Planning to spend 4 days in Prague and looking for an incredible itinerary? Well, you’ve come to the right place, because I’ve put together this epic 4 Days in Prague travel itinerary to help you plan your visit to this incredible city.
No matter what time of the year you plan on visiting, Prague is the perfect European city escape. After all, it’s a city that offers anything and everything your heart could desire!
A rich, detailed history. Beautiful landmarks. Amazing food. Buzzing pubs and much more. This blog post will discuss things to do for each day, providing a complete tourist’s guide to the city. We also include some “must dos” and “don’t miss out on these” tips that are sure to make your stay memorable.
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PRAGUE TRAVEL GUIDE
Before we get to the itinerary, I’ve put together a quick guide to help you get to, and find your way around, Prague. As well as some advice on where to stay!
WHY VISIT PRAGUE?
Prague is one of Europe’s architectural marvels, with a skyline that boasts more than a thousand spires. The city has been an important UNESCO World Heritage Site since its inception, attracting more and more visitors each year.
The city’s narrow streets open up into beautiful squares, which house medieval-looking homes and historical structures that are waiting to be explored. That’s not all! The city’s thriving cultural scene provides a diverse range of experiences for all types of tourists, so I am sure you’ll enjoy Prague!
GETTING TO PRAGUE
The Czech Republic has several international airports, but the largest one is Prague Ruzyne Airport. This airport was named after Václav Havel and it’s near to many famous attractions in Prague like Charles Bridge and Old Town Square! It also features three terminals with over 11 million passengers during 2014 alone!
Prague Airport is located 17 kilometers from the city center but it only takes about 25 minutes to get there when traffic isn’t too bad.
The cheapest way to get to Prague city center is by using regular public transport which can be done on the cheap. You’ll find it outside of Terminal 2, Exit D and for only €1.25 (32 CZK) you’re set! The bus station has buses that will take you into town or around different parts of the country. The transport kiosks are right in front of Terminal 2 so it’s easy to find what you need!
The best part about this plan? There’s no cabs needed and there always seems to be ample seating available. Prague has an excellent transit system because they have lots of trams that go all over town which makes them convenient and reliable too !
A good alternative may be a shuttle transfer, it costs only €9.95 per person and will get you from the airport directly to your hotel or apartment. A taxi would roughly cost about €27,-
If you’re looking for a truly European experience during your holiday in Central Europe, I recommend taking the train from any of these cities to Prague. You’ll have an opportunity to see every city’s unique architecture and culture as well as enjoy some new cuisine along the way.
If you are looking to take a train from Vienna or Budapest for example, then this might be the perfect opportunity for an awesome train trip !
Currently there is no high speed trains connecting between Vienna and Prague, but it takes only four hours and fares are quite cheap. To book your tickets for the OBB Austrian Railway I recommend getting them in advance so that if anything happens with flights or car rentals you will have already had an alternate plan set up.
Trains from Budapest can take up to eight hours, but you don’t need to worry about getting tickets online. Simply go to the station and get a ticket for Prague when you arrive in Hungary. You’ll be able buy it as little as €19,- if you plan ahead!
GETTING AROUND PRAGUE
Navigating Prague is easy, straightforward, and surprisingly enjoyable! They have an underground Metro that is reliable and mostly on time, and it runs from 5am to midnight. There are tons of stops that will take you right where you need to go. The metro has three lines:
- Line A (Shown on transport maps in green) Links the airport bus to Malá Strana, Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square and Vinohrady.
- Line B (Yellow) Cross-river route from Smíchov in the southwest to central Náměstí Republiky and Florenc bus station.
- Line C (Red) Links main train station to Florenc bus station, Wenceslas Square and Vyšehrad.
