40 Best Things to Do in Prague

Best things to do in Prague

One of Europe’s most enchanting cities, Prague offers visitors diverse experiences and beautiful sights. From storied neighbourhoods to stunning art galleries, there is plenty to see and do in Prague. 

Whether you spend a weekend or a week in Czechia’s capital city, you will be spoiled for choice. How much you see depends on how long you are in Prague. 

Here are some of the top things to do in Prague during your visit.

Pro Tip: Check out our guide to Where to stay in Prague for more planning resources, our Prague in 3 Days Itinerary for a memorable trip, and how to get from Prague airport to city centre.

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40 Best Things to Do in Prague

1. Explore Prague Castle

Best things to do in Prague: Prague Castle

Prague Castle was the home of emperors and kings, and it is now the seat of the Czech presidency. The Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral towers over the fortress, which dates to the ninth century.

If you are tight on time and still have lots to see in Prague, visit the castle early since lines to get in the complex grow as the day goes on.

Around every corner is a must thing to see and do in Prague Castle, including museums and churches. This is not surprising considering the castle occupies almost 70,000 square metres or 750,000 square feet. 

Explore the colourful and tiny homes of Golden Lane and admire the Romanesque St. George’s Basilica, home to the tombs of many Bohemian kings and Holy Roman emperors. Or you can stop at the picturesque South Gardens during your visit.

Recommended tour: Prague Castle: Tour with Local Guide and Entry Ticket

2. Walk along the banks of the Vltava River

The banks of the Vltava River deliver stunning views of Prague, including its historic centre. Along the river are also trendy cafes and bars to relax and unwind during your day out in Prague.

Walk along the embankments to visit some of the river’s islands, many of which are accessible by bridges. You can also take one of several available river cruises to see landmarks from a different perspective.

 If you are looking for something more active to do in Prague, rent a boat to explore the river and its islands at your own pace.

3. Visit the Church of St. Nicolas

In the heart of the Lesser Quarter close to the Prague Castle complex is the Church of St. Nicolas. This beautiful Baroque church hosts events throughout the year, particularly classical music concerts. 

There is also a museum in the tower, which was once used for fire watchers and as an observation post for secret police during the Communist period.

4. Visit the Old Town Square

What to do in Prague: Astronomical Clock

With six hundred years of history, Prague’s Old Town Square is another historic spot to see in Prague. 

Home to the Old Town Hall, the square is full of life with street performers entertaining the throngs of tourists that visit each day. The square’s Christmas Market in December is one of the best of its kind in Europe.

For some of the best views of the city, climb to the top of the Old Town Hall’s tower.

Here you will find the fifteenth century Astronomical Clock, one of the few of its kind that remains operational. The world-famous clock chimes every hour from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm. 

There is also the imposing Church of Our Lady before Týn. Its spires dominate the city’s skyline, although if you look closely they are not entirely identical. 

Buy your Old Town Hall & Astronomical Clock Entrance Ticket

5. Relax at Letná Park

Another spot with amazing views over Prague is Letná Park. This is where you will find a huge kinetic sculpture with a moving metronome. The artwork sits where a towering monument to Stalin once stood until it was torn down in 1962. 

The park is in Prague 7, which has transformed from a quiet residential district into a vibrant destination with trendy restaurants and boutiques. Letná Park itself has a beer garden that offers views of the Old Town.

6. Take in a concert at the Rudolfinum

Rudolfinum is home to concert halls along with exhibitions at galleries. This is a great destination if you are looking for something free to see in Prague. Exhibits change regularly so check the programme to see what is on offer when you visit the city. 

There is also a café where you can enjoy the sounds of a grand piano or peruse through an art book. For kids, there is the Art Park at the Rudolfinum.

7. Cross the Charles Bridge

Best things to do in Prague: Charles Bridge

Crossing the Vltava River, Charles Bridge is an iconic landmark and a must on any list of things to see in Prague. With statues of martyred saints lining it, Charles Bridge also offers breathtaking views of the city. It is also the spot for an unforgettable selfie!

The bridge takes on a different character depending on the time of the day. Early in the morning, it is calm and quiet before crowds of tourists. During afternoons and evenings, the romantic bridge comes alive with locals and visitors. 

