Prague, also known as Prague or Praha, with its numerous sights is one of the tourist magnets of Europe. The historic centre of the former capital of the Holy Roman Empire is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Old houses, often dating back to the Romantic and Gothic periods, numerous churches, romantic alleys, Art Nouveau cafés and last but not least wine and beer taverns in medieval vaults enchant around 3.5 million visitors every year. Make sure not to miss the following sights:
1. Charles Bridge
The Charles Bridge is one of the top 10 sights of Prague and should be at the top of your list when exploring the city. On a leisurely walk across the bridge you can join the hustle and bustle of street musicians, artists and other tourists and cross the largest river in the Czech Republic: the Vltava. On both sides of the bridge there are several other sights that invite you to take a trip into Prague's history.
2. Prague Castle
A visit to Prague Castle is an absolute must and should not be missed on guided tours through Prague. With the tickets without queuing you can discover the castle area on your own and at your own pace. You can book an audio guide on site at any time. On a guided tour of Prague Castle" you will discover all the landmarks of the complex including St. Vitus Cathedral and the Royal Palace. Listen to exciting historical stories about princes, kings and emperors on your tour.
3. Golden Lane
The Golden Lane also called Alchemists' Lane is a small street inside the Prague Castle. This interesting place can not be missed out on guided tours through Prague, because it is said that alchemists tried to produce artificial gold and the philosopher's stone at this very special place. Who knows... Maybe they did it. Why else would this small alleyway attract millions of people every year? You figure it out.
4. Old Town Square
After the designation Old Town Square hides the beautiful marketplace of Prague, which is the real centre of the Czech capital. Here you will find the tomb of Emperor Rudolf II and the town hall, which was built in the Gothic style. The town hall clock, also known as the famous astronomical clock, shows besides the normal clock times also different signs of the zodiac and at every full hour even death itself appears to ring your bell...
5. Wenceslas Square
The Wenceslas Square in Prague will seem like a very wide street to most visitors. Due to its length of about 750 metres and width of about 60 metres it is one of the largest urban squares in Europe and one of the most beautiful places in Prague. At the upper end of the square you can see the statue of St. Wenceslas created by sculptor Josef Myselbek, which is considered the symbol of the Czech Republic. Besides the statue you can admire many other sights on Wenceslas Square such as the National Museum or the impressive Koruna Palace shopping centre.
6. Josefov: the Jewish quarter
Josefov is the old Jewish quarter in Prague. In addition to the Jewish cemetery and several beautiful synagogues, you will also walk through the remains of the Prague ghetto, which still reminds us of the cruelties of the Nazi regime. Tours and guided tours of Josefov take time. The Jewish cemetery, the Old Synagogue and the Pinkas Synagogue are definitely worth a visit. Discover the historic quarter on one of the tours with a local.
7. Dancing House
The so-called "Dancing House" in Prague actually looks like it is literally dancing. The actual office building in the city centre was designed by the Czech architect Frank Gehry in such a deformed way that one or the other will probably get a little laugh. A souvenir photo should not be missing here under any circumstances. On the roof of the building there is also a French restaurant with a great view over Prague.
8. Prague Underground
You can experience Prague from a completely different perspective if you are brave enough to go underground. You will explore around 800 years of Prague's history and learn everything worth knowing on a guided tour through catacombs and vaulted cellars from the 12th century and about the founding of Prague City Hall to the Prague uprising in 1945. Prague's history is marked by numerous legends, by ghosts and spirits. Sneak through the medieval streets of Prague on the evening tours, listen to stories about elves and headless horsemen and decide for yourself whether the numerous stories on your ghost and legend tour are really just fairytales.
9. Drinking Pivnice at U Zlatého Tygra
Prague is especially known for a golden delicacy: really good beer. This means for you that you should not miss a little beer tour. Discover the genuine Prague beer on a tour of Prague's pubs and breweries or set off on foot to the U Zlatého Tygra pub and enjoy real Prague culture in a rustic atmosphere. Once an insider tip among typical Prague pubs, the "U Fleku" is now a contact point for tourist buses. You will find traditional beer taverns elsewhere. We do not recommend this place!
10. Zizkov Hill
The Zizkov Hill is located just outside the city centre in a less crowded part of Prague. If you are looking for an exciting guided tour, relaxation and some fresh air, you should definitely take a detour to this green spot. A few "small" sights such as the equestrian statue of the army commander Jan Zizka which weighs around 17 tons and is 9 metres high are particularly worth seeing.
Travel tips for Prague
The best time to visit Prague
Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is worth a visit at any time of year. Especially during the holidays Prague is especially popular and prices for flights and hotels rise. The best time for Prague is in late spring or early autumn. Then the temperatures are with an average of 10° Celsius a little cooler, but not bitterly cold as the winter in Prague. And even if it should rain there are a lot of activities that do not depend on the weather. Afraid of rainy days? Besides several outdoor activities in Prague there are also rainy weather activities possible.
How many days in Prague
The city of Prague also known as the "golden city" offers a variety of interesting places and sights that you can easily admire in a few or even in one day. If you are visiting Prague for the first time it is advisable to plan at least three days for the city trip. So you have enough time to explore the most beautiful places of Prague and the top sights such as the Prague Castle or Charles Bridge and to stroll leisurely through the Old Town.
The perfect pocket money
The official currency in Prague is Czech crowns (CZK). For one euro you get about 25 Czech crowns. This is the fair exchange rate as of February 2020. The price level in Prague has changed in recent years and is gradually adjusting to the level of European capitals. Entrance fees for sights, activities and attractions are inexpensive compared to European cities. In restaurants and cafés away from the tourist hotspots you can eat well and cheaply. Be careful with the bill: In some restaurants tourists may be charged more than the locals.
The best restaurant in Prague
The Bohemian cuisine likes to present itself through hearty home cooking: goulash with dumplings, sweet filled yeast dumplings ('buchty') or juicy duck legs are available in almost every restaurant. The Czech Republic is also known and loved for its excellent beer: Pilsner Urquell and Staropramen are among other beers the favourites. Feasting and enjoying is not difficult in Prague. The wide variety of restaurants offers tasty food at reasonable prices. The Bila Krava near the turbulent Wenceslas Square is recommended for meat lovers. Here you get a wonderful tasting traditional meat soup in advance, excellent steak for the main course and the atmosphere speaks for itself. But Prague also has many delicacies for vegetarians. The MAITREA near the Powder Tower is specialized in completely meat-free cuisine. However, a reservation is absolutely necessary in advance.
The most beautiful shopping mile
Prague has a lot to offer for big and small shopping enthusiasts. There are several shopping streets with a mixed picture of several famous shops and wonderful small boutiques and designer shops. The shopping malls spread all over the city can be easily explored on foot. On the Paris street it gets expensive. It is the most luxurious shopping street in Prague. On the other hand the Nový smíchov shopping centre is convincing due to its attractive location directly in the centre of Prague. A very special highlight are the small street markets, where you can buy not only souvenirs for home but also impressive craftsmanship. Very recommendable is the Havelmarkt at the end of the Wenzelsplatz, which can be reached quickly and easily by metro (stop: Mustek).
What to look out for
As in all big cities, crime plays a major role and as always, tourists are advised to take care of their valuables. There is no higher crime rate in Prague than in other large cities. Other important rules: 1. The consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in public places. 2. There is no metro in Prague between 0.00 and 5.00 am. Please be careful when taking a taxi, uninformed tourists are often ripped off here.