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Welcome to Prague

The capital of the Czech Republic, the one-time communist capital of Prague has evolved, and now boasts a reputation as one of Europe’s most in-vogue destinations. Rivaling the beauty of Paris, Prague features a wealth of baroque architecture, Gothic spires, and a maze of quaint cobbled streets and red roofs set beneath a hilltop castle. And while mass tourism has marched in to explore, the capital still holds cultural appeal, including its traditionally brewed beer, renowned Franz Kafka Museum, and cuisine that goes beyond Czech dumplings and goulash. Wind your way through Prague’s cosmopolitan and historic sights to see its world-renowned castle and many bridges, hear its music, and experience the Danube River.

Top 10 attractions in Prague

#1

Prague Castle (Prazský Hrad)

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What is called Prague Castle (or Pražský hrad) is actually a huge complex containing museums, churches, palaces, and gardens. The immense Gothic cathedral of St. Vitus is dominant on the skyline. The Castle complex, high on its hill above Charles Bridge and the Vltava River, is the focal point of Prague. You can just go to wander - it's free to enter the Castle, even at night - or you can pay to enter some of the buildings and get a more in-depth view. Either way, the grandeur of the place will keep you busy for at least half a day. After all, this is the biggest castle complex in the world. The buildings range from the Romanesque to the Gothic. The Royal Palace itself was home to Bohemian kings during the 9th century. The Basilica of St. George dates from the 10th century. You can also visit the Riding School, the gardens (open in the summer only), and Golden Lane, a charming row of medieval houses from the old goldsmith's district.More
#2

John Lennon Wall

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Starting life as a tribute to music icon John Lennon after his untimely death in 1980, Prague’s John Lennon Wall quickly became a symbol of peace and free speech for young Czechs angry and disillusioned with the county’s communist regime (western pop music was banned under the regime). The original painted image of Lennon was soon surrounded by political graffiti and Beatles lyrics, becoming an important part of the non-violent rebellion of Czech youth and a constant source of annoyance for the police, who repeatedly painted over the wall, only to have the graffiti reappear just days later. The wall hit the headlines again on 17 November 2014, the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, when it was painted over in white by a group of art students, and adorned with the simple statement ‘wall is over’.More
#3

Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)

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Even when it's groaning under the weight of sketch artists, jazz musicians, trinkets and tourists, there's no resisting the charm of the Charles Bridge ('Karlův most' in Czech). Its 500 meters (1,640 feet) link the Old Town with Castle Hill and provide some of the best views of the city and of the graceful river Vltava. It was built in the 15th century to replace the older Judith Bridge, which had been swept away by floods. The Charles Bridge (originally called the Stone Bridge - the name was changed in the 19th century) has proved remarkably resilient. Some say it's down to the eggs mixed into its mortar. What makes the bridge so special is its rows of blackened baroque saints, each attended by angels and lions and followers. The statues emerging from the mists of a Prague dawn is one of the loveliest sights of the city. If you want to make sure you come back to Prague, touch the statue of St. John of Nepomuk (he was martyred by being thrown into the river from the bridge).More
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Prague Astronomical Clock (Prague Orloj)

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One of Prague’s biggest visitor attractions, the ornate 15th-century astronomical clock is found on the southern side of Prague’s Gothic Old Town Hall. Gilded and complex in design, the clock was made by Czech master clockmaker Mikuláš of Kadaň in 1410 although it has been repeatedly restored and added to over the centuries. Its upper face shows the time and day of the week, the lower one reveals delicately painted signs of the zodiac. Every hour, on the hour, hundreds of tourists gather around the clock to witness the figure of Christ emerge from tiny trap doors above the upper dial of the clock, followed by a collection of wooden Apostles, to act out a mini-medieval morality tale, while the skeletal figure of Death strikes a bell, Greed counts out his money and Vanity worships his reflection. The Old Town Hall itself was built in 1338 and is today a popular venue for Prague weddings as well as home of the city’s main tourist information center.More
#5

Prague Old Town Square (Staromestské Námestí)

