Fun things to do in Prague

The most fun things to do in Prague

Steeped in historical beauty with charming squares, quaint buildings and a diverse cultural scene, Prague is one of the most picturesque places in all of Europe. And there’s plenty to get stuck into, particularly if you want to make the most of some of the fun things the city has to offer. Well, you’re in luck, as Prague is jam-packed with fun things to do, from historic attractions and scenic funiculars to entertaining traditions and some top jazz. Need more inspiration? Here’s our selection of six ways to have fun in Prague; although as you’ll discover for yourself, there’s plenty more to seek out.

  1. Astronomical Clock, Old Town Square
  2. Changing of the guards, Prague Castle
  3. AghaRTA Jazz Centrum
  4. Sex Machines Museum
  5. Museum of Miniatures
  6. Funicular to Petrin Hill

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1. Astronomical Clock, Old Town Square

At the very heart of Prague is the Old Town Square, and with it is a quirky attraction that dates back to the 15th century: the Astronomical Clock. Its hourly mechanical performance attracts hordes of tourists who gaze up at the clock, waiting for the hour to strike: and when it does, it makes for an entertaining affair. Figures of the Apostles peer out of the top of a little set of windows, down onto the camera-clicking crowd below, while below the skeleton of Death jangles his bell, Greed admires his money, while Vanity takes in his reflection. At the end of this quaint performance, a cockerel squawks and flaps to bring it all to an end.

Best for: Fun traditions.

While you’re there: Stroll around the Old Town Square (Staromestske namesti) and take in the different Baroque buildings and statues.

2. Changing of the guards, Prague Castle

The Prague Castle complex and St Vitus Cathedral towers over the city, and is one of the most iconic shots of the Czech capital – especially from vantage points by Charles Bridge. But venture up to the castle (by tram 22, which makes for a fun hairpin ride) and take in the hourly Changing of the Guard which takes place at the main gates. For a more extravagant affair, time your visit at noon when the same event takes place with added pomp and fanfare. It’s one of the most fun things to experience in Prague!

Best for: Elaborate fanfare.

While you’re there: Buy a multi-entry ticket to see most sights in the castle, or a short/long tour option.

3. AghaRTA Jazz Centrum

Over in the Old Town (Stare Mesto) is AghaRTA Jazz Centrum , one of the most fun things to do in Prague. This jazz club attracts locals, expats and visitors alike, with a great roster of excellent Czech musicians. Plus, it’s set in a 14th Century basement – you can’t get much more atmospheric than that! Looking at cheap holidays to Prague? The Old Town can be an expensive place to stay, so consider basing yourself elsewhere but heading into the Old Town – there’s plenty to see and do here to make up a full day out.

Best for: Music lovers.

While you’re there: Just off Old Town Square, there are plenty of other bars, live venues and attractions to check out in the area.

4. Sex Machines Museum

On the quirkier end of the scale is Prague’s very own Sex Machines Museum . Displaying 350 items over three floors, there’s no denying that this is one of the most unique museums in the world (in fact, it’s the only of its kind), let alone Prague. Why not start off by watching a black-and-white erotic film from the early 1900s, or take a look at some adult toys? Just like the subjects, you won’t be left disappointed...

Best for: Quirky Prague.

While you’re there: If you’re in need of something wholesome afterwards, just around the corner is the pleasant Old Town Square.

5. Museum of Miniatures

You might need to bring your glasses (or a magnifying glass) to the Museum of Miniatures , a cute museum focusing on all things dinky in Hradcany. There are roughly 40 items on display here, from camels passing through the eye of a needle to the Lord’s Prayer written on human hair. Yes, it’s a little quirky, but it’s a whole lotta fun.

Best for: Alternative museums.

While you’re there: Head to nearby Strahov Monastery and admire its Baroque entrance.

6. Funicular to Petrin Hill

Putting the ‘fun’ in funicular, there couldn’t be a more enjoyable (or easier) way to reach Petrin Hill. Departing from Ujezd, this form of public transport whizzes you 510m up the wooded hillside, while you can admire the picture-perfect views of the city as you seem to rise above it. Our tip? Hop off halfway through (there’s a designated stop, don’t worry) to really make the most of the views, before boarding again. Best of all, once you reach the top, the fun really begins: wander around the wall of the old city, linger in the cafe or climb up to the top of the Eiffel Tower-inspired Petrin tower.

Best for: Green spaces; it’s the largest of its kind in the city centre.

While you’re there: Check out the Mirror Maze.

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