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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 15 attractions in Prague

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Prague Castle (Prazský Hrad)

Prague Castle (Prazský Hrad)

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Sitting high on a hill overlooking the Charles Bridge and Vltava River, Prague Castle (Pražský Hrad) is a huge complex of museums, churches, palaces, and gardens dating from the ninth century. Nestled in the historic center of Prague—all of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site—the largest castle complex in the world is an outstanding relic of Prague’s architectural history and a must for any visitor to the City of a Hundred Spires.More
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Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)

Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)

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Forming a grand walkway between Prague Old Town, and the Lesser Town and Castle District, the 15th-century Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) is one of the city’s most striking landmarks. The magnificent Gothic bridge features 16 stone arches, two watchtowers, and 30 blackened baroque statues depicting various saints.More
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Golden Lane (Zlata Ulicka)

Golden Lane (Zlata Ulicka)

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Golden Lane (Zlata Ulicka) runs along the northern wall of Prague Castle and is one of the most famous and picturesque streets in the city. The lane and its miniature houses were built in the 15th century for castle guards but later housed artists and writers, including Franz Kafka.More
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Prague Astronomical Clock (Prague Orloj)

Prague Astronomical Clock (Prague Orloj)

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One of Prague’s most popular tourist attractions, the Astronomical Clock (Prazský Orloj) was built in the 15th century and is a mechanical marvel. Found on the south side of Prague’s imposing town hall in Old Town Square (Staromestske namestí), visitors line up in their hundreds to see the display as the clock strikes the hour.More
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Prague Old Town Square (Staromestské Námestí)

Prague Old Town Square (Staromestské Námestí)

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Prague’s Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) is the historic heart and navigational center of the city’s UNESCO-listed Old Town. A feast of architectural wonders, the medieval square is ringed with grandiose Romanesque, baroque, and Gothic style buildings, including some of Prague’s most photographed monuments.More
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Wenceslas Square (Václavské Námesti)

Wenceslas Square (Václavské Námesti)

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Wenceslas Square (Václavské Námesti), one of Prague’s largest public squares, is actually more of a boulevard. Wide and tree-lined with sidewalk cafes and stylish boutiques, it feels modern and cosmopolitan. The square is bursting with history—from its intricate art nouveau buildings to its poignant memorial to the victims of Soviet occupation.More
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St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála Sv. Vita)

St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála Sv. Vita)

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With twin Gothic towers visible across the city, St. Vitus Cathedral at the heart of the castle complex is one of Prague’s most recognizable landmarks. It took almost 600 years to complete and is a must-visit for tourists who come to marvel at the architecture and stunning stained-glass windows.More
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Lesser Quarter (Mala Strana)

Lesser Quarter (Mala Strana)

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Close to Prague Castle and the impressive St. Vitus Cathedral, Mala Strana—the Lesser Quarter in English—is one of Prague’s most historic neighborhoods. As a royal town, it was home to some of the city’s wealthiest residents, and many grand palaces and ornate baroque buildings remain today.More
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Strahov Monastery (Strahovský Kláster)

Strahov Monastery (Strahovský Kláster)

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Located close to Prague castle, Strahov Monastery (Strahovský Kláster) has been home to a community of monks since the 12th century. The monastery is one of the most important landmarks in the Czech Republic and is famous for its historic library, which contains countless volumes, including over 3,000 original manuscripts.More
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Dancing House (Tancici Dum)

Dancing House (Tancici Dum)

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In a city known for its baroque, Gothic, and Art Nouveau architecture, Prague’s postmodern Dancing House (Tancící Dum) stands out for displaying none of these architectural styles. The curvaceous, concrete, metal, and glass building was designed by the architectural duo of Czech-Croatian Vlado Milunić and Canadian-American Frank Gehry (of Guggenheim Bilbao fame) and completed in 1996.More
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John Lennon Wall

John Lennon Wall

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Starting life as a tribute to musical icon and peace activist 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 country’s communist regime—much western pop music was banned under the regime, and some Czech musicians were even imprisoned for playing it.More
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Hradcany (Castle Hill)

Hradcany (Castle Hill)

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Visible from all over town, hilltop Prague Castle (Pražský Hrad) is one of the city’s most memorable landmarks. The castle is just one part of Prague’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hradcany (Castle Hill), a vast complex of palaces, cathedrals, and royal buildings, including some of Prague’s finest works of architecture.More
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New Town (Nové Mesto)

New Town (Nové Mesto)

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Prague's New Town (Nové Město is a bustling commercial hub and cultural nexus, and the easy-to-reach central district hugs the Old Town and Jewish Quarter. From shows at the art nouveau Municipal House (Obecní Dum, shopping at Palladium, and dining at cafés along Wenceslas Square, the New Town should be on every visitor's itinerary.More
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Rudolfinum

Rudolfinum

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The late-19th century Rudolfinum is a classical music theater on the east bank of Prague’s Vltava River, located at Jan Palach Square. It’s neo-classical in design, and is the home of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. As well as admiring the architecture from the outside, visitors can attend a performance or take a guided tour.More
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Charles Square (Karlovo Namesti)

Charles Square (Karlovo Namesti)

