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Discover Prague in 3-Nights: The Best Prague Travel Itinerary

Prague, without a doubt, is one of the most beautiful eastern European cities I have visited. Gothic and Baroque architecture defines its skyline, and history and religion mould its past. Nicknamed ‘the City of a Hundred Spires’ and recognised as a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1992, wander the cobbled streets of this capital city and discover the best things to do and see on a city break in Prague. Enjoy the splendour of its bohemian architecture, the friendliness of the locals and its delicious traditional dishes.

This itinerary is designed for three days in Prague; however, you could easily adapt it to a two day Prague itinerary by just concentrating on the Castle District and the Old Town.

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Frequently Asked Questions.

When to travel to Prague

I travelled in April – the beginning of Spring is quite unpredictable, and although we didn’t get any rain, it was grey and gloomy.

Late Spring/Summer months – the weather is more pleasant, and the sun is out –  If you travel in July/August, be prepared for lots of tourists.

Autumn – pleasant weather, and there are fewer crowds. A lovely time to wander the streets of one of Europe’s favourite cities.

Winter – November/December in Prague is magical. This is a great time to visit the Prague Christmas Markets – wrap up well; it will be cold.

Where to Stay in Prague

I stayed at the Smetana Hotel, previously known as the Pachtuv Palace, a luxurious boutique hotel steeped in history and within a stone’s throw of the Charles Bridge.

Find availability and pricing for alternative Prague accommodation here.

How to get from Prague Airport to the City Centre

Pre-book a private transfer and arrive in comfort straight to your hotel door.

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Day One – Best Things to Do in Prague 

Charles Bridge

I am going to mention this bridge first as it is unmistakably the most iconic structure in Prague. A photograph of Prague typically features the stone bridge spanning the River Vltava connecting the Old Town to Mala Strana.

Constructed in the 14th century and featuring statues of Catholic saints, this bridge is your entry and exit point to Mala Strana and the Castle District. It is said that builders mixed egg yolks into the mortar to strengthen the construction of the bridge!

Our hotel was along the river, and we had a perfect view of Charles Bridge from our window. It only made sense that we should check it out on our first morning in Prague.

We headed through the dark looming arch that marks the entrance to the bridge, and after refusing to buy boat cruises from the many sellers that thrust leaflets in front of us (yes, they were annoying), we were finally ready to walk across it.

Beware the Crowds

It is hectic at most times of the day, so be prepared to be jostled, especially when trying to get that ‘perfect’ photograph. You will find entertainers playing traditional Czech folk songs alongside vendors selling art, jewellery, and refreshments along the bridge.

Legend tells that this bridge is haunted by the ghosts of peasants whose heads ended up on nearby spikes. Thankfully we didn’t see any of them!

Cross the bridge and then continue through the second tower’s arch, and you will find yourself in Mala Strana.

 Mala Strana (Lesser Street)

Once you have crossed Charles Bridge, you will be in the district known as Mala Strana or Lesser Street, which is divided between the lower and upper halves of the western hillside, opposite the Vltava River.

Prague Castle is in the upper half and offers the pomp and ceremony you would expect, but the rest of the Lesser Quarter offers a bohemian vibe with pastel coloured burgher houses and cute coffee shops adding to its charm.

At the beginning of Mala Strana, you will find it very busy with the crowds spilling off from Charles Bridge but continue walking up the hill, and things will become a lot calmer.

We enjoyed browsing the artisan shops, especially those selling Bohemian crystal, Prague’s traditional glassware. The skill that has gone into its manufacture is marvellous, and a piece of crystal is the perfect souvenir to take home with you from Prague.

Mala Strana Pastel Buildings Prague

Hike up Castle Hill

Prague castle complex spans an area of approximately 45 hectares comprising of buildings, gardens and woodland. Climb the neverending steps from Mala Strana to the top of Castle Hill, and you will be rewarded with fantastic views over Prague.

Prague Castle viewed from Mala Strana

On your way to the castle, be sure to stop for a traditional sugary treat known as Trdelnik (hollowed-out log) or Tunnel Cake. Made from rolled dough wrapped around a stick and covered in sugar and a walnut mix, it is delicious.

