How to spend two days in Prague
Prague is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
At the moment I’m writing this, it is almost one year that I’m living in Prague (time flies crazy fast). All I can say that with every new day I fell in love more and more with this city. Whether you want to learn about a rich history or have a great party, admire the beautiful architecture or drink cheap beer, this city has it all. And you know what is the best part? The story doesn’t end at the edge of the city center.
Many of you will visit Prague for a few days only so I wanted to help to create a perfect itinerary, so you don’t miss anything worth of sightseeing (or eating 😊). After 10 months here and several tours that I gave to my family/friends visiting me, I can say that I have a perfect itinerary for a two-day trip to Prague. If you’re interested, keep reading because a lot of helpful tips are coming (and they include good food and excellent coffee).
Although many people will choose to take the stairs to get to the Prague castle, I suggest you take a tram there and start your tour from up to down. Prague castle is probably one of the most popular sightseeing places in Prague and coming there first and early in the day will avoid the crowds. It offers a nice and panoramic view of the city and it is a small city for itself. You can enjoy walking a little bit around it, visit a St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace and others. It will probably take some time to finish the tour, but if you ask me, don’t spend more than one hour there because the best is yet to come.
After finishing the tour around Prague castle, head down on the stairs that will lead you to Malostranske Namesti. I found this part of the city especially picturesque so take your time exploring a little bit. Prague is all about the streets that have something to tell you. Head to Kampa Park, visit John Lennon wall and find your place near the river to sit and drink your coffee with the view. Drinks are not that cheap but be aware that the view of the river Vltava is also included in the price. Or that is how I justify this to my boyfriend. 🙂 Take your coffee and all the sun you can get because you’re about to head to Charles Bridge.
Karluv Most (Charles Bridge) is, if you ask me, after cheap beer, first and most recognizing things in Prague. There are always 24354657687 people. So be prepared for the crowd but also for a magnificent view of Prague Castle. From my point of view, the best thing about Prague castle is the view on it. And from Charles bridge it is the best one. It is very crowded but it has some vibe and it is not a Prague visit if you didn’t go to the Charles Bridge.
Heading straight from Charles Bridge, you will go through the streets of Oldtown. Usually crowded with people, these streets will give you the opportunity to enjoy exceptionally beautiful Gothic style architecture and it will lead you to the Staromestske Namesti or Old Town Square. Here you can choose to head to the top of the Old Town Prague Tower for something around 10 euro.
My suggestion is to avoid this expense and spend your time and money at the one of rooftop restaurants. For 5 euros you can drink a nice cocktail and get also a great view of Old Town. For that occasion, I visited U Tanker and Terasa u Prince and the views were beautiful. Of course, you can also eat there but the prices are quite high. I didn’t eat there so I can’t tell about the quality of the food. Although more expensive I would give a slight advantage to the Terasa u Prince because the view is a little bit more beautiful.
For lunch, my suggestion is to head to U Provazinice, a nice little restaurant just on the bottom of Wenceslas Square (behind New Yorker). It’s Czech food, it is not expensive, and it is just on your way. You will be happy for sure with your meal there. For the dessert, try Trdelnik somewhere in the center. It’s popular traditional Czech sweets and I love mine filled with chocolate and strawberries. Yummy. Some people are eating it with ice cream, but I find it quite messy that way, but I must admit, it is delicious.
After your lunch, you are in the heart of Prague- Vaclavske Namesti (Wenceslas square). Filled with shops and a lot of people it is like every other city center in most European big cities. But at the top of the square is another magnificent piece of architecture – Narodni Museum. Take the stroll up to the museum, take your photo and admire the square from the top. You finished your first day of ‘must-do’ sightseeing. It’s probably (depending on when you started but you are on your holiday so assume not that early 😊) afternoon and you deserve some rest before you head for some dinner and drinks.
In the evening, for the most beautiful view of Prague go for Park Letna. I just adore this view and it is my favorite view of Prague. I suggest you going for sunset there since it is amazing. Take a beer with you and sit there and enjoy the view of this lovely city for free. This is one of my favorite experiences in Prague and I know you will love it.
On the second day of your visit, my suggestion to start with a good breakfast and of course I have a suggestion about where to go. Cafefin on Vinohrady is my (till now) favorite place for breakfast in Prague. They do not accept reservations so you will need to wait maybe but I never waited for a long time. Their breakfast is excellent, healthy and a really good value for the price. Being there, take an opportunity to explore Prague 2- Vinohrady. Famous to be Prague expats residence part, Vinohrady neighborhood is full of Art Nouveau architecture and excellent coffee shops with even better interior. There is a park just in front of Caffefin where is usually held a market. There you can buy fresh fruit, try Czech sausages or just dance on the music played there.
Often not so full of tourists (what makes him even better place) Vysehrad is a historic fort with beautiful parks and amazing views of the Vltava. There you can find big beer gardens where you can eat your lunch and drink your beer and not spend a fortune. I just love Vysehrad because it is different than other popular sights but offers a lot and it is easily accessible via metro or tram.
For your lunch (if you haven’t opted for a picnic at Vysehrad) I would suggest going for Indian food. There is one place that I like, and it has more positions in Prague: Bombay Express. They are super cheap but super tasty (I always eat Chana Masala; it is only 3 euros and it’s great). They are not a typical restaurant, I would say more of a food chain, but the service, quality, and food are great. If you like to eat Indian food, go for it.
After your lunch, climb up on a Petrin hill and end your day with sunset there. It’s possible to go there with a cable car or on foot. Be aware that going up by foot is not the easiest walk (especially after Indian food) so you may choose a cable car (it’s included in public transport card). On Petrin hill is also the Prague version of “Eiffel tower” and you can go up for around 6 euros. Still, I haven’t been there so I can’t share my opinion about it, but the pictures are looking good.
Another suggestion would be to go for a drive on the river with a paddleboat. It’s absolutely a blast and it cost around 10 euros for 4 people. You can take some drinks with you and enjoy a sunny day and beautiful Prague panorama for one hour. It’s my absolute favorite! You can find them near Narodni Divadlo.
And there you are, your two days in Prague are over but I guarantee you, if you followed this plan, you were able to see a lot. Prague is an extremely walkable city and every new step brings something new and beautiful. Even after 10 months in Prague, I still find myself surprised by something new that I discover every day.
Hope this post was helpful and made your stay in Prague easier.
Till next time,