A trip to Europe isn’t complete without boarding a super-sketchy Ryanair flight and Czech-in’ out Prague (feel free to laugh at my hilarious pun). Although we could only spend two days in this gorgeous city, it ended up being one of my favorite trips, and not only cause I got to pet a really cute corgi.
There’s so much to see in Prague that it’s very difficult to narrow your itinerary down enough and fit everything in two days. Check out my experience below and you’ll definitely have time to hit all the highlights!
Where to Stay
Although we booked our hostel somewhat last-minute, Hostel Tyn ended up being the perfect choice for two female travelers. For around €25 apiece per night, we were able to book a standard twin bed private room in the center of Old Town Prague. Our room was clean, affordable and came with two locked cabinets (not that we needed to use them). The Hostel itself was very friendly, accommodating, and the location could not have been better. Upon check-in we were given maps, lunch suggestions and all the tourist information we could have asked for.
Old Town Square
Located only about a five-minute walk from our hostel, Old Town Square is the site of some of Prague’s oldest, medieval history. The square is always packed with tourists and locals alike, vendors selling yummy Czech food, delicious restaurants, fun bars and adorable, old shops. Although it’s located across the river from Prague Castle, we wouldn’t have chosen to stay anywhere else!
Astronomical Clock at Old Town Hall
The Astronomical clock in Old Town Square was built in 1410 and is the third oldest astronomical clock in the world, and the only one still standing. While the clock and Old Town Hall themselves are beautiful and full of medieval history, the hourly show has a reputation of one of the most overrated attractions in Europe. No matter it’s reputation, you can still see hoards of tourists surround it on the hour like clockwork (pun intended).
…and climb the Clock Tower itself!
Climbing the Clock Tower only costs 250 CZK and is another great ways to get birds-eye views of Old Town Square.
Explore The Church of Our Lady Before Týn
As the focal point of Old Town Square, and my personal favorite building in the city, no visit to Prague is complete without a visit to Týn Church. Entrance is free and it’s definitely worth a quick 20 minutes to explore the stunning, and somewhat spooky, gothic architecture.
Black Angel’s Bar Prague — Hotel U Prince
Hotel U Prince has an adorable rooftop bar that gives you the best views, by far, of Old Town Square! Czech out that view while sipping your mulled wine, doesn’t get more Czech than that.
The Dancing House
One of my roommates in Rome told me about this nifty building before I left for Prague and wow was I glad she did. Besides being one of the coolest buildings I’ve ever seen, the view from the top was spectacular, even at night. You can either pay 130 Koruna (€5) to enter the rooftop patio or for 80 Koruna (only €3) you can buy a delicious glass of wine and take in the rooftop view for free!
Located on Castle Hill, Prague Castle or Pražský hrad, is easy to see from almost anywhere in Prague. Admittance to the castle grounds is free, but if you’re hoping to go inside the castle or any of the surrounding buildings you’ll be charged a small fee of 350 Koruna (around €13). Prague Castle is one of Prague’s most popular attractions and if you’re lucky enough to visit, you’ll understand why. It is one of the largest castle complexes in the world and, founded in 880, full of Czech history.
Starbucks View Point
One of our happy accidents in Prague, we stumbled across the Starbucks View Point on our way up Castle Hill. Located only two minutes from the castle gates, this Starbucks is home to some stunning scenery. Nowhere in Prague did we find a viewpoint as clear as this one, not even from the top of the dancing building (and we didn’t even have to buy a coffee!)
We made a habit out of booking a pub crawl in almost every city we visited. As a group of six plus college students, we wanted to make sure we made it to all the best bars and nightclubs each city had to offer. The Clock Tower Pub Crawl ended up being one of my favorites. The €24 crawl included five of Prague’s best bars and nightclubs, two hours of unlimited drinks at the first bar, a “welcome shot” at the last three bars and free entry into one of the city’s various nightclubs. Besides one small hiccup that involved taking four taxis around the city looking for my friend’s “lost” phone, it ended up being one of my favorite nights in Europe (she found it an hour later in her bra).
Another of our Prague favorites included our three-hour “Czech Beer Culture Tasting Tour.” €12 included all of our beer and a guided tour of three different, and very unique, Czech bars (for the price of one beer in New York City). Although our tour group ended up being very small, our guide was wonderful and the tour itself was very well-put-together. We ended up eating dinner with our tour group at the last stop and had a great time! Find more information on the tour here.
John Lennon Wall
One of Prague’s most famous attractions, the John Lennon wall is located only a short walk across the bridge from Old Town. It’s a must-see and if you have time, unfortunately we didn’t, you could stop by the John Lennon Pub for a few brewskies or a hot wine.
Street vendors on the Charles Bridge
There are many ways to reach Prague castle from Old Town Square, but, if you want my advice, it’s definitely worth the walk. The most direct route takes you across the Vltava river on the Charles Bridge. The walk itself won’t take you more than 20-30 minutes, and there’s plenty to see along the way in this historic town. The view from the bridge is spectacular, the castle is in full view, and it’s filled with locals selling beautiful (and affordable) jewelry and street art.