The sugar will give you an energy boost to continue the trek up to the castle!

Trdelnik Stall at Prague Castle

Allow between 3-4 hours to explore the Prague Castle complex and maybe even longer if you will be stopping for lunch or dinner while there. We ate lunch on the balcony of the Lobkowisz Palace cafe overlooking the pretty gardens.

If you want to eat outside the castle complex, there are many restaurants and cafes along the medieval streets surrounding the area.

Novy Svet (The New World) is a quiet and picturesque district with quaint houses, cobbled streets and hardly any tourists! Dating back to the 14th century, it has retained its charm and has a cute cafe named after the area (Novy Svet) where you can grab coffee, cakes and ice cream without the queues.

Exciting things to do in the Prague Castle Complex

Prague Castle and complex is a day out on its own without factoring in any of Prague’s other unmissable sights. Also known as Hradcany, it is a collective of castles, churches, museums, gardens and woodland.

Listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest ancient castle in the world and constructed in the 9th century, it is now the official office of the President of the Czech Republic. One of 19 residences used by the royal family when they were visiting Prague or the Kingdom of Bohemia as it was known centuries ago. You will see the seal of Bohemia on the glasswork that is made and sold in Prague.

If you can’t face the climb to the complex, then use tram No. 22 to stop Pražský Hrad, turn left and in 5 minutes, you will reach the 2nd courtyard of Prague Castle.

I would recommend buying your ticket before you arrive to avoid the queues. There are numerous options to choose from, so it is a good idea to decide how long you have and what you want to see before buying them.

 

 Changing of the Guards

Arrive slightly before noon and claim your spot to witness the daily ceremonial changing of the guard in the castle courtyard, complete with fanfare and flag ceremony.

The guards at the gates of the medieval Prague castle change on the hour (this is different from the ceremonial changing of the guard)

 Old Royal Palace

Part of Prague Castle, the Old Royal Palace dates back to the 12th Century. The Vladislav Hall once was the setting for royal coronations, banquets, jousting competitions, and artisanal markets selling luxurious goods.

 Basilica of St George

The interior of the basilica is Romanesque, with the tombs of members of the royal families are situated. One of them belongs to Prince Vratislav, father of St. Wenceslas, the patron saint of Prague.

 Golden Lane

Fairytale dwellings built into the castle’s walls in the 16th century were once the homes of the castle guards. They have now been turned into an exhibition about life in the lane over the past 500 years, along with souvenir shops.

Discover what trades plied their wares from these houses and why the alchemists here gave the area its name. History tells that they were busy turning metals into gold hence “Golden Lane“.

Golden Lane Prague

 Saint Vitus Church

St. Vitus Cathedral is the largest and the most important religious building in Prague. Apart from religious services, coronations of Czech kings and queens also took place here, and the Gothic temple is the burial place of several saints and archbishops.

Crown Jewels and priceless artefacts are also held here but are only displayed every five years.

St Vitus Church

 Castle Grounds and Surrounding Area

Stroll through the gardens for a respite from the busy castle complex. From here, you can walk back down to Lesser Mala via the Deer Moat, a steep, lush valley beneath the castle. Outbuildings are located all around the grounds, including the old horse stables.

Prague Castle Grounds
Out Buildings in the Prague Castle Complex

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Day One Evening – Prague Nightlife

Evening Jazz Dinner Cruise

By the time your first evening arrives, your feet are going to ache from all the walking you have done today. We took an excellent trip that allowed us to sit down for a while was an evening aboard the Jazzboat.

We sailed along the River Vltava for 2.5 hours, listening to a local trio performing jazz while being treated to a fabulous 3-course meal. It is a great way to see the sights illuminated at night.

 Beer Spa

If a dinner cruise isn’t for you, then the popular beer spas that have sprung up around the city may be more your thing. Prague locals consume the most beer per capita in the world, so this was going to happen at some time, wasn’t it?

Book out your “tube” barrel for an hour and soak in a beer bath full of the natural goodness that hops and barley contain. Enjoy a limitless beer supply while you bathe, and when you feel you have absorbed enough beer through your skin and down your throat, you can relax on the hay bale beds before your session comes to an end.

