The Best Prague Itinerary
Last Updated on June 5, 2023 by Madison Krigbaum
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 because 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 Prague itinerary and you’ll be sure to hit the highlights!
For a list of where to find the best Czech food in Prague, head to my post Where to Eat Czech Food in Prague!
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Where to Stay in Prague
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 Include on Your Prague Itinerary
Old Town Square
Less than a five-minute walk from our hostel, Old Town Square is filled with Czech history and tourists eating trdelník while 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!
The 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 for 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 Tyn
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 Tyn 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 cold Pilsner Urquell.
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 CZK ($5) to enter the rooftop patio or, for 80 CZK ($3), you can buy a delicious glass of wine and take in the rooftop view for free.
Located on Castle Hill, Prague Castle or Pražsky 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 CZK (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, since it was founded in 880, full of Czech history!
Even if you decide to just wander around the grounds, Prague Castle is the perfect addition to your Prague itinerary.
On my first visit to Prague in 2017, my friend and I stumbled across the Starbucks Viewpoint on our way up Castle Hill. Located within sight of the castle gates, this Starbucks is home to some truly stunning scenery and is the perfect budget-friendly addition to your Prague itinerary.
Nowhere in Prague did we find a viewpoint as clear as this one, not even from the top of the Dancing House. We didn’t even have to buy a coffee! …but we did anyway cause, you know, Americans love our Starbs.
Go on a Pub Crawl
During study abroad, we made a habit of booking a pub crawl in almost every city we visited. As a group of 6+ college students who were still under 21, 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 in Europe. 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” iPhone, it ended up being one of my favorite nights in Europe! (She found it an hour later in her bra).
Book a Beer Tour
Our 3-hour Czech beer tour was another of our favorite activities in Prague. A €12 ticket 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! To this day it’s one of our favorite memories from study abroad.
The Lennon Wall
The 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. Even if you find yourself having to throw a few elbows, the Lennon Wall is a must-see on any Prague itinerary.
If you have time, stop by the John Lennon Pub for a few brewskies or a hot mulled wine. Unfortunately, we couldn’t fit this into our Prague itinerary – but it’s on our list for next time!
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 by way of the Charles Bridge. Trust me, those aren’t views you want to miss. You’ll find yourself with a spectacular view of Castle Hill! The bridge is also 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 cafes, 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 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 Cesky Krumlov
If you have some extra time, take a day trip! 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 Cesky Krumlov Day Trip Itinerary.
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, check out Where to Eat Czech Food in Prague!
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