Expats will find that the City of a Hundred Spires is packed full of things to do on their days off. Whether it’s exploring the Old Town, getting a taste of true Prague tradition or spending a sunny afternoon surrounded by nature, new arrivals to the city will not struggle to find an attraction that suits their taste and budget.
We’ve put together a list of some of the most popular things to see and do in Prague.
Attractions in Prague
Vltava River boat cruises
Taking advantage of Prague’s gorgeous waterway, tour companies offer boat cruises for people to enjoy a couple of hours taking in the city sights from the Vltava River. There is a range of options available, from family-friendly daytime rides along the river to romantic dinner cruises.
Built in the 9th century, Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, spanning 70,000 square metres. Since it was first constructed, it has been the seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Roman emperors and Czech presidents. Visitors can explore the Old Royal Palace, St George's Basilica, Golden Lane, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Great South Tower of the Cathedral, as well as the palace gardens and moat on guided tours.
Charles Bridge is a medieval stone arch bridge that crosses the Vltava River and connects the Old Town and Lesser Town, also known as Malá Strana. Construction of the bridge started in 1357 and finished in the early 15th century. As one of Prague’s most popular attractions and arguably one of the most picturesque gothic bridges in the world, walking the Charles Bridge will give expats a true sense of the beauty of this ancient landmark.
Ghosts, legends and dungeons tour
A number of tourist companies in Prague offer ghosts, legends and dungeons tours that highlight the supernatural side of the city. These guided walking tours include stopping at a number of landmarks, such as the Astronomical Clock and Burgrave House, to hear spooky tales of medieval Prague. A visit to the Ghost Museum generally ends off these tours, where expats will learn more mysterious legends about their new home.
The Lennon Wall
The Lennon Wall, or John Lennon Wall, is a symbolic burial site for the artist that was crafted by the youth of Prague in 1980 after Lennon was murdered. Covered in Lennon-inspired graffiti, lyrics from Beatles songs and designs relating to local and global causes, the wall symbolises freedom of speech and the non-violent resistance of the Czech youth. Whether one is a Lennon fan or not, this giant artwork is a must-see.
Náplavka Farmers market
With Náplavka meaning ‘on the embankment’, this farmers market is situated just there, on the bank of the Vltava River. Running every Saturday throughout the year, this market is popular with locals and visitors alike. Expats can get an authentic taste of Prague at this market, as food stores sell local delicacies, baked goods and fresh produce, as well as homemade pottery and crafts. Stopping by this market is a great way to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere while getting a sense of the local culture in Prague.
Prague Puppet Shows
Puppet theatre has a long history in the Czech Republic and is a superlative way for expats to experience some Czech culture and tradition. They can watch a puppet show in either the National Marionette Theatre or the Theatre Spejbla and Hurvínek in Prague. With puppet shows happening throughout the year, this is an ideal activity for the whole family to enjoy.
Expats wanting to spend a peaceful afternoon in nature needn't look further than Petřín Gardens. Secluded gardens and winding pathways lead up to the summit of Petřín Hill, where expats can enjoy panoramic views of the city from Petřín Tower, built as a lookout tower in 1891, which resembles France’s Eiffel Tower. Those not wanting to walk up the steep slopes of the hill can take the funicular to the foot of the tower. The park also boasts the Štefánik Observatory with its astronomy exhibition, as well as the Strahov Monastery, which houses an ornate library and a centuries-old brewery.
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Expat share their favourite attractions in Prague
"As a family we like to explore places on foot, so the parks and forests are our natural habitats. Since we now live in Prague 5, Motol area, the Cibulka park is the place where we usually spend free time. I also recommend Vyšehrad for families, or Malá Chuchle Zoo, which is hidden in a forest and free to be explored by animal lovers. For those who really like to hike I recommend going to Divoká Šárka park and Hostivař park. And of course Prague zoo and Petřín park are must visit places for a family." Read more about Juris and his expat experience in Prague.
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