Prague: 10 Top Things to Do and See

Prague's Spires, Czech Republic

Over the 4 years I lived in Prague, I used and refined this list many times. It is useful as a tour list, the Top 10 Must-Do Things in Prague.

The city is relatively small and easy to navigate and tour, but even more, it is, in my opinion, the most beautiful city in Europe.

Prague: 10 Top Things to Do and See

Day 1:

1. The Charles Bridge: Prague's Charles Bridge

As early as you can, kick off your jetlag and pick up coffee at one of the cafes on the way to the Charles Bridge. Walk the cobblestones of the bridge, which was constructed in 1357 under the rule of King Charles IV to cross the Vltava River. Three tall towers have guarded the Charles Bridge for centuries, and 30 haunting statues gaze over pedestrians as they cross. Read more…

2. Old Town Square: Prague's Old Town, Astronomical Clock, Tyn Church, and Christmas markets

Wander through the serpentine cobbled streets toward Prague’s Old Town Square. With its alfresco cafes, Astronomical Clock, its imposing Gothic Tyn Church and Baroque St. Nicholas Church, you’ll see centuries of history surrounding you in the buildings lining the square. In December, the Christmas markets set up in the square are lively, especially when it snows. Read more …

3. Jewish Cemetery Prague's Jewish Cemetery

Little more than a stone’s throw from Old Town Square, the Old Jewish Quarter stands near the Vltava River as an inseparable part of the city’s fabric.  The small patch of ground of the Old Jewish Cemetery contains over 12,000 tombs on the surface, with tens of thousands more entombed in countless layers underneath — making the sea of tombs seem to ride on unsteady waves. Read more …

4. National Theater performance National Theater, Prague

Do you remember Statler and Waldorf in the Muppets? The two elderly curmudgeons who’d heckle everyone who appeared on the show? Their famous box was as lavish as I could imagine a theater experience, until I sat in the National Theater.  See below on booking tickets. Read more …

Day 2.

5. Prague Castle: majestic Prague Castle

Founded in the 9th century, the Prague Castle is one of the oldest castles in the region. During its long history, the Castle housed Bohemian Kings, Holy Roman Emperors, and Presidents of Czech Republic. Today, the Prague Castle is said to be the biggest ancient castle, and gleams as the jewel glistening above the Vltava River as the centerpiece of Prague. 3 Hours Inside Prague Castle, Read more …

6. St. Vitus Cathedral and Golden Lane Golden Lane, Prague Castle, Prague

Plan to spend the morning touring the soaring St. Vitus Cathedral, with its Gothic spires and colorful stained glass and rose windows, and the quaint artists’ colony built within the Castle walls, the Golden Lane, where Franz Kafka once lived, with houses dating back to the 15th century. Read more …

7. Lobkowicz Palace: View over Prague from the Lobkowicz Palace, Hradcany

If there is one place that must be visited in Prague, it is the Lobkowicz Palace.  It has incredible views over Prague from its cafe, where you can sit and enjoy lunch, a daily hour-long midday quartet concert, and an exceptional tour of their family’s royal treasures, including Canaletto paintings and Beethoven’s original 5th Symphony scores. It is my favorite place of all. Read more …

8. U Fleku: U Fleku Beer Hall Prague

The beer hall built in 1499 which has been brewing for over 500 years. A meal there comes complete with accordion players, long oak tables, and oodles of Czech beer. Read more …

Day 3.

9. Strahov Monastery: Library at Strahov Monastery, Prague: A setting in my work-in-progress novel, Water Lily

For the most spectacular view in Prague, venture up to Strahov Monestary, which sits high up on Petrin Hill. The Libraries inside the Monestary contain a rare collection of books dating back hundreds of years, 17th century globes, breathtaking frescos, and rare collections of artifacts. It is a place worth paying a few extra crowns to be able to take photos. To access the panoramic view, walk from the front gates, past the libraries and church and brewery, through a small portal in the east-facing stone wall. Read more …

For the rest of Day 3, I suggest walking along Nerudova Street, past the shops and through local shops, visit St Nicholas Church of Mala Strana, and back down to Charles Bridge. For dining suggestions, see below.

Day 4 and more:

10. Nelahozeves Castle: the beautiful courtyard surroundings, Nelahozeves Castle, Czech Republic

“The monumental Nelahozeves Castle, one of Bohemia’s finest Renaissance castles, is situated on a gentle slope overlooking the Vltava River in the village of Nelahozeves (birthplace of the great Czech composer Antonín Dvořák), approximately 35 km north of Prague.” The tour of Nelahozeves Castle offers an intimate glimpse into the royal Bohemian life inside the walls of a castle. Read more …

Other noteworthy links:

Prague, in Wintertime

Prague Castle, Reflections at Night

Before you go:

a) Buy tickets to a performance at the National Theater. The theater itself is exceptionally beautiful, and the tickets are inexpensive, yet the performances are first class. My personal favorites are The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake.

b) Take a break from the standard travel hotel, and reserve a place that’s inspiring like the Mamaison Riverside, the Maximilian, or The Golden Well.

c) Plan to save your Koruna for an unforgettable dinner at Terasa U Zlate Studne, overlooking Prague. Other favorite restaurants include Pasta Fresca (near Old Town Square), SaSaZu (Asian fusion), and Grosseto Pizzeria Marina (a docked riverboat, inexpensive, with great views of the Castle).

What to Bring:

Prague can be toured in 3 days — just be sure to pack your jacket (the weather is often unpredictable), sturdy walking shoes (everything is cobblestone), and your camera. You might feel as if you’ve visited a fairy tale, with all of the castles and spires and history. Once you’ve gone, and you’ll want photographs to prove to yourself that you really were there.

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