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Prague is rich with cultural activity. Art fans delight in the Mucha Museum and the fine arts collections at Prague Castle, while theater-goers head to the ballet or opera at one of the city’s old-fashioned performing arts venues. Prague’s cathedrals, Jewish quarter, Communist Museum, and ample green spaces draw crowds all year round.

Things to do in Prague

Charles Bridge

No trip to Prague is complete without strolling across this iconic statue-studded bridge spanning the Vitava. Linking the Old Town with the Royal Way and Prague Castle, it hosts street performers and artists.

, 011-420-257-531-088, www.charlesbridge.cz
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Climb Petrin Hill

Milan Kundera readers will remember Prague’s Petrin Hill from a dream sequence in The Unbearable Lightness of Being. But you don’t have to be a literature buff to enjoy the forested slope rising up behind Malá Strana. Hop onto the funicular train at the foot of the hill near the Újezd tram stop, or hike up the path to a clearing where an outdoor cafe, Vinarna Nebozizek, provides weary hikers with spectacular views over the city and Prague Castle (011-420-257-315-329). If you make it to the top, you’ll be rewarded with lovely flower gardens and an observation tower that’s fun for kids.

Malá Strana behind Újezd tram stop, 011-420-257-320-112 (observation tower)
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Franz Kafka Museum

Learn how Prague influenced one of the greatest figures of 20th century world literature. The museum brings together many of Kafka’s first edition books, letters, photographs and drawings.

Cihelna 2b; Praha 1, 011-420-257-535-507, www.kafkamuseum.cz
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Guided Tour: Ten Centuries in the Architecture of Prague

The rich architectural history of Prague extends as far back as the 10th century, making the city a veritable living museum of the shifting styles of the centuries, from Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance structures to Art Nouveau, Cubist, and Functionalist designs. Splurge on a qualified guide - this 3-hour tour ($150) practically equals a semester-long course in the subject back in the States.

, www.guide-prague.cz
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Jewish Museum

Wander the 13th-century streets, still bursting with ornate synagogues, of Prague's former Jewish ghetto. A gloomy, evocative cemetery and the Maisel Synagogue's Jewish Museum outline the history of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia.

U Staré školy 1, 011- 420-221-711-511, www.jewishmuseum.cz
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Koruna Pralines

Offerings from Brno's fabled chocolatier will satisfy any chocoholic. Plenty of other food goodies like gingerbread and marzipan too, as well as an impressive wine selection.

Ujezd 31, 011-420-251-511-565, www.pralinky.eu (Czech only)
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Manufaktura

Stock up on souvenirs and handicrafts like ceramic ornaments and traditional Christmas decorations at this quality chain store. Find one of the most central outlets at Karlova 26 in Stare Mesto.

Karlova 26, 011-420-221-111-079, www.manufaktura.biz
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Mucha Museum

This petite gallery devoted to the life and work of Czech-born, art nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha is a must-see for art connoisseurs. The posters he created for actress Sarah Bernhardt take center stage; his pastels, lithographs, and themed series are sensuous and fantastical. A short biographical video, shown in the rear of the gallery, puts his work in historical perspective for visitors.

Panská 7, 011-420-224-216-415, www.mucha.cz
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Museum of Communism

Get a feel for Prague’s communist years from 1948 to 1989 in this fascinating, well-organized museum. Exhibits include an Interrogation rooms, video clips and a historical schoolroom.

Na Prikope 10 (above McDonald’s), 011-420-224-212-966, www.museumofcommunism.com
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Narodni Trida

Shop with the locals for bargain shoes and household goods. Think low-brow department stores, fast food chains, and communist-style holdovers. Popular home furnishing store, Le Patio, is also a French restaurant.

Národní 22, 011-420-224-934-375, www.lepatio.cz
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Old Town Square

Flanked by baroque and gothic buildings, Prague’s massive (and oldest) square lights up nightly like a Christmas tree. Make time for the free, hourly spectacle at the Old Town Hall’s Astronomical Clock, when figurines march out to music.

U Staré školy 1, 011- 420-221-711-511, www.jewishmuseum.cz
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Prague Castle

The world’s largest medieval castle is so huge it feels like its own town – gothic spires, narrow lanes, palaces, statues and courtyards surround the massive St. Vitus cathedral. Spend at least half a day.

Praha 1, 011-420-224-372-423, www.hrad.cz
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Reduta Jazz Club

This venerable old place near the National Theater showcases classic musicians from the Czech Republic, the USA and everywhere in between. Rumor has it that Bill Clinton once played sax here.

Narodni triad 20, 011-420-224-933-487, www.redutajazzclub.cz
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Strahov Monastery

Visit this monastery dating back to 1143 for its architecture - Gothic and Baroque styles surround a Romanesque basilica - and its 18th century art collection of over 1,000 paintings, sculptures and handicrafts.

Strahovske nadvori 1, 011-420-233-107-711, www.strahovskyklaster.cz
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Take in a Show at Národní Divadlo

Stepping into Prague's ornate national theatre, Národní Divadlo, is like walking into a gentler era. Red velvet, ceiling frescoes, and gilded balconies decorate this performance space where the finest productions of theater, opera, and ballet are regularly scheduled. Dress up and go early for a glass of champagne in the gorgeous salon before renting a pair of opera glasses and letting the ushers escort you to your seat.

Ostrovní 1, 011-420-224-901-448, www.narodni-divadlo.cz
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Tramix

Sure, you could take a conventional tram after the sun goes down, but you'll get far more out of your evening by boarding one of Prague's party trams, which bring together disco music, martinis, and about 150 good-looking strangers. You'll pay a bit more for the pleasure of riding these rails, but the ever-changing views of Prague's city streets make it a worthwhile splurge.

, www.tramix.cz
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Vysehrad

This panorama-filled hilltop (it’s name means “High Castle in Czech) is outside the traditional tourist loop, but well worth a visit. Bring a picnic and climb around the crumbling castles and fortifications dating as far back as the 11th century.

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Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square, or Vaclavske namesti, is a noisy, bustling, oddly random collection of high- and low-end shops (fashion-focused stores share street space with specialty puzzle shops). Dusty arcade-style galleries and passages are also worth exploring.

Wenceslas Square,
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