Are you planning to visit Prague? Wondering the places to see in Prague? Look no further!! I’m going to present a detailed itinerary to help you out with the unforgettable trip and let you know what to visit in Prague in 2 or 3 days.
Prague is exceptionally beautiful in a manner that will redefine the way you see Europe! From the moment I stepped foot in the Czech capital to the last step I boarded the train back to Vienna, I loved every minute of being in Prague city in those 2-days.
Prague can be slightly overwhelming for a first-timer considering its portrayal in a number of movies taking our expectation rocket high. As a first-timer, I too had my hopes high about what to do in Prague and the things to see in Prague so that I don’t miss out on anything. Although 2 days are somewhat less to soak in the vibe of Prague city, yet for anyone around in Vienna or Budapest, Prague can be an easily amazing weekend trip. Which was the case for me, I was in Vienna, and I knew I have to visit Prague so I jotted all the best places to go in Prague and even planned the best places to stay in Prague. Yes, I was too excited for my visit to the fairytale town of Prague.
Here are my top 10 places to go and see in Prague –
#Stroll around the fairytale old town square
I had the advantage of staying just in the next lane leading to the old town square so it was clear that I will spend a lot of time there. The old town square is the center of attention and indeed is full of tourists – no matter what time of year you go. Undoubtedly the old town square is one of the best places to see in Prague.
The astronomical clock is one of the main reasons why the old town square is busted with tourists around the year and certainly making it one of the best places to see in Prague. The astronomic clock is not only a beautiful architecture piece but also a historic jewel still going strong from the medieval era. The clock runs an hourly show and that’s the peak time when people gather around to catch the glimpse of the show. I would highly recommend trying to incorporate this show whenever you’re in the old town square. You might have to line up as early as possible or you’ll probably end up being far from the astronomical clock. This astronomical clock is one of main Prague attractions and a rather one of the famous Prague monuments. Don’t miss this Prague’s must do!!
#Walk over the historic Charles Bridge
Another historic icon of the capital dividing the city into two is the Charles Bridge running over the river Vltava. The Charles bridge was constructed in 13th -15th century under Charles IV reign and thus it has got its name. The Charles bridge is protected by three towers and has as much as 30 statues in Baroque style architecture depicting various saints from that era. Indeed the visit to Charles visit was among my best places to see in Prague.
There can be no perfect time to visit the Charles bridge as it has seen a steep rise in tourists since the 20th century. Although the early morning and late nights will see far fewer people and then you can tickle your photographic urge to the maximum. The Charles bridge is not only the connecting medium between the old town & the castle, various artists, musicians also divulge their way to the tourists.
#Roam through the Prague Castle
The Prague castle dates back to the 9th century and till date an official residence of the President of Czech Republic. Though beautiful in a unique manner it differs from the rest of the town from the colors. The walk from the old town square to the castle is little uphill and might take 30 minutes or more depending on your stops for pictures or coffee. Walking through the grand Prague castle is one of the best memories I have from Prague and surely one of the many best places to see in Prague.
I took a coffee break and am also guilty of being a slow explorer. The Prague castle consists of a huge complex and requires a lot of walking so wearing comfortable shoes are what I recommend. The Prague castle offers some of the best views of the Prague town and even a normal mobile phone can capture awesome shots.
#Drool over the St. Vitus Church’s architecture
Although the St. Vitus Church is officially the part of Prague Castle and while roaming around the castle premises, one cannot misses crossing ways with the noticeable St. Vitus Cathedral.
St. Vitus Church is the largest church in the country and truly a fine example of Gothic architecture. An important historic Prague monument and requires a ticket entry and those who are keen on exploring the insides of the St. Vitus church must pay it a visit. Those who are architecture buffs like me, I strongly advise admiring the beauty of St. Vitus Church as this is truly one of the best places to see in Prague.
#Admire the colorful architecture of Prague monuments
The buildings in entire Prague town are unbelievably colorful and easily observable. Coming right from Vienna where I saw monotone pretty much everywhere, I loved the splash of colors here. Not liking the town is really difficult if it’s this pretty 😀 Even if you have less time than 2 days, I highly endorse wandering around the narrow lanes of the old town Prague, those colorful houses will be an eye candy & one of the amazing places to see in Prague.
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#Relish Trdelnik and enjoy cheap beer
Trdelnik is a fire cooked sweetened dish made from thin rounds of dough and optional toppings available to suit your taste buds. A culinary treat which is uniquely found in the Czech Republic, although not many know about its roots to be non-Czech. There are a number of best places to eat in Prague and tourists usually miss trying out this delicious treat from Prague. I highly advise trying Trdelnik. As this treat can be easily available at some of the cheap and best places to eat in Prague, you’ll not be disappointed.