I must confess I opted for the Jazz Dinner Cruise over the beer spa, but it does sound like a fun activity to try out.

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Day Two Prague Highlights

Old Town Square

Old Town Square, the heart of Prague’s historic centre, is awash with Gothic and Baroque structures. It is a hive of activity, and with alfresco restaurants, bars and shops lining its interior, you can just sit and people watch.

Old Town Square Prague

 The Astronomical Clock

High on our list of things to do was to see the 15th-century Astronomical Clock in action. On the hour, every hour, from 9 am until 11 pm, crowds appear to watch the clock come to life. A skeleton, signifying Death, rings the bell on the hour, and a parade of twelve apostles starts moving. The spectacle only lasts one minute so get there early to be at the front of the crowd.

Local legend says that city officials blinded the original clockmaker after completing the clock. They believed this would prevent him from ever replicating their masterpiece elsewhere.

He was so enraged that he climbed the tower, took a piece from the clock and stopped it from working. The astronomical clock lay silent for 50 years before another clockmaker figured out what had been removed and brought it back to working order.

Nowadays, a replica of the Astronomical Clock can be seen in the Hongdae district of Seoul in South Korea; however, this photograph is of the original one.

Astronomical Clock in Prague

 Visit the Church of our Lady Before Tyn

The 14th-century gothic turreted towers of the Tyn Church are a landmark for finding the square, and although its entrance is not located in the square itself, it is very near. The darkened towers featuring small spires are a recognisable feature of Prague and dominate the skyline.

The towers are not identical, and the more solid of the two is said to represent man. Horse-drawn carriage rides are located in the square under the shadow of the imposing towers. Visitors can also find Hop-on-Hop-off buses here.

Church of our lady before ten

St Nicholas Church (below) is one of Prague’s oldest religious buildings mentioned as far back as the early 13th Century.

Horse carriage rides outside the lady of our Tyn church

 Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square is primarily a shopping area for tourists and a 10-minute walk from Old Town Square. This area holds significant importance to the Czech people for gatherings, political demonstrations and even martyrdom. In 1969 a student set himself alight in protest of Russia’s invasion of Czechoslavakia. A memorial cross lies outside the National Museum where he died.

The top part of Wenceslas Square is dominated by the National Museum that was founded in 1818. A statue of Saint Wenceslas, the patron of the Czech nation, also stands at the top of the square.

At night Wenceslas Square becomes party central, and with that comes undesirable characters. You must be aware of your belongings if venturing to the area after dark. Wenceslas Square was a disappointment to us compared to the rest of Prague.

 Ghost and Legend Tour of Prague

Once night has fallen, take an alternative walking tour of Prague to learn about the myths and legends of the city through the ages. Hear stories about ghosts and ghouls and discover some of Prague’s hidden secrets.

Learn why there is a skeleton on the astronomical clock and hear the stories of headless horse riders roaming the streets. We chose an Evening Ghost Walking Tour which was fun and introduced us to Prague’s darker side!

 Eat Goulash and Dumplings

You can’t visit Prague and not indulge in the most delicious Czech foods, my favourite being goulash and dumplings, the traditional dish. We wandered away from the main square and found ourselves in a small cafe down one of the many winding lanes that encircle the area. Great food, low prices and the hospitality of the owner were our rewards.

Goulash is a kind of stew consisting of meat (beef), vegetables and seasoning and served with dumplings (small savoury balls of dough cooked in the goulash) with a side of crusty fresh bread. A hearty meal to eat on a cold night in Prague, especially when washed down with local red wine.

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 Day Three Prague Highlights

In the morning, we headed to Josefov, Prague’s Jewish Quarter, to visit the Synagogue Museums.

Prague as an Art District

If you haven’t heard of Franz Kafka, you will have done by the time you leave Prague. An acclaimed literary genius said to be one of the most outstanding of the 20th century. The Kafka Museum is dedicated to him and is situated near Lesser Strana on the same side of the river as the castle complex.

A sculpture depicting Franz Kafka’s head can be found near Wenceslas Square and is one of the very few pieces of modern architecture in the city.

