Prague is unlike any other city in Europe and you will never forget the moment you see it for the first time. It is hauntingly beautiful with its gothic architecture and old world charm. It was not rebuilt in the 18th or 19th century like most other European cities and therefore its colorful rooftops and ornate spires are still intact.
It is said, that Prague is so beautiful, Hitler decided to spare her during WWII. So that’s got to count for something, right? It also means that there are many things to do in Prague for all interests. In the past year, I have visited Prague at least half a dozen times, each time exploring a different nook of this charming and charismatic city.
Although you could spend twice as long here, most people tend to visit for a long weekend. So here is how to get the best our of your 3 days in Prague.
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Day 1 – Things to Do in Prague
Prague has a well-connected metro so getting around the city is cheap and easy with a metro pass which you can purchase at any station before you ride. Tickets are sold in time allocations from 30 minutes to 72 hours so it makes sense to get a 72 hour ticket if you’re visiting for a weekend. Of course you can opt to travel via cab, by foot or by bus as well.
It is possible to take a Hop On Hop Off bus tour, arguably one of the best things to do in Prague, that offers you not only transport but direct access to all the best sights in Prague. Each bus stop is near an iconic site or district and while riding the bus you’re provided with commentary about what you are seeing. It is a fantastic way to the city and passes are typically sold as 24 or 48 hour tickets.
Save time by booking your HOHO Bus pass in advance so you don’t have to spend time waiting in lines or locating a place to purchase the pass.
Take a Walking Tour
Regardless of where you decide to stay in Prague, a great way to start off your trip is by doing the Prague City Walking Tour by Sandemans NewEurope. This tour is free, you only need to tip your guide at the end if you are happy with the tour you received.
This is a great way to get familiar with the city and learn some history at the beginning of your stay. The tour takes around 3 hours and leaves at various times throughout the day from the main square.
You will walk around the city; learn about Prague during the communist era, its architectural significance and the city’s role during world war two. Our guide was born whilst the country was still Czechoslovakia and she shared fascinating stories of growing up during communism.
Learning about this period of history from someone with a personal connection was fascinating and it provided a real insight into the reality of life for the people of Prague living under communist rule.
Looking for other walking tours of Prague? We have put together some of the best walking tours that will put you in the best locations for the best photographs of the city. So make sure your camera is charged and your memory cards are empty when going on the tours below.
Our top recommended walking tours of Prague:
- Small-Group Prague City Walking Tour Including Vltava River Cruise and Lunch
- Full-Day Prague Tour with Vltava River Cruise, Prague Castle and Lunch
Maybe you are not into walking? Check out these tours!
- Prague E-Scooter Tour: Grand City Tour
- Prague All Inclusive Grand Tour by Segway and eScooter
- Historical Car Sightseeing Tour in Prague
Old Town Square
The above walking tour will finish around the corner from the Stare Mesto or also known as the Old Town square, which is the perfect place to try a traditional Czech lunch and their world famous beer. Restaurace U Pinkasu is one of my favorites, with outside seating if it’s a nice day. Whether you stop here for lunch or not, Stare Mesto is a sight within itself as it is home to the stunning Church of Our Lady Before Tyn.
This church is synonymous with Prague with its iconic twin spires which towering over the square. The church is not the only iconic building at Stare Mesto, here you can also see the exquisite Astronomical Clock. First built in 1410, it is the 3rd oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one which still works. The clocks golden face and intricate detail make telling the time almost impossible but its beauty is easily seen.
According to local legend, the clock creator, Master Hanus, was blinded after its creation to ensure he could never make another. If you time it right and visit the clock on the hour, then you will see a captivating mechanical performance which has been watched by millions of people for over 600 years.
Our top recommended tour of Old Town Square:
A short walk from the Old Town Square will take you to Klemenitinum Praha, a lesser known attraction of Prague. The Klemenitinum Praha is home to the stunning Baroque Library which has remained untouched since 1722.
The library has a hand painted ceiling, gold encrusted pillars and an undeniable air of grandeur, with ornate globes dominating the room itself.
The library also has an Astronomical Tower, which you can climb to the top of for panoramic views of Prague. You can take a tour here daily between 10am and 4.30pm for 220 CZK per person ($10usd).
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Day 2 – Long Weekend in Prague
What better way to start the day than with a delicious breakfast. My favorite breakfast place in Prague is Cafe Savoy. Situated next to River Vltava, this cafe not only offers delicious, hearty breakfasts but it is also situated in a listed building with a neo-renaissance painted ceiling.
After breakfast then you can head over to the iconic Charles Bridge. The bridge is always buzzing with life, from tourists clicking their cameras to artists selling their latest work and buskers looking to make some money from kind passer-by’s.
Walking the Charles Bridge is the best thing to do in Prague. It also offers stunning views down the river where you can see endless bridges braiding the old and new town together.
You can easily spend half an hour meandering from one side of the bridge to the other. It’s also a fantastic place to people watch, if you’re into that. If you are into night photography or just like city views at night, I highly recommend you return to this area after the sunsets. It’s a different world at night and the photography opportunities are endless.
