Very few cities have as much to offer as Prague, so deciding how to spend your time there can be hard. In order not to miss anything important, it’s useful to plan ahead. After spending a few days exploring the city, I condensed the best Prague has to offer into this four-day itinerary. If you are looking for a way to organize your trip, I hope this will help you.
Old city: Staré Město
Since I’m a morning person, I woke up around 5 am, and went to see the sunrise on Charles bridge… empty! It was really worth it, because unfortunately, during the day (and night) its packed with people. After that, me and my friend went to the Old Town Square, taking the usual touristy photos. First thing we saw was the most known attraction in Prague: the Astronomical clock, one of the most beautiful clocks in Europe. Note: remember that every hour it chime! After that, it was the turn of Tyn and St. Nicholas churches ring the square. St. Nicholas is open all day, but Tyn only in the mornings and late afternoons. Worth mentioning here, are the catacombs under the Old Town Hall. If you have time and you are interested there are underground tours which explores the hidden Prague.
Jewish Quarter: Josefov
The Jewish Quarter is located between the Old Town Square and the Vlatava River and it’s a very peculiar attraction. The monuments inside the walls, have survived the Nazi occupation and Adolf Hitler himself decided to preserve the “Jewish Ghetto” as a “Museum of an Extinct Race”. Inside there are six synagogues, few museums and a historic graveyard to honor one of the largest Jewish communities in Europe. Unfortunately it’s the most expensive attraction of the city but it’s worth it.
New City: Nové Město part. 1
After a long day of walking we decided to come back near our hotel in Nové Město to eat dinner and relax. The New Town has squares (Wenceslas Square is the biggest one) and historic buildings, around which the modern city has developed.
Small Quarter: Malá Strana part. 1
This morning we crossed Charles Bridge (not at 5 am this time!) and we explored the Small Quarter, a zone rich in beautiful baroque buildings, steep alleys and a hill that offers an amazing view of the Old City. The most notable attractions here were the Kafka Museum (a suggestive walk into the mind of a great writer), Wallenstein Palace, which is free to visit and has an amazing garden full of peacocks, and Saint Nicholas Church on the hill.
Prague Castle (Hradčany)
The famous Prague Castle is a Majestic complex, which lords over Prague, it consists of multiple sections: St. Vitus Cathedral (the most famous structure), the Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica, the Powder Tower, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower and Rosenberg Palace. Take a walk around the castle and you will be able to see for free a nice garden and the Belvedere, a summer palace built by Ferdinand I. If you walk more up the hill, you will reach Loreta, a large pilgrimage destination. It consists of a cloister, the church of the Lord’s Birth, and the clock tower Santa Casa with a famous Chime. The last beautiful attraction that you will find on the hill, is Strahov Monastery, there you should stop to visit the library and the theological room.
Petrín Park is the city’s biggest park, it’s beautiful and it offers an amazing view of the city. There is a garden, a maze, and a tower that looks a lot like the Eiffel Tower. It’s so easy to waste an entire afternoon in there! Keep in mind that this park is located on top of a big hill, and getting there can be tiring so there is a funicular that can take you up and down the hill if you don’t want to trek or you’re in a hurry.
John Lennon Wall: Malá Strana part. 2
After descending the hill, we were back in Malá Strana. I am a big Beatles fan, so I had to stop and visit the John Lennon Wall. In 1980s, students started writing John Lennon lyrics on this wall as a way to Honor the artist. Tourists are allowed to write and paint on it too!
On day 3 we decided on a trip outside of Prague to se Troja, a Baroque palace just outside Prague. It is easy to reach thanks to the bus 112. The amazing thing about this palace is that there are not many tourists so you can explore it in peace, but it doesn’t deserve the lack of attention! The structure is well preserved, the exhibit is interesting and it allows you to see the inside of the Palace (paid admission) and the garden is beautiful (free admission). On the opposite side of the Palace there is Pragues Zoo if you want to visit it.
New City: Nové Město part. 2
When we came back we went to see what we missed in the New City, such as Faust House, the churches, Charles Square and the botanical garden.
Vyšehrad is a castle located in the southern part of the city. Within the riuns there is the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, which features an amazing stone mosaic above its entry, and the Vyšehrad Cemetery, which contains the tombs of many famous people from Czech history. Few tourists come here, so you can enjoy the castle and the view more.
Explore the streets of Prague
From the castle, you can walk along the river and back into the center to either explore the remaining streets, squares and buildings you want to see or you can head to a park and relax!
Enjoy Prague Nightlife
I’m not a big fan of nightlife but my friend is, so we compromised and we went to see the city center at night and we got to enjoy a different side of Prague, full of people meeting and partying, if that is your thing, this city has a lot to offer and just so you know: beer is cheaper than water!