How many days are enough to visit Prague? 3 days are okay? Well, it all depends on what you want to see and how much time we devote to each attraction, museum or monument.
With three days you are able to spend a little more time at each attraction. You can add something more you can see and get lost in the streets of the center. Of course you can look for souvenirs, maybe have lunch quietly in some typical restaurant between Charles Bridge and the Piazza Old Town, near the square itself or in Mala Strana. This simple guide for your visit to Prague in three days supposes that you arrive in Prague by plane as we did.
Getting around Prague is rather simple and almost everything is within walking distance. Although there is an efficient metro, you can find most of the monuments, buildings and attractions in the city center. In here there are the districts of Malá Strana, Staré Město, Josefov, Nové Město.
Since you have time, it is more pleasant to visit Prague walking on the streets of the center and enjoy this beautiful European capital. To avoid getting lost, just keep an eye on the Prague Castle and the Vltava River.
In any case, when you arrive at Prague airport you can reach your hotel by the way you want. Using public transport is very convenient and effective!
Well, let’s start with the program that we have created and followed!
Visit Prague: First Day
Once we arrived at the Ruzyne airport, late in the morning, we exited and found immediately the bus station. The bus stop is just outside the terminal and it is very easy to reach. We took the bus n°119 that took us to the metro station “Nadrazi Veleslavin” in 15 minutes. From there we took the subway to Mustek stop where there was our hotel, in the center, behind Wenceslas Square.
Out of the subway you will be involved immediately by the size of the square. It is really huge, slightly uphill, and gorgeous. There are many stalls especially of beer and trdlnik.
Our 4-star hotel was right there, next to the subway stop, in a cross street. After we checked in and left our bags at the hotel we dive to discover Prague and walked for hours with our nose up to the sky and the high palaces. If your hotel, as it was ours, is near Wenceslas Square, you can devote the first day to the visit of the square. It is a must see, with the famous Czech National Museum and a lot of shops. Maybe on the way back you can even visit the gothic Powder Tower and, next, the Municipal House.
We decided to visit the beautiful Museum of Mucha. This museum is dedicated to the life and works of Alfons Mucha (1860-1939), a world-famous representative of the Art Nouveau. The selection of about 100 works, including oil paintings, drawings, pastels, sculptures, photographs and personal items, offers a unique insight into the author’s world of posters for Sarah Bernhardt.
If you have time before evening, you can push towards the Vltava River to see the building called “Dancing House“, whose shape resembles two dancers and was originally named Fred and Ginger, and the Prague National Theater.
Visit Prague: Second Day
The alarm rang at 8:00, we dressed and went down to breakfast. The buffet was very rich: bread, butter, crepes, pancakes, jam, honey, meats, cheeses, eggs, bacon, coffee, tea, yogurt, cereals, etc. In the morning we decided to go to Mala Strana, experiencing and enjoying the view offered by the Charles Bridge.
It is spectacular, although crowded with tourists and street artists. From here, it opens up a high-impact view of the river and towards the castle. Emperor Charles IV built this magnificent bridge in the second half of the 14th century. The bridge went to replace another bridge, which stood at that point, when the flood of the Vltava River destroyed it in 1342.
On the sides of the bridge, for its entire length, there are 30 baroque statues of saints.
At both ends of the bridge there are the towers that offer stunning views. Also, inside the towers, there are lots of objects, clothes, armor and other material.
Walking across the bridge you get to Mala Strana that expands at the foot of the hill on which the castle stands. “Malá Strana” means “small town”, and it is, without any doubts, one of the most characteristic areas of the whole Prague, with its quaint narrow streets and ancient buildings.
A must to visit, within the village castle, is the magnificent St. Vitus Cathedral, the symbol of Prague and then the famous Golden Lane. Furthermore, inside the castle, you have to see the Royal Palace.
Once you finish the tour of the castle, go down again in the Mala Strana district along the Nerudova Street, one of the most picturesque streets of Prague.
In this road an obligatory stop is at the Gingerbread museum where you can take home a souvenir biscuit among the thousands available to be choosen.
You can also wander through the harming alleys and old buildings. And then visit Malostranské náměstí and, of course, the St. Nicholas Cathedral with its bell tower from which you can enjoy a unique view of Mala Strana, the Charles Bridge and the Vltava River.
Visit Prague: Third Day
On the 3rd day we decided to walk around our hotel and reach the Jewish quarter. Thus we began the visit of Stare Mesto, the Old Town district, located over the Vltava River in the east part of Prague.
It is worth a visit to the Old Town Square, Staroměstské náměstí, where you will find many things to see, including the astronomical clock. There are also Chrám Týnský, Kinský Palace and the Prague city hall tower. On the tower you should definitely go up and enjoy one of Prague’s most beautiful views ever. From one part of this square begins the Pařížská Street, the shopping street of Prague, an avenue where you will find all the notes boutiques of the most famous international fashion brands. This avenue leads you to the heart of Prague’s Jewish Quarter: Josefov.
In the ancient centuries Jews were barred from living in other areas of the city, for this reason more and more Jews settled in Josefov.
The monuments of this neighborhood are the complex of Jewish historical monuments best preserved in all Europe. There are six synagogues, including here the old-new synagogue and the Spanish Synagogue, the Jewish Town Hall and the Old Jewish Cemetery which is very touching and impressive.
Food in Prague
The food, mainly based on meat, is good and tasty, as well as the beer and the magnificent Trdlo or Trdelnik. This sweet bread is shaped like a long loaf and rolled around a metal stick. Subsequently the mixture around the stick is abundantly sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. Then it is cooked in a special wood oven with a mechanism that makes it rotate so that the cooking is uniform.
There are the restaurants we tried:
- U Jindřišské věže – Nové Město, Prague;
- Ferdinanda – Nové Město, Prague;
- U kostela – Malá Strana, Prague;
- Balbinu – Nové Město, Prague.
Visit Prague: Our Conclusions
Prague is enchanting, we will definitely return! The city is very clean, the inhabitants are peaceful, the food is really good. Prague is cheap and you can easily visit it walking on foot. It was the first time we went to the East side of Europe. The buildings are elegant, everything is renovated. It is a city on a human scale and its liveliness makes it possible to give you some unforgettable moments.
Visit Prague and discover one of the most lively and charming city of the Eastern Europe. Enjoy its monuments and relax walking throughout its streets. Sometimes you need an umbrella because it is quite rainy but if the sun kiss you, you will never forget the kiss of Prague!