Prague has become a very popular tourist destination in recent years and has a lot to offer visitors. This post contains our top 10 list of things to do in Prague, as well as the best things to do for free, with your family, and at night.
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Looking for some things to do after the sun goes down? Here is our top ten list of tours, events, museums, and food suggestions.
(1) Sightseeing Tours
Taking a tour of Prague by night is the perfect way to see the city! You’ll get a magical view of the lights at night and deal with less crowding. One of the most popular ways to see the city is from the Vltava River. This dinner cruise is a great way to eat and sightsee at the same time.
If you’d like to take yourself on a walking tour at any time of day or night, this free Prague audio tour from Rick Steves is a great option!
(2) Sporting Events
If you’re in Prague during ice hockey season, it is a perfect opportunity to spend the evening at a game. Their hockey league is very popular – in fact, quite a few of their players can get recruited to the US National Hockey League.
They are located right next to Prague Castle and house instruments that alchemists would use to attempt to turn metals into gold. The practice has long since stopped, but now you get to look at the secret laboratories and equipment.
Love music and culture? Prague is the perfect destination for you! Prague’s National Theatre is housed in a beautiful venue and regularly puts on ballets, operas, and theatre performances. More classical performances can be found at the Wallenstein Gardens between May and September.
And if you’re in the area of Charles Bridge, there are multiple jazz and blues clubs nearby, such as Jazz Republic, that have concerts almost every night of the week.
If you can’t make a planned concert, many street performers and buskers have impromptu performances on Charles Bridge year-round.
(5) Enjoy Czech Food
Czech food is hearty and comforting. While you’re in Prague, there are several traditional dishes you definitely need to try.
Vepro knedlo zelo, or roasted pork, is a staple of the cuisine. It is often served with dumplings and pickled cabbage.
Cesnecka, or garlic soup, is also very popular. It has a raw egg added during the last few minutes of preparation to let the soup cook it, and is topped with lots of croutons.
For those over the drinking age, the Drunken Monkey Pub Crawl is one of the most popular pub crawls in the city. They’ve been featured on National Geographic, and voted best crawl in the city for over 10 years.
The pub crawl runs every night of the year and features a 2-hour open bar. They have games like flip cup and giant jenga and offer a free t-shirt or headband with your entry fee.
(7) Play in the Parks
Looking for a place to get all the kids’ energy out? The whole family can enjoy the various playgrounds and parks available in Prague.
The Franciscan Monastery close to Wenceslas Square has a fenced-in playground that has a fun sandbox and playset in a quiet setting.
Certovka is a small but popular park at the end of Charles Bridge with playground equipment and a sand pit for digging.
Children’s Island is in the middle of the Vltava River and accessible by a bridge near Smichov. The playground is large and fenced in with climbing nets, sandboxes, and other structures to play in and on.
This fun evening tour of the Prague Zoo gives you some insight into the different habitats and animals.
You’ll also have the zoo mostly to yourself! They often run on Friday & Saturday nights at 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm. The 5:30 pm tour guides cater to children and have a high-energy tour planned.
If there are no kids in your group, you might want to stick with the 6:00 pm tours. You’ll still get the same great information with a little less theatrics.
(9) Find Panoramic Views
Want to get a bird’s eye view of Prague at night? One of the best places to see the city from up above is at Prague Castle. There is a half wall at the edge of the cliffside in the Prague Castle Starbucks. Just walk on in and look over the wall for the best views of the city!
There are other great spots within the castle, if you want to go exploring for them.
If you want to see Prague from the Petrin Observation Tower, it is on the same side of the Vltava River. You can take a hike up the main hill of the park, or get a ride on the funicular!
The Prague City Pass is a great option if you’re looking to see and do as much as possible in Prague. Pass holders get free entry to the most popular sights and discounts for various tours and restaurants.
Prague’s free attractions and things to do are just as fun at night!
Here is a list of tours, activities, and attractions you can do for free in the evenings. For even more budget-friendly ideas, check out our Free Things to Do post!
One of the most popular, free things to see in Prague is the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Hall Tower. It was built during the 15th-century and has been maintained since then, which included a re-building after damage during WWII.
This photo of Prague is courtesy of TripAdvisor
You might have a better chance at getting an up-close look at the parade of the 12 Apostles if you watch the free, hourly show at night!
Summertime Outdoor Movies
MeetFactory is an arts space with a large yard. The yard is perfect for outdoor movie screenings and has drinks available for purchase. Movies are on the schedule from May 30 through the end of September, with start times between 8:30 and 9:30 pm.
Make your walk through the city a scavenger hunt! As you take an audio tour or another walk, keep an eye out for the city’s multitude of bizarre art installations.
This photo of Crawling Babies is courtesy of TripAdvisor
The giant bronze babies are right near the Kampa Museum. And don’t forget to look up – you might see Sigmund Freud or someone being swept away by an umbrella.
