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Welcome to Prague

The capital of the Czech Republic, the one-time communist capital of Prague has evolved, and now boasts a reputation as one of Europe’s most in-vogue destinations. Rivaling the beauty of Paris, Prague features a wealth of baroque architecture, Gothic spires, and a maze of quaint cobbled streets and red roofs set beneath a hilltop castle. And while mass tourism has marched in to explore, the capital still holds cultural appeal, including its traditionally brewed beer, renowned Franz Kafka Museum, and cuisine that goes beyond Czech dumplings and goulash. Wind your way through Prague’s cosmopolitan and historic sights to see its world-renowned castle and many bridges, hear its music, and experience the Danube River.

Top 15 things to do in Prague

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Prague Castle (Prazský Hrad)

Prague Castle (Prazský Hrad)

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Sitting high on a hill overlooking the Charles Bridge and Vltava River, Prague Castle (Pražský Hrad) is a huge complex of museums, churches, palaces, and gardens dating from the ninth century. Nestled in the historic center of Prague—all of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site—the largest castle complex in the world is an outstanding relic of Prague’s architectural history and a must for any visitor to the City of a Hundred Spires.More
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Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)

Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)

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Forming a grand walkway between Prague Old Town, and the Lesser Town and Castle District, the 15th-century Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) is one of the city’s most striking landmarks. The magnificent Gothic bridge features 16 stone arches, two watchtowers, and 30 blackened baroque statues depicting various saints.More
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Prague Astronomical Clock (Prague Orloj)

Prague Astronomical Clock (Prague Orloj)

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One of Prague’s most popular tourist attractions, the Astronomical Clock (Prazský Orloj) was built in the 15th century and is a mechanical marvel. Found on the south side of Prague’s imposing town hall in Old Town Square (Staromestske namestí), visitors line up in their hundreds to see the display as the clock strikes the hour.More
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Prague Old Town Square (Staromestské Námestí)

Prague Old Town Square (Staromestské Námestí)

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Prague’s Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) is the historic heart and navigational center of the city’s UNESCO-listed Old Town. A feast of architectural wonders, the medieval square is ringed with grandiose Romanesque, baroque, and Gothic style buildings, including some of Prague’s most photographed monuments.More
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St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála Sv. Vita)

St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála Sv. Vita)

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With twin Gothic towers visible across the city, St. Vitus Cathedral at the heart of the castle complex is one of Prague’s most recognizable landmarks. It took almost 600 years to complete and is a must-visit for tourists who come to marvel at the architecture and stunning stained-glass windows.More
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Wenceslas Square (Václavské Námesti)

Wenceslas Square (Václavské Námesti)

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Wenceslas Square (Václavské Námesti), one of Prague’s largest public squares, is actually more of a boulevard. Wide and tree-lined with sidewalk cafes and stylish boutiques, it feels modern and cosmopolitan. The square is bursting with history—from its intricate art nouveau buildings to its poignant memorial to the victims of Soviet occupation.More
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Lesser Quarter (Mala Strana)

Lesser Quarter (Mala Strana)

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Close to Prague Castle and the impressive St. Vitus Cathedral, Mala Strana—the Lesser Quarter in English—is one of Prague’s most historic neighborhoods. As a royal town, it was home to some of the city’s wealthiest residents, and many grand palaces and ornate baroque buildings remain today.More
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Strahov Monastery (Strahovský Kláster)

Strahov Monastery (Strahovský Kláster)

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Located close to Prague castle, Strahov Monastery (Strahovský Kláster) has been home to a community of monks since the 12th century. The monastery is one of the most important landmarks in the Czech Republic and is famous for its historic library, which contains countless volumes, including over 3,000 original manuscripts.More
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Dancing House (Tancici Dum)

Dancing House (Tancici Dum)

