3 Days in Prague – Your ULTIMATE Guide (2024)

view of the Prague Astronomical Clock

If you are looking for the best Prague itinerary, I am here to deliver the ULTIMATE guide to spending 3 days in Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic! 🇨🇿

I visited Prague on a 3-day extended weekend for my birthday, so I am here to give you some cool tips and a list of the most interesting attractions in the city so you don’t miss out on anything!

I have divided the article by day, different areas in the city, and the major attractions, so you don’t spend the entire day going from one side of the river to the other! I have also linked some cool tours that you should definitely book in advance to save yourself a spot!

Quick Picks for Your Stay

If you need to book the best tours in the city fast and don’t have a lot of time to read the entire article, here are the main things to book in advance:

And here are the best hotels: Andaz Prague (luxury), Allure Hotel (mid-range), Malostranská Residence (budget)

Choosing the best time to visit Prague

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I recommend visiting Prague in the Spring or Summer months! The high season is during the summer months, from June to August, and during this season, prices are usually higher, although the weather is perfect to walk around and spend the whole day out.

From March to May and the months of September and October, the weather is still warm, and the prices are a bit lower than in the high season. I visited in the first week of April, and the weather was great!

If you want to visit in the wintertime, you will see the city covered in snow, which makes Prague look like a fairytale city!

If you want to feel like a local and stay in the area that best matches your taste, check out our Prague Area Guide!

Day 1: Exploring Prague city center

On the first day, I recommend getting to grips with the city center, where you can visit anything from old UNESCO heritage sites to modern buildings! Here are my top picks for things to do in Prague on your first day.

1. Visit the famous Charles Bridge

Charles bridge in prague, czech republic.

Did you know Charles Bridge is super popular in Prague because it used to be the only bridge connecting the city until 1840? This medieval cross is the second oldest in Prague, one of the oldest stone bridges in European cities, and a UNESCO World Heritage site (one of the many in the city!)

The bridge features Gothic architecture; at the end of the bridge, you have the iconic Old Town Bridge Tower. Just stroll along and enjoy the incredible views!

Visitors are encouraged to touch John of Nepomuk’s bronze statue (the only bronze statue on the bridge). If you do, it is said you will be granted good luck and will revisit Prague!

PRO TIP: make sure to cross the historic Charles Bridge at sunrise, when there aren’t many visitors, and take cool photos!

2. Stroll around Old Town Square and see the Astronomical Clock

An ornate clock on the side of a building.

Wander along the cobbled streets of the Old Town and witness the hourly spectacle of the world-famous Astronomical Clock!

One of the nicest memories I have of Prague is walking around the Old Town Square with beautiful sights, including the Church of Our Lady, the scents of the delicious street food carts around the area, and all the excitement of the people looking at the Old Town Hall Tower waiting for the Astronomical Clock to do its thing!

This walking tour of Prague will take you around the old town of Prague, and a guide will tell you legends and stories of the city in past centuries. What is special about this tour is that it takes you inside the Prague Astronomical Clock, where you can appreciate its architectural wonders, and to old Medieval tunnels under the city. Such a unique experience!

TOUR PRICE: from €60 per person

Book your private tour

3. Wander around Wenceslas Square in the city center

A city with a large building and a hedge maze.

Back in the XIV century, Wenceslas Square was the main gathering center for the citizens; they used to get together there for celebrations, social events, and political matters. Nowadays it is still a social hub, where people meet each other to have a coffee or a snack at the many eateries there!

At the beginning of Wenceslas Square, you can find the National Museum of Prague (its building is a National monument). The museum exhibits pieces from natural and science history to music and literature of the country!

Here you have a very cool tour which includes an entrance to the National Museum as well as a tour around the old town. This is a great way to see the city and visit a National Monument and the treasures hidden in it, skipping the entrance lines!

TOUR PRICE: from €20 per person

Book your tour

4. Experience the haunting beauty of the Jewish Quarter

A cemetery with many tombstones in the rain.

One must-stop when visiting Prague is the Jewish Quarter, which dates back to the XIII century!

The area is beautiful, but most importantly, this is a great opportunity to learn about the history of the area.

The best way to gain an understanding of Jewish heritage in the Czech Republic is with a guided tour of the Jewish Quarter, where a guide with extensive knowledge can explain to you the stories of the Jewish community while taking you to the Jewish Museum, which includes the Old Jewish Cemetery (one of the oldest in Central Europe) and 4 different synagogues (one of them being the Spanish Synagogue.) The admission ticket is included in the tour price.

