How to Spend 2 Days in Prague

posted by Sharon April 22, 2018 43 Comments
Prague Old Town Square

Prague is known not only for its old-world charm but also for its crowds of people there to see what all the fuss is about. So how can you enjoy 2 days in this venerable city while dealing without being hampered by your fellow travelers? Here are some suggestions based on what worked for me last summer.

DAY ONE

Head to Old Town Square

This is the heart of the city. Start here to get a feel for the architecture and stand in the place where people have walked for centuries. Prague Old Town Square

Look up at the twin spires of the Gothic Church of Our Lady before Tyn. Built in the 14th century, this has been the main church for this area ever since. The towers soar 80 meters into the air. Prague Old Town Square

And that’s one key to touring Prague. Look UP above the heads of people walking around and note the details of the buildings. Prague Old Town Square

 

PraguePraguePraguePraguePragueWhile you are in the Old Town Square, be sure to get a close look at the famous astronomical clock. Built in 1410, the clock features four figures that move when the clock strikes the hour. The skeleton, representing death, strikes the time. The doorways above the clock open to reveal the apostles. At noon, all 12 apostles appear. A calendar was added below the clock in 1490. Aim to stand right below the clock on the hour, if possible. You will be in a mass of folks, but the clock sits high on the City Hall, so just look up and you’ll be able to see it in detail. Read this post for more about Old Town Square.Prague Old Town Square

 

Prague Old Town SquarePrague Old Town SquareTake a Walking Tour

Next up? A good way to see highlights of Prague (and many other cities) is to take a walking tour with a guide to fill in some background on the sights. We chose the World War II in Prague tour, which I highly recommend. Our guide met us near the Old Town Square at the old Powder Tower and took us around the edges of the square, informing us of the Resistance activities during the war. When members of the Resistance were caught, they were shot, and we stood by the still visible bullet marks. PraguePrague

The most awesome part of this tour is that your guide has access inside the City Hall to the underground tunnels used by the Resistance and also through earlier centuries for various reasons. The building itself is worth a look, with its ornate ceiling, and then we went down into the underground. Our guide instructed us not to wander, as we could become hopelessly lost in all the darkened arms of the tunnel network. PraguePrague

PraguePraguePraguePragueWe waved goodbye to our guide, grabbed some lunch, and decided to head back to the Jewish Quarter, which we had walked past that morning. Prague

Explore the Jewish Quarter

The cemetery here is picturesque but haunting. The tombstones, dating from 1439 to the late 1700s, sit nestled in crowded, lopsided clumps. The inscriptions are worn or long gone. Prague Old Jewish Cemetery

About 100,000 people are buried here. The Jews were restricted to burying their dead only within the ghetto walls, so for hundreds of years, this was the only place for graves. When one layer of ground was full, dirt was added and another layer was made. It’s estimated that 12 layers of graves lie here. Prague Old Jewish Cemetery

 

We visited the synagogue bordering the cemetery, which is a memorial to the Jews taken from Prague in WWII. Care was taken to list the names of each person with the last known dates of their lives. It is so moving to visit this hushed place of remembrance. Read this post for more about the Jewish Cemetery.Prague Pinkas SynagoguePrague Pinkas SynagoguePrague Pinkas Synagogue

Walking back towards the Old Town Square, we marveled at the sights. Prague Old Town SquarePrague Old Town Square

 

Another key to beating the crowds: Eat dinner early. Head early — maybe between 5:00 and 6:00 — to a sidewalk cafe or a quaint restaurant in a side street off the square and you can enjoy dinner without a wait. Our first dinner of seafood, complete with a checked tablecloth in an outdoor cafe, was perfect. Prague

DAY TWO

Prague Castle

Another key to negotiating a crowded Prague: Start early. Head out right after breakfast to the Prague Castle. You will be ahead of the crowds this way, and you can stay in this complex of buildings as long as you like. We arrived about 9:00, when the buildings open to the public. We climbed the dome of the St. Vitus church to see the view and wandered through some other buildings, then had lunch at a cafe in the castle. By the time we emerged from lunch, the lanes had filled with people, but we were ready to move on. Read this post for more about the Prague Castle.Prague Castle

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We took a bus from the castle area to the museum dedicated to the paratrooper heroes of WWII at the Saints Cyril and Methodius Church. Our tour guide told us about this somewhat obscure museum, and we were glad we sought it out. This proved to be fascinating.  We entered the tiny place, which is in the church crypt, and stayed as long as we wanted before a busload of people arrived and it became too crowded to read the signs. You can read this post for more about the museum.

The Charles Bridge

End your day with a stroll on the Charles Bridge at sunset. The views are unforgettable. You can read more about the Charles Bridge in this post. Prague Charles Bridge

Prague Charles BridgeSo, plan to arrive early, take a walking tour, and keep looking up. Even with only 2 days in Prague, you can breathe in the atmosphere and learn about all that’s happened here through the centuries.

