter Markets if you arrive in the Spring; ice cream, food and beer festivals in spring/summer; a wine harvest festival; outdoor concerts, and more.

Prague is a city of events and there is always something going on. Once you know the dates of your trip, check out some of the following resources to see what will be happening in the city while you’re there!


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Final Thoughts

Even with 99 (or more) things to do in Prague, this list isn’t complete…I’ve even missed a pretty big one: Vysehrad, Prague’s “other castle“. Let us know what else we missed, and tell us what you’re planning on doing on your trip to Prague!

And as always, feel free to get in touch by leaving a comment!


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  3. My husband and I are going to Prague in October. I am considering booking a hotel for eight nights and I saw your recommendation for Hotel Neruda, which looks very nice. We are also considering the Hotel Leonardo, which is more expensive. Do you know of this hotel? My in laws stayed here and really liked it but I don’t think they did much research and it seems more touristy and in a busier part of Old Town. We are 64 and 71 and can walk well. Any thoughts?

    1. Hello Gail!

      Thank you so much for your message. Prague can be quite beautiful in October, and it’s a nice time of year to visit, as it’s not as busy as during the height of the summer. I’m sure you’ll have a lovely trip!

      Re. your question, I expect you’d probably be in good hands in either place :) The reason we recommend Hotel Neruda is because, when I first started adding hotels into our Where to Stay in Prague guide, it’s the hotel that our readers kept booking over and over again. People seem to love it.

      In terms of comparing them:

      Both are in great locations. Hotel Leonardo is on the “old town” side of the river, but it’s in a quieter section. The busiest (and rowdiest) section of old town is right near the square, and this is still a walk away from that.

      If I recall correctly, there are a few bars close to the Leonardo – about a block away – but I don’t think that would impact the noise level or your experience much. It is close to a main tram thoroughfare, so it will be convenient if you plan on taking public transport much! Design Hotel Neruda is on the historic Neruda street, which is busy in the days but quiets down in the evenings. So I’d say Design Hotel Neruda is going to be more calm and tranquil, but Hotel Leonardo may be slightly more convenient with transport. Both are very close to Charles Bridge, which is nice!

      So again, I really do think both would be quite nice – it just depends what you prefer :)

      For Design Hotel Neruda, we’ve enjoyed working with them and haven’t heard a single bad thing back from the people who’ve booked based on our recommendations. If you do decide to go with Neruda, we have organised a deal with them for an additional 8% discount, plus a room upgrade, if available – you just have to book directly with the hotel and use the promo code, wandertooth, when you book. When I do the math over 8 nights, that would make Neruda about $90 less expensive over the 8 days compared to Leonardo (at least when I look at the prices for Leonardo on Booking.com).

      I think you’re probably in good hands with whichever hotel you choose, Gail!

      We hope this helped, and feel free to reach out with any additional questions! Enjoy your travels :)

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  6. Shayna Swantek-Morrison

    We’re just starting to plan our first trip to Prague. This guide, and whole blog really, is fantastic and majorly helpful! Thank you, from a fellow Canadian :)

    1. Great to hear, Shayna! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions, and we’ll do our best to answer them :)

  7. Amazing extensive list – just wish i had it when we were in Prague last year – at least im now prepared next time we get over there thank you

    1. Hope you make it over to Prague again one day soon – it’s such a beautiful city, it deserves lots of time :)

  8. We are going to Prague on December 4th-12th with 6 adults and two children ages 8 and 4. We are staying in an apartment right near Old Town. What would you suggest as some options for us this time of year knowing we are traveling with children. We are willing to do some day trips and take turns spending time with the kids. I am the only one in the group that has been to Prague but is was about 17yrs ago. We are all fairly seasoned travelers. Thanks, Stacey

    1. Hi Stacey! The first thing that comes to mind is Prague Zoo, which is apparently one of the best in the world. We never made it there ourselves, but we’ve heard from friends that it’s a lot of fun, although I suppose it would be somewhat weather dependent at that time of year. The Czech Republic also has a long tradition of puppetry and marionettes, which may be interesting, depending on the kids. Prague has a National Marionette Theatre that puts on a marionette version of Mozart’s Don Giovanni (more info and tickets), which might be fun. There is a newish lego museum in Prague, which would be great when it’s cold and you need to warm up. If you visit the castle, there’s a small shop known for being the best Trdelník in the city – Creperie U Kajetána (Nerudova 248/17). Trdelník is a chimney cake, which you can get with Nutella and other toppings, so I expect most kids would enjoy this. There’s also a pretty funny David Černý Sculpture in the Franz Kafka Museum courtyard (free to enter the courtyard) called, simply, Piss. Featuring two bronze men peeing (water) on a map of the Czech Republic, the best part of this statue is its interactivity: if you text a message to +420 724-370-770, the statues will pee out your message! I think most kids would find this pretty hilarious :) I hope this helps, or at least gets a list started for you :) Happy travels!

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