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We’ve all seen the typical Prague bucket list. Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square…blah blah blah.
Don’t get me wrong–all of those activities are fun and worth adding to your bucket list! But what about going past what the guidebooks tell you? Let’s talk about Prague hidden gems!
When visiting Prague, I made it my mission to look beyond the “tourist traps” and find some hidden gems. Of course, I did all of the touristy things too and they were lovely, but this is for adventurers looking for an alternative experience in Prague.
In this blog post, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite places to visit in Prague that are off the beaten path. Get ready to discover the hidden gems of this beautiful city!
1. Go on an Alternative Tour
Did you know that not all tours take you to typical locations?
While in Prague, I had the opportunity to take an alternative tour. This covered modern history and areas outside of the touristy central areas of Prague. It focused heavily on street art and Prague hidden gems.
I would highly recommend this tour to anyone that is looking to see a different side of Prague. And also partake in activities that are not normally done by the average tourist.
2. Explore Prague’s Extensive Underground Network of Tunnels and Caves
Venturing beneath the surface, be prepared to be mesmerized by Prague’s extensive underground network of tunnels and caves.
This subterranean labyrinth is one of the city’s best-kept secrets, another hidden gem waiting to be added to your bucket list.
Here, you can transport back in time and trace the footsteps of ancient miners, WWII soldiers who once found refuge here, and even history in alchemy.
The limestone caves, like the Koněprusy Caves, that shimmer with ancient stalactites and stalagmites, are definitley worth a visit.
3. Visit The Vysehrad Castle
This castle is not as well-known as the Prague Castle, but it is just as beautiful. The Vysehrad Castle sits on a hill overlooking the Vltava River, and it has a fascinating history that dates back to the 10th century.
The castle has impressive Gothic-style architecture and beautiful gardens where you can relax and take in the stunning views of the river and the city.
Make sure to visit the nearby Vysehrad Cemetery, where many famous Czech artists and writers are buried.
4. Walk Around Letna Park
If you’re looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, head to the Letna Park. This park is located on a hill above the city, and it offers breathtaking views of Prague’s skyline.
There are several paths for walking, running, and cycling, and the park is dotted with beer gardens where you can sit, have a drink, and enjoy the views.
You can go by yourself or take a unique Prague tour:
5. AdmireThe John Lennon Wall
The John Lennon Wall is a must-see for any music or art lover. This famous wall is covered in colorful graffiti and inspired by the late Beatles singer, John Lennon.
The wall is constantly changing, and visitors are encouraged to add their own message or artwork to the wall. It’s a great place to take pictures and soak up the creative atmosphere.
Below I will link an example of a popular tour that takes you to the Lennon Wall:
6. Climb The Ẑiẑkov Television Tower
While the Zizkov Television Tower may not be considered an attraction by some, it’s worth checking out for its unique architecture.
The tower is covered in giant sculptures of crawling babies, which give it a surreal and slightly creepy vibe. You can also climb to the top of the tower for panoramic views of the city.
7. Discover The Vinohrady Neighborhood
If you want to experience the local life for some Prague hidden gems, head to the Vinohrady neighborhood. This area is known for its beautiful Art Nouveau buildings, trendy cafes, and charming parks.
It’s also a great place to find local restaurants and bars that are not overrun with tourists. Spend an afternoon strolling through the tree-lined streets and enjoying the laid-back atmosphere.
By exploring these lesser-known places, you’ll experience a side of the city that most tourists miss.
8. Eat Czech Svíčková at The Imperial
Also recommended by locals, this traditional Czech dish consists of beef sirloin covered in a cream sauce made from root vegetables and spices. On the side is Czech bread dumplings. Sometimes you will even find whipped cream and cranberry marmalade on top.
Sound interesting? We thought so too.
Once we tasted it, we couldn’t get enough. We tried it at several restaurants but none quite compared to The Imperial.
It was near the city center and boasted some of the coolest architecture and ambiance we had while in Prague. Plus, the Czech Svíčková was unlike any other!
9. Visit Vnitroblock
Going to be honest, I would have completely missed Vnitroblock if I didn’t go on an alternative walking tour through Prague. And I am so glad that I didn’t miss it!
