Prague has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe 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.
TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO
Having difficulties narrowing down just what to do out of all the great options and the best place to do them?
Let us help you out with our top 10 things to do in Prague (Praha), including tours, attractions, and dining suggestions.
1. Go on a Sightseeing Tour
Letting a knowledgeable local show you around and tell you all about their city is one of the best ways to discover a new place.
As our name suggests, we are really big on free walking tours.
You'll find a wide variety of interesting and historic attractions all over the city, and most tours include highlights such as these:
- National Theatre
- Dancing House
- Astronomical Clock
- Strahov Monastery
- Prague's Old Town Square
- Jewish Quarter
- Charles Bridge
- Prague Castle
- And more!
There are numerous hop-on-hop-off bus tours of Prague to choose from as well as a cruise down the Vltava River.
2. Walk Across Charles Bridge
The oldest bridge in Prague is still a popular way for pedestrians to cross the Vltava River. Construction began in 1357 under the orders of King Charles IV.
Its wide path is made out of sandstone and today is constantly full of street performers, tourists, and a few locals.
Not many visitors know that it is possible to climb the towers built on either end of the bridge for the equivalent of a few Euros.
The bridge is also lined with Baroque statues of saints and martyrs - although today they are copies of the originals, which were taken down for preservation.
Although some changes have been made over the years, the architecture of this bridge remains almost fully intact.
The Charles Bridge connects Malá Strana (Lesser Town) with Stare Mesto (Prague's Old Town).
For fewer crowds and a great view of the city lit up at night, we suggest visiting after dark. Or, go with a free guided tour.
3. Explore Old Town and the Astronomical Clock
The Astronomical Clock is one of the main features of Old Town Square in Prague's city center. This attraction is actually located within the Old Town Hall, another historic location in this area.
It was first constructed in the 15th century and has been restored a few times after damage. It has multiple beautiful golden accents and moving parts.
The most interesting part of the clock is that every hour, on hour, there is a short parade of 12 Apostle figurines that circle the clock while it chimes.
It's one of 20 notable sights in Old Town Prague.
4. Prague Castle
This Castle complex has been around since the 9th century and is currently where the President of the Czech Republic keeps his office hours.
Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this is actually the largest castle complex in the world, and it is visited by crowds from all over the globe.
From Prague Castle, you can see amazing views of the city since it is strategically situated on one of Prague’s hills.
The main castle grounds are always free to wander, and there are free tours of these grounds. Whether you're coming to see the historic architecture or you want to take a closer look, there's plenty to see and do here.
The complex remains open until 22:00 year-round. Check out our free, self-guided tour of the grounds.
If you happen to be near the guardhouse at the top of the hour, you can also watch the Changing of the Guard.
One of the most notable attractions on the castle grounds is St. Vitus Cathedral. On the interior, you'll find an incredible Art Nouveau window that depicts important saints.
The long hours make this a perfect evening activity if you’re busy seeing the sights in other neighborhoods during the day.
For more things to do at night, check out the section below.
5. Quirky Art
There are quirky statues and art installations all over the city. How many can you find?
Near the Kampa museum, you can find some giant bronze babies.
A cloaked man sits hunched over near Estates Theatre.
Don't panic if you see the bronze likeness of Sigmund Freud hanging by a hand on a rooftop on Husova Street.
And by the Spanish Synagogue stands an odd headless man carrying a smaller person on his shoulders.
6. Find Your Prague Team Spirit
Prague is home to several great sports teams.
Both football (soccer) and ice hockey are popular in the Czech Republic, so you can most likely find a game to attend throughout most of the year.
Ice Hockey (September - April)
Football (Soccer) (August - November)
The games are perfect opportunities for family bonding time! And we have more kid-friendly things to do listed below.
7. Explore the Parks
Kids and adults alike will really enjoy exploring Prague’s parks. Some of the green spaces, such as Petrin Park, are great for hiking and picnics.
