Prague is bursting at the seams with history and culture. There is really something for everyone in this outstanding city so it may seem almost impossible to see everything over just one weekend in Prague. However, this isn’t necessarily correct as we have put together the perfect itinerary for you to experience the best parts of Prague in just 3 days.
This guide will take you through the best things to see in the city, how long they take and how much they cost. It’s got everything you need to have the best weekend.
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Day 1 in Prague
Getting around – Transport
Prague city centre has integrated public transport (trams, metro, funicular railway, and buses) which is great for getting around. The metro covers all areas in the city centre and a bit beyond, operating between 5:00 am and midnight. Metro lines run every 2-3 minutes during peak times, and then every 4-9 minutes after 19:00. You can buy permits for a set period to travel on any form of public transport from 30 minutes to 3 days. The 3-day permit is only 310 CZK (around £10) which would cover all your travel around Prague for a long weekend. Tickets can be bought from different places around the city including inside trams with a contactless card, metro stations, newsagents, and Public Transport Information Centres. Seniors 70+ and children 0-9 years can travel for free and do not require a ticket.
To get from Václav Havel Airport to Prague city centre you will need to get the bus (either the 119 or 100) and then a metro to your destination.
Duration: both routes into the city from the airport take around 1 hour
Price: £10 for a 3-day permit
So, you have taken the bus and metro to your hotel and dropped your bags off, now what?
Take a tour of the main sites in Prague city centre
Kick-off your weekend in Prague by seeing some of the best sights all around the city. The entire centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site, which just shows how much history is crammed in this city. Making sure you see as much as you can is essential for your Prague itinerary. There are lots of tours on offer for tourists and there are some that even offer a meal included in the price. Check out some of the best tours all around Prague here.
Here are some of the best sites that you must see on your tour:
This medieval stone arch bridge crosses the Vltava (Moldau) river and is one of the most well-known bridges in the world. Built in 1357 it is glittered with beautiful decorative lamps and statues. There are 30 statues mounted on the bridge that each have an individual history. One of the most fascinating statues on the bridge is the Statue of St. John of Nepomuk which immortalizes the memory of John of Nepomuk, touching the statue is meant to bring you luck! John was tortured to death after he refused to give away secrets about the Queen. His tongue was allegedly preserved to hundreds of years after his death due to his honesty.
Petřín park is an amazing green area right in the centre of Prague. It is situated on a hill with a Rose Garden and a mirror maze at the top. The easiest way to reach the top is by funicular railway. Within the park there is also a lookout tower built in 1892 and was inspired by the Eiffel Tower. The view from the top is amazing, on a clear day you can see most of Bohemia. It is also a great place to go with children with playgrounds littered around.
Lesser Town Square
This square is one of the oldest in Prague. The square has many impressive sites including the Church of St Nicholas and the Jesuit profession house plus lots of shops, restaurants, and pubs. You can also see Smiricky Palace where Czech nobles met in 1618 and the next day threw two Hapsburg councilors out of a window in Prague Castle, this act set off the thirty-year war.
John Lennon Wall
After his murder in 1980, John Lennon became a symbol of peace and anti-war for many young Czechs. An image of John was painted on a wall at Grand Priory Square. It is now decorated in thousands of love poems, lyrics and messages. For many years, during Gustáv Husák’s communist regime the wall became a source of irritation and was painted over however, the messages kept returning. Today, it is a place to express global ideals of peace and love and has been used by groups such as Extinction Rebellion to call the government to act on global issues.
Kampa is one of the most beautiful places in Prague. It is an island in the Vltava river and is located near the Charles Bridge. Two-thirds of the island are made up of Kampa Park which is one of the most pleasant parks in Prague full of statues and sculptures (some by famous Czech artist David Černy), cafes and river views.
Prague Old Town and the Astronomical Clock
You cannot come to this historic city and not see the Old Town. Even if you are only here for a weekend in Prague, experiencing the magic of the Old Town is essential. The architecture feels straight out of a fairytale with cobbled streets, large spires, and of course, the enchanting astronomical clock on the Old Town City Hall. Every hour, on the hour, hundreds of people will attempt to witness the astronomical clock chime. The chiming involves the window at the top of the clock opening and a chicken, skeleton, and other mechanical figures appearing.
You can also climb to the top of the Old Town City Hall and take it magnificent views of the whole city and you can even see the castle in the distance.
