Prague is Central Europe’s crown jewel, whose historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
But there are dozens of hidden gems in the city that you can only find by exploring its dozens of narrow lanes and cobblestone streets. You will be rewarded by going off the beaten path, taking the longer route to get where you are going, opting for the smaller and quieter narrow street over the main thoroughfare, or taking a different route back than the one that took you there. Below are just a handful of our favorite hidden gems in this city (this list could easily have been three times as long).
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Your private guide will be happy to take you to some or all of these attractions - and to share even more depending on what type of experiences you are interested in having.
Museum of Decorative Arts
Visit a world-class decorative arts museum during your private tour of the Old Town, New Town & Jewish Quarter!
The Museum of Decorative Arts houses a significant collection of decorative arts from the Renaissance to the 19th century in a magnificent Historicist building on an important cultural square with a view of the Prague Castle. Walking up the grand staircase, under the painted ceilings and stuccos, and through original cast-iron gates en route to the collections is as much of an experience as the permanent and temporary exhibitions on display.
New World (Nový Svět) Quarter
Uncover this hidden gem during your private tour of the Prague Castle & Lesser Town!
A tiny oasis of tranquility near Prague Castle. Walk the curved cobblestone lanes of the "New World", its diminutive pastel-colored houses originally built in the 16th century beneath the city’s massive Baroque walls for castle staff. Give yourself time to stop for a coffee in the romantic cafe. Today many artists have their homes and studios in this peaceful quarter - one of the most picturesque and beautiful places in Prague - that both visitors and time have forgotten.
Covered galleries / Passages
Explore Prague's typical covered galleries or passages during your private tour of the Old Town, New Town & Jewish Quarter!
Hidden in plain sight in Prague’s center - easy to spot only if you know where to look - are covered galleries or passages. The finest examples date from the turn of the previous century and perhaps no city save for Paris has embraced them with such vigor. The most extensive and magnificent is the Lucerna passage, built by the grandfather of former president Václav Havel, which includes shops, bakeries, restaurants, a cinema, and a provocatively subversive statue of King Wenceslas atop his horse from contemporary sculptor David Černý.
Experience this magical place during your private tour of the Old Town, New Town & Jewish Quarter!
The Haštalská Quarter is the warren of tiny streets and alleys arrayed around the Church of St Castulus (Haštal). It’s just steps from some of the busiest streets of the Old Town but feels very much from a quieter time. Here you can walk some of the oldest preserved streets in Prague, usually alone. This little quarter of the city escaped the tearing-down of the old medieval buildings and synagogues of the Jewish ghetto (a “sanitation” carried out for hygienic reasons at the turn of the 20th century), and if you walk along certain streets on the border of the quarter, you will feel that you are straddling the medieval and modern eras - the two faces of Prague’s historic center today.
The National Gallery’s permanent exhibition includes one of the finest collections on display in the country.
The National Gallery of Prague is a network of museums and buildings, each of which is worth visiting and exploring, especially on a combined ticket that includes access to all venues. The Trade Fair Palace is a gem of Czech Functionalist architecture and hosts a permanent collection of Czech modern art. The Schwarzenberg Palace is one of the most important Renaissance buildings in Prague, while the Kinsky Palace is one of the pearls of the Old Town Square. The Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia is one of the oldest and most important Gothic buildings. The National Gallery’s permanent collection includes one of the finest collections of medieval art and traces the development of art in the lands of Bohemia and Moravia across movements and eras into the present day.
Visit the cutting-edge art gallery Museum Montanelli during your private tour of the Prague Castle & Lesser Town!
Prague has a thriving contemporary art scene that any art lover should not overlook during their visit to the city. Museums like DOX Center for Contemporary Art and galleries like Dvorak Sec Contemporary (DSC Gallery), Museum Montanelli, Václav Špála Gallery, Hunt Kastner, Jiri Svestka Gallery and Galerie Rudolfinum make up the brightest stars in the constellation of the Czech art scene that’s making waves in Basel, Venice, Miami and beyond.
Enjoy the peaceful strolls or even your morning run like a real Praguer.
The largest park of its kind in the city of Prague, Stromovka offers playgrounds, picnic areas, jogging paths, meadows, a planetarium, a handful of outdoor cafes and concert venues, restaurants, and even horse stables. It’s a great place to visit on a pleasant Sunday afternoon to stroll alongside local families and groups of friends and see how real Praguers relax.
Traditional pastries and confectionery
Sample some of Prague’s finest confectionery during your private tour of the Old Town, New Town & Jewish Quarter!
Prague confectioners rivaled only those of Vienna and Paris in Europe in the days of the First Czechoslovak Republic (1918-38). Today you can sample some of the creations that made them famous at Cukrárna Myšák, just steps from Wenceslas Square. The confectionery first opened its doors to customers in 1911 and, in short order, the creme de la creme of Prague society was coming for dessert - from opera singer Ema Destinová to T. G. Masaryk, the republic’s first president. The ground floor of Myšák is a trip back to 1911, while the upstairs has been renovated with an on-premises bakery and confectionery workshop.
Czech Pilsner beer
Taste one of the oldest beers in the world during your private tour of the Prague Castle & Lesser Town!
The world’s first pale lager was invented in what is now the Pilsner Urquell Brewery in the town of Plzen (Pilsen) in 1842. There are several places in Prague where you are certain to have a perfectly poured Pilsner, usually served out of a tank rather than a keg for added freshness, in accordance with the quality standards set by the brewery. The Lokál family of pubs make the pouring of Pilsner beer into an art form. The location near the Charles Bridge - Lokál U Bílé kuželky - is not to be missed. Grab a glass of this amber nectar of the Gods from the taproom and savor it outside on the square.
In the Craft Beer Spot and Craft House Prague bars you can paricipate in craft beer tourism and taste the best beers.
For connoisseurs of beer who are curious to see what the land that gave the world the first pale lager has been up to lately, the craft beer scene in the Czech Republic has been booming since walls came down, borders opened up and young local brewers joined the global brewing community. In the center of Prague, the Craft Beer Spot and Craft House Prague bars are where you can participate in craft beer tourism and taste the best of the country’s craft beer scene from the comfort of a seat at the bar.