Located in the heart of the Czech Republic, Prague is one of the many amazing cities in the world that is a true paradise for travelers. If you haven't had the chance yet to scour these historic streets, then you're in for a real treat. Prague is actually a unique place because this European city was not severely damaged during World War II. As a result, many of its most impressive historical buildings, bridges, and landmarks remain intact today. That said, you can visit several structures that date back to the 900s. In addition, to marveling at the buildings and historical sites of the old town, visitors definitely have their pick of fun and interesting activities. Here are nine fun things to do while visiting Prague.
9 Check Out Prague Castle
A true sight to see, Prague Castle commands this city's skyline, and rightly so. This stunning castle is an architectural wonder built in the 9th century and has notably been a seat of power for Bohemian kings, Roman emperors, and several Czechoslovakia presidents. What's more, the Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Ultimately, these are just a few reasons visitors should check out this breathtaking piece of history that continues to stand the test of time.
8 See The Astronomical Clock
Yet another of Prague's wonders, the Astronomical Clock is a must-see, no matter the time of day. This magical timepiece is so old that no one knows how to read it, but nonetheless, it has been marvelously maintained throughout the ages. The Astronomical Clock operates every hour from 9 am till 9 pm, with twelve apostles appearing at its doorways. There are also four other figures flanking this otherworldly clock, each representing something unique—vanity, greed or usury, death, and the final figure symbolizing extravagance.
7 Get Your Portrait Drawn On The Charles Bridge
Construction for this marvelous medieval stone arch bridge that crosses the Vltava river began in 1357. Charles Bridge was completed in roughly the 15th century and is the perfect spot to get your picture sketched by a talented artist. While posing for your portrait, you can take in the sights, knowing that you will have a true keepsake. Several sketch artists, portraitists, and caricaturists have set up shop on the bridge, so it's up to you to decide exactly how you want to remember Charles Bridge in Prague.
6 Take A Cruise Down The Devil's Channel
Delight in a one-hour cruise down the Devil's Channel. Though this waterway does sound a little more ominous than it actually is, it is still a good time to be had by all. Known as the mini Venice of Prague, this particular part of the canal truly separates Lesser Town from Kampa Island. What's more, cruising down the Devil's Channel is relaxing, scenic, and even romantic. There are ample tours available, and many cruise tours offer historical information, plus fun facts and a bar for those looking for adult refreshments.
5 Go On An Alchemy & Ghost Tour
Prague has a rich history when it comes to all things alchemy, and one of the best ways to find out more about it is by taking an alchemy and ghost tour. Here, visitors can see historical sights, hear tales of local folklore, and more. This fun couple activity promises excitement, scares, and an all-around good time. Several tours are available, some lasting up to 3-hours or more, so make sure you book your tour accordingly and grab your best pair of late-night walking shoes.
4 Stop By The Old Jewish Cemetery
Notably, Prague has a sizable Jewish population and presence. Sadly, however, this particular population was only given a small plot of land for burial purposes. Thus, countless people have been laid to rest in this tiny cemetery over generations. Due to Jewish traditions, those buried here could not be relocated. Instead, headstones were moved up to make more room for more people. Now, The Old Jewish Cemetery has thousands of tombstones practically on top of one another and is definitely worth a visit. Located in the center of Prague's Jewish Quarter, this cemetery is an eerie and intriguing sight.
3 Marvel At St. Vitus Cathedral
No city tour is complete without seeing such a rare gem. Touted as one of Prague's most photogenic churches by many, St. Vitus Cathedral is a simply stunning piece of architecture with skillfully carved statues, brilliant stained-glass windows from floor to ceiling, and more—all of which are located inside Prague Castle. So even if you don't cover every square inch of Prague Castle during your tour, do yourself a favor and make it a point to check out this phenomenal cathedral before calling it quits.
2 Enjoy A Pilsner
Prague is also home to Pilsner Beer. Of course, for beer lovers, the world's first pale lager needs no introduction. Nonetheless, a Pilsner beer tasting pub crawl or a tour of Pilsner Urquell Brewery itself is a very entertaining way to learn the history of this frothy lager. No matter the Pilsner-related activity, patrons can enjoy glass after glass and see how slight variations in Pilsner's tried and true formula have led to many other beers worldwide. That said, there are dozens of Pilsner tours/pub crawls to choose from, and Pilsner Urquell Brewery is open: Sunday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
1 Appreciate Prague's Nightlife
Prague is also known for its amazing nightlife, and it is not too surprising why. There is no shortage of clubs and bars throughout the city that stay open all night long. So, if you are a party animal at heart, looking for places to go out in Prague that can keep pace with you and then some, get ready to have the time of your life. As a bonus, there are more than a few nightclub tours for those looking to visit hard-to-find spots and the best of the best when it comes to Prague's nightlife.