What to see in Prague: 10 Things to do and itineraries from 1 3 5 days

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The magic of this city starts from the legend that tells of its birth. Princess Libuše, progenitor of the ruling family of the Czechs, was considered a person with infinite wisdom and the ability to see. Her most famous prophecy concerned Prague: she saw a great city, whose glory would reach the stars. This great metropolis would have risen in the middle of a forest, at the point where there would have been a steep cliff above the Vltava River. Legend or not, Prague was born in 730 and really became a great city, one of the most important, beautiful and visited of the entire European continent. Here are the 10 things not to be missed in the Czech capital!



Index

  1. Prague Castle
  2. Vitus Cathedral
  3. Malá Strana
  4. The old Town
  5. Astronomic watch
  6. Church of St. Nicholas
  7. Carlo bridge
  8. The Dancing House
  9. The Josefov, the Jewish Ghetto
  10. Old Jewish Cemetery
  11. 5 things to do in Prague
  12. User questions and comments

1 - The Prague Castle

Almost always the protagonist of the novels by the writer Kafka, Prague Castle looms over the city with its inaccessible and even a little threatening aspect.
To reach it it is necessary to travel long steep roads but, once you arrive, you can breathe the atmosphere of power, in a mix of history and legend.

You can access the castle walls for free, but to visit the internal attractions such as the Old Royal Palace and the Cathedral of San Vito, you need to buy a ticket, also available online. If you have limited time, we recommend purchasing a combined tour of the Castle and the Old Town, which also allows you to admire some must-sees such as the Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock.



  • Upper part of Prague, Tram 22 Pražský hrad stop, Královský letohrádek stop, Pohořelec stop, Mala Strana square stop - Get directions
  • open every day from 5:00 to 24:00 from 1 April to 31 October and from 6:00 to 23:00 from 1 November to 31 March
  • the visit to the castle is free, the visit to the monuments for a fee. Two tours are available for access to all monuments at a cost of 350 and 250 crowns (approximately € 12,00).

2 - The Cathedral of San Vito

Vitus Cathedral it is located within the walls of Prague Castle and is a fine example of a Gothic cathedral. Its imposing size also makes it one of the largest in Europe.
It measures 124 meters in length, 60 in width and 33 in height. The tombs of the Bohemian kings are preserved in the underground crypt and the jewels for the coronation of sovereigns.

To visit the Cathedral, just buy an entrance ticket to the monuments of the castle.

  • at the Prague Castle - Get directions
  • from March to October open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 17:00, Sunday from 12:00 to 17:00. From November to February open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 16:00, Sunday from 12:00 to 16:00
  • cumulative ticket for all the attractions of the Castle at a cost of 350 crowns, approximately € 12,00

3 - Malá Strana

The part of the city called Malá Strana, or "small part", is the result of a reconstruction that took place after the great fire of 1541. Italian artists and architects took care of the restoration, giving this area a Renaissance and Baroque aspect.
Here is one of the city's two Churches of St. Nicholas, which divides Malá Strana in two. From here it is also possible to walk to the Castle, which towers majestically over the square.

Of course you can immerse yourself in the streets of the neighborhood for free, but if you want to discover every corner and let yourself be fascinated by historical curiosities and ancient legends, consider participating in an enchanting walking tour of Mala Strana.



  • Metro line A, Malostranská stop - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • Free

4 - The Old Town

This is the second historical district of Prague, with its homonymous square, the scene of some of the most significant events in the city. In fact, the kings were crowned here but several executions also took place. The history of the city and of this area can be recognized in the different architectural styles that overlap and chase each other in the square. From here you can also distinguish the spectacular Gothic spiers of the Týn Church.

As already mentioned the best way to enjoy this part of the city is undoubtedly the purchase of the combined tour to the Castle and the Old Town.

  • Old Town square, on foot in the historical center of Prague or by Metro line A, Staroměstská stop - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • Free

5 - Astronomical Clock

Main attraction of the Old Town square, the Astronomical Clock is certainly one of the symbols of Prague together with the Charles Bridge and the Castle. It is located on the south side of the Town Hall building and is made up of three main elements: the astronomical quadrant, where you can see the time and the positions of the sun and moon; the "Procession of the Apostles", that is the mechanism that, at the stroke of each hour, allows the 12 represented figures (the Apostles in fact) to move; a lower quadrant with 12 medallions representing the months of the year.

You can admire the watch in all its glory for free. However, we recommend that you take advantage of your visit to enjoy one of the most beautiful views from above in all of Prague. By paying a small entrance fee you can climb the Clock Tower. As this is one of the most beautiful panoramic spots in the city, it is easy for you to have to stand in line for a long time, so it is better to buy priority entrance to the Astronomical Clock which also includes a visit to the Town Hall.