The most useful metro stops for visitors include:
- Hlavní nádraží (main train station)
- Malostranská (Malá Strana)
- Můstek (Wenceslas Square)
- Muzeum (National Museum)
- Staroměstská (closest to Old Town Square)
To supplement the metro, the Prague Public Transport Authority (DPP) operates a comprehensive system of trams (streetcars) and buses that reach virtually every nook and cranny in the city. The DPP website has a handy ‘Journey Planner’ tab in English to enable you to plan your route.
A valid ticket or day pass is required for travel on all metros, trams and buses. Tickets and passes are sold from machines at metro stations and some tram stops (coins only), as well as at newspaper kiosks like these ones in Prague’s tourist district that sell single tickets to tourists looking to explore the city by public transit without having a Czech bank card handy.
- You will need your tickets validated by either punching them at top of escalator for Metro stations, on trams and buses near the door where they validate their day pass (which must be punched each time), so don’t get caught being careless about validation as doing otherwise can lead to hefty punishments which only become more expensive than what was originally paid; remember: always punch those tickets!
- While inspections are infrequent, getting caught without a validated ticket can be pretty expensive. The fine if paid on the spot is 800Kč, or 1500Kč if paid later at a police station.
- For shorter journeys, buy short-term tickets that are valid for 30 minutes of unlimited travel. These cost 24/12Kč per adult/child and senior.
It goes without saying that walking or cycling during your few days in Prague will maximize what you can see and is a great way to find hidden gems along the way. Much of the center is closed to vehicular traffic, meaning walking is sometimes the only option for getting around. Several parts of Prague have marked bike lanes. Still, with its cobblestones, tram tracks and multitudes of pedestrians, The city has a long way to go to catch up with far-more-bike-friendly cities such as Amsterdam.
WEATHER IN PRAGUE
From the middle of summer to the end of autumn, Prague will experience highs from 18°C to 20°C and lows in the teens. However, be prepared for winter weather; most months average at about -2°C with an occasional high of 5°C. Fortunately, you’ll always find mulled wine on every corner to keep you warm!
Spring is mild and pleasant. The temperature ranges from 8°C to 20°C in March-May. In autumn, the climate becomes much cooler ranging between 10 and 3°C.
WHEN TO VISIT PRAGUE
A perfect time to visit Prague is in the spring or early fall when you can enjoy mild weather and less crowds. The summer months see a lot of tourists, so hotel rates are higher then too.
The spring and early fall provide ideal weather conditions: warmer temps ranging between 50ºF – 65ºF due largely in part because there are less crowds than other seasons thanks to better air quality levels which also means cheaper hotel prices . January through March is peak season so expect more expensive accommodation.
MONEY AND PRICE
The Czech Republic is not an expensive country, but it can be difficult to keep costs down in large cities like Prague.
Czechia’s beer is very cheap and drinks are even cheaper. You would typically spend around $2 for 0.3 liters of the local brew, but a meal at a restaurant will cost you about $13 – the average price for a hotel room is around $80 per night. Tipping in restaurants is not required, though it Beer costs 25 Czech koruna, the average meal at a restaurant will cost 300 Czech koruna, and hotel rooms are around 2200 Czech. You don’t need to give tips when eating out in restaurants–but for the best experience, it’s good etiquettes to round up to 10% for your server.
Although the Czech Republic has an extensive banking system, not all restaurants and shops take credit or debit cards. It is occasionally possible to pay with cash, but people have a tendency to quickly forget about these steps and try it first with their card without accounting for the difference. There are also specific exchange rates when using Euros so people should be careful in how Czech Republic is a very cash-based country. There are ATMs everywhere, but not every restaurant, hotel or shop accepts cards. We often stumbled upon places that didn’t accept card and it was too late after we had eaten our food… Most places also accept Euros but you have to be careful when paying in Euros especially because the exchange rate can be quiet high!
Finding ATMs in Prague itself it not an problem, though it can be difficult to know what the exchange rates are. Make sure to check what other websites, exchanges and banks have for the exchange rates when you’re transferring bank money in a foreign country. I noticed that restaurants or ATMs sometimes have their own exchange rates, which turn out to be much more expensive than what can be found online.
