Prague is an enchanting city straight out of a fairytale – just walking around in awe of the architecture could keep you occupied for days, but there are world-class sights and restaurants to be checked out! Read on for my take on the top 8 must sees in Prague.
1. Prague Castle
You can see Prague Castle from basically everywhere in the city, so it’s not hard to find. Prague Castle wasn’t at all what I was expecting as more of a castle complex than an actual princess castle, but it’s absolutely worth a morning (or full day) of exploration. I found out belatedly that you can explore the grounds for free, so I would recommend forgoing the steep ticket price as the interiors of most buildings are not that impressive! Make sure to go inside (the free part) of St. Vitus’ Cathedral and if you’re there in summer, the view from the Garden on the Ramparts is supposed to be spectacular.
2. Petrin Tower
I already rounded up all of the towers that I climbed in Prague, but Petrin Tower was absolutely a must-do. Its vantage point on the top of Petrin Hill is unbeatable! Check out this post for more pictures and details.
3. Charles Bridge
How can you visit Prague without walking across the Charles Bridge? I walked across the bridge at least 5 times, watching performers and artists and smiling giddily at the sweeping views of the entire city. I would have liked to make it here at sunrise – next time!
4. Old Town Square
Basically every guide to Prague recommends watching the Astronomical Clock “show” in the Old Town Square, so you kind of have to do it to say you’ve done it. I was unbelievably underwhelmed, but if I hadn’t watched it I would have wished I had – take three minutes and check it off the list!
The Old Town Square itself is stunning. I went at night and in the day and there was an amazing band playing in the centre. I felt like I was in a movie! The architecture is gorgeous and the atmosphere is buzzing.
5. Dancing House
I walked to the Dancing House, took 1 picture and walked away. I also took it from the wrong corner of the intersection….this was the point in the trip where I felt like I was going to die and just couldn’t deal with being a good traveller anymore. Take some time to look at the building and admire the views of the river across the street!
6. Jewish Quarter
I planned to visit the Jewish Quarter on my second day, but I ended up throwing up for 8 hours. I definitely think the Jewish Quarter would have been more fun. I wish I could offer advice, but everyone says it’s awesome!
7. Hit up a classical concert
I actually bought a ticket to a concert the night I got sick, but quite evidently could not make it there. I was so disoriented and weak I don’t even remember what concert it was. I recommend heading to the Tourist Office on the Mala Strana end of Charles Bridge and checking out the concert flyers there to see what’s available. Alternatively, check websites to see where you can get tickets for cheaper concerts!
8. Lehka Hlava
One of my favourite things about travel is that it forces me to be less of a picky eater. Since I started travelling in earnest I’ve tried so many new things and restaurants that I would have turned up my nose at before – Lehka Hlava being my favourite of the bunch! This is an awesome vegetarian/vegan place close to the Stare Mesto end of Charles Bridge. I got cucumber pasta with sundried tomato pesto and admired the atmosphere and the Czech chatter as I got pitying looks from the wait staff! I can’t believe how cheap their food was – I went twice and didn’t pay more than 10 dollars.