The historical center of Prague is charming and well-beloved among tourists. As a result, you can barely walk there in the high season because of the crowds. It’s annoying, but must it be a reason for you to not go to Prague? Of course not! There are amazing places in just a walking distance from the historical center that are less known by tourists but no less interesting!
A place designed to host a huge statue of Stalin, one of the most totalitarian leaders in history, is now, ironically, a paradise of informality. Skaters, bikers and relaxed young people all come here to enjoy the fresh air and a great view of Prague. Take some snacks with you if you want to spend some time chilling out under the rhythmic sound of the metronome.
If you’re traveling with a kid or if you turn into a kid yourself each time you cast your eyes on a cool old vehicle, this place is for you! The collection of cars, motorcycles and even trains is simply amazing! Other collections include household technology, space survey equipment and history of photography.
In about 30 min walking distance from the center, you can find a unique castle called Vyšehrad, complete with the imposing cathedral, the mystic cemetery, and a wonderful view of Prague and Vltava river. For all its touristic value, it’s relatively quiet and perfect for relaxing strolls.
Petřín Lookout Tower
No money to visit Paris? No worries, Prague has its own, smaller version of Eiffel Tower which doubles as a lookout tower. The view is great not only from the tower itself but also from the park surrounding it. You can climb the hill yourself or take a funicular up.
You’ll have to take the metro to get to the Prague zoo, but it’s worth the effort. The zoo is big and diverse, and won’t let either children or adults get bored. It’s a perfect half-day getaway if you feel like you’re a bit tired of the old architecture and people.
The Lennon Wall
Close to the Charles Bridge on the Malá Strana side of the river, there is one of the hippest places in Prague – the Lennon Wall. Covered with words from his songs, it is often a place for decent street musicians to play The Beatles.
As with Petřín, Vítkov Hill is a bit of a climb, but it’s a quiet and beautiful place to enjoy the view under the hoofs of the third largest equestrian statue in the world. Inside the statue is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and other military exhibits. A bit morose, but impressive.
Žižkov Television Tower
If you’re not creeped out by the faceless children climbing this futuristic tower (courtesy of sculptor David Černý), do visit this impressive architectural marvel. You can climb an observation deck (inside the tower, not the way the children do it) and enjoy yet another (but one of the best) view of Prague and a coffee.