Prague was our first getaway trip since moving to Europe, and it was nothing short of amazing! We were baffled by how cool it was to fly an hour and a half and be in another country, let alone one so full of culture and history. We enjoyed this cute city along the Vltava river, filling our time with lots of exploration, local Czech beer, delicious food, and autumn colours.
Top things to do in Prague
Old Town Square
We loved the town square and spent quite a bit of time here. The Astronomical Clock is not to be missed (more on that later). The square is full of cute cafes, wooden huts with yummy snacks, and colorful architecture. It's a great spot to just hang out and people watch. Visit in the morning for the smallest crowds.
Tips: Check out the rooftop bar at Hotel U Prince at dusk for a drink and amazing sunset over Old Town Square.
Astronomical Clock & Tower
Prague’s astronomical clock is a medieval clock dating back to the 1400s. It chimes and puts on its show every hour, so make sure to catch it changing! You can also purchase tickets to climb to the top of the clock tower. Take the elevator up for stunning 360 views of the city, and get a history lesson on the walls as you take the stairs back down. A must-see!
Tips: Stop by the clock in the morning for the smallest crowds to watch the clock change. Purchase tickets to the tower online for a discount and fast track entry!
Prague Castle & St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Castle is the official residence of the Czech Republic president, but once housed kings of Bohemia and emperors of the Holy Roman empire. It is definitely worth a visit to explore the castle complex, Golden Lane (a cute street of tiny shops), St. George’s Basilica, Old Royal Palace, and the beautiful St. Vitus Cathedral. You will need to purchase tickets to gain access to these and other attractions inside the castle walls. To get to the castle, we recommend walking through Letna Park and the Royal Garden to get to the castle. There are pretty gardens and nice views of the city and the side of St. Vitus Cathedral. At Letna Park, you can bring a picnic or visit the beer garden (weather permitting).
Tips: Walk back down to the city centre along the path that routes next to the vineyard near the Castle. When the path opens up to the main road, you can buy a fresh fried potato on a stick (so good!).
This historical bridge is famous for its gothic style towers and the 30 statues that decorate it. The bridge connects Prague’s Old Town with the Lesser Quarter. Cross the bridge toward Prague Castle and immediately turn to the right (at Hotel Certovka), then wind your way to the water for views of the bridge. If you’re lucky, the giant swans will be there! For more great views of the city and the bridge, you can climb one of the bridge tower on the Lesser Quarter side for a small fee.
Tips: Visit early in the am for the best pictures on the bridge (it gets pretty crowded in the afternoon).
John Lennon Wall
A perfect Snapchat/Instagram opportunity, the wall is covered in layers of graffiti and in Beatles’ lyrics.
Petrin Hill & Tower
This large park is situated right in the heart of Prague. You can take the funicular up, or walk 30 minutes through winding paths. At the top is the Petrin Observation Tower, which looks like a mini version of the Eiffel Tower. You also get more stunning panoramic views of Prague and the surrounding area, and there is an observatory and museum.
Tips: There is a restaurant you can stop at on the way up (or down) for a drink with a view called Petrinske terasy.
This is a fun little park on an island situated in the middle of the Vltava river. It's a great place to spend some quiet time and enjoy views of the Charles Bridge, as well as both sides of the city.
Tips: Access via the Legion Bridge; there are stairs (and an elevator) that lead down to the park footpath.
Food and places to eat in Prague
There are many great local spots to eat the hearty cuisine of Prague. Here are a few of our picks for a good meal.
Head to Pivovar U Tri Ruzi for a delicious meal of pork knee and sides that can be shared by two, along with some homemade beer.
It's almost as fun watching these cylindrical delicacies being made as it is eating them! You can find many locations for traditional Trdelnik, or chimney cakes, all around the Old Town.
Pork Roast or Sausage with Dumplings and Sauerkraut
We purchased from a street vendor in a hut near the Old Town square, but you can find it all over the city. Yum!
U Kanstatu: Try some local beer here and check out the old cellar.
Pagana: For a break from traditional Czech, check out Pagana in New Town for amazing homemade Italian food. If you order the house special spaghetti, you’re in for a real treat (and a show!). Don’t let the outside fool you either - the food and wine were amazing.