To visit Prague: what are the best things to do and see during a weekend?
Prague is a charming city full of history and architecture, and is an ideal destination for a weekend break at any time of the year. When it comes to making a list of things to do in Prague , Czech Republic, you know that it will not be complete without a good amount of castles and churches, trendy bars and pubs with cheap beer. Here is a guide to tell you exactly what the best things to do in Prague in 2 or 3 days.
1. The Old Town (Staré Město)
The Old Centers in any city in Europe are always interesting to discover. In this one, one finds there many houses, churches and other works dating from the 13th century, ideal to take beautiful photos, or simply to admire one of the best architectures in the world. There are some notable buildings such as the tower of the Town Hall and its astronomical clock , the Carolinum, the Municipal House and the State Theater.
2. The Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí)
In the center of Prague’s historic district, this lively square is surrounded by large, beautifully colored buildings (including the Astronomical Clock), cafes, street performers and artisans. It is interesting to find accommodation not far from this place to spend every day.
3. The Charles Bridge (Karlův most)
This bridge that connects Old Prague to the district of Malá Strana is full of musicians, painters, junk dealers and especially tourists. The bridge refers to Charles IV who has not stopped beautifying the city. As if that was not enough, the movie Mission Impossible 1, a scene of which was shot on the bridge, allowed to spread a little more this famous structure that spans the Vltava . A little tip: visit it in the morning early enough to avoid crowds of tourists.
4. Prague Castle (Pražský hrad)
The impressive Prague Castle is the most popular attraction to visit in Prague. Located on a hill overlooking the Vltava River . It really reflects the bohemian architecture of the city. Inside the castle walls are three courtyards, beautiful gardens, and restaurants. The St. Vitus Cathedral is also part of the castle. It has 21 chapels and a famous arch, the Golden Gate , containing a Venetian mosaic representing the Last Judgment of 1370.
5. The Lobkowicz Palace
The Lobkowicz Palace is the oldest and most important collection of art in the Czech Republic. There is more than 600 years of Czech and European history in the exhibition.
6. The Ossuary of Sedlec by Kutna Hora
The Ossuary of Sedlec is not in Prague, but the hour by car for Kutna Hora is worth it (route also feasible by bus or train). In the 13th century, Jindřich, the abbot of the Sedlec Monastery, scattered on the floor of the cemetery surrounding the Chapel of All Saints of the Earth from the Holy Land in Palestine. This “mix” caused the success of the cemetery and it was soon overpopulated. So we started to store the bones inside the chapel in an artistic way. It is estimated that there are the remains of about 40,000 people in the church.
7. The churches, cathedrals and synagogues of Prague
The European Middle Ages in its best day! You can not miss one of the following buildings: St. Vitus Cathedral (Chram Svateho Vita) is the largest and largest church in Prague and is located at Prague Castle. A glance is also desired at St. Nicholas Church (Chram Svateho Mikulase), the Spanish Synagogue (Spanelska Synagogue) and the Church of Our Lady of Tyn(Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem).
8. The Lennon Wall
This colorful wall really stands out in the medieval atmosphere of Prague, and it has an interesting story, starting with the fact that John Lennon never actually visited Prague in his life! Street art lovers will appreciate. To learn more, read our article about the John Lennon Wall . To see where it is on a map, click here .
9. The KGB Muzeum
This unique museum offers a look at the days when the USSR dominated the world of secret services. There are tons of objects related to the activities of the Soviet secret services to see, for people interested in this era. Other pretty cool museums are worth visiting in Prague: the Kampa-Sovovy Mlyny Museum, the Czech Music Museum, the Sternberk Palace and the Alfons Mucha Museum.
10. Czech food and beers
Czech beer is one of the best in the world, but also one of the cheapest. During your stay in Prague , take the time to enjoy a beer on a terrace in summer or a bar in the basement in winter. Also dedicate a portion of your budget to test some restaurants to taste the Czech specialties (goulash, charcuterie, etc …). At the weekend, in Prague markets, it is possible to eat directly at the stand of sellers of specialties (sausages with potatoes …). You will enjoy!
11. The Jewish Quarter
The Jewish Quarter is a beautiful part of Prague’s old town with lots of history and great restaurants and cafes. The old Jewish cemetery is also here, and is a place of reflection where the graves are superimposed on each other, with a section of up to 12 layers.
12. Modern architecture
If you are tired of all these old buildings and want to see something more modern, there is a pretty cool church called the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus , located on Jiřího z Poděbrad Square (where there is a nice market on the weekend). The Dance House (Tančící dům), located on Rašínovo nábřeží Street, is a must-see during your weekend in Prague!
13. The baroque library of Clementinum
Built on the site of an ancient Dominican monastery, this complex is called Klementinum after an ancient Romanesque sanctuary, the Church of St. Clement. One of the largest complexes of buildings in Europe, the Clementinum was built between the mid-sixteenth century and mid-eighteenth century for the Jesuit brothers. During his visit, you will discover the astronomical tower from which, since 1775, meteorological surveys take place, the Meridian Room and finally the magnificent Baroque library, decorated with frescoes and home to precious terrestrial globes.
14. Take a bath of beer
In Prague, you can taste many Czech beers, but you can also swim in them. This unusual activity is possible in one of Prague’s many Beer Spa . A moment of relaxation assured, while enjoying beer at will, followed, if you wish, a massage with beer.
The nightlife in Prague
Prague is one of the cities in Central Europe where there is an excellent nightlife. So we have compiled for you the best places to go out in Prague .