8. Roam around Stromovka Park

North of Castle Hill, Stromovka Park was once a hunting reserve. With scenic lakes and woods, this is a great place for a walk. There are also nearby cafes if you prefer to stop for a coffee. 

The park is home to the Prague Planetarium, a fun destination for families looking for something to do in Prague.

9. Experience the historic Jewish Quarter

Best things to see in Prague: Jewish Cemetery

For centuries, Prague’s Jewish community has played an important part in the city’s history and life. You can see Europe’s oldest synagogue, the Old-New Synagogue. This is where the legendary Golem is said to have hidden. 

Other sights include the haunting Old Jewish Cemetery. A walking tour of the various historic synagogues is a must for history lovers.

The Jewish Quarter – also known as Josefov – has many historic buildings including six synagogues. These include the Spanish Synagogue and Maisel Synagogue along with the Old-New Synagogue. 

Disturbingly, Adolf Hitler intended to preserve this part of Prague as a ‘museum of an extinct race’. All together, these buildings now form the Jewish Museum in Prague and can be visited with a self-guided ticket.

10. Unwind at Palác Lucerna

One of David Černý’s most controversial sculptures – one of a saint on an upside-down horse – draws crowds at Palác Lucerna. 

This is not the only thing you can see at this passage with great shops and other attractions, including a 1900s-style café and old cinema. 

There is also the rooftop Lucerna Music Bar filled with nostalgic tunes from the 1980s and 1990s.

11. Enjoy a performance at Jára Cimrman Theatre

If you are looking for something cultural to do in Prague, buy a ticket for a performance at the Jáaa Cimrman Theatre. 

Czech humour is known for being dry and sometimes dark, and this theatre translates some of the country’s best-known plays and novels into English performances. There are also Czech language shows.

12. Admire the Dancing House

Best things to see in Prague: Dancing House

For those looking for a modern sight to see in Prague, the Dancing House does not disappoint. Officially known as the Nationale-Nederlanden building, it was completed in 1996 and designed by famed Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. 

With curves that inspire, the building looks like two dancing figures. At the top of the building is a restaurant overlooking the Vltava River.

13. Visit St. Cyril and St. Methodius Cathedral

The basement of St. Cyril and St. Methodius Cathedral is home to a museum dedicated resistance to Nazis during the Second World War. 

Free to visit, the museum has artifacts, photos and videos where you can learn about the fight against Reinhard Heydrich – also known as the Butcher of Prague. You can also see the tombs of those who fought.

14. Mail a letter at the Main Post Office

If you need to send a postcard, why not make it a memorable moment by visiting the Main Post Office near Wenceslas Square. Venture inside to see the beautiful, frescoed walls that make this one of the world’s most unique post offices. 

Open from 2:00 am to midnight, do not be tempted to take photos of videos – photography is not allowed. So, have a seat and enjoy the view before you mail your postcard.

15. A cruise on the Vltava River

Best things to do in Prague: River cruise

The Vltava River deserves a boat trip for any traveller. A river cruise in Prague offers a magical and memorable experience, showcasing the city’s beauty and romantic allure.

Experience the beauty of Prague from a different perspective with a river cruise along the Vltava River. Sail past Prague Castle, admire the iconic Charles Bridge, and take in the captivating blend of medieval and Baroque architecture along the riverbanks. 

Prague offers a wide range of boat tours so that you can choose the time of day, the cruise route and the cruise’s price. If you have little time, you can opt for this one-hour cruise through Prague, giving you a different view of the Czech capital.

You can treat yourself to a memorable trip along the Vltava. Night cruises are a lovely way to enjoy the illuminated city while enjoying a nice dinner on board. 

If you are interested in the latter romantic option, you can enjoy this evening glass-roofed boat trip with dinner in Prague.

16. Experience contemporary Prague at Kasárna Karlín

Old army barracks have been transformed to a stunning arts and entertainment complex at Kasárna Karlín. During the summer, its courtyard hosts an outdoor cinema and beach volleyball. In the winter, there is an ice skating rink. 

There is a café at a former swimming pool and bars and performance spaces in old garages. Throughout Kasárna Karlín you can admire work from local artists.

