I loved Prague, a beautiful city with plenty to see and do no matter how long you stay there. I visited Prague in winter, so asked Pierre from Anything Under Our Stars to share his suggestions for what to do in Prague in 2 days whatever the weather, with his Prague 2 day itinerary.
If you think that no other city can top Paris, think again! Say hello to Prague, the City of a Hundred Spires. The city that was barely damaged during the World Wars, and whose 17th century gothic and baroque architectures are still intact. Prague is the only place in the world where you can find such a range of beautiful buildings. Here is a comprehensive Prague two day itinerary that will help you get the most out of spending a weekend in the city. Though you can’t do everything that this place has to offer in two days, you’ll definitely be coming back for more the next time you visit Prague.
A Prague 2 Day itinerary
What to do in Prague in 2 Days: Day 1
Old Town and Charles Bridge
Today is spent mostly exploring the Old Town area and the Charles Bridge. For the best things to see in the Old Town you can arrange walking tours with Prague City Tourism for 300 CZK or you could try a Prague free walking tour or even an evening Ghost Tour! Alternatively just grab your camera and get lost in the maze of beautiful streets.
For some ideas of tours around Prague Old Town, check out these options with GetYourGuide:
These are the best things to do in Prague Old town:
You can’t miss a walk on the iconic bridge of Prague. King Charles IV commissioned the bridge to be built, and work began in 1357, and was completed at the beginning of the 15th century. The bridge has stood its ground since then, surviving the weather, World Wars, and the constant throng of tourists who cross the bridge. Along the bridge there are 30 different Baroque statues of saints, pay special attention to the statue of St. John Nepomuk (the 8th statue on the right if you cross from the Old Town . Right below the statue of the saint is a plaque, and if you touch the falling man on the plaque it will bring you good luck and ensure your return to Prague! The best time to visit Charles Bridge is first thing in the morning, as early as possible, so you have a chance to take some photographs and enjoy the views without hundreds of tourists!
The Astronomical Clock
Hordes of tourists come flocking to the Old Town Square for the Astronomical Clock built in the town hall, which offers a musical show every hour between 8 AM and 8 PM. The Astronomical Clock, which has become the symbol of Prague, was built back in 1410. This makes it the oldest astronomical clock still working to this day, although it is currently under restoration. The different symbols on the clock represent the phases of the moon, the seasons, and some Christian holidays.
The Old Town Hall
Many people just se the old town hall from the outside, just stopping to look at the astronomical clock which is on the Old Town Hall tower. However, it is well worth a visit inside, especially to climb up the tower for magnificent views of the Old Town, and the rest of the city. You can also arrange tours of the rest of the building, including visiting the underground cellars, which was used as a dungeon when the cellars converted into the town jail. You will also visit the beautifully tiled main vestibule, which has stunning mosaics all across the walls and ceiling.
The Church of our Lady Before Týn
This Gothic church looks like a castle from a distance and is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the Old Town. It has been the main church of Prague since the 14th century, and its trademark 80 m towers towering over most of the buildings in the old town. Although taking pictures inside the church is not allowed, it is just as beautiful from the outside. Inside, you can find some interesting paintings on the altar from the Renaissance.
What Else to do in Prague Old Town
Some lesser-known sites in the Old Town are The Clementinum (another baroque-inspired church from the 11th century) and The Jewish Quarter which is home to various historical Jewish buildings including the oldest active synagogue in Europe.
There are also plenty of museums to visit in the Old Town. The Czech Cubism Museum is a stark contrast to the Gothic and Baroque architecture in the rest of the Old Town, and the City of Prague Museum traces the history of Prague since the Middle Ages. the Apple Museum which has more than 450 Apple products from 1976 to the present time, the Lego Museum and Choco Museum are good for families, and while The Beer Museum and Sex Machines Museum obviously aren’t for kids, they are popular with Stag and Hen parties!
Where to Eat in the Old Town
After spending countless hours walking and taking your Instagram-worthy pictures around the cobblestone streets in the Old Town, it’s time for some food. However, a lot of restaurants in the Old Town are overpriced and disappointing. There are a few cheaper, local restaurants though – try Havelska Koruna for a cafeteria-style meal, where you queue up at the counter and the ladies serve you a plate of what you fancy from the dishes on offer. Super cheap, but there isn’t always spare tables, so be prepared to share, or stand! A bit further out of the Old Town, Lokál Dlouhááá gets great reviews.
If you fancy a snack, the trdelnik chimney cake of the Old Town is a sweet treat coated in cinnamon and sugar; the best way to get an energy boost for more exploring! You can even splurge on one filled with ice-cream and Nutella, although it will set you back about 5€.
A Prague 2 Day itinerary
What to do in Prague in 2 Days: Day 2
Prague Castle – Malá Strana – Petrin Tower
The second day of the trip will involve some more walking, so get your comfy shoes on and let’s go to Prague Castle across the river.
