Things to do in Prague

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Charles Bridge showing a city, a bridge and heritage elements

Top things to do in Prague


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1. Old Town Square

The Old Town Square (Staroměstské Náměstí) was once the thriving city center of Prague. Today it remains just as busy, and is the location of many must-see Prague attractions. The square is an excellent starting point for your Prague visit as it allows you to get a sense of the city’s rich history, purchase maps and information guides and grab a coffee at one of the square’s outdoor dining establishments.
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This public space is as important to the people of Prague today as it was a thousand years ago.

2. Charles Bridge

The historic Charles Bridge (Karlův Most), was the only proper crossing between east and west Prague for centuries. The bridge has been a busy thoroughfare since it was built. Vehicles were admitted to the bridge at the beginning of the 20th century but have since been banned. Today the Charles Bridge is a popular pedestrian bridge that offers views over the Vltava River and old city center.
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This iconic structure with sculptures spans the Vltava River and connects the historic Lesser Town on the west bank with the Old Town on the east bank.

3. Wenceslas Square

In the heart of Prague’s New Town lies a 2,460 foot (750 meter) long boulevard, Wenceslas Square (Václavské Náměstí). Visit this significant spot for locals and enjoy its modern-day facilities. The square marks the start of Prague’s main shopping district while at night it is one of the city’s most lively precincts.
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Prague’s busiest boulevard is great for both shopping and nightlife and has a history as a gathering point for local uprisings and celebrations.

4. Prague Castle

Prague Castle (Pražský Hrad) is the city’s most iconic attraction. It’s one of the world’s largest castles and a World Heritage Site. The castle has over 1,100 years of history and architecture within its walls and was home to Bohemian kings, Roman emperors and Czechoslovakian presidents. Today the castle is still active as the seat of the Czech President.
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Witness the changing of the guard ceremony at this medieval fortified complex that is now the seat of the President of the Czech Republic and also houses the huge St. Vitus Cathedral.

5. Prague Astronomical Clock

Mounted on the southern wall of the Old Town City Hall is one of the oldest working astronomical clocks in the world: Pražský Orloj, the Astronomical Clock. Established in 1410, it has often stopped working and its mechanism has been repaired many times. Luckily it was spared from destruction and has even been upgraded with symbolic figures, so it is still ticking away the minutes today. Better still, it now comes to life every hour!
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The hourly show put on by this early 15th-century masterpiece on the Old Town Hall is a must-see event that draws the crowds.

6. Dancing House

In a city with a rich history of architecture, there is no building more controversial than the iconic Dancing House (Tančící Dům), built between 1992 and 1996. The curved, B-shaped building, made largely of glass, stands out from the old buildings surrounding it. Visit Dancing House to see a unique feat of architecture or dine in its popular restaurant.
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This modern building, which houses a bar and restaurant, stands out from Prague’s traditional cityscape.

7. Powder Tower

Standing on the edge of the Old Town is the Powder Tower, one of the 13 original gates to the city. Its official Czech name is Prasna Brana, which translates to Powder Gate. It was originally attached to the palace, prior to the king residing at Prague Castle. As the city expanded, the gate found itself well within the city and its role as a gate became obsolete. Today the gate marks the end of the Old Town and is a popular destination for historians and sightseers.
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Walk beneath this imposing structure and imagine life during the time when Prague was a walled city.

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