If you can only visit one city in Europe right now, Prague should be it. Consistently voted one of the best cities in the entire world, the Czech capital has enough striking architecture, hilltop views, and charming markets to fill a dozen travel itineraries. (Bonus: It’s relatively inexpensive compared to other major European hubs)
Things to do
Prague Castle – This castle complex (one of the largest in the world) dates back to the 9th century and houses precious cargo, like the Bohemian Crown Jewels and the President of the Czech Republic. I almost felt like I am in the Game of Thrones sets when I visited the castle. The grandeur is super impressive. Makes a great spot for wonderful photography as well. Make sure you go to the top of it (quite a bit of a walk), for beautiful city views
Strahov Monastery – The 12th-century Strahov monastery is an essential stop on any Prague tour, thanks in large part to its remarkable library (added in 1679). The frescoed ceiling and rotating shelves of ancient books are sure to make any book lover swoon. You can stop by here on the way down from Prague Castle. They host a cute little restaurant where we grabbed our glass of wine when it started to rain. Blissful, to say the least!
Old town square – Prague’s UNESCO-listed Old Town features some of the world’s most notable examples of Gothic and Baroque architecture, many of which can be found in the Old Town Square. Hosts a ton of restaurants and bars. We ended up dining in the old square pretty much every day. It is crowded at almost every part of the day and has a wonderful vibe
Astronomical clock – One of the most popular sites in the Old Town Square is the medieval Astronomical Clock (found on the side of the Old Town Hall). Tourists gather in front of the clock every hour to watch “The Walk of the Apostles,” a show in which miniature figures of the Apostles plus a skeletal representation of Death strike the time
Jewish Quarter – The Old Town’s former Jewish ghetto features such remnants of the past as the Spanish Synagogue, Old-New Synagogue, and Old Jewish Cemetery—all now part of the Prague Jewish Museum—plus a famous statue of Franz Kafka and colorful buildings along Haštalská street
Charles bridge – From 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., when the Charles Bridge is almost empty and the Old Town is slowly waking up, the city has a magical atmosphere and a sense of anticipation hanging in the air. Charles bridge is perfect for an evening walk with bands playing live music. You can walk from one end to the city to the other which hosts the John Lennon wall via the bridge in the evening. It’s a beautiful walk, this one!
John Lennon wall – Covered with prismatic graffiti inspired by John Lennon and the Beatles, the wall was started by young Czechs as a peaceful protest against Communism in the 80s. Despite repeated attempts to paint over it, it remains just as colorful today. Make sure you get your touristy clicks around here. It makes for great memories
St Nicholas church – St. Nicholas Church is the most famous Baroque cathedral in the city, found in the Lesser Town of Prague (Malá Strana). The structure was built from 1704-1755, home to domed ceilings covered in frescoes, life-size statues, and an organ once played by Mozart himself
Dancing House -With curvy outlines, designed by famous architects – the building has a very unusual shape, the top floor of the building where the Dancing house is built is the only one open to the public. The bar is a must visit during sunset with spectacular views of Prague. This is a short walk from Charles bridge
Chapeau Rouge & Karlovy Lazne – Bar, nightclub, and live music venue spread over 3 floors with different genres of music. The atmosphere is mystique because of the red light, its a pretty cool place. This nightclubs can get pretty crowded on weekends and is touristy. The cons are they allow smoking inside and its a huge turnoff for me. But nonetheless, can definitely swing by here for a drink (or two)
Double Trouble – A really cute bar with some retro music, great drinks and young crowd. This place isn’t as touristy as the others. Really enjoyed this one
Christmas markets – If you thought Prague was beautiful in the summer, just wait until you see it during the month of December. The city becomes one of the world’s best Christmas destinations with markets in the Old Town and Wenceslas Square.
Pilsner and Pubs – Prague has some of the best beer in the entire world, so you can’t visit without enjoying a glass of pilsner (or four). Head to historic pubs U Zlatého Tygra or U Jelínků for a dose of culture with your hops
What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get going.