fun things to do in Prague

As the crossroads of vibrant history and architectural beauty, it’s no wonder that the City of a Hundred Spires is one of Europe’s most sought-after travel destinations, welcoming more than 8 million visitors annually.

From its Renaissance architecture and Gothic grace to its modern art and eclectic nightlife, it’s fair to say that this UNESCO-listed city offers something for every kind of traveler.

So whether you want to romantically meander down the riverside under the moonlight or simply sink a few Pilsners, there’s no shortage of fun and memorable things to do in Prague.

Explore castles and intriguing museums filled with all sorts of weird and wonderful things, dive into the world of alchemy, and look out for the hundreds of puppeteer-like animated statues and figurines that dot the streets, or hang randomly from building rooftops or windows.

With the Vltava River running through the city, cross over ancient bridges, or discover the capital city from the water for a different sightseeing experience.

As the largest city in the Czech Republic, here are some of the best monuments, attractions, historical sites and culturally-enriching activities to try out in the Golden City.

1 – Kick off your adventure at the Prague Castle

Prague Castle tours in Prague

A postcard-worthy UNESCO World Heritage Site, the iconic Prague Castle regularly leaves travelers mesmerized by its façade.

The magnificent castle is the official residence of the president and, historically, was the seat of Czech rulers.

Luckily for us, entry to the castle grounds is free. However, for the full experience — which includes the Golden lanes, St. Vitus Cathedral, and the Basilica of St. George — a combined entry ticket is your best bet.

Learn more about Prague Castle tickets price.

2 – Explore the historical invasions in the Old Town

Old Town tour in Prague

Deemed the beating heart of the city, the Old Town epitomizes the neighborhood’s 11th-century origins, and there is much to explore on the historical and cultural fronts.

Come rain or shine, you’ll always find swarms of tourists crowding the historical Old Town Square.

The place is perfect for admiring the incredible architecture of Prague and is teeming with street performers, musicians, cafes and restaurants.

A part of Prague not to be missed, city tours never pass the chance to bring tourists to this district. Stop by the Old Town City Hall where the famous Astronomical Clock is located, take photographs of the Powder Tower and investigate the Church of Our Lady before Týn.

Open daily from morning to night time, the Havel Market sets up in the town square, where it has been selling goods since 1232!

Hot tip: make your way up to the Old Town Bridge Tower for scintillating views of Old Town and the Vltava River.

3 – Get a glimpse of the famous Astronomical Clock

Astronomical Clock, Prague

If you’re focused on finding free things to do in Prague, jot down Old Town’s Astronomical Clock on the list!

Every hour on the dot, the animatronic clock puts on a marvelous performance depicting the walk of the 12 apostles.

Most free walking tours will make a stop at the base of the clock, although it’s the climb up the tower itself that tourists can’t stop raving about.

4 – Soak in panoramic views from Lobkowicz Palace

Lobkowicz Palace, Prague

No trip to the City of a Hundred Spires is complete without experiencing a 180-degree view of the city’s historic skyline — best seen from the exclusive, unobstructed perch of the Lobkowicz Palace.

Besides the unforgettable vistas on offer, the palace also includes a vast collection of historical art and puts on daily music concerts.

5 – Experience calm and serenity at the Strahov Monastery

Strahov Monastery, Prague

Tired of crowded places? No worries; the Strahov Monastery provides you with a blissful setting to recharge the batteries.

Situated out the back of Prague Castle and Petrin Hill, the spacious monastery is known for its impressive views of Lesser Town (the historic area between Prague Castle and the Vltava River).

Beer lovers, take note: the Strahov Monastery Brewery, just a few steps away from Prague Castle, is nothing short of a hidden treasure.

6 – Explore the Gallery Of Steel Figures

Gallery Of Steel Figures, Prague

A unique take on the typical wax museum, the Gallery Of Steel Figures is the only spot in the city where guests can witness sculptures inspired by movie stars, cartoon characters, and even animals — all made from recycled steel scraps.

Unlike most museums, you’re actually allowed to touch the exhibits. In fact, you can interact with them — jump in the steel supercar or pose with the iron Stormtrooper — making for plenty of hilarious photos.

7 – Wander around the Jewish Quarter

Jewish Quarter, Prague
Interior of Prague Synagoge

Due to the tragic and trying history associated with the area, and the resilience of its people, the historic Jewish Quarter (locally known as Josefov) has become one of the highest-trafficked places in Prague.

From the Jewish Museum to its spectacular synagogues, the former ghetto is now teeming with eye-opening insights into the area’s stormy past.

An undisputed icon is the Spanish synagogue — built in Moorish Revival style, the beautiful building is a must-see, especially when hosting classical music concerts. Guarding the entrance is a statue of famous writer, Franz Kafka, whose struggling story is etched into stone.

8 – Reserve a seat on a jazz dinner cruise

dinner cruises in Prague

After a long day of exploring there’s nothing better than kicking up your feet and admiring the sparkling Prague lights at twilight on a smooth-moving river cruise.

Besides the views, guests can dig into a multi-course meal (authentically Czech) and take full advantage of the onboard bar — made all the merrier by the live jazz band.

Read more about Prague river cruises.

9 – Explore the city on an E-scooter

e-scooter tours in Prague

On a locally-led E-scooter adventure, travelers are guided around town to a range of quintessential landmarks: enjoy the Vltava River’s splendid view, admire the Prague Castle, and visit the historic Old Town, learning plenty of stories about the city along the way.

Even if you’ve never set foot on an e-scooter before, it’s super straightforward, and training is provided before tours depart.

10 – Join one of many walking tours for sightseeing

walking tours in Prague

So long as you’ve slid on a pair of comfy shoes, there’s arguably no better way to discover the city, its hidden alleys, and iconic spots, than on foot.