Our top recommended tours of Prague at night:
- Private Photography Tour of Prague by Night
- Private Prague Castle Tour By Night
- Prague by Night
- Prague Small-Group Photo Tour at Dawn With Local Professional Photographer
Once you reach the other side of the Charles Bridge, you will find yourself in the Castle District which is another must see area of Prague.
Here you can wander the winding streets, passing charming pubs and cafes, visit St Vitus Cathedral, The Old Royal Palace, Basilica of St George, Lobkowicz Palace and of course, the castle itself.
For access to all these sites you can buy a Prague Castle admission ticket (circuit A) which costs 350 CZK ($16usd) and this ticket grants access to all the sites on the Prague Castle premises.
For more information on the different circuits and opening times of each attraction visit: https://www.hrad.cz/en/prague-castle-for-visitors/tickets
Our top recommended Castle District tours:
- Full-Day Prague Tour with Vltava River Cruise, Prague Castle and Lunch
- Half-Day Prague Castle And Interiors Tour Including Golden Lane
- Private Half-Day Tour: Discover Prague and Upper Castle
Nuclear Bunker Tour
If you fancy doing something a little different and have seen enough buildings for one day then I would recommend the Nuclear Bunker Tour. The tour takes you to an ex-soviet bunker which was built during the cold war and is situated 5 stories underground.
It is jam packed full of cold war relics, including gas masks and army uniforms. The 2 hour tours cost 600 CZK per person ($28usd) and runs from 10.30am to 2.30pm daily. Save time by booking your Nucler Bunker Tour in advance so you don’t have to spend time waiting in lines.
For a dinner to remember, wander down to the river for a Prague sunset and ask for a table at Marina Ristorante. This restaurant is situated right on the river with stunning views overlooking Prague Castle and the food is delicious.
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Day 3 – Prague Itinerary
By today you’ve seen some of the best things to do in Prague’s, however it doesn’t stop there. This city has so much to see in it’s nooks and crannies so push on and prepare to discover more of what makes this city such a iconic place to visit in Europe.
Fred & Ginger House
No visit to Prague would be complete without a visit to the Fred & Ginger House or ‘Dancing House’. Another architectural masterpiece in Prague located along the Vltava River.
Like Prague itself, this building intertwines the old with the new – a modern design contrasted against the historic buildings which surround it. According to Frank Gehry, the architect behind the building, it was built to symbolize communism blending into democracy.
For me, the beauty of this building is from the outside but if you want to venture indoors then they have a restaurant which is open daily from 12pm to midnight and the food is delicious.
John Lennon Wall
From here you can walk to the John Lennon wall – a wall dedicated to John Lennon who, ironically, never visited Prague. After John Lennon was killed in 1980, he became a pacifist icon for the Czech people who would paint his portrait along with The Beatles lyrics on the wall.
The wall has been white washed several times to remove the ‘graffiti’ but as quickly as it is covered the Lennon images begin to reappear. The Lennon Wall is now seen as a tourist spot and is left as it is.
Go for a Beer Spa
After a spot of lunch then it’s time for a truly unique and truly Czech experience – it’s time to bath in beer, yes this is one of the most interesting things to do in Prague.
Beer Spas became popular in the middle ages and it is believed the yeast and other natural ingredients in the beer have multiple health benefits from cleansing pores to regenerating skin and hair. In the Bernard Beer Spa, you get to relax in a private beer bath and of course, drink as much beer as you like.
Depending on what package you go for, prices start from 2,590 CZK ($118usd) and the spa is open from 11.30am to 10pm. Love tasting local beers while traveling? Check out these beer tours you can’t miss in Prague.
Our top recommended beer tasting tours in Prague:
- Prague Microbrewery Tour and Beer Tasting
- Small-Group Full-Day Prague Walking Tour with Czech Beer and Tapas
The Jewish Quarter
Now that you’ve seen the popular areas of Prague, one thing I would highly recommend visiting is the Josefov or the Jewish Quarter, to dig a little deeper into the city and its history. You can wander throughout the area and visit the harrowing overcrowded cemetery and Europe’s oldest synagogue.
It is said that Hitler wanted to retire to Prague and wanted to preserve the Jewish Quarter as a “museum to an extinguished race”, which means the buildings were almost untouched as the jews were taken and killed during WWII.
If you’re interested in the history of Nazi Germany and in particular the treatment of Jews, a single ticket to the Jewish Museum will get you admitted into all the buildings here. These tickets cost 330 CZK ($15usd) and admittance is from 9am until 6pm daily.
Our top recommended tour of the Jewish Quarter:
- Walking Tour of Prague’s Jewish Quarter Including Admission to the Jewish Museum and Old Jewish Cemetery
To finish off your last night in Prague head to Lokal; which has a daily changing menu of Czech classics and beer to match. Check out these food tours you
Our top recommended food tours in Prague:
- Prague Food and Culture Tour with Local Foodies
- Prague Beer and Czech Tapas Evening Walking Tour
- Guided Prague City Food Tasting Walking Tour
Day Trips from Prague
While Prague is wonderful and you could realistically spend a week there and see all new things, most people enjoy a balance of enjoying the big city and taking a day trip or two to other nearby areas of interest.
