3 Days in Prague: The Perfect Itinerary by a Local
Are you heading to Prague for three days? Our Prague itinerary will show you the best things you must see and do when in the capital of the Czech Republic. This full 3-day detailed local's guide includes all must-visit places, tips on where to stay, how to get around and much more.
You cannot expect us to be unbiased when writing about Prague.
We've been living in the capital of the Czech Republic with some breaks for several years now, walked the city center uncountable times forth and back, know every single narrow cobblestone street, and still think Prague is the most beautiful destination you can travel to in Europe, if not in the whole world.
But it is not only us, who have noticed the magical atmosphere and splendid medieval architecture of Prague, and the city is now on the top of thinkable popularity and number of visitors increase every year. No matter how much time in Prague you have, you will enjoy it, but three days give you a fair amount of time to be able to see the most of the best things Prague has to offer as the city is very compact and pedestrian friendly.
If you were looking for the best 3-day itinerary, look no further.
As locals, in this guide, we share what to see and do in Prague, what places to visit, all of that in only three days without feeling rushed.
Our suggested itinerary focuses on places you should not miss when in Prague for the first time, and is packed with tips on the most beautiful places in the city. Although it might seem busy, it is for sure doable in only three days!
On day one, we believe you are excited and want to see most of the best things Prague has to offer.
Start your day on Wenceslas Square, then walk via Na Prikopech Street to Powder Tower and Namesti Republiky. From here head to the Old Town Square.
Once you soaked in the atmosphere and saw Astronomical Clock in action continue via Parizka Street to the old Jewish City. After you're done with a tour, go to the Vltava waterfront. Here have a look on Rudolfinum, than continue to Klementinum, National Theatre and back to Wenceslas Square.
Do not miss Statue of Franz Kafka though. In the evening, head back to the river and embark on an unforgettable boat trip while enjoying dinner on board.
The main square of the Czech Republic, Wenceslas Square is more a boulevard than a regular plaza.
It has been under renovation lately, so you can see here more trees and more places to sit, and overall the square is much more inviting and visitors-friendly than it used to be several years ago. The most beautiful view is from the lower part of the square when looking to the other side - you can see the National Museum and statue of Saint Wenceslas, patron of Czechia.
Many hotels and hostels are close to Wenceslas Square as it is in the real heart of Prague and we think chances are you will be based here, but if not, use metro A, B or C and get off at either Mustek or Muzeum.
Prasna Brana & Namesti Republiky
When in Prague, you cannot miss Prasna Brana alias Powder Gate which connects Namesti Republiky (Republic Square) with Staromestske Namesti (Old Town Square). The tower is 65 meters tall, and you can walk through the spiral staircase to a viewing platform. Prasna Brana got its present name in the 18th century when it served as storage for gun powder.
You will get to Powder Tower via busy street Na Porici with many shops it should take you maximum 10 minutes.
When on Namesti Republiky, you cannot overlook Municipal House, a celebrated concert venue and one of the finest Art-Nouveau buildings in Prague.
Old Town Square & Astronomical Clock
In the very center of Prague, you will find Old Town Square, often rated among the most beautiful squares in the world.
There are many reasons why to visit the square, but when here, pay attention especially to the following buildings and monuments: Old Town Hall, Church of Our Lady before Týn, Baroque Church of St. Nicholas, the Rococo Kinsky Palace, the Gothic House at the Stone Bell, and the monument of Jan Hus.
Last, but not least, you can find here Prague's gem, Astronomical Clock from the 15th century which makes it the oldest still working medieval astronomical clock in the world. Hoards of people wait every hour in front of the clock and wait for the procession of Apostles, moving statues, who parade past the windows. Although everything happens in less than one minute, it is the must-see thing when in Prague.
As every busy touristy place, Old Town Square has its tourist traps - do not change money here, and even though Prague Ham seems delicious in all stalls, believe us, it is ridiculously overpriced, and you can eat much better meat for less in almost every restaurant around.
