The 10 Best Things To Do In Prague
by Lara McComish | Updated 13 March 2019 | Posted in Family Holidays, General
A city break to Prague is made up of intoxicating sights and some of the world's best beer. We put up three travel bloggers in the heart of the city and together, we've rounded up the 10 best things to do in Prague.
1. The John Lennon Wall
We also walked up to the Lennon wall which since the 1980s has been filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from Beatles’ songs, although nowadays it’s just full of all sorts of colourful graffiti - Victoria's Vintage
The John Lennon Wall is a colourful tribute to the man himself. From The Beatles to the banks of the of the River Vltava, the mural has become an Instagram hotspot. The wall itself initially started as an outlet for locals protesting the communist takeover, although the authorities tended to paint over outcries. Rather unexpectedly, the murder of John Lennon in 1980 saw the wall transform into a graffitied homage to the star.
2. Petrin Lookout Tower
We went to the Petrin Lookout Tower to get the best views of the city.
Also known as the ‘Baby Eiffel Tower’ it was built in 1891 and has been used as an observation tower as well as a transmission tower. Nowadays it’s just a fancy tourist attraction though.
We took the lazy route up in the escalator (hey, our legs were tired from the rest of the walking, okay?!) and zoomed up to the top in a matter of seconds - Hello Terri Lowe
No matter how you reach the top, clamber up to the Petrin Lookout Tower for the best panoramas of Prague. We recommend taking the funicular up Petrin Hill to save your breath ahead of truly breathtaking views. In fact, on a clear day, it is possible to see the highest peak in the Czech Republic, Snezka which is a good 150km away.
3. Prague Castle
...Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world, so is a very popular tourist attraction - Victoria's Vintage
The rather magnificent Prague Castle sits on a hillside perched over Prague. The huge fairytale-esque grounds are the official home of the President of the Czech Republic and you can see why he'd want to nab it for himself. It's got the charm, the history and the crown jewels of any good castle but it's also got a stirring past, spewing with assassination plots and defenestration but we'll let you research those yourself!
4. Cocktails At The Fear House
After dinner we walked about 10 minutes over to The Fear House which is a really cool Halloween themed cocktail bar! It was kind of cheesy and although it tried to be a ‘haunted house’ it wasn’t very authentic, but admittedly was quite cool. The cocktail menu was obviously all horror themed and I picked a drink which came in a dainty teapot with a little teacup which had an eyeball in! It was named ‘Come to Play!’ and it was made up of raspberry schnapps with liquid nitrogen smoke coming out of the teapot spout - Victoria's Vintage
Welcome one and all to The Fear House. The very first house of horror in Central Europe, this haunt lays on formidable cocktails in a spine-chilling cellar setting. Not one for the faint-hearted...
5. Old Town Square
With its origins in the 12th century, the Old Town Square is steeped in magic. The oldest part of a very old city, Old Town Square has served as Prague's main marketplace for generations. Think cobblestone lanes centred around lively stalls and a rather spectacular astronomical clock. Now, this is the Prague we came to see!
We walked back to the apartment via the medieval Charles Bridge; another of the most visited sights in Prague - Victoria's Vintage
Charles Bridge is a stone Gothic bridge that straddles the Old Town and Lesser Town (Malá Strana). Stroll along the medieval bridge to get a feel for the history and culture that the Czech capital has to offer. And whilst it's likely you'll run into a lot of tourists, you'll also meet street performers, artists and splendid sunsets.
7. Chimney cake
After Czech cuisine in its best form? Well, it's likely that you'll spot a lot of these tunnel-shaped pastries. These hearty little goodies are known as the humble chimney cake and they often come sprinkled in sugar, cinnamon, Nutella and/or with hella loads of ice cream inside. You can thank us later...
8. St Nicholas Bell Tower
We actually stumbled upon the St Nicholas Bell Tower and it wasn’t on our original list of things to do.
It was definitely worth the £3.50 we paid, if only for the work out of walking up all the steps - Hello Terri Lowe
This historic bell tower was once a fire watchtower and it was the last town crier's tower in Prague. It also offers a picturesque view of the Lesser Town's square which would certainly incentivise the 215 steps to get to the top.
9. The Jewish Quarter
The Jewish Quarter draws visitors from all over the world for its Iong and emotive history. A history dating way back to the 13th century when Jewish people were traditionally ordered to settle in one area. Take in the six synagogues and unveil the stories of the traditional Jewish ghetto.
10. Naplavka Flea Market
We found a brilliant stall at Naplavka Flea Market, on a boat, full of vintage pin badges. So my inner magpie had to dig through them - Hello Terri Lowe
Spend your afternoon at Naplavka Flea Market. It takes place on a boat, docked in the trendy Naplavka district. Plan your trip wisely as it's only open on the second Saturday of the month, but it is the place for finding vintage trinkets and treasures.
Our apartments in Prague will put you in the heart of this historic city.
With thanks also to Ginger Girl Says.