As you arrive at the train station in Czechia, one of the first fun and unique things to do in Prague may be to crowd around an old upright piano in the train terminal and listen to and sing along with the music of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody being played. Seems fitting as you have just arrived in the land of Bohemia.
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Discover Things to Do in Prague
After trying to decipher words and directions in the Czech Slavic language, purchase your metro tickets for the next three days. Bring along your Google Translate; it might just be a lifesaver as you discover a variety of things to do in Prague.
You can choose from several types of short-term tickets to travel around Prague (see below). They can all be used on any type of public transport as many times and with as many transfers as you like for the duration of the time period for which they are valid. To mark the start of the validation period, you must punch the ticket in one of the validation machines that are located at the entrance to every metro station and on trams and buses.
Short-term tickets can also be used for traveling from and to the Prague airport on buses 119 and 100 (not valid on Airport Express buses connecting the airport with the main train station).Prague Public Transport
Take a moment to look down before hopping on the tram. The drain covers all over Prague (or “Praha” as the locals say it) are decorative and beautiful.
Choosing Your Airbnb
Do you love the appeal of an Airbnb? Here’s an excerpt from the eBook “Plan a Trip to Europe: Essential Advice to Begin Your Travel Adventures” sharing some things to consider when selecting a place to stay.
“We have had some fabulous Airbnbs that we’ve booked, some not-so-fabulous ones, and some that were a pretty tight squeeze. A tight squeeze and five flights of stairs to climb!
When traveling as a family, an Airbnb (or equivalent service such as VRBO.com) is usually a more economical option. Plus, it gives everyone room to spread out, more options for storing food and making your own meals, a bed for everyone, and a chance to do laundry.
When we are looking for a place to stay, a reservation with a washing machine is essential. We try to space our stays at an Airbnb with our need to have fresh laundry [affiliate].
If you are traveling for longer than one week, you can pack lightly with five days of clothes, do laundry, and be fresh and clean again. Clean socks and underwear are a must—maybe pack a few extra pairs of those.
Take note of how many flights you will have to climb (in Europe the first floor is actually on the second level).
It is possible there will NOT be an elevator in the building.
If A/C isn’t mentioned in the Airbnb listing, it likely isn’t included.
Make sure you look for accommodations that are in the best parts of town.
Do your research.
Be aware of the cancellation policies for all of your lodgings.
Read the reviews to see what previous guests have to say about the accommodations and the Airbnb host.“
You may think that you don’t need an A/C when you travel, but be sure to check the weather before you arrive. The area might just be experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures during your visit. If the weather is hot and you don’t have A/C, you’ll definitely be looking for things to do in Prague outside of your Airbnb.
Check out these 9 fun and sometimes unique things to do in Prague during your visit.
Visit Wenceslas Square
This is a great place to start on your itinerary of things to do in Prague.
Yes, it is that same “good” King Wenceslas of song lore. But did you know that good King Wenceslas (Svatý Václav) was murdered a thousand years ago by his brother? St. Wenceslas is the patron saint of the Czech Republic.
Wenceslas Square is at the heart of New Town in Prague (though its history dates back to the 1300s!). The Square is a great starting point for walking anywhere in the city center as well as for seeing the sights and finding amazing things to do in Prague.
The name Wenceslas Square may be misleading as it is actually a boulevard. It is a thriving area of town filled with apartments, hotels, restaurants, bars, and shopping.
At the top of the boulevard, you will find the National Museum with a prominent statue of St. Wenceslas sitting upon his horse.
Start your audio tour as you walk down the street from the Museum and turn off the square into a private rose garden. Check out a theater with an interesting art piece with King Wenceslas riding a dead, upside down horse. Apparently it is a tribute to past and modern leadership of Prague.
Have your camera [affiliate] ready for the many amazing sites and things to do in Prague and even for the random little ones who start saying, “Cheese. Cheese.” when they see you approach with a camera around your neck.
Prague Astronomical Clock
If visiting the Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square is on your list of things to do in Prague, be mindful that it is on every other tourist’s list as well.
