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12 unmissable attractions in Prague

Beer gardens and brilliant culture: here's everything you need to know about a visit to Prague

Written by
Huw Oliver
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Nicole Ely
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Rosemary Waugh
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Over the past decade, Prague has become a top European destination to visit. On the one hand, that’s a good thing because, frankly, this gorgeous city deserves all the attention it can get. But it also can mean your romantic mini-break filled with culture ends up being shared with one to many stag dos. Never fear! We’ve pulled together a list of the best places to visit in Prague to help you make the most of your time in the city and appreciate all its different facets. Stay up late thanks to its peerless nightlife or get up early for brunch and a roam around the museums. And don’t forget to delve headlong into the thriving restaurant scene - Prague might not be known as a foodie hotspot, but it certainly should be.

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Best attractions in Prague

Charles Bridge
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Linking Prague Castle to the Old Town, Charles Bridge offers a thoroughly romantic promenade across the Vltava. The open-air gallery of Baroque statues has been inspiring poets and novelists alike since it was built in 1357. Pick up a souvenir from one of the artists stationed on the bridge’s cobblestones while listening to street musicians perform jazzy renditions of pop songs. And don’t forget to touch the base of the St. John of Nepomuk statue for good luck.

Prague Castle
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You could easily spend a day exploring the gardens, museums and tombs of Prague Castle. The structure, which dates back to the ninth century, has been a seat of power for Czech emperors, kings and presidents alike. At the centre of the complex stands the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral with its striking stained-glass windows by Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha.

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Perhaps you’ve encountered David Černý’s ‘Tower Babies’ crawling up the sides of Žižkov Television Tower on your Instagram feed. This transmitter tower offers striking views of the Žižkov and Vinohrady neighbourhoods from 216 metres up – perhaps that’s why they want to get up there. The Communist-era landmark houses a restaurant, bar and café, as well as the luxurious OneRoom Hotel, while on the ground level you’ll find another restaurant, a mini-golf course and a beer garden ideal for picnics.

Wenceslas Square
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If you want to combine historic architecture with excellent shopping opps, Wenceslas Square is the place to head. Just a short walk from the Old Town, this square was originally a horse market in the Middle Ages, so it makes sense that it’s now the city’s main shopping area. The square also functions as the go-to spot for big public gatherings, from protests and rallies to parades and celebrations. The famous statue of St. Wenceslas perched on his horse sits near the National Museum at one end of the square.

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Prague is famous for its gothic cathedrals, but it’s also home to the stunning Spanish Synagogue. Found in the city’s Jewish Quarter, the 19th century synagogue is built in a lush North African-influenced style. Combine a trip to see it with a visit to the excellent Jewish Museum which - handily - is just next door.

National Theatre
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A night of music at the National Theatre feels like a trip to the 1700s. Technically, this complex contains four stages – the National Theatre, the State Opera, the Estates Theatre and the New Stage – with the oldest dating back to 1783. The Estates Theatre, which features high gallery seats, was where Mozart premiered his opera ‘Don Giovanni’ (with himself as conductor). Even today, it’s still the venue’s most performed work.

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Old Town Square
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After you check-in and unpack, head over to Old Town Square. Lined with pastel Baroque buildings reminiscent of classic fairy tales, the city centre brims with perfect spots to grab a beer or coffee and people-watch in between catching the sights. This 600-year-old square is home to many of the city’s finest historic monuments and buildings, including the Astronomical Clock, Old Town Hall and the Church of Our Lady Before Týn.

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Those interested in Prague’s music scene should make sure to visit MeetFactory, a gallery and performance space in a somewhat isolated area of the city’s southwest. Don’t let the train tracks and industrial surroundings fool you into thinking you’re in the wrong place. Whether you’re visiting during a daytime flea market or taking in an evening concert, you’re certain to be mingling among Prague’s edgiest folk.

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Petřín Hill and Lookout Tower
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Did you know there’s a little slice of Paris in Prague? A scaled-down Eiffel Tower at the top of Petřín Hill, to be precise. While it’s not an exact replica of the famous French landmark, it does offer a decent lookout from the hillside. (If you’re a wannabe stargazer, you should also make for Štefánik’s Observatory nearby.) Once you’ve had your fill of vistas, stroll through the idyllic cherry blossom orchards that paint the landscape a pleasant candy floss colour in spring.

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Czechs are proud of their artistic heritage and never waste an opportunity to show off their most famous sons and daughters. One of the best places to educate yourself about Prague’s art history is Museum Kampa, on the east bank of Kampa Island. This modern art museum features exhibitions of contemporary Czech and Central European artists. The sculpture garden and surrounding park provide the perfect respite from the crowded city centre.

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  • Bars and pubs
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In a city of beer gardens, Letná comes out on top - literally. This hilltop spot offers lovely views over the Vltava river and a lively atmosphere created by as many locals and tourists. If you’re visiting in the summer, keep an eye out for the film screenings and concerts also held here. Cheers!

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So you’ve spent all day wandering Prague’s narrow streets, ticking off all those marvellous museums and churches. Might it be time for some nightlife? At first glance, Palác Lucerna looks like the entrance to a metro station. Inside, however, you’ll find a cultural complex that houses a club, theatre and concert hall, as well as a mix of restaurants and bars. There are few better nights out.

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