If you visit Prague during the summer months, you will be viewing the historical sights around Prague Castle and Old Town Sq. with thousands of other people trying to cram into the same tightly packed spaces as you. The tours of many of the historic buildings are often long and dry. It will be loud. It will be unpleasant. You might get your wallet stolen. It doesn’t have to be like this. You’ll miss the crowds and save a lot of money if you do your Old Town sightseeing at night. You won’t get to see the interiors of the buildings, but for most part that’s no great loss. The entire Old Town, and especially the Charles Bridge—virtually impassable during the day—are lit up beautifully at night. Once you get away from Old Town Sq., your options start to open up. Zizkov has its share of large structures, including the TV Tower and the Jan Zizka Statue. In Malá Strana, a panoramic view of the city awaits from the top of Petrín Tower.
Alfons Mucha Museum
*A or B: Můstek. Walk up Václavské náměstí in the direction of the St. Wenceslas statue. Turn left onto Jindřišská and left again onto Panská. The museum is on the left. 180Kč, students 120Kč. ~ Open daily 10am-6pm.
*100Kč, students 70Kč). Don’t miss the statue of St. Wenceslas, where the proclamation of Czechoslovakia’s independence was read in 1918. Artist David Černý’s hilarious parody of this statue can be found inside the Lucerna complex on Vodičková and involves an upside-down hanging horse. * A or B: Můstek, or A or C: Muzeum. Free.
*B: Karlovo náměstí. From the metro, walk down Resslova toward the river. The building is on the left. Coffee 45-70Kč. Beer 40-90Kč.
Saint Henry Tower
*A or B: Můstek. From the metro, walk up Václavské náměstí in the direction of the St. Wenceslas statue. Turn left onto Jindřišská and continue to the end of the street. 90Kč, students 60Kč. Cash only. ~ Open daily Apr-Sept 10am-7pm; Oct-Mar 10am-6pm.
New Town Hall
*B: Karlovo náměstí. From the metro, look for the giant tower on the northern end of the square. 500Kč, students 30Kč. Cash only. ~ Open Apr-Oct Tu-Su 10am-6pm.
*A: Staroměstská. Facing the river, turn left onto Křížovnická. Continue straight; the bridge is on the right. Tower 75Kč, students 55Kč. ~ Open daily Nov-Dec 10am-8pm; Apr-Oct 10am-10pm; Dec-Mar 10am-6pm.
Astronomical Clock Tower and Old Town Hall
*A: Staroměstská. Walk on Kaprova away from the river, turn left onto Malé Náměstí, and turn left after the street ends. Exhibition hall 100Kč, students 80Kč. Tower 100/80Kč. ~ Hall open M 11am-6pm, Tu-Su 9am-6pm. Last tour 5pm. Tower open M 11am-10pm, Tu-Su 9am-10pm.
Church of Our Lady before Týn
*A: Staroměstská. Walk on Kaprova away from the river, turn left onto Malé Náměstí, and turn left after the street ends. The church is across Old Town Square. Free. ~ Open Tu-Sa 10am-1pm and 3-5pm, Su 10am-noon.
*B: Náměstí Republiky. From Old Town Square, walk east on Celetná all the way to Náměstí Republiky; the Municipal House is on the left. Tours in Czech and English. Tickets must be purchased on the day of your visit at the ticket office, located in the Municipal House. Guided tours 290Kč, students 240Kč, families 500Kč. ~ Open daily 10am-7pm. Tour times vary by week and month; check the online calendar for details.
Saint James Cathedral
*From Old Town Square, head down Týnska (with Our Lady before Týn on the left) and continue straight through the courtyards as it turns into Týn. The courtyard lets out at Malá Štupartská, where you should take a left. Free. ~ Open M-Th 9:30am-noon, F 2-4pm, Sa 9:30am-noon and 2-3:30pm, Su 2-4pm.
*A: Staroměstská. Walk toward the river 1 block, then turn right onto Valentinská. The synagogue is at the end of the street.
Old Jewish Cemetery
*Enter through Pinkas Synagogue. Camera permit 50Kč.
*A: Staroměstská. Walk away from the river on Kaprova, then turn left onto Maiselova. Continue after the Maisel Synagogue. The synagogue is on the right. Men must cover their heads (yarmulkes free). Services reserved for practicing members of the Jewish community. 200Kč, students 140Kč. Free guides in several languages.
*Walk up Petřín hill or take the funicular from Újezd (all public transportation tickets valid, 24Kč for 30min. ticket). After getting off the funicular, turn right and continue along the wall until you see the tower. There’s also a path that leads here from Strahov Monastery. 105Kč, students 55Kč, family 260Kč. Elevator 55Kč. Mirror labyrinth 70Kč, students 50Kč. Cash only. ~ Open daily 10am-10pm. Mirror labyrinth open daily 10am-10pm.