Walk into the Old Town Square just minutes before the top of the hour and you’ll find the square packed. Arrive a little early to the Old Town Square if you wish to both hear and see the chimes as the clock strikes the top of the hour.
Lots of people move out of the way once the chimes finish, but many tourists hang around to take pictures… more pictures… and then some more pictures of their friends and family. Be patient.
Charles Bridge and Karlova Street
While some might call Karlova Street a tourist trap—right across the Charles Bridge—it is still one of the fun things to do in Prague. Some might even tell you to avoid the street altogether, but it is worth a stroll down at least once. In fact, many tourists throng the street and flow over onto the Charles Bridge en masse.
Try visiting in the early morning hours if you are trying to capture a few pictures and discover more things to do in Prague.
Charles Bridge is a medieval stone bridge that crosses the Vltava river. In fact, until 1841, Charles Bridge was the connection between Prague Castle and the city’s Old Town and surrounding areas.
The Charles Bridge is one of Prague’s most famous structures. You will find tourists all along its span posing for pictures, chatting, and enjoying a leisure stroll.
Among the many amazing sites to see and things to do in Prague, the following are great suggestions to round out your itinerary for your visit.
The Jewish Quarter and Cemetery
All men entering the Jewish Quarter synagogue and cemetery are asked to wear a yarmulke out of respect.
Visiting the synagogue is pretty sobering with the names of all the victims of the holocaust (shoal) from the Czech Republic etched on the wall, but it is an important tourist site to consider when planning things to do in Prague.
The final section of the synagogue displays the art from some of the children housed at the concentration camp, Terezin, before being shipped to other concentration camps. The artwork brought will bring tears to your eyes.
“More than 150,000 Jews were sent there, including 15,000 children, and held there for months or years, before being sent by rail transports to their deaths at Treblinka and Auschwitz extermination camps in occupied Poland, as well as to smaller camps elsewhere. Less than 150 children survived.”The History of Terezin
The Jewish Quarter and Cemetery is one of the 10 Inspiring War Memorials Around the World that you can tour.
“These drawings were made during art classes that were organized by Friedl Dicker-Brandeis (1898–1944), a painter, interior and stage designer, graduate of the Bauhaus, and pupil of Franz Čížek, Johann Itten, Lyonel Feininger, Oskar Schlemmer and Paul Klee.
“As part of what was mostly a clandestine education programme for children at Terezín, the art classes were very specific in nature, reflecting the progressive pedagogical ideas that Friedl Dicker-Brandeis had adopted during her studies at the Bauhaus (especially in the initial course developed by Johannes Itten).
Drawing was seen as a key to understanding and a way of developing basic principles of communication, as well as a means of self-expression and a way of channelling the imagination and emotions. From this perspective, art classes also functioned as a kind of therapy, in some way helping the children to endure the harsh reality of ghetto life.
“Before being deported to Auschwitz, Friedl Dicker-Brandeis filled two suitcases with about 4,500 children’s drawings and put them in a secret place; immediately after the war, they were recovered and handed over to the Jewish Museum in Prague. These drawings are a poignant reminder of the tragic fate of Bohemian and Moravian Jews during the Second World War. Only a few of the Terezín children survived. The vast majority were deported to Auschwitz where they faced certain death.
“These pictures are often all that is left to commemorate the children’s lives. Without them their names would be remain forgotten.”Terezin History
A visit to Terezin is also a possibility as a day trip from Prague, but if you find such things to be too much to bear, keep reading to discover other things to do in Prague and ways to spend your day.
There are approximately 12,000 headstones in the Jewish cemetery next to the Pinkas Synagogue; however, it is speculated that upwards of 100,000 individuals are actually buried there. Jewish custom forbids the removal of old graves; it is possible that the graves are stacked 12 deep in some places. The dead are simply stacked one on top of the other with new dirt being brought in for additional burials.
The Havel Market
Havel Market is pretty touristy and offers a variety of tourists items (though often overpriced). It is considered to be the most popular market in Prague. It should be added to your list of things to do in Prague.
It is located between Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square.
