Spending 3 days in Prague? In this Prague itinerary, you will find what to do in Prague, when to go & everything you need to know before you visit.
Prague is considered the most beautiful city in Europe.
Picturesque streets, ancient squares, and the spectacular architecture found in every corner of the city have made it a real tourist gem.
A tour of its ancient alleys and a visit to its historic sites will make you feel like you are in the world of fairy tales because Prague is truly full of ancient and mysterious legends.
Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and the largest city in the country.
It is located on the Vltava River and is the cultural, economic, and tourist center of the Czech Republic.
According to legend, Prague was founded in the 9th century AD by a princess who built herself a castle on the banks of the river.
The city has an ancient history and during 1200 years it was ruled by various kings and it went through many upheavals.
However, Prague has managed to preserve its long history and some of its ancient buildings, such as Prague Castle and Charles Bridge, stand to this day.
Before World War II, there was a large Jewish community in Prague of about 50,000 people, most of whom perished in the Holocaust.
After the war ended, Czechoslovakia became part of the Soviet Union until its disintegration in 1989 and has been an independent state ever since.
Prague is a small city and the tourist sites are close to each other, so it is a fantastic destination for those looking for a magical weekend in classic Europe or a few days of romance in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Prague is a city with relatively comfortable weather, and although in winter the temperature drops and the snow piles up, it is still reasonable for hiking, and the temperatures do not drop much below zero.
At the same time, the most recommended season for a trip is between May and July, and in September - when the flowering is at its peak, the weather is very pleasant, not too cold and not too hot.
Prague in the spring
Spring in Prague unfolds over April and May. The weather is quite dry, and warm to pleasant. In the mornings and evenings, it is cooler, and it is recommended to bring warm clothing details for these hours.
Prague in the summer
The summer season lasts through June, July, and August. The weather is very hot and most humid, and the sun is shining in full force and blazing. It is important to remember that in Prague there are many places without air conditioning, including in some hotels. It is recommended to be equipped with an umbrella since even in the summer showers are expected from time to time.
Prague in the fall
The fall season in Prague lasts between September and October. The weather is cool and pleasant, and it rains a lot. It is recommended to be equipped with an umbrella, and warm clothing details for the morning and evening, so it is cooler.
Prague in winter
Winter in Prague lasts through December, January, February, and March.
These months are the coldest in Prague, very cold, and there is a lot of snow and a lot of ice. It is recommended to dress in the layered method for outdoor trips, and in a way that it will be easy to take off some of the covers when you enter closed places since they are all well heated (as opposed to the inability to cool, in terms of heating, in Prague well prepared for the cold). Hats, gloves, warm coats, scarves, tank tops, shirts, and sweaters, are the items that should be in your suitcase. Especially when sleeping, you can wear light clothing, since the heating in hotels is very efficient.
Prague is not a particularly big city and it offers plenty of hotels, hostels, and apartments for rent at different prices.
The prices of hotels in the city center are more expensive than in more remote places, but keep in mind that then you have to travel twice or more a day to reach the destination and the areas farther from the city center are not particularly pleasant at night.
One of the recommended places to stay is in the vicinity of Mala Strana, where there are plenty of cozy hostels.
Accommodation in the city center (in the Prague 1 area) will save you time, allow you to freshen up at the hotel and leave again without any problem.
If you are a quarter of an hour or more away, you will sometimes have difficulty staying in town until late. If you want to save money, it is recommended to stay at the hotel no more than 10 minutes drive to the center and near the metro station.
Hotel Century Old Town is located on Na Prikope Street, one of the streets leading from Republic Square in Prague's Old Town.
In the square, there are some important sites, such as the fire dust tower.
The hotel is within walking distance of the famous Prague City Square is between 5-10 minutes.
The hotel itself is elegantly decorated. The rooms are not very big but well equipped and comfortable.
The new hotel opened in April 2021. The hotel is located in the city center. On a quiet street at the edge of the old city.
close to the city's main attractions sites, within a 20-minute walk.
