Top 10 Things To Do In Prague
What Are The Best Things To Do In Prague?
We wanted to put together a short list of things that we think you should not miss in Prague. The must do and see a list. We call it the top 10 things to do in Prague and we really include what we think are the top 10 best things to do in Prague. We know how overwhelming arriving in a new city can be and how you don’t want to miss anything important. Especially, when you stay only for a day or two or you haven’t had time to do much of research and preparation for the trip.
Of course, everyone’s taste is different. And we are not including the fancy or the off the beaten path ideas in this list. Think of this list as must do and see in Prague, whatever the situation. There is of course much more to see in Prague and that is what we are trying to accomplish with our company. That is to serve our clients with only what they personally are interested in. That’s why we are Private Tours Prague and value personal approach as number one. Take a look at our tours, you can always be sure you get your own personal guide and you get to see and focus only on what you personally are interested in.
But let’s dive right in, what we deem to be the top 10 things to do in Prague. Here we go.
Top 10 Things To Do In Prague – #1: Stroll Across The Medieval Charles Bridge
The medieval Charles Bridge. Definitely the number one most important sight in Prague. Founded in 1357 by the good King Charles the IV. It is a good strong bridge that has lived through centuries, wars and different political regimes. It has survived many floods and witnessed many historical events.
The bridge is 621-meters long and is one of the most photographed and most visited sights in Prague. The Charles Bridge is also home to many artists and artisans selling their craft. It is the oldest bridge in Prague and for a long time, it was the only way how to cross the Vltava river.
Our tip: get up early to have the bridge only for yourself and feel the special atmosphere!
And by the way, a great way to see the bridge is also from the river itself. You can do it as part of our Private Walking Tour With Boat Cruise.
Top 10 Things To Do In Prague – #2: Visit Prague Castle And The St. Vitus Cathedral
Coming up right after the famous Charles Bridge is for sure the centuries-old Prague Castle. If you had time to visit only two things in Prague, you will be fine with these two.
The Prague Castle was founded in the 9th century and has been home to many kings and emperors. In recent times it serves as the president office.
According to the Guinness world book of records, the Prague Castle is the largest castle complex in the world. And we can definitely agree with that. The inner parts of the castle complex are so vast, so it is easy to get lost there. It is like an independent village inside.
The Prague Castle is also home of the magnificent and beautiful St. Vitus Cathedral, so make sure to check that. But it is hard to miss!
Top 10 Things To Do In Prague – #3: Get Lost In The Winded Streets Of Old Town And Watch The Astronomical Clock
On the opposite side of the Vltava river from Prague Castle, you will find Prague’s Old Town. Its magical winded tiny streets will make you forget the time and in many cases to get literally lost (many locals do). Just enjoy your time walking around and discovering yet another wonderful little square or astonishing centuries year old church.
In the center of the Old Town, you will discover the Old Town Square. The center of Prague tourism. With its business, it easily competes with Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge. It’s host different markets most time of the year (Christmas markets, Easter markets, etc.). You will also see a lot of street artist performing their shows here.
Whilst on the Old Town Square, don’t forget to view the famous Astronomical Clock of Prague from the 15th century. There is also a neat clock beating show every hour. The massive crowd assembles starts to assemble about 10 minutes before the show, so be sure to arrive a few minutes earlier and choose your spot wisely.
Top 10 Things To Do In Prague – #4: Travel In Time Through The Romantic Back Streets Of The Lesser Town
Right in the city center, flooded with tourist and locals alike and still somehow manages to maintain its magical atmosphere. The romantic and magical Lesser Town. There is really nothing lesser or inferior about it. With its beauty and loveliness, it easily exceeds many other historical districts of Prague.
The Lesser Town has been home to many artists, authors, writers and other romantic souls who appreciated its hidden corners. You can also find a lot of government buildings such as parliament, senate or embassies, and consulates from all over the world.
A big part of the Lesser Town consists of the Kampa Island. Beautiful park right next to the Vltava river. You will find a lot of art around and very relaxed atmosphere.
Let us guide you through the corners of this beautiful part of the town and many other amazing paces for example on our Half Day Private Walking Tour.
Top 10 Things To Do In Prague – #5: Paint On The John Lennon Wall
Hidden behind the many corners in the Lesser Town you will find this highly popular sight. Along the way, you will see many tourists stranded asking about the way to get to the wall.
Once you overcome the challenge of finding it, you will love it. The John Lennon Wall represents ideals of freedom, love, peace, and humanity. Following John Lennon’s thoughts, people come together here to pay tribute to these noble ideas.
