3 Days in Prague

An Enchanting Experience at the Heart of Europe

The city of Prague holds a vast wealth of European history and culture, rooting from its past as the capital of the kingdom of Bohemia. With its ancient bridges, timeless town squares, Gothic-style cathedrals and castles, there’s no shortage of architectural wonders to admire in this City of a Hundred Spires. Besides its scenic sights, Prague also offers fun activities in its wide range of museums, markets, and stalls, where you can learn more about the city’s rich history and try out local delicacies. 

With this wealth of wonders, we understand that it can be daunting to fit all of them on your schedule if you only have a few days to stay in the city. That’s why we’ve put together this quick guide on how to make the best out of 3 days in Prague.

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Day 1 in Prague

Morning

Start your adventures right at the city’s central square.

Old Town Square

Prague’s original marketplace, Old Town Square, is a great place to start your adventures since it gives a good view of the city’s famed historic architecture. It’s located at the heart of the city and is only about 20 minutes away from the main bus station, Praha Florenc, and the main train station.

There’s plenty to see at the square, like the Church of Our Lady Before Týn with its two imposing spires and the Kinský Palace, known as the most beautiful Rococo building in the city. The Jan Hus Memorial is located right at the center of the square and commemorates the martyred theologian who fought against the corruption in the church.

Old Town Hall Tower and Prague Astronomical Tower

If you have tickets, you can climb up the Tower of the Old Town Hall for a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. The queue may get a bit long depending on the season, but the sight will be worth it. While you’re waiting, you can read up on the history of the Old Town Hall.

Housed on the southern side of the same building is the Prague Astronomical Clock. Known as the world’s oldest functioning timepiece, the Astronomical Clock dates back to 1410. When it strikes the hour, you’ll witness the procession of the Twelve Apostles. Don’t miss the side figures such as the Turk, the Vain Man, and the Miser as they play their part in the show.

While you’re at the Old Town Square, make sure to grab a bite to eat in any of the stalls or restaurants nearby to keep you fueled for your city tour.

Afternoon

Learn more about the city’s history at the Jewish Quarter.

Jewish Quarter

After the sights at the Old Town Square, take a 5-minute walk over to the Jewish Quarter, Josefov by heading north towards the direction of the Vltava River. While this area bore witness to horrors throughout its history, it’s also home to some of the oldest buildings in Prague. Admire the distinct architecture of its synagogues, the Jewish Ceremonial Hall, and the Old Jewish Cemetery, which is one of the most important Jewish monuments in the city.

Near the Spanish Synagogue, you can find the moving statue of Franz Kafka, depicting the author riding the shoulders of a headless and handless figure. It’s a reference to Kafka’s story, “Description of a Struggle.”

Rudolfinum

From the Jewish Quarter, walk in an eastern direction towards the river to make a quick stop at the Rudolfinum. Located at the Jan Palach Square, the Rudolfinum is a 19th century building with breathtaking neo-Renaissance architecture. Ever since its inception, it’s been the site of cultural performances and is one of the main venues of the Prague Spring International Music Festival.

Klementinum

If baroque architecture is your jam, the Klementinum is just a short walk south by the riverbank. Klementinum is a complex of historic buildings with breathtaking architecture, with its crown jewel being the Baroque Library. Take a moment to admire the gorgeous frescoes and historically valuable globes. 

National Theater

Further south, around 10 to 15-minute walk by the river, you’ll come across the golden-roofed National Theater. Generally considered as the prime stage in the Czech Republic, this building is a marvel to look inside and out.

Evening

Cap off your day with a scenic boat ride.

Vltava River Cruise

The Vltava River is a prominent city feature and you’re bound to catch sight of it numerous times during your stay. Treat yourself to a panoramic city view while riding a boat. You can choose between a one-hour boat ride or a night river cruise complete with dinner for a memorable first night.

Charles Bridge in Prague

Day 2 in Prague

Morning

Catch the beautiful sunrise at Charles Bridge.

Charles Bridge

While the view of the sunset from the Charles Bridge is rightly famous, it can get difficult to find a good spot amidst the crowds. That’s why we recommend waking up early and catching the sunrise instead. You’re still treated to a beautiful sight before starting your day. 

Walk through the 14th century bridge and admire the baroque statues lining it and the two towers bookending it.

Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral

From the western end of the Charles Bridge, you can reach the Prague Castle after a 15- to 20-minute walk. The Prague Castle, the world’s largest ancient castle, is located inside a complex on top of a hill. Inside the complex are numerous galleries and museums, the Golden Lane, and the gothic St. Vitus Cathedral, where you can witness an hourly ceremony: the changing of the guard.

While the Prague Castle is a gorgeous sight to behold, do try to take the opportunity to visit inside. You just have to buy a ticket either there or in advance online.

Afternoon

Climb further uphill for a heart-stopping view of the city.

Petrin Tower

Located just a bit south of the Prague Castle is the Petrin Hill where you can find Prague’s mini-Eiffel Tower, the Petrin Tower. The late 19th century tower stands 63 meters tall, or a fifth of the Eiffel Tower’s height. You can climb up the tower for a view of the city at the observation point.

Afterwards, you can visit the Mirror Maze, the observatory, and the Rose Garden, all of which are just within the area. You can also find good restaurants near Petrin for an early dinner.

Evening

Watch Prague light up at the Castle Stairs.

Castle Stairs

After spending the afternoon seeing the city, why not get a different view of it at night? Head back towards the Prague Castle but this time take the route by the riverbank. You’ll arrive at the Castle Stairs, a steep walkway that has a great evening view of the city. 

Numerous Renaissance and Baroque-style buildings line the street and stairs, including the Palace of the Lords of Hradec and the Thun Palace standing above.

View of Prague from Observation Deck

Day 3 in Prague

Morning

Explore other historic squares in the city.

Wenceslas Square and the National Museum

Although it’s more of a boulevard than a plaza, the Wenceslas Square is the central hub for commercial and cultural city activities. Named after the patron saint of the Czech Republic, Wenceslas Square has been the site of many political demonstrations, including the one in 1969 when Jan Palach set himself on fire.

It’s also home to the National Museum, considered to be the most significant museum institution in the country. Established in 1818, the main building boasts a beautiful neo-Renaissance architecture.

Peace Square

To the southeast of the National Museum is the Náměstí Míru, or the Peace Square, where you can find the 19th century Neo-Gothic Church of Saint Ludmila. It’s the central square of Vinohrady with a park at its center. It’s the site of many annual cultural and music events.

Afternoon

One last look of the beautiful sights of the city.

Vyšehrad

Vyšehrad is a 10th century historic fort located near the Vltava River. It’s said that the daughter of the Czaech ruler Krok, Libuse, prophesied the greatness and glory of the city of Prague. The park area holds architectural treasures like the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul, the Romanesque Rotunda of St. Martin, the national cemetery Slavín, and more.

There are nearby museums and restaurants if you want to squeeze in a few more activities before you leave. Perhaps have a quiet moment at the park and enjoy the gorgeous sights of the Heart of Europe to remember your trip by.

Free Virtual Tour of David Černý’s Prague Sculptures

See a new side to the Czech capital by viewing the weird and wonderful art of David Černý. When most people think of sculpture in Prague, they think of the Baroque statues lining Charles Bridge. But over the last two decades, one man has been on a mission to bring the city’s public art into the 21st century. 

David Černý is an acclaimed artist, known internationally for provocative sculptures like Entropa, a 3D map that hung outside the Council of the European Union in Brussels and famously depicted EU countries as crude national stereotypes (like Bulgaria as a squat toilet and France entirely on strike) and London Booster, a Routemaster bus with hydraulic arms that did constant press-ups throughout the 2012 Olympics. Yet Černý’s most interesting and provocative works are in his hometown of Prague. His art is included in our most popular tours of Prague, but let us take you on a virtual tour:

Horse

As with most Prague city tours, the perfect place to start is Wenceslas Square. Halfway down the famous square, within the pretty Lucerna Passage, lies a dead, upside-down nag that hangs limply from the ceiling, as King Wenceslas sits proudly astride his belly. This is Horse, a clear parody of the heroic equine statue at the top of the square. Černý is renowned for never explaining his work, so you can interpret it how you like.


Metalmorphosis

A short walk brings you to one of Černý’s most famous sculptures. Situated in the plaza behind the Quadrio shopping centre is Kafka, also known as Metalmorphosis. This giant metal head sculpture is more than 10 metres high and consists of 42 mechanical, rotating slices. As the name suggests, the figure is Franz Kafka, so maybe it’s a comment of the Katkaesque bureaucracy taking place in the nearby administrative buildings?