17. Quiet time at Vrtba Garden 

Vrtba Garden

In Malá Strana or the Little Quarter is Vrtba Garden, a beautifully manicured space close to Wallenstein Garden. The garden boasts geometric designs, elegant statues of gods.

As you stroll along the charming pathways, you will enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Prague’s skyline, including the iconic Prague Castle

18. Watch a film at Bio Oko

Built in the 1930s, the Soviet-style Bio Oko showcases mainstream and art house films each day. There are also themed film festivals throughout the year. 

In the main auditorium, you can sit back and relax on a bean bag or beach lounger while catching a movie. If you prefer a more traditional cinema experience, there are also standard seats.

19. Shop at Zizkov Farmer’s Market

Jiřího z Poděbrad Square is home to one of Czechia’s most popular farmer’s markets

Held four times a week (Wednesday to Friday), you can easily spend a few hours sampling the fresh and delicious products on sale here. Or you can buy ingredients for a home-cooked meal at the end of striking things off your list of things to do in Prague. 

There are also a few inviting cafes around the square, including Mamacoffee and its aromatic brews.

20. Visit the libraries of Strahov Monastery

Strahov Monastery

Close to Prague Castle is the Premonstratensian Abbey of Strahov Monastery. Founded in the twelfth century, the main draws are the ornate Theological and Philosophical Halls. 

With majestic Baroque designs, these libraries are truly breathtaking and two of Europe’s most beautiful. The libraries contain rare and old manuscripts, including the ninth century Strahov Gospel.

Strahov Monastery includes exquisite churches and cloisters, and there is a religious art collection and treasury. 

The Strahov Cabinet of Curiosities has historic science-related artifacts. There is also a brewery and restaurant – the Great Monastery Restaurant – if you want to fit in lunch while exploring this part of the city.

21. Get a great view from Žižkov Television Tower

A modern landmark to see in Prague is Žižkov Television Tower. Located outside the historic centre, the tower was built in the early 1990s. Designed by David Černý, it incorporates ten fibreglass sculptures known as Miminka or Babies. 

An observation deck offers boundless views of Prague. At the base is also a Jewish cemetery, which was partially removed when the tower was constructed. Buy your entry ticket here.

22. Watch a performance at the Estates Theatre

This neo-classical building is part of the National Theatre. It hosted the world premier of Mozart’s Don Giovanni opera in 1787 as well as renowned works by Czech artists. 

The Tinker premiered at the Estates Theatre in 1826, and the Czech national anthem was first performed here in 1834. 

There are regular drama and opera performances, if you are looking to take in a performance during you visit.

23. Visit the House of the Black Madonna

Another fine example of modern Prague is the House of the Black Madonna. Reflecting Czech Cubism, the building was designed by Josef Gočár and houses the Czech Museum of Cubism. 

There is also the Grand Café Orient, where you can admire all things Cubism – from the utensils and cups you use to the striking chandeliers above you.

24. Wander around Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square

At the heart of Prague is its historic Wenceslas Square. It is where society comes together to celebrate and protest, and it has been at the centre of the city’s history. 

The square is home of the famed statue of St Wenceslas – that patron saint of the Czech Republic (also known as Czechia).

Wenceslas Square itself does not take too much time to explore, but it is surrounded by bustling dining spots. Nearby are popular restaurants and cafes like Palac Adria and Lucerna Music Bar. 

This is also the spot to go shopping with great options nearby. There are also cultural attractions like the National Museum.

25. Learn about history at the National Museum

Wenceslas Square is home to the National Museum, offering visitors a look into the history of the Czech Republic. Founded in the nineteenth century, the museum occupies a neo-classical building at the top of the historic square. 

It also occupies a more modern building nearby, which was the former parliament of Czechoslovakia and home of Radio Free Europe until 2009.

Exhibits cover a range of topics, including some 2,000 artefacts that help tell the story of Czech territories from the eighth century up until the First World War. 

There are also natural history and prehistory collections along with an exhibition dedicated to the history of the 20th century.

26. Admire art at Municipal House

Opened in 1912, Municipal House or Obecní dům is one of Prague’s best examples of art nouveau architecture. It is home to Smetana Hall, one of Prague’s most renowned and largest concert venues. There are also luxury boutiques and restaurants.

