Prague – What to Do & Sightseeing

Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic and known for its buildings that combine different architectural styles. It’s a very beautiful city and contains side-by-side examples of Baroque, Gothic and Rennaissance architecture. In some cases, the styles are combined together on the same structure. There are a lot of free and cheap tour options in the city, so make sure to join one of those tours for a chance to hear about Prague’s rich and diverse history.

If you’re looking for restaurants and bars to go to, check out my other blog post “Prague – Where to Eat & Drink.”

Prague – What To Do & Sightseeing

Royal Walk: Free Walking Tour – Discover Prague
Website / TripAdvisor
Hours: Every day 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00 (2.5 hours in duration)
Cost: FREE (Tips only)
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I highly recommend that you sign up for this free walking tour which is offered multiple times per day. We had an amazing tour guide who took us through the Old Town, New Town and the Jewish Quarter, stopping at the most iconic sights along the way. We had Czech David as our tour guide and he made it one of the most insightful yet entertaining tours I’d ever done. Not only was he extremely knowledgeable and personable, he provided a number of bar and restaurant recommendations as well.

Things You Will See:
Astronomical Clock
Church of our Lady Before Týn
House of the Stone Bell
Palais Kinsky
St. Nicholas Church
Rudolfinum / Czech Philharmonic
Charles Bridge
Jewish Quarter
Old Jewish Cemetary
Powder Tower
House of the Black Madonna
Municipal House
Pinkas Synagogue / Memorial for the Jewish Victims of the Holocaust from the Czech lands.

Prague Castle District Tour – Discover Prague
Website / TripAdvisor
Hours: Every day 11:00, 14:00 and 17:00 (2.5 hours in duration)
Cost: 300CZK or 12 Euros per person (The price includes a tram ride as well)
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After taking the free walking tour with Discover Prague, we decided to sign up for the Castle Tour to see the royal castle and monastery. If you love architecture, then this tour is definitely for you as you’ll see every style of architecture represented throughout the Castle grounds.

Things You Will See:
Tram ride
Panoramic views of Prague
Lesser Quarter
Strahov Monastery
Cernin Palace
Loreto
Capuchin Monastery
Schwarzenberg Palace
St. Vitus Cathedral (in depth and inside and outside)
St. George’s Basilica
Archbishop’s Residence
Black Tower
Old Royal Palace
The infamous statue of Youth

Old Town Square
Website / TripAdvisor
Staroměstské nám., 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia
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Located in Old Town Prague, the famous Old Town Square was originally built in the 10th century and remains as the oldest squares in the city. Originally used as a central marketplace as part of the European Trade Route, this square is dominated by the Gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn and the Old Town Hall featuring Prague Orloj, a medieval astronomical clock. And while this place is great to check out from a historical standpoint, don’t eat at any restaurants in the square as they are tourist traps.

Prague Astronomical Clock (Prague Orloj) – Located In Old Town Square
Website / TripAdvisor
Staroměstské nám. 1, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia
+420 236 002 629
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Built in 1410, The Prague Astronomical Clock is the 3rd oldest astronomical clock in the world and the only one still in operation. There are 4 moving components to this clock that are positioned in front of a background that is meant to represent the earth and the sky. The zodiac ring features the various symbols of the zodiac and indicates the location of the Sun on the ecliptic, moving counterclockwise from Cancer to Leo. The outer edge of the clock features gold roman numerals that represent the Old Czech Time measured by a 24-hour day. Hour 24 is meant to coincide with the sunset, and the clock adjusts itself based on the time of year. The other 2 moving parts are a golden sun and moon, which measures the sunrises and sunsets along with the lunar phases of the moon.

Powder Tower (Prasna Brana)
Website / TripAdvisor
Náměstí Republiky 5 110 00 Prague 1 – Old Town
+420 725 847 875
Hours: Nov-Feb: 10-18:00 / Mar: 10-20:00 / April-Sept: 10-22:00 / Oct: 10-20:00
Cost: Tickets can be purchased only at the box office gate
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Construction of the tower began in 1475 and is one of the original 13 city gates that were erected in Old Town Prague. The tower got its name in the 17th century when it was used to store gunpowder during the Battle of Prague. It is one of the three Gothic towers still left.