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Charles Square (Karlovo Namesti) is a city square located in the New Town of Prague. It was created by Charles IV in 1348 when the New Town was first built, and was the largest town square across medieval Europe. At approximately 70,000 square-meters, even today it’s one of the largest city squares in the world, and certainly the largest in Prague.Formerly known as Cattle Market, the square was named after its founder in the 18th century, around the same time its central section was turned into a park. This park covers most of the square and is a popular place for locals and visitors to come and relax. It features seven sculptures and a Baroque fountain.Among the oldest buildings on the square are the New Town Hall and the 16th century Faust House. Other notable buildings include the Baroque Jesuit Church of Saint Ignatius and the neo-Renaissance Czech Technical University building.More

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Fun in Prague
Cathy_A, Jul 2022
Prague 3-hour Afternoon Walking Tour including Prague Castle
Could speak English really well.
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Easy cycling
Becky_L, Jul 2022
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It made cycling really easy and meant we got to see lots more than we would have on a regular bike without getting tired.
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The greatest time in Prague!
Andrew_R, Jul 2022
Amazing electric Trike tour of Prague, 120 min
This was an amazing experience and a great way to see Prague.
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Informative with a variety of activities.
Sylvia_L, Jun 2022
Best of Prague: City Walking Tour, Boat Cruise, and Typical Czech Lunch
It was nice to see the city from the water as well as the streets.
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Best way to see Prague
Hans_L, Jun 2022
Discover Prague Private Tour - 3 hours
Best way to see the main sites of Prague.
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Beautiful parks and a great guide!
Wan_A, Jun 2022
Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland National Park Day Trip from Prague - Best Reviews
Wasn’t sure what to expect but this tour ended up as a perfect companion to the Prague city attractions.
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Great trip! Definitely worth the tour!
Delynn_I, Jun 2022
Prague 3-hour Afternoon Walking Tour including Prague Castle
His English was great and answered all our questions along the way.
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The BEST way to see Prague
Sarah_F, Jun 2022
3-hour Complete Prague Bike Tour
The bike tour was an excellent way to see the city!
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Excellent Tour
JACOB_G, Jun 2022
Prague Castle Walking Tour Including Admission Tickets
Would recommend this tour to anybody looking to see the important sights in Prague.
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A good and informative way to see the tourist sights of Prague
JacquesD_E, Jun 2022
Best of Prague: City Walking Tour, Boat Cruise, and Typical Czech Lunch
It was an informative tour covering the most popular tourist attractions.
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A fun day trip from Prague
Carmen_S, Jun 2022
Karlstejn Castle And Glass Factory Excursion With Three Course Tasting Lunch
If you are going to Prague and want to see more of the Czech Republic, I highly recommend this tour!
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Christy_E, May 2022
Amazing electric Trike tour of Prague, 120 min
Such a fun way to see the city- and to see things you wouldn't necessarily normally see on a tour.
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Excellent!
Mary_L, May 2022
Full-Day Private Trip from Prague to Vienna
This was a great side trip as we were already in Prague and had a free day to visit Vienna!
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very interesting and fun
pat_h, May 2022
Prague 2-hour Panoramic Bus Tour
was lovely to see a lot of prague and to hear the history behind it.
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Beautiful experience
carrie_c, May 2022
Prague Boats 3-hour Dinner Cruise
If you want to see Prague lite up at night definitely go in this trip you won’t be dissappointed.
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Fab evening and great way...
Wendy_W, May 2022
Prague Boats 3-hours Crystal Dinner Cruise
Fab evening and great way to see Prague.
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The fun keeps going!
Jordan_B, Apr 2022
Drunken Monkey Pub Crawl
One of the best things to do while in Prague, highly recommend.
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Lights, fire, action!
Zulfadli_B, Apr 2022
5-Course Medieval Dining Experience in Prague
I loved that the staffs were fluent in English and able to assist if we needed anything.
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Dejan_K, Apr 2022
Prague Ghosts and Legends of Old Town Walking Tour
Tour guide Euženia spoke very good english.
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Amazing tour
Emilie_W, Apr 2022
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It was the perfect way to see Prague on my short trip.
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What is Prague famous for?

Known as the City of a Hundred Spires, Prague is famous for its well-preserved medieval architecture, Gothic spires, and hilltop castle perched above a long river. Prague's maze of cobbled lanes and hidden courtyards invite long days of exploration, and regular refreshment with its famous beer.

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How many days do I need in Prague?

Prague is a popular weekend destination and while it is certainly possible to check off all the major attractions in a couple of days, it’s worth aiming for at least four days to get more of a feel for the city without rushing from one place to the next. Some of the best experiences in Prague come from simply strolling around without a plan.

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Do they speak English in Prague?

Yes. Although English is not spoken by everyone, as a short-term visitor who spends most of their time in the touristy areas, you will find that most people you interact with (waiters, hotel staff, etc.) speak at least basic English. Czech is a notoriously complex language, but at least try to learn a few words.

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What is the best part of Prague?

What you’ll consider the best part of Prague will depend on your interests, but first timers will likely want to head first for fairy tale-like Staré Město (Old Town) in the center of the city. This is where you’ll find such attractions as the medieval Astronomical Clock and the Gothic Church of Our Lady Before Týn.

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What is the best month to go to Prague?

April, May, September, and October are the best months to visit Prague. Temperatures in those seasons are mild (although you should pack an umbrella and raincoat), and there are far fewer visitors than in the peak summer months. May visitors can also enjoy the much-loved Czech Beer Festival.

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Is Prague expensive?

No. While Prague is not quite the steal it used to be, costs are still much lower here than in many European capitals. Public transportation and eating out are cheap—the beer famously so—and you can save money on admission prices by buying multi-attractions passes and booking combination tours.

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