The official language spoken in the Czech Republic is Czech. Many also speak German and English, (Some smaller towns in the countryside maybe not as good, but you should be able to have a basic conversation). It is however considered very polite to know a few words in the local language, no matter where you are in the world. So here are a few simple words that you can be useful for you.
|Thank You||Děkuji vám||dyekooyi vam|
|Good Morning||Dobré ráno||Dobrye rano|
|Good Afternoon||dobré odpoledne||Dobrye odpoledne|
|Hello||Dobrý den||Dobree den|
|Do you speak English?||Mluvíš anglicky?||mlooveete anglitskee|
WHERE TO STAY FOR 4 DAYS IN PRAGUE
Old Town is home to tons of restaurants, shops and sights. There are plenty of hotels in the area as well; it’s an excellent place for first-time visitors who want something centrally located that won’t break their budget.
Where to stay in Old Town
- Josephine Old Town Square Hotel. Josephine Hotel has a privileged location in Tyn-Ungelt (Tyn Courtyard – Ungelt) on the Old Town Square, in the very heart of the Old Town of Prague. Just a few steps from here are famous Prague streets, boulevards, the Palladium Shopping Centre and Namesti Republiky ( Republic Square). There are also a perfect transport links with the other areas of Prague. In the close vicinity is a number of fashionable and trendy cafés, gourmet and typical Czech restaurants, clubs and bars.
- Metropolitan Old Town Hotel. The hotel is ideally located in the very centre of Old Town in Prague, in a quiet street in the middle of historical city area called ”Josefov”, beside Monastery of St Anna and in close vicinity to famous Old Town Square. Just few steps from new shopping and business centre Palladium, Namesti Republiky/Republic Square and major Prague boulevards. This location offers also great connection to the other areas of Prague. The hotel is surrounded by number of good restaurants, bars and coffee shops.
- Old Town Square Premium Apartments. Located at Prague´s Old Town Square, Old Town Square Premium Apartments is within a 5-minute walk of restaurants, cafés, bars, galleries, theaters and the Staroměstská metro and tram stop.
Best Hotels in Prague
Now that I have discussed a few important aspects for planning your 4 days in Prague, let’s discuss the best things to do during your trip! While this itinerary is most well-suited for first-timers, it’s filled with tons of solid info for previous visitors!
THE BEST PRAGUE ITINERARY
Let’s get into the main event. Here’s what I consider to be the best 4 day Prague itinerary.
4 DAY PRAGUE ITINERARY, DAY 1: EXPLORING THE OLD TOWN
Prague is an incredible city, and this itinerary starts in the Old Town. This part of town feels like a time machine because it’s so beautiful with cobblestone paths, historic buildings that are just stunning to behold.
Make your way to the Charles Bridge to enjoy an early morning sunrise, before checking everything the the Old Town has to offer. Get lost in the historic cobble stoned streets, before making your way to the Old Town Square. From here you can watch the famous astronomical clock, and enjoy the views from the top of the Old Town Hall Tower. And the best way to end the first day is to spend the late afternoon sipping drinks in the Old Town bars and restaurants.
In Prague’s historic city center stands an icon: The Charles Bridge. Named for Holy Roman Emperor King Karl IV himself (Charles), it crosses over Vltava river at Kutna Hora embankment and offers magnificent views of both banks’ architectural jewels – from Gothic St Andrew church to gothic Tyn Church across the way; or stunning Baroque churches like Panny Marie Snatecké.
Charles Bridge is the oldest bridge still standing over the Vltava river in Prague and the second oldest bridge in the Czech Republic. Charles IV had it built in 1357, after the previous bridge had been destroyed by floods in 1342.
The Charles Bridge spans the Vltava river with 16 pillars. It is rich in statues and decorative lamps, catching your eye immediately with its beautiful Gothic bridge towers on both ends. You will find 30 statues mounted to the balustrade of Charles Bridge – They form two rows, one on each side of the bridge. This famous landmark isn’t just one of the most well-known bridges around; it’s also one of the world’s finest looking ones too!
