Prague is an enchanting city and anyone who has visited it would never want to leave. Unfortunately, as we all know, holidays are always too short… but even if you can only treat yourself to a weekend in Prague, don’t worry.
The Prague weekend itinerary below will allow you to see the best of Prague in just two days; if you can spare a third day, after visiting the main sights give yourself some time to relax, perhaps with a little shopping, a trip out of town, lazing in a café or in a park.
Our list of things to do in Prague in three days includes the city’s most famous streets and squares, the most important historical monuments and museums, magnificent Baroque churches and bizarre modern buildings. There will be no shortage of time to enjoy a frothy pilsner beer in a traditional pub!
A holiday in Prague must start in the Old Town, the centre of medieval Prague, and precisely in the Starometské, which is definitely the beating heart of Prague and one of the most beautiful squares in the world. At its centre is the Old Town Hall, on whose tower stands the Astronomical Clock: wait until the hour strikes to watch the wooden figures come to life, then visit the Church of St Mary of Tyn, which dominates the square with its Gothic spires, and finish your tour of the square with the white Church of St Nicholas.
From the Old Town, a short walk will take you to the Jewish Quarter of Josefov, one of the largest ghettos in Europe. This is a truly atmospheric area of great historical importance, where you can visit beautiful synagogues, touching displays on Jewish life during the Nazis and the old Jewish cemetery.
Near the Jewish Quarter, in Jiráskovo námestí, is the Dancing House, a futuristic building consisting of two towers that seem to embrace each other in a whirling dance step. Not surprisingly, it is also known as Ginger and Fred, named after the two famous dancers.
When the sun goes down, it is time to visit one of the wonders of Prague, the famous Charles Bridge, from where you can enjoy a splendid view of the illuminated Castle.
End the evening with dinner in a typical tavern, perhaps followed by a concert in one of the city’s many jazz clubs or a performance of black theatre, a typical Prague play.
The morning is a good time to visit the Castle District (Hradcany): leave early because there is so much to see! If you are in the mood for an early morning walk, you can climb up to Prague Castle using the New Steps; to avoid getting tired right away you can take tram 22 or 23 from Malostranské námestí and get off at Pohorelec.
We recommend that you start your visit at the Strahov Monastery and then follow the lovely route that will take you to the entrance of the Castle area down Loretánská to Hradcanské námestí (Castle Square). On the square stands the magnificent St Vitus Cathedral, a spiritual symbol of the whole of Bohemia and a treasure trove of wonderful and valuable works of art. Prominent among the 18th-century buildings surrounding the square is the Royal Palace complex. End your visit with a stroll down the famous Golden Lane, a goldsmiths’ alley that has become in the popular imagination the realm of alchemy and magic. The colourful little houses in the alley today house souvenir and craft shops, perfect for a bit of shopping.
Before heading down, take some time to enjoy a beautiful view of Prague from above, then walk through the castle gardens or take Nerudova down to Malostranské námestí, the heart of the Lesser Quarter. For a bit of relaxation move to the romantic Kampa Island, which is right next to Charles Bridge, and end the day strolling through the picturesque streets of the Lesser Quarter.
Still have energy? Good, because Prague’s nightlife is endless. Dine in a trendy restaurant, have a drink in a modern cocktail bar and let loose on the dance floor of one of the capital’s coolest clubs.
The last day is all about you. If you want to go shopping or visit a gallery or museum, the best area is the New Town, whose vital centre is Wenceslas Square. This is a boulevard on the right bank of the Vltava flanked by numerous shops, restaurants and cafés and dominated by the majestic building of the National Gallery, housed in the beautiful Sternberg Palace.
Another idea for your last day in Prague could be an out-of-town trip to Vyšehrad Castle with its famous cemetery, or climb Petrín Hill, which is easily reached by funicular.
If you like Art Nouveau and neo-Renaissance architecture, visit the elegant and very expensive Vinohrady district, while if you’re feeling a bit hipster, wander around Zizkov, Prague’s former working-class district.
Not in the mood for sightseeing? Laze around in one of the city’s beautiful parks and gardens, such as the Letna Gardens, or treat yourself to a beer-soaked beauty treatment at one of Prague’s Beer Spas.
It’s time to pack your bags and hit the road in a hurry, but we’re sure you’ll take home with you beautiful photographs and unforgettable memories.
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