A trip to Europe isn’t complete without Prague on the itinerary. Although we only had two days to spend in this glorious city, it ended up being one of our favorite trips! …And not only cause I got to pet a really cute corgi. Prague is a big city filled with exciting adventures, so it can be hard to see everything in one trip. No matter your timeline, stick to my list and you’ll be sure to hit the highlights! So now to answer the question…what should you do in Prague?
For a list of where to find the best Czech food in Prague, head to my post Where to Find the Best Czech Food in Prague!
Where to Stay
Although we booked last-minute, Hostel Tyn ended up being the perfect choice for two female travelers. For around €25 per person per night, we were able to book a double private room in the heart of Prague. Our room was clean, affordable and came with two locked cabinets. The hostel staff were very friendly and accommodating and the location could not have been better! Upon check-in (Czech-in haha) we were given maps, lunch suggestions and all the tourist information we could have asked for.
If you’re looking for a more modern hostel a bit further outside the city center, the Czech Inn is a great option!
What to see
Old Town Square
Less than a five-minute walk from our hostel, Old Town Square is filled with Czech history, tourists eating trdelník and taking pictures of Prague’s spooky church. The square is packed with food vendors, delicious restaurants, fun bars and adorable souvenir shops. 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 being one of the most overrated attractions in Europe. No matter the 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 ($10) and is a great way to get a one-of-a-kind view of Old Town Square.
Explore The Church of Our Lady Before Týn
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 at Hotel U Prince
Black Angel’s Bar at Hotel U Prince boasts the best views in the city from their rooftop bar! Stop by and “Czech” out incredible views of Old Town Square while sipping a hot mulled wine or a Pilsner Urqell.
The Dancing House
Besides being one of the coolest buildings I’ve ever seen, the view from the top of the Dancing House is 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 visible from almost anywhere in Prague. Admittance to the castle grounds is free, but entrance inside the castle or any of the surrounding buildings costs a small fee of 350 Koruna (around €13). The 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
A happy accident on my first visit to Prague, we stumbled across the Starbucks View Point on our way up Castle Hill. Located within sight of the castle gates, this Starbucks is home to some truly stunning scenery. Nowhere in Prague did we find a viewpoint as clear as this one, not even from the top of the dancing building. We didn’t even have to buy a coffee, but we did anyway because it’s Starbucks.
Go on a Pub Crawl
We made a habit out of booking a pub crawl in almost every city we visited. As a group of six+ college students, we wanted to make sure we made it to all the best bars and nightclubs in every city! The Clock Tower Pub Crawl ended up being one of my favorites. This €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).
Book a Beer Tour
Another of our Prague favorites was our three-hour “Czech Beer Culture Tasting Tour.” €12 included all of our beer and a guided tour of three Czech bars. 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 to this day it’s one of our favorite memories from study abroad! Find more information on the tour here.
The Lennon Wall
The [John] Lennon wall is located only a short walk across the bridge from Old Town and is one of Prague’s most famous attractions. It’s usually packed with tourists, so if you’re visiting in the summer I would suggest going early in the morning to beat the crowds!
If you have time, unfortunately we didn’t, you could stop by the John Lennon Pub for a few brewskies or a hot mulled wine.
Browse the Street Vendors on the Charles Bridge
There are many ways to reach Prague castle, but I would suggest lacing up your sneakers and walking the 30 minutes from Old Town Square. The most direct route takes you across the Vltava river over the Charles Bridge and there’s plenty of beautiful scenery along the way! The view from the bridge boasts a spectacular view of Castle Hill and is filled with locals selling beautiful jewelry and street art.*
*Be extra careful here, the Charles Bridge is a notorious place to get pick-pocketed.
The scenery doesn’t end once you cross the river! You’ll see lots of cute cafés, little art shops and 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 three hours! Although the buffet was delicious, I would suggest considering the shorter 1-hour Prosecco cruise. The views are the same and you’ll be able to fit more sightseeing into your day!
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 very 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 the UNESCO World Heritage town of Česky Krumlov, only a few hours from Prague. Find more suggestions on what to do in Česky Krumlov in my post A Day-Trip to Česky Krumlov.
Although you could definitely spend months exploring Prague and all its mysteries, a long weekend is more than enough time to hit all the highlights and enjoy some delicious Czech food along the way.
Eat ALL the Czech food
Don’t leave Prague without eating your fill of hearty, Czech food. For a list of my favorite restaurants in the city, check out my post Where to Find the Best Czech Food in Prague!
If you’re planning on visiting more cities than Prague, check out my other guides to the most-popular destinations in Eastern Europe! Like…A 3-Day Krakow Itinerary, 48 Hours in Budapest and Two Weeks in Munich.
As always, thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow my adventures on Instagram @madisonsfootsteps!
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