The perfect guide to spending a weekend in Prague. This post contains helpful information on where to visit and what to see, plus other things to do on your Prague city break.
Prague has flown under the ‘destination to visit in Europe’ radar for a few years now. But this medieval city’s cobbled streets, narrow alleyways, and pastel-coloured buildings make for a splendid visit.
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Not to mention the Christmas and Easter markets, unique art, cheap and easy accessibility from major European cities.
Known as the Bohemian capital of the Czech Republic with its art-nouveau, Baroque buildings, and traditional cuisine. It’s no wonder why a weekend in Prague is the new thing to do.
My first time in Prague was extremely short, just 24 hours. But I can still remember vividly how the golden light from the sun washes over the cute pastel-coloured buildings, revealing the intricate details of these centuries-old buildings.
How every alleyway held cute shops waiting to be explored. A day was just not enough to see everything that this under the radar city had to offer.
So, I promised myself I would return for a longer Prague trip to discover more.
When I did finally manage that, I thought it would be helpful to note what to do in Prague for 2 days and put it together to share with you.
This Prague itinerary will give you a glimpse of how best you can spend your visit.
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Planning The Perfect Prague Weekend Break
Prague is now the ideal weekend getaway destination and short breaks. It’s not a big city and most tourist spots are close together, easily reached by walking or the Metro and Trams.
Here are a few things you should know before you head off to explore the many Prague points of interest.
How To Get To Prague
Prague is easy to get to from most European cities. Flights from Heathrow are relatively cheap and can be found for as little as £50.
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Within less than 2 hours you’ll be at Vaclav Havel Airport Prague. The airport is a 23-minute (17.2 km) drive from the centre of Prague.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a direct metro or train connection to the city. So the only public transport options available are local buses, taxis and the airport express bus.
But I found the easiest way of getting into the city was by arranging a taxi through Rideways via booking.com and an Uber from my hotel to the airport when I was leaving. From what I could see and on the advice of locals an Uber is a lot cheaper than the local taxis.
Where To Stay for a Weekend In Prague
As Prague is divided into districts (like the zones in London), you’ll find that each district has a different vibe and that the cost of hotels in each area will vary. With Prague 1 (Old Town Square) costing more than those in Prague 9 or 10.
I didn’t want to spend too much money on a hotel knowing that I would be spending most of my time out exploring the city.
So for my weekend trip to Prague, I chose a relatively inexpensive boutique hotel, The Pentahotel in Prague 8.
This accommodation is not located in a tourist area, but it’s still central enough (2 minutes’ walk from the Metro) and was only 4 stops away from Old Town Square.
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Transport in Prague
I found Prague to be a very walkable city – except for Old Towns Square’s cobbled streets, which are a killer if you’re going to be wearing heel-ladies. If you don’t want to end up with a broken ankle, I suggest wearing cute, comfy trainers.
Everything can be accessed on foot with no fear of ever getting lost (check out the 5 travel apps I never travel without), as most streets guide you back to the market square. Public transport is inexpensive and easy to find, as the trams whizz up and down the street.
Best and Cheapest Way to Get Around Prague – by Tram or Metro.
For the Metro, there are 4 ticket options: 24kc for 30 minutes, 32kc for 90 minutes, 110kc for 24 hours and 310kc for 72 hours.
If you’re planning to get on and off the tram to see sights along the way. I’d recommend the 24 hours ticket.
There is also a Prague card for tourists visiting the city for 2/3/4 days and offers access to unlimited use of public transport as well as discounts on entrance fees to participating tourist attractions, such as museums.
Check here for the latest prices on the Prague card.
How to Spend 2 Days in Prague
Spending 48 hours in Prague allows for enough time to explore without feeling too rushed. Try to plan your days so that you’re able to get from one attraction to the next easily and without taking up too much time.
Here’s how I managed to fit in my Prague itinerary, and a few tips on planning your own.
Things to Do in Prague in 1 Day – Explore Prague Old Town Square
Prague Old Town Square
Prague Old Town Square is full of stunning places to visit and things to see. Exploring here is one of the best things to do in Prague.
Other than the Astronomical Clock, there are many beautiful historic buildings to see in the square like the Gothic Church of Our Lady Before Týn which sits across from the Astronomical clock.
The beautifully adorn Rococo Kinský Palace which now serves as an art museum. These are some of the prime places to visit in Prague.
I woke up early so I could explore Old Town Square before it was flocked by tourists.
Visit the Astronomical Clock
The Old Town Square was buzzing with people walking around and taking photos of the Astronomical Clock, located on the south side old Town Hall Tower.
