With its extraordinary medieval architecture, fascinating past, and super culinary scene, Prague is one of the best cities in Europe to visit. But many travelers may only stay a few days and nights in the Czech capital, so it’s important to make the most of your time and see as much as you can before heading home.
Once you’ve checked into your hotel or dropped off your luggage, it’s time to set-off and explore this magical place. Of all the many exciting sights and experiences Prague has to offer, here’s a brief list of some of the best.
Walk Along Charles Bridge
It wouldn’t be a list of the best things to do in Prague if it didn’t include the Charles Bridge. This iconic structure stretches across the Vltava River, connecting Prague’s Old Town with its castle, and is one of the most-visited spots in the city.
With lovely views in all directions, the bridge is a great place to snap some selfies. And as you make you way from one end to the other, don’t forget to admire the series of Baroque statues depicting a range of saints and holy figures.
Admire the Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square
Old Town Square is one of Prague’s main gathering places. At almost any time of day, you can see groups of tourists admiring the colorful facades of the buildings surrounding the square, or gathering around the famous Prague Orloj astronomical clock, which is the oldest of its kind still in use.
The clock dates back to the early 15th century. It’s beautiful to admire at any time, with its decorative, intricate dials, but visitors should try to visit on the hour in order to see the clock’s figures move around.
Take a Tour of Prague Castle
Of all the many historic buildings dotted across the city, Prague Castle is the grandest and most impressive. Built in the 9th century, this castle has hosted kings, emperors, and presidents during its lifetime.
With multiple churches, palaces, halls, and gardens nestled behind the castle walls, Prague Castle almost feels more like a small town than a simple castle. It can take quite a long time to see it all, however, so you might be better booking a guided tour of the main sights, like Golden Lane and Saint Vitus Cathedral.
Admire the Art of the Lennon Wall
For something much more modern and urban, seek out the John Lennon Wall. Situated in a relatively quiet corner of the city, this once-unremarkable wall was first painted with pictures of John Lennon and Beatles-style graffiti back in the 1980s, after the musician’s tragic assassination.
More street artists kept the trend going in the years that followed, and the Lennon Wall is still going strong to this day. Even after it was painted entirely white back in 2014, new graffiti appeared the very next day. Part of what makes the wall so special is that it’s always changing, with a new array of “love and peace” themed messages appearing with every passing week.
Take a Stroll in Letna Park
Prague has plenty of vast green spaces for calming strolls whenever the hustle and bustle of the city starts to get on top of you. Letna Park is one of the best, boasting some of the most amazing views across the Old Town.
Visitors can stroll along the many footpaths, admire the views, or even bring a picnic to enjoy with friends and family. There’s also a unique sculpture here, known as the Metronome. As the name suggests, it takes the form of a fully functioning metronome and is believed to be one of, if not the largest metronome on Earth.
Explore the Jewish Quarter
Josefov, or the Jewish Quarter, is an oft-overlooked part of Prague. Many visitors pass straight through the Old Town and across the Charles Bridge without ever exploring this small, unique area, but it’s definitely worth checking out.
Visitors can see multiple historic synagogues here, including the Gothic Old New Synagogue, dating back to the 1200s. The area was also the birthplace of famed Bohemian writer, Franz Kafka, who is celebrated elsewhere around Prague with museums and sculptures. For the best experience of the Josefov, book a guided tour.
Make the Most of Your Prague Visit
These are just some of the many interesting and exciting things to enjoy in Prague. Fortunately, most landmarks are quite close together in the city center, so it’s not too tricky to get around and see all you want to see. With that said, it’s still wise to plan out your itinerary before you go to make the most of each and every day.