If you are looking for mementos to commemorate your trip to Czechia, one of the things to do in Prague is to visit Havel market. There are a many stalls selling souvenirs to tourists: arts and crafts, toys, leather goods, local honey, and flowers. The market makes for the perfect place to find an afternoon snack.
You can also find a variety of fruits and vegetables. The market dates back to 1232 and is the only preserved market place in Old Town.
Prague Castle and the chapel are a must-see if you are making a list of things to do in Prague.
Be sure to check the forecast each day when you are planning your itinerary of things to do in Prague. You might be surprised by afternoon rain showers.
If you happen to be touring the castle when it begins to rain, find an out of the way spot for refuge and then look up at the gargoyles on the facade of the castle.
The rain pours out of the gargoyles’ mouths. Be sure you aren’t standing underneath one as your source of refuge!
A good piece of advice? Have a little patience through the rain storms. While a little inconvenient for a bit, it seems to really help clear the tourists from a busy attraction and you might just have the place to yourself when the rain is finished.
Normally, travel sites suggest getting an early start on your tour at the Prague Castle. You might read that crowds are crazy after 11:00 am. However, whoever wrote that bit of wisdom is a bit off-base. The castle grounds are packed wall-to-wall with tourists and so many brides and grooms having their bridal and wedding pictures taken early in the morning.
Touring the castle may be the highlight of your itinerary of things to do in Prague. The view from the castle balconies is beautiful, the ceilings are grand, and the rose window is stunning.
Check out some of these Prague Favorite Photos to spur your ideas and itinerary as you plan things to do in Prague.
While still on the grounds of the Prague Castle, make sure you find the Golden Lane.
The Golden Lane is lined with brightly colored, tiny houses which used to be home to the castle guards. Looking at the beds on display, you’ll think, “Those people were either incredibly short or didn’t have a lot of room to stretch out!”
Today, many of the Golden Lane homes are tourist shops and a tourist stop on your list of things to do in Prague.
The Golden Lane will also be packed with so many people out and about; you’ll have to wait patiently if you want to snap a few pictures without random tourists in them.
Queen Anne’s Summer Castle
Do you ever get people overload? Since the castle grounds are often totally packed with people (after all they also have a list of things to do in Prague!), leave the castle grounds and meander through the Upper Garden toward the Queen Anne’s Summer Castle (also known as The Belvedere).
As you walk toward the Summer Castle, you pass a beautiful structure known as The Great Ball Game House where a form of tennis used to be played. The architecture of the building is stunning.
As you continue to search for sights to see and things to do in Prague, check out Prauge’s small Eiffel Tower.
Members of the Czech Tourist Club visited the world exhibition in Paris in 1889. They were so impressed with the Eiffel Tower in Paris, they decided to build a similar steel-framework feature above the city of Prague—the Petřín Lookout Tower—on Petřín Hill.
The tower used to function as an observation tower and a transmission tower. Today, the tower stands as a major tourist attraction.
Petřín Hill also features extensive gardens. Follow the path down the hill from the castle where you can catch a tram or walk to your next destination on the list of things to do in Prague.
Search for the cutest little coffee shop called Cocovan on the Střelecký Ostrovan, a small island on the Vltava River under the Charles Bridge. The island is in the middle of Prague.
Obviously you will want to snap a few pictures of the island location and decor and maybe sit for awhile and enjoy the ambiance. When it comes to finding things to do in Prague, this boho paradise can’t be beat. You’ll discover music, outdoor activities, and great snacks and coffee as you enjoy a quiet afternoon hidden in the heart of the city.
Tredlnik is a tasty cinnamon rolled bread concoction. While not technically a tourist site when you are searching for things to do in Prague, it is definitely a tourist treat.
You will find stands all over downtown Prague where you can purchase Trdelnik. However, locals are quick to point out that it is not a traditional Czechia treat.
Perhaps, though, it is becoming one.
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Final Thoughts on Fun and Unique Things to Do in Prague
If Czechia is in your sites as a potential destination, you will love visiting the beautiful city of Prague. You will find plenty of things to do in Prague as you discover its rich history, striking architecture, and vibrant people.