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So you’re going to Prague. But only for 48 hours, with a to-do-list that hits the floor and without the faintest idea of how you can possibly fit everything in, am I right?
Well fear not, you have come to the right place. As the founder of BRB, I have selflessly explored Prague in 48 hours myself, therefore saving you the trouble of combing through Tripadvisor’s ‘things to do’ pages that seem to last for eternity and risking missing out on some of the best sights to see and most delicious foods to feast on.
Prague is definitely not short of things to do; in fact, it’s overflowing with things to see, explore, eat and enjoy. It is the political, cultural and economic hub of central Europe, and boasts a rich history.
So check out my guide on the ultimate 48 hours in Prague and make the most of your short time there. My itinerary combines the traditional sights of the city with unique, hidden gems to indulge in.
Whilst a weekend won’t be enough time to cover everything there is to do, it will give you a great taste of the city and its culture, so get your walking boots on and get ready for a weekend you won’t forget.
After a two hour flight from London Stansted, I arrive in Prague late morning on Friday and head directly to my hotel for the weekend. Prague is a popular destination for BeRightBack subscribers and whilst we work with plenty of hotels there, one of my personal favourites in the four-star Questenberk Hotel, located in the Baroque Questenberk Palace near the Strahov Monastery and only 500 meters from Prague Castle! I personally love sending people to this hotel because it historic-style hotel which features original wooden ceilings, no to mention the amazing panoramic views over the city! And since it's ranked #15 of 600+ hotels in the city, I know it's going to be a great stay!
There is no better place to begin your trip to Prague than the historic Old Town. As one of the main attractions of the city, it would be easy to spend most of your trip here with every turn you make introducing you to something new.
After entering the neighbourhood via the Gothic Powder Tower, make your way to the Old Town Square, the epicentre of this place, and take in the majestic statue of religious reformer, Jan Hus, who was burned at the stake for his beliefs.
There’s also Prague’s impressive medieval astronomical clock mounted on the Town Hall. I recommend taking a tour of the Old Town Hall, where you get access to hidden rooms, the underground as well as the dungeons – totally worth it.
Now, taking in the Old Town’s monuments is hungry work, so grab some breakfast at the popular Coffee & Waffles restaurant just a five-minute walk away from the main square. Be sure to try the bacon, blueberry jam and egg waffle; it sounds wrong but it’s so right. Also, check out Coffee & Waffles' Instagram...it's mouth-watering stuff!
To finish your morning in the Old Town, I recommend taking some time just to wander, and absorb the hidden alleyways, cobbled streets and hole in the wall bars and restaurants.
With your stomach full of waffles and the Old Town sufficiently explored, make your way to the Jewish Quarter, also known as Joesfov, a place packed full of history.
Once a walled Jewish ghetto, the major monuments in this area offer an insight into the devastating history of the Czech Jewish community. It is home to one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe, and six remarkable Synagogues, most notably the beautiful Spanish Synagogue, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful Synagogues in Europe.
I recommend taking advantage of the numerous ticket offices dotted around the Quarter, especially ones that cover admission into all the major sights, like the Old-New Synagogue, Pinkas Synagogue, Klausen Synagogue and the Ceremonial Hall.
If you are contemplating a guided tour, I highly advocate it. A knowledgeable guide will provide you with unique, unknown stories and details that shouldn’t be missed.
Continuing the theme of exploring historic Prague, it’s time to take an evening stroll across Charles Bridge, just minutes from the Old Town Square. Until 1841, the bridge was the only means of crossing the river, being the most important connection between the city’s Old Town and Prague Castle. Each side of the bridge is lined with statues, 30 in total, of various saints and patron saints.
In the day, the bridge is magnificent, but saving this trip for the evening means you will hopefully avoid the masses of tourists usually found on the bridge, and you’ll see the old-fashioned, gothic style lampposts lit up and down the length of the bridge, illuminating the silhouettes of the statues against the sunset.
For dinner, head to La Finestra in Cucina, a less than five minute walk away from the bridge. The restaurant champions traditional Czech cuisine. Whilst this is a little bit on the pricey side, it is definitely worth giving it a go as the food is simply divine.
To finish off your first day in the city, and fully embrace Prague’s culture, book tickets to see a show at the National Theatre. Considered the national monument of Czech history and art, there is no better place for a culture fix than here, where you can see some of the best performers in the world.
My choice of show was a Ballet because I like experiencing new things, which I would highly recommend, but if dancing’s not your thing, the theatre also hosts the Opera, Drama performances and concerts.
Make sure to book your tickets in advance (tickets that are unexpectedly affordable FYI) and pack your most lavish outfit. This experience in a building so opulent is the closest I’ve felt to being Royalty, but without the hefty price tag.
