1. Prague Castle –> Hradcany Square –> Malostranske Square
2. Wenceslas Square –> Old Town Square –> Charles Bridge –> Malostranske Square
Don’t Miss “Must-See”
1. Vyšehrad Castle
2. Vitkov Hill
1. Holešovice & Stromovka Park –> Prague Zoo
2. Petrin Hill –> Letna Park
Fun and Festivals:
1. Naplavka Riverfront
Wenceslas Square would better be called a boulevard for its immense length (750m or nearly .5 miles) as it stretches from the National Museum at one end towards Old Town Square at the other. This massive pedestrian walk is part of the business and financial heart of the city of Prague, full of high end retail shops and office buildings, and home to many cultural events throughout the year, especially on national holidays and celebrations. Admire the many distinguished buildings which line this key economic zone within Prague.
Find out why this important square was once named Horse Market and currently has two names, Wenceslas and Václavské náměstí (square).
The other castle on the other hill, Vyšehrad nearly hangs off a rocky cliff above the Vltava River, south of the Prague Castle and visible from most places along the river. The hilltop fortress was built just after the Prague Castle and at different moments in time, was the official seat of power for the king. The beautiful neo-Gothic styled Basilica of St. Peter and Paul and the Romanesque rotunda and bridge are truly extraordinary.
Many myths and legends surround the foundation of Vyšehrad and how the statues seen in the main green space of the inner gardens got there.
Located directly at the foot of the hill below the Prague Castle and a short walk from Charles Bridge, this heavily trafficked area is popular for its incredible example of baroque art in St. Nicholas Church, considered the best specimen of baroque art in Prague. Straying a bit from the square and you can see why so many embassies have chosen to make Malostranske neighborhood home.
Enjoy a privately guided tour of one of the best preserved outdoor historical places in the city.
Naplavka is a promenade or riverfront walk along the eastern banks of the Vltava River, towards the southern end of Prague. In recent years it has become a favorite for both locals and visitors, where you can go for a stroll to take a break from the busier city streets, enjoy the art displayed along the walk, or have dinner or a drink at one of the small restaurants or even botel (boat + hotel) or boat restaurants located either on the riverfront or docked on it.
If you are lucky enough to visit on a Saturday, then be sure to check out a farmer’s market tour which will allow you to see, smell, and – best of all – taste all of the amazing local delicacies such as local cheeses, pastries and sausages. The tour does a wonderful job of explaining the historical importance of the Vltava River on both banks as well as give you a look into how Czech cuisine has been changing in recent years.
Letna (meaning “summery” in Czech) is a large expansive green park located high above the Vltava River, overlooking all of Prague and a view of the Prague Castle. The views from the park reach the southernmost ends of the city most days and show how the Vltava dramatically cuts the city, giving it a unique peninsula in the north, where Letna is located. The park has been made famous by the large ticking metronome which replaced a Soviet statue of Stalin (15.5 m or 51 ft), torn down in 1962, however the name remains, and the metronome is referred to as “Stalin” till this day.
There are many ways to enjoy a park in a city. There is a beer garden at one end, which is bustling in the warm spring, summer and autumn days and nights by local families and dogs. Or you could partake in the popular bike tours which whisk you through the large park as well as onto Stromovka, another enormous park which is dotted with small ponds, winding pathways and lots of green space.
The residential area in between the two beautiful parks is called Letna and it is one of the hipster areas of the city, providing many gourmet coffee shops, cocktail bars and a wide variety of restaurants. The bike tour will allow you a chance to see all of this as well as end with a stop in one of the most popular (and unique) bars in the neighborhood.
If you are looking to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of Old Town or Wenceslas Square, then set course for the neighborhood and park north of Prague, Holesovice. There you will find the Industrial Palace, an exhibition hall built in 1891, and if you are lucky enough, the Křižík’s light fountain. If you continue on from the exhibition halls, you’ll soon find yourself in a calm, serene park with lots of leafy trees, small ponds, walking and running paths and silence!
It’s great for a picnic or walk with your family, for a run, to throw a ball around or allow the kids to use up their energy.
It comes as a surprise to many that Prague offers such a fascinating and well-run zoo, filled with many exotic animals from around the world including an African Savannah section, several houses devoted to strange and unique lizards and reptiles, and all the big draws: lions, elephants and giraffes.
This is the perfect ‘in town’ get-away for families and kids of all ages. The zoo is located in a quiet neighborhood of Prague towards the north end. Found on a hill which is also home to a botanical garden and several small vineyards, the zoo is well laid out to allow for maximum enjoyment and excitement.
If you and your family need some help getting there and would like to see a bit more along the way, then grab one of these Zoo Transfers, including a guided tour of the Troja neighborhood and stop for a delicious meal at one of the most typical Czech restaurants for lunch before or after.
Vítkov Hill can be seen rising high above the Žižkov neighborhood in Prague, with the third largest bronze equestrian statue in the world. This memorial and the statue are important and significant in the founding of the Czech-Slovak nation. The man on the horse is Jan Žižka who led the Hussites to win a battle against the Catholics in 1420 on this very location. The statue stands in front of the National Memorial which also holds the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
From nearly every angle atop Vítkov Hill you can have a wonderful view of Prague, north to Holesovice, west to the castle or south to the Žižkov Tower.
Vinohrady means ‘vineyard’ in English, as it was once part of the mandatory vineyards built outside of the walls of Prague. The neighborhood is now one of the more upscale, family friendly neighborhoods in the city. The long streets stretching from New Town are your best chance for strolling along, admiring amazing architecture and design. You’ll find the Czech National Radio station, several synagogues, many churches from varying ages and styles of design, a traditional market building and several squares and parks in a short walk.
Most of the buildings are apartments, each one with a distinct facade, unique window design and many have statues, sculptures and frescoes painted on the third, fourth or even fifth floor, so make sure to keep your eyes up when walking through this lovely neighborhood.
Vinohrady is also populated with many restaurants, cafes and bars, some very typically Czech, with long standing traditional beer and dishes; others are brand new, offering the latest fad food or drink.
These are only some of the recommendations that locals and visitors have made. But the list is incomplete as Prague and the Czech Republic have even more to offer. If you would like to combine some of these above suggestions in an exciting day package or even a 2, 3 or 4-day tour package, for you and a small or private group, we would love to be able to mix and match and create a unique and individualized package deal that best suits your needs and desires.
Important Information: Prague is located in the Schengen Zone, which is a free-travel zone within the European Union. It includes 26 countries in total. Depending on where you are coming from, you might need to secure a visa for the Schengen Zone before visiting the Czech Republic. Please be sure to consider this fact before making plans to visit Prague so that you do not experience any problems upon arrival. Also be be aware that the Czech Republic uses the Czech Korona (czk) rather than the euro since we are not in the eurozone. We look forward to your visit!