From Namesti Republiky, it is only 750 meters walking distance to Old Town Square.
Parizska Street is the most expensive street in Prague where on a short stretch, you can find luxurious and prestigious shops.
Even when you do not feel like shopping or your budget won't allow you to have a peek inside, it is worth to walk this street. Unlike New York's Fifth Avenue, Parizka Street is much shorter, so you can quickly get from Old Town Square to Vltava River via this avenue.
Josefov is home to Jewish Quarter, located between Vltava River and Old Town Square.
In the past, back in the 13th century, Jewish people in Prague were banned from living anywhere else except for this part of the city. This artificially created ghetto turned during centuries into the city within the city, and although (thankfully) the rules alleviated and later (in the 20th century) melted away, the architecture such as synagogues, ceremonial halls, moody cemeteries have been preserved.
If you want to know more about the moving history and want to see authentic architectural gems, you can check out this tour.
From the Jewish Quarter, walk to the riverfront and admire Rudolfinum for a while.
The Rudolfinum is a Neo-Renaissance building on Jan Palach Square beautiful from the outside and worth a short stop. The hall has been for long associated with music, and many concerts largely of classical music take place here.
You are getting closer to Charles Bridge, but don't cross it yet to the other side of the river, it is on your itinerary tomorrow!
Instead, go to Klementinum, which is on the way between Rudolfinum and National Theatre. Klementinum or Clementinum is a complex of baroque buildings, and you have an option to get in and admire one of the world's most beautiful libraries!
The building of the National Theatre is one of the finest in Prague, and its golden roof can be quickly recognized from any viewpoint overlooking the city. The pride of the Czech people had the grand opening in 1881, but only two months after a huge fire broke out and severely damaged the theatre. It did not take long, and people collected money for reconstruction, and the doors to the theatre opened two years later.
The building is exceptional from the outside, but the interior is worth seeing as well.
Statue of Franz Kafka
After you saw the National Museum up close, head back to Wenceslas Square, but on the way do not miss a moving Statue of Franz Kafka.
An impressive artwork of moving head of Franz Kafka has been installed in Prague's city center only in 2014, but since then this piece of art became a must-stop when in the city. The statue of famous Czech artist David Cerny is composed of stainless steel with 42 tiers which rotate independently of each another.
It can happen that you will come across it accidentally, as it is on the way between Wenceslas Square and National Theatre, at the back door of the shopping mall ‘My’.
River Cruise Vltava
Take a rest for a while and end your day on a boat.
Vltava River is winding through Prague, and it is impossible not to cross it several times when in the city for three days. The river is very photogenic from above, especially when you can see many bridges across the water, but if there is one thing we would recommend you to do, it would be taking a river cruise from where you can appreciate the best beauty of Prague.
Start your day early, and head to the Charles Bridge to beat the crowds, and take awesome sunrise pictures.
Then leave the bridge and turn to Kampa, an island with a museum, pleasant park, Lennon Wall and statues of famous Czech artist. Once you're done, walk back, and follow picturesque Nerudova Street to Prague's most well-known sights, Prague Castle and Saint Vitus Cathedral.
If you plan on going inside and want to see all the complex including Golden Lane and visit a museum or two, spare at least a couple of hours to savor this place to the maximum. After your visit to Prague Castle, head a bit further uphill to Strahov Monastery (you can but don't have to go inside), and from here take a scenic walk via Petrin Hill to Petrin Tower from where you will get lovely views of Prague. Get down either on foot or take the cable car.
If you still have time or energy, get from Ujezd (the tram stop under Petrin Hill) to one of the well-rated Prague's museums.
Another iconic place in Prague you cannot miss by no means is Charles Bridge connecting the Old Town and Lesser Town.
This bridge is probably the most famous sight in Prague, and we believe that everyone visiting the city will eventually cross this bridge lined with many baroque statues and bookended by two towers, at least once. The bridge was built in the 14th century, and since then it is the pride of the city. Charles Bridge is a busy place (thankfully it is a pedestrian-only bridge), but if you want to get great photos without crowds, get here just after sunrise.
