With one week in Prague, we hit the ground running trying to see and experience as much as we could in the Golden City. There were times when I was wandering down mazes of cobbles that I had to pinch myself. Is this city even real or is it a dream? We had high expectations and Prague’s beauty and charm managed to exceed all of them. Historical, bohemian, inexpensive and fun. This is a city that is best explored on foot. The swan-filled Vltava River divides this magical city filled with rustic bridges, ancient cathedrals and walled courtyards. Chomping on hearty goulash and drinking a pint of Pilsner, which is cheaper than water, is your reward in the evening after your legs have turned to jello. If you planned on only staying a few days that’s truly a shame. After a full week we felt reluctant to leave.
The following is a list of the Top 35 things to do in Prague:
Prague City History For Visitors
Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, is a destination imbued with a profound historical and cultural legacy, making it an ideal location for tourists with an interest in exploring the past. A synopsis of the city’s history reveals that Prague was established in the 9th century, and it swiftly emerged as a crucial hub for trade and commerce. Over the centuries, Prague was ruled by diverse monarchs and emperors, including Charles IV, who designated Prague as the capital of the Holy Roman Empire in the 14th century.
During the Hussite Wars in the 15th century, Prague assumed a pivotal role in the Protestant Reformation. Subsequently, in the 17th and 18th centuries, Prague flourished as a significant center of the Baroque and Rococo styles of art and architecture. However, in the 20th century, Prague experienced a period of military occupation by Nazi Germany during World War II, followed by integration into the Soviet bloc during the Cold War. Nevertheless, the Velvet Revolution in 1989 marked the cessation of communist rule, and Prague subsequently became a symbol of freedom and democracy.
Today, Prague is a bustling cosmopolitan metropolis, drawing visitors from across the globe. Notable landmarks in the city include the Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, and the Old Town Square. Tourists can also explore Prague’s many museums, galleries, and theaters, as well as its vibrant music and nightlife scenes.
Overall, Prague is an intriguing city boasting an illustrious history that is sure to captivate academic and scholarly tourists who possess an inclination towards historical exploration.
35 Things to Do in Prague: Summer Travel Guide!
Prague Photo Essay
1) Prague Castle
Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world and it is home to several palaces, as well as a cathedral, a basilica, and gardens. Given the entire complex is over seven times the size of a sports stadium, this 13th century charmer would take days to properly appreciate. Some of the top highlights include visiting St. Vitus Cathedral, the Golden Lane and the tomb of St. John of Nepomuk. Although there are many activities in Prague that are free, a visit to Prague Castle is certainly worth the price of admission.
2) Novy Svet
For a quiet little escape from Prague Castle, I highly recommend wandering down Novy Svet. At one time, this cozy little neighborhood was home to servants of the Castle. With a lengthy winding cobbled street, you’ll be in the company of writers and artists who now call this neighborhood home.
3) Kafka Museum
Franz Kafka (1883-1924) was a German language writer of novels who lived mos of his brief, anguished life in Prague. This museum is dedicated to him and his work and you’ll find some of his letters, diary entries and photographs inside. In the courtyard you’ll notice a rather strange sculpture entitled “The Piss”. Inside you’ll find manuscripts, documents and first editions of his work displaying his often darkly paradoxical work.
4) John Lennon Wall
Stroll along the John Lennon Wall and you’ll encounter portraits of Lennon and Yoko Ono. At one time this was just a normal wall; however, since the 1980s it has been covered by images of Lennon with Beatles song lyrics. The graffiti is always evolving, so you never know what you’ll find. The wall represents ideals associated with youth including peace and love. Admire the wall slowly or stand in front of it to take a selfie 😉
5) Prague TV Tower
One of the most distinct landmarks in the city is Prague’s TV Tower (Czech: Žižkovský vysílač). Kind of sticking out like a sore thumb, this modern tower stands tall over the city’s traditional skyline. With an unconventional design resembling a rocket, you’ll notice that there are babies crawling up and down. The local enfant terrible sculptor David Černy is also responsible for creating ‘The Piss.’
