Prague is a fantastic walking city and we recommend you to wear comfy shoes and struck the cobblestones. 3 days are a good minimum to enjoy Prague’s sights and magical environment. Added time will allow you to head out of Prague and go to some of the other wonderful places in the Czech Republic.
The main sightseeing areas of Prague are separated by the Vltava River. On the left bank there is the Prague Castle location and Lesser Town. The ideal bank is house to the Old Town, the Jewish Quarter, and the New Town. Spanning the Vltava River and connecting the Old Town and Lesser Town is the beautiful Charles Bridge.
First Day: Old Town, Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge
Old Town Square
The heart of Prague’s historic center is the Old Town Square It has actually been wonderfully brought back and it is a good location to start your Prague see. You will find the Gothic spires of the Týn Church overlooking the square and the statue of reformer Jan Hus, and the Astronomical Clock on the Old Town Hall on the opposite side of it. Personally, we don’t believe that the hourly screen of the 12 apostles on the Astronomical Clock is worth a wait longer than 5 minutes, but some may disagree.
You will not be sorry for a reach the top of the Old Town Hall tower. The view of the square and beyond is magnificent.
St. Nicholas ChurchYou can purchase a trip in a horse-drawn carriage that begins and ends on Old Town Square. The carriages are lined up near the white St. Nicholas Church and a 20-minute trip costs around 800 – 1,000 CZK per carriage (seats four individuals).
Around Old Town Square.
Wander the streets leading off the square – the grand Pařížská, the charming Týnská that leads to Ungelt, the ever-busy Melantrichova that will take you to Wenceslas Square … Walk down Celetná to the Powder Tower, among the historical entrances to the Old Town. Linked to the tower is the elegant Community Home, Prague’s Art Nouveau gem.
The Jewish Quarter (Josefov) is not far from Old Town Square and it would make sense to visit it in connection with your tour of the Old Town. The Jewish Museum administers the following websites: the Maisel Synagogue, the Pinkas Synagogue, the Spanish Synagogue, the Old Jewish Cemetery, the Klaus Synagogue, and the Ceremonial Hall. The Old-New Synagogue is the oldest working synagogue in Central Europe.
Walk throughout the Charles Bridge on your first day due to the fact that you might wish to do it once again. We advise walking throughout it in the evening to take pleasure in the spectacular view of the Prague Castle all illuminated. Likewise, at night the crowds will be smaller. Keep in mind that throughout the day you can climb the towers on both sides of the bridge. We especially suggest the one on the Old Town side for fantastic views of the bridge and the spires of the Old Town.
2nd Day: Prague Castle Area, Lesser Town
You can start your day with a see to the Prague Castle location (Hradčany) where you can spend as much as 4 hours. From there you can continue to Lesser Town (Malá Strana). To get to the Prague Castle location, we suggest you take tram 22 to Pohořelec. This will put you above the castle and you will wind up walking downhill to the Lesser Town location. If you’re originating from the center of Prague (uphill by tram), get off the tram at Pohořelec, cross the street and stroll to your left, which is the direction to Loreto, Strahov Abbey and the Prague Castle.
Strahov Monastery and the Prague Loreto
Start your trip at the Strahov Monastery with its lovely Convent and Library (find out more on our blog). A satisfying path to follow after visiting Strahov is to enter the castle area by strolling down Loretánská to Hradčanské náměstí (Castle Square). You can stop at the Prague Loreto along the way.
You will not find one single castle on the hill, but a series of buildings, a couple of churches and hundreds of years of history. Before strolling through the castle entrance, walk to your right for a good view ignoring Prague. For more information on the Prague Castle and the sights, see our Prague Castle page.
After checking out the castle area, stroll through the castle gardens or take the historical Nerudova Street down to Malostranské náměstí, the heart of Lesser Town. From Malostranské náměstí, it’s only a brief walk down Karmelitská Street to the Church of Our Girl of Triumph (Karmelitská 9) where the world-famous Infant Jesus of Prague is kept.
Spend a nice time on Kampa Island, which is just off of Charles Bridge. Walk through the park and delight in the view of the bridge and across the river. The rest of the day you can spent walking through the stunning streets of Malá Strana.
Third Day: Museums, Off the Beaten Course, Shopping …
You can invest your 3rd day in various ways, depending on your interests. Here are some ideas:
– Go to a museum or gallery
– Get off the tourist path and stroll around the Vyšehrad Castle with its popular cemetery and a beautiful view
of Prague and the Vltava River
– Take the funicular approximately the top of Petřín Hill for some great views and a good walk through the rose garden
– Escape the crowds and take pleasure in a few of Prague’s parks and gardens
– Check out the Vinohrady district, understood for its Art Nouveau and Neo-Renaissance architecture
– Review some of your preferred sites from Day 1 or Day 2
– If you only have 3 days in the Czech Republic and do not plan to come back, think about taking a day journey from Prague
– Spend a part of the day souvenir shopping
– Take a Czech cooking class from some locals