Prague Bucket List

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Prague has firmly stolen a place in my heart and after a handful of visits there over the past couple of years, I’ve picked 20 must do Prague Bucket List experiences, sites to see, and things to eat whilst in the neo-Gothic capital city of Czech Republic. However be sure to note that Prague is a city that offers a different experience each season, so be sure to visit a couple of times in your life in order to really experience all this city has to offer.

four seasons prague

1. Walk along Charles Bridge at Sunset

A walk along the iconic Charles Bridge, perhaps the most iconic and recognisable landmark of Prague, is pleasant at any time of day but none more so than falling witness to a calming sunset (that is, calming with crowds). Sunrise is also spectacular and somewhat less crowded, so be sure to aim to squeeze both in during your stay.

2. Eat street food in the Old Town Square

The Old Town Square of Prague comes to life in the late evenings and into the night time, with many street vendors offering up local and further afield classics like dumplings, bratwursts and even crepes! Be sure to grab a quick bite on the go at some stage on your trip – it won’t be the best food you’ve ever had but it will fill the spot (and what better place to sit back and people watch).

3. Try make the guards at the Prague Castle crack a smile

I must say I found the Prague Castle a little underwhelming to visit and walk around (on comparative grounds), however I did quite enjoy snapping some photos of the guards with stern faces and replicating those faces until I cracked a cheeky smile to photograph.

4. Watch the crowds watch the Prague Astronomical clock

The only thing better than watching the Prague Astronomical clock is watching the crowds watch it with all their enthusiasm and uninterrupted gaze. Swing by to see the hourly show.

5. Take a stroll through Josefov

Undoubtedly one of the most authentic areas to get lost in in the city of Prague is Josefov, just a stones throw from the old town itself. If you like collecting antiques, there are a great range of little stores manned by locals selling collectibles from decades past – my favourite was a little clock store that housed quite literally hundreds of ticking clocks of any and all shapes and sizes.


6. Dance your way to the Prague Dancing House

A lovely little stroll to take (20-30 minutes) is to walk from the Charles Bridge, along the Vltava River until you reach the Prague Dancing House. The treelined streets (pictured above) are gorgeous and a great escape from the busy crowds in the old town.

7. See a show at the Prague National Theatre

One of my most memorable evenings in Prague was a night at the ballet with my mother at the Prague National Theatre. I can’t say that the ballet we saw was particularly memorable itself, however the interior of the theatre and our glamorous little box seats (we booked last minute) were enough to keep us talking about it for days and train journeys to come.

8. Meander through Golden Lane

One thing I can say I enjoyed about the Prague Castle complex was a stroll down Golden Lane to meander through the dwarf sized houses with charming little souvenirs and gifts inside.

9. Bathe in Beer

…This is Prague so do as the locals do (though I’m almost certain they really don’t) by bathing yourself in beer. Yes, you really can. See here for more info.

10. Take a day trip to charming Cesky Krumlov

Just a few hours by bus (or self drive) outside of Prague and you will find yourself in the charming little southern Bohemia town of Cesky Krumlov. Although it is a secret no more, it absolutely cannot be missed whilst in Czech Republic as it is one of the most charming little towns in all of Europe!

Prague Dancing House

11. Step inside St. Vitus Cathedral

Although its easy to overdo cathedrals in Europe, St. Vitus is certainly one you should make the effort to step inside. Did someone say stunning!?

12. Cruise along the Vltava River

If you’re looking for something to do at sunset, I would highly recommend you jump on a river cruise and give your feet a rest after all that exploring.

13. Go shopping in Wenceslas Square

Outside of the old town there are many opportunities for “real” shopping (if you’re sick of the tacky souvenirs), the most prominent of those being Wenceslas Square. You’ll find all the international brands here and a handful of cafes off the main street should you decide to go wandering.

14. See a traditional Folklore Show

If you’re up for a night of culture, there are a few restaurants offering a traditional folklore show with your meal (kind of like the Mozart evening if you’ve ever been to Salzburg). No need to book before your trip, there will be plenty of signs and pamphlets showcasing what is on offer once you’ve arrived.