Man Hanging Out

From Kafka to Freud. Although created way back in 1996, this sculpture of Sigmund Freud hanging one-handed off a pole over the cobblestones of the Old Town still draws shock (and the occasional police callout) from passers-by. Although the statue on the corner of Husova and Betlémské náměstí is often mistaken for a real person, it is widely seen as a metaphor for the precariousness of intellectualism in the modern world.

Embryo

A five-minute walk from Sigmund Freud brings you to another of Černý’s early installations, Embryo. This bizarre foam blob on the side of the Na Zábradlí Theatre is supposed to look like an alien embryo that has latched onto the building’s drainpipe. Although easily missed during the day, it is dramatically lit up at night.


Piss

Walk across Charles Bridge to the courtyard of the Franz Karka Museum and you will be confronted with one of the artist’s most humorous sculptures. Piss depicts two men standing on – and peeing on – a large map of the Czech Republic. It is a provocative image, and that’s before you realise that this is an interactive artwork: text a message to a special number and the men’s appendages will write your message out in pee.

 

Babies

Head south down the river – back past Charles Bridge – and you will quickly find yourself in lovely Kampa Park. Here, you will find some of what are David Cerný’s most well-known creations, Babies. These three giant, crawling babies seem nice enough, until you realise that their faces seem to have imploded and been replaced with barcodes. More Babies can be seen climbing the eyesore Žižkov Television Tower across town.


Brownnosers

Last but certainly not least, a 20-minute walk takes you to Futura art gallery. In the garden lies the sculpture Brownnosers, featuring giant, naked, lower halves of bodies bent over and leaning against the wall. Climb a ladder to peer into an anus, where a video plays of ex-President Václav Klaus being spoon-fed faeces to the soundtrack of We Are the Champions. It is crude, weird and comical – the perfect distillation of David Cerný.

 

What’s Open in Prague Right Now

Prague appears to be open, they just declared that COVID was over in the Czech Republic. 

They have placed restrictions on who can get into the country, however. But if you fall within the allowed visitors or are local looking for something to do in your home country, here are some of the top things to do and what is open in Prague in 2020.

WHAT TO DO IN PRAGUE

Some of the major tourist attractions in Prague have reopened with safety measures in place so if you’re visiting Prague and want to explore the top historic sites, you’ll be able to do so.

The best way to explore Prague is with a walking tour! Free Walking Tours in Prague have resumed and the local guide is able to explore the city with you and can update you on current openings. You can find out more about Free Walking Tours in Prague and book a guided tour here.

 

 

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1. Prague Castle

Prague Castle Gates

Built in the 9th century, Prague Castle is today the seat of the Czech government. It is the largest ancient castle in the world, holding the Bohemian crown jewels, St Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace and more. 

The Castle is OPEN as of 25 May, with random inspections of visitors and limited group sizes.

Prague Castle tours are available as paid, free and even self guided options.

2. Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge is a pedestrian only thoroughfare, dating from the 14th century that connects the Castle to the Old Town.

The Bridge has ancient statues, sweeping city views and artisans along its entire length. Its one of our top things to do in Old Town.

3. Prague Zoo

The Zoo in Prague is considered the 5th best in the world, and has over 5000 species available for viewing, including 130 on the endangered list.

4. Old/New Synagogue

The Old-New Synagogue in Prague

The Synagogue is Europe’s oldest active synagogue, and the building is one of the first and finest gothic buildings in Prague, completed in 1270.  It is the oldest surviving medieval synagogue in Europe, and has an adjacent cemetery that dates back to the middle ages.

5. Tyn Church 

Tyn Church is the oldest and most recognizable Gothic church in Prague, with its twin spires dominating the skyline of the Old City.  Today the interior is mostly baroque, but the building itself dates from the 14th century.

6. Astronomical Clock

Prague Astronomical Clock-Roman-Numerals

The Astronomical clock is one of the true wonders of Prague. Dating to the 1410s, it is the third oldest of its type and the oldest astronomical clock still operating.

When it strikes the hour, there is a procession of the 12 apostles.


For more things to do Prague, read our guide to Prague Things To Do, keeping in mind that some things are not going to be operating as normal just yet.


THINGS TO DO IN PRAGUE IN 2020

Festivals, concerts and events in 2020 do seem to be taking place as scheduled in some for in Prague. Below are the main events each month that are still scheduled to happen, but be sure to check their website for up to date information.