The design of the hotel is meticulous in monochromatic colors.
A designer boutique hotel. nice and cozy.
In a central location on Wenceslas, innovative with smart features, spacious and beautiful rooms in a great location!
The Hostel is a great option for staying on a budget in Prague.
A cool hostel with good vibes, very clean, has lots of opportunities to meet new people, close to the main attractions in Prague. There is a big terrace with socket and roof.
From the airport, there is no train coming to the city so the only options are taxi and bus.
By Taxi - Prague taxi drivers are known to try to deceive any tourist they see.
The municipality is trying to combat this phenomenon, but it still exists.
From the airport two types of taxis can be taken, one is a yellow taxi that operates a meter, the driver will try to do the longest way to make the price as expensive as possible, but before you go in make sure he has the fare list and you will know how much the trip should cost.
A second and better option is to pre-book a private taxi, whose prices are known in advance and the company that operates it is more reliable.
The recommended company is Prague airport transfers.
By bus - 4 lines depart from the airport which reaches Prague (119, 100, 179 and 225), but they do not reach the city center but to various metro stations, from where you will take a metro to the desired destination.
Shared Shuttle Transfers - The best way to get to the city center.
You can Pre-booking a shared shuttle for up to 12 passengers, or if you want, there is also the option of a private shuttle. The Shared shuttle stops for each of the passengers at his hotel.
The shuttle is a great and affordable way to get to the center of Prague.
Prague is a small city that is convenient to walk around, and many of its sites and attractions are located on the streets themselves, on bridges, and in impressive buildings, so you can enjoy them without the need for public transport.
Prague is very easy to navigate, the tourist centers are concentrated a short distance from each other and if necessary public transport is very efficient.
The Powder Tower, Prague Old Town, Church of Tyn, Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge Prague
The first day is dedicated to the most famous places in Prague. All sites are within walking distance of each other.
You can visit them independently or join a recommended guided tour that goes through the main highlights in Prague.
The guided tour will provide you with further explanations of the local history and culture.
The Powder tower (Prašná brána)
A tower that used to be one of the entrance gates to the city.
Adjacent to the tower stands the magnificent Obecní dům town hall, built in the Art Nouveau style and considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the city.
The Powder tower (Prašná brána), which stands next to the town hall, was formerly used as one of the thirteen entrance gates to the Old Town. The tower is 65 meters high and when it was built, in the 15th century, it became known as the "New Tower", as it was built by the bridge tower of the Old City, which was built in the previous century. In the 17th century, its name was changed to "fire dust tower", after the fire dust they used to store in it.
The tower is open to visitors and features an exhibition documenting the history of the building.
Adjacent to the tower stands the magnificent Obecní dům town hall, built in the Art Nouveau style and considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the city.
The magnificent town hall (Obecní dům),
Built-in the Art Nouveau style and considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the city.
Town Hall (Obecní dům) - The magnificent town hall is the most impressive Art Nouveau building in Prague and the best Czech artists took part in its design work. It is a complex of concert halls, cafes, and restaurants, which has hosted many exhibitions, conferences, banquets, and concerts over the years. In this building, the establishment of the Czech Republic was announced in 1918 and the meetings of the Communist Party were held.
The facade of the building is decorated with colorful and impressive mosaic, made by an artist and called "Homage to Prague".
The building can be visited as part of organized tours departing from the venue.
There are tours of the place for those interested. It is not necessary to use them. Beautiful building!
(Next to it in the Palladium Mall - 200 fashion stores known to those who are interested).
Continue through Celentna Street, beautiful buildings along the way, a huge stream of tourists (because this is one of the paths to the "Charles Bridge" and the fortress)
Prague Old Town Square - Staroměstské náměstí
The Old Town Square - Staroměstské náměstí is one of the main tourist attractions of Prague, and rightly so - it is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe.
The history of the square dates back to the 10th century when it served as a vibrant market area.
The most prominent statue in the square is the statue of Jan Hus, one of the most important national figures in the history of Prague.
