Things to do in Prague
A visit to the fairy-tale city of Prague is unforgettable. Steeped in old world charm, we’ve listed the top attractions that are all easily accessible on foot:
The palace grounds are taken over by St Vitus Cathedral, which provides a magnificent backdrop to the cityscape. Take in the manicured lawns, the beautiful stained glass windows, the tomb of St Wenceslas and the magnificent mosaic of the Last Judgement over the Golden Gate! Before you leave, climb to the top of the main tower to enjoy one of the most breathtaking views of Prague.
After you leave the castle, take a walk down the cutest cobblestone lane in Prague! Nestled along the ramparts of Prague Castle, the miniature houses constructed in the 16th Century look like something straight out of a fairy-tale. Legend has it that they were first occupied by alchemists working for Emperor Rudolf II, who longed to discover the legendary Elixir of Youth and the Philosopher’s Stone. But more than likely, they were home to servants, marksmen and soldiers who worked in the castle, before being inhabited by 17th Century goldsmiths who gave the street its name. Famous Czech writer Franz Kafka lived in no.22 for a time!
Lunch at U Prince
Enjoy lunch and a glass of wine at this rooftop restaurant with fabulous views of the city’s terra cotta rooftops, and famous landmarks such as Old Town Square, Prague Castle, Old Town Hall with the Astronomical Clock, Tyn Church, St Nicholas Church and Petrin Tower in the distance.
Old Town Hall
In the city’s old town square you’ll find a whimsical clock tower, with an hourly dance of wooden medieval figures. The old town hall itself has a Romanesque-Gothic underground dating back to the 12th Century. The city was once several metres lower than today’s level, but the street level was built up to prevent flooding from the Vlata river and the original ground floors of the houses in the old town became basements. In the underground of the town hall, you’ll discover rooms which were once used as prison cells and torture chambers. Beside the clock tower, 27 white crosses marked on the ground commemorate the beheading of 27 Protestant nobles on an execution platform here in 1621.
Prague by Boat
Visit the waters edge and hop on board a river cruise to gain a different vantage of the city and its many magnificent bridges traversing the Vltava river. You can embark at the Charles bridge in view of the weir and “lock your love” bridge and head towards the Rudolfinum and rambling Letna Park.
Grand Hotel Praha Mozart Quartet
Enjoy dinner in the historic Grand Hotel Praha across from the Old Town Hall, with the elegant strains of a classical quartet playing Mozart, Vivaldi, Haydn and Puccini. Choose from a 2 or 4 course menu, each with welcome drink of sparkling wine and strawberries.
A walking tour is a fantastic way to get a good feel for any city – and Prague has a huge selection. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with option we recommend The ‘Castle by night’ Tour, which is organized by a company called The Naked Tour Guide. Set up by Irishman Marcus, the company offers small group walking tours with different themes and holds a Certificate of Excellence. ClickandGo’s Operations Manager Bettina spent New Year’s Eve in Prague and went to check them out – “They come highly rated and recommended and I agree 100%. The tour I was on was led by a guide called Imogen who was highly knowledgeable and made it a lot of fun. She even brought small hot water bottles to put under our coats to keep us warm in – 5 degrees. After the walk she took us for a beer in a cosy, traditional Prague pub, which is something they always do – and a great finish to our excursion”.
Mirror Maze and Petrin Tower
Built for the 1891 Prague expo, don’t be put off by the 299 steps it takes to reach the Eiffel-inspired Petrin Observation Tower – as the views of Prague from the 318 metre summit are simply breathtaking! In its grounds you’ll also find a quirky hall of mirrors housed in a miniature castle, an observatory with a telescope, an ancient Romanesque church, pretty rose garden and the Hunger Wall (a medieval defence to strengthen the fortifications of Prague castle from attack).
Open Air Beer Garden (Summer Only)
If you’re visiting in the warmer months, there’s nothing better than enjoying a cool drink in the open air. Three options for outdoor imbibing include a beer garden at the edge of Letna park near the National Technical Museum, Shooters Island mid-way across the Legii Bridge and the Czech Riviera – a riverfront open-air club (offering sun loungers and volleyball) located 2 km from the centre but easily reached by tram.
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