Other Great Green Spaces:
- Letna Park
Some of the nicer attractions you'll find at Letna Park in particular are its giant kinetic sculpture and beer garden, but it's also a great spot for walking your dog or perhaps even skateboarding!
Then, there is Children’s Island. A small island in Vltava River that is dedicated to playground equipment, a family-friendly cafe, and green space for families to enjoy.
Other Playgrounds Include:
- The Franciscan Monastery garden and playground are close to Wenceslas Square
- Certovka by Charles Bridge
8. Find Live Music
From free music to fancy concert halls, there is most likely music to your taste to be found in Prague.
As you walk around the city, keep an eye out for street performers. They can most likely be found at almost all hours on Charles Bridge.
The National Theatre is a beautiful venue where you can find ballets, operas, and theatre performances on a regular basis year-round.
Free classical performances can be found at the Wallenstein Gardens in the early evenings between May and September.
Fans of jazz music will be happy to hear that there are plenty of jazz and blues clubs with nightly live performances, such as Jazz Republic.
9. Czech Food Scene
Czech cuisine is hearty and perfect comfort food. For an authentic experience, we suggest walking outside of Old Town and the restaurants that cater to the crowds of tourists.
In local pubs, you’ll find vepro knedlo zelo - roasted pork - and cesnecka - garlic soup topped with a raw egg.
If you're looking for some help finding the best dishes in this city, consider a Prague Secret Food Tour.
This outing includes 6 stops and at least 6 samples including bohemian soup, a Czech hot dog, and much more!
Restaurants we suggest include:
- Majak Family Restaurant
- Vytopna Railway Restaurant (perfect for young kids!)
For more great dining options, check out our article full of suggestions for things to do at night in Prague.
10. See More with a City Pass
Looking to make the most of your time in Prague?
A tourist pass will allow you to save 50% or more by bundling your attractions and paying for just one pass.
The Prague Welcome Card also comes with a 72-hour pass for Prague’s public transport, which allows you to get from attraction to attraction even faster.
Be sure to read our guide on public transportation in Prague.
Attractions Included in the Pass:
- Kampa Museum
- New Town Hall
- National Museum
- Franz Kafka Museum
- Astronomical Tower
- Basilica St. Peter
The next 13 items are all things you can do for free. Our Free Things to Do in Prague post has even more ideas for the budget-conscious traveler.
Staying under budget doesn’t have to mean missing out on all the fun in Prague.
11. Go to a Free Concert
Throughout the spring and summer months, the Wallenstein Garden hosts a free concert on Thursday afternoons at 17:00 (5 pm) and sometimes on Saturday afternoons from 14:00 - 15:00 (2-3 pm).
These concerts host a variety of different artists including choral groups, jazz performers, and even brass bands.
The Wallenstein Garden is open to the public daily from 7:30 am - 17:30 (5:30 pm).
12. Explore the Futura Gallery
This location has a variety of contemporary art that you can enjoy for free throughout the year from Wednesday - Sunday each week.
The Futura Gallery is open from 11 am - 18:00 (6 pm). They are known for hosting exhibits from well-known international artists worldwide.
13. Discover the Josefov/Jewish Quarter Neighbourhood
Josefov is the former Jewish Quarter of Prague, and there are several reminders of the past in this area including the Old Jewish Cemetery, a Holocaust Memorial, and the Pinkas Synagogue.
This is just one of six different synagogues in the Prague Jewish Quarter, including two that are within walking distance.
There are also a lot of kosher restaurants in the area, so if you’re looking for a great place to eat, make sure to check out this neighbourhood.
14. Visit the Franciscan Garden
If you’re looking for a nice place to take a walk, this garden has plenty to see including fountains, sculptures, a gazebo, and even roses in the summer.
The Franciscan Garden also has a playground, which makes this an excellent location to bring your kids if they want to have some fun.
