I have to admit, when I first visited Prague at the age of 18, I found it widely overrated.
I know right, one of the most popular cities in Europe? Overrated? What was I thinking?
Well honestly, I don’t know, so at the ripe old age of 33, I decided to return to this Barque beauty and reassess her.
And so glad I did, because I’m happy to confirm that second time around, I found Prague every bit as dreamy as I expected to the first time!
So here’s to Prague, finding her amazingness and sharing it!
And to celebrate, I’m bringing you my perfect 2 day Prague itinerary – the ultimate guide for a short city break to the Czechia capital…
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My stays in Prague were kindly sponsored by Dakura Vintage Hostel and Miss Sophie’s Downtown Hotel, but as always, all views are my own.
When to Visit Prague?
I always recommend visiting European cities during the summer shoulder months of either June or September.
And the reason for this is simple!
You get the great weather, which allows you to experience the city at its best, but you avoid the insane crowd levels and high costs of the peak July and August season.
You have been warned!
Is 2 Days in Prague Enough?
This is a great question, because with Prague being so famous, many people think 2 days won’t be long enough.
That said, Prague is a small capital – it’s home to under 1.5 million people – and the centre of the city, in particular, is pretty compact and easy to navigate in a couple of days.
In fact, you can easily walk across this city – if you like a good stroll like me – or to save even more time, make use of the excellent tram network.
If you want to enjoy a day trip or 2 from Prague (and I give my top picks at the end of the article) then a stay of 3-4 days would be a good idea.
Prague Itinerary: Day 1
There’s no question that on the first morning of your 2 day Prague itinerary, you have to hit up the city’s famous Old Town.
Start in the Square and take in the amazing Astronomical Clock as it chimes on the hour. It dates back to the Medieval era and was first installed in 1410.
It is now the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest clock still in operation, so quite the ancient marvel!
Next, it’s time to cast your eyes to the surrounding buildings and walk to admire the facades of the amazing St Nicholas and Týn Church.
St Nicholas dates back to 1735 and now serves as a religious building and the venue for some amazing classical music concerts – come back in the evening to listen to one or pay the 100 CZK to enter during the day.
Týn Church, officially known as Church of Our Lady before Týn, is a Gothic architectural gem that dates back to the 14th century. Its twin black spired facade is iconic on the Prague skyline and measure 80m high! Entrance is free.
After ticking these big guys off your list, it’s then time to stroll the cobbled backstreets and side alleys of Prague’s Old Town getting lost in a maze of history and snapping away to your heart’s content!
Don’t miss The West House or The House at the Minute – 2 more Prague gems to really get you in the mood!
Afterwards, the historic St Wenceslas Statue is also worth a good look – it’s about a 10 minute walk away and then plenty of cafes to stop at on the way if you need a refresher.
I then suggest you carry on to spend a delightful hour or 2 in the marvellous Prague National Museum.
Honestly, the building of this famous exhibition house is a work of art in itself, so make sure you take the time to admire it inside and out.
In the afternoon of day 1 of your Prague itinerary, head out of the Old Town via the Charles Bridge and enjoy the street entertainment, river views and great people watching opps as you go.
Enter the area of Malá Strana, on the other side of the bridge, and admire the amazing archway and other churches that dot this historic area.
Checking out the Lennon Wall is a great thing to do on this side of the river too, as well as enjoy a picnic lunch in one of the many green spaces including Kampa Park or Vojanovy Sady Park.
There’s also a delightful range of traditional Czech pubs in this area, which boast some amazingly good prices, despite the touristy nature of the spot.
After you’ve relaxed and rehydrated a bit, head on up the hill to the landmark of Prague Castle in the Hradčany district.
This UNESCO treasure is over 100o years old and is home to a vast range of palaces and religious buildings meaning there’s plenty to see here for at least an hour or 2.
While you have to pay to visit the castle (buy your skip-the-line tickets here to save yourself time queuing), you can wander the grounds for free, which will still give you an amazing sense of this epic structure and its most famous icon, St Vitus Cathedral.
If you have bought a ticket to the castle, then you can also access the Charles Bridge Museum for free, so head there afterwards to get your money’s worth!
Finish the first day of your Prague itinerary with a sunset stroll to the lovely Letna park, where you can enjoy a beer overlooking the river as the lights of the city twinkle into action.
Then stroll through the Park to the Dejvice area behind it to enjoy a great-priced meal in a very local spot.
If you also want to enjoy some drinks – and why the heck would you not (you’re in the home of the biggest beer-drinking country in the world after all!) then this historic pub tour, which goes to loads of hidden gems, is an absolute winner!
Prague Itinerary: Day 2
On day 2 of your Prague itinerary, it’s time to get off the beaten track a little and explore some of the less touristy areas of the city, which are just as delightful.
Start with a superb brekkie and coffee at Café Záhorský, then head over to Petřín, a park on set on a hill nearby that offers amazing panoramic views of the city.
