Prague, Czech Republic, is possibly the most beautifully preserved medieval city in all of Europe. The towers and spires lining the skyline, the massive Prague Castle overlooking the town, and the statue lined bridges will transport you back to an earlier age. Of course, the famous Bohemian spirit coupled with some of the best beer in the world, will serve to make any visit to this iconic city a happy one. Don’t be fooled though, the city is packed with tourists of all ages. Coach tours, river cruises, and backpackers flock to the city all year long. You’re going to need help if you’re going to make the most of a trip to Prague! We know that visits to this amazing city can be too short, but this is our list of Prague attractions or things to do in Prague in 2 days, to have the perfect weekend in this gorgeous Medieval city.
What are the best things to do in Prague in 2 days?
Living only 2 hours from Prague, we have been here more times than we can count. We’ve been here in all of the four seasons, in all kinds of weather. We’ve driven, taken all the various modes of city transportation, and have done so many day trips from the city as well. However, the thing we like to do the most is come to Prague for the weekend. We take off from work and get to the city by 6:30 PM, check into our hotel, then we’re off looking for some amazing Czech food.
Aptly called the City of 100 Spires, a visit to the old town is a must for any visit to Prague. I don’t care how many times I’ve been, I’m always blown away by the medieval architecture. Absolutely stunning! I haven’t counted the spires, myself, but it’s hard to believe there are only a hundred, it seems more like a thousand. So make your way to the old town square. The chances are pretty high you’re going to find some sort of festival or market going on here with some of the oldest and most spectacular buildings as the backdrop.
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Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí)
Prague’s Old Town Square has to be one of the most beautiful city centers in Europe. It is bustling with musicians, dancers, magicians, street food, market stalls, segways, and more tourists then you ever thought you would see in one place. Go with the flow and enjoy the energy of this grand place. Take in the elaborately decorated building facades, marvel at the architecture, and spend some time people watching. Watch your wallet and other belongings, as with any crowded tourist area, pickpockets are out on the prowl. Of course, I’ve never experienced any problems or seen anything to report, but I’m sure they are there. A little streetwise security goes a long way in any destination. Get you’re bearings, knowing where the Old Town Square lies in relationship to the rest of the sites will help you find your way around the best places to visit in Prague.
Old Town Hall with Astronomical Clock (Staroměstská radnice s orlojem)
Staroměstské nám. 1, 110 00 Praha 1
+420 236 002 629
The Astronomical Clock on the south face of the Old Town Hall has been telling much more than the time for more than 600 years. If you look closely you can see what month it is, sunrise and sunset, the phase of the moon, the twelve apostles, and death tolling the bell at the top of the hour. Don’t worry, though, I’m fairly certain the bell will not be tolling for thee! There is too much left to see in Prague to end it all here! Be sure and get a picture or a video as the clock strikes the hour and the figures start their parade. Interesting tidbit-Prague’s Astronomical clock is the oldest of it’s kind still functioning.
Mariánské nám. 5, 110 00 Praha 1
+420 222 220 879
The Clementinum had its humble beginnings as a chapel to Saint Clement. From those early days it grew and grew eventually becoming the third largest Jesuit college in the world. Today this incredible building complex houses the National Library, the Astronomical Tower, The Chapel, and the Hall of Mirrors. Entrance to the various chambers and sections of the Clementinum are by guided tour only. Reservations are available for groups over ten, but individual tourists can sign up at the entrance for a specific time. Get there early! The Prague skyline view from the Astronomical Tower is the best in the city. Don’t miss it!
Jewish Museum and Cemetery
Maiselova 38/15, 110 00 Praha 1
+420 222 749 211
The Old Jewish Cemetery is one of the oldest surviving Jewish burial grounds in the world. Inside of it’s somber stone walls you’ll wander in amazement through a veritable forest of gravestones, some dating back into the 15th century. The ghosts of the ghetto still seem to walk in and among the stone memorials. With more than 12,000 souls buried in the this compact space, there must be one or two still haunting the grounds. How did they manage to get so many buried in such a small space? They would add dirt above the existing coffin and stack above it, sometimes ten deep. Be sure and visit the exhibits in the surrounding 16th century synagogues to get the complete history of Jews in medieval Bohemia.