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PragueWhere We Stayed

The Hotel Jungmann, named after a man who ensured that Czech would remain the language of Prague, is located just a few long blocks from the main square. The rooms are large, and a little sidewalk cafe is right outside. My favorite part was the breakfast room down a winding stairway into a stone room. There’s some history here, right? The hotel is not fancy, but it was the perfect location and very comfortable. Hotel Jungmann PragueHotel Jungmann Prague

Jungmann PragueHow about you? Have you been to Prague? Do you have tips for avoiding the crowds? Prague

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43 Comments

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin April 23, 2018 at 1:19 am

Wow! What a trip. The Jewish history is amazing. Thank you for sharing!

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Su-sieee! Mac April 23, 2018 at 1:26 am

Sharon, thanks for the tour. I think I could stay 2 days hanging out in the plaza. Okay, maybe in and out. The architecture is gorgeous. The photo of the red tiled roofs reminded me of Florence. I need at least 3 more lives to see everything I want, need, and have to see in the world. 🙂

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Sandra April 23, 2018 at 9:25 am

Beautiful images and a wonderful guide! When I was there I was blown away – Prague is an amazing city.
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Carol April 23, 2018 at 3:10 pm

Thanks for sharing this beautiful post Sharon. Gorgeous buildings and photos!

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William Kendall April 23, 2018 at 3:27 pm

Utterly magnificent architecture!

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Pat April 23, 2018 at 6:22 pm

Beautiful photos and information. I would really love to visit Prague one day! My son visited the city about 10 years ago and I also loved his photos and stories. It is definitely on my travel bucket list!

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Calendula April 23, 2018 at 7:47 pm

Great tour and lots of information and photos! Thanks for it!

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Karen Beddow April 23, 2018 at 9:28 pm

It’s been a very long time since I was in Prague and would love to vsiit again, thanks for inspiring me by linking up to MondayEscapes

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Jesh StG April 24, 2018 at 12:05 am

Am going ga ga over all the building styles I see, Sharon! Have seen this clock before, but it never ceases to amaze me:) What they did to the Jews is hard to swallow.
In our years in the Los Angeles basin we learned to beat the crowds AND how to beat traffic – always go at illogical hours. When we would come back from Sacramento or any other place, we would calculate to NOT arrive between 6 and 8 pm, and we would not arrive on a Friday noon and 9 pm!. Of course the best time is to arrive after midnight:)
Thank you for sharing your experience in Prague with All Seasons! Have a bright Spring week:)

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linkup April 24, 2018 at 2:13 am

I suspect you could spend far more than 2 days there and only see a fraction of the beautiful sights.
Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2018/04/appalachian-artistry.html

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Lady Fi April 24, 2018 at 4:19 am

Wow – such impressive and beautiful architecture!

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Kelleyn Rothaermel April 24, 2018 at 5:30 am

The clock was probably my favorite part of Prague! Would have loved to take that tour! Sounds wonderful! We had a little one with us at the time, so there was no going underground.

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Mandy April 24, 2018 at 11:03 am

I absolutely love reading other people’s experiences at places I’ve been before – like Prague. You have some great tips in this post. I think the most important one is to look up! The architecture and details in the buildings there are absolutely beautiful! Loved your post Sharon!

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eileen g April 24, 2018 at 2:04 pm

I can’t imagine having only 2 days in Prague, it’s such a wonderful city to take time exploring. but this is a good summary of the highlights if you don’t have a lot of time.

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Kay L. Davies April 24, 2018 at 6:31 pm

Oh, Sharon, what a wonderful blog post!
I am glad you recommended a tour with a guide…that would certainly facilitate things in a city where there is so much beauty to see. I’m definitely going to put Prague on my if-we-return-to-Europe list, and tell The Big Guy Here that I’d love to go there.
Kay
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California Globetrotter April 24, 2018 at 6:47 pm

Prague is always a good idea and is so incredibly photogenic! You definitely captured the fine details as usual! #CityTripping

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Buckeroomama April 25, 2018 at 5:14 am

I’m bookmarking a lot of your posts for future reference! Thanks for sharing.

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Lisa April 25, 2018 at 1:11 pm

Prague is such a great city – the architecture is just so unique! Love all your pictures!!! #WanderfulWednesday

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Jim, Sydney, Australia April 26, 2018 at 12:54 am

It’s a wonderful place.

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dorothyadele April 26, 2018 at 9:45 am

These are good tips and from my experience starting early helps avoid the crowds. You captured Prague well through your photos.

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Rachel April 26, 2018 at 11:50 am

Prague is beautiful! I was lucky enough to go with my school when I was a teenager, and did see many of the great sights. Unfortunately I was a little too preoccupied with things like shopping to really get the full experience, so I shall just have to go back one day 🙂

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Daniel April 26, 2018 at 4:40 pm

Hi Sharon! Amazing photos. Prague has always been on my list of places to see. I also heard it was pretty affordable. Would you recommend Prague to a budget traveler? Thanks for sharing? #farawayfiles

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Sharon April 27, 2018 at 10:20 am

Hi, Daniel, I didn’t find Prague expensive, though I’ve heard people say that. We tend to eat Italian for dinner with a glass of wine, and that’s usually reasonably priced. We stay in places that are not too high-priced but are central. And we walk or use public transportation. You can stroll around a lot of Prague for free, of course, and the castle has a small fee. So yes, I think a budget traveler could enjoy Prague very much!

