What to do in Prague – 25 Best Places to Visit in Prague
What to do in Prague – 25 Best Places to Visit in Prague! When you see the beautiful scenery, amazing architecture and historic sites that Prague has to offer, you’ll understand why it is such a popular tourist destination.
The capital and the largest city in the Czech Republic, the heart of Europe, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the golden #UNESCO city of a hundred spires, a majestic place with an unforgettable atmosphere, one of the most visited cities in the world… Let’s take a look at some of the best places within the country’s best attraction – Prague!
What to do in Prague – Best Places to Visit in Prague
1. Prague Castle
Prague Castle was first built in 880 AD and is one of the most impressive historic attractions in the entire country. This castle once served a very important purpose for its native residents, and it has been very well preserved over the years.
There are tours of this castle that you can take with a guide year round. Prague Castle is the old symbol of the Czech state, the most important Czech monument and one of the most important cultural institutions. According to the Guinness Book of Records, Prague Castle is the largest contiguous castle complex in the world, covering an area of almost 70,000 m² and is also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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The narrowest house in Prague serves as a unique hotel located just a short walk from Charles Bridge!
Hotel Clementin dates from 1360 and is only 3.28 meters wide!
This accommodation has one of the best ratings in Prague! So why not to stay there!? 🙂
2. Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge is over 500 meters long and has a number of remarkably beautiful statues lining its walls. This historic structure was built in the mid-1300s, and it is a very popular tourist attraction in the country.
Charles Bridge is the second oldest bridge in the Czech Republic and the oldest surviving bridge across the Vltava river in Prague. If you are interested in history and architecture, this is a great area to visit. There are many gothic style buildings around that you will remember vividly for years to come.
3. Old town bridge tower (Staroměstská mostecká věž)
One of the best views of the Charles bridge, Prague castle, Petrin hill and Vltava river can be seen from the top of Old town bridge tower. Situated at one end of the Charles bridge which is closer to Old town it is a guarantee of the first-class view from the first row!
The entrance to the tower is charged but it really worth it! And while there are thousands of tourists on the bridge there is still a chance you’ll be alone at the tower!
4. Lesser Town Bridge Tower (Malostranská mostecká věž)
On the opposite side of the Charles bridge, you can climb another tower which offers amazing views of the Charles bridge with tens of spires in the background. This one is situated in Mala strana (Lesser Town) and was built in the 15th century.
Actually, there are two Lesser Town Bridge Towers on this side of Charles bridge. The lower one and the taller one which are connected with a gate. The taller one is open for the public every day of the year and the basic admission is 100,-CZK (approx. 4,-EUR).
5. The Clementinum and the National Library
The Clementinum is made up of many different historic buildings and structures that will be sure to take your breath away like nothing else. There are some striking buildings from the Baroque period here.
The National Library is expansive and dates back to the late 1700s. This place is the perfect destination for anyone who is fascinated by history. This National Cultural Monument, the seat of the National Library of the Czech Republic, is one of the most important buildings of historical Prague.
6. The Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock
The Old Town or Stare Mesto is, actually, the home of the Old Town Square, which has some of the greatest attractions the entire area has to offer. Here you will find Tyn Church as well as the Astronomical Clock hanging from the Old town hall.
Some of the structures in this area date back to the 11th century and their architecture is overwhelming. Here you will find all sorts of historic gems. Old Town Square is Prague’s oldest and most important square and is one of the mandatory stops when visiting Prague. Every hour, crowds of tourists gather in front of the Old Town Hall to watch the Apostles at the historic clock.
7. St. Vitus Cathedral
St. Vitus Cathedral can be traced back to the mid-1300s, and the gothic style architecture is quite impressive. The stained glass windows alone are enough reason to come here.
This church has been very well preserved, especially considering how old it is. Definitely one of the best historic landmarks in all of Prague. Cathedral of St. Vitus is the most significant building and spiritual monument of the city.
8. The Church of Our Lady Before Tyn
The Church of Our Lady Before Tyn was built in the late 1400s, and its gothic construction is really something special to behold in person. There have been a number of updates and renovations over the years, but it has retained its basic design.
There are lots of nice cafes and places to eat in this area and you can enjoy one of the best views of the church from the Old town hall tower.
9. The National Gallery
The National Gallery in Prague has an extensive collection of beautiful art pieces that date back to the 14th century. It is a great place to visit if you love art and history.
There are multiple works from the old masters, including van Dyck, El Greco, and Rembrandt. You will also be able to see Asian pieces that have survived hundreds of years. The National Gallery has several buildings around Prague and one is right in the Old town square which is known as Kinský Palace.
10. The Municipal House
The Municipal House was built in the early 20th century and is one of the most famous concert halls in all of Prague. The stained glass windows are impressive, to say the least.
There are some of the best restaurants and cafes in this area for you to get something to eat or drink. If you are a patron of the arts and visit Prague, this is a must-see attraction.
11. Prague Zoo
The Prague Zoo is a great place to spend the day with your family. It features nearly 5,000 different animals and 700 species. ZOO Praha is one of the best zoo in the world. The most popular animals include gorillas, lions, giraffes or elephants. Especially the gorillas pavilion is very typical for the Prague ZOO. There are also various events and programs for children.
