10 Things to Do in Prague
Prague Vacation compiled for you this list of the “ten things to do in Prague”. This list wants to give you some ideas, or to be a memorandum to enjoy some particular moments during your visit in Prague.
1. Visit the Vladislav Hall
The Vladislav Hall is a jewel of late-gothic architecture. The ceiling is not sustained by any column, but by the woven ribs of the gothic vaults. In architecture it marks the transition from gothic to renaissance.
2. Drink a beer (St. Norbert) in the Strahov Monastic Brewery
The Strahov Monastery, a monastery built by Premonstratensians monks, is the oldest in Bohemia and it hosts the oldest and most precious medioeval library in the country. In its courtyard it has been resumed the old tradition of the monks brew, the St. Norbert, which takes the name from the founder of their order. The amber beer is something exceptional, with light flavours of hops and berries. Visit the Strahov Monastic Brewery page on Prague Vacations.
3. Have a tea in the cafeteria room of the Municipal House
The Municipal House of Prague, a rare jewel of the liberty style built on the ruins of the ancient royal palace, hosts exhibition and concert halls, a restaurant, a cafeteria, and the representative hall of the Mayor of Prague. Most of the decorations are made by the “inventor” of the liberty style, Alfons Mucha. Here, in the year 1918, there was the declaration of independence of the Czechoslovak State. Have a seat at one of the tables, to live a rare “fin de siecle” experience.
4. Have an hot chocolate and a piece of cake at the Café Slavia
The interiors of Café Slavia, in front of the National Theatre, are a national monument and date back to the years of the First Republic. The café is open since 1848 and it has always been the meeting point of Prague’s intellectuals and artists. Among the famous guests we can find Bedrich Smetana, Karel Teige, Woskovec and Verich, Karel and Josef Capek, Jiri Kolar, Vaclav Havel etc. The Czechoslovak dissidents, thrown away from the universities following the soviet invasion, were used to held their lessons here, with their students at the tables of the café. Visit the Café Slavia page on Prague Vacations
5.Take a tour on a Gondola
Take a tour on a gondola on the Moldau river. There are many different theories regarding the presence of a real gondola on the Moldau waters. Someone says it has been found in old cellar in the “Prague Venice” area, someone else says it appeared under the Charles Bridge in honour of San John Nepomucene, patron saint of sailors and gondoliers, and for others the reason is a passionate love story. In any case enjoy the silence of crossing the river and seeing the misterious runes carved in the stones of Charles Bridge, and tour the Prague Venice or “Devil’s Channel” on a gondola. Visit the Gondola in Prague page on Prague Vacations.
6. A kiss under a blooming cherry-tree on the Petrin hill
According to the Praguese tradition, on the day of the 1st of May (the night of the 30th of April is the “witches night”) lovers should go to the slope of Petrin hill (the hill dominated by the small eiffel tower) and kiss each other under a blooming tree, otherwise the woman will “dry” by the end of the year and lose her interesting curves. The missing kiss is not suggested as a cure against overweight.
7. A walk in Parizska street watching the shops
The “Paris” street that starts on the Old Town Square, behind St. Nicholas church, and goes till the Old-new Synagogue, is the “luxury street” of Prague. The shop windows host many luxury international brands, and the cars parked in the street represents the best products of the auotomotive industry. The impressive buildings of this elegant street rise on what was the Prague ghetto till the end of 1800. The ghetto has been razed in order to take advantage of the central area of the city. Many buildings are still decorated with the symbols of the ancient Jewish families of the ghetto.
8. Look the Jewish cemetery through a small window
Beside the Museum of Decorative Arts, behind the Rudolfinum, there are the walls of the Jewish cemetery. Along the walls there is a small wooden door with a grid that allows a fast look inside the Jewish cemetery, the “Prague cemetery” of the famous book by Umberto Eco, the cemetery that hosts, among the others, the tomb of the Rabbi Low, the Prague Rabbi who gave life to the Golem. Visit the Jewish Cemetery page on Prague Vacations
9.Touch the five brassy stars on Charles Bridge
Saint John Nepomucene, vicar of the Castle at the times of Wenceslas IV, king of Bohemia and emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, was, after being tortured, thrown away in the river from this place. Apparently his fault was to refuse to reveal the confessional secret of Sophie of Bavaria, the Emperor’s wife. Historical studies show instead how the reason was an inferference of the Emperor in the choice of the vicar for the Kladruby Monastery.
Saint John Nepomucene became then the Saint protector of the Confession and of the people who lives and work near the water. His cult has been spread by the Jesuits till Latin America.
Who touches the five stars on the bridge will surely return to the magic city.
10. Drink a beer at U Fleku.
The year after the discovery of America by Cristoforo Colombo, this house, with the permission to brew, opened in Prague. The ancient pub is opened since then, and they never stopped to produce the amazing black beer at 14° Plato, available only among these ancient walls.
The list of suggestions about the 10 things to do in Prague is available also on PDF here