Prague: 8 Alternative Things to Do in the Czech Capital

Prague is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Hearing its name conjures images of strolling across Charles Bridge, exploring Prague Castle or drinking famous Czech beer. However, there is a lot more to this city than what you’ll find in the “Top 10” section of a guidebook. Here is my guide to some of the best things to see and do in off-the-beaten-path Prague.

Zizkov Television Tower

Just a few Metro stops east of the city centre lies the district of Zizkov. It became a part of Prague in 1922 and for a long time was synonymous with Communist activities, even earning a nickname “Red Zizkov”. That may explain the huge 216-metre Zizkov Television Tower that rises above the city – it was said to be built to block out Western transmissions. While the tower itself is unique, to say the least (it looks like a launchpad for a space rocket), it’s the ten giant sculptures of babies crawling up its exterior that catch the eye. Created by famous Czech sculptor, David Cerny, the infants are one of the most bizarre sights you will come across in Prague.

Zizkov Television Tower also doubles up as an observation deck, restaurant, bar and even a hotel. Zizkov itself has some other interesting sights, including the National Monument on Vitkov Hill and a couple of cemeteries (one of which is home to the final resting place of famous Czech author Franz Kafka). It’s also well known for an abundance of popular bars and pubs. Nearest Metro: Jiřího z Poděbrad

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Museum of Communism

The Museum of Communism provides a fascinating look into the regime’s post WWII hold on Czechoslovakia and Prague in particular. There are authentic objects, photographs and archive footage showing what life was like under Communist rule. It’s very interesting and replica rooms help bring the subject to life. There is also a projection room showing film screenings. History buffs will absolutely love it and even those without an interest in the period will find something to hold their attention from propaganda posters to curious gift shop items. Ironically, it’s located above a McDonalds…

Museum of Communism is open 9am-9pm every day except 24th December. Entrance fee: 190.-CZK (£6/$7.50). It can be a bit tricky to find but just follow signs to the casino when you get to a McDonalds on Na Prikope.

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Lennon Wall

Just a stone’s throw from Charles Bridge is the Lennon Wall – a symbol of freedom and equality since the 1980s, when local youths dedicated this small corner of Mala Strana as a symbolic resting place for John Lennon. What used to be an unremarkable wall along a quiet street became a canvas for expression with messages, poems and graffiti adorning its length. Numerous attempts to get rid of graffiti have proved unsuccessful, the wall becoming covered again in just a few days. It’s not too difficult to find plus getting lost among Mala Strana’s streets and alleyways is part of the fun of exploring this beautiful corner of Prague.

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Strahov Library

Just down the road from Prague Castle lies the Strahov Monastery complex – it dates back to the 12th century and is still a working Premonstratensian monastery. Within its grounds is a spectacular library said to contain over 130,000 volumes, including a large collection published before 1500. The two beautiful halls visitors can peek into have ceilings covered with elaborate frescoes. These are seriously jaw-dropping and we spent a while just taking it all in. The passage between the two halls is home to the Cabinet of Curiosities, full of interesting exhibits ranging from manuscripts and coins to remains of the extinct Dodo bird and elephant tusks.

Make sure to also visit the Basilica of Our Lady, the monastery’s Church and wander around the grounds.

Strahov Library is open daily from 9-5 (there is a lunch break between 12-1). Entrance: 120.-CKZ. It’s also possible to book a guided tour which will take you into the halls themselves (Monday – Friday 08:30-16:30) – call ahead +420 602190297 but remember that visitor numbers are strictly limited.

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Strahov Monastic Brewery

If all that sightseeing has made you thirsty, you don’t have to go far for refreshments. Just a few metres away from the Strahov Library entrance is the Klasterni Pivovar Strahov – a microbrewery serving delicious varieties of its St. Norbert beer – named after the founder of the Premonstratensian order connected with the Strahov Monastery. The brewery stands on the spot of an older brewery dating back to 1628 but today monks don’t get involved in actual brewing. Try the tmavy (dark) or the polotmavy (amber) options or one of the seasonal specials. Or just try them all – the beer here is excellent. There is an onsite restaurant serving good traditional Czech food.