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The Old Town Square (or Staroměstské náměstí) is quintessential Prague, and the star of most of the photos you would have seen of the city. Coming out onto the huge square after negotiating the dim mazes of the Old Town's lanes, you'll pinch yourself - it's hard to believe that the airy pastels and incredible profusion of stunning architecture don't belong to a film set. The Old Town Square began life as a medieval market and has remained at the center of the city's life, acting as a stage for celebrations, gestures of political power and even (during a rebellion in the 17th century) executions. Most visitors are content to join the crowds wandering or sipping coffee, but if you want a more in-depth experience go into at least a few of the buildings. Some of the best are the impressive Gothic church of Our Lady Before Týn, the Stone Bell House with its Gothic Tower, and the Old Town Hall.More
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Golden Lane (Zlata Ulicka)

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Golden Lane, often referred to as the Street of the Alchemists or Alchemist’s Alley, is a little alley situated at Prague Castle and one of the most famous and picturesque streets in the city. Golden Lane and its tiny colored houses were constructed in the 15th century as an alley between the Roman and Late Gothic walls in the northern part of the castle. At first, it housed the castle guards who patrolled the fortification, but since there were more guards than space, the resulting buildings seem to be more fitting for dwarves than for humans. A century later, the tiny alley with the cozy houses apparently became popular with artists and among them, a number of goldsmiths. According to legend, some of these goldsmiths were in fact alchemists, tasked by Emperor Rudolf II to find a way to turn common metals into gold and find the philosopher’s stone.More
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Wenceslas Square (Václavské Námesti)

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Prague's central boulevard and largest public square, Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske namesti) has been the social and political heart of the city for hundreds of years and is home to some of the city’s finest works of architecture. Originally laid out in the 14th century as the centerpiece of King Charles's Nové Město (New Town), the square was used as a horse market until being renamed after the patron saint of Bohemia, Saint Wenceslas, in the 19th century. Today Wenceslas Square is the commercial center of the city, dominated by grand monumental buildings and making the perfect starting point for walking tours of the city’s attractions. At the top of the square looms the striking neo-renaissance façade of the Prague National Museum, with its iconic dome marking an important strategic landmark.More
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Strahov Monastery (Strahovský Kláster)

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The Strahov Monastery in Prague was established in 1143. It has survived fires, wars, revolutions, and communist regimes, though it has occasionally been rebuilt. Even when the monks were unable to remain in the monastery, they waited in a safe place until they could return. Today it is still a place of learning, meditation, and tranquility, and approximately 70 monks live there. The impressive spires of the basilica are a famous part of Prague's skyline, but the library is the monastery's most important feature. The library contains thousands of volumes, including 3,000 original manuscripts. The Theological Hall contains mostly literature of a theological nature and thousands of editions of the Bible. The monastery's location on Petrin Hill near the Prague castle is a good place for views of the city due to the higher elevation. The monastery has also been the backdrop for several major films, such as the horror film “From Hell” starring Johnny Depp.More
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Lesser Quarter (Mala Strana)

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Malá Strana is the area that meanders down from the Castle Hill to the Vltava River. A literal translation of its name would be 'Small Side' but its most often called the Lesser Side. Unfair? Well, while it might not have the grandeur of the Old Town across the river, many find it more charming. Because the area was razed by fires in the 16th century, the architecture here is mainly baroque. Its finest site is the Wallenstein Palace with its fabulous walled garden full of fountains and statues. There's also the Church of Saint Nicholas and, high on Petřín Hill, a miniature replica of the Eiffel Tower.More
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St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála Sv. Vita)

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St. Vitus (or Katedrála svatého Víta) is the biggest and most important church in Prague, the pinnacle of the Castle complex, and one of the most knockout cathedrals in Europe. It's broodingly Gothic, with a forest of spires and a rose window to rival that of Notre Dame. Enter by the Golden Portal to take a look at the stunning Last Judgement mosaic. Inside you'll find the final resting places of both Charles IV (who gave his name to Charles Bridge) and Saint Wenceslas. The chapel containing Wenceslas' remains is a stunner, encrusted with semi-precious stones. The cathedral also contains the crown jewels of the Bohemian kings and an Art Nouveau window by Mucha. Climb the tower for a stunning view of the Castle District.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Prague

