“Click, clack, click, clack,” were the sounds our feet as we walked across the Charles Bridge. We were only in Prague for about three days, but loved every minute of it! Josh will tell you that I’m not the most romantic sap, but Prague made it easy to fall back in love with love.
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Last Updated: August 20, 2019
15 Best Things to do in Prague Czech Republic
We recently watched Spider-Man: Far From Home and were super excited to see some of Prague’s landmarks in the film. Before our visit, we didn’t know much about the Czech film industry and how it plays a major role in movies worldwide. Some of the biggest movies were filmed right here in Prague and after our trip, we now know why! We love Casino Royale, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and The Illusionist, all of which were shot in Czech Republic. It’s been a popular destination for film and TV production for years. The country offers incentives, cost-effective infrastructure and captivating locations. If you want to learn more about current productions, be sure to check out Czech Film Commission.
This city felt like a town from a fairytale. From the historic streets to the intricate architecture, we loved exploring every nook and cranny. Here is a list of our favorite things to do in Prague.
1. Explore Old Town Square
The historic square features gothic buildings that date back to the 10th century. Almost all of the square in its entirety was unharmed during World War II. Because it’s so well preserved, Old Town Square has been featured in several films such as Les Miserables, Mission: Impossible, Casino Royale, and more. Walk along the cobblestone streets, sit by a nearby cafe, and enjoy people watching and the architectural views.
Pro Tip: Thousands of visitors walk through Old Town Square a day. The best time to get Instagram-worthy photos is early morning around 5am.
2. See the World’s Third-Oldest Astronomical Clock
I love old, elaborate clocks and Prague Orloj did not disappoint! It is one of the most fascinating landmarks in Czech Republic. Dating back to the 15th century, the clock displays relative positions of the sun, moon, and zodiacal constellations. At the top of each hour, the windows of the clock opens up to show 12 apostles moving across. Simultaneously, the sculptures beneath are also set in motion. Visitors can also climb up the clock tower to witness panoramic views of the Old Town.
Note: The clock rings at the top of the hour from 9.00am to 11.00pm. Crowds start lining up about 20 minutes prior and the “show” lasts for about 45 seconds. Blink and you’ll miss it!
3. Take a Stroll on Charles Bridge
The Charles Bridge is a must-see in Prague. Construction began in 1357 and although it has suffered many disasters and witnessed numerous historic events, it still stands strong.
We could feel the history beneath our feet as we walked across the bridge. Be sure to take in the amazing view of the Prague Castle at sunrise. It was my favorite view of the city! You might recognize the bridge in the Spider-man: Far From Home.
Pro Tip: This is a very popular spot for engagement photos. We got to the bridge around 5:30am and there were several couples taking photos, so the earlier you go, the less people you will get in your shots.
4. Visit Prague Castle
Neither of us have seen a castle in real life and this one did not disappoint! Prague Castle is the world’s largest castle complex and the most popular attraction in the city. You can easily spend an entire day here. Wander the impressive gardens and check out the Old Royal Palace. The castle grounds are free to visit, but some attractions will cost you an entry fee. More info here.
Pro Tip: Prague Castle is on a hill. Start your visit from the top and work your way down so that you’re not constantly walking uphill.
5. Tour Prague’s “Hollywood Studio”
Josh, being a film lover and actor, was really excited to see Barrandov Studio. It is a renowned set of film studios in Prague. Several well known international movies were shot here. Casino Royale, Mission Impossible, The Bourne Identity, and Anthropoid were all filmed here at Barrandov. It is also the largest film studio in the country and one of the largest in Europe.
Note: Only the museum of the studios is open to the general public, but if you’re lucky, you might be able to catch a glimpse of a movie set.
6. Find David Cerny’s Art Around the City
Famously known as Czech’s rebel artist, David Cerny has quite a reputation in Czech Republic. Most of his controversial pieces are scattered around the city and not easy to miss. We wandered around town trying to find them and loved learning about the ideas behind each piece. A few of our favorites include Piss, Babies, and Head of Franz Kafka.
Local Tip: You can tell the Piss sculptures to write messages into the water via SMS. – Adina, a local art student
7. Catch a Film at Lucerna Palace
This art-nouveau building was designed as the first multipurpose building in the country. It boasts a magnificent theatre, a music call, local shops, and restaurants. Kino Lucerna offers an old-fashioned cinema atmosphere. Soak in the beautiful velvet curtains and intricate architecture all along the theatre. On your way in, be sure to take a look at David Cerny’s sculpture Kun. Many locals believe that it’s referencing a time when the country was an “upside-down” under the ruling of Václav Klaus.
Local Tip: We had a chance to check out the Lucerna rooftop. It serves as a community space established by Czech urban activist, Ondřej Kobza. He explained to us how he revives forgotten spaces and then converts them into beautiful usable areas. The rooftop is opened Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from 3pm-dusk. It’s definitely worth the visit.
8. Tour the Estates Theatre
Growing up as “orch-dorks,” the Estates Theatre was by far, our favorite stop in Prague. The interior architecture of this historic theatre took our breath away. Its claim to glory is from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who premiered his opera Don Giovanni in 1787. You may also recognize the spellbinding venue in the film, Amadeus. Currently, the Estates Theatre features three artistic ensembles- opera, ballet, and drama. Neither of us have seen an opera, but we definitely plan on coming back to the Estates Theatre to experience one.