Prague is like an outdoor art gallery with statues located everywhere. Outside of the Museum of Modern Art are gigantic bronze crawling babies sculpted by David Cerny.

Crawling Bronze Babies are somewhat creepy!

Frank Kampa Babies

Dedicated to Franz Kafka, this statue is outside the Spanish synagogue, close to where he lived.

Frank Kampa faceless man

The praying Buddhist monk is located near to the museum and depicts Sri Chinmoy “statue of harmony” beside the River Vltava.

The Kafka Museum in the distance as viewed from the opposite side of the River Vltava

River Vltava showing the Franz Kafka museum in the distance

The Peeing Figures Fountain outside the Franz Kafka Museum

Peeing Figure Statues Prague

 Petrin Hill and Tower

Take a moment to admire the series of bronze sculptures at the foot of Petrin Hill. They portray seven broken, decaying men descending a flight of stairs. It is a nod to the times of Communism and the effects on man.

You would be forgiven for thinking that you have time-travelled to Paris when you see Prague’s own Eiffel Tower perched atop Petrin Hill.

It is accessible by foot if you enjoy a hike or by the more manageable funicular railway and once at the top, your reward is the views from this pinnacle point, a great way to finish off your city break in Prague.

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Day Trips from Prague

Cesky Krumlov

 

Karlovy Vary

 

Kutna Hora (Bone Church)

 
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Angela Price

Angie is a full-time travel writer with over 30 years of travel experience. She has always had a passion for travel, and after a 3-month world trip with her 18-year-old son, she created her popular travel blog to share her adventures with a wider audience. When Angie is at home in the UK, she enjoys exploring the English countryside, visiting castles and gardens and planning her next big adventure. Her motto is "Live Life Wandering not Wondering".

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Renee | The Holidaymaker
Renee | The Holidaymaker
1 year ago

Wow, amazing that I can be able to say I have done all 22! I spent a week in Prague in the springtime and it was a lovely city to get lost in. Your photos captured the romantic city beautifully.

WhereAngieWanders
Reply to  Renee | The Holidaymaker
1 year ago

How Brilliant! I would love to spend a week there, I only stayed a few days, it is so beautiful. My son was due to spend his 21st birthday there in May but had to cancel, hopefully he can go later in the year.

Slowly Anywhere
1 year ago

This is exactly what I needed! I’ve been to Prague when I was a child and my dream is to go back again one day. I was looking for a few days guide, thanks for sharing!

WhereAngieWanders
Reply to  Slowly Anywhere
1 year ago

I’m glad you enjoyed the post 😃

Sharon
1 year ago

I love the uniqueness of Prague thats seen in the buildings. Looks like such a beautiful city to experience

Sinjana Ghosh
Sinjana Ghosh
1 year ago

Prague looks absolutely gorgeous! I love the picture charles bridge. The prague castle is magestic. Hope to see it soon.

WhereAngieWanders
Reply to  Sinjana Ghosh
1 year ago

There is so much to see and do in Prague so I hope that you get there one day.

Georgina
1 year ago

Reading your post on Prague brought back many happy memories. Prague is a city I have visited a couple of times and totally love it. Although I did not do the Ghost and Legend Tour of Prague, I sure did try the delicious hollowed log.

WhereAngieWanders
Reply to  Georgina
1 year ago

I would definitely return myself to do a few of the day trips to the surrounding areas. There is always so much to see and do in Prague.

Jay Artale
1 year ago

When I lived in the UK, I always had my sights and heart set on America, and completely overlooked the dizzying array of European cities that were worthy of a visit. It’s only been in the past couple of years that we’ve been spending more time in the EU, and of course Prague is on the list.

WhereAngieWanders
Reply to  Jay Artale
1 year ago

I hope once the current situation is over that Europe will be back on everyone’s agenda once again. Prague is a particularly beautiful city.

Jan
1 year ago

Prague definitely seems to be worth visiting. Those tunnel cakes are interesting and look yummy! There seems to be enough to do for at least two days or more. Crowds and pushy sellers can be annoying!

WhereAngieWanders
Reply to  Jan
1 year ago

If you haven’t been then it is a fantastic destination to visit and I look forward to returning myself one day.

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