PRICE: from €40 per person

Book your Jewish Quarter tour

5. Venture to Žižkov TV Tower for unique vistas

A view of a city with a tv tower in the background.

Did you know the television tower is the highest viewing point in Prague and in the Czech Republic?

Apart from offering incredible views of the city, the tower comes with a lot of history behind it. It was built for communist broadcasting purposes, so when you visit the tower, make sure to learn about the history of its construction and what it represents for the Czech Republic.

To visit the TV Tower, you need to purchase an entrance ticket.

PRICE: from €10 per person

Book your TV Tower entrance ticket

6. Shop for souvenirs at Havelská Market

A street market in the old town of prague.

Visit the vibrant farmers’ markets and relish the flavors of trdelník street pastries! Ah! I LOVE local markets; there is nothing nicer than walking around and getting juicy berries or grapes and cute souvenirs while visiting a country. 🍓

This market dates all the way back to 1232, so while you visit the market and buy fresh products, crafts, or gifts in the souvenir shops, imagine how different it must have looked back in the day!

This market is located only a short walk from the Old Town Square (map).

7. Indulge in a river cruise on the Vltava with a jazz concert

The Vltava river in prague at dusk.

Not a fan of ballet or opera? I’ve got you! Take a relaxing cruise along the Vltava River and observe the iconic landmarks of the city while you indulge in traditional Czech food with live jazz music in the background!

If you want to surprise a special someone, either a friend or a partner, this is a great option to make them feel pampered.

The tour lasts around 2.5 hrs and it is a unique experience to see the city from the iconic Vltava River in a romantic setting, under the moon, with a 3-course meal. What makes it even more special? It is the only tour that has a live jazz band playing onboard! 🎶

PRICE: from €40 per person

Book your Vltava River cruise

Day 2: Sightseeing around Prague Castle

Day number 2 takes place on the other side of the river, an area full of greenery and stunning medieval and baroque architecture!

1. Take a Prague Castle tour

A woman is standing in front of a large cathedral.

Dive into the past at Prague Castle, which is one of the largest ancient castles in the world!

The castle dates from the year 880, and it is where Czech kings used to reside.

Attached to the Castle, you can find the Old Royal Palace, which has a stunning wooden structure.

In the Prague Castle complex, you can find other historical buildings and landmarks, for example, George’s Basilica, St. Vitus Cathedral, which is the most important Cathedral in the city, and at the end of the Castle’s complex, you can uncover secrets of the alchemists in Golden Lane!

Back in the 14th century, servants and goldsmiths lived in the tiny houses of Golden Lane. Some of the houses were home to historical figures, like Franz Kafka, from 1916 to 1917!

I suggest you take this 3-hour private tour of Prague Castle. It includes entrance tickets to all the landmarks in the Castle complex, and it is a unique way to see everything in one go, with a tour guide all to yourself, so any historical fact you want to learn about Prague and its history, your guide tells you!

NOTE: Some areas of the Castle complex are free of charge; you can visit the courtyards and one area of St. Vitus Cathedral with no entrance ticket. For the rest of the complex and landmarks, you need a ticket if you’re not going to go with a tour guide. Check out our Prague Castle Ticket Guide, which comes with 6 useful tips!

TOUR PRICE: from €110 per person

Get your private Prague Castle tour here

2. Wander the baroque streets of Malá Strana

mala strana with colorful buildings

Get lost in the picturesque alleys of Lesser Town! This neighborhood dates back to the 1200s and features the most beautiful cobblestone narrow streets, with beautiful baroque buildings, monuments, and parks!

You can spend your afternoon wandering around and getting a feel for the vibe of the city. Here are my favorite spots, so just pick whichever one you want to see and go for it!

2.1 Stroll around the beautiful Petrin Hill

Visit the Petrin Tower viewpoint in Petřín Gardens (map) and Marvel at the illuminated skyline after dark. In the park, pay respects to the somber yet poignant Memorial to the Victims of Communism.

Petrin Hill is one of the biggest parks in the area and offers beautiful views of the city and cute bars, cafes, and beer gardens where you can sit and relax after a long hike.

2.2 Take a moment of reflection on the John Lennon Wall

A woman standing in front of a graffiti covered wall.

The John Lennon Wall (map) is a great symbol of remembrance and peace. People not only leave messages of love to John Lennon and The Beatles but also leave messages of hope and social change. It’s definitely a must-see!

