Prague Travel Guide
When thinking about what to do in Prague, the hardest part is finding the time to do it all. Among the many things to do in Prague, the most obvious is to enjoy a pleasant stroll through the Old Town streets, not forgetting the Charles Bridge, considered by many as one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. Adorned with statues, the Charles Bridge offers a gorgeous view of the river, the city's many towers and the Malá German district.
When asked what to do in Prague, locals will often refer tourists to the Astronomical clock. The medieval, working clock was installed in 1410 and put on a show at the top of every hour. Architecture lovers should make a point to visit the Dancing House. Designed to look as if it defying all gravitational pulls, this home was built by famed architect Frank Gehry in 1996. Then make your way over to the Petrin Watchtower, located in Petrin Park. Known as the “little Eiffel Tower,” visiting this structure is one of the top things to do in Prague. The Sedlec Ossuary cannot be missed. This Roman Catholic chapel is decorated with the bones of an estimated 40 thousand human skeletons. Though you may leave a bit spooked, it’s a spectacular sight worth seeing at least once.
The buzzy contemporary-arts center that opened in October 2008. One of the first exhibits in this sprawling 1920’s metal factory (redesigned by the contemporary Czech architect Ivan Kroupá) was the enormous installation called Entropa, by Czech artist David Cerný.
If you’re looking for something other than the ubiquitous beer stein, visit Ungelt Courtyard, behind the Tyn Church, where small shops sell wooden toys and marionettes.
Dominating the city skyline, the twin towers of St. Vitus Cathedral mark the largest and most significant church in the country. Located on the Prague Castle grounds, this Gothic cathedral was founded in 1344, although construction was not completed until 1929.
The fashion-focused tour is perfect for shopping aficionados.
What to Expect: The two best Vanocni trh (Christmas markets) are on the long slope of Wenceslas Square and in the medieval movie set of the Old Town Square formed around a giant Christmas tree, manger scene, and small petting zoo.
Janek Jaros has, for almost a decade, been championing Czech Cubism from his downtown gallery Modernista. Set somewhat incongruously among the treacly gift boutiques and garnet sellers along Celetná, a popular tourist road in Old Town, Modernista is Prague’s original Czech design emporium.
Housed in a century-old building with 30-foot vaulted ceilings, the Globe opened in 1993 as the city’s first English language bookstore.
Built as a Romanesque basilica in 1143, the Strahov Monastery sits about a mile from Prague Castle and is home to a Roman Catholic order of monks called the Premonstratensians.
Letna Beer Garden is one of the most popular places in Prague to drink beer in the summers. With the gorgeous view over Prague, being located in Letna park, and the short distance to the center, makes this spot a perfect place for warm spring/summer/fall days.
The first Cubist building in Europe, the House of the Black Madonna is located in Old Town, its stark façade and geometric windows contrasting with the surrounding Baroque structures. Designed in 1912 by Josef Gočár, the building was named for a nearby polychrome statue of the Madonna and Child.
Prague Castle dominates the city skyline as it has since the year 880. The national symbol is a UNESCO World Heritage site, the largest castle complex in the world encompassing 18 acres.
Ideal for visitors seeking high-quality souvenirs, Ungelt Courtyard is home to a number of small shops, including this fine antique store.
Rising from the summit of 1,043-foot Petrin Hill, this steel-framed monument closely resembles the Eiffel Tower (although it’s one-fifth the size).
Selling Bohemian glass, ARTĚL is a luxury crystal design shop in Old Town. The crystal creations in the vaulted ceilinged showroom are mouth-blown and hand-engraved by skilled Czech artisans.
The 16th-century Lobkowicz Palace underwent a multimillion-dollar restoration ending in 2007, returning the palace's 60 rooms, including a handsome music salon that hosts daily concerts to their Baroque and Rococo opulence.