If settings in Disney movies were real places on earth, I would think Prague would be where they are located! As a travel blogger, I am very careful not to use the word “magical” in my writing because I know how cliché that word now is. However, if I were to make one exception to my own self imposed rule, it would have to be on this post on Prague. From the old town to the castle a top a hill, the city of Prague is one of the most magical places I have ever been to. This post covers 12 must do things in Prague which are some of the main highlights the city has to offer.
1. Old Town
First on this 12 must do things in Prague list is Old Town and its medieval square. Filled with Art Nouveau facades and cobble stone streets, Prague Old Town is one of the most beautiful places I have visited. Founded in the 12th century, the square still seems to retain its old time charm and magic. Some of the most notable buildings in the square include the astronomical clock, Old Town Hall and the Church of Our Lady before Týn.
2. Astronomical Clock
When you think Prague, you may immediately think of the Astronomical clock in its city center. This clock was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest clock still in operation. The clock puts on a little show at the top of each hour where the 12 apostles make an appearance.
3. Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge is perhaps one of the most famous bridges around the world! Built during the 14th-15th century, this bridge was the only way the Vltava river could be crossed until the 19th century and connected the Old Town to Malá Strana and the Castle. Today, the bridge is a UNESCO world heritage site and an important tourist destination. The bridge gets crowded during the day so go early morning if you want to avoid the crowds!
4. Prague Castle
The castle was formerly the seat of the kings of Bohemia and the Holy Roman Emperors and is currently the official residence of the president of the Czech Republic. A UNESCO world heritage site, this castle is said to be the largest castle complex in the world. Highly recommend buying a combination ticket to visit all the historic buildings within the castle complex. These buildings include the old Royal Palace, St. Vitus cathedral, St. George’s basilica, Golden Lane and the cathedral’s south tower. HERE is the link to the official site where you can find more information on planning a visit and buying tickets.
5. St. Vitus Cathedral
This gothic church is the largest and most important church in the country. In addition to the coronations of Czech sovereigns that took place here, the cathedral is also a place of burial of several patron saints, royalty, noblemen and archbishops. St. Vitus is beautiful both inside and out and has some of the best stained glass windows I’ve seen to date.
6. Red Roofs
Prague is well known for its red roofs and towering spirals. One of the best places to witness these red roofs is the south tower of St. Vitus cathedral. It’s 280 steps but fully worth it!
7. Try Czech Goulash
Goulash is a popular dish in central European countries. I’ve tried Czech and Hungarian goulash and the Czech version was a clear winner. In fact, I would put this down as one of the best things I’ve eaten during my travels. Czech goulash is a thick, hearty beef stew with a touch of spice and is served with a delicious bready dumpling.
8. Have a Trdelník
Think cinnamon role meets a funnel cake meets an ice cream cone. Trdelník is a deep fried spiral (or cone) of dough, sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon and filled with ice cream! This now popular Czech treat was born in a bakery in Prague.
9. Listen to Jazz Music
Prague is famous for jazz music and it would be amiss not to include jazz in this 12 must do things in Prague list. It is home to the international jazz festival and has several jazz clubs all over the city. AghaRTA is one of the best jazz clubs in Prague and is a great place to enjoy a drink or two while listening to some awesome jazz music. Furthermore, the performances are held in a historic basement dating back to the 14th century.
10. Classical Music
The city of Prague is a heaven for classical music lovers and has some great locations to listen to classical music concerts. We enjoyed a concert at Church of Our Lady before Týn in the Old Town Square . Check out this list of other venues HERE
11. Wenceslas Square
This square was created during the founding of the New Town by Charles IV in 1348, but today serves as one of the main squares in Prague. Here you will find lots of shops, restaurants and hotels. There was an interesting jousting match going here when we visited which was so fun to watch.
12. Dancing House
Or Fred and Ginger as it is nicknamed is a building with a very unique design that resembled two dancers. This whimsical building is a must see if you love architecture.
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