15. Spend Some Time in Old Town Square
If you’re interested in seeing the Astronomical Clock, then you’ll be quite close to Old Town Square.
This is the city centre, and it's a great spot to either meet friends or do some sightseeing.
There are a lot of interesting things to see in the area, including the Church of Our Lady Before Týn, St. Nicholas’ Church, the National Gallery of Prague, the Jan Hus Memorial, and more.
16. See the John Lennon Wall
Following the assassination of John Lennon in 1980, this wall across from the French Embassy became something of a shrine to the artist in recognition of his artistic contributions to the world.
Today, the Lennon Wall is absolutely covered with graffiti, much of which references the music of John Lennon and the Beatles, and it’s an absolute must-visit for fans of his work.
17. Discover the Infant Jesus of Prague
Whether you’re interested in religious history or you want to see one of the most ornate displays in the city, head to the Discalced Carmelite Church of Our Lady Victorious to see the Infant Jesus of Prague.
This is a 16th-century Roman Catholic wax-coated wooden statue of Jesus, and it is venerated during the Christmas season and the first Sunday of May.
There is also a museum dedicated to former robes given to the Infant Jesus which is entirely free to visit!
18. Find the Sculpture of Sigmund Freud
If you wander through the Stare Mesto neighbourhood, make sure to look up to the sky and keep an eye out for the sculpture of Sigmund Freud hanging from a metal beam.
Although this artwork has been exhibited all over the world, its home is right here in Prague!
19. Take a Walk Down Golden Lane
Located near Prague Castle, this road is lined with a row of houses where a variety of different people once lived and worked, including none other than the famous author Franz Kafka.
This location is free to visit every day after 17:00 (5 pm).
THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT
Prague is known for its nighttime party culture, but there are plenty of other things to do at night in this beautiful city, and here is our top 10 list.
For more things to do after dark in Prague, take a look at our Things to Do at Night post.
20. Take a Ghost Tour
Discover the haunted history of Prague on a professionally guided tour of the city.
We offer a pay-what-you-wish ghost tour with our partners.
In addition to hearing tales of ghosts and other supernatural events, you’ll also learn about true crime stories that reflect the darker side of this city!
This is also a paid Prague Ghost Tour.
21. Explore the Museum of Alchemists and Magicians of Old Prague
Discover the history of alchemy in Prague at this interesting museum located in the centre of Prague.
There are a variety of interactive exhibits to see including Faust’s house, Edward Kelley’s lab, and much more.
The Museum of Alchemists and Magicians of Old Prague is open from 10 am - 20:00 (8 pm) each day.
22. Enjoy Some Music at the Jazz Republic
The Jazz Republic is an excellent venue that hosts a variety of concerts every week.
While you may need tickets for some events, most live performances here are entirely free to enjoy!
Even if you don’t pay anything for entry, we recommend at least buying a drink to show your appreciation for the free music.
23. Go on a Pub Crawl
If you’re looking for the best beer and pubs in Prague, one of the most entertaining ways to discover this side of the city is by going on a pub crawl.
One popular option is the Drunken Monkey Pub Crawl, which includes free drinks at all the bars and VIP entry to at least one club.
This is a great way to find out which Czech beers are the tastiest!
24. See the View From the Petrin Tower
Located on Petrin Hill, this observation tower is 55 metres high and it provides one of the best views of Prague.
This attraction is often compared to another notable landmark in Europe - the Eiffel Tower. Although this location is far smaller, it's still one of the best ways to see the city.
Better yet, you can visit Petrin Tower from 10 am - 22:00 (10 pm) from April - September and from 10 am - 20:00 (8 pm) in March and October.
Purchase tickets or learn more.
25. See the Underground Tunnels of Prague
As the city was built up over the years, some areas have been left behind and even buried.
Even now, you can still visit some of these underground locations to get a sense of what Prague was like in centuries past.
We recommend taking a walking tour to see some of the best underground areas of the city with a professional guide to make sure you won’t get lost!