If you want to explore the Municipal House and get access to restricted areas, there are guided tours available.

27. Visit the impressive Church of Our Lady of Tyn

Our Lady before Tyn

Make sure to include a visit to the remarkable Church of Our Lady of Tyn on your itinerary. This magnificent Gothic masterpiece is one of the many churches that adorn the city’s streets and is an absolute must-see in Prague for any traveler.

Standing proudly in the heart of the Old Town Square, the Church of Our Lady of Tyn captivates visitors with its awe-inspiring architecture and towering presence. Its iconic twin towers, soaring over 80 meters high, dominate the skyline.

Inside, you’ll be awed by the grandeur of its vaulted ceilings, exquisite stained glass windows, and intricate sculptures. The church’s rich history dates back to the 14th century and has played a central role in Prague’s cultural and religious life. 

28. Stroll around Střelecký Island

If you are considering a picnic, there is probably not better spot than Střelecký Island. This idyllic spot on the Vltava River offers views of Charles Bridge and Kampa Park. You will find wandering ducks and swans on the island, which is also home to beavers.

This is a great destination for families looking for something to do in Prague away from the city’s bustling tourist spots. However, festival goers swarm the island during the summer months. 

There are also pop-up bars and coffee carts throughout the island, making it popular for visitors of all ages.

29. Visit the National Library at the Clementinum

The Clementinum is home to the National Library of the Czech Republic since 1782. The Baroque-style complex was part of a Jesuit collect, later housing a book collection and eventually becoming a public space following the expulsion of the Jesuits. 

There are more than six million books in the Clementinum’s collection, including copies of every book ever published in the country.

There is more to see in the complex than books. The Clementinum has a beautiful Library Hall with decorative ceilings and a 68-metre Astronomical Tower that offers views of the city. 

There is also the Mirror Chapel, and the complex hosts a regular programme of events with concerts and festivals. 

Guided tours are available, which last about 60 minutes.

30. Taste the typical dishes of Czech gastronomy

Best things to do in Prague: Prague food

Eating out in Prague is a fantastic experience because many good restaurants offer typical Czech food at a reasonable price. 

Suppose you want to eat other typical dishes besides Goulash. Try kendlíky (flour dumplings made from potatoes and breadcrumbs) and utopenec (sausages marinated in spices with fried onions and peppers).

Also worth a try are the delicious bramborák (fried omelettes made with potatoes, flour, eggs and other ingredients) and finishing with a dessert of palačinky (crepes filled with ice cream or jam).

Recommended tour: Medieval Dinner with Unlimited Drinks

31. Get a drink at Klub Vzorkovna

If you are looking for kitsch, walk through the velvet curtain of Klub Vzorkovna for a drink in this clever and exciting bar. This underground venue is decorated with unique seating like swinging chairs and a huge dog statue. 

Situated on Národní Třída Street, there is no sign and only cash is accepted. When going in, you exchange cash for a chip that is swiped to pay for order. If you have anything left on the chip, the doorman gives you your change as you leave.

32. Cool off at U Pinkasu

On the grounds of the Church of Our Lady of the Snows is the beer garden U Pinkasu. This is the perfect spot to cool down with a local beer like the classic Pilsner Urquell, which has been served here since 1843. 

Surrounded by stone, the beer garden is naturally cooler making it a popular place during the hot summer months. It is little wonder why sunny days draw large crowds!

33. Unwind at Kampa Island

Best things to see in Prague: Kampa Island

On the Vltava River is Kampa, a small island with some of the best views of Prague. One of the island’s most notable sights is David Černy’s sculpture of a giant baby. 

Housed in a former riverside mill, the Kampa Modern Art Museum boasts exceptional works by 20th-centiury sculptors from across Europe.

Na Kampe – the island’s lone square – is where you will find a traditional Christmas market in December. 

During the summer, the Devil’s Stream (officially the Čertovka canal) is a good place to relax by the water. Colourful buildings line the canal, where water wheels from old mills remain.