The square is surrounded by impressive buildings, decorated in Gothic and Baroque style.
In the square rise the gothic spires of the Týn Church, the statue of the nationalist Jan Hoss, and of course the astrological clock, in front of the old town hall.
Church of Tyn
The church is Gothic from the 12th century, and it was not completed until the 15th century, its construction continued between 1365-1512, the church became one of the symbols of the city, over the years archbishops lived in it, the church was damaged in 1689 by fire.
The church was restored in the Baroque style while preserving original Gothic parts, the towers in the church which are 80 meters high, are not identical.
The right tower is larger and solid, between the two towers is a bell, and the Holy Mary Cup, where it once stood three churches that were destroyed, inside the church The tomb of Ticho Braha, the Danish astronomer commissioned to Prague by King Rudolf II, is located to advise him and make astrological predictions.
The interior of the church is very rich including the altar and the painting above the sky of the Virgin Mary, is the work of the painter Karl Skreta, inside the church an altar in the shape of an ancient Gothic cross, an organ placed in the left aisle, Ticho Braha's tomb on the right Statue of Mary in gold.
Prague Astronomical Clock
The clock tower, from where there are wonderful views of the beautiful city.
Every hour many tourists gather around the clock to watch the short show of the figures of Jesus' 12 apostles emerging from the clock.
Pay attention to the wallet as you look at the hands of the clock, for, there are crowds of people here and among them also skilled pickpockets.
The astronomical clock, built in the 15th century, is one of the most prominent symbols of Prague.
In front of the clock is a calendar, painted by one of the great Czech painters, Josef Mines, and a small wooden door peeks every hour at the figures of the 12 apostles of Christ.
It is a short show, which takes place every hour, and attracts many tourists.
Organized tours of the town hall leave from the reception desk at the entrance and those who reach the roof of the clock tower will be able to enjoy a wonderful view of the city.
From Old Town Square the road to the Charles Bridge is not long. Worth ending this day with a visit to one of the most iconic places in Prague.
Charles Bridge Prague
All the way lovely shops, of course with souvenirs mostly, but also lots of restaurants, lovely cafes, chocolate shops, and sweets ... nice and cozy!
The Charles Bridge connects the Old Town (Stare Mesto) of Prague with the Lesser Quarter (the quarter below the citadel). At the beginning of the beautiful bridge, built in the 15th century stands an impressive tower, and along it stand 30 statues of saints.
The bridge offers breathtaking views of the city's spires, including St. Peter's Cathedral Vitus, and is a perfect area for walking in the morning or on the evening.
Throughout the day you can find stalls on the bridge, selling local art and music performances, which contribute to the pleasant atmosphere in the area.
In the evening, from The Charles Bridge, you can see all the illuminated sites of the city and in particular the Prague Castle, amazing in its beauty.
On the bridge you will come across jewelry stands, painters, and lots of people, all photographed next to the many sculptures that adorn the bridge along with it.
You can end the evening at a brewery/bar/restaurant:
Klasterni Pivovar Strahov is an ancient brewery, one of the most recommended breweries in Prague.
The place, which has functioned as a brewery since the 14th century, is located next to the Strahov Monastery, not far from the Prague Castle.
You can sit down for a drink at the brewery itself, at the St. Nearby Norbert, and in summer you can sit in the sun in the spacious beer courtyard between them.
Throughout the year, three types of beer are offered: Pale Ale, Amber, and Dark Lager, but some taps vary according to the period and you can find "limited editions" on different holidays and seasons.
The beer is sold in glasses of 0.25 or 0.4 and is relatively expensive (35 crowns per quarter liter and 64 crowns per 0.4), but the experience is worth the price.
In addition, you can go on a tour of the brewery itself, which includes explanations, demonstrations, and two beer tastings.
Malá Strana, Prague Castle, Loretta Palace, Kampa Island, John Lennon's wall
On the other side of the Charles Bridge is a district of Malá Strana, the word in Czech means "small city", but there is no "city" in this wonderful part of Prague.