Local Tip: If you’ve never been to an opera, I recommend trying it for the first time here. This is one of my favorite theatres in the city. – Michaela, Director of Czech Tourism.
9. Marvel the Views from Dancing House
At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the exterior architecture of the building. It didn’t fit in with the rest of the Renaissance buildings in the neighborhood. But, as I walked towards it, I fell in love with its modern uniqueness. The Dancing House was designed by Frank Genhry, a famous American architect. It is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city, as the building resembles a pair of dancers. Go to the rooftop balcony to enjoy Josh’s favorite view of Prague.
Pro Tip: To go onto the balcony, you have to buy a drink. Prices are reasonable and you can just grab a coffee or soda.
10. Make Peace at the John Lennon Wall
Located at the end of Charles Bridge, the Lennon Wall is about 60 feet of graffitied lyrics, images, and peace signs. John Lennon was an inspiration and a hero to the pacifist youth of Central and Eastern Europe. The wall is dedicated to his ideals and is consistently updated with new graffiti. It wasn’t our favorite stop, but makes for a cute photo opp.
Note: It gets really crowded, so you’ll have to be patient for a good photo.
11. Bust out Bond Moves at Strahov Library
Check out hundreds of relics, manuscripts, and beautiful grounds at the Strahov Monastery and Library. You might recognize the library from Casino Royale. Unfortunately, it’s limited access and you can’t enter the actual room where they filmed. You can only marvel it from the doorway. It’s still very impressive and if you’re a James Bond buff, it’s worth a visit.
Note: You’ll have to pay an extra 50 CZK if you want to take photos of the library.
12. Remember WWII at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church and Crypt
Being WWII history aficionados, we were anxious to visit this church and crypt. In 1942, several Czech and Slovak paratroopers on a mission from England assassinated the German SS official Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect of the Holocaust. This plot was known as Operation Anthropoid. The patriots hid in the crypt beneath the church and were killed by Nazis or died by suicide after a long standoff. There is a museum in the crypt that is dedicated to these national heroes. You can learn the personal story of each soldier, see photos, etc. Some of them are pretty graphic, so keep that in mind if you’re visiting with children. The museum and crypt are free to visit. Donations are appreciated.
Pro Tip: We recommend watching Anthropoid, a war film based on Operation Anthropoid, before visiting.
13. Try Traditional Czech Cuisine
There are so many delicious Czech specialities. We would’ve tried them all if we had multiple stomachs! Some of the most popular dishes are pork knuckles, roasted duck, goulash, and palacinky (crepe-like pancakes). Of course, you have to wash it all down with some cold Czech beer. Did you know that the Pilsner beer is from Prague’s neighboring city, Pilsen? Unfortunately, Josh doesn’t drink, but I was able to enjoy some of the local beers with our meals. Most beers were cheaper than water!
Local Tip: The food and drink culture in Czech Republic is growing! Check out Manifesto Market, our favorite experience in Prague. It’s a village for art, education, food, and entertainment. The coolest part? It’s entirely made from shipping containers.
14. Walk the Winding Streets of Mala Strana
Sitting beneath the Prague Castle is Mala Strana (Lesser Town). The orange rooftops, Renaissance architecture, and old cobblestone streets can be seen from miles away. We enjoyed checking out the quaint bars, churches, and local shops.
Local Tip: Climb up the bell tower at the Church of St. Nicolas to get the best view of Mala Strana. – Eva, Local Tour Guide
15. Learn About Czech History at the National Museum
Established in 1818, the National Museum is the largest museum in the Czech Republic. There are some cool exhibits but the building itself is worth checking out. The main stairway atrium served as the hotel lobby in Casino Royale.
Note: The Museum has recently completed extensive renovations. We didn’t have time to check them out, but be sure to do so while you’re there!
Map of Prague
More Things to Do ___
- Be sure you bring comfy walking shoes, especially for those cobblestone streets. The best way to explore Prague is on foot.
- Carry water with you at all times. During our visit, Europe was under a heatwave and we were constantly dehydrated.
- Buy a transportation ticket. A single-day ticket is relatively cheap and you can switch between tram, metro, and bus an unlimited number of times. Most of them run 24/7.
- Bring cash. Most places accept credit cards, however, some shops only accept cash (particularly the small convenience stores) so it’s good to have a little bit of cash on hand. Restaurants also appreciate cash tips even when you pay via credit card. Make sure you exchange money at official bank exchanges. Other places might trick you and charge a fee.
- Tipping is not required but recommended in the Czech Republic. The servers are usually underpaid; so it is recommended to leave a tip of around 10% of the bill.
- There is a very low crime rate in the Czech Republic, but visitors should be aware of pickpockets, especially in crowded and busier parts of town.
- Best time to visit in regards to weather would be the spring season; however, the Czech Republic is beautiful year-round. Winter tends to be colder, but there are several Christmas markets and holiday festivals that visitors miss out during the warmer months.
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Best Places to Stay
- Hotel Casa Marcello – We loved staying here during our time in Prague. It’s tucked away, yet in a central location. It’s about a 5-7 minute walk to Old Town Square, bars, and restaurants. The rooms are clean, large, and the staff was very friendly. We also loved the breakfast bar, which was included with our stay. Most of the rooms do not have A/C and there isn’t an elevator, which could be a mobility issue for some guests.
- Four Seasons Prague
- Mosaic House
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