August

Prague Music Festival (Aug 26-30) has been postponed to 2021

September

October

Prague Marathon Weekend 10-11 Oct has been canceled for 2020

November

European Judo Championship 8 -10 Nov is POSTPONED

December

 


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Prague Audio Tours

We are proud to offer our newest, affordable sightseeing option – AUDIO TOURS. Can’t make one of the guided Prague walking tours? No problem. 

We have partnered with Atlantis Audio Tours to provide you with a convenient way to experience our tours.

Each tour offers an off-line option to view the map and hear the audio of each walk so that you don’t need to have GPS maps running with the app.

 


Get a Free Audio Tour


Here is how it works:

  1. Download our free walking tour app on (iTunes) or (Android).
  2. Download any audio tour(s).
  3. Enjoy the tour(s).

Even if you don’t download any tours, you will still have access to valuable information on sightseeing, eating and playing in Prague.

Listen to a sample of our Prague City Center Tour.


Available Tours:

  • Prague City Center

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Things to Do in Old Town Prague

Old Town Prague Map and Route

This post covers the interesting things to see and do in Prague’s Old Town district, formatted as a walking tour.

The walk is just over a kilometer – or a little less than a mile. 

What is Old Town?

Old Town is the picturesque historical centre of Prague, covered in cobblestone streets, interesting architecture, and the city’s most well-known landmarks. Read more »

Prague Public Transportation

Prague Public Transportation

This post provides information about the public transportation system in Prague, including trams, metro, and buses as well as ticket options.  

 

 


OVERVIEW

Prague has one of the best public transportation systems in all of Europe, and it includes four main services: metro, trams, buses, and funiculars.

Tickets and passes are valid on all four services, which means you don’t need to purchase one to get on a bus and another to use the metro.

While the trams are a great way to reach many popular sites and landmarks in the city centre, the buses are intended to be used mainly for travel around the outskirts of Prague.

 

Prague Vintage Trams

Vintage Prague Trams Are Still in Use

The Metro, like trams, focuses on the city centre but offers fewer stops.

The funiculars in Prague are exclusively for climbing Petrin Hill to reach the top and see all of the sites in that area.

It’s worth noting that while the metro and funiculars do not provide service after midnight, buses and trams both offer night service which you can use to get around the city after 12 am.

Although it’s not part of the public transportation system, there is also a traditional train service in Prague which will connect you with many other cities in the Czech Republic.

Although tickets and passes are reasonably priced, you can actually save some money on public transportation in Prague by using a tourist attraction discount pass. 

Check our discounts section for more details.

 


TICKETS FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

As mentioned above, all tickets and passes can be used for metro, trams, buses, and funiculars. 

 

 

Here are the ticket prices you can expect to pay (as of April 2020):

30 Minute Ticket: 24 CZK

  • Perfect for one-way travel.

90 Minute Ticket: 32 CZK

  • Great for short round trips within the city.

1-Day Pass: 110 CZK

  • Avoid the guesswork and simply pay for a full day’s service.

3-Day Pass: 310 CZK

  • Excellent for visitors who plan to be in Prague for a few days.
  • Included with at least one major Prague tourist pass.

1-Month Pass: 670 CZK

  • Best for people who are staying in Prague for a week or more and plan to use public transportation at least once a day.

You’ll find ticket machines at every metro station, tram and bus stop, as well as some newsagents and Public Transport Information Centres. 

 

Prague Transit Ticket Machines

 

Ticket machines are usually easy to spot, as they are orange/yellow and stand out from everything else.

You’ll find Public Transport Information Centres at Prague Airport, Wenceslas Square, and the Praha hlavní nádraží train station. 

These locations also provide maps to help you figure out how to reach your destination.

Alternatively, you can also get a 3-Day Pass by using one of the most popular tourist attraction discount passes in the city. 

We’ll cover this service in greater detail under our discounts section.

 


METRO

Like most big cities, Prague has a metro system which you can use to get around the city quickly and it covers most of the city centre in addition to some suburban areas.

 

Prague Metro Train

 

This service runs from 5 am – 12 am each day, providing service every 2-3 minutes during peak hours and roughly once every 5-10 minutes during off-peak hours.

There are a total of 3 metro lines which provide transportation throughout Prague: 

A (GREEN LINE)

This line goes from East – West and includes stops like Prague Castle, Wenceslas Square, and Old Town Square.