Free to stroll through, this is the perfect place to spend a free leisurely morning.
On the second afternoon of your 2 day Prague itinerary, why not try something a little different and head out from Petřín to one of Prague’s islands?
I loved Střelecký Ostrov because of its chilled vibe and grassy spots – the perfect place for a siesta – and where all the locals head in the summer months to enjoy a beer and relax by the river.
If you still have time, then why not head to the Florenc district of Prague on day 2 of your itinerary as well – there’s a great cultural centre in this area that is well worth checking out called Kasárna Karlín.
Also, the nearby pop-up Manifesto Market offers some great-value and delicious street food and craft beers if you’re feeling a bit peckish.
Both would be ideal in the summer months and very fun!
On the last evening of your Prague itinerary, I highly recommend heading to the Vinohrady area, near the Náměstí Míru tram stop.
This trendy part of town has some great eateries and a very authentic feeling which sees many locals eating out on the streets during the warmer summer months and few other tourists.
Top pick of mine was Kavárna Zanzibar – which boasted a delicious menu (including vegan and veggie options), as well as a relaxed atmosphere and a good choice of drinks.
In the daytime, the lovely Slow Café is my top pick for a caffeine refuel!
And if you do feel like a splurge, then the Etnosvět vegetarian restaurant comes highly recommended here too!
And if you have more time in Prague, then don’t forget to check out my list of the top 21 things to do in the city for more great inspiration and tips!
How to Get to Prague?
If you’re coming from further afield, it’s likely you’ll fly into Prague’s well-serviced international airport.
Serviced by many budget airlines, I always use Skyscanner to get the best prices.
Otherwise, if you’re coming from nearby parts of Central or Eastern Europe, it’s easy to travel to Prague either via bus or train.
Check out Omio to easily compare hundreds of journeys, view timetables, travel times and buy tickets in English.
Alternatively, you can also take an organised tour to Prague that includes transport, as well as a heap of guided activities in Czech’s beautiful capital. Check out these fantastic options for more info.
Where to Stay in Prague?
Hostel: Located in the Dejvice area of Prague is the amazing Dakura Hostel – an absolute gem of a find in this city.
Set in a historic building built in 1922, which was once a public bathhouse, this “vintage” hostel oozes character and charm, with its Art Deco interior design and beautiful period features.
Spacious, immaculately clean and with a gorgeous garden area that is perfect for relaxing in, I loved the quiet and chilled vibe of the hostel, the friendly staff and the fantastic transport options it had (both tram and metro stops are just a 3 minute walk from the front door) to all the main attractions.
Get the best price for your Stay at Dakura Vintage Hostel here.
Hotel: For something a little more comfortable, spacious and private, I highly recommend Miss Sophie’s Downtown Hotel.
A boutique hotel that I stayed in during my last visit to the city, this quirky gem is brilliantly located very near to Prague train station and within a 10 minute walk of the historic centre.
With large rooms, comfortable facilities and great staff, it’s a wonderful find for those looking for a modern and independent hotel at a good price.
Book your stay at Miss Sophie’s here.
5 Key Packing Items for Prague
#1 Good Camera – You will be pretty much snapping non-stop in Prague and will need a good camera to do this gorgeous destination justice. I highly recommend the Sony A6000, which I use for all my travels and love, not least because it’s light, compact and robust!
#2 Good Walking Shoes – There will be a lot of walking in Prague, it’s as simple as that! Make sure your feet are comfortable therefore with a pair of New Balance Trainers. Perfect for stylish city strollling, I love mine!
#3 Good Guidebook – I’m still a massive fan of the Lonely Planet Guidebooks and do think their Prague edition is well put together and able to save you a lot of money if you want to learn about the history of this city, but not pay for a guide!
#4 Good Water Bottle – All the city sightseeing is thirsty work, so make sure you have a metal water bottle that you can refill as you go, because Prague tap water is drinkable… and free!
#5 Good Day Pack – And to carry your water bottle, camera and guidebook, you’re going to need a decent backpack that will help you balance the weight as you walk the city streets. In my opinion you can’t go past the Bobby Anti Theft Backpack, which is also perfect for helping you avoid pickpockets too.
Travel Insurance for Czechia
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Where to Travel After Prague?
Why not enjoy a day trip to the famous Český Krumlov?
Located in South Bohemia, this fairytale city makes for the perfect Prague pairing!
I also loved the east of Czechia too, in particular the North Moravia area around the city of Ostrava.
And if you want to combine all these spots into one great trip, check out my brilliant 1 week Czech itinerary.
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So there you have it folks, my ultimate 2 day Prague itinerary.
As a small city, it is quite easy to see a lot of what this city offers in a short period of time, as well as get out to some of the less-visited, but equally as lovely parts as well.
And tell me, have you visited Prague? What was your favourite thing to do there?
Please drop your thoughts in the comments box below…