Musement shares ten things to do during a weekend in Prague.
Prague is breathtaking in and of itself! The city on the Vltava is one of the most popular destinations in Eastern Europe and with good cause. Here are things to see and do in the City of Golden Towers.
1. Prague Castle and the changing of the guard ceremony
The city’s main attraction, Prague Castle boasts sweeping views of the spectacular city complete with gorgeous architecture that makes for a magical atmosphere. There’s likely to be a crowd, so we would advise you to take a rewarding detour from the Malostranská metro station to enjoy the tranquillity of the Singing Fountain and the Palace of Queen Anna before you watch the changing of the guard beside the masses.
2. Town Hall Square and Tower Clock
Prague’s most famous building is without a doubt is the clock on Rathausplazu. An advertisement from a water manufacturer on the opposite side of the tower reads: The Clock isn’t the only pretty thing around here. Therefore, don’t forget to explore the charming narrow lanes and alleyways that border Prague’s Town Hall Square.
The clock on Rathausplazu @FabrizioVerrechia
3. Strahov Monastery Library
Surprisingly, Strahov Monastery and its library don’t usually see the tourist crowds for which Prague’s historic center is known. Two rooms in the old library house enchanting atlases and historical works that take you back in time. Stucco decor, dark wood and the “old things” aroma result in a singular atmosphere.
4. Spanish Synagogue
The Spanish Synagogue is arguably the most spectacular building in Prague’s Jewish quarter, which is worth a visit altogether. Its breathtaking gold decor is a lovely complement to the intriguing atmosphere of the nearby Jewish Cemetery.
The library at the Strahov Monastery @HieuVuMinh
Eat, sip and be merry
5. Dumplings and beer
What would a stay in Prague be without sampling local gastronomy? Of course, dumplings and beer are the most popular. Not only can you find these delights at traditional restaurants like U Fleku, but less established restaurants like the U Magistra Kelly promise that tastes-like-home comfort food. Fill up so that you have a solid base for all the imbibing! In addition to beer, don’t forget to sample the bitter herbal drink Becherovka…the Lemond variety in particular.
6. Coffeehouse culture
Even if you’re not up for a sweet bite just after lunch, it’s definitely worth taking a coffee break in the afternoon. Treat yourself to creampies in all shapes and flavors in Prague’s traditional coffee houses. We recommend Grand Orient Café or Kavarnaod!
Orient Café Prague @MariaFrancescaD’Ercole
Go beyond the city center
7. The dancing house
Romantics and architecture buffs, as well as avid Instagrammers, are always eager to admire the Dancing House, also nicknamed Fred and Ginger. Weather-dependent colors and shades characterize this quirky structure created by architects Vlado Milunic and Frank Gehry.
The Vyšehrad, a historic fort, is home to the St. Peter and Paul Church and the adjacent cemetery. Located outside the city, the Vyšehrad is less crowded than the attractions in Prague’s city center. The chimes ring hourly, rendering the castle wall on the edge of the Vltava River The perfect place to enjoy some peace and quiet.
The Dancing House @PragueCityTourism
For art lovers
9. Forbidden Spot
A highlight of Prague’s up-and-coming art scene is Forbidden Spot, an alternative art gallery with a food market that hosts changing events and workshops. Located in Prague 7 beside the Vltavská metro, Forbidden Spot is where Prague’s creatives meet between art and tattoo sessions.
Dox, the Centre of Contemporary Art, is located on a former factory site in Prague Holešovice. The venue’s rotating art exhibitions always focus on current social issues.
DOX Contemporary Art @JanSlavík