On a range of walking tours, travelers can check out the Church of Our Lady, Astronomical clock, Old Town Square, Jewish Quarter, and plenty more.

Guided by a true local, spend a couple of hours being shown the ins and outs of the city perimeters, and most tours last between 1.5 to four hours, depending on your preference and the destinations to visit.

Some tours, for example, take tourists to certain districts, whilst other walking expeditions are centered around showing travelers an alternative side of Prague and its interesting neighborhoods.

Enjoy learning titbits of history and information as you move from one attraction to the next from your professional cicerone.

11 – Race against the clock at a Prague escape room!

escape rooms in Prague

Any budding detectives out there? The always-fun creative-thinking escape games are great activities for any rainy Czech day.

With themes like Harry Potter, horror, and zombies — plus a unique outdoor challenge — there’s no shortage of clues and puzzles to solve!

So, think you’ve got what it takes to win your freedom?

12 – Enjoy the best view of Prague from Letná Park

Letná Park in Prague

For an unforgettable view of the city look no further than Letna Park.

The greenery stretches all the way from the Kinský Garden all the way to Holešovice, passing through Petřín and the Prague Castle Gardens — so despite its central location, it’s large enough to find plenty of peace and quiet.

The nearby Letna Plain is frequented by roller-skaters and joggers, and you’ll find plenty of locals sitting on the grass with a beer.

13 – Discover the hidden gems of the city with a scavenger game

scavenger games in Prague

If you want to explore Europe’s most alluring capital city (you can’t disagree until you’ve seen it for yourself), there’s no better way than with an interactive scavenger hunt!

As you navigate through the medieval capital in search of victory, the game will lead you to bustling squares, iconic Old Town buildings, and quaint lesser-known regions.

If you consider yourself a bit of a competitive beast, it makes for an awesome day out.

14 – Join a Prague Art Nouveau and Cubist Architecture tour

Art Nouveau and Cubist Architecture tours, Prague

Typically taking around 3 hours, these fascinating tours teach visitors about the history, stories, and art of 20th-century Prague.

Throughout the tour, expect to find yourself immersed escorted to Art Nouveau landmarks like the magnificent Municipal House, The House of the Black Madonna, and the entire Josefov district.

It’s rated as one of the top five architecture tours in Europe — need we say more?

15 – Take a seat on the Historic City Center Bus!

bus tour in Prague

Driving travelers through must-see areas like the Jewish Quarter, Prague Castle district, New Town, and Old Town, an open-top bus tour is a wonderful way to explore the city’s frontrunner attractions in succession.

With pre-recorded commentary available in over 20 languages, there’s plenty to be learned about the architecture, history, and culture along the way.

If this particular bus tour isn’t quite right, a range of alternatives are on offer too — from hop-on-hop-off to private vans, and even a party bus, you’ll find something that matches your rhythm.

16 – Unravel the darkest chapter of Prague’s history at the Terezin Concentration Camp

Terezin Concentration Camp in Prague

The sobering Terezin Concentration Camp was the former site of one the most tragic events in modern history.

On guided tours of the WWII facility, visitors can retrace the story of Jewish prisoners, walk through its buildings, and learn about what really happened behind its walls.

Be aware, these tours can be particularly emotional and difficult, so make sure you’re in the right headspace.

17 – Discover the bones and art piece at Kutna Hora

Kutna Hora tours from Prague

Looking for a perfect day trip from Prague? Then why not visit the UNESCO-listed small town of Kutra Hora?

Located in Central Bohemia, the city’s focal point is its Sedlec Ossuary: a cave-like space adorned with the bones of 40,000-70,000 people — once a resting place, it is now also considered a strange example of macabre art.

Be sure to visit the Old Town, admire its beautifully designed buildings, and grab a bite at an authentically Czech Dacicky restaurant.

18 – Watch the Puppet show at the National Marionette Theatre

marionette shows in Prague

For a different style of entertainment, the National Marionette Theater (Prague’s oldest puppet theatre) organizes its very own Puppets Gala performance, a lively ensemble of the area’s finest puppeteer skits.

Of all the shows on offers, the classic puppet operas of Don Giovani and Mozart come highly recommended.

Thanks to its location in the Old Town neighborhood, it’s a convenient post-dinner activity.

19 – Go Hiking at Bohemian Switzerland

Bohemian Switzerland tour from Prague

A wonderful change of pace from the busy cobblestone streets, Bohemian Switzerland — just 90 minutes from Prague, near Germany — is flush with endemic wildlife and diverse landscapes, none more impressive than the Pravcicka Archway and Kamnitz Gorge.

If you’ve got time to stay for more than a day, don’t miss the chance to embark on an overnight hiking tour — with large plateaus overlooking the curving rivers, it makes for the perfect sunrise picture.

20 – Bathe in the ‘Beer Spa’

beer spa in Prague
credit to First Tank Beer Spa in Prague

There are no hot stones or massage oil here… only good ole beer!

Bathing in beer might sound a little odd, however, the Czechs believe it offers benefits for the mind and body, acting as a destresser and skin revitalizer.

The beer spa ticket includes a private spa room with a white straw bed and beer bath, and, of course, unlimited Krusovice beer on top.

21 – Zoom around town in a vintage car!

vintage car tours in Prague

When local history meets modern elegance! A vintage car tour allows travelers to sit back and relax in style, with your very own chauffeur taking you past 25 of the most popular places in the city.

With a glass of wine and a bouquet of roses included, it screams romance.

Arriving by plane? Visitors can even book an old-timer car for airport pickup, proving the ideal start to any vacation.

22 – Get mesmerized with the magnificence of Karlstejn Castle

Karlstejn Castle tour from Prague

Just one look at the Karlstejn Castle’s facade and you’ll be in awe.

