Prague, along with London, Paris and Rome, is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in Europe. If you have booked a romantic getaway to the capital of the Czech Republic, you are probably looking for fun things to do in Prague for couples.
Prague is packed with breath-taking architecture, stunning views, charming alleys, maze-like cobbled streets and art galleries. It might not be as grand as Paris or Rome, but there are plenty of romantic things to do and see in Prague.
If you are looking for a city with great food and lovely restaurants, don’t worry as there are several amazing dinner places in Prague. You will find fantastic high-end restaurants along Prague Castle, Vltava River, Old Town and Lesser Town. For the less expensive but still charming options, head to a traditional Czech pub located inside Prague's narrow alleys. These pubs have locally brewed beer and heartwarming homemade meals.
Once you arrive in Prague, you have an option of purchasing an individual ticket for each of you to use on Prague's public transportation system. A 24 or 72-hour ticket should be sufficient if you are only in Prague for a few days or a weekend. The tickets are valid on the trams, buses and metro.
Note that most of Prague's attractions have admission fees. If you plan on visiting multiple museums and the Prague Castle, then consider buying a Prague Card. With the Prague Card, you will be able to enter 60 attractions for free, get access to discounts and use a tour bus and river cruise for free. It can be convenient and save you time and money if you plan on visiting many sites around the city.
It doesn't matter when you visit Prague; you will find romance and love on every corner. To help with your trip planning, I have compiled a list that includes several tips and great locations for dates in Prague.
River cruises run daily from late morning until late evening, every half hour or hour depending on the season. Cruises are usually in between 1 - 2 hours long and pass through the most famous landmarks in Prague.
You will be able to see the stunning beauty of Prague Castle, Lesser Town, Old Town, New Town and Charles Bridge. I recommend taking a cruise in the evening, allowing you to enjoy breath-taking night views of the city with a glass of wine and lovely music.
A Vltava river cruise is one of the most romantic things to do in Prague at night.
Love Lock Bridge (Lovers Bridge) is a simple pedestrian bridge in Lesser Town, close to Prague Castle and the John Lennon Wall.
The bridge got its name from the locks that are on the bridge’s structures. However, its history has deeper roots. The tradition of putting locks on the bridge came from a local legend of two lovers whose families didn’t approve of their relationship. According to the legend, the lovers planned to meet on the bridge for a kiss. However, their families discovered their plans and killed them.
Now, the bridge is a significant tourist attraction that attracts tourists and local couples who are eager to put their lock on the bridge as a symbol of eternal love. To find the bridge, follow directions to the John Lennon Wall and head towards the stream.
Built during the 14th century, Charles Bridge spans over 516 metres and is the most iconic landmark in the Czech Republic. It is a Gothic-style stone bridge that connects Old Town and Lesser Town and showcases the best views of Prague.
The bridge is adorned with majestic lamps, 30 grand statues and beautiful towers at the end of it. It is these features that immediately catch the eyes of every passerby.
You can reach the bridge by tram (Malostranské náměstí tram station) or by walking from Prague Castle. I recommend visiting the bridge for the sunset or sunrise as you will be able to catch the most wonderful views of the Vltava River.
There are several restaurants next to Charles Bridge, making the nearby area a perfect place for a romantic dinner with bridge views.
The beautiful district of Malá Strana is nestled across the river from the Old Town.
Malá Strana or Lesser Town, or even 'Little Quarter' if translated from Czech, is filled with cobblestone squares and alleys, medieval churches, hidden gems (gardens) and other cultural sights.
I recommend walking around the district as you will discover its rich history and find impressive old cellar pubs and traditional restaurants serving the best Czech meals in Prague city this way.
There is nothing more romantic than wandering around the maze-like streets of Lesser Town. Also, if you are looking for gifts, Lesser Town is the ideal place for shopping for traditional Czech glassware and handcrafted jewellery.
A horse-drawn carriage ride is another activity I recommend for couples who want to make their evening more romantic and unique. You can find the carriages around the Old Town Square all year round.
