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Attractions/What to See

Attractions which you have to visit are: Charles Bridge, Old Town Square including Astronomical Clock, Prague Castle and possibly Jewish Quarter. Also worth consideration is the wonderful art nouveau confection, Municipal House with the largest concert hall in Prague. If you don’t visit them, you can’t honestly say you have been in Prague! All the other possible tourist sights can be considered based on your personal preference and time.

For those who want to spend some time outside Prague we recommend you visit Kutná Hora or Karlovy Vary, or some of the dozens of castles and medieval farmhouses. These places can be easy reached and visited in one-day tours.

See Prague with a guide: guided walking tour.

Our pick: a cruise on the Vltava River. The view of Prague from the river is a unique experience, as the historical centre is visible from a different perspective, presenting unusual prospects to the watcher.

Romance: the second most romantic spot after Charles Bridge is Vysehrad. It is the place to relax. It is quiet; you don’t see many tourists there because it is not in the centre. You can visit the cemetery or the church or just walk in the park and enjoy the views. For a romantic evening you must attend a show at the Estates’ Theatre — it is so beautiful and well-preserved! And because it’s relatively small, you’ll feel as if you’re inside the most amazing music box.

Tip: Krizikova fountain – great water and light show, or attend some great Mozart Operas.

Here we list some of the attractions and sights of Prague. The list is certainly not complete, and it’s simply not possible to see everything, even if you stay a week.

Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. This is the largest medieval castle in the world – the jewel of the Czech capital – and an enchanting large Cathedral. The castle contains an exhibition of Czech history and a collection of Bohemian art; the Prague Castle Gallery, Toy Museum, Powder Tower and Golden Lane are some of the places to see. Allow at least half a day.

Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock – in the heart of the Old Town surrounded by charming baroque, Gothic and rococo architecture, Old Town Square is a great place to hang around, have lunch at one of its many cafes, hire a horse or buggy, browse at market stalls or just look at the Astronomical Clock.

Male namesti just a few steps away from Old Town Square was once home to Franz Kafka. Don’t miss the Church of Our Lady Before Týn, the rococo Kinsky Palace, the medieval House at the Stone Bell and the baroque St. Nicholas Church.

Charles Bridge – dating back to 1357 this bridge was built to replace Judith’s Bridge from the 12th century; now it is one of the most popular tourist spots in Prague, vibrant by day or night, scattered with vendors and entertainers. It offers some magnificent views especially early in the morning and around sunset.

The Jewish Quarter Josefov – the oldest Jewish settlement in Europe, named after Emperor Josef II, consists of beautiful historic buildings comprising six synagogues. Discover the tragic part of Jewish history at the Jewish Museum.

Municipal House – art nouveau palace built between 1905 and 1912 and the biggest concert hall in town (Smetanova Hall). Also don’t miss coffee at the fabulous Municipal House Kavárna.

Lesser Quarter – this beautiful area was developed in the 13th century by merchants who set up shops at the base of the castle. Today the area is filled with restaurants, shops and foreign embassies. Visit St. Nicholas Church, which dates from the baroque period, or attend a concert, which usually starts at 17:00.

Petřín Hill and Funicular – escape to the green, peaceful grounds of Petrin; visit the Petrin Observation Tower, the Observatory or just enjoy great views of the city.

Wenceslas Square – symbol of modern Prague, shopping, art nouveau Cafe Evropa, St. Wenceslas Monument.

Strahov Monastery – this imposing monastery was established in 1140 for the Premonstratensians. Visit the library, the baroque double-storey Philosophy Hall and Strahov Gallery. The Loreta is nearby – a pilgrimage site established by B.B. Katherina von Lobkwicz in 1626 (see replica of Santa Casa).

Church of Our Lady Before Týn – fascinating interior with Gothic touches from the 14th century located at Old Town Square.

Vyšehrad – once it was a forbidding fortress and now it is a popular place for locals during weekends. Visit the city’s oldest Romanesque rotunda, St. Martin, the Church of St. Peter and Paul. Enjoy a peaceful walk in the gardens.

National Museum – the oldest museum in the Czech Republic has been hosting a vast natural history collection since 1891; exquisite interior. Don’t miss great views of Wenceslas Square from the upper floors.

Rudolfinum – an imposing neo-Renaissance Czech concert hall hosting various programmes and festivals (Czech Philharmonic Orchestra). 

New Town Hall

The first mention of the New Town Hall in Charles Square dates back to 1377, but not much is left of the building from that time. Several parts were added at the beginning of the 15th century, the most noticeable one being the high tower with a big bell and …

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Memorial to the victims of Communism

On 22nd May 2002, the first memorial to victims of the Communist regime was unveiled in Prague. It consists of a line of quite scary statues representing different phases of a human figure’s destruction. At first, one part of the body is missing, then another and another, until the figure …

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Faust House

Faust House in Charles Square Walking around Charles Square, you can find the mystical Faust House (Faustuv dum). The legendary Dr Faust is known for his pact with the devil and black magic. Even though the real Dr Faust probably never visited Prague, this house got its name for its …

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Old Town Water Tower

Standing on one of the bridges before the Charles Bridge or sailing on the Vltava River, you will notice the Old Town Water Tower (Staromestska vodarna). The tower is situated on the right bank of the river close to the place called Novotny Footbridge (Novetneho lavka). The Old Town Water …

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Jindrišská Tower

The gothic Jindrišská Tower is situated on Jindrišská Street, which has connected the three important squares in Prague – Wenceslas Square, Charles Square and Senovazne Square – since the 14th century. Jindrišská Tower is 67.7 metres high, which makes it the highest separate belfry in Prague. The tower itself was …

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National Memorial at Vitkov

Žižkov Hill is the thin green wedge of land that separates the Žižkov and Karlín districts, offering a panoramic view over the city centre. It was here, on July 14, 1420, that the Hussites enjoyed their first and finest victory at the Battle of Vítkov, under the inspired leadership of …

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At the Hybernians’ Palace

Nowadays one of the most modern theatres for music plays in Prague, Hybernia, is situated in the reconstructed Hybernians’ Palace (Palác u Hybernů) in námesti Republiky. It’s situated opposite the Powder Gate and the Municipal House in Prague. The Palace stands on the site of a former Benedictine church. The …

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Zofin

If you’re looking for a place to sit and watch the river flow, one of the great options is Žofín Island (officially called Slovanský ostrov, commonly known as Žofín) near the National Theatre. Of all Prague islands, Zofin island is probably the most popular and most famous. A beautiful palace …

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White Tower

The artillery tower became a dark dungeon during the reign of Rudolph II. It is situated at the west end of Golden Lane at Prague Castle.   Dungeon in the White Tower The White Tower was built at the end of the 15th century and fundamentally rebuilt in the Renaissance …

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