While you can certainly take a tour to get a glimpse of the castle’s interior, Karlstejn is best appreciated from a distance.

So, grab a riverside table on a restaurant patio, buy a bottle of Karlstejn wine, and appreciate the view!

With bike tours (that also visit the Crystal Factory) and VIP tours available, there are a number of ways to enjoy this countryside marvel.

23 – Learn about glass production at the Nizbor Glass Factory

Nizbor Glass Factory tour from Prague

Are you fascinated by how certain things are made? Then the Nizbor Glass Factory in Central Bohemia should sit high atop the bucket list.

On guided tours through this traditional, long-standing practice, you’ll see first-hand the steps and techniques needed to create intricate, stunning pieces.

The guided tours last for about 45 minutes and are available in German and English.

24 – Check out the Apple Museum! (No, not the fruit)

Apple Museum, Prague

At the revered Pop Art Gallery, visitors can unravel the extraordinary life and vision of none other than Steve Jobs, a man who helped shape today’s technology-focused world.

The Apple Museum contains the biggest private collection of Apple products made between 1976 and 2012, including the Apple II and Apple I, and an iPod ‘family tree’, plus Steve Jobs’ very own jeans and sneakers.

Android fans might want to give this one a miss.

25 – Grab a glass of beer at Pilsner Urquell Brewery

Pilsner Urquell Brewery, Prague

France has the croissant and Spain has sangria — Czech has Pilsner Urquell Lager.

Luckily for thirsty tourists, the nation’s most famous brewery, found in the town of Pilsen (or Plzen) is open for tours!

On the guided walkthrough, visitors have the chance to understand the brewing process, and, most importantly, taste the range of beers.

While Pilsner is the undisputed frontrunner brand, beer enthusiasts also recommend trying Kozell, Svijany, Matuska, and Bernard.

26 – … or experience the Pilsner Urquell’s Immersive Original Tour

Pilsner Urquell's Immersive Original Tour, Prague

For the ones that wish to stay in the Prague city center, explore the world of Pilsner Urquell, the pioneer golden lager, through immersive tours.

‘The Original Tour’ delves into the history, brewing processes, and sensorial enjoyment of the beer, ending in the iconic Beer Hall.

In the ‘Tapster Academy,’ learn the subtle art of beer pouring and details that affect the beer experience, earning a certificate and a special gift.

27 – Visit the Konopiste and Český Šternberk Castles

Konopiste tour from Prague

Have you ever wondered how the powerful, rich historical figures of Europe once lived? The Konopiste and Cesky Sternberk castles, built in 13th-century Gothic style, provide exactly that insight.

At the latter, visitors are given a glimpse of how the Sternberg family went about their days; meanwhile, at the former, it’s all about the man who spent his final years here: Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria.

28 – Take a sightseeing cruise to Devil’s Channel

boat tours in Prague

Couples, listen up!

Whether you opt for a jazz cruise, dinner cruise, or the straightforward sightseeing cruise, a boat trip down the Vltava River is about as romantic as it gets.

Pilsner or wine in hand, soak in the panoramic views of the Prague Castle and Grand Priory Mill, and appreciate the medieval houses along the banks.

29 – Scoot around town with a Segway tour

Segway tours, Prague

Quickly becoming one of the most popular things to do in Prague for anyone who prefers not to walk too much on those rocky cobblestones, Segway tours combine some of the most sought-after landmarks — like Petrin lookout, the Embassy Area, and Prague Castle — with the family-friendly fun of gliding on two wheels.

If you’re looking to let your hair down a little, some segway adventures even go brewery-hopping!

30 – Burn some calories on a bike tour

bike tour in Prague

A perfect way to enjoy the fresh air, explore the city, and burn off all the Trdelník, bike tours run across almost every area in the city.

But Prague is so hilly! — we hear you, but don’t fret. E-bikes are optional, making the city’s hills a breeze.

Since it’s technically a bike, it’d be remiss of us not to mention the beer bike — a wonderful way to socialize.

31 – Take photographs of the Powder Gate Tower

Powder Gate Tower, Prague

Serving as an entranceway for the royal kings way back in time as they made their way into the city (now Old Town), the Powder Gate Tower not only holds extreme significance, but its architecture makes it a standout attraction.

Construction of the gate began in 1475, stylized in the typical gothic architecture of the time, however, throughout the years it has undergone some destruction to the original elements, but restoration efforts were constantly made to bring the gate tower back to its original glory.

The last time it did see renovations was nearly 150 years ago in 1887 (until 1886) but at this time in Prague, gothic-style architecture was still very “in” — modeled in the style of the time; the Gothic Revival architecture.

Admire its 65-meter-high stature, curved archway and the stoned 186-stepped spiral staircase. Known as the Prašná brána in local Czech, there is also an observation gallery 44 meters from the ground.

32 – Go skydiving!

skydiving, Prague

Reserved for the bravest of souls, a skydiving adventure over the Czech countryside is guaranteed to deliver an adrenaline rush like never before.

The plane takes you up to an altitude of 14,000 feet and before you know it, boom, you’re freefalling at terminal velocity.

With a tandem guided pulling the strings (literally), no experience is needed. So, have you got what it takes?

33 – … or try indoor skydiving instead

indoor skydiving in Prague

Craving a freefall but intimidated by the thought of jumping out of a plane? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one!

The Prague Skydiving Arena (officially the first free fall simulator and wind tunnel in Eastern and Central Europe) provides exactly that, offering a risk-free thrill.

Always supervised by experienced instructors, the wind tunnel is even suitable for kids!

34 – Go white-water rafting

rafting in Prague

Contrary to most urban cities, you don’t need to venture too far out to feel the rush of the whitewater here in Prague.

