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The Best of Prague: A Prague Walking Guide

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Medieval, magical and inviting… Prague is one of Europe’s most memorable cities that continues to awe me time after time, even after a handful of visits. The allure of the Charles Bridge on an icy morning in January, the beauty of a sunset in the warm summer nights and even the city covered in a thick layer of snow that brings your fingers to freeze through thick woollen gloves – there has been no time in Prague that I haven’t felt completely embraced by this intriguing city. And yet while Prague may look like a small town riddled with tales to span centuries, the city of Prague is sprawling with many different neighbourhoods offering their own unique flair. Here’s how to discover the best of Prague in a self guided Prague walking guide.

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Know Before you Go: Prague for First Timers

If this is your first visit to Prague you have likely seen the postcard views, intriguing architecture, and perhaps fallen victim to the eery allure of the Charles Bridge on a winter’s morning. Each season brings a new feeling to the city of Prague, but in all honesty there is no bad time of year to visit. The first time I visited Prague was in a thick layer of knee-high snow in 2012, followed by a spring visit a couple of years later. The last time I found myself in Prague was at the end of Autumn and beginning of winter, but even an in-between season visit brought the magic of Prague I have come to know and love. It is without hesitation that I say the best way to see Prague is on foot, so be sure to pack some comfy shoes, a bottle of water, some cash for the endless amount of pitstops you are about to endure and get ready to see Prague!

Route walking time: 1 hour, 20 minutes without stops

Distance: 5.9 kilometres

1. Vrtba Garden

Although an unlikely and often unheard of point to commence your walking tour of Prague, Vrtba Garden is the perfect positioning to begin exploring the Prague’s lesser quarter. Built between 1715 & 1720, the garden was constructed in traditional baroque Italian style, with perfectly trimmed hedges in symmetrical formation. Not only is this a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle outside of the entrance, Vrtba Garden also offers magnificent views of the surrounding landscape, making it the perfect positioning to commence your walking tour of Prague. This is one of Prague’s few “lesser known” attractions that any visitor will tell you you cannot miss, so be sure to make the most of this insider tip and allow yourself a good hour here in the serenity!

What: Jardin vrtbovská

Where: Karmelitská 373/25, 118 00 Praha 1-Malá Strana, Czechia

2. St. Nicholas Church

From the Vrtba Gardens, take a left toward St. Nicholas Church, a short 350 metre walk away. This church serves as a central point in the lesser quarter of Prague, where you can see the livelihood of this neighbourhood at every turn. Step inside to marvel at the baroque architecture of this church, which replaced a 13th century gothic church that was also dedicated to Saint Nicholas.

What: Baroque Church in Lesser Prague

Where: Malostranské nám., 118 00 Praha 1-Malá Strana, Czechia

3. Prague Castle

From the Church of Saint Nicholas, get ready to begin your upwards climb towards Prague Castle. Be sure not to miss Pražská čokoláda (Prgaue Chocolate), located at the base of the stairs and famous for their chocolate covered almonds (with free samples!) Be sure to allow at least an hour or more to explore the Prague Castle complex, as there is much to see once inside. This is also one of the most confusing castles to visit in Europe (if you ask me), with no clear indication of where to head next, so be sure to consider a hosted guide or at the very least an audio guide if you wish to make the most of your visit. The 9th Century Castle attracts many visitors each year, all vying for their photo of the straight-faced guards placed at the entrance to the castle. Be sure to drop by Golden Lane for a look at some artisanal shops, before heading onwards to St. Vitus Cathedral.

What: 9th Century Castle

Where: 119 08 Prague 1, Czechia

4. St. Vitus Cathedral

Located next to Prague Castle you will find St. Vitus Cathedral, home to the Archbishop of Prague. The history of this Roman Catholic church is almost as old as Prague itself, so be sure to step inside for a step back in time.

What: Gothic Cathedral

Where: III. nádvoří 48/2, 119 01 Praha 1, Czechia

5. Lennon Wall

Heading back down-hill, be sure to stop by the Lennon Wall before stepping foot on Prague’s most photographed attraction: The Charles Bridge. Just before you cross the bridge toward the Old Town of Prague, you will find this graffiti wall inspired by John Lennon, complete with song lyrics and peace signs, which was created in the 1980’s.