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In a city known for its baroque, Gothic, and Art Nouveau architecture, Prague’s postmodern Dancing House (Tancící Dum) stands out for displaying none of these architectural styles. The curvaceous, concrete, metal, and glass building was designed by the architectural duo of Czech-Croatian Vlado Milunić and Canadian-American Frank Gehry (of Guggenheim Bilbao fame) and completed in 1996.More
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John Lennon Wall

John Lennon Wall

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Starting life as a tribute to musical icon and peace activist John Lennon after his untimely death in 1980, Prague’s John Lennon Wall quickly became a symbol of peace and free speech for young Czechs angry and disillusioned with the country’s communist regime—much western pop music was banned under the regime, and some Czech musicians were even imprisoned for playing it.More
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Hradcany (Castle Hill)

Hradcany (Castle Hill)

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Visible from all over town, hilltop Prague Castle (Pražský Hrad) is one of the city’s most memorable landmarks. The castle is just one part of Prague’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hradcany (Castle Hill), a vast complex of palaces, cathedrals, and royal buildings, including some of Prague’s finest works of architecture.More
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New Town (Nové Mesto)

New Town (Nové Mesto)

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Prague's New Town (Nové Město is a bustling commercial hub and cultural nexus, and the easy-to-reach central district hugs the Old Town and Jewish Quarter. From shows at the art nouveau Municipal House (Obecní Dum, shopping at Palladium, and dining at cafés along Wenceslas Square, the New Town should be on every visitor's itinerary.More
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Old New Synagogue (Staronová Synagoga)

Old New Synagogue (Staronová Synagoga)

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Europe’s oldest still-working synagogue, the Old-New Synagogue (Staronová Synagoga was completed around 1270, making it one of Prague’s first Gothic buildings. Situated in the Jewish Quarter of Josefov, it is the main synagogue of the Jewish community in Prague.More
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Vltava River

Vltava River

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The Czech Republic’s longest river, the Vltava begins in southern Bohemia before meandering 270 miles (430 kilometers) northward toward Prague. The river has shaped the Czech capital over millennia, splitting Malá Strana (Lower Town) in the west from Staré Mĕsto (Old Town) and the modern city to the east.More
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Rudolfinum

Rudolfinum

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The late-19th century Rudolfinum is a classical music theater on the east bank of Prague’s Vltava River, located at Jan Palach Square. It’s neo-classical in design, and is the home of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. As well as admiring the architecture from the outside, visitors can attend a performance or take a guided tour.More

