What to see in Prague in one day

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Prague, a magical city where architecture makes monuments real rare jewels. Visited every year by more than six million tourists, its history and its undisputed charm have made it one of the most popular European capitals.
It is not surprising that in 1992 its historic center was included among the Unesco World Heritage Sites. Walking through its streets and its suggestive alleys is an exciting, unique experience, not to be missed because it is here that one evening by chance after a dinner with typical Prague foods that you will meet monuments of rare beauty illuminated by the lights of the street lamps . Between alleys and squares, open-air museums and stone bridges, that's it what to see in Prague in one day.


  1. One day itinerary in Prague: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Prague: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Prague: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Prague: Morning

1 - Staré Mesto

Before heading to the destination we will stop for an excellent breakfast at the Bakeshop in Kozi 918/1 where you can taste the typical specialties at the right price: savory croissants with cheese and ham, sweet croissants, cakes. A standard croissant costs around 2 euros and a cappuccino around 2,50 euros with 5 euros you can have an excellent breakfast.
Still on foot, we set out to Staré Mesto, the old town where the magic is palpable. Here, in the Old Town square theastronomic watch, made in the Middle Ages by the watchmaker Hanus, has bright colors and is the protagonist, proud and precise, on the Town Hall tower. It is the only one in the world to show the European, Babylonian and astronomical calendar with a representation of the 12 apostles who move at the stroke of each hour as well as the symbolic figures next to the quadrants that indicate Vanity, Avarice, the Turkish invader and Death. Once there you will not be able to miss the visit to the Town Hall, also built in 1400 and used in ancient times as a prison for Protestants, today the rooms that are worth a visit are that of the Council and that of Brozik.

2 - Church of San Nicola

We move towards the baroque temple, which has always been a reference point for tourists from all over the world, probably due to its central location. A few steps away we find the Kinsky Palace, a typical Rococo-style palace, inhabited by the Kinsky family until 1945, today houses the Czech National Gallery.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,8 km / 35 min
  • Places visited: Astronomical Clock (free), Town Hall (€ 10,00 approximately), Church of San Nicola (€ 3,00 approximately), Kinsky Palace (€ 6,00 approximately)
  • Useful tickets: Best of Prague Walking Tour
  • Where to have breakfast: Bakeshop, Kozi 918/1, Prague

One day itinerary in Prague: Afternoon

1 - Stone Bell House, Prague City Gallery, Powder Gate

In Nase Maso, in Dlouha 39, there is a butcher-rotisserie that offers all kinds of meat cooked in the typical Prague way. The prices are moderate: a 180-gram hamburger costs about 7 euros, as well as meat which can reach 8 euros. If we add a half-liter beer (about 1,5 euros) for lunch, it will cost about 10 euros.
After having refreshed you can visit the House at the Stone Bell, One of the most famous gothic buildings in the city which has housed the Prague City Gallery. Walking through the streets of the neighborhood you arrive at the Door of Powders, the ancient gateway to the Old Town for those coming from Bohemia. Once used as a gunpowder warehouse, today it is one of the symbols of Prague. The tower, which can be visited, is 44 meters high.

3 - Charles Bridge and Malà Strana

From here you cannot miss the Charles Bridge, of Gothic architecture and built in stone. Of rare beauty, this 515 meter long bridge is located over the Vltava and connects the old city with the Malá Strana district. It is the meeting point of street artists and musicians, a detail that makes it even more impressive.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,8 km / 35 min
  • Places visited: Casa alla Campana in Pietra (€ 5,00 approximately), Porta delle Polveri (€ 4,00 approximately), Charles Bridge (free)
  • Useful tickets: Tour of the historic center and Castle, 2,5 hour bike tour
  • Where to have lunch: Nase Maso, Doulha 39, Prague

One day itinerary in Prague: Evening

1 - Aperitif and Dinner

For the aperitif stage it is advisable to stop at Wine O'Clock Shop, in Liliova 16, an intimate and familiar place where we can taste excellent Czech wines and local cheeses, as well as many other tasty specialties, especially those of Mediterranean cuisine. With about € 10,00 we will be full and satisfied!
Lovers of nightlife or visits to museums and monuments under the stars, in Prague no one will be disappointed, there are so many opportunities to spend the evening that you won't know which one to really choose.

2 - New Town and Wenceslas Square

If you want to walk a little longer, you can reach the Città Nuova, commissioned by King Charles IV in 1348, and its splendid Wenceslas square even more beautiful at night than it already is during the day. Here too there are numerous clubs to animate the nightlife. Not only on foot, this district can also be reached by subway (Lines A and C Mustek station).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,4 km / 18 min
  • Places visited: New Town (free), Wenceslas Square (free)
  • Useful tickets: Prague pub crawl with Beer and Vodka All you can drink, dinner cruise on the Vltava river, medieval dinner with unlimited drinks
  • Where to dine: Wine O'Clock Shop, Liliova 16, Prague

Before leaving: useful tips

  • Avoid visits to museums that are too crowded and if you are a lover of art and history, when possible, book tickets before leaving so that you can access the priority entrance queue. In many places it is also possible to book them via mobile phone.
  • Opt for comfortable clothing, a sun hat, and sneakers. Your feet will thank you.
  • Always carry the city guide with you to avoid getting lost and, in particular, wasting unnecessary time.
  • If you decide to extend your stay and enjoy Prague by night, you can consult our accommodation offers in Prague.

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

Assuming that Prague is one of the quietest and safest cities in the world, there are places that would be best avoided for particular reasons or because they are unsafe or because they take too long to visit:

  1. Upper part of Wenceslas Square. Called Sherwood by the Prague people, this area is not frequented by very reliable people who often take advantage of the multitude of tourists.
  2. Castle. This place is definitely worth a visit, but not if you only have one day as the queues to visit the rooms are usually long, especially on weekends. You can solve the problem by booking the skip-the-line entrance to the Castle first.
  3. Station at night. Like any other station, even that of Prague at night does not have reliable frequentations, so it is advisable to avoid it.

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