Because it’s such a popular tourist sight in Prague, I’d highly recommend visiting the bridge either early in the morning or later at night. Hence the reason why we are starting this itinerary on this very bridge.
This beautiful Gothic tower is located on the border between the New and Old Town. It marks the entrance of the Old Town with its beautifully designed gates. The tower was finished The in Powder 14 Tower75 is and located was near one of the popular Old Town 13 original city gates to square, in one of Prague’s original 13 be gates built. It was built in 1475 and when Prague expanded, serves which also as a place to store explains its name.
For visitors wanting including a fantastic view over Prague, you can climb to the top by following 186 steps.
Old Town Square
Prague’s Old Town Square has remained a center of Czechoslovakian culture since the 10th century, and is an important part of its lively history. The square itself is home to great architecture as well as some pretty amazing street performers who will certainly keep you entertained.
On the Old Town Square you will also find some if the cities best and most famous attractions.
Old Town Hall
This Old Town Hall is a medieval building that was completed in 1364 and has been standing tall ever since.
One can take an elevator or climb stairs all the way to the top for one of Prague’s best views! The view from here stretches across most major sightseeing attractions such as Charles Bridge, Castle Hill with St Vitus Cathedral on your left side while you’re looking out over Wenceslas Square towards National Gallery Museum then turning right reveals Lesser Quarter (Malá Strana) and Jewish Quarter (Josefov).
On the southern side of the Old Town Hall, you can find Prague’s famous astronomical clock! Every hour on the hour (between 9 AM and 11 PM), the 12 apostles start moving around, doing a little dance. Although it is not the most spectacular thing you will see in your lifetime, when in Prague, you should see it at least once!
The clock was created in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest that’s still being operated.
Some other interesting things to see on the Old Town Square is the Kinsky Palace. This building was formerly a palace and now houses an art museum. The beautifully decorated building was built in 1755 and 1765 for the Golz family. The style in which the palace was build is the called ‘Rococo’. This late Baroque style is famous for its ornamental and theatrical tendencies, and the Palace is an great example of it.
Church of Our Lady before Týn
The last thing to check out while you’re in Old Town Square is the Gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn. This church, located on the outskirts of Prague was completed in 14th and 16th centuries, took almost two centuries to build (between those particular eras)
The last attraction to check out and houses one of the oldest organs in while visiting Old Prague: The Town organ that Square is another icon of the Prague skyline: a beautiful Gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn, which legend says was inspired by Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
This historic complex is a perfect destination for those who want to learn about the country’s rich history while exploring Prague. Located close to Charles Bridge, it’s easy to incorporate this into your itinerary.
The Clementinum was once the third largest Jesuit college in Europe; with its beautiful Baroque library and intricate ceiling artwork. A must-see!
Jewish Quarter (Josefov)
This small area of the Old Town of Prague used to be known as the Jewish Getto and is located located between the Old Town Square and the Vltava River and is the last touristy stop of day.
It was formed in the 13th century by Jews when their order for relocation came in this area. Even though this part of town has some of Europe’s less friendly history, many buildings and monuments have been preserved beautifully here.
In the Jewish Quarter, you can find many synagogues and statues dedicated to the Bohemian writer Franz Kafka, as he was actually born in the Jewish Quarter of Prague.
To end the day, I suggest grabbing a bit to eat (and a couple of beers) in the Old Town bars and restaurants. One suggestion for me is to try U Pivrnce – Maiselova. This Gastropub is a perfect combo of “modern art” and a great pub. After a couple of local beers we tried the duck and the pork dumplings both served with creamy cabbage. Mouthwatering good and would recommend to try.
