Prague is one of Europe’s most magical cities with its postcard views, intriguing architecture and gothic-inspired cathedrals. To experience the best of Prague, we’ve put together a walking guide to help you navigate around the city. What’s best about this self-guided walkthrough, is that you can do it at your own pace, so there’s no need to rush – you can spend as much or as little time as you like at each destination. So put on your hiking shoes and let’s get walking.
If you don't have time to read, here is a quick overview of our top picks:
One of Prague’s most beautiful and precious gardens. The garden dates back to 1720 with its old school Italian baroque style and perfectly trimmed hedges all in a symmetrical formation. This is one of Prague’s lesser known attractions so you may not find many tourists around, but it’s well worth the visit and a great way to kick-start your walking tour of Prague. So much serenity!
Address: Karmelitská 373/25, 118 00 Praha 1-Malá Strana, Czechia
Directions to next stop: take a left toward Saint Nicholas Church, a short 350 metre walk away.
The most famous baroque church in Prague is the Saint Nicholas Church. Three generations of great baroque architects took around 100 years to build this magnificent church. It towers over the Old Town, standing tall and proud with its unique architecture. Inside you’ll be amazed by stunning murals that depict Saint Nicholas. The church remains active to this day, so why not attend a Sunday mass session and watch as the church truly transforms.
Address: Malostranské nám., 118 00 Praha 1-Malá Strana, Czechia
Directions to next stop: walk north down Malostranské nám, a 500 metre walk to Prague Castle.
Roughly the size of seven football fields, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world. The complex includes gardens, alleyways, churches and royal residences. Allow at least one hour to explore this site because there’s a lot to see. You might even like to get a tour guide or audiotape to help guide you around the site, as the directions are a little confusing.
Address: 119 08 Prague 1, Czechia
Directions to next stop: head north-east down První nádvoří Pražského hradu, only a 130 metre walk.
Saint Vitus Cathedral is a gothic masterpiece and one that dominates the skyline wherever you are from the city. Be sure to check out the Great South Tower while you’re there. Wear comfortable shoes because there’s 287 narrow, winding steps that will take you more than 90 metres high, where you’ll enjoy spectacular views across the city. The tower holds the largest bell in the city which is called ‘Zikmund’. Happy walkin’!
Address: III. nádvoří 48/2, 119 01 Praha 1, Czechia
Directions to next stop: walk west down Druhé nádvoří Pražského hradu, it’ll take you just over one kilometre to reach Lennon Wall.
Filled with John Lennon inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from the Beatles’ songs, this wall has become a popular destination for tourists and artists alike. The wall is not just a memorial for John Lennon and his ideas for peace. It pays tribute to freedom of speech and is a form of non-violent rebellion of Czech youth who fought against authorities during 1980. It remains a powerful symbol to this day and if you look hard enough – you’ll find Lennon and a yellow submarine.
Address: Velkopřevorské náměstí, 100 00 Praha 1, Czechia
Looks like we’ve come to the end of the walking guide. But why stop here? The world is your oyster and there’s more to see beyond this list. Why not head to Vltava River and take in some amazing riverside views, or even better Prague National Theatre where you can sit down, relax and enjoy the ballet. Get to know Prague inside-out, and take in all this city has to offer with its rich culture and history. Don’t forget to make a pitstop for a coffee or hot chocolate at a local café.