Prague’s Wildwater Canal (where the Czech Olympic team trains) offers Class III-IV whitewater, guaranteed to get the blood pumping!

If your thirst for thrills is still yet to be quenched, the 4-day loop adventure that canoes from  Rozmberk to Cesky Krumlov and back to Prague ought to do the trick.

35 – Paddleboard on the Vltava River

stand-up paddle in Prague

Ditch the crowded streets; instead, glide underneath Prague’s famous bridges on your very own stand-up paddleboard!

On what typically lasts around 2 hours, tours not only provide the chance to see the sights from a new perspective, but also provide plenty of fascinating cultural and historical insights, thanks to the local expert guide.

If you’ve never tried SUPing before, or prefer a water-based excursion while sitting down, there are epic kayaking adventures as an alternative.

Starting on the Vltava River, cruise along the river and lap up the scenery as you cover between four to five kilometers of water.

Some of the iconic sights to see include the National Theatre, Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and the Little Venice channel.

For travelers new to either water sport, before you begin you will receive a short demo lesson on how to use and maneuver the paddle board, or kayak.

36 – Watch the city from the sky with a hot air balloon ride

hot air balloon rides in Prague

If it’s unobstructed views you’re after, look no further.

Sunrise adventures start with some refreshments as your hot air balloon is being prepared. Thereafter, once sky-high, guides explain everything there is to see below. And finally, for the cherry on top, round out the activity with a champagne toast!

Tours provide hotel pick-up and drop-off, so all you need to do is ensure you don’t hit snooze on the alarm clock.

37 – Relax and unwind at Karlovy Vary & Marianske Lazne

Karlovy Vary & Marianske Lazne tour from Prague
Roman baths built in 1896, in Marianske Lazne

The people of the Czech Republic know how to relax — take a leaf out of their book and check out the two most famous spa towns: Karlovy Vary and Marianske Lazne, each near the German border.

Karlovy Vary, known as The Town of Twelve Springs, is larger and overflowing with vibrant colors; Marianske Lazne, on the other hand, is smaller, arguably even prettier, and more ‘authentic’.

38 – Learn a few things at the Museum of Communism

Museum of Communism, Prague
Police cabinet and interrogation room

At the Museum of Communism, exhibitions depict the everyday life of area’s post-WWII socialist regime — focusing on both Czechoslovakia in general and Prague more specifically.

With displays dedicated to censorship, propaganda, Stalin, militia, police, and education, guests can form a fundamental understanding of the now-ostracized way of thinking.

Today, the communism museum sits next to a McDonald’s and a casino — an ironic juxtaposition.

39 – Spend your evening at a medieval dinner show!

medieval dinners in Prague
U Krale Brabantskeho, open since 1375, is one of the oldest medieval taverns in Prague

A 5-course medieval dining experience with unlimited drinks! How does that sound?

On the stage, an electric medieval-themed performance features extremely talented belly dances, swordsmen, and jugglers.

Meanwhile, off-stage, the medieval tavern pours free-flowing Pilsner, dishes up traditional Czech plates, and is never shy of a lively atmosphere.

40 – Delight all the senses at a Mozart-dinner dinner

Mozart Dinner, Prague
credit to Mozart Dinner

As one of the unmissable fine dining experiences in Prague, those lucky enough to have tickets in hand can take a seat in the stunning Boccaccio Ballroom, savor a 3-course Austrian and Czech-inspired dinner, and embrace the melodies of Mozart, played live.

With periodic costumes worn by the performers, it makes for a whimsical trip back in time.

41 – Get buzzed with a Czech beer tasting

beer tasting, Prague

With professional brewmasters and seasoned Czech beer-drinking leading the group, thirsty travelers will get to know how the local connoisseurs taste beer — it’s more than just downing a pint; to the locals, it’s about the aesthetics, taste, and aroma of each beer.

It’s fun, it’s social, and it’s a great way to meet new people, making it one of the more popular things to do in Prague for those over 18.

42 – Treat your tastebuds with a food tour

food tour in Prague

Food is life! And that statement rings particularly true in the Czech capital.

As you stroll along the cobblestoned streets, the intoxicating scent of fresh Trdlnik (a sweet pastry) fills the air.

This beloved tourist favorite, as well as a range of local meats, beers, wines, and cheeses (including the delicacy that is fried cheese), are all part of the walking food tours.

So, who’s hungry?

43 – Observe the skyline from St. Vitus Cathedral

St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague

The iconic St. Vitus Cathedral was built on the back of 600 years of hard work and construction (with a few breaks along the way, of course), and today stands as a spiritual symbol of the nation.

After climbing the 297 steps, the 96-meter high tower offers postcard-worthy views of the Little Quarter, Old Quarter, and Charles Bridge.

It’s advised to visit the cathedral early in the morning to avoid long queues, giving you more time to admire the jewels and art at your own pace.

44 – Go winery hopping!

wine tasting tours in Prague

Prague might have a glowing reputation for beer but it also holds a special place in the hearts of wine lovers. So, why not take a wine tour and discover what all the fuss is about?

With gourmet tastings at a range of scenic vineyards in places like Melnik and Kutna Hora (and even wine-themed river cruises), there’s no shortage of opportunity to try a few blends.

Thankfully, someone else is organized to do all the driving, so you can drink to your heart’s content!

45 – Take front row at a black light theatre show

black light theatre srnec shows in Prague
credit to Black Light Theatre Srnec

With interactive state-of-the-art special effects and whimsical storytelling, the colorful performance at the Blacklight Theatre is far from your typical night of entertainment.

While the technique originated from Asia, it’s been popularized in Prague ever since the late ‘60s — and tourists cannot get enough of it!

As a little-known staple of Czech culture, it’s a must for the bucket list.

