Have you already seen the major sights in the Czech Republic’s capital city? If not, click here for my top 5 things to see in Prague! Have you exhausted your list of things to do (or ahem, maybe you missed your flight and suddenly have an extra day…maybe that was just me)?
In any case, I created a super enjoyable list of things to do (after the main attractions) when I was rewarded with an extra day in the city. Read on for Prague’s best kept secrets…in some cases they’re not super secret, but they’re not on the first page of the guidebook. In my opinion, that qualifies them for this list.
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1 | Prague’s Dancing House
Check out the Dancing House for a bar with the best views of the city. Located right on the Vltava River, you get sweeping views of Prague. I bought a lovely cup of tea to recover from the trauma of missing a flight, and just soaked in the panoramas. (Please excuse my neon gym top…I thought I would be back in the USA at this point, and was low on clothing options.)
Also, did I mention how cool the building looks?!
2 | Golden Lane
Located within the Prague Castle complex, Golden Lane was probably the highlight of my experience there. Comprised of 11 historic houses, each house is staged to show the life of the artisans that once lived and worked there, from the 15th century through the 1900s. I might be a bit of a nerd, but I absolutely loved being able to peer into ancient taverns, check out the fashionable armor of the times, and read about the life of a medieval healer. The other high point for me here was how tiny the houses were…I felt like a jolly old giant wandering down the tiny lane.
3 | Eat Goulash
This isn’t so much an attraction as what I decided to do for lunch. One of my favorite things about traveling is sampling foods from different cultures…and in Prague, that food has to be goulash. When I’m scouring a city for authentic local food, I always look for a hole in the wall restaurant with menus in the local language.
In my wanderings, I stumbled upon a dark little pub with a few old Czech men smoking inside. I checked the menus…and nope, no English. I was set. I promptly ordered goulash, and before long, the waiter came back with a bowl of it and an entire loaf of bread (for just me)! I’m not sure if that’s how goulash works, if they thought I looked especially hungry, or if they just assume all Americans eat a lot, but I was a happy camper. Definitely recommend if you’re open to trying new foods and are OK with eating things on non-English menus (aka you’re never quite sure what you order). If you prefer a guide, try out a Prague food and culture tour…such amazing food and stories about the city!
4 | Mala Strana
From Old Town, cross the Charles Bridge and you’ll find yourself in Mala Strana (The Lesser Quarter). After several hours of exploring, I still couldn’t figure out why it was “lesser” than any other quarter, so if anyone could tell me, that would be awesome. I actually thought it was greater than a lot of other quarters since 1) There were fewer crowds. 2) The embassies were here, and it was cool to check out their architecture, and of, course find the embassy of the good old US of A. 3) I got some gelato, so what’s not to like? This area is definitely one of Prague’s best kept secrets.
5 | Love Locks
So this isn’t really an attraction, but I adored these, so here you go. Love locks are padlocks that sweethearts lock to a bridge/ gate to symbolize their love. That’s nice and all, but as a solo traveler, I wasn’t going to get all mushy about it. I love the artsy look of the locks, and taking pictures of all of the various bridges with brightly colored locks is a surprising amount of fun (and makes for great photos!) I’d recommend renting an e-bike if you’re tired of walking–it’s an easy way to get around the city! Another fun option is to take a bike tour around the city; the guide will show you the highlights and introduce you to the magical city of Prague.
6 | Vltava River
Oh my gosh, I could not get enough of this spot. In the summer evenings, the area lining the Vltava River hosts live bands, very many beer stands, and amazing people watching. Beer is basically cheaper than water in Prague, so do yourself a favor and sample as many kinds as you can! Try out a live jazz dinner cruise or a lunch cruise along the Vltava for the full experience!
Prague is a truly picturesque city!
7 | Pub Crawl
Finish off your night with a pub crawl. There were loads of organized options for the lazy partier. For the last minute drinkers, it can be just as fun to create your own with your new BFFs from the hostel. Prague has some crazy nightlife, so you kind of have to experience it…otherwise you’re doing a disservice to yourself, right? At least that’s how I justified it. For a DIY version, check out this guide to the ultimate Prague pub crawl!
Bottom line: Prague is amazing, and there are examples of this throughout the whole city. If you’re looking for a place where you’ll fill up your camera’s memory card with photos and you’ll fondly look back on as the craziest city in Europe, then add Prague to your bucket list. It is so unbelievably worth the trip!
Flights to Prague, Czech Republic: I’d recommend searching through eDreams.net. They scan tons of different travel discount sites and feature special flight deals. Fly into Prague, and grab the bus or an Uber to downtown!
Where to Stay in Prague: I personally opted to stay at Hostel Downtown since I was traveling solo. It had a fantastic location, plus a great social atmosphere. If you’re traveling with friends, I always recommend checking out your options at a local rental…it’s awesome to have the flexibility of your own apartment or house. If you’d prefer a hotel, I’d recommend the Art Deco Imperial Hotel. Not only is it a fantastic location, but the hotel is an awesome spot for travelers interested in history, architecture and culture.
What to do after Prague: I have SOOO many suggestions, but I’ll just name a few easy ones here. Hop on a night train, and head to Austria for a few days: check out my guide to Austria here! From Austria, make sure you take a day trip to Bratislava, Slovakia…definitely worth the train ride!
Have you been to Prague before? What were some of your favorite things to do there?