6) Czech Food: Goulash
Up next we have a heaping plate of Goulash. Goulash is actually Hungarian but the Czech Republic does have its own variety. What differs between the two is that the Hungarian is usually served with meat, noodles and vegetables and the one from the Czech Republic only has meat. I this at least once a day – while living in Prague – and it is the kind of hearty stick to your ribs meal that goes very well with a Pilsner beer.
7) Saturday Market – Farmarske Trziste Jirak
You can’t visit Prague without checking out a local Farmer’s Market. We just happened to stumble across Farmarske Trziste Jirak, where we were be able to pick up some pastries, cakes, street food and organic products. It was the perfect place for a great leisurely brunch. We ended up feasting on a Balkan burger while snacking on pastries for dessert while people watching.
8) Prague’s Old Town Square
Prague’s Old Town is a place you can’t miss. The elegant buildings in varying pastels are a place that you’ll want to photograph. If you come early in the morning there is hardly anyone, which is in stark contrast to the afternoon when it is a sea of humans.
9) Saint Vitus Gothic Cathedral
Saint Vitus (Czech: Katedrála svatého Víta) is a Gothic cathedral located within the walls of Prague Castle. Inside you’ll be able to admire beautiful stained glass windows designed in the art nouveau style. The cathedral houses the tombs of many Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors as main feature of the Prague Castle complex.
10) Jewish Quarter
If you keep going north from the Old Town Square you’ll find yourself in the Jewish Quarter of Josfov (German: Josefstadt). Completely surrounded by the Old Town, this district was preserved during Nazi German occupation with the intention of being made into a museum of an extinct race. Today, you’ll be able to many architecturally stunning synagogues.
11) KGB Museum
On a rainy afternoon you should consider the KGB Museum as one of the more quirky attractions in the city. Inside the KGB Museum you’ll find old propaganda as well as some unusual pieces like a copy of Lenin’s death mask, the radio from Beria’s cabinet and Trotsky murder weapon.
12) Golden Lane
The Golden Lane (Czech: Zlatá ulička) gets its name because legend has it that Emperor Rudolph was a fan of alchemy. He had alchemists working tirelessly to find a way to turn metal into gold, and to find the secret to eternal life. Dotted with tiny colored homes, you’ll find a museum of armory as one of the top highlights.
13) Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge (Czech: Karlův most) is one of the most popular historic landmarks in the city crossing the Vltava river in Prague. If you walk across during the day, you’ll find musicians, artists, and vendors selling souvenirs. Marvel at the Old Town bridge tower, considered to be a magnificent example of civil gothic-style buildings in the world. Also, be sure to compare and contrast the bridge early in the morning versus mid-afternoon. It is astonishing how quiet and busy it is during these two distinct times in the day.
14) Prague’s Museum of Communism
Prague’s museum of Communism (Czech: Muzeum komunismu) takes a look at the post–World War II Communist regime in former Czechoslovakia. Expect to see lots of posters heavy on propaganda, genuine artifacts and multimedia presentations. Fascinating is the origins of this museum founded by American businessman and Prague bagel extraordinaire Glen Spicker. Much of the collection in the museum was gathered by him at flea markets around the city.
15) Astronomical Clock
When in Prague you can check out the medieval Astronomical Clock (Czech: Pražský orloj) . Founded in 1410, this third-oldest astronomical clock goes off every hour and it is right in the heart of the Old Town. Most fascinating is the skeleton ringing the bell.
16) Czech Street Food: Trdelník
You can’t come to Prague and not sample the street food. One particularly popular item is the Trdlenik (Czech: Trdelník). You can order it with icing sugar, or if you’re feeling adventurous, ask for nutella on the inside. It is fascinating to watch it made: rolled dough wrapped around stick, grilled and covered in a sugary walnut mix. As one of the most popular street food snacks in Prague, you’ll have no problem finding a stall selling these.