A far cry from the traditional architecture of the previous day, start your trip early with views of the city from the famous Žižkov Television Tower. Once voted the second ugliest building in the world and long-hated by the locals, ‘infamous’ may be a more apt way to describe the tower. Surprisingly, when contemporary artist, David Černy added sculptures of babies scaling the building, this put the tower in better favour with residents.
Though the building doesn’t quite fit in with Prague’s historical architecture, it is worth seeing, especially as it has an Observatory floor. With three separate viewing platforms you get a great view of the city.
Once you’ve had enough of this unique tower, hop on the subway to Café Imperial, a stunning restaurant with excellent reviews that caters specifically for those looking for their breakfast fix. Cake first thing in the morning is also not a crime and something I whole-heartedly endorse at Café Imperial (the diet can start on Monday).
From Café Imperial it’s time to go to the other side of the Vltava River to Prague’s Lesser Town, or Malá Strana to the locals. It is a charming, picturesque part of the city and a great place to capture the perfect Instagram.
Watching over Lesser Town is Prague Castle, a site definitely worth exploring. Admission is free, and spending an entire day here is not unheard of (if only we had all day). For the sake of this guide, I recommend spending an hour or so marvelling at the castle before moving on.
Like the Old Town, simply wandering around the Lesser Town is an activity in itself. It is slower paced than the main area of the city, with local shops to browse and traditional Czech pubs to relax in.
For those interested in popular culture, write a message on the John Lennon Wall or visit the Franz Kafka museum. After that, head to Old Town Square’s rival, the Lesser Town Square, whose centrepiece is the grand Baroque church of St. Nicholas. Don’t forget to take a look inside and you’ll realise why it’s the most popular church in Prague.
With the evening comes dinner and what better way to spend your final evening than at the Strahov Monastery Brewery.
Located just a ten minute walk away from Prague Castle, this microbrewery was once a spot where intellectuals and artists stopped for a drink. Now it is a popular pub and restaurant, where it is sinful to miss out their brewery goulash with onion and dumplings. Do the right thing and order their largest bowl.
Brewed on site, the pub houses craft beers. They have their on tap year-round St Norbert beers: an amber lager, a dark lager and an IPA, as well as their seasonal beers, flavoured to reflect the atmosphere of the year.
Relax and enjoy the view of the sun setting on Prague from the Monastery as you eat and sample some beer, Czech-style.
Whilst Prague is famous for its history, it is also famous for its nightlife, so why not spend your final night hopping to Prague’s coolest bars. You’ve already sampled some of Strahov Monastery Brewery’s best beers, so why stop there?
Get yourself to the Vinohrady district (yes, it even has vino in the name), a trendy, vibrant part of the city with an array of pubs, restaurants and clubs, making it the go-too place for a night out.
If a cool, serene vibe is your thing, check out Bar and Books Manesova. It’s a darkly lit speakeasy with middle to high range priced cocktails, and with décor that wouldn’t look out of place in the 1920s.
If you’re on a tighter budget, a great alternative is Peach Pit bar with a mid to low price range. Resembling an American diner from the 1950s, you can expect retro jukeboxes, happy hour and music nights at this vibrant club.
If you have a little more than 48 hours in Prague or if some of the above recommendations weren't to your personal taste, here are a few more ideas I have assembled for you as I have been to Prague many times.
Cool Instagram Shot
If you are looking for a very cool Instagram shot in the city, head over a building known as The Dancing House (In Czech: Tančící dům), the nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building on the Rašínovo nábřeží (Rašín Embankment) in Prague. It was designed in 1922 by the Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić in cooperation with Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry and we think it looks pretty freakin’ awesome!!!
Street Art Tour
Whilst Prague is known for its beautiful old houses, red rooftops and hundred of spires, it also has a lot to offer when it comes street art. Whilst the city's murals may not be as impressive as other European cities (wink wink Berlin and Bucharest), it does have a few interesting pieces worth checking out. I've listed some of my favourites below.
"Angels in Hoodies"
This mural can be found in the Holešovice district, in the north of Prague.
"Street Art Poem by @nitzanmintz"
If you walk through the Zizkov neighborhood, you'll probably come across this amazing mural by @nitzanmintz, which doubles up as a street art poem.
"The Kiss by @davidstrauzz"
When getting off at Charles Square stattion (Karlovo náměstí/ metro B), you'll come face to face with this colourful mural.
Good Food...Good Mood
"Pivo & Basilico Caffe Restaurant"
Located in the most famous historical part of Prague, Malá Strana, Pivo & Basilico offers traditional Czech cuisine made in traditional methods to guarantee original and high-quality taste (address: Zámecká 203/2, 118 00 Malá Strana).
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