Prague is one of the top destinations for a weekend break. If you would like to explore the city and visit its top attractions, monuments and museums, but have little time to organize it, this 2-day itinerary will come in handy.
To plan this route, we have organized things to do from Friday afternoon (when it is most likely you will get to Prague) until Sunday afternoon. If you are planning on visiting Prague on different days, don’t forget to check out the attractions opening hours, as these might vary a bit.
There are several ways of getting to your hotel if you fly into Prague Airport. You can either get the 119 or 100 bus and then the metro or night buses (if you get in very late), take a taxi or book an airport transfer service, which is cheaper than taking a taxi and it is also safer and hassle-free.
Once you have dropped off your suitcases at the hotel, the best option would be to explore the Old Town and stroll through its narrow and cobbled streets. In the Old Town Square, you will discover the Prague Astronomical Clock, the Church of our Lady before Týn and the Old Town Hall.
When you get hungry, enjoy an exquisite traditional Czech meal and have a drink in the Old Town.
During the morning, we recommend visiting the Prague Castle. The easiest way of getting to the fortress is to take the tram 22 or 91 and get off at Pražský hrad. If your hotel is near Malá Strana, you can also climb up the Castle stairs, Zámecké schody.
The Prague Castle houses many of Prague’s top attractions, so we suggest buying the combined ticket to access the most important monuments. Our favourite place in the Castle is the Golden Lane, one of the city’s most charming alleyways where the writer Franz Kafka resided between 1916 and 1917.
Once you get to the square, you'll find St Nicholas Church. If you are not too tired, step inside this impressive Baroque church and then head to its adjacent tower, where you’ll get an incredible view of the city if you climb to its observation deck.
By now, it will probably be time for lunch. You can find any typical restaurant in this neighborhood.
During the afternoon, we will visit Staré Město, the Old Town of Prague.
Walking down Mostecká Street from Malá Strana, we will get to Charles Bridge, the most beautiful and famous monument in Prague. Once on the other side, take Karlova Street to get to the Old Town Square. Don’t worry about getting lost, all you have to do is follow the crowd.
Once in the square, crowd around the Astronomical Clock and witness the procession of the 12 Apostles set in motion every hour.
To get a bird’s eye view of the Old Town, you can climb to the top of the Old Town Hall Tower. This spire has a lift, whereas many other towers in Prague don’t.
If you take Celetná Street, you will get to the Powder Tower, the most popular tower in Prague. It was built in the eleventh century and was one of the thirteen gateways of the Old Town. Climbing to the top is extremely exciting and definitely worthwhile.
On the other side of the Powder Gate is located the Municipal House, the most striking Art Nouveau building in Prague and one of the most renowned in the world. Inside there are several exhibition halls and an auditorium.
Walk back down the same street, cross the Powder Tower and turn right, down Uprasné Brány street. Continue down Jakubská and Stupartská street until you get to the Old Town Square. These are some of the most charming streets in this district.
Leave the square by any of the streets located in front of the Old Town Hall and continue straight on down the high streets till you arrive in Wenceslas Square, where the Velvet Revolution started. On the south side of the square you will find the National Museum, which is currently closed until 2018. However, it is worth seeing its façade. To the left hand side, is the State Opera.
To finish off the day we recommend going to a Black Light Theatre play, one of the most famous performances in Prague. The best-reviewed play is called Aspects of Alice. For more information, click here. The theatre is located in Karlova street, very close to Charles Bridge.
After the performance, walk down the banks of the Vltava River until you reach the National Theatre, next to the Legi Most Bridge. In Narodni street there are traditional Czech restaurants which aren’t as touristy as those in the Old Town. Narodni street leads to Wenceslas Square.
On the second day we’ll visit Josefov, the Jewish Quarter. If your accommodation is far, you can take public transport. The closest metro station and tram stop is Staroměstská.
In the Jewish Quarter it is worth taking a walk and visiting the six Synagogues and the Old Jewish Cemetery. Pinkas Synagogue, the cemetery and the Spanish Synagogue are located in Široká street. The other synagogues (Maisel, Klausen, High and Old – New) are on Maiselova street.
The closest synagogue to the metro station is Pinkas, very close to the Old Jewish Cemetery. Since the admissions ticket includes the six Jewish temples and the burial ground, if you find there is a line in any of the synagogues, you can try visiting another.
After visiting the Jewish Quarter, take a boat cruise on the Vltava River to get a different perspective of the city. Walking up Pařížská street, you will get to Cechuv Bridge in less than 5 minutes. The one-hour boat trips are very cheap.
If you prefer to spend more time on the boat, you can also book a boat trip with lunch included.
If you prefer to have lunch on land, and depending on the time you have left, you can either find charming restaurants in the Old Town or climb to the top of Petřín Hill, a favourite spot for locals.
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If you prefer to find out more about the city and discover its rich history, you can book a guided tour in English.
If you’re planning on staying more than two days in Prague, we recommend booking an excursion to any of the following: Český Krumlov, Karlovy Vary and Terezín Memorial