17) Feed Swans
Now one of the things I love the most about travel is the unexpected surprises. We didn’t have this particular activity on our schedule but here we are out feeding swans. They’re obviously very used to human contact as we were able to get up close without them feeling intimated.
For really great views of the city you can consider taking the funicular up the hill. However, we ended up walking because the line was really long at the time. Whether walking or taking the tram, it is well worth your time making it to the top for some of the most spectacular views of Prague.
19) Petrin Tower
Petrin Tower (Czech: Petřínská rozhledna) stands 63 meters high on a hill overlooking Prague. It strongly resembles the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and it’s a fairly easy climb to the top. Once used as a lookout and transmission tower, it is now a popular tourist attraction.
20) Maze of Mirrors
Another activity to consider is the Maze of Mirrors. It is more geared towards children but it is still a fun thing to do. As a quirky attraction it is certainly not a must see/do activity; however, if you’re nearby Petrin Tower it is worth a visit.
Vyšehrad is a historical fort located in the city of Prague. Here you’ll find the ruins of Prague’s other castle built in the 10th century, as well as a cemetery that’s the resting place for many of Prague’s artists and great thinkers. Rotunda of St. Martin, just happens to be Prague’s oldest surviving building dating back to the 11th century. According to some, Vysehrad is the first area of settlement in the city.
22) Vltava River Cruise
For a leisurely afternoon, hop on a river cruise and enjoy a scenic journey down the Vltava River. Considering crossing one of its 18 bridges – the most famous being Charles Bridge (mentioned above).
23) Drink Pilsner Beer
Pilsner beer is a Czech institution. This pale lager is known for its golden color, high level of foam and a nice light taste. Deriving its name from the city of Plzen, Bohemia when it was first made back in 1842, the original company is still making it today. The best thing about it is that it is cheaper than water and cola. You better believe I had more than just one 😉
24) Jeleni Prikop Park
After all that sightseeing around the city, you’ll likely want some time to relax. The Jeleni Prikop Park located right behind Prague Castle is a great place for a picnic or a little nap on the grass. It is one of Prague’s many quiet ‘green escapes’ from the heavily frequented tourist attractions.
25) Concert at the National Museum
Here is a cool little fact. Even though the National Museum is currently closed you can still attend musical performances in the evening. You can see if you’re interested in any of the concerts and that way you can get a peek inside of the National Museum.
26) Dancing House
The Dancing House (Czech: Tančící důmis) a building which stands out from the rest, done in the deconstructionist style. Also known as the Fred and Ginger, it was completed in 1996 and is controversial for its non-traditional design in a city known for its Gothic, Baroque and Art Nouveau styles of architecture.
27) Try Absinthe
Anise is a flavored spirit that is extremely popular in Prague. This anise flavored spirit is potent coming in at 45-74% (90-148 proof) derived from flowers and botanicals. You can see it all over in all kinds of different stores. My initial impression was that it was quite tasty. I love any alcohol that tastes like licorice.
28) Mind Maze
There is an activity in Prague called Mind Maze. Basically, you’re locked in the Alchemist’s room for an hour and you have to go through clues to try and figure a way out. It is a mind game that involves a lot of teamwork and hashing out ideas together to solve the puzzle and get out of the room. We ended up doing better than average (according to our guide at the end); however, we didn’t make it out of the room in 60 minutes. Apparently, only 1 in 5 does. Considering it was our first time playing I thought we did okay.
29) Segway Tour
If you tire of walking, Segways are a fun way to get around the cobbled streets. This is especially a good idea if you’ve been walking around the city for a few days in a row and your legs are getting sore.
30) Miniature Museum
Another cool thing you can do is visit the Miniature Museum where you can marvel at microscopic art miniatures by Anatolij Konenko. By wielding a magnifying glass you’ll discover a three dimensional model of the Eiffel Tower and a caravan of camels, just to name a few.
31) Mucha Museum
The Mucha Museum pays homage to Alphonse Mucha, and it’s a must visit if you enjoy art nouveau. Drawing from over 100 exhibits you’ll find paintings, drawings, pastels, photographs and more.
