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Prague’s Must-See Attractions

A Comprehensive Guide for First-Time Visitors


a tour guide standing in front of a group of tourists, pointing at the Prague Astronomical clock


Steeped in history, adorned with architectural marvels, and boasting a unique blend of old-world charm and modern vibrancy, Prague is a city that captivates the hearts of travelers. For those embarking on their first visit, navigating through the plethora of attractions can be exhilarating yet overwhelming. This comprehensive guide unveils Prague’s top must-see attractions, offering insight into entry details, insider tips, and enriching experiences that will shape your journey into unforgettable memories.

1. Prague Castle: Where History and Beauty Converge

A visit to Prague Castle is a journey through centuries of Czech history and architecture. Perched atop Hradčany Hill, this sprawling complex houses the stunning St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, and the charming Golden Lane. To make the most of your visit, opt for an early start to beat the crowds and savor the panoramic views of the city from the castle’s ramparts.

  • Opening hours: Castle complex 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM; interiors 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Admission: Basic circuit 250 CZK (10.5 EUR) per adult ticket
  • How to get there: Tram stop Pražský hrad

a group of tourists and a tour guide in one of the royal gardens of Prague Castle with a view of St. Vitus Cathedral in the background

How ‘bout a friendly local by your side? Join us on our Prague Castle Tour and explore hidden entrances, secret gardens, and stunning views of the city.

2. Charles Bridge: A Living Connection to the Past

Connecting the Old Town and Lesser Town, the Charles Bridge is an iconic symbol of Prague’s charm. Adorned with a series of Baroque statues, this pedestrian bridge is a living link to the city’s history. Visit during the early morning or evening to experience the bridge’s serenity and capture postcard-worthy photos of Prague’s skyline.

  • Opening hours: Accessible at all hours
  • Admission: Free
  • How to get there: Various access points from both Old Town and Lesser Town

the iconic Charles Bridge at the golden hour of sunset with an amazing view of Prague Castle in the beackground

Don’t forget to bring your camera! From Charles Bridge, you’ll be able to shoot pictures of the Castle like a pro.

3. Old Town Square: A Hub of Culture and Architecture

Immerse yourself in the heart of Prague’s Old Town Square, surrounded by architectural gems like the Astronomical Clock, Old Town Hall, and Týn Church. Explore the bustling atmosphere, with street performers, markets, and cafes creating a lively backdrop. Get lost in the maze of narrow alleyways that form the Old Town of Prague.

  • Opening hours: Accessible at all hours
  • Admission: Free
  • How to get there: Metro/tram stop Staroměstská

a group of tourists following a tour guide into the Old Town Square in Prague with a view of the Tyn Church in the background

Let us take you on an unforgettable journey through the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, across the Charles Bridge, and up to Prague Castle on our City Highlights Tour.

4. Josefov: Prague’s Historic Jewish Quarter

Delve into Prague’s Jewish history and culture with a visit to Josefov, the historic Fifth Quarter. Explore the iconic landmarks of the Jewish Museum, including the oldest Jewish cemetery in the world, and the architecturally diverse synagogues. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the area to gain a deeper appreciation for the stories of resilience and heritage that define this part of Prague.

  • Opening hours: Jewish Museum 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Admission: Jewish Town 550 CZK (23 EUR) per adult ticket
  • How to get there: Metro/tram stop Staroměstská

a group of tourists with a tour guide walking in the Jewish Quarter of Prague

Want to hear some inspiring stories about the Jewish community? Tour the Quarter with a local history buff and get a deeper understanding of the area’s rich history.

5. Wenceslas Square: Modern Energy Amidst History

Wenceslas Square, a bustling boulevard in the New Town, exudes a blend of historical significance and contemporary energy. Lined with shops, restaurants, and cultural institutions, this lively space offers a glimpse into Prague’s modern pulse. Take a leisurely stroll, indulge in luxury shopping, or visit the majestic building of the National Muzeum at the upper end of the square.

  • Opening hours: Accessible at all hours
  • Admission: Free
  • How to get there: Metro station Můstek or Muzeum

a tour guide holding a "Prague City Adventures" sign shakes hands with tourists in front of the Statue of Saint Wenceslas in Wenceslas Square in Prague's New Town

Check out the statue of our national hero King Wenceslas in front of the National Muzeum. We’ll meet you there for our Beer & Tapas Tour that explores some of the more modern parts of Prague.

6. Petřín Hill and Observation Tower: A Natural Oasis

Escape the urban bustle and retreat to Petřín Hill, a haven of greenery in the heart of Prague. Ascend the Petřín Observation Tower for panoramic views that stretch across the city’s rooftops and beyond. To make the journey even more memorable, consider taking the funicular railway for a scenic ride up the hill.

  • Opening hours: Funicular 8:00 AM – 11 PM; observation tower 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Admission: Funicular adult tickets 60 CZK (2.5 EUR); observation tower 290 CZK (12 EUR) per adult ticket
  • How to get there: Tram stop Újezd

a view of Prague from the Petrin Observatory Tower during autumn in Prague

The Petřín Tower boasts some of the best views of Prague while autumn illuminates it with enchanting colors. Here are some more tips on what to do in Prague during that special time of the year.

7. Vyšehrad: A Hidden Gem Overlooking the Vltava

Venture off the beaten path to Vyšehrad, a historic fort overlooking the Vltava River. Discover the ancient Vyšehrad Cemetery, where notable Czech figures rest, and explore the fortress’s grounds. A leisurely walk along the riverbank or a tram ride adds to the allure of this lesser-known yet enchanting destination.

  • Opening hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Admission: No entrance fee to the area
  • How to get there: Metro station Vyšehrad

strolling the fortification walls of the Vysehrad Castle in Prague

There’s nothing like a sunset stroll on the fortress walls of Vyšehrad with amazing views of Prague in the background.

From the grandeur of Prague Castle to the hidden corners of Vyšehrad, Prague’s must-see attractions promise a journey filled with wonder and discovery. Embrace the fusion of history, culture, and beauty that defines this captivating city, and let each landmark unfold a new chapter of your Prague adventure.

September 12, 2023

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History lovers alert! We bet Prague Castle is on your Prague must-see list. Let’s walk together through a lesser-known entrance to the complex and explore the most magnificent site in our country. You’ll love the architecture and the splendid views from its gardens.