Duration: 3 Hours
Czech beer tasting
Did you know that beer is actually cheaper than water in Prague? So you cannot spend a weekend in Prague and not do some beer tasting. Beer is a central part of Czech culture with brewing first taking place in 993. Czech beer is often called “The best beer in the world” so you really need to taste it for yourself to find out if that is true. Many beer tasting experiences also offer traditional snacks alongside the drinks.
Duration: 1.5 hours
Pub crawl and nightlife
The drinking culture in Prague does not just end with beer tasting. Prague is becoming popular with stag and hen dos so there is plenty of fun drinking experiences to get involved in. One of which is a pub crawl. There are many pub crawls that offer great packages including unlimited drinks at your first bar and VIP admission to the biggest club in central Europe, Karlovy Lazne. Aside from Karlovy Lazne, there are also some other amazing nightclubs including Zlatý Strom, Roxy and Lucerna.
Finish off your night by watching the sunrise from the Charles Bridge for some of the most beautiful and tranquil views in Prague before all the tourists arrive.
Duration: 4 hours (pub crawl with unlimited drinks and club admission)
Price: £20 (pub crawl with unlimited drinks and club admission)
Day 2 in Prague
Terezín Concentration Camp
The Czech Republic has a very dark history. The country was under brutal Nazi occupation from 1939-1945. Terezín was a concentration camp 30 miles away from Prague. Originally a holiday resort for Czech nobility, the Nazis turned it into a Jewish ghetto and concentration camp. More than 150,000 Jews were sent to Terezín, 33,000 people died due to the appalling conditions in the camp while others were sent to Treblinka and Auschwitz extermination camps. When the camp was liberated 17,247 people survived including less than 150 children.
Learning about Terezín and the people who died there is an essential education. What you experience and learn there is something that cannot be taught in schools or read in books. I would recommend that you spend most of your day here to really understand the atrocities that happened. Many places offer tours that include transport.
Duration: 7.5 hours
Alchemy and Mysteries of Prague Castle
When someone says “Philosopher’s Stone” you probably will automatically think of the first installment in the Harry Potter series, however, did you know that there was once a time where The Philosopher’s Stone was something hugely sought after, and people lost their lives trying to create it? Many alchemists aimed to combine science and magic to create this stone, a substance that would turn any object into gold, extend life and heal any illness. Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II (1576-1698) was a hugely influential figure in the growth of alchemy during Renaissance Europe. He lived in Prague and paid alchemists to create the philosopher stone for him. However, when they failed, he would throw them in prison for the rest of their lives.
The presence of alchemy and astrology in Prague is hard to miss. Old Town Square, St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, and most famously the astronomical Clock are fascinating parts of the history and culture in Prague so learning more about it is fascinating.
One of the best things to do to learn more about the fascinating history of alchemy and astrology is through an evening tour. You really can step back into Renaissance Europe and learn all about the history and mystery of alchemists who lived and worked in Prague.
Duration: 3 hours
Day 3 in Prague
There is only one thing left to do to round off your weekend in Prague. Visit the castle. The castle has been the home of Kings and Emperors but today it is the official office of the President of the Czech Republic. Its history dates back to 870 and it has an area of 70,000m² making it the largest coherent castle complex in the world.
Some of the most amazing parts of the castle complex are the Old Royal Palace, St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, and Golden Lane (where famous writer, Franz Kafka lived from 1916-1917). The Bohemian Crown Jewels are also kept at the castle as well as other important Christian relics, artwork, and historical documents.
Aside from being of huge cultural and historical importance, the castle is also beautiful and looks straight out of a fairytale. The castle is extremely popular, as you may imagine, so we would recommend buying skip-the-queue tickets in advance so you don’t waste any of your day waiting in line.
Duration: 2.5 hours
Experience some delicious local cuisine
Before you have to end your weekend in Prague and go back to the airport, you probably don’t want to do anything that requires too much energy after spending two days walking and learning all about this historic city. Therefore, we suggest dedicating the last few hours you have in Prague to experiencing some of the best restaurants that aren’t too far away from Prague Castle. Here are some that we would recommend:
- Kafe U Zelenych Kamen (only 300 meters from Prague Castle)
- Pizzeria U Zeleneho Krale (0.2 miles from Prague Castle)
- Terasa U Zlate studne (0.1 miles from Prague Castle)
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