32) Take a Tram
The tram is an easy and inexpensive way to get around the city, plus if offers more of a local experience. We used public transportation frequently as a way to conserve our walking legs.
33) Luxury Car Tour
If you want to explore the city in a more fashionable way we’ve seen people taking luxury car tours. We noticed most 30 minute to one hour tours starting at around 40 Euros.
34) National Museum
One of the most important landmarks in the city, unfortunately the National Museum is closed until 2016 because it is undergoing renovations; however, the collection itself is spread across ten museums here in Prague so you can still visit those.
35) Strahov Monastery
It’s a bit of steep walk to reach the monastery, but the long climb offers great views of the city below. Also, the library inside the monastery is certainly worth a peek!
Prague Accommodations Guide
Are you ready for an unforgettable summer vacation in Prague? With so many accommodation options available, you’ll be spoiled for choice! Whether you’re on a tight budget or looking for a luxurious experience, Prague has something for everyone.
If you’re looking for a touch of luxury, Prague’s hotels are the perfect choice. With a wide range of options to choose from, you’re sure to find one that suits your style and budget. From five-star hotels with breathtaking views of the city to charming boutique hotels in the heart of the historic center, Prague’s hotels are sure to impress.
If you’re traveling on a budget, don’t worry! Prague has plenty of affordable accommodation options, including hostels and Airbnb rentals. Hostels are a great way to meet other travelers and make new friends, while Airbnb rentals give you the chance to experience the city like a local. Plus, you can save money on food by cooking your own meals in the fully equipped kitchen.
Looking for something a little more unique? Why not rent a vacation home or apartment? This is a great option if you’re traveling with a family or a group of friends. You’ll have plenty of space to relax and unwind, and you can enjoy the comfort of a home away from home.
If you love the great outdoors, Prague has several campsites located on the outskirts of the city. Camping is a great way to get back to nature and enjoy the beautiful Czech countryside. Plus, it’s an affordable way to travel, so you can save money on accommodation and spend it on other fun activities.
And if you’re looking for a longer stay, why not consider a serviced apartment? These fully furnished apartments come equipped with everything you need for a comfortable and convenient stay. With a kitchen, living room, and separate bedroom, you’ll feel like you’re living in your own private apartment in the heart of the city.
No matter what your accommodation preferences are, Prague has something for everyone. So why wait? Start planning your summer getaway to Prague today and experience all the city has to offer!
Summer Tours In Prague
Prague, a city renowned for its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant cultural scene, offers a plethora of summer tours that enable visitors to explore the city and discover its hidden treasures. The range of summer tours available in Prague is diverse, catering to various interests and preferences. Here are some of the most noteworthy summer tours in Prague:
- Walking Tours: Walking tours provide a great way to explore the city on foot while learning about its history and culture. These tours, led by knowledgeable guides, offer insights into various facets of the city, including its Old Town, Jewish Quarter, and Prague Castle.
- Boat Tours: Prague, situated on the Vltava River, offers a unique perspective of the city through boat tours. These tours range from short cruises to longer dinner cruises and offer stunning views of Prague’s architectural beauty.
- Food Tours: Prague’s culinary scene is rich and diverse, and food tours provide an excellent opportunity to sample the city’s delicious cuisine. Local guides lead these tours, taking visitors to the best restaurants and food markets, enabling them to experience traditional Czech cuisine and international dishes.
- Beer Tours: The Czech Republic is renowned for its beer, and beer tours offer an insight into the country’s brewing traditions. These tours typically involve visiting local breweries and beer halls, enabling visitors to sample different types of beer while gaining knowledge about Czech beer culture.
- Segway Tours: Segway tours offer a unique and enjoyable way to explore the city, gliding through the streets of Prague and experiencing the city’s landmarks from a different perspective. These tours are led by experienced guides who provide safety tips and show visitors the best routes.
