Looking for the Best Things to Do in Prague? Read on!
Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or a new adventure seeker heading to Europe, Prague is a city that continues to come up in conversation. This is for good reason. This well-known city in the Czech Republic boasts some of the most beautiful views, the most beautiful architecture, and the most incredible experiences. That said, there are lots of fun things to do in Prague – regardless of your style of “fun”.
The adventurous things to do in Prague are numerous from climbing to hiking, and being active in general! If you’re looking for things to do in Prague at night, we will cover that as well! Overall, there are lots of popular things we’ve done on this list but we try to offer you a few non-touristy things to do in Prague, as well. So whether you’re exploring with your family, as a solo traveller or looking for things to do in Prague for couples – we have you covered!
Prague can be an overwhelming city – simply because there is just so much going on. So many things in different price ranges, appealing to different interests, all in one unique city. This list is in no way extensive or complete – just meant to serve as a guide to get you started!
So, have you got your backpack on and full of snacks? Water bottle filled up? Sneakers tied tightly? Camera and phone fully charged? Sunscreen on? Money safely tucked away? Great – it sounds like you’re ready to tackle a day in Prague.
Do a Prague Walking Tour
If it’s your first time to Prague, it might be wise to spend your time doing a walking tour to understand where everything is and to learn about the rich history Prague has to offer. This is what Eric has done and it was really helpful. There are free walking tours that are really good like the Royal Tour offered by Discover Prague. Like with most free walking tours, you can choose to tip at the end or not.
You can pay for other tours like history and war specific ones if that interests you. Before booking any tours, just be sure to read the reviews! Often times, however, the free ones are the best ones – as was the case in Sarajevo and Tirana!
Visit The National Monument at Vitkov and Catch the Sunset
There’s an incredible monument and museum in Prague – and it’s likely not where you’re expecting to find one! Hike up to the top of Vitkov hill in the Žižkov district and you’ll find the National Monument at Vitkov.
Fun fact – the monument is the third largest equestrian statue in the world! Commemorating a long story of Czech history, you’ll get great views of Prague 1 from the area opposite the famous Castle. Just head behind Florenc bus/metro station.
Address: U Památníku 1900, 130 00 Praha 3
Drink Beer Like a Local at Café Frida
Since beer is so deeply ingrained in Czech culture and history, it’s no surprise that a lot of the things to do in Prague focus on their beer culture. That said, we only mention beer about 3 times – all in different ways and places to enjoy it. The following recommendation is the most local of the tips we have!
This is an authentic Czech place where a good friend who lived in Prague took us to. It’s located in the area Karlin. Essentially, you can find it at the other side of Florenc bus station, closer to the Monument at Vitkov – away from “the main city centre”. We shared a few good local beers there. Go there to have a traditional Czech experience.
Address: Karlínské nám. 399/11, 186 00 Praha 8-Karlín
Just Stand in Awe in the Old Town Square
Any trip to Prague should begin with a wander around the most beautiful square in Prague. The Old Town Square is a beautiful open space where the world comes to meet up. It’s a really cool and bustling atmosphere.
Address: Staroměstské nám., 110 00 Staré Město
Try a Burger and Famous Fries at Café Restaurant Palanda
Let’s just say that this burger place in Prague 1 is amazing. Their fries are excellent and their burgers are recommended by more than one local couple we’ve had the pleasure of knowing! Plus, Czech beer! You can find their Czech site here.
Address: Zlatnická 11/1122, 110 00 Praha 1, Nové Město
Watch the Astrological Clock Do its Thing
Considering it’s over 600 years old, the famous Astronomical Clock is an incredible feat of mathematics, art, and engineering. Currently (2018), the clock is under renovations that will be completed in the coming months. However, there is a large LED screen in its place to show visitors to Prague what the clock looks like.
Address: Staroměstské nám. 1, 110 00 Staré Město
Enjoy the Prague Night Life
When the sun goes down, there is a LOT to do in Prague. From bars and pubs with live music to fancy places for cocktails and clubs that you can dance the night away, the options are endless. Eric has been to a few places and always had fun at Lucerna and Chapeau Rouge.
Address: Chapeau Rouge is at Jakubská 2, 110 00 Staré Město, Lucerna is at Štěpánská 61, 116 02 Nové Město
Go on a Vltava River Cruise at Night
The river plays such a huge role in shaping the city – it’s wise you explore the city from on it! There are lots of boat cruises that leave form the shores of Prague 1 and the surrounding neighbourhoods. Some are strictly for guided sightseeing tours during the day while others are for enjoying a nice evening dinner on the water. Some are even intended as booze cruises! Whatever your style, there’s a boat tour to suit you. If a dinner cruise is in your plans, you can buy a ticket in advance for a sunset dinner cruise with live music here.
