What to see in Prague in 3 days

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Nicknamed the Conservatory of Europe, but also the City of a Thousand Towers, Prague is one of the most interesting European capitals to visit, thanks to the strange mix between Baroque buildings and more avant-garde elements: you pass from the Old Town, full of narrow streets and narrowest passages, to the Charles Bridge, as romantic during the day as it is disturbing as soon as the fog rises over the Vltava, and then arrives finally to the New Town area, with long avenues and fashionable youth.

Prague is a multifaceted city that will satisfy all tastes: from concert enthusiasts, to museum lovers, from visitors interested in the more cultural aspects of the city's past, to those more likely to discover its lively night life. Let's find out together what to see in Prague in 3 days.



Index

  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. How much does a weekend in Prague cost
  5. User questions and comments

1 day

1 - Morning: Male Namesti, Town Hall Square, Our Lady of Tyn, St. Nicholas Church, Town Hall Tower and Astronomical Clock

Our weekend in Prague begins in the historic center area, a few steps from the famous Town Hall Square. Just two streets away, is the small and secluded Male Namesti Square, with Gothic houses and a beautiful wrought iron well: there is no better place to have breakfast and start your first day of exploration. Stop for a coffee and a piece of cake at the nearby Bistro Monk, a place that offers a wide choice between sweet and savory at the cost of a few euros.

After refreshing yourself, move towards the Town Hall Square where Charles IV was once crowned and today there are some of the main attractions of the city: first of all, the very famous Our Lady of Tyn (open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 17:00 with free access), most important religious building in the city with the two towers (almost identical) that dominate the skyline. Inside, there are wonderful baroque altarpieces, altars and the Crucifixion exhibited in the tympanum of the north portal.

Nearby, the Church of St. Nicholas (open every day, from 10:00 to 16:00 with free access) represents a typical example of Prague Baroque, with the monumental façade and the vertical momentum due to the lack of space available. If the outside will amaze you with its beauty, the inside will not be outdone with valuable stuccoes and frescoes.

Finally, the Old Town Hall Tower features a very curious astronomical clock, stormed by tourists who flock there every hour waiting to admire the spectacle offered by the statuettes of the gods 12 apostles on the move. It is also possible to climb the Tower (cost of the climb € 3,00) to enjoy even more the magnificence of one of the most famous squares in the world.



2 - Afternoon: Jewish Cemetery, Old-New Synagogue, Jewish National Museum

Before continuing the tour, stop at the U Pivrnce restaurant, a local gastropub with a traditional menu but with rather original settings (average cost per person: € 20,00).

Then, head north towards the Jewish quarter of the city: here once was one of the most important Jewish communities in Europe, devastated following the events of the Second World War. The visit to the neighborhood can only start from the Old Jewish Cemetery, a set of 12.000 piled up stems between them in a chaotic way, many of which are almost absorbed by the ground. The place is very touching, perhaps one of the most unique Jewish centers you will ever have the opportunity to see. (Open every day of the week, except Saturdays from 9:00 to 18:00. The entrance ticket costs about € 12,00 and includes access to the cemetery and other places related to the nearby Jewish community).

Nearby, they are also located the Old-New Synagogue, the oldest Jewish place of worship in Europe, and the National Jewish Museum which contains more than 1.000 years of history told with works of art, sacred objects and various audio-visual testimonies. All these attractions are included in the same combined ticket.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Letna Park

At the end of the visit, if you are not too tired, we advise you to visit the restaurant before dining Letna Park, across the river: from here you can admire a splendid panorama, especially at sunset.

Not far from the park, returning to the shores of the Jewish quarter, stop to eat at the Zlata Praha restaurant, which specializes in local cuisine with a wide range of international cuisine. The view from the terrace of the restaurant is truly incomparable (Estimated cost for a dinner: € 30,00)



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,1 km / 25 min
  • Places visited: Male Namesti, Town Hall Square, Our Lady of Tyn, St. Nicholas Church, Town Hall Tower and Astronomical Clock, Jewish Cemetery, Old-New Synagogue, Jewish National Museum, Letna Park
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  • Breakfast at Bistro Monk (Get directions), Lunch at U Pivrnce (Get directions), Dinner at Zlata Praha (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: John Lennon Wall, Castle (St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica, Pinacoteca, Vicolo d'Oro, Royal Gardens)

The second day of exploring the city begins a few steps from the famous Charles Bridge. To its left, there is an excellent café where you can have a delicious, cheap but, at the same time, healthy breakfast (also suitable for vegetarians and vegans): the Tricafe.