This huge castle is the biggest castle complex in the world, a UNESCO heritage site and is considered by many people to be the main attraction of Prague. Take a trip around the grounds and be sure to witness the changing of the guards at 12.00. Tickets are valid for two days (the day of the purchase and the following day), so if you have some spare time on Day 1 you could also come here then return on Day 2. https://www.hrad.cz/en/prague-castle-for-visitors The views from the castle walls are definitely worth the walk up the hill!
Prague Castle is made up of several historical buildings, and the ticket price varies depending on which areas you want to see inside. You can walk around part the complex for free, but to see inside the most popular options are the following ‘circuits’ including:
Prague Castle – Circuit A
St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, exhibition “The Story of Prague Castle”, St. George’s Basilica, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower, Rosenberg Palace
Prague Castle – Circuit B
St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower
The Old Royal Palace
This is the original residential area of the castle, built in the 9th and 10th century. Almost every king and emperor who lived here made extensions and adjustments to the building and is a mixture of styles.
St. Vitus Cathedral
St. Vitus Cathedral is the largest and most important church in the whole city. The Cathedral is where the former kings of the Czech Republic are buried and where the crown jewels are kept. It’s free to enter the Cathedral but you will have to pay a small fee to see the whole thing for yourself, and for the chance to go up in the towers. Even with the limited free access, you can see how impressive the cathedral really is.
Other popular attractions within the area are The Powder Tower, St. George’s Basilica and Golden Lane. You can read more about each area in the castle complex on the official castle website here.
After visiting the castle area, it’s about time to head down to the Malá Strana for the much the deserved break. In Malá Strana the ‘Lesser Town’, you can find Prague’s modern side, including the John Lennon Wall, some of David Cerny’s weird baby statues, and the Memorial to the Victims of Communism. There are plenty of restaurants and hotels here too.
The Petrin Tower
In the outskirts of Malá Strana, another must-see attraction in Prague is the Petrin Tower. This is Prague’s mini Eiffel Tower. Here you can either take the funicular cable car or burn some calories walking all the way to the top. The tower is 60m tall, which may not seem that high until you realise that that tower sits at the summit of Petrin Hill, which is 318m (1043 feet) high. The park is also a nice area to explore, and admire the views of the city.
If you have time for another viewpoint, head over to Letná Park on the other side of the castle, which also has splendid views of Prague, and the bridges over the river.
Where to Eat in Malá Strana
On this side of the river you have much more choice for cheaper restaurants. If you want to go local on your meal without breaking the bank, try dining at U Magistra Kelly for one of the best goulash (meaty soup with vegetables) and pork dumplings. Ferdinanda is also a good option for Czech food, and if you want to treat yourself to a cake, pop into Cukrkávalimonáda for some delicious and beautiful cakes.
Other Awesome Things to do in Prague
When deciding what to do in Prague in 2 days, these are just a few of the top sites in Prague to enjoy. If you’d like to learn about (and taste!) more Czech food & drink, a Prague food tour is a great way to sample lots of different food, Czech beer, cider, and wine.
Here are some more ideas for what to do in Prague from GetYourGuide:
What to do in Prague at Night
Prague is chocabloc full of bars, restaurants, and romantic places to explore. If you fancy something a little bit different for your evenings, how about one of these:
Practical Information for Prague
Getting from Prague Airport to Prague City centre
Unfortunately, there aren’t any direct connections to the city. Considering you only have 2 days in Prague, the quickest way to get into town is by taxi, or with a cheaper prepaid transfer to your hotel.
The slower budget option is to take the bus 119 (towards Nádraží Veleslavín) and then get off at the metro stop Depo Hostivar to take a metro connection into the city centre. The public transport tickets in Prague work on length of time, as well as zones, so from the airport you would need a 90 minute ticket over 4 zones, which is currently 32 CZK. When you have bought your ticket, make sure you validate it as you get onto the bus. When you transfer to the metro, as long as you are still within the 90 minutes, you don’t need to buy another ticket, just keep hold of the one you have.
Depending on where you’re staying, you get can off at one of three different metro stops:
1) Mustek A – Wenceslas Square area
2) Staromestska -Old Town
3) Malostranska – Malá Strana or “Lesser Town”
When arriving late at night, the trip to the city takes 2 hours since public transport is less frequent, so in that case I’d definitely suggest a taxi or transfer.
Where to stay in Prague?
If you have only 2 days in Prague, it’s not a good idea to stay on the outskirts of the city as commuting to and from the city centre is too time-consuming – your time is better spent on sightseeing right away. Probably the best area to stay in Prague, in this case, will be the Old Town. There are dozens of accommodations to stay near the city centre for a reasonable price.
What do you think, do you have any other recommendations for what to do in Prague in 2 days? I’d love to hear your suggests for a Prague 2 day itinerary, please leave your comments below!
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About the Author
Pierre moved to Norway in 2014, and travelled around the country before finding work and settling there. Now a healthcare worker by trade, adventurer by passion, and blogger wherever he goes, Pierre writes about his travels and his life at Anything Under Our Stars. He is passionate about inspiring others to travel and discover the world to see new places and experience different cultures. Flying here, driving there, he is someone who never tires of the wonders of adventure, pushing his boundaries time and again to broaden his horizons and share what he finds with the world. You can also find him on Facebook and Instagram.
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