Of course, there are many wonders in the Czech Republic and there is no shortage of fantastic day trips to fill your trip days with. Below is a list of the most popular day trip options including, but not limited to, Kutna Hora, Cesky Krumlov and Saxon Switzerland.
- Small-Group Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland National Park Day Trip from Prague. This 13 hour small group day trip from Prague allows you to immerse yourself into the nature of southern Bohemia. Enjoy your day exploring Central Europe’s most beautiful landscapes and get lots among nature in Bohemian Switzerland National Park.
- A trip to Cesky Krumlov from Prague. Get lost wandering through the 13th-century streets of Český Krumlov on the full day trip. This UNESCO World Heritage side is surrounded by a large Gothic castle located along the Vitava River. Have lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the expansive State Castle, then explore a little further on your own.
- Kutna Hora Day Trip from Prague. Explore the medieval town of Kutna Hora on this 5-hour trip from Prague. Led by an expert guide, travel by comfortable coach to explore the 13th-century area known for its silver mines. View the famous bones inside Sedlec Ossuary and the UNESCO-listed St Barbaras Cathedral. Enjoy soaking up the history, architecture and culture of this unique town.
- Vienna Sightseeing Day Trip from Prague. Want to see more of central Europe while you’re in Prague? This small group tours offers you the chance to visit Austria’s capital on this day trip from Prague to Vienna. With your local guide head to the city and discover its historical highlights. Drive along the majestic Ringstrasse, and explore the lavish Hofburg Palace and gardens of the Schönbrunn Palace, both former residences of the 18th century ruling Habsburgs. Finish your Prague to Vienna day trip with a visit to St Stephen’s Cathedral and free time for lunch or shopping.
- Day Trip from Prague to the UNESCO Towns of Trebic and Telc. Enjoy this limited small group tour of the UNESCO listed monuments in Trebic and Telc on a full-say trip from Prague. Explore St. Procopius Basilica and the Jewish Quarter while getting lost in the UNESCO listed historic center of Telc.
- Full-Day Countryside Off-Road Vehicle Tour from Prague: Volcanoes, Rana Mountain and Goat Farm Visit. Get off the beaten tourist path on this day trip from Prague. Jump into an off-road vehicle where you will discover amazing sites like Rana Mountain, photograph breathing views of the volcanic landscape and stop by a local spring for some fresh mineral water. But wait your adventure does not stop here! Visit a local goat farm for a mouthwatering sample of homemade goat cheese and learn how to pan for garnets in the earth. This tour of the Czech countryside will provide you with a different perspective that most tourist don’t get to see, and just think about those photos you will get.
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Where to Stay in Prague
The city is made up of different districts and I think I have stayed in pretty much all of them, but my absolute favorite is district 1, just over Charles Bridge next to the castle. I adore the old world feel it has, with its cobbled lanes and charming jazz bars which come alive at night. Staying here also means you have no excuse not to visit Charles Bridge in the evening once all the crowds have dispersed.
The stone lit up against the moonlight is a beautiful sight. If you are looking for a spot of luxury then Golden Well Hotel is perfect; this comfortable and stylish hotel is in a renaissance-style building which once belonged to the Emperor Rudolf II. It also offers panoramic views over Prague with its stunning open air terrace. If you are after a budget option, then Hotel Bishop’s House is the perfect place to base yourself whilst in Prague.
Another historical building which dates back to the 16th century and guests can even opt for a room in the tower. Bishop’s House rooms are spacious, clean and value for money. We have put together a short list of hotels we recommend in Prague based off luxury, mid-range, budget, and hostels. All hotels listed are located in the best area of town to experience Prague.
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Top hostels we recommend in Prague:
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Tips for Travelers to Prague
Prague is a city that you can keep coming back to countless times; and each time to see something you never noticed the first time round.
- Learn local phrases- if it is your first time visiting Prague then I would advise you to learn a few Czech words as it will go a long way with the locals. “Dobry den” means “hello” and “dík” means thanks.
- Pro tip: Bring your student ID with you and get in for free or for reduced admission to several of the main attractions.
- Caution: Beware of clever pickpockets everywhere in this city. Don’t carry all your valuables in your purse (keep some locked in your hotel or safe in a money pouch).
- Unfortunately, tourists are easy targets in this city and while the crime in very rarely violent, it will be very opportunistic and sneaky.
- Insider info- for some first person insight check out the article I wrote about the things nobody told me about living in the Czech Republic.
- Must eat- be sure to try Czech dumplings when in Prague, they are delicious and almost every restaurant will sell them with a generous side of succulent meat.
- Buy a Prague City Pass- I am a huge fan of city passes if I plan to see a lot of attractions in a big city. The Prague City Pass is hefty and allows you to use the pass for 30 days after purchase. The pass includes a 45 minute panoramic bus tour, a 1 hour river cruise, skip the line admission at select sites and free admission into most of the popular attractions in the city. It will make your life so easy during your long weekend in Prague, don’t contemplate, just get it. Trust me. Buy your Prague City Pass, thank me later!
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