Did you know that Prague is one of the 20 most visited cities in the world this year? I don’t know about you, but it’s not a place that instantly would have sprung to mind as being one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. There’s a lot of things to do in Prague for sure and the eclectic mixture of architecture – most noticeably, Baroque and Gothic – makes it feel completely untainted. Or perhaps it’s the friendly atmosphere that oozes from each corner of the beautiful city.
For many Europeans, it has become a must-go destination for a budget city break (it’s not in the Euro which helps things massively there). But this can often mean that you’ll spend just a couple of days trying to cram in the best bits in a short space of time. So, I’m bringing you just a couple of my favourite tourist attractions so you can figure out some of the best things to do in Prague while you’re there.
The Astronomical Clock
The Astronomical Clock, or ‘Prague orloj’ is the oldest astronomical clock in the world to still be working (it turned 605 earlier this month!) and one of the most famous attractions in the city. It’s located in Old Town Square where you can see it strike hourly – plus, it’s free! If you want to see the Old Town from up high, you can climb the Old Town Hall tower where the clock is located for a small fee. In my opinion, it was well worth it to get a stunning view of the colourful surroundings.
You also get a fantastic view of the Church of Our Lady before Týn – a spectacular gothic building with dramatic towers reminiscent of a Disney movie. Couldn’t you just see Maleficent living here?
The John Lennon Wall
Since the 1980’s, this wall in Mala Strana has existed as a monument to John Lennon before becoming a national symbol of freedom, free speech and peace. When Prague was ruled by Communists, Western songs like Lennon’s were banned but after he was murdered, activists risked imprisonment to fill the wall with Lennon-inspired graffiti, lyrics and artwork.
While the police repeatedly tried to clean the wall, they never succeeded, and to this day it is covered with messages of love and peace. Visit to paint a message of your own, read the thousands of inscriptions that change daily or try to spot the ‘War is Over’ message and portraits of Lennon that have remained consistent over time!
Walk along Charles Bridge
It’s another freebie but no trip to Prague is complete without a stroll across Charles Bridge. Once an important trade route between Prague Castle and the Old Town, vehicle traffic is now prohibited so you can walk across at ease. Enjoy beautiful views of the city while listening to a jazz band play or take an evening stroll for stunning city lights that will take your breath away – I swear, I was left speechless for a few moments.
Climb the Petřín Tower
Strongly resembling the Eiffel Tower, the Petřín Tower stands on a hill overlooking the whole of Prague. If you can bear to climb the 299 steps, you will be treated to some of the most stunning views for less than £2! Even in the rain, as this picture above was taken, it’s truly beautiful. You can even spot the Charles Bridge and Church of Our Lady before Týn! The cable car ride to the top of the hill is pretty fun too or you can walk up if the weather takes a sunny turn.
You’re able to easily see all these attractions in just one day – without rushing, I promise! – so you’ll hopefully be left with plenty of time to find some ‘off the beaten track’ things to do in Prague alongside the tourist hotspots. Plus, you’ll be spending so little on attractions that you can treat yourself to a cocktail on a rooftop bar. Oh yes, they exist and I highly recommend checking one out…
What are your favourite things to do in Prague?