There are various theories about the history and myths of the dish. The delicacy is believed to have arrived in Czech by an Hungarian army personnel in the 18th century. Few people believe it to have a connection from the stone age as guessed by the methods of its preparation, nonetheless Czech got its ownership now!!
Roaming the streets of Czech capital you will easily find Trdelnik being prepared in a concept almost similar to barbecue. The dough is wrapped in thin round shape onto a rod and is cooked until it turns light brownish in color. A savory yet to make its way to being famous beyond Czech is a must have while in Prague. Prague is known for serving the cheap and yet amazingly delicious beer. A chilled beer on a cold evening will make your trip more memorable.
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#Pay a visit to the Jewish Quarter
If World War II interests you, you must surely visit the Jewish Quarter. The cemetery is home to as much as 100,000 people and once the only place for Jewish people to rest in peace. It is a blunt reminder of the tragic history of the capital which suffered under the war. If you have less than 2 days in Prague, you might not have time to visit the Jewish Quarters. But if you have entire 2 days or more then I advise paying a homage visit to those innocent people who lost their lives in WWII.
#Shopping in Prague
It is no secret that Prague is a delight to our travel pockets but I was amazed to see that even the shopping is comparatively very cheap there as compared to other parts of Europe. Coming from Vienna, Praha was my shopping paradise, with a variety of Swarovski diamonds & souvenirs as it’s kind of specialty from the city. Shopping centers with well-known brands but reasonable prices.
#9 Enjoy the musicians and artists all over
Prague is filled with artists and it is evidently visible in every corner. The old town square is filled with musicians, locals in disguise, and the antique train rides & horse carriages give you the complete feeling of a historic era bundled in the 21st century.
#Hike to Petrin Hill & tower
The Petrin Tower – built in the late 18th century is an observatory tower for spectacular views of the Praha city. The walk to the Petrin tower is a steep 30 min trek going onwards from the Prague Castle. If you would like the view the Prague city from the hilltop, then the walking till the Petrin hill top will be worth.
Where to Stay in Prague –
I stayed in the old town square and I can convey it confidently that it really is one the best places to stay in Prague. I chose Airbnb as I was on a budget but here are some of my recommendations near the old town square. Staying near old town square will give you the advantage of waking up to empty lanes near the astronomical clock which gave some of my best pictures!
Some of my recommendations as the best places to stay in Prague –
Old Town Square Hotel – The hotel is located right in the old town square giving you some of the best views of the fairytale old town square. They have facilities like wifi, airport shuttle, and in hotel breakfast as well with bar also available. Recommended for a couple as one of the best places to stay in Prague!
Hotel Lippert – Hotel Lippert will give you amazing views of The Church of Lady Tyn and the old town square. The interiors of the hotel are intriguing, they also provide wifi and airport shuttle & breakfast along with tea and coffee maker in the rooms. The Hotel Lipport is recommended for a couple but also for a family too when talking about best places to stay in Pague.
Old Town Square Premium Apartments – Fancy a premium luxurious service apartment while your visit to Prague? I highly recommend staying in the Old town square premium Apartments where family rooms are available & pets also allowed and parking facility as well. They also provide wifi and airport shuttles. So if you’re traveling with your family, I advise trying out the old town square premium apartments as one of the best places to stay in Prague.
Hotel Cerny Slon – Almost 20 steps walk till the Old town square of Prague is the Hotel Cerny Slon for you. Spacious pet-friendly rooms with parking facility and in-house bar and restaurant are one of my another recommendation as the best places to stay in Prague.
Dusni Apartments – I am a craver for apartments and hence recommending another amazing apartment with nice architecture and closely located to the old town square. Dusni Apartments is one of the great places to stay in Prague if you’re traveling with kids seeing a quieter neighborhood.
Best places to eat in Prague –
I regret not trying much of the Czech cuisine except for Trdelnik. I stuck to my typical Indian food and found a great Indian restaurant right in the old town square. Indian Jewel is one of the high-rated restaurants in Prague, so if you fancy less-spicy Indian food in Prague I suggest paying Indian Jewel a visit. The staff is really helpful and the food contains typical Indian flavors with low spices. This can be considered as one the best places to eat in Prague. I had this delicious looking paneer curry with a tandoori roti (white flour bread). Although it was slightly difficult for me to find the restaurant initially as it was located near the Church of lady Tyn and somewhat hidden. Try walking towards it using google maps, you’ll find it.
Have you been to the Czech capital? Do share your experience with me!!
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– The Wanderer
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