Things to do in Prague in One Day
Add Prague to your bucket list now! Not convinced? These 8 things to do in Prague might just change your mind.
I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Prague this December during my Epic European Christmas Market Adventure and was pleasantly blown away by how much immediate love I had for the city of a hundred spires. Paul visited Prague solo last year over his birthday weekend while working in Switzerland. I was so jealous that he’d been to somewhere I have longed to go, so I was so happy to finally be there…and I was not disappointed! Prague offers centuries worth of well-preserved architecture, history, culture, and incredible food. There are so many incredible things to do in Prague without even trying, but I’ve listed my favorites!
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Walk the Charles Bridge
Constructed by King Charles IV in the 1300’s, this bridge was the only way to cross the Vltava River for over 300 years. This bridge is for pedestrians only. Stroll across and watch boats floating down the river and check out the statues of saints that line the bridge.
Prague’s famous astronomical clock or the “Orloj” is found in the Old Square on the Old Town Hall wall. The Orloj dates all the way back to 1410! It is the third oldest clock in the world and the oldest working clock in the world. Watch the “Walk of the Apostles” every hour on the hour, as they march by and mark the time. Legend has it that Prague will be in danger if the clock is not meticulously maintained.
Known as the largest ancient castle in the world, Prague castle is the official office of the President of the Czechia and the most popular attraction in Prague. The crown jewels of Bohemia are stored in a secret room inside the castle. At Christmas time you can find a charming market on the grounds of the castle.
St. Vitus Cathedral
Included on the grounds of Prague castle is St. Vitus Cathedral. This gorgeous gothic structure is the seat of the archbishop of Prague and is also the largest cathedral in the country.
Old Town Square
This is the heart of old Prague, an area of the city that will make you feel as if you’ve been transported back 300 years in time! With cobblestone walkways surrounded by ancient buildings. Here you will find the Orloj (Astronomical clock), the gothic church of Our Lady Before Tyn, Old Town Hall and other museums and churches. If you visit Prague at Christmas or Easter time, markets overflow the square and make the town even more beautiful and festive.
This constantly evolving monument was once just a plain old wall! After his death in 1980, John Lennon’s portrait was painted on this wall. In 1988 it was a place where young Czechs would write their grievances against the then Communist regime. Despite constant attempts to reclaim the wall and countless coats of whitewash, the wall is now an ever-changing shrine to political activism and the pacifist movement. By the time you visit the Lennon Wall, it will probably look completely different from this picture. You can often find performers singing Beatles songs in tribute to John Lennon, like this guy who really wanted to go back to the 60s.
Take a Boat Ride to Na Kampe
Definitely one of the most heart-eyes charming parts of Prague is in Mala Strana. If it weren’t for cars and electricity, you would believe you had traveled back in time. To add to the lovelieness is the Venitian-like water ways where you can hop on a boat and sail alongside the swans.
Eat All the Food
I was pleasantly surprised to find that Prague is an incredible foodie city! We mostly ate market food on this trip, but splurged and dined at Divinis which was DIVINE and probably one of the best meals I’ve had in my entire life! Be sure to try the deer, but really everything we had was mind-blowingly delicious! Be sure to try some Czech classics such as fried cheese (OMG!), Kulajda (a creamy potato soup), Svickova (a creamy vegetable sauce with dumplings), sausages, and duck…lots of duck!
Have I convinced you to visit Prague? I hope so! I can’t wait to take the kids back next year.