15. Buy original Bohemian glass

One souvenir worth buying in the Czech Republic (for yourself or those distant relatives you haven’t seen in a while) wold be Bohemian glass. Just be sure to do a little internet research in advance to be sure that you’re buying the real deal.

World of Wanderlust in Prague

16. Visit nearby Kutna Hora

Another great day trip is to hop on a train to the quirky town of Kutna Hora (one hour drive, two hour train each way).

17. Visit the Vrtbovska Zahrada Gardens

One of my favourite secrets in Prague is the (difficult to spell let alone pronounce) Vrtbovska Zahrada Gardens located in lesser town (the castle side of the river if that helps).

18. See a black light theatre show

Another idea for a fun night out is to see a black light theatre show – a local tradition.

19. Find a rooftop View

Here’s a challenge with a big reward: find the best rooftop view in the city. My favourite (pictured above) was atop the Aria Hotel in Lesser Town.

20. Visit Vysehrad Castle

& of course you can’t miss a visit to Vysehrad Castle (if you’re not castled out enough as it is!)


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    Cool tips! These are all the things I advise to my friends going to my hometown… living in Brussels, Belgium (which is a beautiful city too, but….) makes me sick sometimes so I am happy to read similar posts reminding me of good student times in this incredible and one of the most beautiful European capitals! 🙂

    January 14, 2016 at 8:41 am

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    January 14, 2016 at 12:07 am

    Love this list!

    I visit Prague quite often, and its a city which never bores me.. there is always a hidden lane to wander down or an undiscovered bar to sip local beer in.

    I will be sure to try out a few of these suggestions next time i visit the city!

    January 13, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    I agree with Martina, Black Light Theatre is not worth it at all. I come from the Czech Republic and I heard about this “typical” Czech tradition for the first time two years ago when my friend from Venezuela came to visit Prague and told me about this special Czech entertainment, so I agev it a chance and went to visit and it really is a tourist trap. I have never seen such a stupid performance. Try to avoid it.

    January 13, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    I’m from Prague and your list looks great! However I wouldn’t recommend the Black Theatre, it’s (in most cases) just a tourist trap. How about climbing or using the funicular to Petrin Hill? Mirror maze or the Petrin tower are great 🙂

    January 13, 2016 at 4:35 am

    I never went to Prague but that’s definitely on my list ! I wish I could see it soon 🙂

    Great article again ! I love to see other’s Bucket List.

    Kenza from

    January 13, 2016 at 3:09 am

    Such a wonderful place! I really want to go there one day 🙂
    xx, Carmen

    January 12, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Great list! We’re planning on visiting Prague in March, so I definitely hope to cross a few of these items off my bucketlist!

    January 12, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    hey Brooke, loving the Bucket List posts! I’m visiting Prague this year and I couldn’t be more excited! I’m just a tad Europe obsessed! Just wondering if you know where you will be travelling to this year? I’d love to see you head to New Zealand!

    January 12, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Great bucket list. My family lives in Prague so I visited now for more than 30 (!) years! Beautiful city, the Charles bridge and Josefov are my favorites!

    January 12, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Prague is beautiful! We only had about a day and a half to visit, but I hope to get back soon!

    January 12, 2016 at 11:47 am

    So lovely, I’ve been meaning to visit Prague.

    January 12, 2016 at 10:25 am

    What a coincidence as I only yesterday published my tips for Prague!
    Perfect complements!

    January 12, 2016 at 10:23 am

    What a coincidence as I only yesterday published a post about my tips for Prague!
    It complements your bucket list perfectly 🙂 (or the other way round)

    January 12, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Just a correction. Prague isn’t “neo-Gothic”. The city was around during the original Gothic era of architecture (it’s an 1100 year-old city), so nothing “neo” about it.

    January 12, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Oh I would love to visit Prague! Bathing in beer sounds amazing!

    January 12, 2016 at 8:46 am

    I visited Prague a few years ago when I was studying abroad and absolutely fell in love with the city!

    January 12, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Great advice on going to Prague in different seasons. I just went for the first time and definitely want to go back when it’s warmer!