Prague Castle (Pražský Hrad)
Website / TripAdvisor
119 08 Prague 1, Czechia
+420 224 373 368
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If you go on the Discover Prague Tour mentioned above, then you’ll get a chance to visit the castle complex. If not, the Castle is still a must-see while in Prague. Almost every type of architectural styles from the last millennium can be viewed within the complex. The castle grounds are massive and at 70,000 square miles, the Prague Castle is considered the largest ancient castle in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
The Bohemian Crown Jewels consisting of a crown, scepter, and orb are kept safe inside a hidden room that requires 7 different keys to open.

St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála Sv. Víta) – Located within the Prague Castle
Website / TripAdvisor
III. nádvoří 48/2, 119 01 Praha 1, Czechia
+420 224 372 434
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The largest and most important cathedral in the country, the St. Vitus Cathedral contains the tombs of saints, kings and Roman emperors. The church was originally built in the Romanesque style of the 9th century but was later expanded in size in 1344. This expansion followed the Gothic architectural style that was popular at the time with its characteristic pointed arches, flying buttresses, and ribbed vaults. The cathedral remained unfinished until midway through the 15th century when Renaissance and Baroque elements were utilized to complete the Gothic building. The spire of the south tower and the great organ in the northern wing of transept are the most notable examples of the Baroque style.
St. George’s Basilica (Bazilika svatého Jiří) – Located within the Prague Castle
Website / TripAdvisor
119 08 Prague 1, Czechia
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Built in 920, this is the oldest building inside the Prague Castle. The facade of the building appears more modern having had the facade rebuilt in the 17th century.

“Youth” Statue – Located within the Prague Castle
Wikipedia Article
Jiřská 6, Praha 1 – Hradčany, 110 00 Prague
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Located in the courtyard of the Supreme Burgrave’ House (Nejvyšší purkrabství) this bronze statue of a nude boy is said to bring good luck if you rub the boy’s penis (yes, I know it sounds strange).

Museum of Toys (Muzeum hracek)
Website / TripAdvisor
Jiřská 4, 119 00 Praha 1, Czechia
+420 224 372 294
Hours: Every day from 9:30AM to 5:30PM
Also located in the courtyard of the Supreme Burgrave’ House (Nejvyšší purkrabství), this museum houses a number of specialty toys, dolls, and models.

Charles Bridge (Karlův Most)
Website / TripAdvisor
Karlův most, 110 00 Praha 1, Czechia
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This iconic 14th-century bridge connects Prague’s Old and New Towns together. The oldest surviving bridge in Prague, it was constructed between 1357 to 1402. It was originally known as The Stone Bridge or the Prague Bridge until 1870 when it was renamed The Charles Bridge. The bridge features 30 baroque statues of saints that were added to the bridge between 1683 and 1714.

Letná Park
TripAdvisor
Badeniho, Prague, Czech Republic
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If you’re looking to find the best view of both Old Town and New Town in Prague, you need to head to Letná Park. Here you’ll also find an amazing view of the 14th-century Charles Bridge.

 

WHERE TO DRINK AND CELEBRATE CZECH BEER

Prague Metronome (Pražský Metronom)
TripAdvisor
Nábřeží Edvarda Beneše, 118 00 Praha 7, Czechia
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High on top of Letná Park and overlooking the city is the Prague Metronome, a larger-than-life sculpture that doubles as a working metronome. Aside from being a popular hangout for locals, skateboarders and tourists alike, there is also a small beer bar situated below the metronome along with tables and lounge chairs to relax in. The view is incredible and definitely worth checking out.
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Beer Museum

Website / TripAdvisor
Husova 241/7, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia
+420 778 072 337
Hours: Monday – Sunday 11am – 8pm (18 and over only)
Cost: Tour + Beer Tasting 280CZK / Tour + Beer Tasting + Bottling Your Own Beer 480CZK
Not to be confused with the craft beer bar called the Prague Beer Museum, the Beer Museum is an actual museum dedicated to the history of Czech beer. You can take a 90-minute tour of the museum that ends with beer-tasting: the first from the 19th century and the second from communist times. If you’d like to create your own “brand” of beer, you can upgrade your package for the chance to fill up your own bottle and create a custom label.

Prague Beer Museum (Craft Beer Bar)
Website / TripAdvisor
Original Location: Americká 341/43, 120 00 Praha 2, Czechia
2nd Location: Smetanovo nábř. 205/22, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia
+420 222 222 173
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While people may not know it, the Czech Republic drinks the most beer per capita in the world. The Prague Beer Museum has over 30 Czech craft beers on tap but fear not, for their extensive list is organized by type and has detailed descriptions to make it easier to select which one you want. You can also find their beer menu on their website.

