Thinking of planning a trip to the beautiful Prague? Then look no further. We’ve picked out the 10 best things to do in the medieval capital (so you don’t have to do all the research yourself). From architecture, beer to bridges and food, we’ve covered all of our favourite things that the city offers. In no particular order…
Our luxury sister hostel The Czech Inn is just moments away from it all with the city’s tramlines on its doorstep and a central location.
1 EXPLORE THE OLD TOWN SQUARE
Staroměstské náměstí 110 00 Praha 1
Located in the pretty Old Town Quarter of Prague, this bustling square is the true heart of the city. It’s the most beautiful square in Prague, where you’ll find the amazing Christmas markets during the festive season. It’s brimming with charm, colour, winding streets and history. Look out for the beautiful Gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn. And on that note...
2 ADMIRE ST. VITUS CATHEDRAL AND OTHER HISTORIC CHURCHES
III. nádvoří 48/2, 119 01 Praha 1
You can’t go to a medieval city and not pop in to one or two old cathedrals. We recommend the St Vitus Cathedral and St. George’s Basilica, located inside Prague Castle. Then other notable churches include Church of Our Lady Victorious and the incredibly beautiful St Nicholas’ Church on the Market Place.
3 TASTE PRAGUE’S FAMOUS CZECH BEER
Prague has been making its own beer since the 13th century. And it’s truly delicious stuff. Unique from any other beer you’ll taste with its characteristic transparent golden colour, high foaminess and lighter flavour, it’s no wonder the Czech Republic has the highest beer consumption in the world. We recommend heading to Beer Geek (which is also the place to come for chicken wings), the Beer Museum or one of the bustling beer gardens (like Letna or Riegrovy Sady) to get a taste of it.
Better yet, The Czech Inn hostel bar has several local beers on tap for you guys to try, plus beer tasting every Wednesday from 8 PM, for just 50 CZK (2 euros)!
4 WALK ACROSS THE CHARLES BRIDGE
III. nádvoří 48/2, 119 01 Praha 1
This beautiful bridge is one of the most visited sights in Prague for a reason. Crossing over the Vltava river, it’s the oldest bridge in the city, construction beginning in 1357. Connecting the Old Town and the Malá Strana (the newer part of town), you’ll see a tall tower at each end of the bridge which can be climbed for great views. The best time to enjoy a walk on the bridge is at sunset or early in the morning to avoid crowds.
5 ROAM AROUND THE GROUNDS OF PRAGUE CASTLE
Karlův most, 110 00 Praha 1
Prague castle is the largest historic castle in the entire planet, dating back to the 9th century. It can be compared to the size of seven football fields! So it’s well worth a visit to explore and admire the outside (and inside) of the castle, where you will find plenty to do such as the St Vitus Cathedral mentioned above. The castle is a great example of stunning Baroque architecture boasting stunning views at the top - and it’s also the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic.
6 WATCH THE ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK IN ACTION
Staroměstské nám. 1, 110 00 Staré Město
Head to the Old Town Hall in Old Town Square any time on the hour, every hour and join eager crowds waiting to see the historic clock work its magic. When the hour hits, watch the procession of the Twelve Apostles where a small trap door opens and Christ marches out ahead of his disciples, while the skeleton of death tolls the bell to a defiant statue of a Turk. This is oldest functioning astronomical clock in the world today.
7 MUSEUM HOPPING
There are plenty of museums in the city for you guys to get your dose of culture.
For art lovers, head to the Mucha Museum and the National Gallery
Go to Prague City Museum for a more general feel for Prague’s history since prehistoric times
For something a little more unique and techy, check out the Apple Museum and get an insight into the life of Steve Jobs
The Prague Jewish Museum and the KGB Museum might also be of interest for you history buffs
We highly recommend Dox for contemporary arts, exhibitions, lectures and good coffee, too
8 STRIKE A POSE IN FRONT OF THE LENNON WALL
Velkopřevorské náměstí, 100 00 Praha 1
This is a whole wall in Prague dedicated to the legendary John Lennon and the Beatles. Since the 80s, artists have filled the wall with colourful murals paying tribute to the British band. Covered in graffiti of song lyrics and Lennon-inspired paintings, what more convincing do you need to pay a visit? Peace and love, people.
9 INDULGE IN THE LOCAL CUISINE
You simply must try the flavours of Czech cuisine while in Prague.
The Eating Prague Tour is a great option if you want to experience authentic food (where the locals eat) and Prague’s best-loved desserts and coffee shops.
For you foodies, there’s also a brilliant Naplavka Farmers Market to check out if you want to buy some local, fresh produce or enjoy a meal by the river. It’s one of the best things to do in the city on a Saturday, with all sorts on offer such as cheese, pizza, beer and much much more. It starts at 8am, located by the river underneath the Vysehrad fortress.
10 AT NIGHT, HIT UP ONE OF THE BEST CLUBS
Want to check out the nightlife? Try these clubs...
Lucerna Music Bar
U Buldoka (if you're looking for a good pub)
Cross Club in Holesovice