Prague has countless monuments and things to do. So I made a Prague bucket list because it’s hard to choose if you’re only visiting for a few days. These are the things I did during my 4 day stay and I think it’s a good list for a first time visit!
Prague bucket list: Things to do in Prague for a first time visit
Charles Bridge / Karluv Most
Of course this is number one on the list! The Charles Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in the world and probably one of the most beautiful as well! The sides of the bridge are decorated with 30 statues of saints (including Christ and Maria). Try to visit the bridge early in the morning at sunrise or late in the evening. By day it gets very crowded!
Charles Bridge Towers
I don’t think a lot of people know you can actually climb the towers of the Charles Bridge at both sides. When I visited the towers I only encountered a few people. The views are great from both sides. To enjoy the sunset you should definitely climb the eastern tower.
Old Town Square
The Old Town Square is always quite busy, except early in the morning. The square is surrounded by various monuments. The Old Town Hall Tower with the Astronomical clock is the best known. Climb the tower early in the morning to avoid cues and crowds. The spectacle of the Astronomical clock takes place every hour, but it’s not the spectacle that is worth witnessing. The crowd’s reaction to it is way more enjoyable! Other famous monuments are the Storck House, the Church of Our Lady before Týn and the Kinsky Palace.
The Powder Tower or Powder Gate is one of the original city gates of Prague. The gate was used to store gunpowder.
The Jewish Quarter Josefov
The Jewish Quarter needs to be on your Prague bucket list! It is a more quiet neighbourhood where you can visit the old cemetery and the synagogues. I loved the silence at the cemetery, but I was also a bit astonished by the way the graves were “stapled”. Old jewish graves may not be abolished so they just put extra soil back in the days and they layered the graves because of lack of space. At certain places there are 12 layers of graves!
Letna Park offers a great view on the bridges of Prague and the old town. It’s also a good place to escape the crowds.
Petrin Hill is a great escape from the crowds in the city center. During Spring time the hill is covered with blossoming trees.
I discovered this monastery because I was treating myself at the restaurant next to it with the most amazing view on Prague. I was telling someone how disappointed I was that the Klementinum library was closed and they told me there was a similar one at the Strahov Monastery next door. Luckily I met those people because indeed the monastery’s library was worth a visit! It has about 200.000 old books dating from 1501 until 1800.
Nerudova, Mala Strana
How I loved this street with the most impressive colorful burgher houses! The smell of cinnamon haunts you while walking from the Charles Bridge to Prague’s Castle.
I wasn’t too impressed by the castle itself but the St Vitus Cathedral, which is located on the castle’s grounds is a nice piece of architecture. Also lovely is the Golden Lane; a tiny street with little craft houses.
Walking among the river on a sunny day is a must to enjoy all the incredible architecture and parks surrounding it.
This house is a little further from the old town but very popular. You can have a drink on the rooftop terrace.
John Lennon Wall
Also a nice place to visit. Especially to look at the people taking pictures and writing messages on the wall.
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