We do it from time to time, especially in the winter. It is an unusual experience and a perfect way how to start a day.
When walking across Charles Bridge, you should take a short detour to Kampa, an island in Vltava River between Mala Strana and Certovka (you need to get under the bridge).
The island provides visitors with splendid views, exceptional atmosphere, greenery, and museums.
Honestly, we don't know why Lennon Wall is on every single Prague itinerary as we do not find it that exceptional, but when you are on Mala Strana, you can for sure walk around and decide whether this place is worth seeing or not.
Lennon Wall pays tribute to John Lennon, and you can see here lyrics of some Beatles songs, inspirational texts, and graffiti artwork.
Prague has many random statues all over the city like any other capital in Europe, and we believe you will find some piece of art even without looking for it hard, but to increase your chances, we suggest you walk to Kampa, where you can find bizarre bronze statues of kneeling children, again from David Cerny.
When walking from Charles Bridge uphill to Prague Castle, you must walk through Nerudova Street named after famous Czech writer Jan Neruda who even lived in this street, particularly in the house with a poetic name At Two Suns.
The street is very picturesque lined with colorful houses, many restaurants, and souvenir shops.
Prague Castle & Saint Vitus Cathedral
It doesn't matter for how many days you plan your Prague itinerary, Prague Castle and Saint Vitus Cathedral will be for sure on the list even when in the city for a couple of hours. The complex is a dominant of Prague, not only because it is an exceptional architectural feat, but because it is towering on the hill overlooking the city.
Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world, and every traveler wants to see it, so be prepared to wait in the line a bit, because you need to go through a security check first. Inside the complex are several galleries and museums, the famous alleyway Golden Lane, the gothic Saint Vitus Cathedral, and you can wait for changing of the guard ceremony which happens every hour. You can either enjoy Prague Castle and cathedral from outside, but it is unquestionably worth to have a look inside - you only need to buy a ticket.
You can buy your ticket on spot (you can choose from three sightseeing circles or even climb to the tower of the cathedral) or purchase it online in advance.
If you prefer to see the Castle complex with a guide, there are many well-rated tours with knowledgeable guides who will show around.
When you go a little bit further from Prague Castle uphill, you will get to Strahov Monastery, the highlight here is an utterly stunning library, so go inside if you have a chance.
Petrin Hill & Petrin Tower
For the nice views over Prague head to Petrin Hill.
You will know the hill instantly because on the top stands Petrin Tower, a 63 meters steel tower resembling Paris' Eiffel Tower. You can get to the top for the best views, visit Mirror Maze, and then either walk downhill on own to Ujezd or use the cable car (you can use your multi-day public transport ticket here).
Only a short walk from Ujezd is Discalced Carmelite Church of Our Lady Victorious where you can find a worldwide famous wooden statue The Infant Jesus of Prague - it is for sure worth seeing.
When having three full days to explore Prague, you should be able to sneak in some museums to your itinerary.
The best-known museum is the National Museum on Wenceslas Square which has been recently reopened after several years of reconstruction, so you should take advantage of it. We quite like an unconventional DOXX museum in Holesovice, but as there is so much to see, you can head for example to the Museum of Communism, Jewish Museum, Franz Kafka Museum, The National Gallery, Kampa Museum or to The Beer Museum.
Our Tip: Strolling around Prague on own is perfectly enjoyable, but if you want to know more about the city, its history, or experience it from a different perspective, there is an uncountable number of tours you can choose from.
Take advantage of having three full days to explore Prague, and head today to places not that many people visit (in comparison with sights you've seen on your first two days). You will use public transport today, so make sure you have your ticket with you.
First, head to Vitkov Hill in Zizkov area, and later to Zizkov Tower, and subsequently to the Church of the Most Sacred Heart of our Lord. Once in Vinohrady area, carry on to Namesti Miru, and through the pretty residential neighborhood to the park Grebovka. Do not forget that either Zizkov and Vinohrady have a great selection of coffee shops and restaurants, so take a break and enjoy your lunch or snack here.
