Prague is easily one of our favorite cities in Europe, and with every visit, we fall more in love and find more and more things to do in Prague.
We’ve visited during all four seasons, and it’s safe to say there isn’t a bad time to visit Prague. We created this guide after spending a lot of time in Prague during many long visits to this amazing city.
When we visit, this is what we do. Here are our favorite things to do in Prague.
Best overall hotel in Prague – MOODS Charles Bridge Hotel
It’s in a great central location close to the city center, Old Town, and the Charles Bridge, with great views, and tons of restaurants & shops at your doorstep. It is a great place for tourists who want to stay in the heart of Prague.
If this is your first time in Prague, and not sure what to do in Prague? One of the first things you’ll realize is that Prague is huge and full of amazing attractions. To help you plan your Prague itinerary, we have made a short list of Prague things to do with our favorites after several trips.
We have spent a lot of time here and done it all. To help you maximize your time, we handpicked these tours that combine many of the best experiences in Prague. We have personally taken each one of these tours in Prague and highly recommend all three tours.
If you only go on one tour in Prague – this should be the one. This fun and informative tour fits all the top sights into one half-day tour and is a great intro to the city!
If you love food, this is a must-do tour. Dive deep into Czech Cuisine across Prague neighborhoods, old and new, with a super fun guide for an unforgettable day.
Drink your way through Prague’s vibrant history with a local guide who will take you to pubs you’d be hard-pressed to find on your own!
Fun Things To Do In Prague
1. Visit Prague Castle
Spend a few hours wandering around the iconic Prague Castle and exploring the castle grounds. According to Guinness World Records, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world, and if we might add, one of the prettiest! The Prague Castle covers an area of 45 hectares.
Try to be there for the changing of the guard ceremony, which occurs daily at noon local time. If you only have 3 days in Prague or less, we’d suggest putting it on your first day Prague itinerary as it is one of the essential things to visit, and you won’t want to miss it.
It gets really busy, so go early or purchase skip-the-line tickets.
There are tons of tours that visit the castle as part of their tour. Here are a few tours to consider:
- Prague 3-hour walking tour including Prague Castle
- Full-Day Prague Tour with Prague Castle, Prague River Cruise down Vltava, and Lunch
- 3-hour Private Prague Castle Walking Tour
2. Old Town Square & Watch the Astronomical Clock
Catch the world’s oldest operating astronomical clock every hour with 12 apostles passing through the window right above the astronomical dial. Make sure to get there at least 5-10 minutes before to get a good spot for photos.
Most likely, you will find yourself in Old Town Square several times throughout the day, so if you happen to be passing by close to the hour, stay and watch. You’ll know if it is almost time based on how many tourists are gathered around.
It’s a wonder how they achieved such a complex mechanical clock hundreds of years ago. It is interesting to see once, but I wouldn’t plan your itinerary around it.
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3. Try Local Czech Cuisine
A staple on a Czech menu is a giant pork knuckle, which may not sound good – but trust me, it is. Feel free to skip breakfast and save your appetite for a hearty Czech lunch or dinner.
The local Czech Republic meals are a great value and are usually very filling. One of the best restaurants in Prague is the restaurant Mlejnice.
One of the best ways to find your favorite food items in a new country is going on a food tour. On one of your first days in Prague, consider going on a Czech food tour. Here, you’ll get to try new foods and explore the city with a local. Most guides have really good Prague travel tips, too.
If you are a foodie and love trying new foods, consider going on this Prague foodie tour. It has over 3,000 five-star reviews!
4. Drink a Pint On A Prague Beer Tour
Raise a pint or two of tasty Czech beer! The best way to explore the Prague beer scene is by joining in on a Prague beer tour. Let a local Prague guide bring you to local microbreweries and famous bars serving up some of the best Czech beers.
We joined in on a 3-hour beer tour, complete with some local snacks to soak up some of the alcohol. Our beer tour came with 2 liters of beer, and we visited four great pubs.
There are over 600 bars and over 100 nightclubs in Prague, so you’ll never have a boring night in Prague. There is something every night. Make sure to check out our Prague nightlife guide to help show the best places to go each night of the week.
