4 Days in Prague – The Perfect Itinerary

4 days in Prague - photo of the bridges of Prague at sunset

Have you visited Prague? After spending 2 weeks in Prague and another 2 weeks travelling the Czech countryside we can recommend that you will need at least 4 days in Prague to make the most of your stay. We will share with you where we stayed, the best things to do and see, where to enjoy a chilled beer in the treetops and not pay over the ‘top’ and our own top Prague travel tips to make the most of your stay.

Europe is home to many iconic buildings and landmarks and we are glad to report that Prague has it’s own to equal or surpass other European cities e.g. Prague Town Hall and Tower, Charles Bridge and the Prague Castle. There are no shortages of things to see in Prague. Have you seen a Dancing Building before? Or a 42 layer sculpture of writer Franz Kafka’s head by David Cerny?

Dancing House Prague

The Dancing House along the riverfront in Prague

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Prague Attractions Map

Prague Attractions Map

What to do in Prague – Prague Attractions Map

Where to Stay in Prague

To understand the city of Prague better we chose to stay in 4 different hotels in 4 different locations. The hotels we chose are all medium-priced and are in good locations around the city.  One of the hotels we stayed in was disappointing but other reviewers have been quite happy with the same property.  We have not left it out of the article but we have shared it with you based on our own opinions.

Prague can be expensive but if you are on a budget Prague has some of the best hostels in Europe that are suitable for couples, backpackers and solo female travellers.

A good hotel for families, couples or solos is the Hotel Caesar Prague. It is a 4-star hotel that included breakfast and located in a historical building outside the main tourist area in Myslíkova 15, 110 00 Nové Město. We would recommend booking in advance, we tried to book more dates after our arrival and it was fully booked during the height of summer. The location is good for sightseeing and there are small bars and restaurants close by. The WiFi was a bit slow but that is probably because we are heavy users. See what other travellers have said about Hotel Caesar Prague.

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If you love funky decor we can recommend the Vintage Design Hotel Sax.  The 4-star hotel was located just a 5-minute walk from Prague Castle in Jansky Vrsek 328/3 Mala Strana. There were lots of bars and cafes around.  The hotel is suitable for families, couples and solo travellers. Breakfast is included as well as good WiFi. Out of the 4 hotels this was our favourite. See what other travellers have said about Vintage Design Hotel Sax.

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The Royal Plaza Hotel was our third accommodation and it was located 100 m from Wenceslas Square at Římská 71/4, 120 00 Praha-Vinohrady.  The National Museum and State Open House is located 200 m away. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes close by.  The Royal Plaza is recommended for all type of travellers. The rooms were comfortable, WiFi was strong and breakfast was included. See what other travellers have said about the Royal Plaza Hotel.

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The hotel that was disappointing was our last – the Small Luxury Palace Residence.  With a name like that and the photos that were shown on Hotels Combined, we expected a bit more luxury than we had.  It was clean but very tired in decor and the photos did not represent the actual state of our room.  We felt that the owners were tired and it showed in the upkeep of the furniture which was old and dated. The hotel is in a 17th-century building close to Prague Castle and Charles Bridge at Nerudova 255/7, 118 00 Malá Strana. The reviews for the hotel have been mixed.  This is our review ”

The property is tired. The photos do not represent the property. We had the room that is represented in the last photo selection on booking.com – there was no bottom sheet on the bed so we had to sleep in our own Turkish towels as there is no reception after 6 pm to obtain bed linen. The terrace was full of old broken furniture. The property benefits from having embassies close by and therefore runs at genuinely high occupancy. We have stayed in other properties in Prague which are better value for money, far better reception facilities and provide better bed linen and supplies in the room. We will not recommend this hotel to others travelling as tourists.

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Top Things To Do in Prague – 4 Days in Prague Itinerary

What to do in Prague? There are two options in our 4 days in Prague itinerary.

Option #1 is to use the 4 days Prague City Card and visit the attractions that are listed at your own pace.

Option #2 is to purchase the 48 hour Hop On Hop off Bus and visit the sights that are further away from your hotel.  The next 2 days you can wander around the Old Town and visit the sights that you have not covered in the 48-hour pass.  When you visit Prague this way it can be more relaxed,  for 2 days your transport is covered and planned out for you, the walking tour and the boat tour is included.

