The Best Things To Do In Prague

Written By: Alice Woods

Regarded by many as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Prague is high on the list of top travel destinations for those who appreciate beauty, culture and history. The Czech Republic must certainly be included in any itinerary for those traveling to Europe and, in many regards, is growing in popularity to rival some of the equally mesmerizing destinations of Paris and Rome. Everywhere you look in Prague, your eyes are met with breathtaking beauty — from the tranquil landscape to the century-old architecture, castles and bridges that are scattered throughout.

Prague is also known for its art and culture scene. Countless art galleries are located in various neighborhoods throughout the city, highlighting a range of styles from Gothic pieces all the way to Cubist and Surreal art. In addition to the passion for arts, Prague is a dream for those who appreciate architecture and public spaces. However, Czech Republic isn’t just famous for its arts and history, it’s also widely known for its quality beers. Countless breweries and microbreweries are featured throughout the city with a vast selection of regional favorites as well as famous labels – Pilsner Urquell just to name one. For those who love trying a variety of beers, Prague is highly regarded as a major destination to consume ales and other lesser known microbrews.

When visiting older European cities, the vast amount of attractions and landmarks can make even the lengthiest trip seem packed with activity. Prague is no different in that it features hidden pockets and courtyards at every turn, as well as cobblestone lanes that invite you to explore deeper into the city center — perfect for the traveler who doesn’t want to create an itinerary and just take it one day at a time in the Czech Republic. The Old Town Square is especially popular for relaxing and soaking in the ambience of Prague, but just within a few minutes of walking you’ll find yourself surrounded by historic architecture, picture-perfect gardens and a whole range of cafés and bars to enjoy as a local. Prague has everything you could imagine – one of the best ways to visit the city is to just explore and leave your options open!

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Prague Old Town Square (Staromestske Namesti)

As you emerge from the narrow laneways which surround it, the beauty of the Prague Old Time Square (Staromestske Namesti) strikes you as a picture-perfect postcard, with pastel colours and stunning architecture in every direction you look. This huge square represents the magnificence of this city – sit and enjoy a coffee while you absorb the history which dates back to medieval Europe, and imagine the historical events that this square has witnessed.

 

Prague Castle (Prazsky Hrad)

History, culture and magnificent architecture are all on display at Prague Castle (Prazsky Hrad). Immerse yourself in historical Prague with a visit to this fascinating complex of buildings, including museums, palaces that housed the Bohemian Kings during the 9th century, churches, and manicured gardens. As you meander through the castle and the surrounding attractions, soak up the grandeur of this by-gone era, and take time out to visit the towering Gothic cathedral of St Vitus.

 

Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)

Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) has been an integral part of the life and commerce of Prague since the fifteenth century. Come, relax, and experience life in in Prague as you stroll amongst the artists, musicians and the throngs of people that flock to this hub of the city. Absorb the history, study the statues of the baroque saints and take in the sights of the river Vltava.

 

Prague Old Town (Stare Mesto)

Get your bearings in Prague by taking a walking tour of the city; the best place to start is Prague Old Town (Stare Mesto)! Located in the centre of ancient Prague, meander along the cobblestone lanes, and walk along the eastern bank of the Vltava River, just to absorb the history and beauty that dominates this city. Admire the Lady Before Tyn Cathedral, the Jan Hus Statue and the Old Town Hall that has been an integral part of the city’s culture since the fifteenth century.

 

Karlstejn Castle

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Prague and take a day trip to the fairy-tale Karlstejn Castle. The fun starts with the journey, a train ride followed by a 30-minute stroll. The beauty and history of this thirteenth century castle will hold you in awe as you approach, and the interior will take you to the splendour of another time! Tour the rooms of the Emperor Charles IV and the Chapel of the Holy Cross, and then catch the view from the Great Tower and see the precious jewels. This is a great day out!

 

Vltava River

Prague owes its existence to the Vltava River, the longest river in the Czech Republic, flowing for 430 miles. Originally bringing essential drinking water and irrigation, the city blossomed around it on both banks. Times change, and the main use of the river is now leisure craft and water sports. Enjoy its history with a stroll along the bank and stop for while on the historical bridges to admire its beauty and watch the craft glide by.

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