This district is located on a hill overlooking the city and is a quiet and powerful sentry. The Prague Castle complex is the main attraction of the district, but it is not the only one.
The winding and cobbled side streets of Malá Strana are steeped in romantic Baroque and Renaissance architecture. Charming pastel-colored buildings, ornate palaces, and gardens showcase its rich history, and the ancient pubs, traditional restaurants, and luxury hotels make it a great location for tourists.
Wander and get lost in the beautiful streets of Malá Strana and discover all the hidden corners, an amazing area for photography.
The Prague Castle
The Prague Castle area (Hradčany) includes several sites, a visit to which will fill you with at least half a day of sightseeing.
You can buy tickets at the office in the castle. But it's highly recommended to book the entry ticket in advance, so you do not have to wait in line.
Prague Castle is perhaps the most prominent structure in the city, with the steeples of St. Vitus Cathedral dominating its skyline.
Visit the magnificent Cathedral named after St. Vitus, and then there is the option to climb (for a fee) to the Cathedral Tower - 281 very steep stairs at the end of a terrace with breathtaking views of the entire city of Prague.
Prague Golden Lane
From here continue to the Golden Lane on Zlata Street, known as the Golden Lane or Alchemists Alley, you will see low-rise houses, built in the 16th century.
The street is located in the northeast corner of the complex and can be reached with tram 22 and get off at Prazsky hrad station.
Another option is to reach it via the Charles Bridge, in the direction of Mala Strana, from Nerudova Street and Hradcanske namesti, the main entrance to the fortress complex - you can enter the alley free of charge from 6:00 p.m., but then all traders and shops stop.
This is a charming alley that once housed the artists and builders of the castle and fortress.
Today it is a restored street with colorful, spectacular, and tiny houses; Souvenir shops and postcard-sized toys; And a museum of ancient armor and weapons spread out on the second floor along the entire fascinating little alley.
Do not forget that the entrance to the alley is paid, through one of the two options of the tour packages in the fortress, which are purchased as stated upon arrival at the castle.
Walking distance 15 minutes near the castle, there is a small but charming attraction worth a visit - the Loretto Palace.
Exit the main entrance of the castle and continue straight on to Loretanske Street.
At the end is an ancient building of a church from the Baroque era, and on its second floor, there is a collection of breathtaking diamonds (with laser beam protections, right in the style of the film Mission Impossible - also filmed in the city, by the way).
John Lennon wall
After the visit to the Pargue castle area, you can walk to John Lennon's wall - is a wall on Velkoprevorske Namesti Street in central Prague.
The wall may not be as well known as other places in the city center (Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, Jewish Cemetery, etc.), but it is considered the world-famous graffiti wall and it is a significant achievement in itself. The wall was dedicated to John Lennon - the living spirit behind the Beetle Band that symbolized freedom and democracy for the people of the city.
The wall was used as a protest against the communist regime in Prague and was a scene of strife between the graffiti artists and the municipality: they painted, the municipality imitates and repeats God forbid a game of cat and mouse that ended only in the velvet revolution and Czech independence. Although the graffiti on the wall today is not the original but their restoration, the wall was and remains living proof of the soul and spirit of the Czech people - something like the local Berlin Wall.
Unlike other attractions in the city center, John Lennon's wall in Prague is not crowded and can be enjoyed comfortably without urgency. You can also add your own paintings and captions on the wall, but it is advisable to equip yourself in advance with non-erasable markers that will protect your work from the local rain.
It is important to remember that there is a chance that you will not be there first (unless you arrived very early), so it is recommended not to lean against the wall because it will usually have fresh paint on it.
Close to The John Lennon wall, There is a green park on the artificial island of Kampa (Kampa Island), which is right next to the bridge, before crossing back to the left side of the bridge there is a descent to the island.
This area is called the "Venice of Prague" due to the narrow water canals and the houses located above them. The island is very close to Malta Square.
