Top 10 things to do in Prague
Prague is renowned as the architectural jewel in Europe’s crown. Nicknamed the “city of a thousand spires”, as you glance over its 1,100-year-old skyline you’ll be rewarded with countless splendid views of lovely domed churches and soaring old towers that combine to make Prague one of Europe’s must-see cities. Prague possesses an eclectic mix of history, culture, ambiance, nightlife, beauty and affordability. Lovers of amazing architecture, historical ambiance, and incredible Gothic skylines will fall in love, and find countless of things to do in Prague.
1. Visit Prague Castle
In Prague’s Hradčany neighborhood, Prague Castle (Pražský hrad), once the home of Bohemia’s kings, is today the official residence of the Czech Republic’s President and one of the city’s most visited tourist attractions. Originally built as a walled fortress around 970 AD, the castle has changed dramatically over the years and contains examples of most of the leading architectural styles of the last millennium. Within the castle walls are a number of Prague’s most popular tourist sites, including St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, the Powder Tower, the Old Royal Palace, and the Golden Lane.
2. Charles Bridge
One of the most recognizable old bridges in Europe, magnificent Charles Bridge (Karlův Most) boasts 32 unique points of interest along its 520-meter span. Built in 1357, the bridge is famous for its many fine old statues. Among the most important are that of Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and that of John of Nepomuk, the country’s most revered saint, unveiled in 1683 (a more recent superstition involves rubbing the plaque at the base of the statue for the granting of a wish). Other highlights include spectacular views over the River Vltava and the structure’s superb Gothic gates.
3. Drink a world famous beer
The Czechs claim to have the best beer (pivo) in the world and Prague is a great place to test this claim. The huge choice of bars in the city offer famous Czech lagers such as Budvar and Staropramen alongside craft beers from the top microbreweries in the country. Find your favourite!
4. The Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock
The historic center of Prague, the Old Town (Staré Město), is where you’ll find the splendid Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí), one of the best places to begin exploring the city. Here you’ll find the Tyn Church and the Clementinum, along with numerous other fine old churches, as well as splendid old architecture dating back as far as the 11th century, while the Jewish Quarter, Josefov, is just a short walk north.
5. Prague Zoo
Opened in 1931, the superb Prague Zoo is not only one of the top attractions in the city, it also ranks among the world’s top 10 zoological parks (based on visitor reviews). In the Troja suburbs just a short distance north of the city center, this 143-acre attraction is an especially fun outing for those traveling with kids. Prague Zoo is voted the 4th best zoo in the world.
6. The Municipal House
The Prague Municipal House (Obecní dům) is widely considered one of the finest examples of Art Nouveau in the city. Built in 1912, this splendid civic building is also home to one of Prague’s most important (and largest) concert venues, Smetana Hall, and boasts numerous striking features, from its sumptuous façade with a large mural on the arch above the second floor balcony to the large dome that rests behind and above the arch.
7. Czech Delicacies
Koleno is popular Czech dish for meat lovers. Koleno is a large chunk of pork knee marinated in beer and served with pickled vegetables and dark Czech bread.
Not for you? Another popular Czech delicacy is pickled cheese, a soft Camembert like cheese with an edible rind, submerged in oil, spices and garlic served with chili peppers and Czech fried bread. This hot and creamy snack is a must try!
8. John Lennon Wall
Far from the Beatles hometown of Liverpool, Prague offers a shrine to one of most known bands in the world. This unique wall is covered in John Lennon and The Beatles lyrics, graffiti and quotations dating back to the 1980’s.
9. Take a Cruise on the Vltava
Looking for an unique way to see Prague? Take a cruise on the Vltava and see the numerous historical buildings and monuments Prague has to offer. Escape the hustle and bustle of a busy city center to enjoy the beauty of Prague from quieter surroundings.
10. Prague Night Life
Prague’s nightlife has it all. World renowned for its jazz and classical music, there are many live music venues in Prague that can provide a good evening of entertainment. Take a stroll down the riverside and arrive at JazzDock which draws some of the best local jazz musicians. For serious clubbers, the Cross Club is an industrial nightclub in every sense of the word. Located in an industrial setting, the interior is a must-see jumble of gadgets, shafts and cranks, many of which move to the music. Not enough? Try out the biggest nightclub in Central Europe, Karlovy lázně, spread over 5 floors in a 15th century building – there is something for everyone.
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