The brewery itself only seats 40 but there is a spacious restaurant and a garden area.  http://www.klasterni-pivovar.cz/

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Apple Museum

Because nothing screams “Steve Jobs” louder than the capital of the Czech Republic! This private collection is apparently the biggest exhibition of Apple stuff in the world – it contains a wide variety of products from the company’s history from the original Apple 1 computer to the latest iPads. There are also plenty of photographs, Steve Jobs’ personal possessions as well as a look at his entire career including time spent at Pixar and Next. There is even a raw vegan café on site serving some of Steve Jobs’ favourite foods. Interestingly, all proceeds from the museum are donated to charity.

Apple Museum is situated right in Prague’s old town close to Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square. Entrance fee: €9 adult (£7.80/$9.60).

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Petrin Hill

If the tower you’ve spied overlooking the city from high up on a hill looks familiar, you’re not alone. Petrin Observation Tower was designed to resemble Gustav Eiffel’s famous Paris landmark and was built for the 1891 Prague Expo. You can climb its 299 steps for panoramic views of Prague or visit the nearby mirror maze. Petrin Hill itself is one of Prague’s best green spaces and is great for walking in the summer or sledging in the winter. We decided to take a couple of shortcuts by sliding down its snow-covered slopes!

The tower is easily accessible from Strahov so it’s a good idea to combine a visit with Strahov Library. Otherwise there is a funicular that goes up to the top of the hill from Mala Strana. Entrance fee: 120.-CKZ (£3.80/$4.80). Funicular: You can use your Prague public transport tickets which start from 24.-CKZ (£0.80/$1)

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Anonymous Bar

Probably the single coolest bar I’ve ever been to is not easy to find. My friend and I almost missed the unmarked entrance with only a small plaque hinting to the bar’s location. Once inside, you’re introduced to the “Three Souls of the Bar” – everything from the inconspicuous location to the stylish interior and signature cocktail menu is inspired by Guy Fawkes, V for Vendetta and the Anonymous activist group. The signature cocktails have an “Anonymous” twist and the mask-wearing team of bartenders and mixologists can create a drink to suit any taste and mood. There is even a mysterious secret menu that you will just have to figure out how to unlock!

I won’t give away the exact location of the bar – it’s available online but finding it is part of the experience. Cocktails from 180.-CKZ (£5.50/$7)

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Have you been to Prague? Do you have any “alternative” tips?


The Trip

What: Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and one of Eastern Europe’s most attractive cities. It’s famous for its stunning architecture – the historic Charles Bridge, completed in 1402, is one of its most famous sights.

Getting There: Prague is easily accessible from most European cities as well as having some Intercontinental connections. Vaclav Havel Airport Prague is located 10 km (6 m) west of the city centre. Various airlines, including EasyJet have flights from the UK (from £60 return).

Getting Around: All the places in this post are easily reachable on foot from the Old Town except maybe the Zizkov TV Tower. I recommend getting a 24 hour public transport card for 110.-CKZ (£3.50/$4.50) which can be used on the metro, trams, buses and the funicular up to Petrin Hill.

Tip: While Czech Republic is in the European Union, the main currency is the Czech Koruna. Euros are accepted in bigger shops and restaurants but it’s always a good idea to have local currency to hand. Check the latest exchange rates at http://www.xe.com/

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40 thoughts on “Prague: 8 Alternative Things to Do in the Czech Capital

    • Travel Lexx says:

      I’ve seen photos of it before but it really a must-see in person! So beautiful! Hope you get a chance to visit one day!

  1. Angie (FeetDoTravel) says:

    I was in Prague for a few days for the Xmas markets so sadly I didn’t see any of your suggestions, in fact I didn’t even know about them, shame on me! I would loved to have seen Lennon Wall, The Apple Museum and most definitely taken a meander to try and find the Anonymous Bar. So many new places here, it’s a great list so thanks for sharing, pinned for future reference. #feetdotravel

    • Travel Lexx says:

      I enjoyed seeing these slightly more left-field places as I’ve been to Prague before and saw most of the highlights. It was definitely fun to discover these!