The clock shows the ‘walk of the Apostles’ can be seen first at 9:00 am and every hour until 11:00 pm.
I was visiting Prague over the Easter weekend and the city is well known for its Easter Market.
There was a lot going on in the square with Easter decorations, giant Easter eggs, stalls being open and even a little petting zoo with a donkey for children – yes, you read that right there was a donkey in the middle of the square.
Check here for ticket prices for the walking tour of Prague Old Town and Jewish Quarter
Stop by the Church Of Our Lady Before Týn
When approaching Old Town Square, the first thing you will notice ascending into view is the Gothic building, the Church of Our Lady Before Týn.
This Baroque-style building stands prominently in the Old Town Square and is home to the oldest organ in Prague.
Inside the church are altar paintings by Karel Škréta as well as other remarkable Gothic, Renaissance and Early Baroque works.
You can simply admire the building as you walk, or you could enter with a voluntary entry fee amount.
The church is open from March – December, every day. Opening hours start at 10 am, and most days only end at 5 pm, although during masses the church is closed to tours.
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See the Jan Hus Monument
The Jan Hus monument is another one of Prague top attractions. The striking monument to Jan Hus in the centre of the square is an impressive memorial commemorating his martyrdom.
For those who aren’t familiar, Jan Hus was an important figure in Czech history. He was burned at the stake on 6 July 1415. He burnt as a heretic for his reformist ideas.
The statue was designed by Ladislav Saloun and was revealed on the 500th anniversary of Hus’s death.
It sits in the centre of the square and shows Hus looking at the Church of Our Lady Tyn.
There are also other interesting building that surrounds the square. That I almost lost track of time for my Prague Food Tour.
The Jan Hus monument is another one of Prague top attractions. Heading towards the tour I passed by The House at the Minute with its facade, decorated with sgraffito, depicting scenes from Greek mythological and biblical and is an example of Czech Renaissance townhouse architecture
Be Awestruck by The House at the Minute
All these different sights had me looking up and taking tons of photos and walking back and forth through the square mesmerised.
There are also other interesting building that surrounds the square. That I almost lost track of time for my Prague Food Tour.
Heading towards the tour I also passed by The House at the Minute with its facade, decorated with sgraffito, depicting scenes from Greek mythological and biblical and is an example of Czech Renaissance townhouse architecture.
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Go on a Prague Food Tour
I had booked the Eating Prague Food Tour for the first day of my weekend in Prague, which started at 12:30 pm.
The walking food tour explores both Old Town Square, New Town Square, Wenceslas Square. I found the food tour one of the more fun things to do in Prague. And the best way to enjoy the many delicacies on offer in the city.
The tour lasts half a day and includes seven food tastings, ranging from open-faced sandwiches to scrumptious desserts. After walking all day all I wanted to do was have an early night.
You can check here for the latest price for the Prague Food Tour.
If you like to do tours you should definitely check out the Prague beer tour. I’ve heard really good things about the beer tour but didn’t have enough time to take the tour myself – maybe next time.
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Places to see in Prague in 2 Days
No Prague travel guide would be complete without mentioning places like Charles’ Bridge and the Prague Castle. Luckily, these are where I spent my second day in this Bohemian city.
An early morning start, comfy walking shoes, and a city map are all you need to complete the perfect weekend break to Prague.
These are some of the places to visit in Prague in 2 days.
Cross the Charles Bridge
I highly recommend visiting the Charles Bridge first thing in the morning as it gets very busy during the day. While walking to the bridge at around 8:00 am in the morning, I could already see that crowds were heading in the same direction as me which was to the bridge.
You’ll need to leave at least 30 minutes just to take in the various statues that line the bridge and the view of Prague Castle from the bridge.
You’ll also be able to see Charles Bridge Palace, which is located 150 yards from the bridge itself.
Even on an overcast day, the Charles Bridge was still beautiful, it looks surreal like something from a postcard or a fairy-tale. The bridge is one of the main Prague sightseeing attractions and one of the top things to see, so expect it to be busy or crowded during specific times of the day.
The Charles Bridge is a pedestrian-only bridge that crosses over the Vltava River connecting Old Town with Lesser Town. You can even take a tour of Lesser Town in a cool vintage car.
Explore the Prague Castle
Once you’ve crossed the bridge you can then take a tram up to the Prague Castle. The nearest Tram stop from the castle is Pražský hard with a 10 minutes’ walk up to the security checkpoint.
The soldiers doing the security checks are friendly, but there’s only one way in via the checkpoint and only two of them checking bags so the line got ridiculously long at 11:30 am. When I was leaving the castle, the line was almost halfway down the hill to the castle.