5. Scrooser Electric Scooter Grand City Tour
This Grand City Tour on fat tire electric scooters visits a ton of the top attractions in Prague on this list. If you are looking for a good value tour where you get a ton of bang for your buck, this is it.
If you were considering a Prague segway tour, consider this tour instead! Not many cities in Europe offer fat tire e-scooters. Check prices and book online here.
Here is where this tour all visits on its ultimate itinerary:
- Charles Bridge
- The Old-New Synagogue
- Parizska Street
- Old Town Hall & Astronomical Clock
- Prague Castle
- Letna Beer Garden
- Letna Park
- John Lennon Wall
- Frank Kafka Museum
- Devil’s Channel
- Faculty of Law, Charles University – Oldest University in Central Europe
- Staromestske Namesti
- Spanish Synagogue
- New Town
- Rudolfinum (renaissance building)
- Straka Academy – Seat of Czech Parliament
- Ministry of Industry and Trade
- Strahov Monastery
- Lesser Town
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6. Stroll Across Charles Bridge
Walk across one of the most iconic bridges in the world. The Charles Bridge connects Prague Castle and Old Town Prague. Skip the subway or taxi, walk across the bridge, and take in the gorgeous views of Prague.
7. Take a Vltava River Cruise
Often called the “Prague Venice,” the waterways around the old city are a must-see when visiting Prague. Hop aboard a boat and cruise down the Vltava River under the Charles Bridge and along the Prague Castle.
A day on the Vltava River is one of the best things to do in Prague on a beautiful summer afternoon.
We really loved this Prague tour that includes a 1-hour river cruise plus many of the Prague highlights all on one tour. It was probably our favorite days in Prague on our last trip!
8. Check Out Prague’s Famous Nightlife
Prague has become well known for being a late-night party spot. Throughout the city, you can find clubs and bars that go all night. There are so many places to go out that they even offer nightclub tours like this, where you can visit hard-to-find places and see more of Prague’s nightlife.
If it is your first time in Prague, we suggest joining this Prague bar crawl. The price is a steal. It includes 2 hours of unlimited beer, wine, vodka, absinthe, and one free shot at the four different bars it visits.
If you walk out sober from this tour, we would be shocked! It is a great way to check out some of the best bars and meet some new friends.
Related Article: A Guide to the Best of Prague’s Nightlife
9. Catch The View From The Top Of Old Town Hall Tower
The best view of Old Town is at the top of the city hall tower. We got the above photo during December when the Prague Christmas markets were in full effect.
No matter what time of year, the views of Old Town are amazing and worth the trip up.
10. Check Out Prague’s Irreverent Art
Scattered all around the city are large pieces of art that give hints to Prague’s rebellious and unique spirit. Artist David Černý is responsible for a number of larger-than-life pieces that poke fun at social norms and political issues.
To see all of his works, you can take a sculpture tour.
11. Visit the Old Jewish Cemetery
In the centuries past, Prague had a sizable Jewish population and presence in the city. However, they were confined to a small part of town and given only a small plot of land for a cemetery. Over many generations, more and more people were buried here.
According to Jewish traditions, remains could not be moved, so instead, they went up. They moved the headstones up and buried more people on top. The result is thousands of tombstones crammed into a small piece of land in the center of Prague’s Jewish Quarter. The cemetery and adjoining museum are worth a visit.
If you are looking for the best tour of Prague’s Jewish Quarter, book this private tour with Yvonne. This private 3-hour tour is super affordable, considering it is private.
The guide will meet you at your hotel, and you’ll visit all the synagogues in the Jewish Quarter and the Jewish cemetery, but because it is a private tour, it really is up to you where you want to go.
12. See the Spanish Synagogue
What makes the Spanish Synagogue one of the top attractions is the beautifully detailed interior. Covered with elaborate title work and gold leaf, the building is absolutely stunning. Definitely, put this on your list of things to do in Prague.
