If you have to do Prague in a day and want to make the most of your time in the Czech capital, look no further than this 24 hour Prague itinerary!
At TWISPER, the social networking app with only positive recommendations, we love Prague for its enchanting medieval monuments and top-class eateries. It also happens to be conveniently close to other popular cities like Vienna (a four and a half hour train ride away) and Dresden (two and a half hours away), making it an ideal destination on your trip around Europe.
Let’s be honest, you could easily spend a week or more here. But time isn’t always on our side, so for those who have just one day in Prague, I’ve created a guide to the city’s top recommended places to visit, eat, drink and stay. Save them to try outs on TWISPER to make the most of your day in Prague!
Prague Old Town
Prague Old Town, or Staré Mesto, has been at the heart of the city since the 9th century. So what better place to start your trip for a day in Prague?
Kick off your day in Prague enjoying breakfast with a panoramic view of the historic center at Terasa U Prince. This family-run bar is located on the fifth floor of the Hotel U Prince in Old Town Square.
It offers delicious food and drinks throughout the day as well as unparalleled photo opportunities. Plus, it’s partly covered, so you can enjoy one of the best rooftop bars in Prague even if it rains!
After fueling up for the day and admiring bird’s eye views of the city’s medieval monuments, head back down to explore Old Town Square itself. Get your camera ready for the striking Gothic and Baroque architecture and the Prague Orloj, the oldest operating astronomical clock in the world.
Make your way next to Charles Bridge, the iconic 14th-century bridge that spans the Vltava River and which is a must-see for every visitor to Prague.
Charles Bridge & Malá Strana
Crossing over Charles Bridge will bring you to Malá Strana, or the Lesser Town. Don’t be fooled by its name, this area of Prague is home to numerous unmissable sights, and is located less than a 20-minute walk from Old Town Square.
You’ll find yourself in Little Venice, as the neighborhood around the Čertovka, or Devil’s Canal, is affectionately nicknamed.
This picturesque Prague neighborhood is full of street art. See if you can find one of the city’s hidden gems: a beautiful mural of lovers kissing painted under Charles Bridge. Beatles fans shouldn’t miss the John Lennon Wall, where politically-charged messages have been colorfully scribbled since the Communist era.
Let yourself get lost in the labyrinthine streets and you’ll soon be enchanted by Prague’s unique charm – just remember to drop a pin in your map for Café Savoy.
This elegant riverside cafeteria has been serving delighted guests since 1893. It’s the ideal spot to take a break from sightseeing for one day in Prague and enjoy a mid-morning cake and caffeine hit.
Their coffee is sourced directly from growers and roasted in Prague, and their milk comes from a local dairy farm – and if there’s anything we love more than good coffee, it’s good coffee that’s also sustainable!
With a new burst of energy, your next stop will be Prague Castle. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Czech capital, this enormous 9th-century complex – the largest ancient castle in the world – is one of the city’s most important monuments.
Home to a number of palaces, churches, museums and the Bohemian Crown Jewels, there’s enough to see here to spend a week, never mind half a day. After getting your fill of history and culture, you’ll definitely be ready for dinner at Kuchyň!
Located in the National Gallery within the Castle, Kuchyň is the cherry on the cake of an afternoon exploring. Guests are invited into the kitchen (spoiler alert: the restaurant’s name is Czech for kitchen) to learn about the range of authentic homemade Czech dishes on offer. Meals are then served with local beer and panoramic views of Prague.
Why have we waited all day for this, you may ask? Well, with any luck dinner here will be accompanied by a spectacular sunset over the city.
Nightlife in Prague Old Town
After eating, head back down to the Old Town, where Prague’s famously lively nightlife awaits.
Do your own bar crawl and hop between the different venues or settle down to embrace one vibe all night long. For quiet, civilized drinks – a far cry from the bachelor party crowds – head to Týnská Bar and Books. There, enjoy a fine whiskey and a hand-rolled cigar surrounded by book-lined dark wood walls.
If you’re looking for something a little darker, the Gothic basement of the Hotel U Prince in Old Town Square will be right up your street. Inspired by legendary bartender Alois Krcha, said to have been a friend of Al Capone and reported to have invented the Bloody Mary, Black Angel’s Bar is the epitome of 1920s speakeasy.
The cocktails have their own stories. The “Angel’s Monastery” pays homage to the building’s history as a former monastery, the “Imset Cooler” is named after the Egyptian god and protector of livers, and the Tarantino-inspired “From Dusk Till Foam” speaks for itself.
For a balance between the two, head to Hemingway Bar. Take your pick of the writer’s favorite liquors from the extensive cocktail list.
Alternatively, test the bartenders’ expert mixology skills and have them whip up something special while you enjoy the high-class yet welcoming atmosphere.
You’ll be glad for your comfy bed when you stumble back after a full day of sightseeing, delicious food and excellent drinks!
2 days in Prague
Got 2 days to spend in Prague? The city has so much more to offer and you’ll easily fill those extra hours.
Having seen the best of Prague in one day, exploring the Old Town, Malá Strana and Prague Castle, we recommend hitting up the New Town on day two.
Ironically, in spite of its name, New Town (Nové Město) was actually founded in 1348. However, the neighborhood is home to one of the city’s most contemporary buildings, the iconic Dancing House.
A collaboration between Frank Gehry and Croatian-Czech architect Valdo Milunić, the Dancing House stands out against Prague’s famously Baroque, Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings.
It’s also home to an excellent hotel. A 20-minute walk from Old Town Square, or 10 minutes on the tram, the Dancing House Hotel is a highly recommended place to stay in Prague.
Strolling around New Town you’ll find some of Prague’s essential tourist attractions, including the National Museum and National Theatre. Also located in the district are Wenceslas Square, the city’s former horse market, and Charles Square, one of the largest city plazas in the world. When you’re ready for a break, the renowned U Fleků awaits at Křemencova 11.
Dating back to 1499, U Fleků is considered to be the oldest brewery in Prague. Order a glass of the Flek Thirteen, the dark lager that’s exclusively brewed here, and find a seat in one of the enormous beer halls.
Alternatively, if it’s sunny, take your drink outside to enjoy the German-style biergarten. Plus, if you visit during the week, you’ll find that U Fleků also offers brewery tours with a beer tasting at the end.
With the highest beer consumption per capita in the world and over a thousand years of brewing history, you can’t leave the Czech Republic without enjoying its favorite beverage, and this is a great place to do so!
Like my other restaurant recommendations in this Prague travel guide, U Fleků serves delicious traditional Czech cuisine and offers a vegetarian option. However, the city has numerous other options to suit the taste of any foodie. Vegans and vegetarians will find popular plant-based chains VEGANLAND EU and Loving Hut are highly recommended by other visitors and locals in Prague.
Finally, if you want to splash out and enjoy an elegant meal with a view, treat yourself to a meal at Restaurace Mlýnec on the riverside. The chef’s contemporary twist on traditional Czech classics perfectly complements the contrast of modern design and views of the 650-year-old bridge.
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It’s hard to pick just one or two days worth things to see in Prague, there’s just so much to visit! Hopefully this guide helps you plan an unforgettable whirlwind city break.
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