10 things to do in Prague
Prague has a wealth of spectacular sights, vibrant neighborhoods, and a rich musical history and culture. The Golden City makes you feel like you were inserted into a fairy tale complete with iconic gothic architecture and narrow, winding cobbled streets. You can explore Prague in a one-day trip for all the important sights by foot if you plan ahead. However, I underestimated such a beautiful city and next time I would do 2 days minimum to get the entire experience. Due to our lost luggage, I only had my iPhone and GoPro camera to shoot this majestic city. This was one city I truly wished I had my DSLR because everywhere you look there is something worth capturing. Prague’s gothic, rustic charm makes this city very photogenic. Moreover, Prague has a high concentration of beautiful buildings all condensed into a bustling city, intensifying its beauty. Every building is detailed with different carvings, statues, and colors that accentuate the bohemian and gothic architecture. Here are the top 10 things to do in Prague.
Czech it out!
1. Stay in Old Town Prague
The proper lodging and location is important when exploring Prague because it is such a walking friendly city. We stayed at Clarion Hotel Prague Old Town. Our room was very nice, tidy, and clean. When we first got in, they even prepared a map of the city and brochures for nearby dining. On top of all of that, there was a nice fruit platter which was very welcoming after coming from Italy and not really eating any veggies or fruits at all, oops!
The Clarion Hotel has complimentary breakfast and the dining area is spacious, clean and very inviting. In the states, you expect a bagel and coffee and some hot items if you’re lucky. At the Clarion in Prague there are all sorts of options and plenty of choices including multiple traditional Czech sausage dishes, bacon, a fruits and salad bar, and poached eggs. There’s a grains bar where you can customize your own cereal with pumpkin seeds and numerous other options for your breads. There were scones, danishes, and other sweets too. They even have fresh juice and an espresso machine and that was all very welcome. On our last night at Clarion, there were fireworks going off outside and the balcony is the perfect place to view them right over the river.
Clarion Old Town Prague
Location: Hradební 768/9, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
Website: Yelp | Tripadvisor | Website
Tip: Staying close to Old Town Prague truly makes everything walking distance, we didn’t have to take transportation once!
2. Do Lunch on a rooftop hotel
Prague is truly a magical place, its stunning views overlooking the monuments like the Prague Castle and Charles Bridge will take your breath away. While getting lost among the streets of Prague is one way to see the city, another great way to view Prague is to grab a meal while overlooking the cityscape. What you’ll find are some of the most epic views. That said, grab lunch with beautiful views at the Aria Hotel’s restaurant, Coda. The restaurant itself amplifies the theme of music you’ll see not only in the Aria hotel but also throughout Prague. Read more on my review here.
3. Walk across the Charles Bridge
One of the most iconic structures in Prague! Unfortunately, it was rainy and gloomy the day we walked across the Charles Bridge so my picture does not do it justice. However, its beauty still shines through boasting 16 arches with 30 statues of religious figures. Truly a great walk across the cobblestones with picture perfect views of the Vltava river.
4. See the John Lennon Wall
Colorful graffiti covers the entire wall filled with inspirational lyrics, images, and words. The wall provides a message of inspiration and hope after John Lennon passed away in 1980.
John Lennon Wall
Location: Velkopřevorské náměstí, 100 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic
Tip: It will be a hit or miss depending on what art and graffiti is up there.
5. Walk to Old Town Square
Old Town Prague is a tourist must. It’s a beautiful part of Prague with stunning and colorful architecture at every turn. This historical area has ancient buildings and churches dating back from the 12th century. As you walk around, you can’t help but be amazed by the aesthetic excellence all around you. Be sure to stop to admire the Town Hall Clock Tower, you can even go to the top for a nice view overlooking the Old Town. Wander around the shops, cafes, and little food stands while listening to a variety of musicians perform around the square. I wish I was here during Christmas as they are famous for a festive Christmas market!
Old Town Prague
Location: Staroměstské náměstí, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic
6. Try Prague’s street food and local craft beer
As you wander Old Town, you will encounter plenty of little food vendors on the street selling Prague’s local snacks. You will see sausages to palacinky pancakes to hit both your salty and sweet taste buds.
The trdelnik, a soft dough cooked through a cylinder and baked dusted with cinnamon and sugar.
Prague and beer (pivo) are inseparable, a city famous for producing and consuming Pilsner beer. While Pislner Urquell is tops in Prague you can find many other breweries offering award-winning brews. Since we had limited time there, we stopped by U Tri Ruzi for some delicious Czech beer. If you are serious about your beer, you can also make a stop at U Medvidku Beer Hall. Cheers!
7. Eat Traditional Czech Food
Everyone must experience a good, traditional Czech meal when in Prague. Yes, the dishes may not be not very “instagrammable” but it is definitely tasty and hearty. When I think of Czech food, it consists of soups, meats, potatoes…all hearty ingredients. Above is a homemade roast beef sirloin in cream sauce with a side of bread.
|The beef goulash was good with a side of crispy potato pancakes, my favorite. I thought overall it was a nice introduction to traditional style Czech food, it will also fill you up. One note, central European food is on the saltier side so hydrate up!
U Červeného kola
Location: Anezska 2, Prague 110 00 , Czech Republic (Praha 1)
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9. Soak in the city’s breathtaking views
No visit to Prague is complete without its amazing city views. Can you believe this is the view from their Starbucks? Walk towards the Castle District up the hill or take the #22 tram up for a magnificent view.
10. Pay a visit to Prague’s Castle District
With only one day in Prague, we tried to squeeze everything we could for Prague’s castle district. Boy did I underestimate the size of this place! You have the Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, and the Golden Lane to visit all together. Pictured above is the St. Vitus Cathedral, a very iconic building in the city. Go early as they close mid-afternoon.
The Castle itself is roughly the size of 7 football fields, wear your comfortable walking shoes!
This charming little street is lined with colorful little houses built into the late gothic wall. It’s within the Castle complex and is nice to walk around and check out small little shops. The neat thing about these shops is how small they are in terms of height. Not only that but the shops are all very brightly colored and this just really stands out especially against the gloomy darkness of the old castle. They certainly look like doll-houses and incidentally their are shops dedicated to selling dolls and marionettes.
Be sure to visit the medieval house with different armory and textiles. Plus, how many times can you say you got to shoot an actual crossbow at a crossbow range in a Medieval castle? You get 3 shots for 50 CZK (about $2 U.S.). Afterwards you can ask to take a picture with your crossbow and you even get to keep the target as a souvenir. You’ll need a ticket to the castle first but I thought the $10 add-on for Golden Lane was worthwhile.