Don't know what to do in Prague? Check out 25 must-see tourist attractions and discover the main sights of the capital of the Czech Republic

Perfect for taking long walks and observing some of the best preserved buildings in Eastern Europe, the city of Prague has a number of must-see tourist attractions. Among them are castles, palaces, emblematic medieval buildings and diverse landscapes formed by the Vltava River.

Like most European capitals, Prague's main tourist attractions are located around its Old Town. The historic core of the city is made up of six parts that, for a long time, were independent cities, they are: Staré Město, Malá Strana, Hradčany, Josefov, Nové Město and Vyšehrad.

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25 attractions to see in Prague

Prague's Old Town Square

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Prague Tourist Attractions. Photo: James Barr / Unsplash

In fact, it is practically impossible to reach Prague's Old Town Square and not be amazed by the magnificent architectural ensemble that surrounds this area of the city. 

The main postcard of the destination is full of great options of restaurants, pubs, souvenir shops and interesting little streets, perfect to get lost during a walk, so prepare your camera and choose comfortable shoes.

As if that weren't enough, Praça da Cidade Velha concentrates wonderful buildings and they are on the short list of must see of Prague, such as the Church of Our Lady of Týn, the Church of St. Nicholas and the Old Town Hall.

  • Address: Staroměstské nám

Prague Astronomical Clock

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Main tourist attractions in Prague. Photo: Jack Hunter / Unsplash

Built in 1410 by the watchmaker Hanus and later perfected by Jan Taborsky, the Prague Astronomical Clock It is one of the most famous medieval clocks in the world. With two spheres, the clock, in addition to showing the time, also points out the zodiac signs of each season and represents the orbits of the Sun and Moon. 

A local legend says that the City Council at the time was concerned about the construction's popularity and ordered Kadan's eyes to be gouged out so the watchmaker wouldn't build another piece like it. To get revenge, the craftsman climbed the clock tower and spoiled the clockwork for years.

One of the curiosities is that at each scheduled time, the clock presents a fun ritual with miniatures of the 12 apostles that appear like a cuckoo in the windows located at the top of the clock.

  • Address: Staroměstské nám

Charles Bridge

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Certainly one of the most famous monuments in Prague, the Charles Bridge connects the Old Town (Staré Město) to the Lesser Town (Malá Strana) in a 500-meter-long road. 

Along the bridge, it is possible to observe 30 statues installed on both sides of the road, which tell a little about the history and local curiosities, such as the sculpture of São João Nepomuceno, which had been thrown into the river in 1393 by order of Wenceslaus IV and which in the 18th century was sanctified.

The Charles Bridge also concentrates several street artists such as singers, designers, artisans and photographers who exhibit their work, enlivening the public road even more.

  • Address: Karlův most

prague castle

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Built in the 9th century in the highest area of the city, the prague castle It is the most important monument in the Czech Republic and one of the largest in the world. 

Prague Castle is actually a gigantic complex that has several buildings with an important historical and architectural value, interconnected in medieval streets, such as St Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace, the Basilica and Convent of St. do Ouro, a small street that houses colorful houses and artisan shops.

  • Address: Hradčany, 119 08 Prague 1

Jewish Cemetery

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Situated in the Jewish quarter of Josefov, the cemetery was created in 1439 and it is estimated that there are over 100,000 bodies buried in it. For more than 300 years, this was the only place where Jews were allowed to bury in the city.

To visit the space, the visitor needs to purchase a combo ticket, which authorizes entry to the cemetery and other synagogues in the neighborhood. Unable to buy one ticket exclusive to the cemetery, only the one in the combo is sold.

  • Address: Široká, 110 00 Josefov

Wenceslas Square

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Stage for several events in the general history of the Czech Republic, Wenceslas Square is located in a prime area of the city, surrounded by numerous commercial buildings that today house luxury hotels, restaurants and fashion stores.

With a rectangular shape formed by more than 750 meters long and 60 meters wide, the square is the gateway to the famous National Museum in Prague, housed in an imposing mansion from 1890. 

Prague National Museum

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As mentioned earlier, the National Museum in Prague is housed in a beautiful neo-Renaissance-style mansion, designed by Josef Schulz, who also designed the State Opera building. 

The space has temporary exhibitions and 5 areas dedicated to permanent collections, namely: Prehistory of Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia Mineralogical and lithological exhibition Paleontology, Osteology and Anthropology Zoology Decorations and medals from European countries.

  • Address: Václavské nám. 68, 110 00 Nové Město

Kampa Park

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The park on the banks of the Moldova River is one of the busiest parks in Prague and is located in the Malá Strana district, just under the Charles Bridge. 

The green area is a great place to rest after a walk and enjoy a unique view of the Moldova River and the city's bridges. Another highlight of the island are the fun “baby” sculptures created by famous Czech artist David Cerny.

  • Address: Malá Strana, 118 00 Prague 1

Mala Strana

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Founded in 1257, Malá Strana, which translated could be called the Little Town, is one of the oldest and most historic neighborhoods in the city. 

This is the region where the Prague Castle is located, and other well-known attractions such as the Church of Saint Nicholas, the Judith Tower and a fabulous set of medieval and baroque houses that form one of the most beautiful postcards of the destination.

John Lennon Wall

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Despite being far from Liverpool, the birthplace of the Beatles, one of Prague's must-see attractions is the John Lennon Wall. The wall is full of drawings and messages of peace that began to be painted shortly after the ex-beatle's assassination in 1980, and became a symbol of freedom during the communist regime.

  • Address: Velkopřevorské náměstí, 100 00 Praha 1

Powder Tower

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Prague Tourist Attractions. Photo: Matthew Cramblett / Unsplash

Open to tourists, the Powder Tower, or Prašná brána, in Czech, is a huge Gothic-style building installed at the entrance to the so-called Old Town of Prague. Built in 1475, the tower was one of the 13 gates in the wall that fortified the city.