You can even see a section in the wall that was broken down and now is filled with plants. It is basically a creative and modern space in an old industrial building that was refurbished by the community.
It is truly a local treat and there is something for everybody.
10. Explore the Jewish Quarter
For those with an adventurous spirit and a hunger for the less chartered territories, the Jewish Quarter in Prague is an absolute must-add to your bucket list.
This historic neighborhood is a hidden gem, nestled in the heart of the bustling city. It boasts a mesmerizing blend of rich history and vibrant culture.
Here, every cobblestone street, ancient building, and quaint café holds a story waiting to be discovered.
The centuries-old synagogues, the hauntingly beautiful Old Jewish Cemetery, and the thought-provoking Jewish Museum are just a few of the many reasons why the Jewish Quarter is a treasure trove of experiences that remain unmatched.
11. Drink Beer in Lokál
Situated in several locations in Prague, Lokál was the common answer from the locals for the best beer in Prague.
I personally don’t like beer, but it might be a good stop for your bucket list if you do!
According to locals and my tour guide, the Czechs have worked on several fermenting and preparation techniques to create great-tasting beer. Plus, the portions are HUGE!
12. Get Lost in Malá Strana
Continuing your exploration, be sure to cross the iconic Charles Bridge towards Malá Strana, a district embodying the spirit of romance and mystery.
Known as the “Lesser Town,” don’t let its name fool you – Malá Strana is one of Prague’s hidden gems that deserves a top spot on your bucket list.
This picturesque neighborhood, lined with pastel-colored baroque buildings and dotted with secret gardens, unfolds like a dream.
Winding cobblestone streets lead you to gems like the stunning Wallenstein Palace and Garden, and the Church of St. Nicholas. The artistic soul of Malá Strana is also home to Kampa Island, dedicated to European modern art.
I know I already mentioned this tour, but I noticed that there were a TON of vintage car tours when I was exploring Malá Strana and Lesser Town:
13. View Prague from the Petřín Lookout Tower
Rising above the city like a mini Eiffel Tower, this hidden gem is a must-add to your Prague bucket list. Climb the 299 steps to the top and reward yourself with a breathtaking 360-degree view of Prague’s iconic skyline.
The red roofs of the city unfurl beneath you like a beautiful tapestry, punctuated with the spires of countless churches, the winding Vltava River, and the majestic Prague Castle in the distance.
Bonus Hidden Gem: if you are in this area, don’t miss the Petřín Mirror Maze!
14. Visit Some of Prague’s Lesser Known Art Gallergies
To give you some ideas, Galerie Kritik is tucked away in a quiet corner of the city. It offers an eclectic collection of thought-provoking works that challenge the status quo and spark enlightening debates about contemporary art.
On the other hand, Galerie Umění Jiřího Davida is a treasure trove of the renowned Czech artist Jiří David’s masterpieces.
This gallery, while not as widely known as some of Prague’s larger art institutions, is a portal into the unique artistic vision that Jiří David represents. His strikingly potent and often controversial works are a testament to the transformative power of art.
Each gallery visit adds another dimension to your Prague journey and these hidden gems are a must-add to your bucket list.
15. Marvel at the Prague Book Tunnel
You might think…why would I want to go to the main city library on my holiday to Prague?
It may be to see this interesting piece of architectural art: the Prague book tunnel! And you probably haven’t seen anything quite like it.
Located inside Prague’s Municipal Library, this unique installation is a tunnel made entirely of books, making it a must-add to your bucket list.
As you approach the tunnel, you will be greeted by a seemingly endless vortex of books that appear to spiral into infinity, thanks to a strategically placed mirror inside the tunnel.
Beyond its immediate visual appeal, the book tunnel symbolizes the infinite worlds and endless adventures that books offer.
Final Word on Prague Hidden Gems for Your Bucket List
Prague, the city of a thousand spires, truly reveals itself when you venture beyond the beaten path.
The hidden gems add a unique dimension to the city’s charm and I would highly recommend checking them off of your bucket list in addition to the famous attractions.
Each discovery gives you a deeper insight into Prague’s rich history, vibrant culture, and artistic spirit, making every moment an unforgettable memory.