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). 

Ctenice Castle

Originally a Gothic citadel, this was founded in the middle of the 14th century, and now after general reconstruction is open to the public. You can see a permanent exhibition of old carriages, gigs, stage-coaches and other coaches from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, and also an exhibition …

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The Great Fürstenberg Garden

The Great Fürstenberg Garden is spread out around the Fürstenberg Palace. It was founded in the early 18th century by an unknown architect in place of the former vineyards. The Garden consists of two parts – the lower plain and the terraced back garden. A stairway passes through the Garden …

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Maroldovo Panorama

The Maroldovo Panorama is an impressive 360-degree diorama, 11 metres high and 95 metres long. The panorama represents the battle of Lipany. It was painted by Luděk Marold in 1898. Location: U Výstaviště 1, Holešovice; admission: adult 20 CZK; open: 2-5pm Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm Sat & Sun; tram 5,12,14,15,17

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Charles University Botanical Garden

Just south of Charles Square is Charles University’s botanical garden. It was founded in 1775, and actually moved from Smíchov district to its present site in 1898. It is the Czechs’ oldest botanical garden. The steep, hillside garden concentrates on Central European flora and is especially pretty in spring. Location: …

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Pecek Palace

This dark neo-Renaissance palace served as the wartime headquarters of the Gestapo. A memorial on the corner of the building honours the many Czechs who were tortured and executed in the basement detention cells. Today, you can find the Ministry of Trade and Industry there. Location: Politických vězňů 20; closed …

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Hotel Europa

From the golden age of hotels, it was built in a highly decorated Art Nouveau style between 1903 and 1906. The hotel not only retains its splendid façade crowned with gilded nymphs, but many of the interiors on the ground floor have remained virtually intact, including the original bars, mirrors, …

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Maltezske Square

Duck down quiet Prokopska to this attractive square, named after the Knights of Malta, who established a monastery nearby. Getting its name from the Priory of the Maltese Knights this square houses the statue of St. John the Baptist located on its northern end.  St. John was the patron saint …

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Na prikope

Prague’s part part-pedestrianised high street, lined with fashion outlets, restaurants and shopping arcades, slants down from Republic Square to the northern tip of Wenceslas Square. Chain-stores, restaurants and shopping malls dominate the scene, while modern art installations appear in summer. Location: Na prikope, New Town

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Monument of František Palacký

The František Palacký Monument in Prague features emotive figurative sculptures waging a battle between heaven and hell. On the massive Art Nouveau statuary you can see not only the seated figure of Palacký, but also a two-headed winged demon with its victims and a beautiful fallen female angel. The creator …

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Adria Palace

This gigantic imitation Venetian palace was built in the 1920s in the Rondo-Cubist style for the Adriatica Insurance Company. The Palac Adria is situated on the corner of Narodni and Jungmannova street, a famous corner in Prague with an internal passage that connects the two streets. Seek out the elaborate …

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