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EWA_M, Sep. 2020
Full-Day Prague Tour with Vltava River Cruise, Prague Castle and Lunch
I see everything what we want to see in prague
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Luxury transfer to Prague
Daniel_B, Sep. 2020
Prague Airport Private Arrival Transfer And Half-Day City Walking Tour
Our driver was Very pleasant, friendly and spoke perfect English.
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Amazing tour guide!
Samuel_T, Sep. 2020
Full-Day Prague Tour with Vltava River Cruise, Prague Castle and Lunch
I had an amazing tour, was a small group, and the tour guide Denuse Rachel Emily Stocesova did and AMAZING job, she is very knowledgeable and did this tour in english and also in German, she is extremely passionate about history and small details tha
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Great experience
Kerri_W, Aug. 2020
Prague Kayak Tour
Highly recommend this tour, a great way to see the sights of Prague, great tour guide and took some great photos for us thanks
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Tour Prague like a local!
Carolyn_B, Jul. 2020
Best of Prague: City Walking Tour, Boat Cruise, and Typical Czech Lunch
We never would have never been able to see and do as much by ourselves.
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Absolutely fantastic tour!
Georgia, Mar. 2020
Prague E-Scooter Tour - Grand City Tour
We couldn’t believe how much of Prague you got to see and how powerful the bikes were!
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Five star Isn’t Enough!
Francis_D, Feb. 2020
Prague in 2 Days Private Tour with Tereza
We got to see the best view of the city and best photo spot!
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This was a great tour
jimvacation19, Jan. 2020
Nightwatchman of Prague
This was a good tour to learn how to see the historical highlights of Prague's old town.
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Cesky Krumlov
Explore510487, Jan. 2020
Český Krumlov Tour including Medieval Tavern Lunch
Tour was amazing, excellent place to visit from Prague.
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So Much Fun
chellemeg, Dec. 2019
Prague Highlights Segway & E-Scooter Tour with Free Taxi Pick Up
It was a great way to see Prague.
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Great Conversations and Amazing Beers!
Bermymeesh, Dec. 2019
Prague Beer and Czech Tapas Evening Walking Small Group or Private Tour
A great chance to see the local side of Prague beer culture.
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Great tour
Amberly K, Dec. 2019
Half-day Private Prague City and Castle Tour
Great English and extremely easy to understand.
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Stunning views but felt rushed
Stay828886, Dec. 2019
Prague Half-Day City Tour Including Vltava River Cruise
I would absolutely recommend the river cruise, but would take a longer tour to see more of Prague Castle.
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Awesome full day in Prague!
KelseyH764, Dec. 2019
Small-Group or Private City Walking Tour Including Vltava River Cruise and Lunch
We got to see so much and the food chosen was excellent!
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Absolutely Brilliant
Sandercock-Cornwall, Dec. 2019
Small-Group or Private City Walking Tour Including Vltava River Cruise and Lunch
Prague is a stunning city to visit possibly one of the best cities in the world but there is so much to learn too
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Very interesting trip
914ainem, Nov. 2019
Kutna Hora Tour including the Ossuary Visit from Prague
Great guide and a chance to see a smaller Czech town and life outside of Prague.
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Fantastic Day Trip
Lois H, Oct. 2019
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The fall colors were incredible !!!
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Good introduction to Prague
224June, Oct. 2019
Prague Half-Day City Tour Including Vltava River Cruise
The guide spoke a good standard of English.
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Great tour and fabulous guide!!
Fred F, Oct. 2019
Prague In One Day Private Tour
Perfect way to see the city of Prague.
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Great comprehensive tour to see all of Prague in one day
BorisN, Oct. 2019
Prague In One Day Private Tour
This was a great tour allowing us to see all of Prague's key sites in one day.

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