When you're not looking for the fairy tale...
Reputation: touristy. A typical fairy-tale setting: the Charles Bridge, Astronomical Clock and a castle on a hill, which are all crowded.
Why you should go: loads of quirky and unusual public sculpture. Rich Jewish history. Great beer.
A quick note about accessibility in Prague: Prague's cobblestone streets look lovely but can be a little tricky to navigate if you've got a pushchair or use a mobility device so we recommending taking it slowly.
Everything’s free unless stated. And unless otherwise stated, all sites are located on the 'Astronomical Clock' side of the river.
Discover Prague's unique public art
Yeap, the photo above is exactly what it looks like. Prague's public artworks are remarkable. And very quirky. This one, called Proudy, is located outside the Franz Kafka Museum on the 'castle' side of the river. And parts of it move. Don't ask...Other public artworks worth seeking out include:
- the plastic babies crawling up the Zizkov TV tower.
- 'Good king' Wenceslas astride an upside-down horse (in the atrium of the Lucerna Passage on Stepanska 61)
- the bronze men of the Memorial to the Victims of Communism gradually becoming whole (at the foot of Petrin Hill on the 'castle' side of the river)
- the world's only Cubist lamppost (just off Wenceslas Square).
Keep exploring - there's a surprise around every corner.
Explore world-class architecture
Prague is home to just about every style of architecture you can imagine. Our favourite is the famous Dancing House by legendary architect Frank Gehry. Stroll along the riverbank from the town square and you'll find it. You can't go inside but you can gaze at it from the street.
- the Municipal House on Namesti Republiky 5 for Art Nouveau (grab a slice of cake in the café)
- the Cooperative Houses building in the Jewish quarter for Czech Cubism (a private apartment building so you can't go inside)
- the Fair Trade Palace on Dukelskych Hrdinu 47 for Functionalism
- Villa Muller by Adolf Loos on Nad Hradním vodojemem for Functionalism (open by reservation)
- if you're visiting the babies on the Zizkov TV tower, drop by the Church of the Most Sacred Heart of our Lord*, one of Europe's great modern churches.
*This website is in Czech.
Get your Kafka on
Prague is the home of literary great Franz Kafka. The king of surrealist novels was born and bred in Prague. Here, you'll find the Franz Kafka Museum, his birthplace, his grave and various public artworks dedicated to him. Our favourite is the Franz Kafka Monument near the Spanish Synagogue on Vezenska: a mini Kafka sits on the shoulders of his headless body.
The Museum is located on the 'castle' side of the river and is best for hard-core fans. An entry fee applies. Everything else is on the other side of the river and can be viewed for free from the street.
Don't leave town without buying Kafka's 'The Trial' at a local bookshop.
Visit the Jewish quarter
Prague's Jewish quarter is full of history and remarkably intact. The multi-site Jewish Museum includes various synagogues and a cemetery, which is our highlight. The cemetery contains over 12,000 crumbling headstones packed in a very small space and is one of Europe's oldest Jewish burial grounds. Also worth visiting is the Pinkus Synagogue, now a Holocaust Memorial featuring the names of 80,000 victims of the Shoah and drawings from children who lived in the nearby ghetto. An entry fee applies to the Jewish Museum complex.
Nearby is the Old-New Synagogue, built in the 13th century and Europe's oldest working synagogue.
Cafes in Prague make outstanding cakes so be sure you try at least one slice. It would be rude not to.
We loved Café Louvre on Narodni Trida 2 and the café in Municipal House on Namesti Republiky 5. Café Louvre sells the best chocolate sacher torte we've ever eaten. Café Louvre is located up a flight of stairs and we couldn't find a lift (elevator) so isn't suitable for people with mobility devices. You'll have no trouble at Municipal House.
These are just two of many cafes around Prague. Follow your nose and you'll find something great.
Drink cold, cold Czech beer
It's an important Czech tradition, honest. Head to Mala Strana (the old part of town), grab a seat in the beer establishment of your choice and hold up the number of fingers corresponding to the number of beers you'd like. Remember that your thumb is number 1. Enjoy.
If you're feeling hungry, pork shoulders are a popular meal and are usually available where beer is served. Be warned: they are huge (think upwards of 1kg or 2 pounds). Each one will easily feed two or three people so check with your waiter before ordering one each. Our contributor ordered one between two people and still had enough for breakfast AND lunch the next day.
If you indulge in the fairy tale just once...
Cross the Charles Bridge. It's right there, it's free and it doesn't take long.
Where to stay
Trams are literally 30 seconds away and you're only 2 minutes from Pavlova metro station. If you want to walk to the older parts of Prague and take in the views, head down the street to the river and turn right. You'll pass the Dancing House on the way.
Oh, and don't be fooled by 'new' in New Town. This part of Prague was established in 1348 and is full of underground pubs...
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Contributor: Ann-Marie Nansett
Updated: 25 September 2016