Church of Saint Nicholas
*A: Malostranská. Follow Letenská to Malostranské námestí or take tram 12, 20, or 22 for 1 stop. 70Kč, students 50Kč. Free entry for prayer daily 8:30-9am. Cash only. ~ Open daily Apr-Oct 9am-4:45pm; Nov-Mar 9am-3:45pm. Tours every day. Holy Mass Su 8:30am.
John Lennon Wall
*From the Charles Bridge, take a left onto Lázeňská soon after the bridge ends. Stay on it as it curves around into Velkopřevorské náměstí. Free. ~ Open 24hr.
Franz Kafka Museum
*A: Malostranská. Go down Klárov along the river, veering left at the fork between U Lužické Semináře and Cihelná. The museum is on the left. 180Kč, students 120Kč, family 490Kč. ~ Open daily 10am-6pm.
*A: Malostranská. From the metro, walk south along the river to Kampa Island. The museum is on the east side of the island at the edge of the river. Look for a giant chair or 3 enormous babies. 280Kč, students 140Kč. ~ Open daily 10am-6pm.
*Tram 22: Pražský hrad. From the stop, go down U Prašného Mostu, past the Royal Gardens, and into the Second Courtyard. Alternatively, hike up Nerudova. Ticket office and info center located opposite St. Vitus Cathedral, inside the castle walls. Short tour covers admission to everything important; long tour includes everything important and other—rather uninteresting—sights. These are not guided tours, just combined tickets to different buildings. Tickets are valid for 2 consecutive days. Short tour 250Kč, students 125Kč. Long tour 350/175Kč. Photo permit for interiors 50Kč. ~ Ticket office and historical monuments open daily Apr-Oct 9am-5pm; Nov-Mar 9am-4pm. Castle grounds open daily Apr-Oct 5am-midnight; Nov-Mar 6am-11pm.
Saint Vitus Cathedral
*The Cathedral is the enormous church on the eastern part of the castle complex. Some parts of the Cathedral are accessible without a ticket, but the rest is included in the short and long tour tickets. “Treasure of St. Vitus Cathedral” exhibition 300Kč, students 150Kč.
Golden Lane and Dalibor Tower
*To the right of the basilica, follow Jiřská halfway down and take a left onto Zlatá ulička, or “Golden Lane.”
*A: Jiřího z Poděbrad. Walk toward the TV Tower on Milešovská, then take a left onto Ondříčkova, then an almost immediate right onto Fibichova. The cemetery is on the right, after the TV Tower. 60Kč. ~ Open M 11am-3pm, W 11am-3pm, F 9am-1pm.
Žižkov Television Tower
*A: Jiřího z Poděbrad. Walk toward the TV Tower on Milešovská, then take a left onto Ondříčkova, then take an immediate right onto Fibichova. You won’t miss it. 150Kč, students and seniors 100Kč, families 350Kč. ~ Observation deck open daily 8am-midnight.
*C: Vyšehrad. From the metro, head toward “Kongresové Centrum” and walk across this conference complex, keeping right. At the end, turn right and head down a staircase, then turn left and cross a parking lot. To the right there is a cobblestone road that leads to Vyšehrad. Guided tours of the casemate leave on the hour 10am-5pm. Park admission free. English map and guide 35Kč, cemetery guide 50Kč. Church of St. Peter and St. Paul 30Kč. Casemate 50Kč. Vyšehrad Gallery 20Kč. Gothic Cellar 50Kč. Cash only. ~ Exhibitions open daily Nov-Mar 9:30am-5pm; Apr-Oct 9:30am-6pm. St. Peter and St. Paul open M-W 10am-6pm, Tu-Th 10am-5:30pm, F-Sa 10am-6pm, Su 10:30am-6pm.
*C: Nádraží Holešovice. Take tram 5 or 12 or walk along the tram tracks to Ortenovo náměstí. From here, continue along the tracks on Komunardů and take the 1st right onto Poupětova. DOX is on the right. 180Kč; students 90Kč; art history, art, design, or architecture students 40Kč. ~ Open M 10am-6pm, W-F 11am-7pm, Sa-Su 10am-6pm.
*B: Hradčanská. From the station, walk to the other side of the building and head southeast. You’ll run into the enormous park. Or take metro C to Vltavská and head west.
*C: Nádraží Holešovice. From the station take tram 12, 14, or 17 or walk along the tram tracks (passing the Exhibition Ground) for 2 stops to Veletržní. The museum is at the tram stop. 240Kč, students 120Kč. Audio tour 30Kč. ~ Open Tu-Su 10am-6pm.