4 DAY PRAGUE ITINERARY, DAY 2: PRAGUE CASTLE & MALA STRANA
Start your second day in Prague with a stroll around the sprawling grounds of historic Prague Castle. After all, this is one destination that you won’t want to miss!
Prague’s spectacular heritage of royal palaces is housed in an immense complex of 70,000 square meters. UNESCO declared it a world heritage site for its architectural variety and rich historical significance.”
It was built in the twelfth century and now is housing National treasures like The Cathedral of Saint Vitus. This 13th-century cathedral is an absolute must-see when visiting any city for just a few days. It is the largest and the most important temple in Prague, and is a place of burial of several patron saints, sovereigns, noblemen and archbishops.
Be sure not to forget some time with Kafka at The Franz Kafka Museum before exploring the Hradčany neighbourhood on foot or bike (rental bikes are available nearby).
Once you feel ready for lunch, head over to U Zlatého Tygra where they serve amazing traditional Czech cuisine made from fresh ingredients every day. They also have an excellent beer selection, perfect to add to your amazing meal!
Nearby are several museums that will be of interest to history buffs. The National Museum is one option, but if you have some time in your schedule for non-museum activities as well, head over to Strahov Monastery and admire its architectural details up close while taking in the stunning views from the top floor. It’s not too far of a walk either way so don’t worry about getting tired; just take your time admiring all Prague has to offer. Be sure not to miss Svatopetrský Tyn Church where Lennon & McCartney played their first ever gig together outside England back in 1962!
Handy tip: If you’re going to visit a museum, make sure to check out their opening times! For example, the National Museum is only open from Tuesday through Sunday, but The Strahov Monastery and nearby Svatopetrský Tyn Church are both open every day of the week!
The main square has some great shopping as well with stores carrying anything from high-end items to souvenirs for those grabbing something to remember their trip by. These shops include famous Prague designers such as Karel Rottweiler & Antonin Kybal. Prices at these boutiques can be quite expensive so make sure that when visiting these types of places it makes sense in your budget!
You’ll also find several different markets around town selling everything under the sun – from antiques, to food or clothing.
In the evening make sure not to miss out on a visit of Prague Castle which is lit up in different colors throughout the year and has tours available daily!
4 DAY PRAGUE ITINERARY, DAY 3: Petřín Hill & Join A Tour
Today we are going to walk up Petřín Hill (Or take the funicular when feeling lazy) before joining an awesome guided tour!
Petřín Hill and Petrin Tower
Petřín Hill is one of the cities biggest and most beautiful park, offering sweeping views of Prague. It’s a great way to get away from the hussle and bussle of the city center while enjoying nature.
There are two different ways to get to the top of Petřín Hill, walk the way through a park, or ride up in the funicular.
The funicular is still functional nearly 100 years after its installation, and tickets can be purchased at nearby newsstands. The best way to get on is with a combination public transport ticket, which is sold at the newsstand near the entrance.
There are only two stops: the first stop is at a restaurant and the second stop gets you all the way to the top. At the top, you can find a gorgeous rose garden, mirror maze and beautiful views of city life from above.
When visiting the Petřín Hill you should definitely check out Petřín Tower. The tower was created as a monument for the exhibition in 1891 and there are 299 steps leading to the top or an elevator instead. Once at the top, witness stunning views from all over Prague! You can even see 150 kilometers on a clear day with this great vantage point!
After Petrín Park, Head south and walk along the riverfront until you reach Kampa, a riverside neighborhood. The John Lennon Wall is located downriver of Kampa near the John Lennon Memorial Window at Ali-Yunéfer Church. Students began scratching out John Lennon verses on this wall in the 1980s as a means of airing their grievances. Tourists are allowed to write or paint on it too.
Grab a drink, some food, or a coffee in one of the many nice restaurants or cafes in the area. To get here, just keep walking toward the river from the John Lennon Wall. You’ll cross a little bridge and there you are! You’ll find lots of places to eat, sit, and relax, and when you’re done, you can walk across the famous Charles Bridge back toward the city center.