The scenery doesn’t end once you reach the other side. Prague is filled with cute cafés, art shops and adorable, colorful buildings.
Take a dinner cruise
There’s no better way to see Prague than cruising along the Vltava River. Why not add some Czech food and beer to that equation? Prague Boats offers a classy dinner cruise/buffet dinner for only €39 for 3 hours! Dinner with a [moving] view anyone?
Go to the spa
Prague has no shortage of salons and spas, and the prices tend to be much cheaper than the rest of Europe. Ruby Nails & Spa offers a wide selection of services including massages, nails and hair styling. In addition to being high quality, their services are insanely affordable. We stopped in for full pedicures and only paid €15!
Take a day trip to Česky Krumlov
If you have some extra time…hop on a bus and explore a medieval city only a few hours from Prague. Find more suggestions on what to do in Česky Krumlov here.
Beer ice cream. Need I say more? Beer ice cream….
Spoiler: it was amazing. We tried some healthy Czech options and, although my heart wanted the pork stuffed bread dumplings, the salad was very tasty and left plenty of room for beer ice cream! The restaurant also has a beer shop where I purchased some beer scented lotion after eating my beer flavored ice cream and beer soaked cheese. Nowhere in Europe has a Wisconsin girl felt so at home.
One of the highest rated Czech restaurants in Prague, Restaurace Mlejnice should definitely be on your food bucket-list. Although it’s located in the heart of Old Town Square, the prices are reasonable and the food is authentically Czech and crazy delicious!
Pivnice Hlávkur Dvur
Nestled in a secret alley in the heart of Prague, Hlávkur Dvur is the perfect place to sit for a traditional Czech meal and a cold beer away from the bustle of the city. The outdoor terrace is lovely in the summer months and the food is tasty, affordable and very filling.
Looking for delicious and authentic Czech food? Czech out (pun intended) U Bulīnü! Where the duck melts in your mouth and the beer is ice-cold and cheaper than water, U Bulīnü is hands-down my favorite restaurant in Prague. I’ve visited multiple times and never had a dish I didn’t love. Mind blowing menu aside, the staff is warm and friendly and the decor is like a step back in history.
Another one of my favorites, U Fleku serves a mouthwatering three-course Czech meal including hot homemade soup, hearty beef goulash, fluffy potato dumplings and flaky sweet apple strudel. Served, of course, with cold Czech beer!
Another great find if you’re in the mood for more Czech food, Vinohrdasky Parlament is a bit outside the city center but definitely worth the trip! They put a modern spin on traditional Czech food with a menu filled with as many potato dumplings as your heart desires!
Combine a perfect photo spot with a fantastic cup of coffee and Chloé Cafe is what you’ll find. The entire cafe is built around the perfect Instagram shot, complete with adorable wall decal, pink lattes and an entire wall of peonies. But don’t try it out for just the photo op, the coffee is delicious and so is the array of desserts, acai bowls and yummy toasts!
If you need a bit of a break from the constant roasted meat and potato dumplings…trust me I get it, head over to Poke Haus and build your own Poke Bowl! There’s nothing I love more than sushi and poke is one of my favorite variations, especially when they offer sushi burritos! The shop is tiny but the atmosphere is adorable (Insta pic anyone?) and the poke bowls are tasty and affordable.
Specific Czech foods to try…
Contrary to what Instagram believes, Chimney Cakes actually originated in Hungary. However, most tourists don’t know that, so Prague is full of shops selling the delicious, ice-cream filled treats! Stop by Good Food if you’re looking for some more adventurous flavors (charcoal or aperol spritz ice cream anyone?).
Halušky is very popular among the street vendors in Old Town Square and is definitely a must-try when visiting Prague. My first thought when I tasted it was, “Is this mac n’ cheese?” However, Halušky is actually made with a mixture of potato dumplings, cabbage, sheep cheese and bacon bits. Definitely not low fat, but screw it, when in Prague!
Can’t decide whether to order bread or potatoes? Why not both? Commonly served as a side dish to pork, beef or duck, potato dumplings are one of my favorite Czech dishes! Savory bread and potatoes are combined to create a fluffy loaf that is sliced to perfection and served with meat and cabbage.
Hot honey wine
You’ll pass dozens of little outdoor stands offering “spiced wine” and “hot honey wine” in Old Town Square. It’s warm and delicious and definitely worth the few Koruna, especially if you’re the genius who only packed a leather jacket in 35 degree weather.
*No visit to Prague is complete without stuffing your face with all the above.
Although you could definitely spend months exploring Prague and all his mysteries, a long weekend is more than enough time to hit all the highlights and enjoy some delicious Czech food and drinks.
Thanks for reading and na zdraví (cheers!)