Address: Lots of the Tours leave from Pier 5, Dvořákovo Nábřeží, under the Čechův Bridge near the InterContinential Prague
Wander Through The Vrtba Garden
Many consider this garden a “hidden gem” because it’s kind of hard to find. Once you’re inside, however, you’re offered tranquility in the middle of the city. The Vrtba Garden is located close to the Lennon Wall – almost as if you were heading for Prague Castle from the wall. The garden would be in the middle of those two locations. The photos look gorgeous, so be sure to give it a go and let us know what you think! To learn more about the garden, check out the official website.
Address: Karmelitská 373/25, 118 00 Malá Strana
Check out the John Lennon Wall
If you’re in Prague, you can’t leave without seeing the famous John Lennon Wall. A notable symbol of peace, rebellion, and creativity for decades, the wall has seen its share of contributions over the years.
You can even bring spray paint and leave your message on the wall. It’s changing every single day. It’s located at Velkopřevorské náměstí (Grand Priory Square), Malá Strana, which is on the other side of the Vltava river from Prague 1.
Address: Velkopřevorské náměstí, 100 00 Praha 1
Retrace History at the Communism Museum
This museum is for those interested in the history of not only the Czech Republic but Eastern Europe, in general. Eric knows other travellers who went and said they enjoyed the exhibits. This thing to do is perfect if you’re looking for a lazy afternoon (or rainy day) activity to just learn and enjoy something. Here is the official website for prices and opening hours.
Address: Celnici 1031/4, 118 00 Nové Město
Visit Prague Castle
Ah yes, Prague Castle. No visit is complete without a wander around the largest coherent castle complex in the world – according to Guinness World Records! For those just dying to know – it’s approximately 70,000 m²!
The grounds are free to walk through, but many side halls, exhibits and other tours require payment and potentially a booking in advance. You can have a look at the exhibits and prices on the website for Prague Castle.
Address: 119 08 Prague 1
Become a Spy at the KGB Museum
It’s a small museum near Prague Castle with an excentric owner who put on an entertaining and educational exhibit. If you’re trying to decide whether to go or not, read the reviews and see for yourself! It’s apparently quite entertaining!
Address: Vlašská 591/13, 118 00 Malá Strana
Visit St. Vitus Cathedral…. in Prague Castle
Considering the building occurred over 600 years, the Cathedral of St. Vitus is worth seeing. One of the most intricate cathedrals in Central Europe, it is the seat of the archbishop of Prague. Visitors to Prague Castle often want to visit the cathedral and this can be done with different admission tickets which should be researched beforehand. Visiting times can get busy int he summer season.
If you know you want to visit the castle and the Cathedral, consider a ticket and our that offers you admission to many buildings in the Prague Castle complex!
Address: III. nádvoří 48/2, 119 01 Praha 1, Czechia
Walk Through the Powder Tower
Officially the border of Old Town and New Town, this Gothic tower used to store gunpowder back in the day – hence the name! Today, it’s a museum that can be visited – but you can just walk under it because it’s really pretty as well! Check out the website for admission times and prices.
Address: nám. Republiky 5, 110 00 Staré Město
Wander the Stairs in Lesser Prague
Also known as Malá Strana, lesser town is the side of Prague with Prague Castle. It’s considered the hillier side of Prague so if you have mobility issues it’s important to know this when planning your day since the Old Town is quite flat, in general.
Because of the changes in elevation around the Castle, there are lots of stairs and pathways leading to different parts, gardens, and hidden gems. If you wander far enough, you’ll end up at Petřín Hill – but we will get to that a little further down!
Address: Malá Strana
Visit the Franz Kafka Museum and Get “Pissed”
The famous Czech author is known for many great works like “The Metamorphosis”. If you want to dive into his life, and his influence on Czech culture, the museum is near Prague Castle on the other side of the river from the Old Town.
Oh, and if you’re heading there you won’t miss the “Pissing Statues” which depicts, quite honestly, two men peeing into a small pond which they are standing in. For information about prices and hours, check out the Franz Kafka Museum website.
Address: Cihelná 635/2b, 118 00 Malá Strana
Photograph the “Four Bridges” from Letna Park
If you head north in Prague 1 you’ll cross the “Čechův most” bridge. You’ll then turn left and hike up to the Letensky profil. From up here in Letna Park, you can snap a photo of the “four bridges” – which is a great photograph of the largest four bridges crossing the Vltava river – including the famous Charles Bridge.
Address: Google “Letensky profil”
Visit the Beer Garden in Letna
If you’re willing to climb a few stairs and cross a few bridges from Prague 1, you’ll end up in the most beautiful place where the beer is flowing and the vibes are great. The Beer Garden in Letna is a very popular spot in the summertime – and for good reason!
