Prague in two days
One of the most popular destinations around the world is Prague, Czech Republic. The city has a lot to offer in terms of attractions and places to visit. But what if you only have limited time to sample a bit of everything, or at least what you would consider top of the list? Don’t worry! This is a walkable city, and I have put together a few suggestions of what you can do in Prague in two days, which you will hopefully find useful.
Once you get to Prague airport, I would recommend booking an airport transfer service to your hotel which will costs less than taking a taxi. From your hotel, be it the day of your arrival or the morning after, you can start exploring Prague in the Old Town Square.
This area has gorgeous narrow cobbled streets, and is the location of the famous Prague Astronomical Clock, the Old Town Hall and the Church of Our Lady before Týn. There are also several places that serve traditional Czech food in Old Town.
The Prague Castle is the largest castle complex in the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most significant monuments in Czech culture. The Castle houses many of Prague’s most popular attractions. I would advise purchasing combined tickets to visit the most important monuments. Good to note that it is free to enter the site and access the castle gardens and inside some of the buildings. However, to visit the entire cathedral, or go up inside the tower, you will definitely need to book your tickets in advance.
To get to the castle, take tram 22 or 91, and get off at Pražskýhrad. It is also close to Golden Lane, a charming alleyway not to be missed. You could also walk across Charles Bridge then head north until you see signs of the castle (about 10 a minute walk from Charles Bridge). St. Vitus Cathedral is also on the grounds of the castle.
For early birds, the complex opens at 6 a.m., along with the rest of the buildings at 9 a.m.
The area has many restaurants where you can enjoy local food, and a well deserved rest from all of he walking!
The Old Town of Prague
After your break, head to Staré Město,which is the Old Town of Prague. This is actually where some people choose to start their discovery of Prague. The colourful buildings, and gothic churches are all a must see!
Walk down the Mostecká Street from Malá Strana to the famous and world renowned Charles Bridge. This is one of the most popular and beautiful attractions in Prague. You can also get to Old Town Square using the Karlova Street.
At the Old Town Square, don’t miss the procession of the 12 Apostles (every hour, on the hour) at the medieval Astronomical Clock. You could also climb to the top of the Old Town Hall to get a better view of the the neighbourhood. Do the stairs seem daunting? Not to worry, the building has an elevator.
Another option would be to take the Celetná Street to the Powder Tower (built in the 11th century, and one of the thirteen gateways of the Old Town), which is the most popular towers in Prague.
Facing the opposite side of the Powder Tower gate is the Municipal House, a striking Art Nouveau building. It not only houses several exhibition halls but also has an auditorium.
As you are leaving the Square, you can choose any of the streets located in front of the Old Town Hall, walk straight, then further down until you reach the Wenceslas Square. The southern side of the square houses the National Museum as well as the State Opera on the left side.
In the evening, you could enjoy Prague’s pub nightlife, or take in a show at the theatre. There is a theatre located close to the Charles Bridge on Karlova Street. A perfect idea for a stroll down the banks of the Vltava River until you reach the National Theatre, which is next to the Legi Most Bridge.
The Jewish Quater
Also known as Josefov, the Jewish Quarter is highly recommended when visiting Prague. It houses six Synagogues as well as the Old Jewish Cemetery. Some of the synagogues, including the Maisel, Klausen, High and Old are on the Maiselova street while the rest are on Široká Street, including Pinkas Synagogue, the Spanish Synagogue and the Cemetery.
The closest synagogue to the metro station is the Pinkas Synagogue which is very close to the Old Jewish Cemetery. Admission tickets to the Synagogues includes the six Jewish temples, and the burial ground.
Next, why not take a boat cruise on the Vltava River, and view the city from a different angle? Walk up Pařížská Street to the Cechuv Bridge to pay for the boat ride. There is also an option with lunch included. You could also climb to the top of the Petřín Hill to eat with other tourists and locals.
There are a lot of different tours to choose from while in Prague. From the group tours to food tours, private, corporate and even school tours.
They say the best way to get an idea about a city is through food! food tour in Prague. While you’ve been walking allo ver the city, why not exercise your taste buds?
Attending a walking tour with a tour company also gives you the opportunity to discover hidden restaurants, and get the inside scoop on the city. Discover Walks Prague gives you an opportunity to not only walk with its carefully selected local guides, but to also ask questions about what you are eating, the history behind it, etc.
Enjoy beer in Prague
Prague is known as one of the best places in the world to drink beer. This is no joke, the city actually has a beer museum! The museum, has a bar with at least 30 different types of beer on tap. It is super popular with the locals, and tourists alike. As the museum isn’t owned by a brewery, the selection of beers isn’t biased.
Prague is also the birthplace of Pilsner, so it is no surprise that a lot of the bars and restaurants serve Pilsner-Urquell. Enjoy!
This is a pedestrian only bridge that is lined with beautiful baroque statues. It is a symbol of Prague, construction began in 1357, and and was completed in the 15th century. Tourists flock the bridge for photo sessions, and to enjoy the view of the Vltava River. There are also musicians, artists, and souvenir vendors along the bridge so it might take a while to cross it – but who’s complaining?
As soon as you cross the Charles Bridge, you’ll find yourself in the smaller and quieter neighbourhood of Lesser Town. This is also a lovely area for a walk, with fewer crowds.
This square is known as Prague’s trade centre. It is super busy and lively, and is also where a lot of the political demonstrations take place. This is a great spot for shopping, dinning, and entertainment.
The National Museum is also located at the square’s top side, and the Mucha Art Museum on the Panská Street on its parallel side.
I hope you enjoyed your whirl-wind two days in Prague, and enjoyed everything this beautiful city has to offer!