By the way, John Lennon never was in Prague, which makes it even more interesting.
And since this article is called top 10 things to DO in Prague and not just see, make sure you pack a pen or a spray can with you and express your thoughts of freedom in here. It is completely legal to paint on the wall.
Top 10 Things To Do In Prague – #6: Explore The New Town And The Famous Wencelsas Square
When finished walking through all the old parts of the town time to visit the New Town. Oh no, wait? It’s not new at all! Its decisive name hides the fact, it has been founded in the 14th century. It was founded by the Bohemian king and Holy Roman emperor Charles IV. It was a massive change to Prague and the city vastly expanded with it.
As part of the New Town, there are two big squares. A must see place is definitely the Wenceslas Square.
Wenceslas Square is actually less of a square and more a boulevard. It was originally designed to serve as a horse market. Two streets going up and down and in the middle green lawn, flowers, and benches. Wenceslas Square is 682 meters long and 60 meters wide.
Top 10 Things To Do In Prague – #7: Wander Through The Quiet Streets Of The Jewish Quarter
While covering all the historic districts of Prague, we must not forget the Jewish Quarter, which was on its place already in the 11th century.
It is not very large in size, but it is definitely very condensed. There are six historical synagogues, the old Jewish cemetery, the Ceremonial Hall or the Old Jewish Town City Hall to see.
The Jewish Quarter of Prague has also a very special pious and quiet atmosphere. There have been Jews living for centuries, during World War II it was turned into a Jewish Ghetto and after WWII it was supposed to become a museum of the Jews according to Hitler’s crazy plans.
Luckily enough none of the buildings were destroyed by the Germans because of this plan. So there is much and much to see here. For people interested in WWII history definitely one of the top 10 things to do in Prague and not a place to miss out.
Top 10 Things To Do In Prague – #8: Drink A (Lot Of) Beer
To get your head relaxed from all the history and let your body calm down after all the walking it is the time to have a glass of Czech world class beer. Or maybe two.
Beer is the national drink of the Czech Republic. It used to be cheaper than water at times (somewhere still is). It has a very rich history and it is so popular that the Czechs are the number one beer drinkers in the world, and that by far. Check out this table on Wikipedia.
The tradition of brewing beer dates more than 1000 years back in history. The Czech beer sets the world standards and it gave birth to one of the most popular beer types sold across the globe – the Pilsner Lager.
We can take you around the best micro breweries on our Private Beer Tasting Tour. Your personal expert beer guide will explain to you about the different beer types, the brewing process and the history of beer in the Czech lands. Much recommended!
Top 10 Things To Do In Prague – #9: Eat Traditional Czech Meal (Read: Meat)
Meat, meat, meat, and more delicious meat. And yeah… and a lot of dumplings.
They say you will learn and experience a foreign culture through food mostly and we thing that is absolutely true.
Czech traditional dishes are very heavy, filling and comforting. There is a lot of meat. Meat in sauces baked meat and all different types of preparation. The reason comes from the history of course when the heavy forking farmers had to refill strength after 14 hours working day on the field.
While not suitable in the modern world to eat every day, it is a great treat now and then and you should certainly try at least one of the national meals while in Prague. It is really just soooooo tasty and irresistible (provided you’re not a vegetarian).
Top 10 Things To Do In Prague – #10: Enjoy Prague’s Nightlife
A night is half of a day. So why to live only one of the halves. Our last tip of the top 10 things to do in Prague is to dive into the amazing Prague’s nightlife.
Prague nightlife is rich, various, energetic, fancy, modern, free and it has it all. You can find everything that you can think of. Whatever your taste is chances are high Prague has it.
Classical music concerts, live music venues, jazz club bars, and underground clubs, outdoor concerts, dance cocktail bars, hard rock cafes, clubbing and DJs, girls, strip clubs, LGBT bars, casinos… huh… Simply anything and everything.
We love Prague Nightlife and we think it is one of the coolest parts of Prague. Book one of our Prague Nightlife Guides – private guide that will show you the best places selected according to your taste. You tell us what you like and we know where it is.
Conclusion – What else?
As mentioned at the beginning of this article. There are much and thousand times much more to see, view, experience and do in Prague. This was just a list of the crucial top 10 things to do in Prague nobody should miss out.
We are here to help and guide you through all of these sights, tell you about the history and how the facts, buildings, traditions, culture and everything else relate to each other. We design each of our tours according to you. Because we know everyone is different and everyone is interested in something different.
Contact us for any type of request or question you might have. We will be happy to assist you in building the best holiday spent in our beautiful city of Prague.
Also check out our tours for ideas what you might be interested in.
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