The views from the garden are incredible with the river and the old town below. Prices for Czech beer are generally pretty cheap and there’s always lots of open seating available. To read more about the beer garden, check out the website!
Address: Letenské sady, 170 00 Praha 7
Find Sculptures by Czech Artist David Černý
Before late 2017, you used to be able to find babies with barcodes for faces climbing the outside of the TV Tower. Now they are down for cleaning. That said, you’ll find a seven-foot sculpture of Sigmund Freud dangling over an alleyway near the Old Town.
Whichever piece you find, you’ll likely run into a provocative work of art by the famous Czech artist David Černý. His pieces are meant to inspire, create dialogue, and make a statement. The babies with the barcode faces are also featured closer to the John Lennon wall on the other side of the Vltava river in the park. For a shock factor, they definitely accomplish that!
Address: Kampa Park, on the shore of the river
Pay Tribute at the National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror
Another one of those underrated Prague activities. If you’re a history buff, this is for you. It is located underneath the St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral. Not to spoil it, but the Memorial retells the story of a Czech mission during World War II to kill a German SS leader. The Czech soldiers hid in that very cathedral after completion and… well, go see for yourself. Here is the official website to learn more!
Address: Resslova 9a, 120 00 Praha 2
Enjoy a Sweet and Sugary Trdelnik
Those of you craving something sweet won’t have to look for long in Prague. The famous circular doughy and sugar-covered Trdelnik can be found near the Charles Bridge in Prague 1.
Just go where you’d expect to find tourists, and you’ll find Trdelnik. This pastry, while famous in Prague, is actually of Hungarian roots and can be found from Austria across lower Eastern Europe.
Address: All over the Old Town from the Charles Bridge into the Old Town Square
Visit Hamleys Toy Store Prague
Feeling like being a kid again? Pop into Hamleys, the famous toy store brand from the UK. They have lots of sweet treats for sale and there’s even a merry go round inside for the kids to play on. If you’re travelling with kids or just want to escape the heat/cold for a little bit, pop into Hamleys.
Address: Na Příkopě 854/14, 110 00 Nové Město
Rent a Paddle Boat and Enjoy the River
If you want to just enjoy the sunshine and get some lazy physical activity, then why not grab yourself a paddle boat! There are lots of boats available for rent form a few different companies located on Slovanský Ostrov island.
From experience, be sure to grab a bottle of wine, a few beer, or a bottle of water and some picnic snacks and enjoy the river as you paddle around. Remember to take your trash with you and you’ll have a great time. Just be sure to keep an eye on your rental time and or else they’ll charge you more for overtime!
Eric’s done it a few times and recommends this company – just google “Rental boats and pedal boats”. They are located at the north top of the island Slovanský Ostrov.
Address: Slovanský Ostrov, 110 00 Praha 1
Check out the Jewish Quarter
The Prague Jewish Quarter is rich with history. You’ll find six synagogues within the tiny area between the Vltava river and the Old Town Square. There’s a variety of walking tours which are well worth the time to make sure you understand the history.
Since many of the oldest buildings from the 13th century were saved from destruction over the years, the Quarter serves as a wonderful trip through the triumphs and struggles of the Jewish inhabitants of Europe.
Address: Josefov, Staré Město
Go Up Žižkov Television Tower
There is the building far in the distance, ranked as the second ugliest building in the world – the TV tower. If you look closely in the photo, you can more of those babies crawling up the outside. As of late 2017, they have been removed for cleaning. They will probably be put back and it’ll be creepy again!
The TV tower has a lookout deck at 93 metres above the ground and a restaurant for those looking for a change of scenery for their dinner. You can learn more and make a dinner reservation here.
Address: Mahlerovy sady 1, 130 00 Praha 3, Czechia
Get Cultured at the National Theatre
As a place that has come to define and display Czech national identity, the National Theatre is a place of great significance. You kind of get that sense when you’re outside of it! The building is beautiful – you can’t miss it if you’re walking the river’s edge in Prague 1.
To experience Czech culture and history through performance, consider seeing a show while you’re in town. For information on shows and performances, check out the website for the National Theatre.
Address: Národní 2, 110 00 Nové Město
Dance with the Dancing House
Built in 1996, this odd looking building stands out against all the other Baroque and Gothic style buildings. Snap a photo or video of you dancing along with it. We dare you!
