Prague is bursting at the seams with things to do. Highbrow pursuits rival opportunities for more frivolous entertainment. Whether you choose the city’s rich musical heritage or simply enjoy a pint of Pilsner in one of its legendary beer cellars, this is the city where there really is something for everyone.
Heart of Europe, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and an architectural dream on the Vltava river – this is Prague, the capital of Czech Republic. It is also an eternal inspiration for artists in thousands of paintings and reflections. Golden Prague is a city of hundred spires, a UNESCO site, a majestic and slightly mysterious city with a unique atmosphere.
This carefully selected walk covers all the most important sights of Prague, and seeing it with a great guide is like having the past suddenly rise to the surface. We stroll around the famous historical Prague quarters – Old Town, Jewish Quarter, Lesser Town and Prague Castle.
With its world-class productions of opera, ballet and classical music, its exceptionally beautiful and historic venues and its incredibly affordable ticket prices, it’s no surprise that Prague is one of the world’s true cultural hubs. So it would be a shame to visit the Czech capital without taking in a show. Prague’s musical history is a rich and varied one. Not only is the city renowned for producing some of history’s great composers, including Antonin Dvořák or Bedřich Smetana, but it also attracted great composers from overseas, like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (who premièred Don Giovanni in the city in 1787).
If you are on a low budget, Prague is a great place for you to come. It is essentially one large open air museum, which is open every day of the year and is completely free! People watching is something that many people love to do in Prague, and the best place for this is the Jan Hus Monument, which is in the Old Town Square. Tourists flock here and you might even be able to hear some of the commentary from one of the many tour groups that are found in the area.
City Spots – From the giant metronome on Letná Gardens – there used to be a statue of Stalin here. Across Lesser Town from the Observatory on Petřínn Hill. St. Vitus’ Cathedral – If you can make it up the 287 stairs to the top, you will witness a stunning view of the whole city.
There are a few sights nearby Prague which are definitely out of the ordinary. First of them is Kutna Hora where you can visit Sedlec Ossuary (church decorated with some 40 000 bones) and Czech Silver Museum. Take a helmet and lamp and go to explore dark tunnels of medieval silver mine under the town.
Even if you have never heard about Franz Kafka and have never read one of his books (novels The Trial, America and The Castle have been translated into several languages), you will surely notice his presence while visiting Prague. T-shirts, posters and mugs carrying the writer’s image are available at every souvenir shop across Prague.
Prague after dark offers a wide range of places where you can party all night, or opt for a more relaxed evening with a trip to a theatre, art-house cinema or jazz club. Entertainment also takes the shape of art museums and galleries, operas and orchestras, arena concerts, with a calendar year jam-packed with festivals celebrating everything from the wine harvest to Techno, Rave and African dance. We’ve rounded up the best of Prague nightlife, collecting tips, picks and advice from travellers, to bring you an insider’s guide to a night on the town.
Maybe you think that all the architectural buildings, museums and galleries will have little interest for children. Don’t worry, there are plenty of fun activities that will keep children happy, and maybe even amuse their parents. If your children are under six, entrance to most museums and public transport is free. If you are thinking about taking your children to restaurants it is good to know that a growing number of eateries now offer children’s menus.
There are a lot dance and music clubs in Prague but as opposed to the bars, most of the popular late-night clubbing venues exist outside of the city center. Check out some of best clubs in Prague we have listed here for you. The best day to hit the night clubs is Thursday to Saturday, but in the centre you will never find a club empty. Don’t arrive before 10.30pm; that is our advice.