Later, go to Vysehrad, personally one of our favorite spots in Prague. Once you have explored Vysehrad, jump on the tram and get off at nearby Dancing House, then continue to Strelecky Island. Take a break and later in the afternoon take a metro to Malostranska Station where you can relax for a while in the attached gardens. Later walk up Zamecke Schody to enjoy views over Prague and appreciate one more the magical atmosphere of Prague Castle.
If you still have enough energy, your last stop on your tight itinerary should be Letna, where you can grab a beer and savor one of the most splendid views of the city where you've just spent three busy, but unforgettable days.
When in the Zizkov area, you should not miss Vitkov Hill.
It is a park with a large bronze statue of Jan Zizka, one of the ten biggest equestrian statues in the world. The sculpture itself is quite impressive, but wait until you see the view!
To get to Vitkov, you need to take the metro to Florenc Station (line B and C), and from here you can either walk or take a short bus ride to the station U Pamatniku.
Zizkov Tower & Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord
Zizkov Television Tower is yet another landmark worth visiting.
The structure is unconventional to say it diplomatically (it was voted second ugliest building in the world in 2009, which we think is a bit unfair), but what makes it interesting are in the first place the statues of babies crawling up and down the tower's pillars, and then the views. The observatory is 93 meters high, and when the weather is clear, you will get yet another exceptional view over Prague. There is also a restaurant at 66 meters.
Our Tip: If you are looking for something extraordinarily, you can stay in One Room Hotel - the only hotel room in Zizkov Tower at 68 meters above the ground.
From Vitkov, you can either walk 1.5 kilometers to Zizkov Tower, or take a bus 175 to Olsanske Namesti, and continue on foot from here. The church is only a short walking distance from this place.
Namesti Miru (Peace Square)
Namesti Miru is a central square of Vinohrady district with the park and the massive Neo-Gothic Church of Saint Ludmila from the late 19th century. Nearby you can find a great ice cream shop called Zmrzlinar (Icecream Maker), some nice Vietnamese restaurants or our favorite Indian vegetarian buffet restaurant, Dhaba Beas.
Again, you can walk one kilometer from the church to Namesti Miru, or get on the metro on Jiriho z Podebrad station and get off directly on Namesti Miru station.
Grebovka & Vinohrady
When you have three days for Prague, we think you should take the time to explore one of the prettiest neighborhoods the city has.
You don't need to walk far from Wenceslas Square to reach our favorite part (we always try to live there or nearby when moving around Prague), Vinohrady. Vinohrady is an elegant residential district with calm streets lined with beautiful Neo-Renaissance and Neo-Gothic buildings. You can find here many charming cafes, markets, small atmospheric restaurants, and many specialized food shops. Vinohrady also has several parks where locals go jogging or just hang out, and our favorite is Grebovka alias Havlickovy Sady with many paths, greenery, and even a small vineyard.
Did you know that Vinohrady literally means vineyard?
You can easily walk from Namesti Miru through Vinohrady to Grebovka, no public transport needed.
The historic fort of Vysehrad (Upper Castle) was built on the hill in the 10th century, and according to a legend, from this place, Libuse (daughter of mythical Czech ruler Krok) prophesied the glory of the future city of Prague. We love Vysehrad as there are still not that many tourists, although we think it is for sure the place which should make it to everyone's itinerary.
In Vysehrad, you can see the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul, Cemetery containing remains of famous people from Czech history or you can only enjoy the upriver views of the city and the relaxed atmosphere of the surrounding park.
This place is popular among locals who come here to jog (we lived nearby so this place is soaked with our sweat), walk dogs or have a beer and gather with friends, so come here to get to know Czechs better and enjoy authentic vibes.
We are used to jogging from Grebovka to Vysehrad, but you can take a direct tram number 7, 14 or 18 from Otakarova to Ostrcilovo Namesti.
