I’ve been to Prague a few times (it’s just so close to Berlin) and although I’ve had a good holiday each time, it’s taken a lot of effort to find interesting things to do there. Of course I had fun and met people every time. But perhaps because of Prague’s bustling tourist activity, finding unusual and alternative things can be a challenge. Here are seven of my favorite things to do in Prague.
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7 interesting things in Prague
Get lost in the surreal world of Kafka
I visited the Kafka Museum on my first visit to Prague in 2006 and it was one of the most memorable places I visited. From the surreal atmosphere inside to the weird and wacky exhibits about Kafka, I got lost inside and found myself there for a few hours.
It’s a surreal journey into the strange world of Kafka, and right outside is one of Prague’s most iconic statues, the Two Standing Men Urinating Fountain (by legendary local sculptor David Czerny).
Taste the amazing culinary delights of Czech cuisine
Prague food tour
Czech cuisine may not be as well-known as other European foods, but there are a surprising number of sweet and savory dishes worth trying. There are a number of Prague food tours around the city, but most of them seem to stop at the same foodie spots.
There is Sisters Bistro where you can try open faced sandwiches and of course bohemian Café Louvre which previously hosted Kafka and Einstein. Food tours are a great way to experience local culture in the most appetizing way. Plus. Fried pork. (and I guess dumplings too).
See some strange architecture
Okay, this is less of a fun thing and more of a fun building worthy of Instagram photos. The Dancing House, designed by Frank Gehry, sits by the water and is a great spot for sunset photos. There’s even a hotel inside with pretty decent prices.
Be wary of public art
David Cherney’s sculptures in the city
David Černy is a Czech sculpture, and the city is practically flooded with his public works. There’s an upside-down horse in the Lucerna Pasaz (shopping center) in the Old Town, a collection of crawling babies near the Žižkov TV Tower, and the Piss sculpture outside the Kafka Museum.
Book one of the more bohemian walking tours to make sure you pass David Cherney’s public sculptures. sometimes they hide in plain sight.
Enjoy Prague’s legendary nightlife
Club Termix and MeetFactory
A trip to Prague wouldn’t be complete without some nightlife. The city is practically crawling with EasyJet-setters from Western Europe every weekend. The cheap beer probably helps, but it’s the amazing nightlife scene that keeps people coming back for more. Including myself. Although I never leave the city completely impressed, I always manage to have a little fun in the clubs.
Club Termix is a hip gay bar with a young crowd and a secret walk-in taproom. There are themed parties and an entire car hanging from the ceiling. I’ve definitely been spotted dancing shirtless on the tables there. It’s one of my favorite gay clubs in Europe 🙂
Prague is also home to MeetFactory, a warehouse turned funky art and exhibition space that doubles as an artist residency as well as a venue for concerts and events. Just outside the entrance, a car is also attached to the side of the building above the main door; must be something czech.
The club was established as an international center for contemporary art in 2001 by none other than artist David Cherney.
Leave your mark
John Lennon Wall
Funny story about this, actually. On my very first visit to Prague, I came home with several hundred photos from a weekend trip. One of them was this really nice shot I had of some graffiti, and years later, when I was looking through my travel photos, I realized it was probably from the legendary John Lennon’s wall.
Since the 1980s, visitors have left drawings and writings on this small section of wall at the corner of Charles Bridge. Before the end of the Soviet occupation, young Czechs left Beatles-inspired graffiti here, and now the wall is filled with new artwork and inspiration every day.
Stay in a fun hotel. Hotel Fusion Prague
I’ve stayed in many hostels in Prague, mostly because every weekend city break is more about exploring the city, partying and having fun, then a relaxing or romantic visit. This boutique design hotel is a great budget choice (you’ll find rooms for as little as €65 per night).
It’s steps away from Wenceslas Square, the best option for a hotel perfectly situated between Prague’s Old Town with its history (and grim astronomical clock) and the trendy districts of Vinohrady and Žižkov.