 

Prague Metro Map

 

B (YELLOW LINE) 

This line also runs from East – West, crossing with both the A and C metro trains near the city centre and making stops at sites such as Republic Square, Charles Square and more.

C (RED LINE) 

Running from North – South, this line intersects with both the A and B metro trains at Wenceslas Square, and it includes stops at Vyšehrad, Strossmayer Square, I.P. Pavlov Square and more.

 


TRAMS

The trams focus more on all the areas that neither other service covers very well.

Trams will take you even further out than metro lines, and they include more stops in the city centre as well and are great to reach Old Town and Prague Castle.

 

Prague Tram Routes Map

 

If you really want to explore the city and see some of the sites that aren’t along the main metro lines, this is an excellent way to do it.

Daytime service runs from 4:30 am – 12 am while nighttime service is of course from 12 am – 4:30 am. 

During the day, trams make stops every 4-10 minutes, while at night there are stops every 30 minutes.

 

Prague Modern Trams

Modern Trams in Prague

There are far too many trams to list here, but if you’re looking for the most useful lines, keep in mind that line 9 will take you from Wenceslas Square to the National Theatre.

You can also take tram lines 22/23 from the National Theatre to Prague Castle!

Visit the official website for more details.

 


BUSES

If you need help reaching locations on the outskirts of the city centre, the public bus service is going to be one of your best bets. 

This service focuses on the areas that metro and trams cannot reach.

Most buses stop at metro stations, so if you need to travel outside of the city centre, chances are you’ll find a bus waiting to take you there at one of these locations.

One of the main services provided by these buses is a line from the Prague Airport to a metro station which can then take you into the city.

Daytime bus services run from 4:30 am – 12 am and you can expect stops every 6-8 minutes during peak times and every 10-20 minutes for off-peak hours.

Nighttime bus service is from 12 am – 4:30 am with stops every 30-60 minutes.

 


FUNICULAR

These are essentially cable cars, and they will take you from Lesser Town (near Prague Castle) to the top of Petrin Hill. 

This is one of the more popular landmarks in Prague, so it’s definitely worth taking the Funicular!

 

Prague Funicular

 

Thankfully, this service is part of the public transportation network, so the same ticket you use for metro, trams, and buses will also be valid for the funiculars.

This service runs from 9 am – 11:30 pm each day, every 10 minutes in the summer and every 15 minutes in winter, with funiculars departing from both the top and bottom of the hill at the same time. 

There is also a stop halfway up the hill at the Nebozizek Restaurant if you want to step off and grab something to eat or drink.  

 


TRAINS

The traditional train lines in Prague are not tied to the public transportation service, as they are intended to take you out of the city. 

These trains are perfect for day trips, but if you’re planning to stay in the city centre, you probably won’t need them.

That all said, it’s worth noting that you can reach both the Praha hlavní nádraží train station (the main station in Prague) and the Nádraží Praha-Holešovice train station using the metro line C (RED LINE). 

These trains will take you to many other cities and municipalities in the Czech Republic, including locations like Brno, České Budějovice, and Přerov.

Ticket prices range from 250 CZK – 400 CZK on average ($10-$15).

 


DISCOUNTS AND PASSES

There is at least one great way to save money on public transportation in Prague, especially if you’re planning to visit more than a few attractions while you’re exploring the city.


Prague Tourist Passes

There is currently just one tourist attraction discount pass in this city which includes access to public transportation, and it’s the Prague Welcome Card.Prague Welcome Card

This service includes a 3-day public transport pass at no additional cost, and it also provides admission to dozens of popular attractions and activities such as the following:

  • Vyšehrad
  • Troja Chateau
  • New Town Hall
  • The Franz Kafka Museum
  • Astronomical Clock Tower
  • The Aeronautical Museum
  • Basilica of St. Peter & St. Paul
  • The Museum of Decorative Arts
  • And more!

Depending on how you use the pass, you should be able to save at least 20% – 40% off general admission prices for all the activities you choose to enjoy.

This pass is €45 per person. In comparison, a 3-day pass for public transportation is 310 CZK (about €11). 

As a result, you’d basically be paying €34 (€11.33 per day) for everything else included with the Prague Welcome Card.

Since most of the included attractions cost about €5 – €10 for admission, you’d only need to use the card for an additional 2-3 activities in order to start saving money with this tourist pass.

For more information, please read our post covering Prague tourist passes.

 


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