Rated as one of the most romantic cities in the world, Prague is a beautiful, historic city full of fascinating sites and dripping with culture. There are so many great activities to explore that it can be overwhelming to choose and plan out your trip. Here’s my list of the things you must do on a visit to Prague.
What You Must Do on a Prague Vacation
Originally built in 970 AD, Prague Castle has acted as the seat of power for leaders, kings and emperors. This impressive structure is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest ancient castle in the world. Due to its diverse and long-lasting history, as well as the sheer volume of interesting sites inside, Prague Castle is a must-see on any time spent in the city.
Within its spacious walls sits many other famous landmarks: St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace and the Golden Lane, just to name a few. It will take you hours to explore everything the castle has to offer, but it is worth it.
My favorite spot has to be the Golden Lane. This row of perfectly preserved houses gives you a glimpse into what life was like in medieval times. Visitors are allowed inside of these homes, which feature traditional furniture and trappings. You’ll be teleported back in time.
The castle grounds are open 6am – 10pm. Ticket prices range from CZK 70 ($3 USD) to CZK 350 ($15 USD) depending on which sites you want to visit. Prague Castle is located at 119 08 Prague 1.
The Old Town Square
Much like Prague Castle, Old Town Square is an impressive piece of preserved history. Some of the buildings in this square date as far back as the 12th century. It was originally the central market for Prague and, over time, wealthy merchants erected opulent buildings to showcase their wealth and success.
Some must-see spots in the square: St. Nicholas Church, Tyn Church and the Astronomical Clock. If you enjoy historical European architure, this landmark site will not disappoint. Be sure to stay at least an hour in the square to catch the 12 Apostles figurines make their procession around the clock.
It is located at 110 00 Praha 1.
If you are visiting Prague in the warmer months, stopping in at a beer garden is a must. This casual outing is a way for locals of all ages and classes to get together in an unassuming atmosphere and enjoy a drink. These areas feature long stretches of picnic tables with some vendors selling delicious sausages and Czech beer.
Letna Park is a great place a spot for this as it offers some stunning views of the city in a relaxed atmosphere.
Eat in the Karlin District
The Karlin District in Prague is the new hotspot for young, working professionals. Just 20 years ago, it would have been considered a rough area; but it has since seen a revitalization with many artisanal shops and gourmet restaurants springing up.
Some of the best spots to grab a meal or snack:
- Lokal Hamburk, located in the main Karlin square, serves affordable, traditional Czech cuisine in a modern atmosphere.
- Krystal Mozaika Bistro also serves Czech cuisine with stunning presentations and modern twists.
- Wokker is a tiny, asian, takeout joint that offers up some great soups.
- Simply Good is a wonderful bakery serving up delicious pastries and fresh bread.
What are some of your favorite spots in Prague? Comment below and let me know.