Prague City Card

Prague Castle on the hill

Prague Castle at sunrise

Free Public Transport and Free admission to over 50 top attractions plus discounts entry to another 50.  As well as detailed maps you have exclusive special offers at tours, excursions, cruises, shops, restaurants and entertainment. It is excellent value and well worth it.  You can pre-purchase your card here.

Just some of the free attractions are:

  • St Vitus Cathedral
  • Old Royal Palace
  • Old Town Hall and Tower
  • Jewish Museum (also visit the Old Jewish Cemetery)

 

Things To See in Prague on the Hop on Hop off Bus

If you prefer to have transport organised for you the Hop on Hop off Bus is a good way to see the city. We purchased the 48-hour pass that included a cruise on the River Vltava and a walking tour of the Castle. It was certainly worth the price.  Traffic at times can be heavy in Prague so we would recommend the 48-hour pass. You can pre-purchase it here.

There are 3 lines:

Red Line
Stop 1 – Na Florenci – visit Manifesto Market
Stop 2 – Hilton Hotel
Stop 3 – Mala Strana – the historical district where you can see the Wallenstein Palace that was built in the 1600s
Stop 4 – Prague Castle – the Castle is the official working office of the President.  He lives 30 km outside Prague in a small palace. You can organise your arrival for the Free Walking Tour at this stop.
Stop 5 – Strahov Monastery – Founded in 1140 includes a gallery.
Stop 6 – Strahov Stadium – once the largest stadium in the world holding 220,000 now used for concerts and a training ground for the Sparta Prague Football team
Stop 7 – Kampa Island – modern art museum and large park. It has been given the title of the most beautiful city island in the world
Stop 8 – Dancing House – modelled on Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The building cost 90 million dollars and has no right angles.
Stop 9 – I.P. Pavlova (upon request only)
Stop 10 – Main Train Station

Blue Line
Stop 1 – Old Town Square to visit: The Town Hall which dates back as far as 1338. The clock strikes on the hour between 09.00 and 23.00 where you can see 12 apostles appear. The Town Hall Tower is worth a visit for 360 degrees of Prague. You can take the lift up and walk down.

Stop 2 – Intercontinental Hotel – start of the Vltava River Cruise
Stop 3 – Mala Strana – you can access the Petrin Tower from here
Stop 4 – St. Nicholas Church
Stop 5 – Kampa Island

Purple Line

Wenceslas Square at Night

Wenceslas Square at Night

Stop 1 – Jindrisska Tower
Stop 2 – Wenceslas Square
Stop 3 – I.P. Pavlova (upon request only)
Stop 4 – Vysehrad Castle – allow a couple of hours to enjoy.

When you visit Vysehrad you experience one of the most important cemeteries in Prague that houses the Slavin Mausoleum, Baroque ramparts and wonderful views of the Old and New Town. It is known to have been the oldest seat of Bohemian princes. The magical Palace of Vysehrad was constructed during the 10th century.  The Basilica of St Peter and Paul can be visited and you can spend time relaxing in the gardens.  For a small fee you can visit the underground cellars.

At the cemetery, you can visit the graves of composers Antonin Dvorak, Bedrich Smetana and the writer Karel Capek.

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The Rotunda

The Rotunda is one of the oldest buildings in Prague built in the 11th Century.

Stop 5 – Peace Square
Stop 6 – Zizkov TV Tower
Stop 7 – Main Train Station – built in the Neo-Classical style and named after the first President

 

Hop on Hop Off Bus River Cruise

We would recommend taking the last departure for the river cruise to enjoy the sunset.  The River Vltava is the longest river in the Czech Republic.  In Prague, it flows under 19 bridges and around 8 islands. It joins the Elba River 29km north of Prague. The cruise is peaceful and scenic and runs for just under an hour. You can purchase drinks on board.

Free Walking Tour of Prague Castle

Entrance to Prague Castle

Entrance to Prague Castle – Changing of the Guards happens here at midday

As part of your Hop On Hop Off Bus ticket, you can enjoy a free walking tour of Prague Castle. The Castle complex was constructed during the 9th century and is the largest castle complex in the world – 70,000 m2. The Changing of the Guard occurs at noon daily. You can visit most parts of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Prague Castle includes:

  • Gothic St Vitus Cathedral
  • Romanesque Basilica of St George
  • Gardens
  • Towers
  • Monastery
  • Palaces

Pro-tip

If you want to visit the St Vitus Cathedral you have to pay extra if you are taking the free walking tour or visiting on your own. If you have purchased the Prague City Card it is included. If you want to visit the Tower you have to pay CZK 100 (USD$ 4.30).

