Things to do in Prague if you hate tourist traps

In the last three months of the year 2015, the Prague accommodation facilities signed 1, 385, 210 of incoming non-residents. That is more than a tenth of the entire population of the Czech Republic. And the number does not even include couchsurfers and people staying at their friends, so the actual number is even higher!

Wenceslas Square, unique Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge, National Theatre… it is mainly these historical monuments that make Prague one of most popular European destinations. But if you live, study or work in the centre of the Czech capital, the list of your favourite places usually includes something else than the Old Town Square. Let us take a closer look at where a Prague local would go….

After the fall of the Soviet Union, the country embraced the new opportunities, and creative people began coming up with new art and business ideas. As a result, nearly 30 years later, there are countless restaurants offering different cuisines, alternative cafés, design clothes shops, galleries of fine art (our personal favourite) or graffiti walls all around Prague.

This is why we created a new tour called Street Vibes. We want to show you around the city we call home from our own perspective and tell you what it is like to live in Prague today. We are glad that we can present to you David Černý’s statues. This artist is probably the first Czech person that we think of when it comes to “controversial artists”. He is either loved or hated for his extraordinary works of art. His first project that caught the attention of the public was when he painted an old Soviet tank pink.

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The tank was exhibited in Smíchov since 1945 as a memorial of the liberation of Prague by the Soviet Red Army. On the night of 28 April 1991, the art student David Černý painted the military green tank in pink. His sassy night action provoked a huge response, both positive and negative. His opponents considered it an act of vandalism, while his supporters said it had been a cool expression of art. Černý was later charged with a small fine, which was paid by his supporters in the end. The pink tank was then transported to various museums and today, it is exhibited in the Prague Meet Factory Art Centre.

This is how David’s career of a controversial sculptor started. Today, all Czech people know his giant babies crawling up the Žižkov TV Tower, as well as his Entropa. The sculpture depicts European countries in a slightly racial way, therefore it has been criticised by many European politicians.

Whether you belong to the camp of his admirers or his critics, we would love to discuss your view on contemporary art in Prague with you. And there is no better place to do that than in our favourite stylish Café Neustadt, run by Ondřej Kobza. This urban entrepreneur says that his goal is to encourage spontaneity – that is why he installed pianos and chess tables in many different places in Prague. You can just sit down and play on the street, how cool is that?

So if you want to enjoy Prague, explore the real Prague of today, do not waste your opportunity to meet young local people and see it all for yourself with Street Vibes!

6 Great Activities You Can Enjoy in Prague

On our blog, we have already described many different activities that tourists can enjoy in Prague. The lively nightlife, famous museums, majestic theatres or renowned restaurants are not the only things that the city has in store for you. So today, ThinkPrague would like to show some other attractions that might be great fun in our opinion.
Currently ranked the fourth best zoo in the world by TripAdvisor, it is an adventure like no other. It is divided thematically: each pavilion represents a particular region that the animals come from. The zoo began to be built in 1881 and has been expanding ever since. Every time you go back, you will probably discover something new and exciting.
Petřín Hill
One of the Prague’s greenest areas is easily accessible on foot from many different places, including Prague Castle. You may also reach it by the funicular railway from Ujezd. It is a 300 m high hill with a miniature version of the Eiffel Tower on the top. Upon climbing up, you will be awarded by the most impressive view of Prague. While the rose gardens in the park are probably the most sought-after romantic sites for lovers, the local mirror maze is great fun especially for families with children.

Petřín Hill 1

Petřín Hill 2


They are a very popular way of spending your leisure time during your visit in Prague. There are various types of cruises: boats with restaurants, party boats, commented sightseeing cruises and many others! There is nothing more relaxing on a beautiful sunny day than taking a nice boat trip up the stream of the Vltava River.

River Cruises 1

River Cruises 2


David Černý is probably our most famous contemporary sculptor but also definitely the most controversial. You might have heard of him in connection with his brilliant, gigantic piece called Entropa, mocking stereotypes of various European countries that offended a lot of people around the whole world back in 2009. Quite a few of his crazy sculptures are displayed in public throughout the city. If you look up the Žižkov Television Tower, you will see his Babies: large creepy statues of infants crawling up the top (some of them are also on display in Kampa Park). Another example of his work is called Piss: two boys “spelling” quotations from Czech literature by urinating into a fountain in the shape of the Czech Republic. Many other works of Černý’s art are located in different places in the city and ThinkPrague can help you find them all!

David Černý’s Art
Farmers’ markets have recently regained their popularity in Prague. They regularly take place on the square Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad and on Náplavka (the Riverside) and offer a wide range of products and meals from Czech farms. The markets attract large crowds by their friendly atmosphere and sellers in good mood. These traditional markets are a good opportunity to get to know all the tastes of our country.
Even though we already wrote an article dedicated to Prague’s nightlife, there is one special quarter that we left out: Žižkov. It used to be an industrial suburb known to be a little dangerous and vile. Even though those times are long gone, their spirit lives on. With more than 300 bars on 5 sq kilometres, it is probably the district with the highest per capita concentration of bars in all Europe. As mostly Czech and foreign students live there, it is a lively neighbourhood where the best drinking stories are made!

We hope that some of these activities caught your attention and perhaps helped to convince you that Prague is indeed a place worth visiting! Each person likes something different but we do think that almost everyone can pick something of interest in our beautiful city. And if not, let us know, so that we can expand our offer!