Prague is known as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. There are several stunning sights including the Cathedral and Charles Bridge, and other not so famous areas that are just as interesting.
WHAT TO DO IN PRAGUE
Come explore with us and we’ll tell you what to do in Prague on a short visit including sights you shouldn’t miss and tours you can take to get the most out of your time in the city.
7 SIGHTS TO SEE IN PRAGUE
1. CHARLES BRIDGE
Commissioned by King Charles IV in 1357 the Charles Bridge is a famous historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river. Charles Bridge created a connection that made Prague important as a trade route between Eastern and Western Europe. The bridge is beautiful and interesting with three bridge towers and 30 statues along its walls.
If you’d like to see the Charles Bridge without hordes of tourists and vendors visit early in the morning.
2. OLD TOWN SQUARE
The lovely Old Town Square is located between Wenceslas Square and the Charles Bridge. Many historical monuments are located in the square including the Astronomical Clock, Church of Our Lady before Týn and Church of St Nicholas. During December there are famous Christmas markets set up in the square which attract visitors from across Europe.
3. ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK
The Astronomical Clock also known as Prague Orloj was first installed in 1410, making it one of the oldest in the world. The clock is an amazing sight to behold and is also extremely interesting. The clock shows five different kinds of time and has moving wooden statues representing the apostles, death, vanity, greed and lust. It is a must-see when visiting Prague. For more information about the workings of this amazing clock check out this website.
4. JEWISH QUARTER
Jewish Quarter in Prague is the site of many historical structures including six synagogues, plus the Jewish Ceremonial Hall and the Old Jewish Cemetery. The sites form what is now called the Jewish Museum in Prague and can be visited with a ticket or on a guided tour.
5. KAMPA ISLAND
Kampa Island is a charming oasis in the center of Prague. The island is a lovely place to wander on a spring or summer day. You can see many Prague monuments from the banks the island including Prague Castle, the Cathedral and Charles Bridge. The Museum Kampa, a modern art museum, is another reason for a visit to the island.
6. PRAGUE CASTLE
The enormous Prague Castle property includes many historical buildings such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, Golden Lane and the Old Royal Palace. There are also museums, gardens and even a vineyard. During the reign of Charles IV (1346-1378) the castle became the seat of the Holy Roman Emperor. Prague Castle is said to be the largest castle property in the world. Be sure to visit the Cathedral and charming Golden Lane.
Views of the city from the castle are outstanding and the castle and cathedral are a beautiful part of the view from everywhere else in Prague.
7. METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saints Vitus, Wenceslaus and Adalbert is a Roman Catholic cathedral within the Prague Castle area. The Cathedral contains the remains of many Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors. Don’t miss a peek at the St. Wenceslas Chapel and the Alphonse Mucha stained glass window. You can enter the church for free but if you would like to explore further a ticket is required.
PRAGUE TOURS: FOOD, CULTURE, HISTORY
If you only have a short time in the city, one of the best ways to get the most out of your holiday is to take a guided tour. Here are a few local tours we’d recommend in Prague.
- Discover the secrets of Prague on a guided tour with Prague Unknown
- Go on a foodie adventure with Taste of Prague
- Sample local foods on an Eating Prague Food Tour
- Dive into local beer culture with Taste Local Beer
- Good Prague Tours will take you on a walking tour of the city
- Learn more about history on a Jewish Quarter Walking Tour
BEST PRAGUE BLOGS
Blogs are a great way to discover a city’s secrets. Food blogs, fashion blogs and expat blogs are all fun to read and give insights from a personal perspective. Here are some of the best Prague blogs.
- Go Out is a local event guide
- Expats from Minnesota living in Prague
- Taste of Prague has restaurant tips and they even sell a handy foodie map for €4
- Czech Chicks is a fashion and lifestyle blog
- Scuk has reviews of restaurants, showing places by their popularity and number of visits
- Spotted by Locals has good Prague tips
- Humans of Prague shows street photos and stories about Prague residents
- Unknown Prague explores the history of the city’s neighborhoods
We hope you enjoy your visit to Prague!