When strolling around the waterfront, you can see an example of Prague's modern architecture - otherwise, we don't have many modern buildings in the center, and in the city overall.
This building is photogenic, especially after dark, and you can even visit a restaurant inside the house which offers a stunning view over Prague.
From Vysehrad (Ostrcilovo Namesti), take again tram number 7 to Palackeho Namesti.
Once you get there, it is a short walking distance to Dancing House.
A scenic waterfront walk will take you to Strelecky Island.
A romantic island on Vltava River under Legion Bridge calls for a leisure stroll accompanied with exceptional views. From the tip of the island, you can see Charles Bridge or the National Theatre. Our favorite time of the year to visit Strelecky Island is in autumn when leaves change color, and we can observe reflections of buildings standing around the river.
Close to Malostranska Metro Station are several pretty gardens, but many people stumble upon them on accident as they are tucked away from the main tourist path leading to Prague Castle. Sit here for a while and take a break from all day walking.
Castle Stairs lead from Malostranska Station to the opposite entrance of the Prague Castle. It is a steep walkway, but worth it, as at the end, you will get a hard-to-beat view of Prague.
But there is still one view left, and we think that visiting Letna could be the best way how to say goodbye to Prague.
Letna is a district in Prague which is getting more and more attention not only from locals but also from tourists. Many hipster coffee shops and bistros have grown here lately, and simply put, Letna is cool. If not hungry or thirsty, you can come here solely for the iconic (best) view of Prague from above.
From Malostranska, take a tram 2 or 20 to Chotkovy Sady, from where it is the closest (5 minutes walk) to the best view near Hanavsky Pavilon. From here you can head back to your hotel from Chotkovy Sady, or you can walk down the park to get to the river and either walk across Cechuv Most to the city center or take a tram from Cechuv Most Station.
WHERE TO STAY IN PRAGUE
Prague has uncountable options on where to stay, and you should book your room way ahead when traveling around summer (from May to September) or during top dates such as weekends in December or on New Year's Eve. However, Prague has many hotels and hostels for every budget, and we've handpicked three best places for every budget.
Budget | Hostel Boudnik - This hostel offers both dormitories and private rooms, and features free wifi- clean common areas and great location close to the city center.
Mid-range | Nyx Hotel Prague - It is quite hard to pick only one hotel in the mid-range category as there is simply too many of them, but this hotel lies in the center and beats the others with the unique design.
Luxury | Augustine Prague - A luxury hotel located close to Prague Castle set in an old monastery offers beautifully appointed rooms and apartments with stunning views over Prague.
HOW TO GET FROM THE AIRPORT
Taxi | Taxi drivers in Prague don't have the best reputation, but you should be able to secure a taxi for a reasonable price at the airport through official stands. The price differs, but standardly a taxi from the airport to the city center costs between 700 CZK to 850 CZK. If you want to prebook well-rated private transport from the airport for a competitive price, you can check out this service.
Uber | Well, Uber is technically a taxi, but we put it here separately, as we prefer using Uber over regular taxi service when possible. We like the way how to call a driver via the app, the fact we don't have to take care of payment as the amount is automatically charged from credit card, and the biggest plus is that Uber is usually cheaper than a taxi. The only disadvantage is that the price is not fixed but changes throughout the day depending on demand.
Public Transport | In Prague we have great public transport. You can get to the center of Prague for as little as 32 CZK (buy a ticket on a bus station, you can pay cash or card). The bus stops in front of both terminals, and if you are heading to the center, get on a bus 119 which will take you to Nadrazi Veleslavin. Here you need to change to metro A (use the same ticket) which will take you to the city center. This bus runs every six minutes, and the ride takes less than 30 minutes. Note the service doesn't work between 11:40 PM and 4 AM. If arriving that late or that early, it is better to use a taxi. Alternatively, you can take bus number 100 to Zlicin (last stop on B line) or bus 191 going to Andel (close to the center as well, B line).