The Jewish Quarter, The National Museum of Prague, Dancing house, Petrin Hill, Waldstein garden
The Jewish Quarter
The Jewish Quarter, established in the 13th century, is located between the Vltava River and the Old Town Square and is the only area where in the past Jews were allowed to live in the city, as well as being one of the most touristy districts in Prague. In 1848 the gates of the ghetto and the Jewish Quarter were opened, and two years later its name was changed to the Josefov Quarter, after the ruler Josef II.
One of the reasons for the district's great popularity even among non-Jewish visitors is that apart from the Jewish heritage it has great artistic significance in terms of its building styles and finds.
Most of the buildings we see today in the district are not from its Jewish period but Art Nouveau buildings, built in the late 19th century when the Prague Municipality decided to open the ghetto and renovate most of its ancient buildings.
When the Nazis received the Czech Republic as a gift from the West, The life of the Jews became unbearable, when Hitler sought to establish the museum that would commemorate the race he intended to erase he decided to establish it in Prague.
Thus unlike many other Jewish quarters that were under Nazi rule, not only were the buildings of the quarter not destroyed but the Nazis even gathered Judaica artifacts from all over Europe to Prague.
All the sites in the district are united under one name - "The Jewish Museum in Prague", with one card allowing entry to all sites.
The important sites in the district are the museum buildings, the Jewish City Hall, synagogues, a memorial hall in memory of the Jews who were killed in the Holocaust, and the Jewish cemetery (the oldest Jewish cemetery in the world).
Tip: Avoid visiting the Jewish Square on Saturday because this is the holy day for Jews.
The National Museum of Prague (Národní Muzeum)
The National Museum of Prague, the largest museum in the Czech Republic.
The museum, which was inaugurated at the end of the 19th century, displays works of art, related to the past of the Czech Republic and its greatest artists.
It is worth noting that admission to the museum every Sunday of the month is free and every Tuesday of the month, the museum is closed.
In the center of the square stands a statue of St. Wenceslas (Sv. Vaclav), a 10th-century Czech king who encouraged Christianity.
The square can be reached by metro lines - A green, C red, and B yellow. Along Wenceslas Avenue, there are plenty of shops and chains, fast food restaurants, and just fun to walk around the area. The streets in the area are interesting as well, full of people and interesting buildings.
From the square take the red metro C and get off after two stops in Vysehrad. Vishhard is a fortress, nestled within a spacious green park.
From the metro station follow the signs pointing in the direction of K Rotunde and St. Peter and St. Paul Church. Visit the Slavin Cemetery and the Church.
From this area, you will have a wonderful view of Prague, the bridges and the river.
The best view is from the remains of the Gothic baths (Libuses' Baths). Walk along the tramlines to Karlovo Namesti, on the way you will pass Emauzy Monastery and Karlovo Namesti Square and walk to the river. Pass Kirill Church and continue until you reach the "Dancing House"
The Dancing House
The Dancing House is the nickname given to a unique building located at the corner of Rasinovo and Resslova streets, along the Vltava River.
This modern building was built between 1992-1996 and is in stark contrast to the city's historic sites.
The building was built by American architect Frank Gerry, who sought to produce a new architectural icon in Prague, known for its Neo-Brock, Neo-Gothic, and Art Nouveau styles.
The source of inspiration for the deconstructive building was the famous pair of dancers Ginger Rogers and Fred Aster, which is why it was originally called the 'Ginger and Fred Building'. Today the building is used for offices and cannot be toured; However, you can visit the stylish restaurant on its seventh floor and enjoy a view of the city.
Most people climb to the top of the hill to look out over the city from what looks like the Eiffel Tower, but few know there is much more here.
For example, the park on the hill is a popular hangout for city residents and has bike paths, walking trails, a rose garden, a maze of mirrors, and even an observatory.
And of course, you should plan your visit to the place before you come to it for one reason - there is a chance that you will get lost between the various options and will not be able to make the most of the hill.