What: Lenon-inspired graffiti wall

Where: Velkopřevorské náměstí, 100 00 Praha 1, Czechia

6. Charles Bridge

Onwards to the Old Town, you absolutely cannot miss the chance to walk across the Charles Bridge: the reason many visitors choose to visit Prague! This historic bridge crosses the Vltava River and is hands down the biggest highlight of the city. Although overcrowded on a good day, the best way to see the bridge is once in the morning, once during the day, and once in the evening. The bridge boasts 16 arches and is lined with a total of 30 Baroque statues and figurines.

What: Historic Bridge named after King Charles IV

Where: Karlův most, 110 00 Praha 1, Czechia

7. Josefov

Completely surrounded by the Old Town, Josefov is a time warp neighbourhood previously known as the Jewish ghetto. As one of my favourite neighbourhoods to wander in Prague, today you will find an abundance of antiques stores, clock stores, postcards and souvenirs. One of the must see places in Josefov is the Hebrew clock on top of the Old Town Hall – located underneath the regular clock and running backwards.

What: Former Jewish ghetto

Where: Josefov (neighbourhood)

8. Old Town Square

As the historic centre of Prague, one absolutely cannot miss a visit (or a few visits!) to the Old Town Square of Prague. The various architectural styles are evident in one 360 turn, with an abundance of village life and attractions to visit within a short distance of one another. The best way to experience the Old Town is to wander through the many alleyways and boutiques without a plan or direction.

What: Historic Square in the Old Town

Where: Staroměstské nám., 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia

9. Prague Astronomical Clock

Whilst in the Old Town be sure to wander over towards the large crowds to get a glimpse of the Astronomical Clock – full of legends and mystery.

What: Medieval Astronomical Clock

Where: Staroměstské nám. 1, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia

10. Wenceslas Square

After a complete history lesson of the oldest parts of Prague, head towards Wenceslas Square in “New Town” for a look at real Prague or more accurately, where you’ll find locals in one of the busiest shopping areas in the city. It is here where you will find many international brands and designers.

What: Main shopping area

Where: New Town, 110 00 Prague 1, Czechia

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11. Prague National Theatre

Onwards toward the Vltava River, make your way to the Prague National Theatre. Along the way you will pass by Cafe Louvre – one of the gorgeous time-warp cafes I would recommend a pitstop at for a coffee or hot chocolate. Another great cafe stop is right by the National Theatre, named Cafe Slavia, one of the oldest cafes in Prague where a pianist plays in the evenings, coat check is a must and smoking inside is still fashionable.

What: National Theatre to enjoy Opera & Ballet

Where: Národní 2, 110 00 Praha 1, Czechia

12. Vltava River

Walking along the Vltava River, this is undeniably one of my favourite strolls in all of Central Europe! Along the way you can marvel at the architecture to your left, whilst taking in the gorgeous views of the Vltava River on your right.

What: Longest river in the Czech Republic

13. Fred & Ginger’s Dancing House

Finally, end your walking tour of Prague at the must-see-to-be-believed Fred & Ginger “Dancing House”. Although out of the way, it is here where you will see the sprawling size of the city of Prague, view of the old trams as they pass by and take in the views of the Vltava River.

What: Architectural marvel

Where: Jiráskovo nám. 1981/6, 120 00 Praha 2-Nové Město, Czechia

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Over to you! What were your highlights from Prague!?

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    RTC Travel UK
    March 23, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    I absolutely adore Prague, it is a gorgeous city.

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    Lash
    March 20, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    I visited Prague in 2010 and had lovely memories of the city! The only incident that marred my wonderful experience there was at the money exchange, so my advice to anyone who is travelling to Prague is- DON’T exchange your Euros into Czech koruna at the money exchanges there! They charge a hefty “admin” fee. Instead, walk into any Starbucks. You can pay in Euros and get your change in koruna. Problem solved. 🙂

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    Francisco Mateos
    March 18, 2017 at 7:42 am

    I think Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. I plan to visit her as soon as I can and her advice will be very useful. Thank you.