46 – Attend the Czech Folklore Show

Czech folklore shows in Prague

For travelers eager to dive into folk traditions, music, and songs (both Czech and Moravian), a themed dinner is exactly what the doctor ordered.

Through traditional costumes, native dishes, and no shortage of Pilsners, a number of venues around the city create interactive yet romantic atmospheres.

Eat till you’re stuffed, join in on the dancing, or simply sit back and revel in the sounds.

47 – Take a rejuvenating dip at Aquapalace

Aquapalace waterpark in Prague

Located about 30 minutes away from Prague, Aquapalace is the largest sauna and waterpark in the region, offering rides that provide adrenaline, relaxation, and everything in between.

Check out the laser show, race against your friend on the steep slides, relax on the 450-meter-long wildwater river, or (if you’re brave enough) tackle the extremely fast Spacebowl funnel ride.

48 – Travel to the historic Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov tour from Prague

Built with Baroque, Gothic, and Renaissance elements, Cesky Krumlov is the epitome of an architectural melting pot.

When checking out the South Bohemia town, don’t miss the chance to visit the 13th-century Cesky Krumlov Castle, almost as large as the town itself!

To makes the most of the region, choose a tour that includes a stop at Hluboka Castle on the way, then cap off the evening with an ice-cold beer (or four) at the Budva brewery!

49 – Walk through the path of Waldstein garden

Waldstein garden, Prague

Nestled in the grounds of the magnificent Waldstein Palace, the Baroque-style Wallenstein Gardens are home to bubbling fountains, classical bronze statues, and an abundance of manicured greenery.

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting during the toasty summer months, the garden transforms into a dedicated space for theater performances and concerts.

Foodies, be sure to sample the scrumptious seafood and traditional Czech cuisine at Hergetova Cihelna, often considered the best restaurant in town.

50 – Pull the trigger with an educational shooting experience

shooting experiences in Prague

Shooting an M16, Magnum revolver, or AK47 isn’t for everyone. But for a certain type of traveler, it’s a thrill and a rush unlike any other.

Several programs are available — all of which are run with strict safety protocol — to suit both advanced shooters and total newbies.

51 – Tantalize your taste buds with a truffle hunt!

truffle hunting in Prague

Foodies, listen up!

With a specially trained dog accompanying you through the urban wilderness around Petrin Hill, you’ll be led to different kinds of rare and delicious truffles.

After picking your fair share, head back to the city, cook them up, grab a Pilsner, and enjoy your delicious meal!

52 – Be amazed by the Papilonia Butterfly House

Papilonia Butterfly House, Prague

Visit Papliona Butterfly house to witness hundreds of the most beautiful creatures on the planet, all at once!

With a diverse range of species spanning every color of the rainbow, it makes for a wonderful photo op.

Whether you’re traveling solo or with the kids, this enchanting manmade ecosystem is widely considered one of the best things to do in Prague.

53 – Step inside a nuclear bunker on a Communism tour

Communism tours in Prague

Get to know the life behind the dreaded Iron Curtain with a fascinating and highly eye-opening Communism tour, featuring stories of what many believe to be some of the darkest events in history.

The typically-3-hour journeys take visitors through nuclear bunkers and hidden tunnels, showing a rare insight into the life of Czechoslovakia during the Communist period and Cold War.

54 – Explore the hideouts of Prague resistance in World War II tour

World War II tours in Prague

Not for the faint of heart, dedicated WWII tours often send a shiver down the spine, with stories about occupation, Operation Anthropoid, the ‘Butcher of Prague,’ and the Third Reich.

The usually 2-hour guided tour treks around the city; one of the most significant stops is the Church of St. Cyril and Methodious, the location of the final Czech paratrooper resistance.

55 – Check out the National Technical Museum

National Technical Museum, Prague

Found in the heart of the Letna District, the National Technical Museum boasts the claim to fame of being the nation’s largest technology and science museum.

Those with an inkling for chemistry should check out the lab of the famous Otto Wichterle; for everyone else, take your pick of exhibitions dedicated to mining, transportation, photography, astronomy, the measurement of time, and so much more!

56 – Sit in the historical part at Vysehrad

Vysehrad, Prague

Located just outside of the main tourist area, Vysehrad — the castle which sits on the Vyšehrad hill — towers over the Vltava River.

While formerly the first seat of Czech Dukes, today it shelters unique architectural treasures and is popular for its picturesque city views.

Hot tip: Check it out late in the afternoon, just before sunset for the best Kodak moments.

57 – Confuse yourself at the Museum of Fantastic Illusions

Museum of Fantastic Illusions, Prague
credit to Muzeum Fantastických Iluzí

The city’s largest museum of illusions not only showcases a range of unique historical paintings but also a room full of mirrors.

Before you know it you’ll be walking on walls and turned into a giant — and the kids will absolutely love it.

Thanks to its convenient city-center location, it’s easily reachable on foot or by streetcar.

58 – Get nostalgic at the Kingdom of Railways

Kingdom of Railways, Prague

Seriously, who didn’t love playing with trains as a kid?

With over 1,300 feet of miniature railway track, budding conductors will have a blast at the Kingdom of Railways.

The attraction showcases the history of the Czechoslovakian railway, is extremely educational and interactive, and is a surefire hit for kids (especially the railway-themed movie halls).

59 – Awaken your senses at the… Museum of Senses!

Museum of Senses, Prague
credit to Museum of Senses

With over 50 head-scratching exhibits spread across 17 rooms, all designed to stimulate (or confuse) your senses, it’s fair to say that this museum is unlike any other.

As you stroll through the facility, you’ll navigate different zones that test your balance, taste, touch, smell, hearing, and sight.

Bring the camera because plenty of wacky photo opportunities await!