After eating, it's time to finally cross the Charles Bridge,the oldest and most beautiful of the many that are found in the city. The bridge has two rows of statues of saints, including the statue of St. John in the central part: it is said that the saint was thrown into the river at that point, as he refused to confess what the queen had revealed to him.

Once on the other bank, before heading towards the castle hill, take a quick jump to the John Lennon Wall: a colorful wall full of street art dedicated to the singer's most famous quotes / songs. From here, head towards the ancient area of ​​the Castle, made up of multiple buildings: among these, it is impossible not to visit the Cathedral of San Vito, the largest Gothic cathedral in the country; the Old Royal Palace, abandoned by the Habsburgs in the 12,00th century; the Basilica of San Giorgio, inside which various works of Czech painting from the th century are exhibited; but also the Pinacoteca del Castello, the picturesque Vicolo d'Oro (where according to local legends the court alchemists lived there) and the immense Royal Gardens with a lookout on the north side of the Castle. The entrance ticket for these attractions is cumulative and costs around € .



2 - Afternoon: St. Nicholas Church, Mala Strana Square, Czech Music Museum, Petrin Hill

Before continuing with the tour, stop at the local Kuchyn for lunch based on local food and excellent beer (average cost per person: € 20,00). After that, head south first towards San Nicola, a true masterpiece of Prague Baroque architecture (open from 9:00 to 16:00, free admission), and then towards the square of Mala Strana, the beating heart of this city area located on a slight slope. Here, Baroque facades alternate with other Renaissance ones in a truly spectacular visual effect!

From the square, go down towards the Czech Museum of Music: you are in the city that adopted the young Mozart and which has hosted several promising musicians in its concert halls ... and this museum retraces some of the highlights of the history of music in Prague. (Open Wednesday to Monday, 10am to 00pm; entrance fee of € 18 per person.) Finally, from the museum get ready for a (easy!) Hike to the top of Petrin Hill : overlooking the Vltava, it is a green area characterized by vegetable gardens and vineyards, as well as a small lookout in the shape of a miniature Eiffel Tower!

3 - Evening: Dinner, Riverside

As it has been a day full of discoveries, it might be a good idea to stop for dinner at one of the best restaurants in town, the Czech Slovak Restaurant (complete with a Lounge Bar and great portions of goulash. 30,00) and then take a last walk on the riverside on the way back, enjoying the romantic view of the illuminated city.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,2 km / 1 h 4 min
  • Places visited: John Lennon Wall, Castle (St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica, Picture Gallery, Golden Lane, Royal Gardens), St. Nicholas Church, Mala Strana Square, Czech Music Museum, Petrin Hill , Riverfront
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  • Breakfast at Tricafe (Get Directions), Lunch at Kuchyn (Get Directions), Dinner at Czech Slovak Restaurant (Get Directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Wenceslas Square, Our Lady of the Snow, Masaryk Embankment, Dancing House, Cubist Houses

We have now reached the last day in the city and we cannot avoid starting with a hearty breakfast: the Paul Broadway is the ideal place ... welcoming, varied and economical. The sweet and savory croissants are highly recommended. Very close to the bar, it is located Wenceslas Square, a symbol of national independence and the union between the old and new cities. In the center of the square stands the statue of Wenceslas I, patron saint of Bohemia, while all around are beautiful buildings from the early th century (including the Peterka House and its Secession-style architectural lines).

From the square, walking in the direction of the Vltava, you reach the gothic church Madonna della Neve (with prices and times varying according to the season, we invite you to check all the info on the official website) and then the side of the Masaryk riverside, characterized by buildings of different architectural styles but all in perfect harmony with each other.