Another option is to take AE bus - this is a service of Czech Railways, so this bus will take you to the main train station (Hlavni Nadrazi on line C, close to the center). You can buy the ticket in the driver's cabin for 60 CZK. This service runs every 15 - 30 minutes from 5:30 AM to 10 PM.
We've also created more detailed post about getting from the Prague's Vaclav Havel Airport to city center.
HOW TO GET AROUND PRAGUE
Using public transport in Prague to get around is easy and convenient, and we don't say that only because we have been living in the city for several years. Prague really has one of the best public transports in the world, so believe us that when we lived in Calgary, using their trains was a nightmare for us.
Generally, you can buy four types of tickets - 30 minutes without transfers for 24 CZK, 90 minutes with transfers for 32 CZK, a 1-day ticket for 110 CZK or 3-day ticket for 310 CZK. When reading a post focusing on the 3-day itinerary in Prague, we believe the last one should be the most convenient for you. You can use every ticket for all means of transport within Prague - buses, trams, and metro (and some trains going to Prague's suburbs).
Although Prague's city center is quite walkable, we believe you will use public transport at least once, we recommend you to download the application ‘IDOS’ or ‘Jizdni Rady’ where you can find all lines, transfers, and schedules.
Some travelers decide to start their European road trip in the Czech Republic. It is easy to rent a car in Prague for longer period of time, or for only one day trips outside Prague, but we don't think it is necessary when visiting Prague only as public transport is absolutely sufficient.
BEST TIME TO VISIT PRAGUE
Prague is all year round destination, but some periods are for sure more popular than others.
In Prague, you can experience four seasons - spring from March to May, summer from June to August, autumn from September to November and winter from December to February.
The warmest weather is from May to September, but this is also the time of the year when the city is crowded, and prices rise high.
If you have a chance to plan your holiday, we would have opted for either spring (March and April) or early autumn (September or October) when temperatures are usually pleasant, but there are not that many visitors yet or already.
Winter is not that bad either, but temperatures can drop below freezing point and it can be a bit rainy and snowy. Generally, winter is slower in terms of tourism, but December is an exception because of Christmas Markets and New Year's Eve celebration.
You can also check out our in-depth post When Is the Best Time to Visit Prague where you will find more information.
5 ESSENTIAL THINGS TO PACK FOR THREE DAYS IN PRAGUE
For a three days city break, pack comfortable clothes for walking, but here are five essentials you should have in your backpack for sure.
Travel Adapter | When traveling from outside Europe, do not forget that we have different sockets here, so bring along travel adapter with multi-plugs to keep your electronics working.
Comfortable Shoes for Him & for Her | Our 3-day Prague itinerary is packed to ensure you will see the best of the capital of the Czech Republic. Having comfortable shoes is essential to make sure you won't suffer when walking the narrow cobblestone streets.
Umbrella | It can rain in Prague any time of the year, having a sturdy windproof umbrella can save your day.
Camera | Prague is one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe, so make sure you have a quality camera ready.
Guidebook | Although we love reading travel blogs and follow the advice of people who had visited the place before us, we also like to walk around the city with the good oldfashioned paperback.
HOW TO GET TO PRAGUE
Prague belongs among the most visited European destinations, so getting to the city is pretty easy, it only depends on where are you traveling from.
Probably the most convenient way is to get to Prague by air to the busy Vaclav Havel Airport Prague, but if you are coming from nearer destinations within Europe, you can consider traveling by bus (Student Agency or FlixBus) arriving on Florenc station, or by train arriving on Hlavni Nadrazi.
SAFETY IN PRAGUE
Truth to be told, we've never experienced any safety-related problem in Prague, even when traveling back home at night, but you should always use your common sense as wrongdoers live everywhere around the world.
Make sure your valuables are safe and beware of pickpockets, especially in public transport and at crowded touristy places.
If you want to know more about this topic, read Is Prague Safe to Visit for Travelers where you can find useful safety tips and advice.
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