60 – Take the tots to the Prague Zoo

zoo in Prague

Built upon rugged terrain with a range of exotic exhibitions, Prague Zoo is considered one of the most beautiful zoos not just in Europe but worldwide.

Besides all the typical zoo-esque attractions, there’s also a dedicated children’s zoo on site: Bororo Reserve.

Here, youngsters can learn how to make paper from elephant dung or hand-feed the giraffes!

Hot tip: the best (and most relaxing) way to reach the zoo is by ferry.

61 – Pay your respects at the Church of Our Lady before Týn

Church of Our Lady before Týn in Prague

Found in the heart of Old Town, this 14th-century Church is famous for one incredible feature: wherever you are in Prague, near or far, the Gothic church remains visible.

Legend says that this stunning Church was a major inspiration behind the design of Walt Disney’s very own Sleeping Beauty Castle — and that should be reason enough to chuck it on the bucket list.

62 – Skip across the border to Dresden and Bastei

Dresden tours from Prague

Trying to tick off as many countries as possible? Then take note!

Without the headache of booking various tours and transits, a pre-organized tour takes you across the border to vibrant Dresden, considered Germany’s answer to Tuscany.

Not too far away, in the heart of German Saxon Switzerland National Park, lies the area’s most famous rock formation: Bastei.

Here, you can walk across the Bastei Bridge before heading towards Festung Koenigstein, a remarkable European fortress.

63 – Get Ready for a Thrill-Seeking Expedition While Canoeing at Sazava River

kayaking tour in Prague

Getting out of town and hiking through the Bohemian forest is one thing. Experiencing it from its bowels, on the waters of the Sazava River, is another thing altogether.

Stretching on for 226 kilometers, the Sazava River flows through parts of Bohemia, mainly the Vysočina and Central Bohemian regions.

Over the course of eight hours, hit the waters and begin to navigate your way down the river, passing through banks laden with forestry, sailing in between canyons. Spot traditional vintage wooden cabins on the waterside.

Before the activity begins you will be shown the ropes, like how to paddle, steer yourself and cross rapids — there are a few which you will encounter along the way.

There are shorter canoeing experiences to tackle if a full day is too intense. Set aside three hours and choose to canoe the city waterways, voyaging past some iconic sites, monuments and landmarks.

64 – Have fun at the LEGO Museum

Czech RepuBRICK world of Lego, Prague

Hats off to the owners for that wordplay, right?

With countless monuments and popular attractions (make sure to check out the pirates, Star Wars, and Harry Potter collections) remodeled entirely from Lego bricks, the LEGO Museum truly is a sight to behold.

Sure, there’s an abundance of Lego to play with, however, there’s also much to be learned about the country’s architecture and geography (through Lego).

65 – Climb the Eiffel Tower (replica) at Petrin Tower

Petrin Tower, Prague

Grab your walking shoes, people. After climbing the 233 steps to the top of the tower, which stands approximately 130 meters above the Vltava River, unbeatable views await.

After snapping a few selfies, tick off a few of the nearby attractions including the Rose Garden, Distortion Mirrors, and Mirror Maze.

While you can walk up through the gardens, a (paid) cable car is also available.

66 – Catch a show at the National Theater

National Theater, Prague

Home to three highly-esteemed ensembles, including ballet, opera, and drama, any night at the National Theater promises to be one to remember.

Besides the shows themselves, weekend tours of the building are also available, sharing insight about the foundation stones, main foyer, and shimmering golden roof.

With a reputation of being the prime stage in the Czech Republic, it’s easily one of the essential things to do in Prague.

67 – Hear the myths and history of Prague’s Golden Lane

Golden Lane, Prague

The iconic yet tiny street in Prague Castle — teeming with beautiful and colorful houses — boasts a unique charm that attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists from across the globe every year.

Formerly housing the castle’s guards, the town is now filled with cafes and various souvenir shops. Take a guided tour for the best insights.

Fun fact: Franz Kafka, the famous German writer, lived in house no.22 on this Golden Lane.

68 – Visit the Medusa-like Dome at Dancing House

Dancing House, Prague

Nope, your eyes aren’t deceiving you — the building really is, well, dancing!

A unique take on modern architecture, the obscure Dancing House isn’t just a sight, it’s also a symbol: The glass tower symbolizes women, and the rock tower symbolizes men.

Now home to numerous offices and galleries, the terrace offers a breathtaking view of the city.

69 – Examine the rare artifacts at the KGB Museum

KGB Museum, Prague

A fascinating alternative to the run-of-the-mill art museum, this hidden gem houses a collection of declassified tools once used by the Soviet Secret Service.

Arguably, the highlight is the rare collection of interrogation devices and spy cameras used by the KGB officers themselves.

Before you leave, be sure to check out the photos of old-school Prague taken by the KGB in 1968.

70 – Appreciate the graffiti on the Lennon Wall

Lennon Wall, Prague

Located in the Mala Strana district, the Lennon wall has been a strong symbol of peace and democracy ever since it was created following the great musician’s assassination in 1980.

Unlike other graffiti walls, this one’s truly special because of its history — John Lennon became a heroic figure for praising and promoting freedom in Prague, and the colorful wall honors his values to this day.

You’ll typically find street performers in the area playing “Imagine”. It’s a little cheesy but moving nonetheless.

71 – Locate the Underground Corridor at National Museum

National Museum, Prague

Covering various fields and disciplines, there’s something for every interest at National Museum, the largest in the Czech Republic.

Its 14-million-item collection is so big, in fact, that it occupies two adjacent (and magnificent) buildings at Wenceslas Square – connected by a crowd favorite underground corridor.

Hot tip: avoid the queues, save a few bucks, and book online in advance.

72 – Check out the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art

DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague

The DOX Centre houses a truckload of art, spanning everything from fine art to literature, the performing arts, and architecture. On that basis alone, it’s worth a visit.