  2. David says:

    Great list of spots Lex, most of which I haven’t seen and all are definitely alternative. I’ve only the Lennon wall of these in fact but have wanted to see the Strahov Library both times and failed both times. The hilltop view looks great and Anonymous Bar sounds intriguing if you can find it!

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Strahov Library was so beautiful – hope you get to visit another time! Considering how close it is to the castle, I was surprised that there weren’t more people there!

  3. Stephanie (1AdventureTraveler) says:

    Loved your 8 Alternative things to do in Prague Travel Guide. I have been to Prague 3 times and have not seen any of these places. This makes me want to go back and visit them especially find the Anonymous Bar. I pinned this for later use 🙂 Stunning photos and thanks for sharing!

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Thanks Stephanie! Just shows how much there is to see that might not be on most visitors’ itineraries! Hope you get to visit again!

  4. Laura says:

    I haven’t yet been to Prague, so I haven’t exhausted the typical tourist spots, but even so – I think I prefer this list! I always love visiting places off the beaten path. The anonymous bar sounds like so much fun! I’ll have to add that to my list of places to find when I do finally visit Prague 😉

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Thanks Laura! The great thing about Prague is that most of these places are really close to all the touristy spots, so you never have to go far! It’ s a great city for walking! Hope you get to visit soon!

  5. Garth says:

    I wish we had your guide when we visited! I would have liked to have seen the art on the Zizkov Television Tower, i did read about it before we went, but somehow forgot! Great post, and great ideas for alternative places to see, the Apple museum looks cool too.

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Always next time Garth! It was pretty surreal, especially when everything was covered in snow around it! There were loads more things I’d love to see in Prague!

  6. Oana says:

    I wish I knew about those places when we visited Prague – only went to Petrin and Lennon. The Anonymous bar looks so cool and the library is breathtaking – I would love to go one day. Prague is one of my favorite cities in Europe and I will definitely return one day. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Shona Grant says:

    I had to do the tourist hot spots on my first trip to Prague, but I’ll definitely follow this guide next time. The only one in the list I went to was Lennon’s Wall, the others sound great.

    • Travel Lexx says:

      It’s really easy to get around Prague so a lot of these are really easily accessible! I already can’t wait to go back for the third time!

  8. Jenn | By Land and Sea says:

    We have tried to book a trip to Prague three different times in the last two years and for one reason or another, they have not worked out. When we actually do make it there, we will be visiting some of these awesome places you mention in this post! Saving for later!!

  9. Lisa says:

    Oh that library is too cool! Love to visit the less touristy spots like this, especially any brewery or the anonymous bar. Thanks for some great ideas for a future visit.

  10. Sandy N Vyjay says:

    The Srtahov Library is magnificent! The Lenon wall is so hypnotizing that it is difficult to peel your eyes away from it. The Petrin Hill offers such an exquisite view of the entire city!

  11. Sina says:

    I’ve been to Prague about 10 years ago and love to go back after reading your post. The Anonymous Bar sounds amazing and also love the look of the Strahov Library. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Kreete says:

    Looks like I have to go back to Prague! From this list, I only went to Petrin tower and I loved the views from the top. A mirror maze just near by was a fun thing to do too and the Anonymous Bar sounds awesome! $7.5 cocktails? Yes please! We also went to a 80’s Cafe, that was a club at night and they had proper dancers on the floor teaching us the moves and with everyone dancing the same moves it was something out of a movie haha! All I could think was my mom would have loved it!

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Yeah the Anonymous Bar was definitely one of the highlights. I feel like a lot of people have been to Prague but not that many have really gotten under its skin and have seen the less popular parts. I still have loads more to do myself! The 80s Bar sounds awesome!

  13. amh4r.com says:

    My favorite thing to do in Prague is meet friends for beer in a 500-year old basement pub and talk about things that make us laugh ridiculously before we spill out into the street and get lost walking on ancient cobblestones.

  14. California Globetrotter says:

    I’ve done several of these, but must have missed the Strahov Monastery brewery! Although while we were there we found a quaint restaurant in the back that the King once ate at which was amazing!! It’s partially built into the rock!

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