3 Days in Prague

A Taste & See Life Prague Adventure

What comes to mind when I think of Prague?

Cobblestoned streets, the sound of horse hooves clicking against the stone paved roads, stunning panoramic views from Petřín, enchanting castle views along the Charles Bridge on the Vltava River, breathtaking architecture that spans over several centuries (Gothic, Baroque, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco) and the magical feeling of being in a fairytale land.

Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, is beautifully preserved and holds the title for being one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. It’s bragging rights come from Prague’s Historic Center being on the UNESCO list for the following sights:

-Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral
-Charles Bridge
-Old Town
-New Town
-Jewish Quarter

Prague is fairly easy to tour by foot. However, I recommend thick-soled, comfortable walking shoes. If you get tired along the way, there are plenty of charming outdoor cafes to relax and absorb the scenery. Also, Prague has an excellent bus, metro and tram system so no worries just go!

Prague Three Day Itinerary

Start your Prague exploration with the key sights. Prague is popular for a reason. It’s just so dang pretty. The way to navigate through Prague is to have a good strategic plan. I suggest starting with the Charles Bridge and making your way to the Castle District. Take your time discovering each sight and enjoy the magic!

Charles Bridge– King Charles IV commissioned Peter Parler in 1357 to restore the Judith’s Bridge that was destroyed in a flood in 1342. Since completion, the Charles Bridge has resisted all floods. Prague’s most decorative bridge spans 520 meters long and is support by sixteen arches. In the eighteen century, an open air sculpture gallery of thirty Baroque statues, lighting, and railings were added to the stone bridge. During the day, the Charles Bridge is filled with Prague citizens, strolling tourists, musicians, painters and souvenir vendors. To avoid the crowds, arrive at dawn or sunset. However, the music, vendors, and crowds adds to the experience. Plan to spend an hour to 2 hours.

Malá Strana (Lesser Quarter) located off the west bank of the Vltava River is the gateway to Petřín Hill and the Castle District and home to one of Prague’s most beautiful Baroque churches, St. Nicholas. Pay the small entrance fee and marvel at the ornate details of the beautiful paintings on the ceiling, the main organ with 4,000 pipes, and the graceful sculptures and marble columns.

If you are a Franz Kafka fan, I suggest visiting the Kafka Museum that is also located in Malá Strana. The exhibit shows how the city of Prague shaped Kafka’s vision as a writer and a way to see Prague from Kafka’s perspective. Plan to spend an hour.

Kampa Island borders Malá Strana and hosts lovely gardens and the Kampa Museum of modern art. I highly recommend stopping by the cafe next to the Kampa Museum for a break. They have an outdoor patio that overlooks the Vltava River which is an ideal spot to enjoy the view of the Charles Bridge. Plan to spend 2 hours.

Hradcany and Castle District– From the north side of Malá Strana, take the picturesque path up the Castle Steps (Zámecké schody) to the Prague Castle. Prague’s Castle district was built during the thirteen century and is the largest medieval castle complex in Europe. The complex includes St. Vitus Cathedral, museums, churches, galleries, a monastery, a vineyard and Golden Lane. Castle grounds and gardens are free but tickets are required to enter the main historic buildings. Tickets for Circuit B include entrance to St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower cost around CZK 250. The views are spectacular so make sure to bring a good camera, extra batteries and storage! Plan to spend a 4-5 hours.

Old Town is the home of Prague’s historical center, Old Town Square. The center is a bit touristy, but if you look beyond the noise you will notice some eye catching sights such as the Gothic spires of the Týn Church, the statue of reformer Jan Hus, the Astronomical Clock and the Old Town Hall Tower. To truly appreciate this historical center, purchase a beer and sausage and have a seat on a park bench to watch the action. I really enjoyed watching the street performers. After lunch, wander a bit to Wenceslas Square and walk to the Powder Tower. Plan to spend a half a day exploring the area.

Jewish Quarter (Josefov) located near Old Town Square is home to one of Europe’s oldest Jewish museums. The Jewish Museum of Prague is a collection of synagogues, the Robert Guttmann Gallery and the Jewish Cemetery. The depth and historic value of the Jewish Quarter draws many visitors to the Jewish Museum of Prague. The Old-New Synagogue built in the thirteen century is the most historic synagogue in the Jewish Quarter. The Spanish Synagogue is the most beautiful synagogue out of the collection. The Jewish Cemetery is thought provoking. I suggest purchasing the audio guide to help explain the significance of each of the elements and to help navigate through the Jewish Museum of Prague. Plan to spend 2 or more hours because there is so much to take in.

Petřín Hill– Petřín Hill provides amazing views of the city and castle. Take the funicular railway from Ujezd to Petřín Hill. Upon arrival you will notice a miniature version of the Eiffel Tower and a beautiful rose garden. The complex has other amusements but the real treats are the charming green spaces and hiking paths that over look stunning views of the city. Wear comfortable walking shoes. I can’t emphasize this enough. Plan to spend 2 hours.

By the third day, you might be slightly overwhelmed by all the sights and need a little down time.  I suggest using day three as a free day and take it easy by strolling through the streets to take in the magical ambiance of Prague or doing some shopping to take home a memento. This is your last day so embrace the time you have.

Take a river cruises or paddle boats on the Vltava. Duration 1 hour.

If you have time, unwind at Letna Park Beer Garden or Vyšehrad Castle.

Letna Park Beer Garden located north of Old Town at Letenské sady 341 overlooks the Vltava River. This site offers breathtaking views of the Vltava River and great opportunities to capture the city from a different angle. Duration 1-2 hours

Vyšehrad Castle – Just down the Vlatava River from Prague Castle is the lesser-known 10th century castle of Vyšehrad. In addition to offering great views of the Vltava River and the city, Vyšehrad features plenty of green space for a picnic and relaxation.

Where to stay:

I highly recommend staying at Hotel Josef. The staff is wonderful and extremely helpful in answering questions. Hotel’s Josef’s breakfast is outstanding. The homemade breads, buffet breakfast and fresh coffee will leave you spoiled!

Hotel Josef in Stare Mesto (Old Town)
Rybna 20
CZ, 110 00, Praha 1
Phone: 420 221 700 961

Have fun on your trip and let me know what you think!

HOUSTON BLOGGER, MICHELLE CARRBe blessed and love on,

Michelle

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