2.3 Relish the serenity of Vojan Gardens

Did you know Vojan Gardens used to be a monastery garden? Now, this green lung in Malá Strana (map) is the perfect place to get away from the crowds in the middle of the city and refresh while admiring the beautiful peacocks that live there!

2.4 Enjoy the ambiance of Kampa Park

Kampa Park (map) is one of the most popular parks in the area; it is the perfect place for a nice stroll along the river or a relaxing picnic with a view! This area is usually filled with locals, so it is your chance to feel part of the city!

3. Visit the modernist masterpiece, Dancing House

The dancing house in prague, czech republic.

This is one of the most iconic buildings in Prague! It was designed and built in the 90’s and represents a couple dancing.

You can admire the unique facade and architecture from the outside, or if you want, you can visit the art gallery, the restaurant, or the coffee shop and experience the building and the city from a completely different perspective!

4. Savor traditional Czech dishes with a medieval dinner

A group of people playing drums in a bar.

One of my absolute favorite things about traveling to different countries is trying their amazing cuisine and local dishes! Prague has incredible cuisine, from Knedliky Gulas to delicious sweet Kolache!

You’ll absolutely LOVE this medieval dinner if you’re up for trying Prague’s traditional food! Imagine going to a restaurant in the Old Market Square and having the opportunity to have a 3 or 5-course meal (and unlimited drinks) in a medieval tavern.

The people working there will be dressed in traditional clothing, performing, and playing music like they used to! Such a memorable experience!

If you are vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free and want to take this tour, you can! They also offer gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian menus; you can select the option when booking!

PRICE: from €50 per person

Book your medieval dinner

5. Experience the nightlife in trendy Vinohrady

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After your medieval dinner, if you want to spend a fun night in Prague and feel like a local, the best thing you can do is go to the trendy neighborhood of Vinohrady. In this area, you can find cool, elegant bars and wineries, as well as meet all the young professionals who call Vinohrady their home.

Day 3: Embrace cultural experiences beyond the city

On day 3, you’ll have time to discover a few unique experiences beyond the traditional tourist sites! Let’s check out a few to make your 3rd day the most interesting!

1. Visit Vyšehrad, the Historical Fort

A church with spires in the middle of a park.

One of the most amazing landmarks in Prague is the Vysehrad Fortress. It was built in the X century on a hill, and for a period in the 11th century, it became the seat of kings!

You can visit the fortress grounds for free, but the 2 landmarks on these grounds require entrance tickets which you can buy when you arrive: the St. Peter and Paul Basilica and Vysehrad Casemates.

A great option would be booking this 2.5-hour guided tour of the fortress with Saints Peter and Paul Basilica and Vysehraf Casemates entrance tickets included. This way, you would skip the lines, visit the landmarks hassle-free, and learn historical facts from the fortress and its surroundings!

PRICE: from €40 per person

Book your Vysehrad Fortress tour

2. Engage in a spa day with Czech beer treatments

Two wooden tubs with candles in them.

Taste local brews in the historic beer halls of Bernard! Who wouldn’t want to visit a beer spa? This activity looks amazing; aside from drinking as much Bernard tap beer as you wish, you will soak in tubs full of beer at the perfect temperature so you can relax in style. Your body can absorb all the goodness and benefits of these beer baths that date back to the Middle Ages!

While you take a beer bath or use the heated beds, you will be in a private room, so it is perfect to do it with friends, your partner, or relax by yourself!

PRICE: from €120 for 2 people

Book your beer spa treatment

3. Visit the Franz Kafka Museum

A statue of the letter k in front of a building.

As a huge fan of Kafka’s work, I was looking forward to visiting the Franz Kafka Museum. It was super interesting to learn about his life, see all the letters he wrote (in German), and see some of his drawings.

The museum has a very cool, dark ambiance indoors, and it changes accordingly as you move through Kafka’s timeline. I highly recommend it! Buy your tickets here.

4. Attend a Puppet Show, a Czech Tradition

Spejbl and Hurvínek Theater was founded in 1912, and it was the first Puppet theater in the country; for this, it is one of the most popular theaters in the Czech Republic.

If you are traveling with kids, they will love seeing the puppet show! Of course, the downside is that if you don’t speak Czech, you will not understand the play, but still, it is a unique experience and a big Czech tradition you will love to experience!

The site for buying the ticket is in Czech, so you can purchase the tickets on site here.

5. Dive deep into history at the Communism Museum

A room full of old tools and equipment.

One of the things you cannot miss is the KGB Museum. I highly recommend this museum, I think I spent around 3 hours there!

