There are many awesome things to do in Prague, but the ones away from the tourist attractions that you will find here are somehow special and unique.
Prague is a magical city full of history, beautiful architecture, and unfortunately, crowds of tourists. However, that shouldn’t stop you from visiting the city. But if you would like to be at least some time away from the madness, then try these awesome things to do in Prague away from the tourist attractions where the most people are concentrated (and away from the tourists themselves).
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Awesome things to do in Prague away from the tourist attractions #1
Visit and swim (if you’d like to) in Stromovka Park
Everyone knows the famous Letna Park in Prague, which is awesome. However, just half an hour walk or so away from it, there is another park, which in my opinion is even better – Stromovka Park.
If you’re tired of the crowds in Prague, then Stromovka Park is the best place to go to. It is the perfect spot to calm down and relax even if you have just two days in Prague.
If you really want to visit Prague like a local, then you should definitely check out this park. The park is huge and I visited just a small part of it, where the lakes are. The lakes in which you can swim if you’d like to, as the locals do.
Except for swimming in the lakes and relaxing, Stromovka Park is great for many outdoor activities, such as walking, biking, running, skateboarding, etc.
In the park, there are a few options for places to eat and drink, but I would recommend bringing your own snacks and beers and have a picnic on the grass.
Already interested in visiting? Find the GPS coordinates and how to get there here.
But if you’re not visiting the city in the summer months and swimming in the lake is not an option, check this article on what to do in Prague in December.
Awesome things to do in Prague away from the tourist attractions #2
Get on public transport
One of the best ways to get around Prague is by using public transport, which is very well served.
The buses and the trams, especially except for being convenient might be also wonderful. The routes of some of them are passing beautiful parts of the city and you can just ride on, sit and enjoy one of the most beautiful European capitals.
When I discovered this, a few times I went for a ride on the trams just to do this and explore the city by the tram window.
Depends on what you want to see, you can choose which tram to get on, but I would recommend you to ”get lost” and just hop on some that you don’t even know where is going. Don’t worry, the whole system is very well connected, so you will easily find the way back.
One of the tram routes that I liked the most was the route of tram #12, which goes to the Strahov Monastery and from there you can easily reach the next place that I will tell you about.
Awesome things to do in Prague away from the tourist attractions #3
Enjoy a lovely view while drinking your coffee at Garden Cafe Tausigg
This place turned out to one of my favorite ones in Prague. Thank you, Jakub, (my awesome host in Prague) for telling me about this place!
Except for the chill atmosphere and the wonderful view, there is one more thing that makes Cafe Tausigg so special. The cafe gives an opportunity for mentally handicapped people to develop their elementary social and working abilities and they are trying to support them to integrate themselves into the common society.
I went there, took a coffee and sit in the garden for hours. It was too peaceful and I felt so productive that while I was drinking my coffee there, I wrote not one, but two blog posts! – Day trip to Delft, Things to see & Things to do & London For Food Lovers
P.S. if you’re a coffee lover traveling around the Czech Republic, don’t miss out to visit Ostrava. According to fellow travel blogger Jean, coffee is the number one thing to do in Ostrava.
Those were my top 3 awesome things to do in Prague away from the tourist attractions, but of course, the city has a lot more to offer. That’s why I’ll list below the other awesome things that I’ve enjoyed doing in Prague.
Enjoy the Czech cuisine
Czech cuisine is mostly meat-based. They also have some weird, at first, combinations, like meat with bread, whipped cream, cranberry jam, and lemon. The dish that I just described is called svíčková and I liked it.
The Goulash is also a very popular and traditional meal. It’s different than the one in Hungary, and it can be served in a bowl made of bread, which is awesome!
Another traditional meal for Czech cuisine is the schnitzel. I’m usually not a big fan, but I decided to give it a try in Prague and it was very good. Meat lovers will love it for sure. I ate it at the Pivovar Strahov, which is beside the Strahov Monastery (hence the name).
SWEETS! When in Prague, you should definitely the famous trdelnik. It’s made from a rolled dough, grilled, and topped with sugar and walnut mix. And, you can also have it with chocolate, whipped cream, or ice cream. Very unhealthy, but om nom nom!
Also, try the apple strudel (Štrúdl).
And of course, a meal in Prague should always be accompanied by a beer. Czech beer is one of the best and most famous beers in the world. If you’re a beer fan and want to learn more about it, check out this Czech beer insider’s guide for everything you need to know about it.
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Learn about the history
The Prague and Czech history, in general, spans for thousands of years.
I’m not really into history but there were things on the free walking tour that I was very impressed by. You can learn a lot by joining the tour, as it covers a lot.
And you can, of course, do your own Czech Republic itinerary and learn about the country’s history on the go.
John Lennon Wall
Part of the best art in Prague, a touristy place but definitely deserves the visit.
For more than 30 years now, the wall is covered by a John Lennon inspired graffiti and lyrics from the Beatles songs. The wall is also one of the most instagrammable places in Prague.
Beers by the Vltava river
The river shore is a trendy place to hang out. Sitting by the river, drinking beer, and having a nice company to share this with is definitely an awesome thing to do in Prague.
Also, the shore near the Charles Bridge is very popular for the swans that are gathering there. However, be aware that the swans are not that sweet as they look.
The swans have been used to being fed by the people, so they always expect you to give them food and they might even bite you. I’m not kidding, although my Prague host and I laugh a lot about it, it’s a real danger.
Check out the magnificent Strahov Library
Even though you can only see it from behind the tape, for me it’s worth paying for it and seeing it.
The Strahov Library is incredible!
Admission: CZK 120 / 4.60 euro / $5.43
Explore Prague Castle
Prague Castle is the main tourist attraction.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world, dating back from the 9th century. The whole complex consists of halls, structures, churches, towers, gardens, etc.
The views from the Prague Castle are really beautiful, but I personally like the view from the Tausigg coffee better.
Relax in Letna Park
The most famous Prague Park, Letna is a large park on Letna hill, which also offers some amazing views over the city and the Vltava River.
It’s popular for picnics, strolls, skateboarding, and many other outdoor activities.
With all this being said, there is one thing that I didn’t enjoy at all – walking the Charles Bridge. When I visited Prague, the bridge was overcrowded, so I didn’t really get the chance to see its beauty.
Have you been to Prague? Is there anything else that you would add to the list of awesome things to do in Prague away from the tourist attractions? I would love to have some more ideas for my next visit to this fairy tale city.
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