The diverse range of summer tours available in Prague caters to visitors’ diverse interests and preferences, providing an opportunity to learn more about the city and its culture. These tours are conducted by knowledgeable guides who offer insights and enrich visitors’ understanding of the city.
How To Get Around Prague
Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, offers a variety of transportation options during the summer months. Here are some of the most common modes of transportation available:
- Metro: Prague’s metro system is efficient and reliable, providing an easy way to get around the city. The metro has three lines (A, B, and C) that cover most of the city and operates from 5 am until midnight. During peak hours, trains run every 2-3 minutes, while off-peak hours, the frequency reduces to every 4-10 minutes.
- Trams: Prague’s tram network is extensive, covering most of the city’s neighborhoods. Trams operate from 4:30 am until midnight and are a convenient way to get around the city. The frequency of trams varies, with some routes running every few minutes during peak hours, and others running less frequently.
- Bus: Prague has an extensive bus network that covers areas not served by the metro or trams. Buses operate from early morning until midnight and run less frequently than trams and metro.
- Bike: Prague has several bike rental services available, making cycling a popular mode of transportation during the summer months. Biking is a great way to explore the city’s parks and scenic routes, and many of the city’s bike paths are well-maintained and easy to navigate.
- Taxi: Taxis are available throughout Prague, with several taxi companies operating in the city. It is important to use a reputable company and ensure that the taxi has a visible taximeter to avoid being overcharged.
In addition to the above modes of transportation, walking is a popular way to get around the city during the summer months, particularly in the historic city center. With its narrow streets and alleys, walking provides a unique and enjoyable way to experience Prague’s architecture, history, and culture. Overall, Prague offers a variety of transportation options that cater to visitors’ diverse needs and preferences, making it easy to explore the city and enjoy all that it has to offer.
Epic Prague Day Trips
Looking to spice up your summer in Prague? Why not try some epic day trips that will leave you feeling energized and inspired! Here are some of the top destinations you can visit just a short trip away from Prague:
- Cesky Krumlov: This charming town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts beautiful Gothic and Renaissance architecture, as well as a stunning castle overlooking the town. You can take a rafting trip on the Vltava River, sip coffee in cozy cafes, and wander through narrow streets, soaking up the enchanting atmosphere.
- Karlovy Vary: Pamper yourself in the beautiful spa town of Karlovy Vary! This place is known for its hot springs and stunning architecture. Sip mineral water, stroll along the colonnades, and take in the town’s beautiful scenery. And if you’re a movie buff, don’t miss the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival!
- Kutna Hora: Explore the macabre beauty of Kutna Hora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you’ll find the eerie Sedlec Ossuary, a chapel adorned with human bones. The town also features a Gothic church and a former royal palace, giving you plenty of opportunities to indulge in history and culture.
- Terezin: Dive into the past at Terezin, a former military fortress that served as a concentration camp during World War II. Visit the museum, learn about the history of the camp, and pay your respects at the memorials.
- Bohemian Switzerland National Park: Get your adrenaline pumping with a hike through the beautiful Bohemian Switzerland National Park! With stunning rock formations, waterfalls, and gorges, this park is a nature lover’s paradise. Take in the beauty of the Pravcicka Gate, the largest natural sandstone arch in Europe, and explore the nearby villages for a truly unforgettable experience.
These epic day trips from Prague will leave you feeling refreshed, inspired, and full of excitement. So pack your bags, grab your camera, and get ready to discover some of the most beautiful and unique destinations in the Czech Republic!
What To Eat In Prague
If you’re visiting Prague during the summer, you’re in for a treat! The city offers a wide range of delicious food options that will satisfy any palate. Here’s a guide to some of the best summer foods you should try while in Prague:
- Trdelnik: This popular Czech pastry is made of rolled dough that’s wrapped around a stick, grilled, and then coated with sugar and cinnamon. It’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, making it a perfect snack to enjoy while exploring the city.
- Goulash: This hearty stew is made with beef or pork, onions, paprika, and other spices. It’s a staple dish in Czech cuisine and is perfect for filling up on after a long day of sightseeing.
