Before deciding to make a trip to Prague choose the period to do it. I would recommend summer. What can be more beautiful than to loose yourself on the streets of Prague under the warm sun of summer.
Summer in Prague is rarely going to 27 degrees, more likely it stays around 24-25 degrees which makes it perfect to walk and walk and walk. And sometimes to stop to a nice terrace.
How many night to stay is another question. You can choose between 2 to 4 or more depending on what you like to do. If you want a short trip, 3 days are ok, it’s not Paris with its never ending museums and monuments. But if you have a good weather and time, why to don’t stay a bit longer, so you can skip from the marathon trip and allow yourself a bit of laziness.
Where to stay? I have to recommendations. I stayed to Vyšehrad Castle Suite, the place looks exactly as in the picture. Another recommendation is Dahlia Inn, more cheaper but you need to book in time because they have few rooms.
And now…what to visit. On most of the sites, Prague trips are split in 3 days and I think it’s pretty reasonable the program.
Prague is splitted in 2 by the Vlatva River
– in the right you have:
- Old Town = Stare Mesto, with- Old Town Square = Staromestske Namesti
- New Town = Nove Mesto, with – Wenceslas Square = Vaclavske Namesti
– in the left you have:
- Prague castle = Hradcany/Prazsky Hrad.
- Lesser Town = Mala Strana.
Both Old Town and Lesser Town are wonderful and are united through Charles Bridge, the most beautiful bridge of Prague.
- Day 1: Strahov Monastery, Loretta Church, Prague Castle and Charles Bridge
Start with Strahov Monastery and then you will go down until you get to the bridge (Charles/Carol/Karlov).
Take the subway until Malostranska stop (line A) and then switch to tram 22 or 23 until Pohorelac.
After you stop to Starhov (there is a nice view over the city) go to Loreta church and visit the treasury. It’s a very nice church so worth a visit!
Next stop is at the Castle which is actually a complex of castles having in the middle the St Vitus Cathedral.
Here, depends on the time you have you can either buy a ticket to see all or stop to St Vitus and continue your journey. Anyhow, don’t forget to see the palace gardens!
Prague Castle – long visit
St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, permanent exhibition “The Story of Prague Castle”, St. George’s Basilica, Convent of St. George – National Gallery /until February 28/, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower, Prague Castle Picture Gallery, Powder Tower, Rosenberg Palace.
Another entry is for Lobkowicz Palace, the only privately owned building in the Prague Castle complex, is home to the Palace Museum, Lobkowicz Palace Café, Midday Classic Concert and Museum Shop. The ticket has audio guide included. The tour follows the history of the Czech people through this special family and experience rare music manuscripts of Mozart and Beethoven, musical instrument and gun collections, magnificent Old Master paintings and decorative arts. The rooms with the guns is quite impressive.
The St Vitus cathedral is very beautiful, outside and inside.
Last stop can be the Toy museum.
After this, follow the stairs that are taking you down. Follow the map to get to Charles Bridge.
You can spend the rest of the day in the area here. It’s full of restaurants, café, terraces. You can also make a small cruise over Vlatva.
- 2nd Day. Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square
Wenceslas Square didn’t impress me so much but if you want to make the complete tour of Prague, this item is included.
In order to get there take metro/ tram until Museum stop. The square starts with the National Museum, a big statue in front of it and then you can get down on the big boulevard. As I said, nothing in particular for this boulevard or market. The boulevard has some nice buildings but along them also some ugly ones that are destroying the view.
But the good part start after the boulevard, when you enter into the Old Town. Spend couple of hours there.
Start with Namesti Republiky, where you find Obecni Dum and a nice tower. Continue on Celetna street you get into the Old Town Square – Staromestske Namesti, which is really wonderful. What you find here: the Virgin Tyn Church, St Nicolas Church (go inside), Ian Hus statue and the Astronomical Clock. Go up in the tower of the clock to have a great view over the square and city. They have elevators, don’t worry 🙂
Go to Karlova street – the street that is going to Charles Bridge. Make left before the bridge on Bethlemska street and you will get to Betlhlemska square. More quiet and romantic this square. Go back to Old Town square to enter on Parizska street which is taking you to Jewish quarter. Parizska street has some very beautiful buildings so don’t miss it. In the Jewish quarter (Josefov) you can visit the Spanish Synagogue, Jewish cemetery, Old-New Synagogue.
- 3rd Day: New City Hall (Novomestska Radnice), the dancing house (Tancici Dum), National Theater (Narodni Divaldo), Petrin Tower, Lesser Town (Mala Strana), Nerudova Street
The most important of this list is the Petrin Tower and Mala Strana. The way from Petrin Tower to Mala Strana passes through a sort of park called Kampa Island where you will find also the Lenin Wall.I liked the idea and I made several nice pictures there.
To get to Petrin Tower you will use a funicular and the same tickets you use for tram and metro. The tower looks very similar to Eiffel one from Paris but of course not so big. You can see the hole city from there and get the chance to make nice pictures.
After this you can have a break in Kampa Island and very close to the Charles Bridge you can find the John Lennon wall and also a small bridge with chains. Very romantic this part of Prague.
After this, you can spend the rest of the time in Mala Strana and if you want to get also to Nerudova street, it’s quite close. Search Mosteka street to get to Malostranska namesti square with St Nicolas church. Nice stop and from there search the Nerudova street.
That’s about all from my point of view.
Regarding the food, I am not very big fun of the Czech cuisine so I chose from trip advisor 2 restaurant where I ate all my meals. If you are vegetarian (including raw food) you can find to Maitrea and Clear Head restaurants. Try to make reservations since it’s full all the time. And both of them are in the old town so easy to get.
Enjoy the rest of the pics! And welcome to Prague! 🙂