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    Danielle Laimo
    March 16, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Love this! Cant wait to visit Prague soon.

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    zhzh
    March 14, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Beautiful city, beautiful photos! Thank you!

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    jasmy Fenze
    March 10, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Prague is an lovely city, all pictures are very pretty. Thanks for the info.

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    Céline
    March 10, 2017 at 7:21 am

    I have been to Prague twice and it feels like one of those cities you could just go back to forever without it ever getting boring. It is so gorgeous! Thanks for your great tips <3
    xoxo,
    Céline blogging on

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    Warren buffett
    March 9, 2017 at 11:59 am

    One of the city i wud love to visit

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    Aimee
    March 8, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Prague is by far one of my favourite travel destinations and I hope to return to the city as soon as I can – this is a great tour I’ll definitely be saving this for the next time!

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    Chris Jericho
    March 8, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Prague is a pretty city and I like this Prague city this summer surely visit this place thanks for sharing the info.

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    Anderson James
    March 8, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Thanks for sharing this post, about Prague such an awesome place to visit. This is post will really helpful for traveler who are travelling to Prague and such a pretty pictures to see in this post.

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    Sofia
    March 5, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Vltava River looks amazing!!!!! Prague is 100% of my next travel plan!!

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    Christine
    March 5, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Your photos are always so inspiring and gorgeous! Prague has always been on my list for awhile now. Hopefully I can visit soon and use your tips!

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    Annabelle
    March 5, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I’ve been wanting to go to Prague for a while now, it just looks like an awesome place to visit!

    x Annabelle

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    Adriana
    March 5, 2017 at 3:55 am

    I recommend Waldstein garden, it’s right under the castle and it’s really beautiful! It’s a home of peacocks and it has a beautiful pond full of huge fishes! And of course, it offers breathtaking view of the castle 🙂 And also Střelecký ostrov (Strelecky Island), it’s a very popular place to hang out in the summer, right in the middle of the river with a great view of the Charles Bridge 🙂

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    Lauren
    March 4, 2017 at 6:12 am

    This is such a wonderful walking guide! I would highly recommend stopping at the Klementinum and taking the tour of the Old Library and going up to the top of the astronomical tower, the 360 degree view of Prague there is insane and the Old Library is one of the most beautiful places you will ever see.

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    Yeeling
    March 3, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to create this guide and sharing all the tips for Prague!

    Love from Singapore,
    Yeeling

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    Danielle
    March 3, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    I LOVE Prague! Something about it is just so magical and charming. This is a great walking guide to the city for a first timer! |

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    Krisa
    March 3, 2017 at 2:39 am

    Love the tour route! I agree Prague is so easy to get around on foot 🙂 I also loved visiting the Petrin Tower to get a view from above of Prague. Its spectacular! If you go in summer ever, rent a paddle boat on the river! It was our favorite thing to do there

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    Maree
    March 2, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    As a citizen of Prague, who has been living here all her life, I wholeheartedly sign under this post 🙂 In any season and any weather, a Prague walk is always magical 🙂

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    Shankar Banjara
    March 2, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Really impressive post, Amazing Prague! I enjoyed your article, photos make me inspired visit will definitely explore these sites Thanks

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    Emily
    March 2, 2017 at 5:45 am

    I went to Prague last April and it was glorious! It really is the Paris of Eastern Europe. I love the idea of a walking guide too. I honestly felt that Prague is one of those cities you can see in a day, and then the rest of your time you just linger around and drink wine and be happy haha. 🙂

    -Emily

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    March 2, 2017 at 2:41 am

    Wow! Prague looks an amazing place to visit, Thanks for sharing this awesome pics and informations.

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    Emma Baigrie
    March 1, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Prague is such a beautiful city but very easy for first time visitors to get lost, even if you have travel experience. I absolutely love this post Brooke and wish that I had it when I was there with my sister a few years ago. Makes me want to go back now 🙂

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    Karoline D
    February 28, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Before I get into the excellent safety tips provided here, let me mention that this post and the beautiful pictures have given me a new travel destination: Prague. The medieval beauty is truly majestic and the pictures completely capture me. Since Prague is definitely on my checklist, I would really like to thank you for the precise traveling tips that you have provided. It is indeed an excellent guidance.

