Prague is a city that sure knows how to impress. On our way back home from the World Youth Day, we had the chance to spend 3 days in the Czech Republic capital. From the minute I got there I was taken aback by the beautiful Baroque architecture, the soft pastel-coloured facades, and the hundreds of domes and spires dominating the city’s skyline. If you are planning a trip to this breathtaking city (or even if you just want to dream a little) on today’s post I’ll be highlighting 7 things to do in Prague.
Watch the Astronomical Clock strike the hour. If you’re coming with great expectations (like I was), you may be A bit disappointed… Seeing how many people were gathered just to see the clock strike 3pm, I was hoping for something really big to occur (like fireworks, or a special wood puppet dance…but none of that happened). Nevertheless, seeing the Astronomical Clock is one of the top things to do in Prague. The clock was first installed in 1410, which makes it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working! Every hour crowds gather by thousands with cameras in hand and watch the clock work its magic. A little skeleton rings a golden bell, the apostles make their appearance at the windows, and then a little golden rooster crows.
Visit the Prague Castle. Since all the walking tours end near this popular sight it is the next logical thing to do. The castle, which lords over the city, consists of multiple sections: St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace, The Story of Prague Castle, St. George’s Basilica, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower, the Powder Tower, and Rosenberg Palace. You can buy a ticket to any or all of these sights from the box office. The most famous structure is St. Vitus Cathedral — this is the large building you see when you look up at the castle from outside the city walls.
Wondering around Old town Square. If you are visiting the two places above you are by default visiting Old town Square. For me people-watching is unbeatable as tourists. Sit on one of the benches, eat a sandwich, and enjoy! Moreover, there are a number of talented musicians that perform in the square.
Make a wish on Charles bridge. This is a famous historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century.
You can make a wish there that will certainly come true if you do it the right way! You have to find the statue of St. John of Nepomuk (who according to the story died a horrible death under King Wenceslas, for refusing to reveal the Quee’s confession ). From there you have touch the falling priest on the plaque (for good luck and ensure your return to Prague). After that you have to look carful for a small golden cross (which allegedly marks the spot where the saint’s body was thrown into the Vltava river.) Then the only thing left to do is to touch the cross and make a wish! It is said it will come true within a year and one day!
Visit the Church of Our Lady in front of Týn. This church is located in Prague’s Old Town and it has been the city’s main church since the 14th century. It also holds the oldest pipe organ in Prague. If you go to this church you can’t miss the statue of The Infant Jesus of Prague is placed in the oratory of the monastery. The small statue is a 16th-century, 19-inch high, wooden and coated wax representation of the Infant Jesus that has a pretty interesting backstory, that brings millions of devotees worldwide each year.
Go for a walk around Mala Strana. Mala Strana, also known as the Lesser Quarter, is one of the most historic districts in Prague. The area is dominated by beautiful Baroque architecture.
Get a Trdelníks! This sweet pastry may have mixed origins, but it’s still a favourite here in Prague. Named after their hollow, cylindrical shape. Trdelníks have a satisfying crunch on the outside and a soft, fluffy dough on the inside. The hollow cylinder pastry is usually topped off with powdered sugar, but you can also get it with Nutella, or ice cream inside. The perfect mid-afternoon snack!
There’s definitely more than 7 things to do in Prague, but in my opinion those are a must! If you are interested in reading more about my trip to Europe you can click here! Have you been to Prague? What were some of your favourite things to do over there? Let me know in the comment section down below!
Love, Helene Xx