It is also recommended to choose in advance the way to get to Petrin Hill that suits you: a 25-minute walk uphill from the city center that saves queuing or a cable car ride.
A stunning view of the city of Prague!
The Waldstein Garden is one of the most significant Baroque strongholds in Prague and is part of the Waldstein Palace, built-in 1623 by one of the richest and most politically powerful nobles of the 17th century, Albrecht Wenceslas Waldstein.
Wallenstein built the magnificent castle when he was at the height of his power from the heights of his role as chief general of the Holy Roman Empire.
After a series of wars, as part of the Thirty Years' War, he decided to compete with Prague Castle and erect a more magnificent building.
For this work, he brought artists, sculptors, gardeners from all over Europe, and thanks to work, which lasted about 14 years, one of the most magnificent palaces in the whole of the Czech Republic was built. Today the palace is used by the Senate.
As you enter the garden, beware of peacocks and swans, which roam freely among visitors to the place. By the way, the Czech parliament takes care of feeding those feathered ones, since in Prague they are considered civil servants for everything.
Want to have a beer while touring the magical city? Well, the best way to soak up the beauty of the city while enjoying it, is a beer tour of the city.
Across Prague, there are more than 600 bars and more than 100 clubs, so nightlife is your least concern.
There are two options for touring the city:
Pub Crawl - A tour of several unique bars and breweries in the city. Tastings of local beers with tourists from all over the world.
The tour lasts about 2 hours and costs between 700-800 crowns.
Beer Bikes - Join an experience with friends or join an existing group of beer bikes around town.
These bikes have room for 8-12 people, with an unfinished beer tap.
Thus, you tour the most beautiful points of the city, while getting quite drunk and meeting tourists from all over the world. The price is about 100 NIS per person in a group of 15 people. The fewer people there are, the slightly higher the price. The tour lasts about an hour and a half.
The Prague dinner cruise tour allows you to discover the night magic that lies in the historical sites of Prague.
The cruise lasts 3 hours where you can not only see the main attractions and the magical Prague at night but also enjoy dinner on the ship.
If you want to experience a different kind of spa and be in a hot tub full of beer, this tour is for you.
Contrary to what you may think, beer does not stink and does not pollute.
It is a mixture of bath water with brewer's yeast and Czech hops flowers used to make the well-known Pilsner beers.
The less good components of beer, such as alcohol and wheat are not in the water so immersion in the spa water is not harmful to your body but rather the opposite. It contributes to skincare and soothing the body.
Without a doubt, this is the best tour in Prague that you have to do!
If you want to experience Prague in a completely different way, You must check the medieval-style dinner that also includes a show is one of the events you should not miss.
It's a great way to experience and learn about the atmosphere that was in medieval Prague and also eat a delicious meal and of course, enjoy the famous Czech beer.
Do not miss this unique experience!
1. The Prague Card is a tourist card that provides free travel on Prague's public transport, including the Airport Express bus, free travel on the Prague Tourist Bus, and free admission to more than fifty sites, including the Prague Castle, the Jewish Museum, the Petzhin Hill Observation Tower and more.
The ticket is valid for 3, 2 or 4 days and can be purchased at the tourist offices, or you can buy it online.
2. It is advisable to exchange money within the city and not at the airport.
The further away from touristy places in the city, the more lucrative the exchange rate will be.
Avoid exchanging money at street vendors. Convert money only at banks or authorized conversion offices.
When converting the money in the office, find out in advance how much money you will receive for the amount you brought.
3. Prague is considered a very safe city with a low crime rate. However, take good care of your belongings and beware of pickpockets, especially on public transport.
4. Walking is the most fun way to experience the city.
5. Do not stop a taxi on the street unless the name of the taxi company and its phone number is printed on the side of the taxi. When traveling by taxi, ask to operate a meter or agree on the price in advance.
6. In restaurants and bars, it is customary to leave a tip of about ten percent.
Do you have more than 3 days in Prague? Great!
So if you have enough time you can go on a day trip from Prague and enjoy the beauty and nature that is also outside of Prague.
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