The Charles Bridge was built under the orders of King Charles IV in the 14th century. If you’ve done any research into Prague and the main sights, you know this is the iconic symbol of the city. You can’t visit Prague and not walk across this fantastic piece of history. It is true that most of the statues are replicas, but the towers at either end and the spectacle of the people on the bridge itself will make a lasting impression on any visitor. Our recommendation, get to the bridge early in the day, preferably around sunrise. You’ll still have some fellow tourists there with you, but nothing like the crowds that will gather as the day gets older. Sunset on the bridge is also very beautiful, but you’ll definitely be sharing the sunset with many others.
Prague Castle (Pražský hrad)
119 08 Praha 1
+420 224 373 368
Prague Castle sits on a hill overlooking the river and the old town in stately grandeur. It’s a massive complex but easily explored in three to four hours. Entrance to the public access area grounds is free of charge but you’ll need to buy a ticket to enter the buildings and explore the different exhibits. You’ll find an intriguing mixture of chapels, towers, fortifications, gardens, and palaces but towering above it all is the impressive St. Vitus cathedral. Try to be at the first courtyard, just inside the main gates, by 11:45 to see the changing of the guards at noon and watch for the opening widow to catch the trumpet call. When people ask what to do in Prague, the Prague castle is always at the top of the list.
Lobkowicz Palace (Lobkowiczký palác)
Jiřská 3, 119 00 Praha 1
+420 233 312 925
This fascinating palace on the edge of the Prague Castle complex has been the seat of power of the Lobkowicz family since the late 16th century. It was confiscated by the Nazis in 1939 and returned briefly to the family in 1945 only to be re-confiscated in 1948 by the communists. The family returned after the Velvet Revolution of 1989 and has gone to great lengths restoring the palace and curating an amazing collection of art and music. One of the main highlights is Beethoven’s original score for his 4th symphony.
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Strahov Monasteryn (Strahovský Klášter)
Strahovské nádvoří 1/132, 118 00 Praha 1
+420 233 107 704
The view from this 12th century monastery is fabulous. It is perched atop a hill overlooking the castle and the old town, just incredible. But more to the point, the monastery brewery has been pumping out their delicious ales and stouts for hundreds of years. The brewery restaurant is in a set of restored monastery buildings and offers up some really good beer. The food was good and you certainly can’t go wrong with a half liter of sudsy brew and a steaming bowl of brewer’s stew.
U Fleku (U Fleků)
Křemencova 1651/11, 110 00 Praha 1
+420 224 934 019
This brewery opened its doors back in the year 1499 and has been brewing continuously ever since; it’s the oldest brewery in Prague and the only brewery in central Europe able to make this claim. I have to say, the beer is exceptional. The food is good too, so why not plan a night out? There’s also live music and friendly waiters. This place is alive with Bohemian spirit. Your waiter will continue to bring you a fresh mug of beer until you turn your empty mug on its side. A word of warning, they will bring around a tray of shots, slivovitz (plum brandy) I believe, if you take it you buy it. Reservations for dinner here are a must and can be made through email or phone (don’t worry, you’ll get an English speaker).
U Parlamentu (Restaurant Parliament)
Valentinská 52/8, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město
In our opinion this is one of the best value restaurants in Prague. Especially noteworthy are the weekday lunch specials, but the food is always great and the service is friendly and fast.
Café Slavia (Kavárna Slavia)
Smetanovo nábř. 1012/2, 110 00 Praha, Czech Republic
+420 224 218 493
Take a break to enjoy a coffee and a slice of gorgeously rich chocolate cake at an original Prague art deco café. The Kavarna Slavia has been serving the National Theater district coffee, sweets, and delicious meals since the 19th century. It is an art deco masterpiece, with charm and history that really must be experienced. We sat sipping our hot drinks and talking about the evening while the piano player soothed away the last cares of the night.