However, what truly separates this place from your typical art gallery is what sits on its roof: a 42-meter long steel and wood airship.

When it’s time for a well-earned break, head to a café or bookstore, or relax at the terrace where sublime city views await.

73 – Climb up to the Žižkov Television Tower

Žižkov Television Tower, Prague

Rising about 700 feet above the streets of Prague, the Žižkov Television Tower holds its own as the tallest building in town.

Call it grotesque art or call it a political statement, either way, thanks to the 6-feet-tall baby sculptures that climb the walls, it’s a tourist delight.

Home to Restaurant Oblaca, Bar & Bistro 66, and an observation deck, it makes for a great dinner and drinks combo.

74 – Walk across Charles Bridge again and again

Charles Bridge in Prague

One of the most stunning gothic bridges globally, Charles Bridge is the lifeblood of Prague’s tourism.

Besides the wonderful river views, it has become a lively attraction in its own right, with musicians, artists, and all kinds of vendors setting up shop.

Hot tip: Visit the bridge at night to see the famous Prague Castle spotlit on the hillside, with the added bonus of fewer tourists around to disturb you.

75 – Go sightseeing during historical Tram tours

tram tours in Prague

History aficionados, listen up … Not only is a ride on the ‘Line 42’ trams a great way to travel around Prague but boarding the iconic street cars is a historic endeavor in itself.

Dating back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire (which ruled over the Czech Republic and other parts of central Europe from 1867 to 1918, and thereafter the country was renamed Czechoslovakia up until 1938), during these times, the trams were already utilized for traveling through the country.

Today, passengers can board one of these vintage trams and actually sightsee the city in a fun and unique way on the Line 42.

The tramway runs through different parts of the city like Dlabačov, Pohořelec, Brusnice, Pražský hrad, Jindřišská, Václavské náměstí, Vodičkova, Lazarská and Újezd.

Purchasing a 24-hour pass, jump on and off of the tram at one of the designated tram stops at your leisure, and the carts usually make a pick and drop off between each point every 45 minutes.

Traveling from one to the next, take advantage of the sightseeing in between as you pass by some of the most important city monuments like the Prague Castle, Náměstí Republiky, Powder Gate and the Vltava river.

76 – Jump on a board at the Surf Arena

Surf Arena, Prague

If you thought surfing wasn’t possible in Prague, think again! Adults, teens and kids can all enjoy the experience of riding the waves, or learning how to, at the Surf Arena.

Set up as an indoor wave house, get suited up, grab a board and hit the (artificial) water stream where you can choose to go bodyboarding, kneeboarding or surfing.

Before you jump into action, receive a demonstration on how to surf the waves from one of the instructors, or if you’re a seasoned pro and are missing your time in the ocean, get straight to it.

Sessions last one hour, and you have the option to bodyboard for 30 minutes and then go surfing for the last 30 minutes. This is a great pick for those that haven’t tried the watersport before. Or, spend the full one hour just surfing or bodyboarding.

77 – Learn about spells and potions at the Museum of Alchemists and Magicians of Old Prague

Museum of Alchemists and Magicians of Old Prague, Czech Republic
Credit to Mysteria Pragensia

Do you believe in magic? Enter a world of wonder and mystery at the Museum of Alchemists and Magicians of Old Prague, located underneath a staircase near Prague Castle.

For travelers fascinated by alchemy, find yourself in awe as you explore the attic setup-turned-museum — once the laboratory and home of the famous alchemist, Edward Kelley.

Stepping inside to the ground floor, begin your tour where you will learn all about alchemy, alchemists and the history of magic and witchcraft of old Prague through interactive exhibits and stories within the room of Faust’s house.

(Doctor Faustus was written by playwright Christopher Marlowe and is based on the story of a German scholar who turned to necromancy. The play was first performed in 1592.)

Making your way deeper into the abyss, ahem, museum, climb the 60 stepped spiral staircase and enter the mysterious attic which served as Kelley’s lab.

Move through the room and a library during a guided tour, and finish it off by “meeting” three master alchemists in the waiting room: Rudolf II, John Dee and wait for it, William Shakespeare!

Get to see instruments, tools and remnants of experiments in this part of the expo, like antique retorts and furnaces. Afterward, end it off with a glass of wine at the Kellyxír – alchemical Lab Pub.

78 – Explore the curious Sex Machines Museum

Sex Machines Museum, Prague
Credit to Sex Machines Museum

Step back in time at this truly unique museum, and take a close-up and personal look into the world of erotic gadgets at the Sex Machines Museum.

A completely natural part of human nature, and perhaps, one of our most basic human instincts, become more knowledgeable and open your eyes to the world of sex machines, as well as human pleasure, over the span of three floors inside this one-of-a-kind museum.

Uncover more than 350 intriguing items from ‘erotic aids’ to artificial fallaces to instruments to cinematic features, and some of the inventions are pretty insane.

There is a replica of an old-school movie theatre where black and white erotic films are shown.

Fascinating to say the least, the aim of the museum since opening its doors back in 2001 has been to allow guests to ‘wander between curiosity, history and the perversion of human sexuality’.

79 – Get goosebumps on a ghost tour

ghost tours in Prague

Traveling to Prague isn’t just about strolling through the Vltava River or watching the sunset from Charles Bridge — the city has another side, a haunted side.

On a locally-led ghost tour, those with nerves of steel will be escorted through the gloomy back streets of Prague beneath the moonlight, hearing dark tales of centuries gone by at places like the Stary zidovsky Hrbitov (an eerie medieval cemetery).

You’ll never think of Prague the same way again.

80 – Wine and dine at the best restaurants

best restaurants in Prague

Looking for some of the best places to fill your bellies after exploring the streets of Prague?