Continue until you glimpse the unmistakable shapes of the Dancing House, actually a pair of buildings with alternating curved lines and concrete nicknamed Fred & Ginger. On the top floor, there is a restaurant while on the ground floor, a small bar. Continue straight for a few more minutes until you reach the Cubist Houses, near Via Svobodova. Prague is the only capital in the world to have pioneered Cubism in architecture and we are sure that these eclectic buildings will leave you speechless.

2 - Afternoon: National Museum, Secession Houses, TV Tower

Before moving to the Vinohrady district, have lunch nearby at Restaurace Pod Vysehradem, suitable for a quick and good lunch, without spending more than € 10,00.

Then take the metro at Palackeho Namesti stop to reach Pavlova stop. From here, head to the National Museum, founded in 1818 thanks to the impulse of the Czech patriots. Inside, you will find interesting collections of minerals, medieval documents of inestimable value and a rich section on zoology and paleontology. (Open from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 18:00; on weekends the closing is postponed to 19:00. Ticket costs € 6,00).

Once the visit is complete, leave for the Prague Secession Houses, making a pleasant themed walk between the Manesova area and that of the Riegrovy park. These are buildings with ornamental decorations, characterized by a very special charm.

Finally, with its 216 meters high, the TV Tower is the tallest building in the city, as well as the best viewing platform from which to admire the full beauty of Prague at 360 ° (open every day, from 9:00 to 24:00. The cost is just under € 10,00 per person).

3 - Evening: Dinner, Sacred Heart

Before dining for the last time in the city, make your way to the Sacred Heart, a singular work of a Slovenian architect which amazes above all for its glazed ceramic facade. Nearby is the Le Caveau restaurant with an extensive menu of French cuisine and a great wine bar. (Estimated cost per person: € 35,00)

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 7,9 km / 1 h 44 min
  • Places visited: Wenceslas Square, Our Lady of the Snow, Masaryk Embankment, Dancing House, Cubist Houses, National Museum, Secession Houses, Television Tower, Sacred Heart
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  • Breakfast at Paul Broadway (Get Directions), Lunch at Restaurace Pod Vysehradem (Get Directions), Dinner at Le Caveau (Get Directions)

How much does a weekend in Prague cost

Compared to many other European capitals, Prague is still a fairly inexpensive destination, although the popularity that begins to envelop the Czech capital means that prices are rising from year to year. Below, we have prepared an estimate of the possible costs you will have to face during a hypothetical 3-day trip to Prague:

  • Costs to eat: about € 55,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 50,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Transportation: around € 3,00 per person (apart from transport from the airport to the city center, most of the itinerary is on foot thanks to the small size of Prague)
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: starting from € 36,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 15,00 per person (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks, ...)
  • Total cost of a weekend in Prague: from € 305,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Prague: it is a city that can be visited in every month of the year, however to visit it during sunny days the period from mid-May to mid-September is recommended. Prague can also be visited in autumn, when during the bridge of the Dead the streets of the city are decorated with scary festoons and monsters and numerous themed events are held inside the Castle. Find out when to go to Prague
  • it is easily accessible thanks to the presence of the international airport, just 20km from the city and served by the main low cost airlines. To reach the center, just take a bus line 119, 254 or 100 (from which you can take the subway from the Zlicin stop) or, with the Express Buses that from the airport will take you directly to the city central station.
  • we suggest you to stay near the historic center, in particular near the Town Hall Square, the prices here will be slightly higher but you will still breathe a truly unique atmosphere, waking up to the sound of the city bells and the spiers of San Nicola silhouetted in the sky . Hotel and b & b starting from € 36,00 per room -
  • Getting around: the city can be visited on foot, but is still well served by public transport, 3 underground lines (red, yellow, green), open every day, from 5:00 to 24:00; daytime and night tram lines, operating from 4:30 to 00:15 and from 00:15 to 4:30, every day; buses that guarantee night service. Finally, to reach the top of Petrin Hill there is a funicular service which runs from 9:00 to 23:30, with departures from Ujezd every 10-15 minutes. The ticket, valid for all public transport, with an hourly rate costs 12 crowns (i.e. € 0,50 approximately), while the daily one costs 70 crowns (just under € 3,00). Find out how to get around Prague

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