It contains such a detailed explanation of the Czech Republic’s history that you will leave the museum moved and with a new understanding of the country’s past.

The museum also has a shop and a cafe in case you want to relax for a bit after all the learning you do at the museum.

PRICE: from €16 per person

Get your Communism Museum entrance ticket

6. Enjoy a traditional Czech folk show

Without a doubt, this is one of the most unique and memorable tours out there in Prague! Imagine you go to a wine cellar where everything will be decorated with traditional Czech motifs, dinner will be served, and musicians and dancers will perform a stunning folk show.

Another plus? Czech beer and wine will be unlimited! And to keep the traditions going, wine tasting will be served in glass pipes used in the South Moravian wine cellars.

The entire show and dinner tour lasts around 3 hours, and pickup and drop-off from your hotel are possible!

PRICE: from €70 per person

Book your traditional Czech folk show

7. Join a guided ghost walking tour

charles bridge with tall sculptures on a foggy night

Old cities are full of unimaginably scary stories and legends! Prague dates back to the 9th century, so it has a lot to offer for those looking for haunted spots 👻

If you’d rather be out and about in the city in the evening, I recommend immersing yourself in a walking tour of the city’s most horrific events and stories that will make you shiver! And watch your back – most of the ghosts from the stories are roaming around Prague!

This ghost walking tour is a great chance to see the city in the evening and go to hidden corners only a local would know about; plus, you’ll get to hear spooky stories!

PRICE: from €20 per person

Book your spooky tour

🏛️ Best museum:KGB Museum
🎢 Top paid attraction:Prague Castle Tour
🚶🏽‍♂️ Best free activity:Stroll Around Malá Strana
👧 Best attraction for kids:Puppet Show
🕺 Nightlife:Vinohrady
🥟 Must-try food:Knedliky Gulas

Where to stay in Prague

I don’t want to end this article without giving you 3 amazing options of accommodation (for all budgets) for your 3 days full of cool things to do in Prague! If you want more options, don’t forget to check out our post with all the most amazing areas and hotels to stay!

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Luxury (from €250 per night):

  • Andaz Prague – Wow! My eyes cannot believe the luxury and level of elegance this hotel has! The hotel features the most incredible views of the city since it is located steps away from the beautiful old town. The hotel has an incredible spa and wellness center as well.

Mid-Range (from €150 per night):

  • Allure Hotel Prague – Located a stone’s throw away from the Old Town, this hotel has a stylish and modern design that mixes nicely with the beautiful views of the baroque buildings of the city. Select a complimentary breakfast when booking and you’ll get fresh fruits and pastries will be served for you in the breakfast room.

Budget (from €100 per night):

  • Malostranská Residence – Imagine staying in one of Prague’s baroque buildings, with renovated interiors and elegant designs in Malá Strana. This hotel offers apartments and suites, I highly recommend the executive suite, which comes with a hot tub in the room; such a treat!

FAQs about spending 3 days in Prague

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🚃 What are the best modes of transport for 3 days in Prague?

I highly recommend walking everywhere; the city is super walkable if you stay in any of the areas near the center. Alternatively, public transport is super easy to use, and if you are coming to Prague by plane, there is a bus AB that takes you from Prague Airport to the city.

💡 Can I cover all the main attractions in Prague in 3 days?

Yes! In 3 days, you have enough time to see all of Prague’s main attractions! My favorite tours are definitely The Prague Castle Private Tour and the Medieval Dinner Night.

🌼 When is the best time to visit Prague?

The best time to visit Prague is in the Spring and Autumn. During the summer, there are more travelers in the city, and prices are a bit higher. From March to May and September to October are great times to visit; the city is less busy, and prices are usually lower!

👛 What is the best thing to do in Prague on a budget?

The best thing to do in Prague on a budget is walk around the city! The Old Town Square doesn’t require an entrance ticket, and you can see Prague’s Castle complex, Powder Tower, and Vysehrad Fortress grounds for free! Also, the city and its architecture are a museum alone!

Conclusion

The charles bridge in prague, czech republic.

That is the end of a complete Prague 3-day itinerary! I gave you so many activities to do in this fairytale city, so your trip will be jam-packed with amazing memories and awesome things to do!

If you need to purchase entrance tickets or any of the tours mentioned in the article, it is best to buy them in advance; they get sold out super fast, especially in high season!

Which of these activities are you more excited about? Let me know in the comments! If you need any other advice let me know

Enjoy your lovely 3 days in Prague,

Daniela


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