If you want to visit Prague Castle on your own you may want to consider pre-purchasing the Skip The Line Ticket that includes a transfer from the Old Town Square.

 

 

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Prague Photoshoot for Romantic Couples, Families and Friends

For 1 – 2 hours you can have your own personal photographer taking the most beautiful shots of you and your family and friends in the front of Prague’s most iconic buildings and locations.

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Prague Town Hall and Tower Tour

The famous astronomical clock face

The Astronomical Clock of Town Hall Tower

Located in the impressive centre of the Old Town you cannot miss this striking building.

We were working with Prague Tourism who hosted us with a guided tour of the Old Town Hall and the Cellars which included in a visit to the Tower. Our opinions as always are our own.

Legends – true or not

We soon learnt that Prague is full of legends. We love legends, and we have had them all from ghosts in castles, ghosts in underground cellars and headless riders galloping through dark wooded forests.

The most famous legend is the legend of Master Hanus who was chosen by the councillors of Prague to construct a device that measured not only time but other unique functions specifically for the city of Prague.  Master Hanus created his unique one-off piece. The Councillors were impressed but scared at the same time.  You see, they wanted Prague to have a unique timepiece that no other city could replicate.  They had to get rid of him, but how? One night, men broke into Master Hanus’s house and with a piece of iron blinded him.  Master Hanus knew who was behind this deed and with one of his pupils he asked to be led to the clock where he asked his pupil to stop the clock from working.  Legend states that it took over 100 years for the clock to work again.

Another legend states that when the clock stops working the Czech land and its people will suffer bad times. There is one more legend that states whoever tries to work on the clock will go mad or die.

Which legend do you believe?

Pro-tip

We would recommend purchasing your ticket in advance and skipping the line.

Originally the Town Hall was one of the houses located in the stunning Old Town Square.  Throughout the years the Town Hall grew in size as they purchased other nearby houses totally 5 in all.  It dates back to 1338 and it was one of the most beautiful monuments in Prague’s Old Town.

 

The view from the top of the tower

Breathtaking views from the top of the Town Hall Tower

Did you know…….

  • The King of Bohemia George of Prodebrady was elected in the Old Town Hall in 1458 and you can see one of the paintings in the Assembly Hall
  • The 14th century saw the construction of the Town Hall Tower at a height of 69.5m
  • 1410 the astronomical clock was established
  • Jan Zelivsky a radical Hussite leader was executed in the courtyard
  • The Town Hall witnessed the mass execution of 27 noblemen in the Estates Uprising on June 21 1621.  You will see 27 white crosses set in the square’s paving
  • Which is true? On the last day of WW2, 8th May 1945,  it was partially destroyed by an air raid by the US Army Air Forces who stated it was a ‘navigational mistake’. (Some information we came across stated it was during the attack by the Nazis on that day).

 

Visit Charles Bridge at Sunrise

Charles Bridge at sunrise

Best time to visit Charles Bridge is at sunrise

Charles Bridge is one of the major ‘instagrammable’ sights in Prague and as such can be extremely busy.  The best time to visit is at sunrise.  The light is better at that time for the perfect shot and it is before the busloads of tourists arrive. Since the 1960s it has been a pedestrian-only bridge. Construction of the bridge started in 1357 and finished early in the 15th century. It is constructed in sandstone bricks.  Either end of the Bridge are two towers – the Lesser Town Bridge Tower and the Old Town Bridge Tower. The Bridge has over 30 statues of Saints.

Busy Charles Bridge during the day

Busy Charles Bridge during the day – our advice is to visit at sunrise

If you want to visit Charles Bridge, learn about its role in the history of Prague as well as visit the highlights of Lesser Town a 2-hour walking tour with a local guide is recommended.

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John Lennon Wall and Pub

John Lennon Pub

After visiting John Lennon Wall you can visit the John Lennon Pub

One of our favourite early morning adventures was to visit the John Lennon Wall at sunrise after walking across the Charles Bridge from the Old Town.  This is another popular ‘Instagram’ spot and can be very busy during the day.  It is quite hard to find at first but we have taken a video of how to get there. Click below for directions.  Later during the day you can return the same way, travel further down the road, cross over the bridge and head to the John Lennon Pub for a drink or a meal.

