It could take weeks to properly explore the many beauties of Prague
– but if you only have a few days, it makes sense to stick to the must-see places. Here are 20 sights you shouldn’t miss.
This 14th-century bridge is flanked by three towers and decorated with 30 Baroque statues, mostly representing saints. The 621-meter-long pedestrian bridge is one of the most photographed sights in Prague and is often home to artists and artisans selling their craft.
Karlův most, Prague, Czech Republic
Petřín Lookout Tower
This 63-meter-tall steel tower located at the top of Petřín Hill has one of the best observation platforms in town. This Eiffel-tower look-alike is particularly beautiful at night.
Petřínské sady, Prague, Czech Republic
One of the original city gates, the Powder Tower dates back to the 15th century. It was renamed “Powder Tower” beginning in the 17th century because it was then used to store gunpowder. The tower houses a photographic exhibition of historical towers in Prague and has a viewing platform at the top, which can be reached after climbing 186 steps.
nám. Republiky 5, Staré Město, Prague, Czech Republic
Prague’s Astronomical Clock dates back to 1410. While it was partially destroyed during WWII, it has since been restored to its former glory. The clock is the oldest astronomical clock in the world still functioning. Located in Old Town Square, the clock not only tells the time but also the phases of the sun and moon and the movement of the planets in the sky.
Staroměstské nám. 1, 110 00 Staré Město, Prague, Czech Republic
Dating back to the 9th century, the Prague Castle is confirmed as the largest castle complex in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. In addition to the castle (which underwent extensive renovations under the guidance of Empress Maria Theresa), the grounds also house the presidential palace, a number of halls and churches, and Golden Lane, an original 16th-century street.
119 08 Prague 1, Czech Republic
Prague’s home to the best opera, drama and ballet, this 19th-century marvel is worth a visit – and even more worthy if you can get tickets to one of the performances hosted here. The original building was heavily damaged by a fire in 1881, just a few months after its opening. It was then reconstructed and reopened in 1883.
Národní 2, 110 00 Nové Město, Prague, Czech Republic
Church of Our Lady Before Týn
Old Town Square
Old Town Square
The medieval center of Prague – once a thriving market center – is one of most visited sights in Prague. The square is home to the Astronomical Clock, the Old New Synagogue, the Rococo Kinský Palace and many other impressive buildings. Prague’s largest Christmas market is held here every December and there are many cafés and restaurants spread throughout the surrounding cobblestone streets.
Staroměstské nám., 110 00 Staré Město, Prague, Czech Republic
Affectionately named “Fred and Ginger,” the Dancing House is a double structure (resembling a dancing couple) built in New Baroque style. The structures, which are a mix of wavy concrete panels and glass, house a restaurant and an observation deck with great views of the Vltava River.
Jiráskovo nám. 1981/6, 120 00 Nové Město, Prague, Czech Republic
Czechia’s largest museum is home to major collections of minerals, zoological specimens, historical items connected to the history of Czechoslovakia, and an impressive number of ethnographic items. The main museum building is located at the top of Wenceslas Square, but there are several smaller buildings spread throughout the city and focusing on specific topics.
Václavské nám. 68, Prague, Czech Republic
Naplavka is a riverbank area that has become Prague’s hipster hangout. From weekend farmer’s markets to food festivals to live music, this is one of Prague’s most happening spots year round. During the warmer months, there’s also a Saturday flea market on top of a boat here.
Náplavka, Prague, Czech Republic
Located right under Charles Bridge, Kampa Island is home to a museum of modern art, David Černý’s giant sculptures of crawling babies, and the Werich Villa, the former home of Czech actor Jan Werich. The Lennon Wall – a memorial wall where everybody is allowed to add words or art – is also located here. The artificial Devil’s Stream canal cuts through the island and allows for short but picturesque boat rides.
Kampa Island, Malá Strana, Prague 1, Czech Republic
St. Vitus Cathedral
St. Vitus Cathedral is the largest church in the country and one of the most impressive examples of Gothic architecture in Prague. Located within the grounds of Prague Castle, the 14th-century church houses the small Chapel of St. Wenceslas, as well as the Czech Crown Jewels, which are only shown to the public once every eight years.
III. nádvoří 48/2, Prague, Czech Republic
A large park along the Vltava River, Letná is home to Prague’s most famous beer garden, as well as a giant metronome and Europe’s oldest functioning carousel. A popular place for picnics, the park also hosts several music festivals throughout the year.
Letná Park, Prague 7, Czech Republic
Actually a boulevard despite its name, Wenceslas Square is one of Prague’s most popular shopping streets. Wenceslas Monument, at the top of the street, is a popular meeting point and the place where Czechoslovakia’s proclamation of independence was read in 1918.
Wenceslas Square, Prague 1, Czech Republic
Old Jewish Cemetery
The largest Jewish cemetery in Europe is part of the Jewish Museum in Prague. Most of the tombs here date from between the 15th and 18th century. Important religious figures are buried here, but the cemetery is better known for its unique density, with old wooden gravestones and stone gravestones sitting very close together.
Široká, Staré Město, Prague, Czech Republic
Often named as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, this Baroque library dates back to the 18th century and houses over 20,000 books. Just as famous as the books are the beautiful original frescoes adorning the walls and the antique astronomical clocks.
Museum of Communism
Museum of Communism
A small private museum dedicated to chronicling life in Communist times, this museum holds small collections of everyday objects, as well as made up rooms representing schoolrooms, shops of the time, and even an interrogation room. Photographs, historical documents and military apparel are also available.
V Celnici 1031/4, Nové Město, Prague, Czech Republic
Žižkov TV Tower
Once considered an eyesore, the 216-meter-tall TV tower became an iconic part of Prague thanks to the addition of giant sculptures created by famous Czech sculptor David Černý’s – you can see three of the babies up close if you visit Kampa Island. The tower has a restaurant – famous for its breakfast and cocktails – at the top. The tower is also famous for being home to a one-room hotel that you can book all to yourself to enjoy incredible views of Prague.
Mahlerovy sady, Prague 3, Czech Republic
Old Town Hall
Old Town Hall is a unique building made up of several small houses, with the earliest parts dating back to the 1300s. In addition to the many chambers and rooms inside (many of which hold photographs and small exhibits), the Hall is also home to a 15th-century chapel.
Staroměstské nám. 1/3, Staré Město, Prague, Czech Republic