Where to Explore in (& Around) Prague

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  • Czech Republic

  • Prague

  • Active Travel

  • Arts & Culture

  • Architecture

  • Foodie

  • Sightseeing

Views over a river in Prague.
Curator’s statement

Prague is a little jewel in Central Europe that offers visitors with extensive history, art, culture and food. Everyone knows Czechia for beer (Pilsner anyone?), but it’s also got a great wine region and is such a diverse country with many great places to visit for a day trip out of Prague.

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Things to do in Prague, Czech Republic

A christmas market in the center of Prague.

Pražský hrad (Prague Castle): A UNESCO monument that’s more than 1000 years old and according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is the largest coherent castle complex in the world. It has many palaces and buildings of various architectural styles and is still where the President holds office.

Vyšehrad: Said to be one of the first settlements in Prague, this castle is now home to the burial grounds of many famous Czechs, including Antonín Dvořák, Karel Čapek and Alphonse Mucha. After visiting the castle, walk along the river back to the center of the city.

Petřín: Reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower, this former broadcasting tower offers sweeping views of Prague. But you do have to work for it. Hike the hill or take the funicular to the base of the tower, from there it’s 299 steps to the top.

Letna: This large park overlooks the Vltava. It’s a great place to enjoy views of the city and walk around. Stop for a break in the Beer Garden.

Day Trips

Kutná Hora: About an hour drive or an hour and a half train ride outside of Prague, this city is a unique place to explore. From its Gothic and Baroque architecture to the Ossuary, there are many interesting things to see.

Český Krumlov: About a two-hour drive south of Prague, this town is reminiscent of a fairy tale. Its architecture is mostly the same as when it was first built. Spend the day exploring the castle, wandering the town and renting a boat to snake down the river for some really unique views.

Kozel (Pivovar Velké Popovice): If you want to tour a local brewery that's not Pilsner, check out Kozel. My favorite beer by far is Kozel Černý, or their dark beer. It’s lighter than most dark beers I’ve had and drinks nothing like a stout. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Cut, which is half of the Černý sitting on top of half of their normal beer. After taking a brewery tour, you can have a pint with their goats to round out the day.

Rocks Prachov (Prachovské skály): This park is about an hour drive east of Prague in Bohemian Paradise. The park consists of large rock formations made of sandstone that are nearly 60 million years old. Some of the earliest Czech settlements have also been discovered here. There are many hiking trails ranging from 1 hour to 3 hours in duration. But be prepared, there are lots of steps and passages that require scrambling up.

Sněžka: This is the tallest peak in Czechia and borders Poland. There are many different trail options depending on level and time, but be sure to bundle up, the top gets cold!

Places to eat & drink in Prague, Czech Republic

Two cocktails with the views of Prague behind.

Staré Město

Blue Duck (U modré kachničky II): Czech food at its finest. Think duck, veal, venison and pork. All hearty meat dishes are prepared excellently. Dinner service also usually features a live pianist, giving this place a really great vibe.

Terasa U Prince: This rooftop terrace overlooks Old Town and the famous Astronomical Clock. People watch from above and enjoy the Prague skyline.

Lot of Wine: This wine bar has hundreds of options from well-known regions like Italy and France, as well as lesser-known local regions like Moravia. Enjoy some appetizers and a few glasses of wine in this cozy space or stand at their wine barrels outside if the weather allows.

Hemingway Bar: A fun cocktail bar along the river. While Hemingway might not have been a regular here, this is an homage to his love of bars and has some unique cocktails to try.

New Town

Cafe Louvre: This unique cafe opened in 1902 and has preserved its traditions in both the decor and dishes served. Frequent visitors included Karel Čapek, Albert Einstein and Franz Kafka.

Sova: This isn't your ordinary Czech restaurant. Sova takes Czech classics and serves them with a modern twist. They use familiar ingredients but prepare them in a not-so-traditional way.

Garden's: Garden's is located off Václavské náměstí, one of the busiest centers in Prague. But you wouldn't know it in this serene backyard. Enjoy cuisine that's Czech meets French in this quiet green oasis.

Lucerna Music Bar: A music venue off Václavské náměstí. Saturday nights are 80s and 90s night, so get ready to dance into the early hours of the morning.

Malá Strana

Brick's: The best view of Karlův most (Charles Bridge). Sit on the terrace overlooking the Vltava and Charles Bridge. Enjoy a cocktail (their Basil Smash is amazing) and some bites after exploring Prague Castle.

Holešovice

Cross Club: This nightclub meets art space almost looks like a junkyard from the outside. But venture inside and you'll experience multiple floors with each room having its own identity.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out this guide to Prague by Fora Advisor Cliniece Goodluck's guide, Top Things to Do in Prague, Czech Republic.

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