 

How to get to John Lennon Wall in Prague

 

Free Walking Tour of Prague with Good Tours Prague

Good Tours Prague offer a free walking tour daily at 10.30 am and 14.00 hours that takes 3 hours.

During our tour we visited:

  • Wenceslas Square – the heart of New Town which was constructed in the 1920s. The buildings have been built in the art nouveau style.
  • New Town is actually not that new it is over 4 centuries old.
  • Havelska Street – oldest market in Prague is Mourat Havelske Trziste built-in 1232. The city grew from the market, it was originally selling spices and fabrics. Today it is a big souvenir market that is open from 08.00 am to 18.00 pm.
  • Mylsbek Shopping Centre – a clean free toilet in Prague
  • Powder Tower built-in 1475 for defence and customs.   People who were born in the New Town had to go through the Tower to enter the Old Town. Later it was used for the storage of gun powder.
  • Municipal House, located next to the Powder Tower, was built during 1905 – 1911 in the art nouveau style. In 1918 the signing of the Independence of Czechoslovakia took place there. It houses the largest concert hall in Prague up to 8,000 people. You can pre-book and enjoy a 3-course Czech lunch or dinner meal in the Cafe.
  • Jewish Quarter

We learnt:

  • that the National History Museum built-in 1891 has over 7 million objects
  • parts of the Mission Impossible movie was shot in and around Prague
  • Prague is the biggest beer-drinking nation in the world, followed by Poland and then Germany.
  • Pilsner Urquell is the ‘mother of golden lagers’
  • The Czech region of Moravia has the best white wine
  • Absinthe is not Czech it has become a ‘tourist’ drink
  • One of the traditional dishes is the roasted pork knuckle and for vegetarians, it is the fried cheese with chips.
  • Trdelice – the Hungarian Icecream Dessert is not Czech.
  • Prague is a city of 100 spires – Church of St Nicholas is the biggest
  • Catholic is the official religion of the Czech Republic but 70% of the people are atheists
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Visit The 42 Layer Rotating Sculpture by David Cerny

Weighing in at 45 tons is the 42 layer rotating sculpture of writer Franz Kafka.  This sculpture is nothing like you have ever seen before.

Location: Quadrio Business Centre, directly above the Národní třída metro station.

Our YouTube video shows the twisting reflective movement of this masterpiece.

Our Hidden Gem To Enjoy The Local Beer

After paying CZK140  (USD$ 6.00) for 2 small beers just off the main square near Prague Town Hall and Tower we decided to find a local establishment close to Hotel Caesar, our first location.

Map location of Rodinny Bar s Terasou

Location of our favourite beer place

In the local park, we found Pivni Domecek Rodinny Bar S Terasou: Karlovo nám. 287/18, 120 00 Nové Město. Pilsner Urquell, the famous Czech beer, was half the price CZK70 for two. (USD$3.00)

Rodinny B S Terasou

Cheapest bar with a view in the park opposite the New Town Hall

 

A Beer Bath With Unlimited Beer

Did you know that you can take a bath in beer for 30 minutes then lay on a heated bed for another 30 minutes? You can drink as much beer as you can in this medieval practice and reap the benefits.

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Day Trips from Prague

A day trip to Karlovy Vary

A full-day tour to Karlovy Vary, one of the most beautiful towns outside Prague famous for its healing waters and spa. We spent 2 wonderful nights in Karlovy Vary but if you are short of time you can visit on a full-day tour.

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Stunning Cesky Krumlov and its fairytale castle can also be visited on a day trip from Prague. Make sure you have your camera with you for this tour.

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Teplice, the Roya Spa City is also available on a day tour from Prague. It is the oldest Spa town in Europe.

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A visit to the city of Kutna Hora is combined with a winery tour and lunch.

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Getting In – Prague Travel Information

There are 2 terminals at Prague Airport – Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Both airports have free WiFi.

Transport to and from the city

Public Bus 119 – metro A and 100 metro B

Airport Express Bus – from Terminal 1 to Main Railway Station departs Terminal 1 Bus stop

Taxi

During our time in Prague we used Lyft – similar to Uber.  You will need to download their App and also have access to WiFi.

For a private shared transfers find out more here.

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Car Rental in Europe we use AutoEurope for the most competitive prices in each size and make of car. Compare prices here.

