Things to do in Prague
It’s hard to narrow down a few things to do in the city of a thousand spires. If you’re a culture buff, you could spend weeks exploring every nook and cranny of the amazingly well preserved city. But it doesn’t start and end with history, there’s weird and wonderful in Prague too.
If you’re around at the end of April, you can burn a witch. Yes, you read right. The Czech’s have a tradition that rolls Halloween and a night ‘round the campfire into one – Witches Night. This night that marks the end of winter and start of Spring involves burning an effigy of ‘hag’ in a massive bonfire. Many of these fires happen in the countryside, but there are some in the city too.
If you’re a budding coffee-shop intellectual, Prague could just be the place where you come to earn your stripes. It was once home to Kafka after all. Head to The Globe Bookstore and Coffeehouse, you’ll find readings and open mic sessions happen monthly on the first Monday.
You should be aware that many people in Prague are somewhat ambivalent to Kafka, possibly because despite being born in Prague he published his writings in German. Outside the Spanish Synagogue, you’ll find a statue of Kafka recreated as a gnome-like figure riding a headless, footless and handless giant. Despite this ambivalence, the cafes and restaurants in the Jewish Quarter (his old neighbourhood), cash in on his name wherever possible. The Jewish Quarter is definitely worth a peek too.
If you have the time (pun totally intended), check out the Astromnomical Clock that’s been tick-tocking since 1490. Try and make it on the hour between 8am and 8pm to see wooden saints come out of the trap doors.
Standing proud on the city skyline, the Prague Castle is possibly the most important historical monument in the city, covering an area of 45 hectares.
Combine your trip to Prague Castle with a stroll down Golden Lane – a street with tiny colourful 16th century houses once home to sharpshooters of the Castle Guard and later to goldsmiths.
Spanning over 16 arches, this 520 metre cobblestone bridge is packed with painters, buskers, hot-dog vendors and hordes of tourists looking out to an incredible view of the Vltava River.
Even though a number of armies have invaded this square, it is still a well-preserved piece of Czech history and now features lovely places to dine alfresco too.
If you’re a serious beer drinker, head here to taste its famous X-Beer 33. Fermented over 6 months in an oak barrel, this dark lager is the strongest brew in the country, with an alcohol content of 11.8%.