  • Old Town square - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • Free

Avoid the clock striking: every hour, hundreds of people flock to the Clock Tower to watch the "show" of the tolling. It is an expected event, but in truth rather disappointing (just some of the decorative statues are starting to move). If you are particularly intolerant of crowds, you can also avoid attending.

6 - Church of San Nicola

Also on the square of the Old Town overlooks the Church of San Nicola, one of the most important baroque buildings in Prague. Founded in the 1735th century as a parish church in the district, it was part of a Benedictine monastery during the th century and was remodeled in by the Baroque architect Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer. Inside the dome there are frescoes representing the lives of San Nicola and San Benedetto.

  • Old Town square, Metro line A Staroměstská stop. Tram 12 and 22, Malostranské náměstí stop - Get directions
  • every day from March to October from 10:00 to 20:00, from November to February from 10:00 to 18:00 and from April to September from 10:00 to 22:00
  • 70 crowns (about € 3,00)

7 - Charles Bridge

Together with the Castle and the astronomical clock, Charles Bridge is one of the symbols of Prague. Built in stone in 1300, it is enriched with 30 Baroque statues and acts as a link between the two central districts of the city. If you stop to look down to the right towards the Old Town side, at the end of the bridge you will see a stone in the shape of a head called the "bearded man". It was used by the citizens of Prague to understand when the river level was becoming dangerously high.

Walking along the bridge at sunset is an experience not to be missed for anything in the world.

  • Metro line A, Staroměstská stop, Old Town side. Tram 12, 20, 22, 57, stop at Malostranské náměstí or trams 17, 18, 53 with stop in Staroměstská. Bus 194 stopping in Staroměstská or 192 stopping in Malostranské Náměstí - Get Directions
  • always accessible
  • Free

Tower of the Charles Bridge: on the bridge there is a tower from which to admire a wonderful view, this is generally much less crowded than the Clock Tower in Piazza Vecchia. Other noteworthy viewpoints in Prague are the Powder Tower, the TV Tower and the Petřín Lookout Tower.

8 - The Dancing House

As the name says, this building is so strange that it seems intent on a bizarre dance. The Dancing House is in fact dedicated to the famous couple of dancers formed by Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. The architect FO Gehry (the same of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao) designed and followed the works of its construction, which were completed in 1996.
On the top floor of the building there is a French restaurant which also offers great views of the city and river.

The Dancing House deserves to be seen at least from the outside. And if you want to give yourself a complete experience, you can buy the entrance to the gallery and access the roof to observe a breathtaking view.

  • Jiráskovo nám. 1981/6, 120 00 Nové Město, tram 17 or 21 to Jiráskovo náměstí - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • Free

9 - The Josefov, the Jewish Ghetto

In the Jewish Ghetto the Jewish population lived from 900 to 1708, in a few square kilometers. People therefore had to learn to exploit even the smallest space. At the ghetto lived, along with 77.279 other Czech and Moldovan Jews, too Franz Kafka, Rabbi Low and his legendary Golem.

The neighborhood lends itself to being visited in many ways. You can stroll through its streets in search of beautiful synagogues and hidden corners, or you can opt for a guided tour including entrance to the main Synagogues and the Jewish Cemetery

  • Metro line A, Staromestská stop. Tram 17 or 18 to Námestí Jana - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • Several tours are available that allow you to visit various parts of the neighborhood. Prices start at 300 crowns (from € 15,00)

10 - Old Jewish Cemetery

The Jewish Cemetery was founded in 1439, and for a long time it was the only place where Jewish families could bury their dead, which is why the tombstones are so superimposed. The tomb of Rabbi Low is one of the most visited, it is said that it is particularly auspicious to stop for a prayer, leave the traditional stones or coins and some notes with your own desire.

  • Široká 3, Praha 1 - Josefov, Metro line A, Staromestská stop. Tram 17 or 18 to Námestí Jana - Get directions
  • open from November to March every day from 9:00 to 16:30, from April to October every day from 9:00 to 18:00
  • 300 crowns, approximately € 13,00

5 things to do in Prague

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  1. Selfie in front of the Lennon Wall: have fun shooting
  2. Cruise on the Vltava River: the river cruise is a must for a romantic vacation in Prague
  3. Visit the Letnà Park: one of the best parks for a panoramic view of the city, where you can admire the sunset and color the sky sitting on a swing
  4. Walk along the Golden Lane: it is a medieval street that is part of the Castle complex, flanked by small colored houses once inhabited by goldsmiths
  5. Relax in one of Prague's cafes: the city is full of unique and beautifully decorated cafes, such as EMA Espresso Bar, Kavarna Misto, OneSip Coffee, Dos Mundos Cafe

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