As you can see we love Czech food. If you do, too, check out these Nine Things You Must Eat and Drink in Prague.
Things to do in Prague at Night – Ice Pub Prague
200 1, Novotného lávka 200/5, 110 00 Praha
The city’s latest club craze, Ice Pub Prague, nestled into a corner of the massively frenetic Karlovy Lazne and the newest hot spot for Prague at night. Everything in the pub is made of ice so bring your jacket! But don’t worry, when you get too cold you can check your jacket and jam and dance the night away in central Europe’s largest (5 story) music club. The music here is pumping, the floor is shaking, and the drinks are flowing cheaply.
Prague Christmas Market
If you are visiting Prague during the month of December, you cannot miss its Christmas Market! There you can try all kinds of traditional Czech foods, mulled wine, as well as buy souvenirs and handicrafts made in the local area. Prague can get chilly in December, so bundle up, but don’t let it stop you from coming. The Christmas Market is a lot of fun!
Sightseeing in Prague Map
Getting to Prague
Prague is both the capital and the largest city in the Czech Republic, and every season is perfect for a visit. I especially love winter in Prague. Therefore it is easily accessed by all major airlines and the European high speed rail network. Prague is also a gateway to Eastern Europe, so most eastern capitals have connections to Prague through train and bus networks as well. It is also serviced by a host of low cost airlines that make travel to and from many other major European cities affordable. For so many reasons, a weekend getaway to Prague is so easy! Some of our favorite cheap flight carriers flying in and out of Prague include: Air Berlin, Easy Jet, FlyBe, Ryanair, and Eurowings.
Driving into Prague is also an option but, be warned, parking within the city center is extremely difficult to find. There are some hotels that offer secure parking, so if that’s important be sure and keep that on your requirements list. Otherwise, there are a few places to park your car for extended periods. When we drive to Prague for shorter periods we park in the Palladium Mall parking garage. It’s safe and secure, allows 24 hour access and is fairly affordable at 145 czk for three hours and up to 700 czk for 24 hours (about US$30) and you can park as long as you want (they even have monthly rates).
Getting Around – Places to Visit in Prague
Prague has a comprehensive, easy to use, clean and efficient network of buses, trams, subways and trains; but buying a ticket can be difficult since there isn’t always a ticket machine at every stop, and most of the machines require you to use coins. We’ve found most hotels have tickets for sale, so it’s usually a good idea to check your front desk before setting out on a journey. You have a choice of tickets: 30 minute, 90 minute, one day, or three day tickets. If you know you’ll be riding for more than three 90 minute rides in the 24 hour period then you should buy the one day ticket. Most trips, however, can be made using the 30 minute ticket. One final bit of advice, if all else fails you can buy a 90 minute ticket from the driver of the transport, but this will cost extra.
Where to Stay in Prague – Prague Hotels
Our go to Prague hotel for a weekend getaway is the Cloister Inn. This affordable hotel is located in a former 17th century abbey and is perfectly situated on the edge of the old town. Aside from the affordable, clean, comfortable rooms, the Cloister Inn is one of the few Old Town hotels that offers private parking. Be sure and book early, though, as there aren’t too many spots available. The free breakfast is good, and the free beer upon arrival is a nice added touch. Interested? Cloister Inn Hotel Alternatively, you can also try out the best hostels in Prague.
Things to do Around Prague
If you’ve got more time and you’ve seen all of the Prague sights, get out and see a little more of the country. It’s small enough that you can rent a car for a couple of days and drive or you can take the cheap and easy to navigate public transportation. We’ve been to a number of great places and done some really interesting things like: taking the waters in Karlovy Vary, touring the Pilsen brewery then heading off to take a beer bath, or just gawking at the prettiest town in Czech, Telc. We’ve explored the second largest city, Brno, and much, much more. So, even if you only have a short time, at least go out and see the world heritage of Kutna Hora with its bone church.
Have you been to Prague? Any tips on other places to see in Prague that we’ve left off?
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