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robcherx3, Aug 2022
3-hour Complete Prague Bike Tour
It was a great way to see Prague and stop and learn facts along the way!
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What a wonderful way to...
Kristel_H, Jul 2022
1,5 hour oldtimer convertible Prague sightseeing tour
What a wonderful way to see the sights of Prague!
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Exciting and Engaging for the entire family
Thesevenawinds, Jul 2022
3 Hour Canoeing Tour in Prague Centre
This really should be on your list of things to do!
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Great Introduction to Pragues Top Sights
Stephanie_B, Jul 2022
1,5 hour oldtimer convertible Prague sightseeing tour
The row we took was perfect to get a good Orientation of our location to all the best sights in Prague.
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Quick Introduction
Valerie_V, Jul 2022
Prague Half-Day City Tour Including Vltava River Cruise
It did feel a bit rushed but that’s because there is a lot to see in a short time.
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Well worth booking this tour
Ayan_B, Jul 2022
Prague Half-Day City Tour Including Vltava River Cruise
5 stars given because of our guide Mikaela who was great Tour covers a lot of the key Prague attractions in half a day and worth it if you are short on time.
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Best way to see Prague
Melissa_B, Jul 2022
Amazing electric Trike tour of Prague, 120 min
We were able to see parts of Prague outside the "normal" tourist area as well as top Prague spots.
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Fun family photo shoot!!
Leslie_B, Jul 2022
Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Prague
We had a great time and I can’t wait to see the photos!
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Great half day away
Steven_J, Jul 2022
Kutna Hora Day Trip from Prague
Went on this trip specifically to visit the Bone Chapel but enjoyed all that was included for a historically interesting half day away from Prague.
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Very interesting tour of Prague’s highlights!
Lydia_M, Jul 2022
Discover Prague Private Tour - 3 hours
This was a very informative tour of Prague’s major attractions.
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Perfect tour to see the city, learn some info and have some good drinks!
Simon_H, Jul 2022
Pubs of Prague Historic Tour with Drinks Included
Fantastic tour - great guide, lots of interesting info and great tips on culture, beer and what to see and do in Prague.
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Fantastic Day
ckrcjr, Jul 2022
Best of Prague: City Walking Tour, Boat Cruise, and Typical Czech Lunch
The tour was a perfect way to see most of the major sights in Prague and you could not ask for a better guide than Ross!!!
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Sunset cruise
Doug_L, Jul 2022
Prague Boats 1-hour Cruise
A very nice and affordable way to see Prague from the water.
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Fun in Prague
Cathy_A, Jul 2022
Prague 3-hour Afternoon Walking Tour including Prague Castle
Could speak English really well.
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The greatest time in Prague!
Andrew_R, Jul 2022
Amazing electric Trike tour of Prague, 120 min
This was an amazing experience and a great way to see Prague.
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Easy cycling
Becky_L, Jul 2022
7 BEST VIEWS - PRAGUE eBIKE TOUR
It made cycling really easy and meant we got to see lots more than we would have on a regular bike without getting tired.
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Informative with a variety of activities.
Sylvia_L, Jun 2022
Best of Prague: City Walking Tour, Boat Cruise, and Typical Czech Lunch
It was nice to see the city from the water as well as the streets.
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Best way to see Prague
Hans_L, Jun 2022
Discover Prague Private Tour - 3 hours
Best way to see the main sites of Prague.
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Beautiful parks and a great guide!
Wan_A, Jun 2022
Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland National Park Day Trip from Prague - Best Reviews
Wasn’t sure what to expect but this tour ended up as a perfect companion to the Prague city attractions.
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Great trip! Definitely worth the tour!
Delynn_I, Jun 2022
Prague 3-hour Afternoon Walking Tour including Prague Castle
His English was great and answered all our questions along the way.
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People Also Ask

What is Prague famous for?

Known as the City of a Hundred Spires, Prague is famous for its well-preserved medieval architecture, Gothic spires, and hilltop castle perched above a long river. Prague's maze of cobbled lanes and hidden courtyards invite long days of exploration, and regular refreshment with its famous beer.

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How many days do I need in Prague?

Prague is a popular weekend destination and while it is certainly possible to check off all the major attractions in a couple of days, it’s worth aiming for at least four days to get more of a feel for the city without rushing from one place to the next. Some of the best experiences in Prague come from simply strolling around without a plan.

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Do they speak English in Prague?

Yes. Although English is not spoken by everyone, as a short-term visitor who spends most of their time in the touristy areas, you will find that most people you interact with (waiters, hotel staff, etc.) speak at least basic English. Czech is a notoriously complex language, but at least try to learn a few words.

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What is the best part of Prague?

What you’ll consider the best part of Prague will depend on your interests, but first timers will likely want to head first for fairy tale-like Staré Město (Old Town) in the center of the city. This is where you’ll find such attractions as the medieval Astronomical Clock and the Gothic Church of Our Lady Before Týn.

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What is the best month to go to Prague?

April, May, September, and October are the best months to visit Prague. Temperatures in those seasons are mild (although you should pack an umbrella and raincoat), and there are far fewer visitors than in the peak summer months. May visitors can also enjoy the much-loved Czech Beer Festival.

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Is Prague expensive?

No. While Prague is not quite the steal it used to be, costs are still much lower here than in many European capitals. Public transportation and eating out are cheap—the beer famously so—and you can save money on admission prices by buying multi-attractions passes and booking combination tours.

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