26. Go on a Dinner Cruise
What better way to enjoy some sightseeing than while cruising down the river and having a nice meal?
There are several dinner cruise services in Prague, but if you really want to get a good view of the city, we recommend choosing an open-top glass boat so you can see the skyline and all the historic sites along the Vltava.
To see everything there is to do at night, check out our full post.
FAMILY-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO
Prague is the perfect place for a family vacation. Here is our top 10 list of things to do with kids.
You can find more details and family-friendly activities in our full post on things to do with your kids.
27. Explore the Art Gallery for Children
If you’re looking for a museum that is family-friendly, there is an art gallery designed specifically for children near the St. Nicholas Church in Old Town Square.
While you are forbidden to touch exhibits in most art galleries, this location allows kids to interact with art using multimedia.
28. See a Puppet Show
The Spejbl and Hurvinek Children’s Theatre is a fun venue that hosts traditional puppet shows for kids.
All of their puppets are fairly unique and most of them date back to the 1920s or 1930s.
Although they do cover some classic fairy tales and stories every now and then, this theatre specializes in original stories with unique characters.
29. Go on a Chocolate Tour
Prague specializes in Belgian chocolate, and as a result, there are a lot of great chocolatiers in this city.
If you and your kids want some help finding the best spots for this tasty treat, we recommend going on a chocolate tour.
The best part about these tours is that they usually include multiple opportunities to taste test chocolates!
30. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Prague Castle
The ceremonial event of the Changing of the Guard takes place daily at 12 pm and it includes fanfare and a flag ceremony.
You’ll also notice that the sentries at the gates change every hour from 7 am - 20:00 (8 pm).
Whether you catch the official event or just the sentries changing out, this is fun for families to watch, especially in addition to other activities at the landmark such as a free Prague Castle tour!
31. Visit the Prague Zoo
There’s never a bad time to visit the zoo when you have children, and the Prague Zoo has a lot to offer.
Your kids can expect to see a variety of different animals including elephants, gorillas, hippos, lions, polar bears, penguins, seals, giraffes and so much more.
32. Create Your Own Souvenir
You’ll find plenty of souvenir shops in Prague, but if you’re looking for something unique, consider visiting Smaltérie, a workshop where you can actually design and create your own mug to take home with you.
This is a great opportunity to engage the creative imagination of your children and give them a special item they can keep for the rest of their lives as a memento of their time in Prague.
33. Go to a Playground on Children’s Island
Located in the Smíchov area, this small leafy island is home to a large fenced playground with plenty of fun activities for your children to enjoy.
Bring your kids if they enjoy swings, slides, climbing nets, sandpits, wooden houses, and more.
Learn more about Children’s Island.
34. Rent a Pedal Boat
There are plenty of cruises and boat tours available on the Vltava river, but if you’re looking for a fun family activity, it’s hard to beat a trip on a pedal boat.
Luckily, you can actually rent these boats for a fairly low price and they’ll usually include all the safety precautions you may need.
35. Solve a Mystery at the Mind Maze
Escape rooms have become a quite popular and fun family activity in recent years, and this one is uniquely tied to the history of Prague, tasking you and your children with escaping the chamber of an Alchemist.
You’ll have 60 minutes to find your way out by solving riddles and puzzles using a variety of different clues!
36. Go to a Farmer’s Market
If you’re looking for the freshest possible food in Prague, head to the farmer’s market just underneath the fortress of Vysehrad.
This location routinely offers excellent vegetables, bread, cakes, pickles, sausages, and more.
This location turns into a Christmas market during the winter, so even if you're not visiting when it's warm, you might want to consider doing some holiday shopping!
Find even more things to do with your kids in Prague on our full family-friendly post.
THINGS TO DO IN PRAGUE BY MONTH AND SEASON
We have also created guides based on the time of year. Click on the links below for the corresponding time that you plan on being in Prague.