13. Catch a Glimpse of Prague’s Rebellious Side At The John Lennon Wall
Grab a camera and take a selfie at the John Lennon Wall. It’s not your normal, boring old wall. The John Lennon wall is filled with inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from the Beatles’ songs. Images of John Lennon first started appearing on this wall in 1980 after the Artist’s assassination.
The wall also became a place where young Czechs would air their grievances with the government. During Communist times, it was frequently painted over. However, each time, it was quickly re-covered with poems, song lyrics, and flowers.
Even to this day, this wall is continuously changing, so it’s one of the things to do in Prague on every visit because it will look different every time.
14. Head To Petrin Lookout Tower
To get to the top, you can take the easy way via the funicular, or you can get a workout in and make the 30-minute hike to the top. Once at the tower, walk the 299 steps to the observation terrace or cheat and take the elevator.
15. Eat & Shop The Christmas Markets
16. Visit One Of The 280 Museums In Prague
If one of your days in Prague is rainy and you are looking for indoor Prague activities, consider checking out some of the museums. According to Trip Advisor, there are 280 museums in Prague.
We jokingly call Prague the city of museums. There is a museum for everything: beer museum, fantastic illusions, Jewish History, toys, toilets, sex machines, KGB museum, gingerbread, a museum of senses, and 270+ others.
You could spend the whole day museum hopping. Some are worthwhile, and others are tourist traps. We’ve put together the 11 best museums in Prague to get that number down to something more manageable.
17. Walk Around Wenceslas Square
Wenceslas Square is in the heart of New Town Prague, a lively part of town with shops, bars, and restaurants. In the center of the square is a statue of King Wenceslas in front of the National Museum.
The surrounding area is home to some of the city’s best beer pubs and breweries and has a much more local feel than Old Town Square.
18. Visit St Vitus Cathedral
One of the most photogenic churches we have visited is St Vitus Cathedral, inside the walls of Prague Castle. A visit to this stunning cathedral is something you can’t miss while visiting Prague.
Related: Your 1st Hand Guide to Prague Castle
19. Visit The 2nd Ugliest Building In The World
With all of Prague’s beautiful buildings getting most of the attention, most don’t make it out to see Prague’s ugliest building. Often among the top 10 ugliest buildings in the world, the Zizkov TV Tower is such a stark contrast to the rest of the city.
So why is it one of the places in Prague you should go see? Besides gawking at this 1960s communist-era eyesore, the tower also has a few observation decks with decent views of the city of Prague.
20. Drink The Local Favorite Alcohol
You can’t visit the Czech Republic without trying one of the country’s favorite liquors, Becherovka. This potent mix is distilled and blended with herbs and spices. It is said to be a digestive aid, but it often feels like this is just an excuse to have a drink.
21. Drink A Beer At U Pinkasů The Original Pilsner Urquell Tasting Room
U Pinkasů restaurant is one of Prague’s best-hidden gems tucked away in plain sight. Visit the very first tasting room of the famous brand Pilsner Urquell, right in the heart of Old Town. A small beer garden is located just outside an old church and makes for a perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Be sure to try the Pilsner Urquell Masters series of beers! There are tons of beer gardens in Prague. Make sure to plan time in your day to visit a different one every day. This is our favorite beer garden in Prague, and we visit it every time we are in town.
22. Check out The Political & Frank Kafka Inspired Art Of Prague
Located outside the Franz Kaffka Museum is another one of Prague’s most interesting statues. Visit David Cerny’s ‘Piss’ statue, where past political leaders animatronically urinate on a map of the Czech Republic.
There is even a phone number that you can text, and the men will write out the message for you!
23. See Prague At Night
As impressive as Prague Castle is during the day, it’s magical under the lights. The city does a great job lighting the buildings of the castle, and from across the river, you can get great views and photos at night.
Never head out without your camera in Prague. Make sure to snap these 15 stunning views of Prague.
We hope we helped you put together the perfect Prague itinerary and helped you narrow down the top Prague attractions you want to see. If you have any questions about traveling to Prague Czech Republic, or Europe in general, please leave them below in the comments.