Add Prague to your bucket list now! Not convinced? These 8 things to do in Prague might just change your mind.
Things to do in Prague in One Day
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! If you’re wondering what to do in Prague, this will help you narrow down the best spots to see in a short amount of time.
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Walk the Charles Bridge
If you visit Prague, walking across the Charles Bridge is a must. Constructed by King Charles IV in the 1300s, this bridge was the only way to cross the Vltava River for over 300 years. This bridge is for pedestrians only and is one of the top things to do in Prague. Stroll across and watch boats floating down the river and check out the statues of saints that line the bridge.
Prague Astronomical Clock
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. The cathedral is beautiful and commanding. Some of my favorite treats from my Prague Christmas market trip were from this market.
Old Town Square Prague
This is the heart of old town 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.
The Lennon Wall is one of the best things to do in Prague. 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 loveliness is the Venitian-like waterways where you can hop on a boat and sail alongside the swans. This view is one of the most beautiful things to see in Prague and I definitely wouldn’t skp this stop!
Eat All the Food
I was pleasantly surprised to find that Prague is an incredible city for foodies! 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! This restaurant is one of the best places to visit in Prague without a doubt!
Have I convinced you to visit Prague? I hope so! I can’t wait to take the kids back next year.
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