Today I’m hosting a post written by fellow bloggers Stefan and Sebastien of Nomadic Boys who will tell you a bit what to do and see in Prague.
Since the 1990s, Prague tourism has been booming. With centuries of history, a stunning old town that rivals some of the best ancient cities of Europe and some of the world’s best beer it’s not surprising! Prague also has a vibrant and busy nightlife, with something happening every day of the week.
For us, we particularly love visiting Prague because not only there are so many different things to do in Prague, it also has a fantastic gay scene, in a society that is becoming more and more accustomed to LGBTQ travelers. To find out more, check out our gay travel guide to Prague.
Best things to do in Prague
These are our favorite and best things to do in Prague and the reasons you need to visit Prague yourself!
Exploring Prague’s old town
Prague’s UNESCO listed Old Town, or “Staré Mesto”, is the touristic beating heart of the city. This is one of the main Prague attractions where you’ll want to devote most of your time.
The Old Town of Prague dates back to the 10th century when it used to be a marketplace. It is always alive and bustling with lots of restaurants, cafes and street performers every day of the week. There are many cute cobblestone streets, with plenty of Prague tourists spots to visit like the medieval Astronomical Clock, the Gothic Church of Our Lady Before Týn, Kinsky Palace and the Baroque church St. Nicolas.
Our best advice is just to immerse yourself in the Old Town, walk around, get lost in amongst the maze of cute narrow cobblestone streets. Every corner has a new photo opportunity.
The Prague Castle is another UNESCO listed gem and one of the must places to visit in Prague. It is also famous for being the largest ancient castle in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records.
The history of Prague Castle dates back to the 9th century when it was a seat of power for the Holy Roman Emperors, the Kings of Bohemia and then the home of presidents of former Czechoslovakia.
Today Prague Castle is the official office of the President of the Czech, it is also among Prague tourist attractions you need to check out.
You should devote at least half a day to exploring Prague Castle. It is located on the other side of the river from Prague’s Old Town, which you reach by crossing the famous Charles Bridge.
What Brooklyn Bridge is to New York or Tower Bridge is to London, Charles Bridge is to Prague!
This is one of the city’s most iconic and visited landmarks that is among top things to see in Prague. It was built in 1357 by King Charles IV as a means to cross the Vltava River. Up until 1841, Charles Bridge was the only way to cross the Vltava River to reach the castle from the Old Town, hence its cultural and historical importance.
Charles Bridge has a small museum inside it, which is worth a stop over to learn more about the bridge and its place in Prague’s rich history.
Cruising down the Vltava River
The Vltava River cuts Prague into two parts. On one side is the Old Town, and the other (joined by Charles Bridge) is Prague Castle. As such, all the cultural gems of the city are located across the river bank, so the best way to take them in from afar, and for the best photos, is via a river cruise, one of the best Prague activities.
Prague Zoo: one of the best zoo’s in the world
Whilst visiting a zoo is not the first thing on our bucket list when visiting a city in Europe, we had to check out the Prague Zoo because according to Forbes Travel Guide and TripAdvisor, it is one of the best zoos in the world! Not only that, it is the second most visited Prague sites after Prague Castle.
Prague Zoo has 12 pavilions to visit. Some of our favorites include the Indonesian Jungle, African House, Gorilla Pavilion, Feline Pavilion, Elephant Valley and the Hippo Pavilion. Also worth checking out is the Giant Salamanders’ pavilion, which has the largest amphibians in the world: the Chinese Giant Salamanders.
The Jewish Quarter and Museum
The Jewish quarter of the Old Town is an important part of the city we think every traveler needs to include in their Prague sightseeing. It’s not only pretty to look at but extremely educational. Before visiting, we weren’t even aware that the Czech Republic had a large concentration camp during WW2 – the Terezin Concentration Camp. This was one of many facts we learned in the Jewish Museum, which certainly enriched our cultural understanding of the city.
If you’re interested in visiting the Terezin Concentration Camp, it’s certainly possible to do as part of a day trip tour. It’s located around 1 hour’s bus ride from the city. Click here to read the details and book the tour to Terezin.
Memorial to the Victims of Communism
This memorial is a series of 7 bronze figure statues descending a flight of stairs. It was built to commemorate the victims who suffered during the Communist era of Czechoslovakia between 1948 to 1989 and is one of the most touching places to see in Prague.
The memorial was built in a very clever way so that it seems that the statues look like they are more “decayed” the further away you stand from them. This was done deliberately to symbolize how political prisoners were affected by Communism.
Saturday farmer’s market
As foodies we always look out for unique cooking classes and other foodie experiences in every city we visited.
In the Czech capital, we recommend checking out one of the many local Farmer’s Markets – which are among the best places to visit in Prague. They usually take place on Saturday mornings, at various locations throughout the city. The largest and most famous is Hall 22 of the Holesovice neighborhood market. Others include the Naplavka market underneath the Vysehrad fortress and the Jirak market in the Jiriho z Podebrad square in Vinohrady.
The Lego Museum
Another quirky attraction to look out for! Whilst Lego may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re planning your Prague trip, the city is famous for having the largest Lego museum in the world.
The museum specializes in the history of Lego and has over 3,000 Lego models, a Lego shop and a Lego restaurant.
Our favorite part of the Lego museum is the section with Lego versions of the famous world structures like the Taj Mahal and Tower Bridge.
Prague is very easy to access, with a large international airport to most destinations across Europe and beyond. If arriving by train, the main train station, Hlavní Nádraží, is conveniently located in Vinohrady. For more practical advice, be sure to check out our post about how to get from Prague Airport to the city center.
About Nomadic Boys: We are gay couple Stefan and Sebastien traveling the world. We write about the different gay scenes we discover on our Nomadic Boys gay travel blog, which includes interviews with locals, gay city guides, practical tips and more. You can follow our travels on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
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