The tower suffered a huge fire in 1571, but was slightly rebuilt, becoming a gunpowder storage place, which ended up earning it that name to this day. From its viewpoint, visitors will be able to contemplate a huge area of the historic center with Prague Castle in the background.

  • Address: nam. Republiky 5, 110 00 Staré Město

Boat ride

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Main tourist attractions in Prague. Photo: Jan Kubita / Unsplash

Highly recommended to tourists, the Boat trip on the Vltava river It is an excellent way to give a privileged and differentiated view of the city. There are numerous tour options with different purposes and prices. 

You can opt for a 1-hour “basic” tour, or choose one of the evening options with dinner included.

  • Address: river Vltava

Dancing House

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THE dance house It is one of the landmarks of modern architecture in the city. Designed by architects Vlado Milunić and Frank Gehry, the building was inspired by the pair of dancers Fred Rogers and Ginger Rogers.

Despite being a commercial building, there is a restaurant with a terrace on the top floor, where you can visit and have a beautiful view of the Vltava River.

  • Address: Jiráskovo nám. 1981/6, 120 00 Nové Město

Strahov Monastery Library

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Main tourist attractions in Prague. Photo: Hieu Vu Minh / Unsplash

Certainly one of the most beautiful in the world, the library of the Strahov Monastery has two halls that house a collection of 40,000 books, illustrations and manuscripts from the Middle Ages. 

In addition to the incredible collection, both rooms are impressively decorated with Baroque-style paintings, transforming the place into a true museum.

  • Address: Strahovské nádvoří 132/1, 118 00 Praha 1-Hradčany

Wallenstein Palace and Garden

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Located in the Malá Strana district, the Wallenstein Palace, “Valdštejnský palác”, was the first major building in the Baroque style in Prague. 

Built between 1624 and 1630, the site serves as the seat of the Czech Senate, but has some environments and a wonderful garden that can be visited. Wallenstein Palace was built by the visionary architect Albrecht von Wallenstein, and according to tourist guides the site was designed to outshine Prague Castle.

  • Address: Valdštejnské nám. 4, 118 00 Mala Strana

St. Vitus Cathedral

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Main tourist attractions in Prague. Photo: Timo Volz / Unsplash

THE largest cathedral in prague It has a facade rich in details with mosaics and gargoyles scattered throughout its construction. The church took over 600 years to build and has a mix of medieval, Gothic and modern elements. 

The site houses the jewels of the Czech Crown and also the tombs of saints and former kings, including the patron saint Wenceslas and King Charles IV. Those who have breath can also climb the main tower of the church and admire an incredible panoramic view of Prague.

  • Address: Prague Castle

Spanish Synagogue

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Built in the mid-19th century in the Spanish Moorish style, the Spanish Synagogue – Španělská synagoga, in Czech – is considered the most beautiful in Europe. Located in the heart of the Jewish quarter, the space also contains a small museum with an exhibition on Jewish life in recent decades.

  • Address: Vězeňská 1, 110 00 Staré Město

State Opera

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Built in 1888, the Prague State Opera is one of the best known in Europe. The house offers several opera and ballet shows weekly, with prices well into account, being a great opportunity to see a show during your trip. 

  • Address: Wilsonova 4, 110 00 Praha 1-Vinohrady

Clementinum 

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After Prague Castle, Clementinum is considered the second largest architectural complex in the city. Clementinum has housed the National Library for over two centuries and offers guided tours of the complex. The visit consists of three parts: the Chapel of Mirrors, the Baroque Library and the Astronomical Tower.

  • AddressMariánské nam. 5, 110 00 Josefov

Franz Kafka Museum

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With 3D installations and super modern areas, the museum dedicated to the Czech writer Franz Kafka is located in Malá Strana and brings together a collection of the writer's works, letters, diaries, photos and drawings.

  • Address: Cihelná 635, 118 00 Malá Strana

Mount Petřin

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Located 140 meters above the Vltava River, Mount Petřín is a great park to spend an afternoon and take in one of the most beautiful views of the city. 

The main attraction of the park is the Petřín Tower, a construction similar to the Eiffel Tower that can be seen from different parts of the city and has the highest viewpoint in Prague. 

Access to the park can be done in two ways: walking through the gardens or taking the funicular, a cable car that crosses a small forest and reveals cinematic scenes in Prague.

golden lane

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The famous street inside the Prague Castle brings together picturesque houses that look like a fairy tale scenery and is one of the must-see attractions in Prague. 

The set of colorful houses were built over 500 years ago and are in front of Rosenberg Palace, in the vicinity of St. Vitus Cathedral. Today, the foarm houses have been transformed into souvenir shops, cafes and places dedicated to objects used in medieval times.

Josefov Jewish Quarter

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Located between the Old Town and the Vltava River, the Jewish quarter is one of Prague's must-see attractions. This area of the city was 

The neighborhood's history begins in the 13th century, when Jews who lived in the area were ordered to spend their lives in a demarcated area of the city.

Sigmund Freud Sculpture

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Walking through the streets of Stare Mesto, close to Prague's Old Town Square, visitors come across a statue that is at least different from the others in the city: a statue of the father of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud hanging from a pole more than 7 meters from height. 

  • Address: Husova, 110 00 Staré Město

Franz Kafka Bust

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Hometown of one of the greatest literary figures in the world, the writer Franz Kafka had his image immortalized with his face in an 11-meter-tall sculpture at the Quadrio Business Centre, a shopping mall located in the center of Prague.

the sculpture is formed by 42 layered circumferences that move making the monument be seen at an angle of degrees.

  • Address: Charvátova, 110 00 Nové Město

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