Prague is one of the most delightful cities in the world. It has been called the “Paris of the East” and for good reason. It is romantic and extremely pleasant to walk, with interesting architecture at every turn. Below are my favorite things to do in this Czech Republic capital.
1. Wander Around Old Town Square — This charming square has interesting architecture, attractions to spend some time in, wonderful open-air cafes, and crowds of people to interact with or simply watch.
2. Visit Prague Castle — Comprising a large area, perched high above the Vlatva River, the castle is the most popular tourist destination in the city. It has a long history and deserves several hours.
3. Check Out St Vitus’ Cathedral — The most prominent building in the palace complex is this large and interesting cathedral. It contains the tombs of many kings of Bohemia.
4. Take a Short Excursion to Karlstehn Castle – This classic medieval castle is only a few miles southwest of the city and is the most popular excursion from Prague.
5. Watch the Hourly Action of the Astronomical Clock — Located on the wall of City Hall, this interesting parade of characters spring into action each hour and delight crowds of on-lookers.
6. Join the Crowds on the Charles Bridge — This ancient bridge is one of the city’s most popular gathering places, and the site of many street performers. The sculptures along the bridge represent religious figures.
7. Spend Some Time in the Jewish Quarter — There are a number of worthwhile sights in this old Jewish enclave, including the Old-New Synagogue and the Jewish Cemetery.
8. Admire the Interior of St Nicholas Church — Located at one corner of Old Town Square, this attractive church has a stunning interior which should not be missed.
9. Get Into Art Nouveau at the Municipal House — A throwback to the early 20th century, this beautiful building also has a stunning interior. It sits on Republic Square and hosts concerts.
10. Climb the Powder Tower — The tower, next door to the Municipal House (see above), is part of the city’s medieval fortifications. Climbers are rewarded with great views of the city.
11. Stroll Around Wenceslas Square — This large, oblong space was the scene of the Czech Republic’s liberation from Soviet rule during the Velvet Revolution in 1989. It is lined with shops and restaurants and is a busy place indeed.
12. Stroll Down Golden Lane — This tiny alley, lined with even tinier shops, was once the home of the king’s guardians. More famously, Franz Kafka lived for a time at #22 and did some of his writing here.
13. Make a Day Trip to Karlovy Vary — This spa town is west of Prague and makes a delightful excursion from the city. This area is also famous for Bohemian crystal, prized all over the world.
14. Visit Cesky Krumlov — The adorable village in southern Bohemia is one of the most picturesque in all of Europe. It is great for walking and boasts an interesting castle and several delightful squares.