I’ve never met a single person who travelled to Prague and didn’t have a great time. There’s something so mesmerising about this city.- with its terracotta rooftops, gothic architecture, baroque influence and eeriness. Visiting Prague feels like a step back in time, especially with the Old Town so well preserved that you could easily confuse yourself for having time travelled. So if you find yourself here in Prague, we’ve got the best things to do in Prague to help you make the most of your visit!
1. View from the Clock Tower
I’m almost embarrassed to say that it wasn’t until my third visit to Prague that I climbed the clock tower. I was visiting solo in the lead up to Christmas and I wanted to get a view of the Old Town Square from above. I asked around and was told the best view over the square and one of the best in the city, is from the top of the clock tower. Suffice it to say, I wish I had done this sooner! This is hands down the best chance for a panoramic view over the city at close proximity.
2. The Old Town Square
Speaking of the Old Town, be sure to take your time when exploring Prague’s famed Old Town Square. There is much to discover in the intricate details, as well as taking short side adventures through the many alleyways that lead off the square. Not too far from the square is one of my favourite vegetarian cafes – Maitrea, if you’re looking for a healthy lunch or a hearty soup in the colder months.
Of course there are souvenier stores in abundance in the square, however be sure to note they will be drastically overpriced and often foreign owned. Instead, pop in to Pragtique to shop for local designers.
3. Charles Bridge
As one of the most iconic attractions in Prague and often what the city is known for, the beautiful Charles Bridge does not disappoint. Crossing the Vltava River, the bridge was once the only way to cross the river between Prague Castle and the city’s Old Town. The pedestrian-only bridge is just as beautiful at night, so be sure to visit a few times!
4. Prague Dancing House
Affectionately known as Prague’s Dancing House, this impressive display of modern architecture on Rašínovo nábřeží is one of Prague’s true gems. This is a great display of old meets new and shows how the city has modernised, without losing its olden day charm. The dancing house is best viewed in the evenings as it lights up this busy intersection.
5. The Geese of Prague
Over on the castle side of the Vltava river is one of my favourite photographic spots in Prague. Affectionately known as the geese of Prague, these beautiful creatures make this corner of the city their home. Because a lot of visitors to the city come in search of the geese, be sure to arrive early and respect their space.
6. See Prague Castle at Night
Prague Castle feels as if it has been lifted straight from a fairytale. The complex of castles were built back in the 9th century, so if it is history you are looking for, you will surely find it here.
Visiting the castle during the daytime is a great activity when visiting Prague. Seeing the castle of a night time is arguably even more spectacular. Head across the Vltava river on one of Prague’s many bridges to see the castle from afar.
7. Visit the Vrtba Garden
There are a number of High Baroque gardens dotted across the city of Prague and the Vrtba garden is my favourite. This is one of the most underrated attractions in the city which I only discovered from staying next door at the Aria Hotel, which has rooms overlooking the garden. The gardens are only open seasonally during the warmer months so be sure to plan your visit accordingly.
8. Try the Local Street Food
One thing is for sure in the Czech Republic: you don’t need to pay a lot of money for great food. Street food stalls are located throughout the old town and they’re a great way to get a taste for Czech cuisine. Trdelník was my favourite feast, however it should be noted this dish traditionally hails from Transylvania. This rolled pastry is coated in butter, sugar and all things delicious. You can even find them filled with soft serve ice cream!
9. Explore the Jewish Ghetto
Not too far from the Old Town Square lies the Jewish Quarter, also known as Josefov. This is one of the oldest and most charming parts of town, thought it does have a troubled past. The history of Josefov began in the 13th Century, when Jewish people were ordered to leave their homes and live in a confined area. Th neighbourhood became overcrowded as Jewish people were banned from neighbouring countries and fled to Josefov. There are six synagogues in the neighbourhood which managed to survive the 20th century invasion of the Nazis. Today, it offers insight into the Jewish community who survived through this troubling time in history.
10. See the Prague Astronomical Clock
The medieval clock also known as Prague Orloj is unmissable for visitors to the Old Town Square. The clock is the third-oldest of its kind in the world and operates to this day, drawing visitors to Prague at every chime. Even on my second and third visit to Prague, I still make time to stop and watch the performance on the hour!