What to do in Prague? This big question probably has millions of answers. So let's start small and focus on things to do near main tourist attractions.
For example, if you are visiting Prague Castle these ideas should give you something else to do nearby the castle. This theme includes other attractions like Malá Strana, Old Town and Wenceslas Square.
I suggest spending only a few hours at the castle. Save time to explore and see other stuff near the castle such as...
Lobkowicz Palace — it's within the castle grounds but privately owned. It's part museum, cafe and offers mid-afternoon concerts. Highly recommended.
Sternberg Palace — the museum is nice but skip it and visit the hidden garden in the back. It takes only 2 minutes but it's such a pleasant find, and free. Entrance is from the main castle square, Hradčanské náměstí.
Stag Moat — between April and October this unique area is open to visitors. If you like green, quiet spaces then this is for you.
Free chocolate — yes, you read that right! At the top of Nerudova street you will find the Prague Chocolate store. Free samples and cool gift ideas. Seriously good.
Nový Svět street — not far from the castle, this fantastic street has no crowds and a lovely little cafe. It's a personal favorite of mine. Read more here.
U černého vola — have a beer in this old, authentic Prague pub. Bad service included free of charge.
Loreta — pilgrimage site with legend and interesting treasury. Well worth a visit if you have a little extra time.
Černín Palace gardens — one of the most overlooked gardens in Prague. A quiet place to visit between April and October.
Strahov Library — farther from the castle is Strahov Monastery which houses an incredible library. A small admission and a few minutes is all it takes to enjoy this marvel.
Find these on the map below.
This little quarter is filled with places to wander off the beaten path. Here are a few things to do and see in Lesser Town...
Wallenstein Garden — an easy choice for this list! This grand place is one of my favorite places in Prague. It's becoming more popular so I like to go in the morning or late afternoon. (Next to metro station Malostranská.)
Tours — a few interesting tours have a foothold in Lesser Town. Antique car trips start from Mostecká near Charles Bridge, the Hop-on Hop-off bus stops on the square and a fun electric bike tour is offered by I Like E Bike.
Church of St. Nicholas — one of the few pay-to-enter churches in Prague but it's absolutely stunning. Or, climb its adjacent belfry for wonderful views.
John Lennon Wall — a Prague icon, the wall is ever-changing. Come to add some grafitti yourself or just to see the current expressions of peace and love.
Vrtbovská Garden — I know, another garden! But they are all so special. This Baroque gem is small but beautiful. There is a small fee, but if you have a few minutes then it's recommended.
Boat ride — these little boats offer a short solution to what to do in Prague. Just 45 minutes and you get a fun little tour and it's fairly cheap. They start from Certuv canal and go out onto the Vltava River for a close-up of Charles Bridge.
Kafka Museum — if you're a fan of Franz Kafka or just curious, this museum on the river is an ideal place to understand the author's life.
David Černý statues — just outside the museum stands a sculpture of two men, um, peeing into a small pool shaped as Czechia. Yeah, it's hard to explain. Just stop by for the experience. And, next to the statue is Prague's narrowest street.
Baby Jesus of Prague — a unique story brings people from all over to see this miraculous doll housed in the Church of Our Lady Victorious. It's just south of Malostránské náměstí, maybe 5 minutes from Charles Bridge.
Janský Vršek — ok, this is just a little lane, but to me it's a special place that connects our bustling lives to old residential Prague. Stop off on the way to/from the castle, take a picture and admire the simple atmosphere. See my places in Prague for more details.
Kampa Island — a favorite place for locals to meet, run their dogs and have a picnic. It's also home to the Kampa Art Museum, two mill wheels, giant babies and fantastic views of Old Town. Must see!
See map below for specific locations.
It's easy to get caught up in the chaos of Old Town. I suggest picking a few specific things and plan in advance.
Info center and tours — Prague's most popular tourist center is on the ground floor of Old Town Hall. Book a tour or just ask your questions. The building is very cool too - see next point ;-) For more tour options, many guides will stand around the tower or near St. Nicholas Church with signs or often with an umbrella. You'll find the "free tour" daily on the corner of the square and Pařížská.
Old Town Hall and Tower — this building may be the most obvious spot in Prague, but not many take advantage of visiting its old halls and cellar. Of course, the tower (with elevator) is more popular but offers one of the best views of the city. The wrap around terrace is brilliant. Go early to beat the larger groups.
River Cruises — the ultimate idea for a relaxing tour. I think the two hour cruises are ideal.
Walk the riverbank — if you don't take a cruise, do yourself a favor and walk along the various embankments. The view over the river to the castle is remarkable.
Rudolfinum concert hall — experience a performance at Prague's premier venue. Save money by buying tickets at the box office.
Josefov (Jewish Quarter) — Josefov is actually it's own separate area but it's easy to connect to Old Town. You can spend a day in the synagogues and museums.
Klimentinum — extremely overlooked, this complex of buildings near Charles Bridge is very impressive. Take the short tour, see the Baroque library and climb the Astronomical Tower. It makes for a fulfilling hour or so.
Astronomical clock — this an easy and famous must-do. After you see the clock perform outside, take the tour inside to see one of the most historical sites in Prague.
Bike tours — the friendly people at Praha Bike offer a variety of options. Rent bikes or go with a guide to parts of the city you wouldn't go otherwise.
Beer tasting — a fun and informative experience, complete with several tastings and a little snack. It's an entertaining way to complete your day.
See the map below for more info.
Wenceslas square is know for its nightlife, restaurants and shopping. It's a busy place so be ready to search for other options.
National Museum — the museum dominates one end of the square and has a wide variety of items on display. But you may want to save your time so just walk up to the front and take in the view down the square.
Františkánská Garden — the perfect spot to sit and relax away from the bustle of the square. Me and family like to get ice cream from Světozor and enjoy a bench together. There is a small playground here too.
Lucerna — locally this is a famous (old school) Czech destination because of its ballroom and concert space. I like to catch a film in the old cinema, wander the cool passageways and see the upside down horse!
State Opera House — enjoy a night on the town with a performance at one of Prague's top venues.
Jindřišská Tower — this old tower is seen by many but visited by few. It's a shame too, because it's home to a cafe, exhibition space and marvelous views. Stop by for a coffee or bite to eat to experience something different.