Discover the beautiful capital city of the Czech Republic, i.e Prague. Once used to be a mysterious place to travellers and backpackers in Europe is now one of the most fascinating places with splendid examples of Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance and Art Nouveau architecture.
Escape the hustle-bustle of the city to relax in the refreshing parks, streets, churches, riverbanks and cafes in Prague. There are so many places to spend a peaceful time away from the crowded areas like Vojanovy Sady, Vitkov Park, streets of Mala Strana, Letna Park, Petrin Hill, etc.
Visit Vojanovy Sady
It is a hidden garden away from the hustle bustle of the city. This oldest preserved garden was founded as a monastery garden. You can relax in the shade of trees on the bench near the small lake or you can enjoy a picnic with your family.
Admire the stalactites decorate the chapel of St. Elijah with wall paintings and sundial from the 17th century and look for the peacocks in the garden.
Go For A Walk Around Prague
The best way to explore the city of Prague is to walk from place to place. Enjoy food and drinks at local bars and cafes, discover beyond the Clock, the Bridge, and the Castle and know the lesser known architectural gems, amazing views and scenic parks and gardens.
Here is the list of suggested walks:
From Baroque Břevnov Monastery Břevnov to Strahov Monastery
Get rewarded with the alluring view of a charming village, around an old vineyard farmstead when you walk through a tidy Communist-era housing estate.
From Bubeneč to Troja
Walk from the Bubenec, a peaceful, serene and charming neighbourhood full of majestic villas and gardens. Stroll past ponds or take a break under century-old oaks in Stromovka Park then cross two pedestrian bridges to reach beautiful and lush green neighbourhood of Troja.
From Holešovice to Old Town
This walk creates a literal bridge between two very different Prague districts, Holešovice and Old Town. It connects two iconic buildings of Prague’s National Gallery and the ancient Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia.
National Gallery is a second oldest gallery in Europe, with the modern art collection while Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia displays the medieval art collection.
From Vinohrady to Žižkov
The walk starts from the Vinohrady, which is named after the real vineyards that were laid out on the hillsides here during the Middle Ages. Now, this place is filled with beautifully decorated buildings in amazing colours and shapes with severe Modernism.
As you will reach Žižkov, you'll find interesting sculptures. Relax and refresh yourself at one of the many local pubs that the district of Žižkov is known for.
Enjoy Beer By Riverbank At Bajkazyl
Bajkazyl (pronounced bicycle) is a great little bike shop or a makeshift bar. It is a spot right along the river serving a velke pivo (large beer) only for 32 korun. The warmth of the sun and pleasant weather make it a perfect place for drinking beer while relaxing in the sun along the riverbank.
Get Your Heart Melt With Hot Chocolate At Choco Cafe
Choco Cafe is a family-owned chocolate factory and cafe serving 50 flavours of European-style chocolate, hot chocolate in 1001 variations, delicious cakes and coffee.
Situated at the heart of old Prague, it offers a pleasant place to sit and relax while having tasty hot chocolate from a variety of international brands. You will find a range of handmade original chocolate bars of various flavours and types.
- The traditional hořické trubičky are also to die for!
- Dark chocolate with red fruits and whipped cream!
- chili chocolate.
Vítkov Park- to watch the sunset
Reach the top of Vítkov Park to get the spectacular view of the sunset. Talk a walk to this gorgeous place and watch the whole city bathed in the colour of dusk.
The other dominated feature of this park is the well-lit tunnel, which takes you from one side of Vitkov Hill to the other. Walk through the park to reach a bronze equestrian statue of Jan Žižka of Trocnov, which is one of the greatest equestrian statues in the world.
Pay Visit To Infant Jesus Of Prague
The Infant Jesus of Prague is a 16th-century Roman Catholic wooden statue of the child Jesus coated with wax and holding a globus cruciger. It is located in the Mala Strana in the heart of the city.
Being one of the major pilgrimage centres in Central Europe, every day hundreds of Catholic pilgrims pay homage to this shrine. Believers pray, bow and make wishes hoping that they will come true.
Stroll across the magnificent Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge is a stone Gothic bridge connecting the Old Town and Malá Strana. Hold the hand of your beloved and take a relaxing walk across the Charles Bridge to enjoy the breathtaking view of the fully lit Prague Castle against the evening sky and Vltava river.
Roam In The Colourful Golden Lane
Filled with small colourful houses, Golden Lane looks like a place from the children’s storybook. Also located within the grounds of the north-east corner of Prague Castle is the mysterious Golden Lane.
It is so called because of the stories of alchemists living in this street who find a reaction to turn ordinary materials into gold. Despite the streets name, these stories are not based on the truth.
Get into trams no. 22 and 23 or you can also walk from Charles Bridge via Nerudova street and Hradcanske namesti to reach this place.
Spend Some Hours on Cruise In Vltava River
Choose a cruise on the river Vltava to have a different view of Prague's beauty. you can go on a grand cruise or you can book a private one to spend leisure time with your friends, family or loved ones.
You will get refreshments too depending on the type of cruise you have chosen. This is one of the most relaxing things to do in Prague and to escape the hustle and bustle of Prague.
Explore the backstreets of Malá Strana
Malá Strana (the Lesser quarter) has so many back streets to explore filled with lots of public art like the John Lennon wall. It was built in the 17th and 18th century by Catholic clerics and noblemen.
There are some lovely coffee shops and some fantastic restaurants and all at the end of the beautiful Charles bridge. Get away from the bustle of the city to spend some relaxing time in the streets of Malá Strana.
Admire Mini Eiffel Tower At The Top Of Petřín Hill
Get lost in the beauty of Petřín Hill, situated on the left bank of the Vltava River. There are plenty of benches to rest and relax while admiring the view on the way up.
The Rose Garden, at the top of Petřín Hill, Nebozízek Garden and the Seminary Garden with more than 2,100 fruit trees are having the mystical aura that you will never forget.
Admire the scenic view of Petřín Lookout Tower, which was built as part of the Jubilee Exhibition in 1891 inspired by the Eiffel Tower (at a ratio of 1:5). On a clear day, you can see nearly all of Bohemia from its top.
Watch Skateboarders’ Stunt In Letna Park
Located on the plateau above steep embankments of Letna Hill along Vltava river, Letna Park is a popular meeting spot for skateboarders.
It is a perfect place to sit and relax with unparalleled views of grassy areas, tall lush green trees, a colourful assortment of bushes planted on the hillsides, and a long plane tree-lined avenue.
There is a unique cast-iron building with a restaurant called Hanavský Pavilion providing an amazing view of Prague.
It was built for the Jubilee World Fair in 1891. The oldest carousel in Europe and a large marble pedestal with Metronome are the major attractions here.
Nature Walk At Jelení Príkop Stag Moat
Have a peaceful and relaxing experience at the Jeleni Prikop, which is a natural gorge which is located within the premises of the Prague Castle. Once used as a stag moat along the backside of Prague castle, this less crowded place is now a beautiful stretch of greenery.
Enjoy your walk while listening to the chirping of birds, look at the variety of sculptures and a natural fountain and explore the bricked tunnel which takes you under the castle gate. Witness the bear keeper’s house which is the evidence that bears used to roam around the moat at one time. Jeleni Prikop is a place where you can enjoy the picnic with your family.
These are the top relaxing things to do in Prague. I hope your trip to Prague will be unforgettable.