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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Let us help you out with our top 10 things to do in Prague, including tours, attractions, and dining suggestions.
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.
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 in Baroque statues of saints and martyrs – although today they are copies of the originals, which were taken down for preservation.
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.
The Astronomical Clock is one of the main features in Old Town Square in Prague.
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 the hour, there is a short parade of 12 Apostle figurines that circle the clock while it chimes.
It’s one of 20 notable sight in Old Town Prague.
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, it is visited by crowds from all over the world.
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.
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.
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.
There are quirky statues and art installations all over the city. How many can you find?
Near 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 to a rooftop on Husova Street.
And by the Spanish Synagogue stands an odd headless man carrying a smaller person on his shoulders.
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.
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:
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:
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 at Jazz Republic.
Czech food 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:
For more great dining options, check out our article full of suggestions for things to do at night in Prague.
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:
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.
A lot of people cross this historic bridge every day, which makes this one of the best locations for people-watching in the entire city.
Charles Bridge also offers great views of Prague, making this a great place for sightseeing.
In addition to these factors, there are usually at least a few street performers in the area, so you might also have an opportunity to enjoy some free music or live entertainment while you’re here.
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).
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 from around the world.
14. 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 a Jewish Cemetery, the Pinkas Synagogue, and a Holocaust Memorial.
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 this neighbourhood.
15. Enjoy Affordable Street Food
You’ll find a lot of food vendors lining the streets of Old Town in Prague, and a lot of excellent dishes to try including a local favorite known as trdelnik, a delicious rolled pastry sprinkled with sugar.
You’ll also find sausage carts, fried cheese sandwiches, and many other delicious foods in Wenceslas Square!
16. 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.
It’s entirely free to wander the grounds of Prague Castle, and there are some pretty good locations to enjoy great panoramic views of the rest of the city from here.
In addition to the views, you may also want to consider taking a free tour of Prague Castle!
18. Check Out the Astronomical Clock
Located on the side of Old Town Hall tower, this historic clock has two faces and multiple purposes.
Not only does it tell the time in Roman numerals, but it also tells Babylonian time as well.
The Astronomical Clock also keeps track of the moon phases and the zodiac, and every time the clock hits the hour, there is a special show featuring a procession of statues representing the Christian saints.
19. 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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Located near the 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.
Discover the haunted history of Prague on a professionally guided tour of the city.
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!
Learn more or purchase tickets for this Prague Ghost Tour.
Prague is home to the HC Sparta team, and they have won four Czech championships over the years, making them one of the most successful hockey clubs in Czech history.
They play at O2 Arena throughout the fall and winter each year, giving you plenty of excellent opportunities to catch a game.
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.
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.
There are a lot of great restaurants in Prague where you can try all kinds of traditional Czech foods.
Alternatively, you may also enjoy a Prague food tour to learn more about the most popular dishes in the city.
You can also find a lot of delicious and affordable street food options from various vendors throughout the Old Town area and at Wenceslas Square.
If you’re looking for the best bars 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.
Located on Petrin Hill, this observation tower is 55 metres high and it provides one of the best views of Prague.
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.
Although Prague Zoo typically closes up before nightfall, they do offer evening tours every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 20:30 (8:30 pm), 21:00 (9 pm), and 21:30 (9:30 pm).
While you won’t be able to explore the zoo at your own pace, this tour will give you the opportunity to see many different animals after the sun goes down.
While some areas of the castle will be closed off after dark, you can still visit the castle grounds at night and enjoy views of the city from this historic location.
Another added benefit of visiting Prague Castle in the evening is that it’s free to walk down Golden Lane after 17:00 (5 pm)!
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 for 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!
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 for 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.
There is a special show at the Astronomical Clock every hour on the hour featuring several Christian saints in a procession around the bells as they ring.
This is also an excellent opportunity to introduce your kids to the many ways that people have told the time over the centuries, including Roman numerals, Babylonian time, moon phases, and the zodiac.
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.
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.
If your children are fans of sports, chances are you will have several opportunities to take them to a game while you’re here.
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!
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 a fun event for families to watch, especially in addition to other activities at the landmark such as a free Prague Castle tour!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Find even more things to do with your kids in Prague on our full family-friendly post.
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.