For lovers of all things good in travel, Prague has it all: top-notch beer, rich architecture, historic cafes, grand palaces and churches and lots of delicious food. That’s why Prague is one of the most visited cities in Europe, and the crowd continues to grow each year.
Located 223 miles from Berlin and 645 miles from Paris, Prague is accessible from the main cities in Europe by planes, buses, and trains. Though small compared to Paris, London and Rome, there is no lack when it comes to things to do in Prague. Whether you’re visiting for three days or three weeks, here are five things you should do in Prague:
1. Drink beer at a traditional Czech pub
Beer is the lifeblood of Prague. In fact, CNBC reported that the Czech Republic is the top beer drinking country in the world, consuming 156.9 liters per person per year.
There are 800 pubs in Prague. Some of these are centuries-old pubs serving up the same type of beer created by their forefathers. Besides pubs, Prague boasts of having the first beer museum in the world, the first Pilsner, and the first Budweiser.
Traditional pub food to try: pickled hermelin (pickled cheese marinated in onion, garlic, hot peppers, spices and oil) and utopenec (soft sausage with onions, vinegar, and spices).
To learn more about beer brewing, take a day tour to Pilsner Urquell Brewery located in Pilsen, a town 64 miles from Prague. Started in 1842, and you’ll learn about the history, brewhouse, exhibition hall and discover the secret behind the production of this famous Czech lager.
2. Take a Prague café culture tour
For a brief introduction of Prague’s well-preserved buildings, café culture, Prague desserts, literary history, architecture and art, we recommend taking a three-hour tour with Context Travel. The Great Minds, Grand Spaces: Prague’s Café Culture tour led by a docent who will walk with you and introduce you to at least four cafés in Prague.
Added, you get to savor the different types of desserts and drink coffee in grand spaces from the 19th and 20th centuries. Check out the cafés frequented by famous Czechs like author Franz Kafka, film director Milos Forman and more.
3. Join a walking tour in Prague
Prague is a walkable city. It’s best discovered by foot. To participate in a walking tour, either show up at the Old Town Square near the Tourist Information Center for a free walking tour or get a recommendation from your hotel concierge.
Free walking tours are usually conducted at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., visiting famous sights like the Astronomical Clock, Jan Hus statue, Wenceslas Square, Parizska Street (Paris Street) and the Jewish Quarter (Josefov).
4. Get lost in the cobbled streets of Prague
Stroll at your pace in Old Town (Stare Mesto), Prague Castle and Hradcany, Little Quarter (Mala Strana) and of course the famed Charles Bridge that connects Mala Strana to Stare Mesto. Check out the restaurants, cafés, and shops.
We recommend visiting Charles Bridge before 7 a.m. to avoid the crowds. The bridge has 600 years of history and is adorned with 30 statues of Christian saints. After Charles Bridge, walk to the Little Quarter to see John Lennon Wall. Students in the 1980s created the wall and filled it with John Lennon’s song lyrics. You’re allowed to add more of your writings on the wall.
When at Prague Castle visit St Vitus’s Cathedral, a 14th-century Gothic church, the Story of Prague Castle, the Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica, Powder Tower and The Picture Gallery at Prague Castle.
5. Enjoy a classical concert in the evening
Classical music concerts are available nightly in concert halls, palaces, theaters and churches throughout Prague. Famous classical music composers like Antonin Dvorak, Smetana, and Mahler hailed from the Czech Republic and had performed in Prague.
German composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart frequented Prague during his peak performing days. He wrote Don Giovanni, the opera, especially for Prague conducted the first performance in 1787 in the Estates Theatre. You can enjoy the performance at the National Marionette Theatre.
Also, choose live performances from a list provided by your hotel concierge. Most hotels carry brochures with dates, times and concert programs in the city too.
1. Czech Republic uses Koruna (CZK), and the euro is accepted in some establishments. The exchange rate at the time of writing was 1 CZK to 0.0398 USD.
2. Being scammed by taxi drivers is quite common in Prague.
3. At this time, there are no direct flights from the US to Prague. For a list of airlines serving Prague, please go to Travelmath’s list of airlines serving Prague.