Address: Jiráskovo nám. 1981/6, 120 00 Nové Město, Czechia
Eat on a Boat at Marina Restaurant
If you’re looking for places to eat in Prague eat near Mánesův most (bridge) then look no further! This unique floating restaurant is quite literally a boatload of fun. As an established Italian place, you’ll enjoy dinner on this refurbished boat that is docked along the shoreline. It’s a cool experience and a slightly more upscale meal by price. Read more about this Italian place in Prague.
Address: Alšovo nábř., 110 00 Staré Město
Climb the Petřín Lookout Tower
If you’re looking for a bit of a hike, we would suggest going to Petřín Lookout Tower. There are two ways to the top of the hill that the Tower stands on. You can hike through the nature trails or take the cable car.
At the top of the hill, you’ll find an iron tower which reminded us of a “mini Eiffel tower”. Built in 1891, you’ll get great views of the city. The tower and the museum are even open in the winter – but check to see their reduced hours at the website.
Address: Petřínské sady 633, 118 00 Praha 1-Malá Strana, Czechia
Walk the Famous Charles Bridge
This one seems like a “no-brainer” but you’ve got to walk along the Charles Bridge to get the full Prague tourist experience. Completed in 1402, the bridge is a main artery connecting the two neighbourhoods across the Vltava river and into the Old Town of Prague 1.
It’s lined with beautiful statues and sculptures, and you’ll find vendors, artists, and tourists all walking along enjoying the sights up and down the Vltava river as far as you can see. With all tourist locations – watch your pockets!
Address: Karlův most, 110 00 Praha 1, Czechia
Walk Along Wenceslas Square
As one of the main focal points of New Town, and one of two main squares in central Prague, Wenceslas Square draws visitors into the shops, restaurants, cafes, and attractions. The very long (750 metre) promenade ends quite close to the central station in Prague – serving as a good way to know where you are if you’re ever lost. Just be sure to watch your pockets here in the summertime!
Address: New Town, 110 00 Prague 1, Czechia
Learn About Beer at the Beer Museum
Tucked away on the way to the Old Town Square from the middle of Prague 1, you’ll find a hidden gem thing to do if you like beer! The Beer Museum is simply named and offers just as stated – a museum dedicated to learning about beer.
After you buy a ticket, you’ll embark on a self-guided tour of the halls and learn about the history of beer, the types of beer, and how this is related to the Czech Republic! At the end, you get to the bar where they give you four different beers (which are actually pretty big, not just samplers) and you get to compare and contrast the beers! Here is the website for this beer museum, as discussed.
Now, it’s important to know that there are two museums dedicated to beer in Prague (no surprise) – not to be confused with the Prague Beer Museum which is a gastropub and bar where you can sample food and they have 30 beers on tap. Also probably worth checking out if you’re into beer!
Address: Husova 7, 110 00 Prague 1
Take a Day Trip to Český Krumlov
If you’ve got a few days in Prague and you wanted to explore the surrounding area, there is a very popular day trip that you might consider going on. Tucked away in the Czech countryside is the beautiful medieval town of Český Krumlov. Known for its stunning architecture and colourful ambiance, a day trip to Český is considered by some a “must-do” if you’re in Prague. Don’t believe us? Just google it. We’ll wait. Information on how to get to there can be found here.
If you didn’t want to figure out the logistics yourself you could easily hop on a highly-rated guided tour of Český Krumlov from Prague.
See the Church of Our Lady before Týn
If you find yourself back in the Old Town Square, you might realize there are a few things you didn’t get to check out the first time. The famous church that dominates the Prague skyline is Our Lady before Týn. If you’re a fan of architecture, you’ll know the Gothic church with a Baroque exterior was founded in the 14th century and had the oldest organ in Prague. If you didn’t know that, then go explore it by checking out the website for prices and opening hours!
Address: Staroměstské nám., 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia
Have a Czech Meal at U Medvídků
This traditional Czech beer hall feels like it is influenced by German design and culture. Don’t let that fool you. The food is delicious, the meat was done well, and the beer was cold. What more can you ask for? Check out the menu and more here.
Address: Na Perštýně 344/5, 110 00 Staré Město
Bonus: In Winter, Visit the Prague Christmas Markets
In the winter, the Old Town Square comes alive with shops, vendors, lights, and amazing smells of food. You can sample sweet and savoury treats and snap amazing photos of the old buildings all lit up. Don’t forget to grab yourself a beer or a mulled wine!
And there you have it – that’s all we have! If you manage to do everything we’d be quite impressed! Like we said, Prague has so much to offer – and it can be an amazing experience to share with a group, the family, or your significant human who you really, really like. There truly is something for everyone in Prague. So, what did we forget to mention? Anything you’ve learned while on your experiences wandering around Prague? Feel free to get in touch – we’d love to add to this list the best things to do in Prague!
As always, Happy Waddlin’,