Join a tour
The rest of the day can be spent going back to your favourite spots or taking on an unusual activity. If you’d rather go out on a high, try any of these ideas:
- Awesome Beer Spa Experience: It’s true that Czechia is known for its cheap and tasty beers. But we’re taking it to the next level with a beer bath! Try a beer spa, meet the brewery staff, or just spend some time alone enjoying yourself in a foam-filled tub full of heated beer.
- Prague Beer Tour: This is the ultimate beer tour in Prague. After a guided tasting of 8 delicious beers at two bars, you get the option to explore more Czech culture with your guide and dine on catering from the breweries this tour visits.
- Old Town Underground Dungeon Tour: Visit the underground catacombs and see what all of those structures are or even explore a poisonous lair.
- Free Walking Tour: Walking tours are a wonderful way to learn about a new city, discover its history, and hear about the main attractions. There are a plethora of free walking tours in Prague; you’ll have no shortage of options. All tour companies meet at 10 a.m. near the astronomical clock in Old Town Square and last around three hours.
4 DAY PRAGUE ITINERARY, DAY 4: VISIT KUTNA HORA
On the fourth day, it’s time to head outside of Prague and visit Kutna Hora which is about a 45-minute drive from Prague. The town has beautiful gothic architecture, as well as an incredible bone chapel that you simply can’t miss!
Kutna Hora was a significant location for silver mining in medieval Bohemia. It assisted the kings of Prague stay wealthy. The town is now notable for its scary bone church, Sedlec Ossuary, which houses 40,000-70,000 bones. Since seeing the church takes little more than 15 minutes, explore some of Kutná ora’s other attractions, including marvelous medieval churches, overlooks, well-preserved streets, and a large town square.
Be sure to make plenty of stops on your way to Kutna Hora as well! There are some amazing castles that you should check out along the way! There are also plenty of authentic cafes or bakeries along the way for coffee breaks!
You’ll also want some good walking shoes because this area offers many kilometres of scenic walking trails! For the more adventures travellers among us. I also recommend checking out historic caves with stalactites and stalagmites near Lednice Castle.
After this it is time to head back to the hotel and get ready to catch your flight home… Or stay another week to explore the rest of this incredible country!
IS 4 DAY’S IN PRAGUE ENOUGH?
I think four to five days in Prague really gives you a good sense of the city given its size and amount of sights to be seen. I would not suggest going shorter, as you might get cramped getting all sights in.
While I think this is a pretty amazing itinerary filled with incredible places, museums, day-trips, and lots more – if you think I need to add any specific bar, restaurant, or attraction in Prague– please do let me know in the comments below! I’d love to keep this 4 Days in Prague itinerary up-to-date with the best information to help people plan their travels!
PLANNING A TRIP TO THE CZECH REPUBLIC & EUROPE?
Because of Prague’s awesome location, there are many other amazing cities that you can check out as well. Underneath are just a couple of cool options for you:
If you want to explore some more of Europe, then underneath are a couple of awesome options:
- Rotterdam, The Netherlands | Home to incredible architecture, amazing food and harming neighbourhoods, you’ll want at least 1 day in Rotterdam.
- Amsterdam, The Netherlands | The capital city of the Netherlands and home to beautiful canals, historic buildings and incredible museums.
- London, UK | Spend 4 days in London exploring this stunning and imposing city.
- Paris, France | The city of lights is a bucket list city on many travellers! Home to the famous Eifel Tower, the best food and incredible historic buildings. This city has to be seen! Here is a handy 1 day Paris Itinerary, so you know all the must-see highlights.
ADDITIONAL EUROPE RESOURCES
- First-timers guide to Amsterdam
- The best day trips out of Amsterdam
- Cool things to do in London for Pop-culture fans
- The ultimate Istanbul travel guide
- First-time travellers guide to Rome
I hope you’ve found some useful information in this post – let me know how your visit to Prague goes!
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