Experience Prague Top Things To Do & See
Traveling to Prague for the first time? Here is my list of the best way to experience Prague.
Old Town Square
Prague is famous for it colorful bohemian architecture, and there Old Town Square is the best place to see it. The Old Town Square is the in heart of Prague’s old town, across the rivier from Prague castle. Not only can you admire all the architecture, but its a great spot to get a quick treat and people watch. There are lots of tourists in this area, so it is best before 10am or later in the evening.
Perched on a hill, along side the River, sits the Prague Castle. Constructed in the 9th century, Prague Castle has been home to Bohemian Kings and queens, Roman Emperors, and is now home to the Czech President. According to the Guinness World Records, Prague Castle is the largest castle and grounds of the ancient world. This is the number one visited place in Prague; go early to avoid crowds and cover as much ground as possible.
Walk across Vltava River on the Charles Bridge for amazing views of Prague. The historic Charles Bridge was constructed in the 1350s and completed in the early 15th century; it was used as the main connection between Prague Castle and Prague’s old town. This pedestrian only bridge, is great place to watch the many talented street performers of Czech Republic.
The Lennon Wall is one of the best places to see the street art of Prague. Located on the west side of the river, just south of the Charles Bridge. Take a moment, take in the works. Note this does get crowded, best to visit early in the morning or later in the evening.
Eat Funnel Cake
Do not leave Prague with out trying Funnel Cake. This sweet traditional Czech dessert, is made by pouring dough on to a spinning rod over a BBQ; creating the funnel like shape. Sweet on its own, funnel cakes are often toped with chocolate, ice cream and more. The best funnel cakes I found were ones burning over the wooden stoves next to Matthias Gate.
Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral
A small, unimpressive orthodox church, Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral has more significance in Czech history than any other church in the Czech Republic. It was during World War II, in 1942, that the cathedral was the last stand for a number of Czech and Slovak patriots who, in Operation Anthropoid, had assassinated Reinhard Heydrich, the Nazi SS Obergruppenführer and General of Police. These Czech and Slovack patriots were held up in an unreal gun battle, and took their own lives to avoid capture.
Prague Astronomical Clock
Just off the old town square, the Prague Astronomical clock was built in 1410, making it the 3rd oldest astronomical clock in the world. Each hour the Prague Astronomical clock comes to life. With animation of “The Walk of the Apostles”, and a figure representing death striking the hour. The 3 addition characters on the Prague Astronomical Clock, along with the figure of death, depict the 4 evils of humans: vanity, greed, death, and lust.
Drink Czech Beer
Super Cheap and Super good, drink Czech beer while you are in Prague. Known to have the most beer drinkers per capita, the Czech Republic is home to some of the world’s best beer; Pilsner Urquell being the most famous. Drink beer at a beer garden, such as U Fleků, or go to one of the many cafes offering Czech craft brews.
The Changing of the Guards at Matthias Gate
Prague’s changing of the guard takes place at Matthias Gate, located right before the main entrance of Prague Castle. This simple and well executed procession takes places at 12:00 PM daily. It tends to be ass to elbow with people shoving to get a picture, make sure to set up shop about 40 minutes prior.
Man Hanging Out Statue
Easily missed, the ‘Man Hanging Out’ statue is suspended several stories in a narrow alley in the heart of Prague’s Old Town. The suspended statue depicts Sigmund Freud, world famous Austrian psychoanalyst, hanging on to a bar by one hand. The statue is 7 ft tall, and made of bronze. Some say the artist depicts Freud analyzing whether or not to hang on or let go.
Opera at the National Theater
As the national monument of Prague’s history and art, the National Theater is a must see. Resurrected in 1881, experience some of the best Opera, Ballet or Drama ensembles at the National Theater, located on the eastern banks of the Vltava river.
The Cold War Museum
The Cold War Museum in Prague is located in the basement of a hotel in Wenceslas Square. Let the guide take you down to the secret bunkers of the Soviet Union with in what was a Soviet controlled VIP Hotel. Learn how Soviet Police would place each guest, how they were able to listen in on phone calls, and in room conversation. Learn about how the Soviet Union would use the bunker as a nuclear escape room; Equipped with a make shift hospital and fresh circulating air.
Built in 1891, Petrin Tower, is a 200 + foot steel framed lookout tower on top of Petřín hill, closely resembling the Eiffel Tower. Use the Petřín funicular which links Prague’s Malá Strana district with the top of Petřín hill.
Listen to a symphony at the Rudolfinum
The Rudolfinum is a neo-renaissance building in Prague, situated on Jan Palach Square on the bank of the river Vltava. Since the late 1800s, the Rudolfinum has been associated with music and art; a great place to see The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra or any great symphony.
Located in New Town, Prague, Wenceslas Square is named after Saint Wenceslas, the patron saint of Bohemia. Lined with historical buildings from World War II and the Soviet occupation, Wenceslas Square is more renown for it’s historical importance than what it is today: a Boulevard packed with your typical fast fashion/cheap retail and fast food chains, cheap souvenir shops you find anywhere.