You can even take a chairlift to see the entire zoo from above, which makes for a breathtaking view. There is also an indoor jungle exhibit and a lot of other fun and interesting things to see here.
12. The Jewish Quarter
The Jewish Quarter was established in the 13th century and has seen some incredible transformations throughout the years. Once regarded as a slum, this area is now a popular place for tourists to come and see some beautiful architecture.
Here you will find a number of impressive landmarks, including the Ceremonial Hall and the Old Jewish Cemetery. Prague Jewish Quarter is the most preserved complex of Jewish monuments in Europe!
13. The Strahov Monastery and Library
The Strahov Monastery and Library are over 750 years old and house a number of antique furniture pieces as well as a beautiful ceiling that was painted by Franz Anton Maulbertsch.
This is a wonderful place to visit for those who love books, art, and history. There are numerous old manuscripts that are exceedingly rare.
14. The Petrin Lookout Tower
The Petrin Lookout Tower measures 63 meters high and offers some truly striking views of Prague. It was built in the late 1800s and is an important part of this country’s history.
Here you will learn about the history of this structure from the various plagues. It takes 30 minutes to get all the way to the top of Petrin hill to the base of the tower.
15. The Lennon Wall
Anyone who is a fan of the Beatles will be sure to enjoy this very colourful tribute to John Lennon. It was created in the 1980s and contains a number of paintings, pictures and quotes from the famous singer and songwriter.
Many people view it as a symbol of peace and hope. There are many lyrics of his on this wall, and it is a truly unique place to visit.
16. St. Nicholas Church
St. Nicholas Church was built in the 18th century. And while it might not be nearly as old as many other churched in Prague, the interior is quite extraordinary.
It has a bell tower that you can climb to the top of. There are concerts held here throughout the year, playing classical pieces from Mozart and other famous composers.
17. Wenceslas Square
Wenceslas Square has a lot to offer its visitors, including the National Museum, which has a number of fascinating exhibits. There are also a number of buildings and important landmarks that will provide you with the chance to see some remarkable architecture.
This is one of the busiest places in the entire city, and for good reason. This dominant feature of the Czech capital was a place of a number of significant events, demonstrations or celebrations. The equestrian statue of St. Wenceslas, which dominates the entire square, is traditionally a favorite destination for tourists.
18. The National Museum
The National Museum has a massive collection of art pieces that span across multiple time periods. There are artefacts from the 2nd century as well as the Early Iron Age and the Bronze Age.
The millions of items that are on display here make this museum worth the trip. There are also some very old and important historic documents with interest histories behind them.
19. The National Theatre
The National Theatre is the best place in the entire country for art and culture. There have been countless performances from incredible actors here over the years.
This theatre was established in the late-1800s, and it is still a popular place for talented performers and patrons of the arts. The neoclassical architecture of this building is tremendous, to say the least.
20. The Dancing House
The Dancing House was built in 1992 and is known for its unique design, resembling two figures dancing with each other. There are mostly offices inside, and a café on the main level where you can get something to eat and drink.
Many famous dancers have performed here over the years, and it is truly an architectural marvel.
The Vysehrad fortress overlooks the Vltava River, and it was built back in the 10th century. It has a rich history of royalty that you can learn about on a guided tour.
While it consists mostly of ruins today, it is still an incredible sight to behold. It is one of the oldest partially standing structures in Prague.
22. Wallenstein Palace Gardens
Among the most prominent buildings of the early Bohemian Baroque is the Wallenstein Garden in the Wallenstein Palace. Situated in Lesser Town the site is the seat of the Senate of the Czech Republic.
The garden is not only a pleasant place to relax, but thanks to the activities of the Senate it is also a cultural stand. The garden is open to the public for free.
23. Vrtba Garden
The Vrtba Garden is along with the other three baroque gardens – Vratislavská, Schönbornská and Lobkowicka situated on the slope of Petrin hill. It is considered to be one of the most important and most beautiful Baroque gardens in Prague!
The Vrtba Garden is open daily from April to October and the basic admission is 70,-Kč.
24. Jerusalem Synagogue
You’ll hardly miss Jerusalem Synagogue if you come to Prague by train. It is situated not far from the train station on the main centreo the city center.
The youngest and largest synagogue of the Jewish community in Prague. Its interior is full of rich Viennese Art Nouveau décor.
25. The Olsany Cemetery
The Olsany Cemetery has been around since the late 17th century, and it is where many victims of war and disease have been laid to eternal rest.
There is a lot of history and folklore surrounding this place, and it has undeniable energy to it. Anyone who loves history should make a point of visiting this place while in Prague.
So this is my list of the Best Places to visit in Prague! 🙂 As you can see Prague is not only about Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Astronomical Clock and Wenceslas Square! To get to know Prague a little bit more, you will need at least 3 days, but rather take a week. There are a few more great places that you could visit here, I’ll add them later, so stay in touch! 🙂 And if you would like to see some other great places to visit in the Czech Republic read this.