So, I suggest getting to the castle as soon as possible and know the sights that you want to see. Because I was busy taking photos and wandering around the castle seeing the grounds by the time I wanted to visit St. Vitus Cathedral it was a 2-hour wait in line.
So, I skipped it and continued my own self-guided tour of the castle grounds visiting Square of St. George, Courtyard, II. Courtyard, V. Courtyard, Jirska Street, East Gate.
Check here for a small Prague Castle group tour – The ticket allows you to skip the line, the tour is by a local and shows you hidden highlights of the castle.
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There are three types of Prague Castle tickets if you want to tour the different parts of the Castle.
Circuit A | St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, exhibition “The Story of Prague Castle “, St. George’s Basilica, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower, and Rosenberg Palace.
Circuit B | St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica and the Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower.
Circuit C | Exhibition “The Treasure of St. Vitus Cathedral”, Prague Castle Picture Gallery.
I would suggest budgeting for around 2 hours to wander around the palace taking in the different buildings, information and photos.
Admire the Prague Dancing House
I wanted to see the famous Prague Dancing House and luckily there are trams from the Malostranské náměstí stop (line 22 and 17) that takes you the stop Jiráskovo náměstí a few minutes’ walk from the Dancing House.
Which you can’t miss because the architecture sticks out amongst the Art Nouveau buildings surrounding it in the area. These are just a few Prague tourist attractions that you have to see if it’s your first-time visiting Prague.
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I wanted to see the famous Prague Dancing House before the end of my city break to Prague. Luckily there are trams from the Malostranské náměstí stop (line 22 and 17) that take you to the stop Jiráskovo náměstí – a few minutes’ walk from the Dancing House.
This is definitely an unmissable Prague attraction, mostly because of the architecture sticks out amongst the Art Nouveau buildings surrounding it in the area.
The Dancing House is also known as “Fred and Ginger” and was designed by Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunic, in cooperation with Canadian architect Frank Gehry and completed in 1996.
The building’s design is said to reflect a woman and man (Ginger Rogers and Fred Astair) dancing together.
Most people take photos of the Dancing House and then leave, not realising that there’s a cool rooftop cafe that sits on the 7th floor of the building. The Glass Bar, that allows you a spectacular panoramic view of the Vltava River and Castle.
You do need to order something from the cafe before you are allowed inside or onto the rooftop (great for crowd control) as space is limited. Surprisingly, the coffee and cakes served at the cafe are inexpensive.
If people do try to enter onto the rooftop without ordering from the cafe, they will be swiftly asked to order something or leave. There is no table service in the cafe and you’ll just have to wait for your drink before you sit inside or take your drinks outside onto a bench.
The service at the cafe wasn’t the best but I didn’t go there to drink coffee. I just went for the view of the city.
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Enjoy the Franz Kafka Statue
While on the food tour on day one, we quickly passed by the famous statue of Franz Kafka, but I wanted to see it up close. So, that was my next stop after the Dancing house.
Franz Kafka was one of the most influential Jewish writers of the 20th century, and this statue was created in his memory. It was placed in the Jewish Quarter in December 2003.
The statue was created by David Cerny and is located in the Quadrio shopping centre. It’s a cool installation to watch.
You’ll see forty-two moving panels which forms the face of Franz Kafka. The panels move periodically by 90 degrees in layers conforming and disfiguring Kafka’s face.
I spent a good 10 minutes watching the statue form in various ways to recreate Kafka’s face. Before heading back to my hotel to end off a stunning Prague weekend vacation.
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FACTS ABOUT PRAGUE
Language | The language spoken in Prague is Czech
Currency | The currency used is in Czech Crown (czk)
Local Time | Prague is one hour ahead of GMT/UK time
Airport | Vaclav Havel Airport Prague, approximately 17.2 km from central Prague Flights from London: 2 hours
Tourist Information| Can be found at https://www.prague.eu/en
MetroTrams | run from 4 am to 12 pm and are very reliable. The Metro runs from 4:45 am to midnight.
Single tickets are available at shops and inside the stations.
CarTaxi | Ubers are the most inexpensive options for getting around Prague or to the airport
If you have any more suggestions for things to see and do in Prague or places to eat and drink, please do share them in the comments below.
Last Words on The Ultimate Prague Weekend
Two full days in Prague offer just enough time to see and do the most important things in the city.
If you’re planning a long weekend in Prague, then read this three day Prague itinerary, great for if you’re planning on visiting with the whole family.
I hope this weekend travel guide to Prague, helps you plan your next city break to this Bohemian capital. If you have any more suggestions for things to see and do in Prague or places to eat and drink, please do share them in the comments below.
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