A tour usually starts and ends at Old Town Square. A single carriage is suitable for up to four people. The experienced driver will take you through the most beautiful streets and famous sights of Prague. So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
A carriage ride usually lasts for 20 minutes. However, most drivers are happy to rent a carriage to you for up to an hour on request. I recommend starting with 20 minutes, and if you've fallen in love with the ride, you can always ask to extend your journey.
The Astronomical Clock is the most popular tourist attraction in the Czech Republic. It is a medieval clock built into the Old Town Hall Tower and is visible from the tower's chapel and the Old Town Square.
The clock was created in 1410. In that same year, it was placed on the front of the tower. When the clock strikes the hour, the mechanism sets a procession in motion. During the event, the eight figures on the side of the clock move as well. Four of the eight characters represent civic anxieties of the 15th-century people; Vanity, Greed, Death and Pagan Invasion.
The performance lasts for 45 seconds and attracts hundreds of people. I recommend getting there 10-15 minutes before the hour. Bring a warm coffee along and hold a spot just below the clock face.
Initially built in 1888 as a German theatre, the State Opera is now an opera house that hosts about 300 performances a year. It is located in a grand neo-renaissance building with a luxurious looking interior.
I recommend having dinner at Wenceslas Square or Old Town Square. After dinner, you can head to the opera house for a show. It is located a few minutes walk from Wenceslas Square and a 15-minute walk from the Old Town Square. An event at the State Opera is a great way to end your evening date.
Most of the tickets can be purchased online or at the State Opera building several days in advance. Due to its majestic exterior and interior, the Prague State Opera building is one of the most beautiful and romantic theatre buildings in Europe.
Old Town Square, or Staroměstské náměstí in Czech, is a central square in the Old Town. It was constructed in the 12th century, and since then, has been a centre for various historical events.
The square is located between Wenceslas Square and Charles Bridge. It is surrounded by many recommended sights, such as the Church of Our Lady before Týn, Kinský Palace, the Astronomical Clock, Old Town Hall and more.
Old Town Square is a great spot to start sightseeing and to relax after long walks. It often hosts street performances. I recommend spending some time here to enjoy the atmosphere.
Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) complex is the most historically significant monument in the Czech Republic. Founded in 880 AD, the Prague Castle is believed to be the largest castle complex in the world and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
It is located in the Castle District (Hradčany) and sits on a hill overlooking the city and Lesser Town. The castle complex consists of numerous historic buildings, including the presidential residence, art galleries and St. Vitus Cathedral.
The courtyards are free to enter. However, you will need to buy a ticket to enter the buildings. If you are looking for something more romantic than a tour around the castle, consider purchasing tickets for a concert in the castle complex.
Letna Park (Letenské sady) is a massive park located on an embankment overlooking the Vltava River. The park became famous in Eastern Europe for having the most significant monument of Stalin in the world. The memorial was removed in 1955, however, and now a giant ticking metronome is standing in its place.
A little bit further from the metronome is a Hanavský Pavilion - a neo-Baroque cast-iron building with a cafe overlooking the bridges of Prague and the city area.
If you aren't a fan of coffee and cake, the park has a beer garden which serves the best locally brewed beer. Deeper inside the park, you will find walking trails, Letna Mansion with a luxurious restaurant and the oldest functioning European carousel.
This article covered the 10 best romantic things to do in Prague for couples. It also included some major tourist attractions, such as Prague Castle, the Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge and Lesser Town.
By following some of the suggested romantic spots above, you will be able to visit iconic buildings, learn more about Prague city, taste great food and enjoy your date.
Forget about constant planning and research; just write down a couple of places from the above list and enjoy your romantic weekend in Prague. Even if you are staying longer than 48 hours, the activities mentioned can be done slowly over several days. Take your time, look around and feel the loving atmosphere all over historical Prague.
Have a lovely romantic trip!
This article was first published on Nov 3, 2019 13:43 UTC.
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