34. Get a culture fix at Jatka 78

Jatka 78 is housed in an old slaughterhouse in industrial Holešovice. The venue is a stark contrast to the more elegant and classical theatres found throughout the centre of Prague. 

While not as gilded, the performances at Jatka 78 are still notable. Contemporary performances range from dance to circus, all set in a creative warehouse space. There is also a gallery and bar for you to visit before a show.

35. See masterpieces at the National Gallery

The National Gallery in Prague (Národní galerie v Praze) has one of Europe’s most important art collections. Spread across several architecturally significant buildings, the gallery’s collection is largely housed in the Veletrzní Palace. 

Relatively modern given it was completed in 1925, the palace includes works from the 19th to 21st centuries. 

While the emphasis is on Czech artists, works from foreign artists include pieces from Monet and Picasso. The collection also includes sculptures, photographs, fashion and more.

The National Gallery’s collection is also showcased at the Kinsky Palace. This is where you can see the Baroque Collection and works from the ancient world. There are also exhibits with Asian art, while European art from the Middle Ages is found at the Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia,

The 17th-century Sternberg Palace houses European art from the Classical to Baroque periods alongside ancient Greek and Roman works. 

The palace also features Italian masterpieces from the 14th to 16th centuries and later works by the likes of Goya, El Greco, Goya, Rubens and Rembrandt.

36. Spend the day at the Prague Zoo

Offering a great day out for families, the Prague Zoo is north of the city centre in Troja. Younger visitors will enjoy pony rides, an adventure playground and petting zoo. There are also chances to feed animals. 

The Prague Zoo is home to more than 4,200 animals, and many of the 650 species represented are close to extinction.

While at the zoo, take a ride on a chairlift to glimpse over the animal enclosures. Highlights include an indoor tropical jungle and sprawling giraffe exhibit. 

To get more out of your visit, the zoo offers an educational programme with workshops. There are also guided tours, including ones in English.

37. Mount Petrin

Best things to do in Prague: Petrin Tower

For those who want to enjoy breathtaking views over the city, climbing Mount Petřín, which rises 138 metres from its location in the Malá Strana district, is an excellent idea. For a more complete visit, it is worth taking the picturesque funicular.

Once there, as well as charming parks, you will come across the Petřín Tower, a sort of miniature Eiffel Tower with almost 300 steps to its highest point. From its lookout point, you will enjoy the best panoramic views of Prague.

38. Leave your mark at the Lennon Wall

One of Prague’s most unique attractions is Lennon Wall. Since the 1980s, it has stood as a tribute to John Lennon. Soon after his murder in 1980, this originally unassuming wall was transformed into a place to remember the former Beatle. 

Close to Charles Bridge, the wall was quickly filled with lyrics, pictures and other artwork honouring the singer and activist.

During Communist rule, police tried to remove the wall’s graffiti but the memorial reappeared time and time again. 

The site remains a symbol for peace in the city. Even now, fans gather on the anniversary of Lennon’s death. Visitors also continue to add their own touches to the Lennon wall.

39. Enjoy the view from Vyšehrad Fortress

The hilltop Vyšehrad Fortress evokes images of fairy tales and medieval stories. Also known as the Upper Castle, it overlooks the Vtlava River and dates from the tenth century

Legends and myths surround the ancient fortress, which was the residence of Vratislav II. It was also part of the original route taken by kings on their coronation day, where rulers would stop to pay tribute to their predecessors.

Much of the fortress is in ruins, although Vyšehrad remains a beautiful spot for a walk or picnic. The views are also a draw. In the summer, there are musicals and plays performed at an open air theatre.

40. Prague’s nightlife

With so many activities to do and places to discover, if you still have enough energy to enjoy the nightlife, Prague is one of the liveliest cities on the continent

In Prague, there are three main areas for nightlife. The main areas are around the Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square and Charles Bridge.

Among the city’s most renowned nightclubs is the popular Karlovy Lázne. It is located in a renovated old church near Charles Bridge, with five floors of different musical styles.

Duplex, one of the most glamorous clubs in Wenceslas Square area, combines its night-time function with daytime use as a restaurant. Another club is Roxy, in the centre of the Old Town, with a very authentic local Prague atmosphere.

Available Tour: Pub Crawl and International Party

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