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    Ashna
    February 27, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    on my list! Prague looks magical indeed 🙂

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    the adventurer
    February 27, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    As someone from Prague I think you really hit all of the key points of interest =o) I’m so happy to read about your experience in Prague and how you enjoy it whenever you are there =o)

    xx

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    Brubunce
    February 27, 2017 at 6:01 am

    The pictures are so amazing and timeless!!!! Definitely coming here on my Euro trip! Thank you for the tips xoxo

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    Danish
    February 27, 2017 at 1:28 am

    I’ve been to Ooty. They view’s are breath taking 😮 The hill station, lakes, green forests. I wish I was rich so that I can purchase an awesome land between those mountains <3

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    February 26, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    What a lovely city. Love this post! Thanks for sharing and please take
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    February 26, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    WAUW! Prague is really beautiful! Would love to go sometime. The pictures are gorgeous <3

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    February 26, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Go to the Petrinj Hill 😉 Beautiful view over the city, you can go up by a funicular, and you can go down by feet. It is really awesome there 🙂 I love Prague, I would like to live there one day 😉

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    Laura Mareno
    February 26, 2017 at 2:38 am

    I really want to go to Prague this year!! Crossed fingers! This post is awesome!:D

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    Sophie Nadeau
    February 25, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Prague is somewhere that’s been on my list for a while but I’ve still not quite made it to! Walking definitely seems to be the best way to explore the city; love the photos!

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    Allison
    February 25, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Prague is incredible. I got to live there for some time and can’t wait to go back. I wrote a similar topic on the Ultimate Prague Pub Crawl. Great walking city for all occasions.

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    Rachel
    February 25, 2017 at 1:10 am

    This is a beautiful guide! I unfortunately only spent one day in Prague and did not get to explore much (due to some unfortunate personal circumstances..) This just makes me wish I was able to take more advantage of my time there. I guess it just gives me a reason to return! Great stuff, as per usual Brooke!

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    Marina
    February 25, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Love this blog post and how you presented it as a walking tour. You should definitely do this type of guide for other cities to 🙂

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    Zara
    February 24, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Incredible photos, as always! The Vltava river really is such a gorgeous walk, especially at night when the castle is illuminated on the hill 🙂 I visited Prague back in Autumn and I wish I had this guide for when I was there, although I did enjoy the city! I wrote a couple of blog posts while I was there, including one all about Czech food if anyone is interested!

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    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    February 24, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    I walked a lot when I visited Prague:) great tips!

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    Joelle
    February 24, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Did I inspire you with my walks? I do them too on my travel blog! 🙂

    I’m going to Prague at the end of March and I can’t wait! Will take this with me!

    Cheers!
    Joelle from World Wanderista

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    February 24, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Wow looks and sounds beautiful!

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    Aradhna
    February 24, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    I stayed at the boat hotel that was literally across the road from the Dancing House and I pretty much did this route in reverse. Definitely the most beautiful city I’ve been to. Thanks for the nostalgia!

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    Martin Sumichrast @LevelBrands
    February 24, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Prague is an amazing City but it takes to explore the beauty of Prague. I prefer to spend a week or 10 days here in my life once.

    Cheers!

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    Sarah
    February 24, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Prague is definitely somewhere I want to visit and spend a decent amount of time – I’ve heard so many good things! The best way to see a city is to walk it and this looks like a fabulous, doable route with heaps to see.

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    February 24, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Such a great post! I’ve been to Prague once and I loved it! I hope to go back there in the near future. It’s such a scenic and romantic place!

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    February 24, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Prague is high on my bucket list. It looks stunning!

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    Kiara
    February 24, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Ahhh I love Prague! Your photos make me miss it so much!

    -Kiara

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    Caitlin
    February 24, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Oh Prague! I cannot wait to explore the streets of this city! Thanks for sharing, Brooke!

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    Marie (Miles of Happiness)
    February 24, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Ohhh Prague! I’ve heard so many beautiful things about that city! Your photos are great!