- Smazeny syr: This deep-fried cheese dish is a popular street food in Prague. It’s made with Edam cheese that’s breaded and fried until golden brown, and is often served with tartar sauce or ketchup.
- Kulajda: This traditional Czech soup is made with potatoes, dill, and cream, and often includes mushrooms or smoked meat. It’s a comforting and filling dish that’s perfect for a cool summer evening.
- Smažený řízek: Also known as schnitzel, this breaded and fried meat dish is a staple of Czech cuisine. It’s typically made with pork or chicken, and is often served with potatoes or a fresh salad.
- Cold beer: Prague is famous for its delicious and refreshing beers, which are the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day. Be sure to try a variety of local beers, such as Pilsner Urquell or Staropramen.
- Grilled sausages: Prague’s street vendors offer a wide range of grilled sausages, from traditional Czech klobasa to spicy Hungarian sausages. They’re perfect for a quick lunch or a snack on the go.
- Cernohorsky salad: This refreshing salad is made with sliced cucumbers, sour cream, and dill. It’s a perfect side dish to accompany any meal.
- Knedliky: These steamed dumplings are a staple in Czech cuisine and are often served with meat dishes. They’re made with flour, yeast, milk, and egg, and are usually sliced and served with gravy or sauce.
- Bramboraky: These potato pancakes are made with grated potatoes, flour, eggs, and spices. They’re crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and are often served with sour cream or applesauce.
- Utopenci: This snack consists of pickled sausages that are often served with bread and mustard. It’s a popular bar snack that pairs well with cold beer.
- Palačinky: These thin pancakes are similar to crepes and are often filled with jam, Nutella, or whipped cream. They’re a perfect dessert option for those with a sweet tooth.
- Svickova: This beef dish is typically served with a creamy sauce made with root vegetables, sour cream, and cranberry sauce. It’s a classic Czech meal that’s perfect for a cozy dinner.
- Fried carp: This traditional Christmas dish is available year-round in Prague and is often served with potato salad or bread dumplings. It’s a must-try dish for seafood lovers.
- Halusky: These potato dumplings are similar to gnocchi and are often served with cabbage or cheese sauce. They’re a hearty and filling dish that’s perfect for a cool summer evening.
- Langos: This deep-fried bread is often served with garlic butter, sour cream, and grated cheese. It’s a perfect snack to enjoy at a food stand while exploring the city.
- Kofola: This local soft drink is a favorite among Czechs and is made with a mix of herbs and fruit flavors. It’s a refreshing alternative to soda and pairs well with any meal.
- Medovnik: This honey cake is a popular dessert option in Prague and is made with layers of sponge cake and cream. It’s a perfect sweet treat to indulge in after a day of sightseeing.
- Smažený hermelín: This deep-fried cheese dish is similar to smazeny syr but is made with camembert cheese instead of Edam. It’s a perfect appetizer to share with friends.
- Zelene rezne: This breaded and fried pork cutlet is served with a generous helping of spinach and garlic. It’s a healthy and delicious meal option that’s perfect for those looking for something lighter.
Prague offers a wide range of delicious foods that are perfect for any taste bud. Be sure to try some of these local specialties to truly experience the flavors of this beautiful city!
Prague Final Thoughts
And that sums up our visit to Prague! Our 1 week in the city left us bedazzled and it’s a place that we’d be happy to revisit again in the near future.
Beneath the spires of ancient Prague A city steeped in stories old A place where history’s many fog Lies thick upon the cobbled roads
From Charles Bridge to Old Town Square The past and present intermingle With architecture fine and rare A feast for every sense and single
Above it all, the Castle stands A sentinel to time gone by The echoes of a thousand hands Whose work and dreams will never die
And in the heart of this great place A pulse that beats with life anew A thriving culture, full of grace That welcomes every traveler through
Oh Prague, how you enchant us so With all your wonders to behold A city that will ever glow In memories that will never grow old.
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