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Claire April 27, 2018 at 7:16 am

Prague has been on my wishlist for years but the closest I’ve got so far is Budapest. I’ll get there someday!

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Sarah April 27, 2018 at 8:35 am

Sounds like a really great tour and tour guide. One place I wish we’d had more time to tour in Prague was the Jewish quarter – but it was dark when we got there both days! Love your photos by the way 🙂

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Ava Meena April 27, 2018 at 11:20 am

What a great way to spend two days in Prague! Looks like such a beautiful itinerary. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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Sam - Travelling With Our Kids April 27, 2018 at 11:25 am

Prague is stunning! I would love just to wander around looking at all the buildings! Such a lovely post #citytripping

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Ruth April 27, 2018 at 12:24 pm

I really like Prague. It is such a beautiful city and the history is fascinating. We were able to take a walking tour and we learned a lot. The best part is that it was led by a Spaniard so, we got the Cezch perspective on the city (he was married to a Czech) and the expat perspective too. I believe this is a city that needs context. #feetdotravel

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Cynthia Mackintosh April 27, 2018 at 1:33 pm

This looks like such a beautiful city. I am in love with the architecture! Maybe I’ll get to visit in the future!

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Sarah Lafontaine April 27, 2018 at 1:35 pm

I’ve never been to Prague, but darn it, now I need to go! It looks spectacular and your photos are just gorgeous! #WeekendWanderlust

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Tomas April 27, 2018 at 11:06 pm

This is really good basic list what every traveler should see in Prague. And trust me I know what I am talking about. I was born in Prague and live here nearly whole my life 😉 I like your pictures, especially like you said to look up. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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Jenn | By Land and Sea April 28, 2018 at 5:02 am

We recently visited Prague and easily fell in love with this amazing city! I would return here in a heartbeat. I felt like we were transported back in time!! The tour you went on looks awesome – we missed the cemetery, so we will have to go there on our next visit.

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Jill April 28, 2018 at 10:38 am

What gorgeous architecture! I know I would love to visit Prague but my husband would probably not be on board – he’s not a fan of cities or crowds. I may have to think about going with a friend just so I can go. #weeklypostcard

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Lauren Barratt April 28, 2018 at 11:12 pm

I love Prague!One of my favourite city’s and you have really summarised the culture of the place. Great blog!

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Rhonda Albom April 29, 2018 at 2:02 am

You certainly did a lot during your time in Prague. Good advice on taking a tour. I hired a private guide and got to see way more than I imagined. I reserved going to the museum in Wenceslaus Square for after my tour.

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Tracy April 29, 2018 at 2:09 am

We adore Prague it’s so a fabulous city to visit. We have been a few times and love it in winter – we had snow the last time which made it so magical!

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Nili April 29, 2018 at 8:46 am

Nice post. I love reading about places I have never been. Some great tips and photos there.
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Hilary April 29, 2018 at 6:09 pm

My husband has mentioned many times over the years that Prague is one of the most beautiful cities he’s ever visited, which is why I truly hope to make it there one day. That Charles Bridge looks so beautiful and I’d like to visit those jewish memorials and cemeteries. Another lovely post. Thank you for sharing on #farawayfiles

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Urska | sliva April 29, 2018 at 11:52 pm

I heard that Prague is a very beautiful city, but I have not been able to visit it yet. Thanks for the recommendations on whats worth visiting, will definitely come back prior visiting Prague.

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Anna May 1, 2018 at 7:10 am

The sunsets from Charles Bridge were so wonderful – I even bought a painting from one of the locals, to remind me of this city back home!(I guess, I’ve already written it on one of your Prague posts, but I can´t stop mentioning it- lol I loved the Charles Bridge view so much) Looking up above the heads of people should definitely be the key, the architecture in Prague is quite impressive – at least in my case, I do forget about everything else with all these beautiful details!

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Stephanie (1AdventureTraveler) May 2, 2018 at 6:17 am

Prague is one of my favorite cities to visit and have been there 3 times. Great post on how to spend 2 days there. I wish I hired a local guide. Good tip and will hire one my next visit. Just love the architecture of the buildings and my favorite is a stroll across The Charles Bridge. Thanks for sharing! #feetdotravel

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Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net) May 2, 2018 at 4:16 pm

Gorgeous! Prague must be one of the most beautiful cities in the world when it comes to architecture. We would love to visit for two days…followed, of course, by at least half a dozen more! But what really intrigued us is the photo of names from the Synagogue. Right there is Rob’s family name. Time for some research…and a visit to Prague. So glad you shared this with us!

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Angie (FeetDoTravel) May 3, 2018 at 11:14 pm

Great itinerary, and you have really shown the beauty of the buildings with your photographs, I never realised how pretty they were until I read this post. Pinned, and thanks for sharing! #feetdotravel

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