Specializing in ‘old Bohemian classics’, Krčma is a crowd favorite and has been open since 2008. Styled traditionally from the food to the interiors, tuck into a bowl of beef goulash followed by a slice of honey cake and feel right at home.

All about a sensory experience, Lehká Hlava (also called Clear Head, its English counterpart) is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant that’s all about leaving you feeling inspired, and well, clear-headed.

Meat lovers; head on over to Kantýna for an epic dining experience, and the menu rotates and changes regularly, so you can always expect something new.

A perfect spot for any time of day, Café Savoy is full of ambiance and serves an all-day brekkie too.

With a distinct industrial-cool vibe thanks to its setting, the more modernized dishes to find at Eska Restaurant and Bakery really suit its interiors.

81 – Get wild on a pub crawl

pub crawls in Prague

Alright, enough museums and castles!

With unlimited drinks, a locally-led pub crawl is a great chance to connect with like-minded parties from all over the world and expand your social circles.

After hopping from bar to bar, you’ll likely end the night at the famous 5-story nightclub, Karlovy Lazne.

It’s a night you definitely won’t forget — well, actually, that depends on how many Pilsners you drink.

82 – Have drinks at the best rooftops

best rooftops in Prague

Relax and let your hair down while sipping on cocktails or a fabulous glass of wine at some of the city’s best rooftop bars.

Home to two outdoor terraces, Cloud 9 Sky Bar & Lounge stands 40 meters from the ground and is a total vibe. Located inside the luxurious Hilton Hotel, the bar is a stylish choice.

Open seasonally, Střecha Lucerny always has a social event ongoing and is situated above the Lucerna Palace. Not only appreciate the atmosphere but the building itself too, sporting Art Nouveau and Modernism design elements from the time it was built in 1912.

Put on your dancing shoes and make your way to Duplex, a terrace bar-meets-nightclub. From the rooftop, enjoy sweeping views of the cityscape below.

Classy and elegant, MIRU is built alongside the Vltava River and boasts delightful 360-degree views around you. Head to the sixth floor of the Four Seasons Hotel and enjoy.

For some of the best views in the whole of Prague, grab drinks at one of the city’s highest rooftop bars (and fine dining restaurant), Aureole Fusion Restaurant & Lounge on the 27th floor.

How to get to Prague?

Looking for a taxi or trying to decipher the transport system is no fun when you’re tired and jetlagged. Rid yourself of the hassle and, instead, opt for a pre-arranged airport shuttle or limo service!

Upon arrival, your private driver awaits you, and after landing at Vaclav Havel Airport Prague, be transported directly to your accommodation. Airport transfers are available to and from the airport.

Where to stay in Prague?

A trip to Prague is no doubt, filled with endless explorations within the city perimeters and around. After long days, make sure your accommodation is top-notch to add the cherry, and there are plenty of four and five-star hotels to choose from.

Donning all the art deco vibes and touches of 60s design, pick between rooms, suites with a private terrace, studios or penthouse apartments at The Julius Prague.

From the marble bathroom to the monochromatic palette, The Emblem Hotel is favored for its excellent location (near the Astronomical Clock) — and those deep bronzed bathtubs are everything.

A mix of old meets new and with pops of color, fall into total relaxation at Falkensteiner Hotel Prague, and the boutique hotel has all the luxury finishes.

Enjoy breakfast in the garden and feel a bit like royalty at the five-star The Grand Mark Prague in all its grandeur.

If you’re all about the location, guests can’t stop raving about the idyllic setting of Augustine, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Prague, built inside an ancient monastery!

Aesthetically pleasing in every sense, Maximilian Hotel is situated in a quiet neighborhood and is a fabulous option for couples.

Feel as if you’re stepping back into another era at the lush COSMOPOLITAN Hotel Prague. Expect touches of vintage vibes, but all of the comforts too.

From the heated floors to the complimentary shoe-shining service, the Golden Well is super charming.

Equipped with all the amenities you need in a stay, from a spa to on-site restaurants, Hotel KINGS COURT is located in the heart of the city and is also well-favored for its location.

Visiting Prague on a budget?

To make the most of your trip to the historically rich Golden City, consider getting yourself a Prague City Card. It includes free entry to over 60 famous attractions like the Jewish Museum and Prague Castle, and also provides hefty discounts on tours and other popular attractions.

For more ways to save, there are also free walking tours to join. Joining your local guide, be shown different parts of the city — depending on the type of walking expedition you choose.

Find our complete guide to the best free walking tours in Prague to decipher the one that best suits you and your travel group’s needs.

Where to go next?

Wondering which next magical European destination to visit after your holiday in the Czech Republic?

From Venice to Paris to Lisbon to Munich, every city and country in these parts of the world has something different to offer. Good luck choosing between the best places to visit in Europe, but no matter your choice, you’ll discover something magical.

It’s crazy to think that if you just travel three hours from Prague, you’re in a new country. Ideal for a day trip, Vienna in Austria is just over a 3.5-hour drive from the capital city and is a cultural explosion.

There are many things to do in Vienna from visiting palaces to theaters to festivals.

Clocking in four hours, travel from Prague to Berlin (Germany) in one day for a day trip or overnight stay. Dive into history or put on your dancing shoes and head to a banging underground club.

Also a four-hour drive (and available to travel via train), head to Munich in Germany instead of its capital.

Final thoughts

From the weird and wonderful to the culturally enriching endeavors, the things to do in Prague are truly special and like nowhere else on earth.

Whether traveling with family, friends or a loved one, the capital always wins over hearts.

What do you love most about this city, or where are your favorite sites to visit, or must-see attractions? Share with us in the comments, we love to hear your feedback.

As always, happy and safe travels.