Getting Around Prague

For inner-city Prague we walked everywhere.  There are cobblestoned streets so make sure you wear comfortable shoes.

Metro

  • from 05.00 to midnight
  • peak time every 2 to 3 minutes
  • off-peak every 4 – 10 minutes

Trams

  • from 5.00 am to 12.30 am
  • peak time every 4 – 8 minutes
  • off-peak every 5 – 10 minutes

Buses

  • from 04.30 am to 12.30 am
  • peak time every 6 – 10 minutes
  • off-peak every 15 – 30 minutes

Funicula to Petrin

  • Daytime 09.00 am  to 23.30 pm
  • Summer every 10 minutes
  • Winter every 15 mins

Trains

  • 4.30 am to 12.15 am
  • Interval 15-60 minutes

Ticket Validation

  • Ticket Validation – trams and buses, ticket validators are located near the door
  • Metro stations and the Funicular – ticket validation on stands by the entrance to the transport area
  • Ferries – ticket validation onboard
  • PID train operation – ticket validation to the platform on the platform
  • Tickets are only valid once they are validated
  • For information on fares

For Travel Outside Prague

For bus and train services outside Prague, we used Regiojet. Both buses and trains were comfortable and reliable. You can purchase tickets online here.

Best time to visit Prague

The climate of Prague is mild and has 4 seasons.  The coldest month is January and the warmest is July.  December is busy due to the Christmas markets.

We hope you enjoyed our article on 4 days in Prague.

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Currency

Czech Crown – CZK

1 USD = CZK 23.35

Useful Words to Learn:

Hello – Dobry den (doh bree den)

Thanks – dekuji (dyeh-koo-yi)

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15 Comments

  • We spent 7 days in Prague. And I know we did not see and do all there was. But then we did take a few slow days to recover from jet lag. We often use the HopOnHopOff bus but didn’t on this trip. We found the tram got us most places we wanted. We were so sorry to find the Astronomical Clock was all covered up for maintenance. And I am not sure how we missed the Rotating Sculpture. We certainly did not miss trying lots of Czech beer. And Absinthe too! Thanks for the memory tweak.

  • Laura says:

    From your description, I can see why the Vintage Design Hotel Sax was a favorite of yours- it looks amazing! The 48-hour pass sounds perfect for a trip. I hope to visit Prague in the future and will certainly add a river cruise at sunset to my must-do-list. What great history to spend time exploring, who wouldn’t want to bathe in a beer bath!?

  • Prague has been on my bucket list forever. You gave some really useful tips like the city card and that bridge at sunrise is absolutely breathtaking. Looks like it is such a beautiful city with old world charm.

  • Paula says:

    I have not been to Prague yet but it does look beautiful and interesting. I love the Dancing House, it looks so fun. So sorry to hear that your hotel was not what you expected. I have found that to be pretty common nowadays. Pictures of the rooms are not what they really look like. So annoying. But we hope to be visit Prague soon.

  • Prague has been on our bucket list for some time. We have been planning for an East Europe trip for some time and we hope we get there sooner than later. Prague has the mesmerizing old-world charm that is so typical of Europe. Your post has a wealth of information that is a great resource for first-time travelers to Prague. We look forward to seeing Charles Bridge, the dancing house, the rotating sculpture of writer Franz Kafka and spending time in this beautiful city.

    • Hi Sandy
      Thanks for your comments. You will really enjoy Prague make sure you plan for at least a week to see everything, don’t rush it.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Cat Lin says:

    Ideal for people who love architecture at the same time roaming around historical places. The information that was written in this post was very informative and specific which I think would be helpful for tourists to plan their next trip and have their own itinerary that they can go to based on their taste, financial standing and sociability. If you are really on a tight budget and would like to travel at the same time, you can just pick those tour that has a free of charges and budget friendly stay.

  • Yukti Agrawal says:

    I loved Prague a lot during my 4 days here in this beautiful city. It is great you listed all the routes of Big bus and day trips from Prague. Charles Bridge was my favorite part of this city and it was always crowded. It is good that you tipped that to visit Charles bridge during sunrise.

  • sherianne says:

    I was in Prague last month and did not take a free walking tour. I regret that now reading how much history you learned during yours. I also missed the 42 layer rotating sculpture and I’m kicking myself! Wish I read this before my visit

    • Hi Sherianne
      Thanks for your comments. You can always return – Prague is one of those cities that you can definitely return back to.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

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