Top 10 Exciting Things To Do In Cheerful Prague

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Alex O'Brien

Alex O'Brien

Last updated:  2021-03-16 16:14:58

The Czech Republic's charming capital will sweep you away at first glance! A vibrant Prague is among the best city breaks as it's great for partying and sightseeing. You can tell this is the perfect place to have fun, visit some extraordinary historical sites, eat, and drink well. The city is quite easy-going, and this is the thing that visitors love the most about Prague. We've tried to combine a bit of everything it has to offer, so let's start with our countdown.

10. Old Jewish Quarter

Beautiful Jewish town is a reminder of the horrific history of the Jews (photo: Laura_Maxim/pixabay.com)

Josefov, as it's called, is located between the Old Square and Vltava River. Like many other cities, Prague had a part mainly populated with Jews. Today this is a location of museums, synagogues, and an old Jewish cemetery. This sad monument of Jew's tragic history has its roots back in the 10th century. 

During WWII, it was preserved by the Nazis as they planned to make a museum of an extinct race. Today the ex Jewish Ghetto is a tourist attraction surely worth visiting. Moreover, this is the birthplace of the famous novelist Franz Kafka.

9. Nightlife

At Vysehrad you'll get the most beautiful views of Prague (photo: filipalbert/pixabay.com)

Prague has a very vivid nightlife, with lots of clubs, pubs, and pivovar (microbreweries trendy in Prague). There is something for everybody's taste regarding the music and type of fun you prefer. One of the favorite drinks among the visitors and residents of Prague is, without a doubt, a beer. 

Hence, it's no wonder that Prague has a Beer Museum, which is actually a Pub with a large variety of tap beers. Much like Amsterdam, Prague also has its red-light district full of striptease bars, and prostitution is legal. Again, this is why tourists love the city.

8. Vyšehrad

After dark, the city gets very vibrant and cheerful (photo:  kirkandmimi/pixabay.com)

Located about three kilometers from Prague Castle is Vyšehrad or Old Castle from the 10th century. Perfectly situated on the hill and towering above the Vltava River, Vyšehrad provides unforgettable city views.

The large complex is full of cute narrow streets and is covered with lush parks, making it a perfect place to escape from the crowds and appreciate the peacefulness.

The Vyšehrad treasures some remarkable sites like Vyšehrad cemetery, as this is a resting place of many famous Czech people. Moreover, the oldest building in Prague is set here, the Rotunda of St. Martin, from the 11th century.

7. Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square is the place for shopping and the place for nightlife (photo: JancickaL/pixabay.com)

The new part of town has its own square called Václavské náměstí or Wenceslas Square. Today's modern and vibrant wide boulevard is a commercial part of the city, as it's full of shops, restaurants, pubs, and hotels. The impressive neo-renaissance building of Narodni Muzeum (National Museum) dominates the square. 

In front of it is a statue of St Wenceslas on a horse, so "by the horse" is a popular place to meet. Moreover, Square's location makes it the place to be in Prague, as all the attractions are easily reachable. Moreover, in the evening, this is the central spot of vivid nightlife.

6. Food

Delicious pork knuckle goes excellent with a beer or two (photo: Zozz_/pixabay.com)

If you like meat, Prague has one of the tastiest cuisines, as most specialties include meat. Therefore, let us introduce you to a few most famous meat dishes that the city offers. Our first pick is "vepro knedlo zelo" which is meat with stewed cabbage and bread dumplings, with variations regarding the cabbage, as it can be pickled.

Goulash is a typical dish mainly made with beef, slowly cooked with larger meat portions and fewer vegetables. Also, it has a fantastic serving solution, as it comes in a bread bowl, that's delicious and eye-catching.

And for the end of the most favorite food is "vepřové koleno" or pork knuckle. This dish is decadent and delicious at the same time. Firstly the meat has to be marinated in beer for 12 to 24 hours, and then it's slowly roasted and served with fried potato.

5. Drinking Beer

Czech beer is a bit more bitter. However, it's one of the best you'll try (photo: AlLes/pixabay.com)

Czech people love their beer. The culture of brewing and drinking it spreads widely across the town. Most favorite places to drink beer are the microbreweries that have pubs and serve tap beer along with some delicious food. The atmosphere there is always loud and cheery!

Most Czech beers have a bit bitterest taste and mainly are heavier than regular beers. However, they taste delicious, and of course, you have a variety of choices. Nevertheless, if you don't fancy beer, try slivovitz, traditional plum brandy. Still, we need to remind you it's quite strong, so consume it carefully.

4. Old Town Square

Incredible Astronomical Clock is simply enchanting (photo: Graham-H/pixabay.com)

The Staroměstské náměstíor or Old Town Square is one of the most beautiful parts of Prague, along with the Prague Castle complex and the Charles Bridge. The main attraction on the square is absolutely the Astronomical Clock or Orloj as it's called. The impressive structure from the 14th century has 12 figures of the apostles appearing every full hour at two windows. 

The clock is unique as it's accurate and also shows the position of several celestial objects. However, besides being home to Astronomical Clock, the Old Town Hall is a quite remarkable complex of medieval buildings with a marvelous view of the city from the top of the tower.

3. St Vitus Cathedral

Impressive St Vitus Cathedral won't leave you indifferent (photo: bboellinger/pixabay.com)

This impressive Gothic Cathedral stands on the previous church's site from the 10th century and within the Prague Castle complex walls. The construction of today's cathedral began in the 14th century and finished after nearly six centuries.

St Vitus is the most significant religious temple in the city. Moreover, it had an essential role in the monarch's life, as this was the place for coronation and burial site for the Czech kings. The interior is quite spectacular as it holds the beautiful St Wenceslas Chapel with the tomb of St Wenceslas. Also, this is the place where the crown jewels are kept.

2. Prague Castle

The favorite place of all Prague visitors, Prague Castle (photo: klausdie/pixabay.com)

The Prague Castle is a large complex, and the largest castle complex in the world, spread over 750.000 square feet. The first establishment at the Hradczany hillside dates from the 9th century. Over time, the rulers have reconstructed current buildings and added some new ones. Today we have four palaces and churches within the castle walls, along with the gardens and courtyards. 

Moreover, at the castle, one of the top-rated tourist attractions is a changing guard at midday. This symbol of the city is visited by 1.8 million tourists every year, and a Charles Bridge connects the fort with the old city center.

1. Charles Bridge

Remarkable Charles Bridge is always full of tourists attracted by its beauty (photo: pierre9x6/pixabay.com)

This magnificent stone arch bridge from the 15th century (construction started in mid of 14th century) was the only passage on the Vltava River for a long time, and therefore, essential. Today this is one of the most significant tourist attractions connecting the old town with the Prague Castle.

The remarkable medieval bridge has Gothic towers on both ends and 30 Baroque statues along both sides of the bridge. The main attraction on the Charles Bridge is the statue of St. John of Nepomuk, as many believe it brings good luck to touch the figure.

As you can see, Prague is the place to be if you wish to have a great time. There's a lot more to see, so you won't be bored even for a minute. When you get exhausted from wandering the streets, just go to the river and jump on a cruising ship, sit comfortably, and view the city from the water, as you'll enjoy it.

Have you ever visited Prague? Have you tasted the local food? Which dish did you like the most? Please write to us in the comment section as we would like to hear your thoughts. 

Cover photo: klausdie/pixabay.com


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