Charles Bridge is the oldest bridge in Prague and is still a very popular pedestrian crossing. Up and down the wide, sandstone street there are often buskers and other performers working for tips. At night, there are slightly fewer people and you can see a fantastic view of the city lit up at night.
Access to the gardens and grounds surrounding Prague castle is free all day, but if you wait until after 5:00 pm you can get into the Golden Lane without a ticket!
This photo of Prague Castle is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Between 6:00 am and 11:00 pm every day, you can watch the Changing of the Guards ceremony. During the summer, you might stumble across open-air concerts by brass or jazz bands.
Find Panoramic Views
Go to Petrin Hill Park as the sun is setting for some of the best views in Prague. The Hill is 318 meters (1043 feet) high – which is a moderately strenuous climb to the top of the hill. There, you can find an impressive view of the city. For a small fee, you can get even higher – and go all the way to the top of the tower.
Tip: If you don’t want to walk to the top, there is an affordable funicular to give you a ride!
There are still plenty of fun things to do after dinner in Prague!
Here is a list of fun family activities at night.
Prague Castle Tour
Prague Castle is very popular and a bit crowded during the day. However, after the sun goes down, the crowds thin out, and you can see the lit up castle in all its glory! We suggest taking a nighttime castle tour with a tram ride included that the kids will love.
This photo of Ghosts and Legends Tour by Haunted Prague is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Your guide will entertain you with historical ghost tales on this 1.5-hour walking tour. This one is fun for everyone!
Rent a Pedal Boat on Vltava River
If you’ve been walking all over Prague and are ready for a bit of a rest, rent a boat and on the Vltava! The kids can pedal down the river as you admire the reflection of the city lights on the water. Boats are available to rent by the hour until 10:00 pm.
Prague Zoo Tour
This fun evening tour of the Prague Zoo gives you some insight into the different habitats and animals. You’ll also have the zoo mostly to yourself!
This photo of Prague Zoo is courtesy of TripAdvisor
They often run on Friday & Saturday nights at 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm. The 5:30 pm tours are more high-energy with kids in mind.
Underground Tunnels Tour
The tour of the underground tunnels is perfect for older kids and takes you through hidden cellars, and spooky spaces in Old Town’s underground network. Learn about what happens underneath Prague’s city streets.
You can find a free, outdoor ice skating rink from December to February at Ovocny Trh. Skaters can get on the ice with their rented skates between 10:00 am – 9:30 pm every day.
Looking to enjoy some traditional Czech food? There is no shortage of it in Prague!
Here is our list of recommended restaurants and food experiences.
Maják Family Restaurant
Traditional Czech food is what you’ll find at the Majak Family Restaurant. Situated in a lovely and peaceful dining room, you’ll get to taste the chef’s fresh, local dishes. They also have a great children’s menu!
Find a Local Pub for Drinks
Look for a pub that is slightly off the beaten path. You’ll know you’re in the right place when the crowds thin out! Here, you can buy a pint of beer for only €1.50 and find some delicious, local food to go with it, without breaking the bank.
This small restaurant is a local hidden gem. They have plenty of traditional dishes on the menu and serve them up at local prices in a cozy dining room. We suggest reserving a table in advance, as they get busy at night.
If you’re near Prague Castle, this restaurant is a great option. They don’t offer a menu – instead, you get to look at what is on the stove and decide that way! There is also a great view of the castle and the city from the dining area.
Looking for something different? Prague has a thriving Asian population, which means you can find authentic Korean kimchi here! The signature dish is bibimbap – a spicy rice dish.
Taste a Trdelnik Pastry
This traditional sweet pastry is very popular with visitors and can be found in coffee shops and street vendors. Rolled dough is wrapped around a cylinder and baked over a spit. The pastry is coated in cinnamon sugar and then topped with various sweet treats – you can even ask or ice cream to be put in the middle!
These are the museums and attractions that are open late in Prague!
You’ll find animals, art, and interesting artifacts.
Sea World Prague is an aquarium that offers a look into underwater ecosystems. Visitors can watch feeding demonstrations and touch pools. Sea World is open until 7:00 pm on weekends.
This virtual reality experience is the largest VR gaming experience in Europe. You and up to 4 other people can be transported back in time to Prague during medieval times. There are mini-games and riddles to solve as you go through the game to find the mystical Golem.
Get a better understanding of the universe with the projection show at the Prague Planetarium.
This photo of Planetarium Prague is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Kids will love sitting back and seeing the stars zoom around on the ceiling as they learn about the solar system.
Animal lovers of all ages will love the Prague Zoological Garden. Their goal is to protect wildlife and educate visitors on taking care of the environment and its inhabitants. The only way to see the Zoo in the evenings is to take an evening tour.
The city’s castle sits in a 9th-century complex that was once the home of kings and Roman emperors. Now the current President of the Czech Republic works from Prague Castle. You can see the changing of the guard ceremony until 11:00 pm!
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