Top Ten Things to do in Prague – The Ultimate Guide
Fondly known as the City of a Thousand Spires, Prague is not only one of the most photogenic cities in the world, it has also recently emerged as the leading stag and hen destination in Europe. With an endless selection of eclectic and diverse bars and clubs selling some of the cheapest beer on the continent, the city is pretty much set up for stag and hen groups to party from dusk till dawn. And when the daylight breaks, if your hangover isn’t too chronic, walking through the city is an unmissable architectural adventure.
1. Cross the Charles Bridge: Built in the 14th century, the 515m long Charles Bridge is not only a feat of architectural and visual splendour, it’s also an excellent place for great views of the whole city. Before your big night out on the town during your stag or hen do in Prague, grab your cameras and a couple of six packs and head to the bridge at sunset to watch the structure come alive with street performers and musicians.
2. Get your ‘Cheers’ on at a local beer-hall: Home to Pilsner Urquell, Budvar and Staropramen, along with a smorgasbord of smaller home-brewed craft varieties, Prague is an absolute beer haven. One absolute must for your stag do in the capital, is a visit to one of the many famous and hugely popular local beer-halls where pints of the golden nectar are guzzled by the gallon. One of the best and certainly the oldest is U Fleku which boats eight wood-panelled beer halls. If this still doesn’t satiate your passion for beer, take a trip to the beer museum or go on a tour of the Staropramen brewery.
3. Bar crawl around Zizkov: The funky area of Zizkov is the local hangout for Prague’s students, artists and musicians. This former industrial suburb is affectionately known as the rebellious republic and is teeming with bars, pubs and clubs just waiting for your group to get drunk in. There are too many drinking dens to choose from so an organised bar crawl is usually a pretty safe way to see the best of the bunch.
4. Visit the castle: Prague Castle has been described as “the largest coherent castle complex in the world” by The Guinness Book of World Records and if you feel like a spot of culture, then the site is well worth a visit. Just the sheer scale and grandeur is impressive, but for history buffs its Gothic Bohemian legacy is a fascinating adventure back in time. See the castle from the outside on a river tour of the city.
5. Go on an epicurean adventure: Prague has a rich selection of excellent restaurants and bistros to suit any taste or occasion. From the cosy little Raclette U Syraku bistro where cheese is the obsession of the friendly owners, to the Michellin-Starred Dégustation Bohème Bourgeoise, where local Czech specialities get a bohemian twist, you are guaranteed to eat well in Prague. For an extra special stag or hen dinner to remember go for a traditional Czech dinner or a Medieval Banquet.
6. Check the cultural happenings at the Meet Factory: Founded by one of Prague’s most famous contemporary artists David Černý, the Meet Factory is a music club cum art gallery cum theatre and cinema all in one go. Its location in an old factory warehouse give it that added run-down counter-culture edge, but the sound systems are amazing and the parties keep rocking long into the next day. This is a great alternative venue for a stag or hen do in Prague and you’re bound to be the only tourists in sight!
7. Explore the Old Town: Walking through the centre of Prague, you are pretty much guaranteed to find yourself in the capital’s stunning Old Town. A couple of the no-to-be-missed attractions of this quarter include the astronomical clock which strikes twice a day at 8am and 8pm, and the 10th century Old Town Square with its Gothic cathedral, Baroque Church, Rococo Kinsky Palace and its many restaurants and cafes. The colourful and vibrant atmosphere is great for stag dos looking for entertainment in the form of buskers, musicians and street vendors.
8. Go clubbing in an old War Bunker: Prague is the best stag destination in Europe for a good reason. The nightlife is second to none and the beer is cheap as chips. For groups who like their nightlife to have a quirky edge to it, Bunkr Parukarka is as alternative as it comes. Located in an old 1950s Cold War nuclear bunker, the underground club is also a hot spot for the best local street artists and the bar opens as an outdoor “beach bar” during the summer. If alternative is not your scene, book a VIP table at one of the city’s top clubs like Mecca.
9. Get some fresh air on Petrin Hill: A great place to cure that hangover and enjoy the greenest space in Prague before your next big night out in the city, head up the funicular railway from Ujezd to Petrin Hill. Located 1,000-ft. above Prague the area is an eclectic mix-match of trippy mirror mazes, a Ukranian wooden church and landscaped gardens perfect for afternoon beer drinking with a view.
10. Make peace at John Lennon’s wall: Music lovers will get inspired at the iconic John Lennon graffiti wall in Prague, where impressive peaceful street art started appearing during the Communist era in 1980´s. Despite police efforts to clean up the wall, messages of peace and love kept on appearing and the area is now an amazing place to visit during your stag do abroad in Prague.