The Strahov Monastic Brewery
Website / TripAdvisor
Strahovske nadvori 301/10, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic
+420 233 353 155
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Located near the Prague Castle in the building of the Strahov Monastery, The Strahov Monastic Brewery features homemade beer and Czech cuisine. In the 60’s and 70’s this building used to brew beer solely for the Monk’s consumption, but in the 2000’s this was reopened as a craft brewery that was open to the public. Their outdoor beer garden features long wooden picnic tables and is a perfect place to enjoy a beer at on a sunny day.

Beer Spas
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Yes, you read that right. A beer spa where you can relax in beer while also drinking it! Beer is shown to have a positive effect on your skin and both your gastrointestinal and vascular system.

Bernard Beer Spa (2 Locations: Hotel Metamorphosis & Hotel Prague Center Plaza)
Website / TripAdvisor
Týn 10 (courtyard Ungelt) 110 00 Prague 1 / Fügnerovo nám. 1806/1 120 00 Prague 2
+420 777 00 18 18 / info@pivnilaznebernard.cz
Price: 100 EUR / 2 persons / 30 min.bath + 30 min. relax + unlimited consumption of beer. For an extra fee, you can have a massage (20 min.).

Beerland Beer Spa (2 Locations)
Website / TripAdvisor
Žitná 658/9, 110 00 Praha 1 / Rybná 650/3, 110 00 Praha 1
Tel: +420 252 544 849 / Tel: +420 252 544 849
Price: about 100 EUR / 2 persons / 1 tube / 20 min. bath + 20 min. relax in straw

Pivní Lázně BBB Praha
Website / TripAdvisor
Masna 5 Old Town Prague 1
+420 222 76 26 20 / recepce@pivnilaznebbbpraha.cz
Price: 100 EUR /2 persons /1 tub / 20 min. bath + 30 min. relax in straw

Rock Cafe
Website / TripAdvisor
Národní 116/20, 110 00 Praha 1-Nové Město, Czechia
+420 224 933 947
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The Rock Cafe is a multi-purpose music club and event space that we, unfortunately, did not get a chance to visit during our trip. The Rock Cafe features an underground basement venue for live musical acts, a lounge, a gallery space, and games. (All photos above from the website)

 

AghaRTA Jazz Centrum
Website / TripAdvisor
Železná 491/16, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia
+420 222 211 275
Another place that we didn’t get to visit, but we heard that this is one of the best spots to see live jazz every day from 21-24PM. The club, carrying on by 2HP Production (which is also the owner of ARTA Records and ARTA Music trademarks), is opened daily since 29 September 1991, the day following the death of one of the pioneers and innovators of modern jazz Miles Davis and named after his important album from the 1970s. You can visit the club any evening and listen to a concert performed by top Czech musicians. AghaRTA also offers visitors the chance to make a selection from its comprehensive catalogue of CD jazz recordings by a number of international publishers including the largest Czech jazz label ARTA Records. The club’s shop and bar are open daily until midnight. (Description from the website)

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About Kailee Crawford

I'm an Oregon-born travel addict living in New York making the most of my vacation days. I started this travel blog to keep track of my bucket list and it's morphed into a journal of my adventures and recommendations for things to see, do, eat and drink. My hope is that I can help other travelers find their way. I want to try everything once and to live a life without regrets or missed opportunities. I call my philosophy on life the "the death bed philosophy" - I want to be laying in my death bed reflecting on all of the things I've done and seen in this world, not the things I wished I had done. It's not meant to be morbid, just a reminder to take risks, go out of your comfort zone and live life to the fullest. ♫♫♫♫♫ "You were only waiting for this moment to be free" --- "Blackbird" by The Beatles This quote is undoubtedly my favorite quote because it's a reminder of the infinite opportunities available to us. That in each moment there is an opportunity to find true happiness, and a sense of freedom when you're doing what you love. Freedom to explore, to create, to improve oneself, and to find fulfillment even during the 9 to 5 grind. ♫♫♫♫♫ I'm an incredibly pensive person with a wide variety of interests. In addition to traveling, my guilty pleasures include wine, food, music, art, languages and history. I grew up a nerd, watching The History Channel and reading The Lord of the Rings with my Dad. I'm driven by my pursuit of knowledge and growth and most passionate when I'm able to be creative. ♫♫♫♫♫
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