An eclectic blend of medieval history and European charm, this striking city tops the list as one of the most popular destinations in Europe. No matter if you are able to spend a few weeks or just one day in Prague, you’ll be left wishing you had more time.
Often referred to as the City of a Thousand Spires, Prague seems to be frozen in the 14th century with its gothic cathedrals, functioning astronomical clock, and sky-scraping castles!
Prague is a perfect destination for those who are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. With its medieval architecture, easy-to-navigate layout, and abundance of fun activities for all types of travelers, it’s no wonder that so many tourists choose to visit this beautiful city each year.
The best way to see everything that Prague has to offer in one day is by following our ultimate guide and itinerary! Read on below for 24 hours’ worth of tips about where you should go and what you should do while in the Czech Republic’s vibrant capital city.
Additionally, you’ll learn about how to get to Prague, how to get around, the best sites and attractions, what to eat, where to stay, and even a FREE guide on the 3 mistakes I made the first time I visited Prague, and how to avoid them (found at the bottom of the article).
Where is Prague Located?
So, where is Prague exactly? Nestled between Germany, Poland, Slovakia, and Austria, the Czech Republic, also known as Czechia, is home to many stunning cities.
From the fairytale city of Český Krumlov perched on the Vltava River to the charming town of Liberec, Czechia is known worldwide as one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe.
Prague, the capital, is located in the northwestern reaches of the country. Surrounded by several smaller cities and set back just 2 hours southwest of the striking Krkonoše National Park, the city is easily reachable via plane, train, or bus.
The Best Time to Visit Prague
On any given tourist guide or city pamphlet, you’ll probably read that the best time to visit Prague is in the summer months of June through August. But, we tend to disagree with this.
Why? Because Prague is at its absolute busiest and most expensive during these months. Prices on flights, accommodations, tours, meals, and transportation skyrocket all the while tens of thousands of tourists are pouring in and out of the city every day.
We find this to be a chaotic time to be in Prague with really the only perk being the nice weather.
If you are looking to stay on a budget and don’t mind wearing a sweater and maybe a rain jacket while sightseeing, then the real best time to visit Prague is in the shoulder season months of April through May and September through October.
During these periods, you can find awesome deals on travel expenses like flights and hotels, and you’ll get to experience the more local side of the city with a fraction of the tourists.
You’ll also probably be able to snap some sweet photos without any people in them either!
Especially if you only have one day in Prague, do your best to visit in the off-season months!
Tips for Visiting Prague for One Day
On my first trip to Prague, I was completely (happily) overwhelmed with the level of beauty and excitement all around me! Every turn I took there was something new and wonderful to be explored. But, I did experience a few things that left me wishing I had known about them before arriving.
Prague is actually one of my most beloved cities in Europe and I hope you feel the same after visiting now that you’ll have all of the best insider tips!
✔️ Be Aware of Scams
Unfortunately, Prague is one of the worst cities in Europe for tourist scams. Luckily, I can tell you all about what to look out for!
✔️ Don’t ever exchange your money for local currency on the streets
9/10 times it’s fake.
✔️ Avoid street games.
The people standing around are usually in on the trick and the game is rigged, so you’ll never actually win.
✔️ Avoid using streetside ATMs
They make you take out thousands of korunas in cash (hundreds of dollars), then charge you a large percentage to use the ATM on top of the typical ATM fee. Instead, go inside a bank, or best yet, just use a debit card.
✔️ Don’t Carry Too Much Cash
Like most places in Europe, pickpocketing isn’t infrequent and most things you can pay for with a card.
Carrying too much cash is a recipe for disaster if your wallet gets lost or stolen. Instead, if you’re a mid-range traveler (meaning mid-range meals and accommodation), plan to need about 2,000 Czech Korunas per day including meals.
This will help you plan for how much cash you should carry at any given time.
✔️ Try the Food
I totally get it… rich foods filled with meat and covered in sauerkraut aren’t for everyone!
But, if you’re only spending one day in Prague, you really should try at least some of the food to get an idea of this important piece of the Czech culture.
If you’re a vegetarian, try the Langos! It’s savory fried dough with a generous layer of sour cream and topped with shredded cheese. Totally customizable, this is a great vegetarian option.
✔️ Don’t Rent a Car
If you rarely see locals driving cars in Prague, that’s a pretty good sign that you shouldn’t be driving one either.
To be frank, driving in Prague isn’t easy and well, actually rather chaotic. The roads are mostly made of several thousand broken cobblestones and share space with the trolley so you’ll need to be watching out for trams while driving!
Not to mention that everything you’re going to want to see and do is within a short walk of each other, and anything that is too far for you to walk to can be easily reached by hopping on the bus or metro.
✔️ Czechia Uses the Koruna, Not the Euro
Contrary to popular belief, not everywhere in Europe uses the Euro.
The Czech Republic uses what’s called the Czech Koruna which actually offers a far better exchange rate than the euro, making Prague relatively affordable to most visitors.
✔️ Beer is Cheaper than Water
If beer isn’t really your thing, be prepared to pay a pretty penny for water or other alcoholic beverages.
Especially since the tap water isn’t great for drinking in Czechia, you’ll have to pay for bottled water wherever you go or carry along a reusable water bottle with a filter (this one is my favorite!)
Additionally, the Czech Republic is home to the original Pilsner Urquell, so it’s easy to see why beer is so cheap. Other alcoholic beverages such as wine and spirits are far more expensive, though still affordable, and are typically coming from other regions of Europe.
✔️ It’s Customary to Tip A Little
While it may not be customary throughout much of Europe to tip, it’s normal to round your bill up to the nearest $10, or add up to 10% for good service in Czechia.
✔️ Most Tourist Shops Aren’t Selling Local Products
If you see Russian dolls, Prague t-shirts and hoodies, and custom frames, it’s likely none of it is actually made in Prague.
Leave the main tourist areas and go up and down the quirky side streets around the city to find the best hidden gems selling local marionettesand puppets, a true Czech souvenir.
✔️ Keep Your Belongings On Your Front
We were only in Prague for about 5 minutes before a local tried their first pickpocket attempt on us. Luckily everything was zipped up tight and I was able to step in between them and our backpack before anything happened.
Whatever you do, don’t put your phone or wallet in your back pocket. Though it may be tempting since it’s what you are likely used to, put all valuables in a zipped-up bag on the front of your person and never take it off or leave it unattended.
Pickpocketing is the most common way tourists get robbed in Prague and it happens to people daily. Be street smart!
✔️ The Early Bird Avoids Tourists
The best views of the city come just before sunrise when barely anyone else is awake yet.
Stroll the Charles Bridge and watch the sun rise over the city, photograph the vibrant buildings and medieval architecture, and enjoy an early morning coffee and pastry while scoping out which shops you want to explore after opening hours!
How to Get to Prague
Depending on where you’re coming from, there are 3 main ways you can get to Prague: plane, train, or bus. If you’re already in Europe, it’s likely that the train will be your fastest and most cost-efficient option.
✔️ Via Train
Unless you’re traveling from over a few countries away from somewhere such as Greece, Spain, or Portugal, the train will usually be your best bet.
However, do some research on flights if the train is going to take you more than 8 hours, as it’s occasionally cheaper just to fly. I do believe that the train is far prettier and far less chaotic than flying, but if you’re short on time, then flying will be a better option.
✔️ Via Plane
If you’re coming from outside of Europe, a plane is likely going to be your best option. Prague has one main international airport, Václav Havel Airport Prague, and has dozens of departing and arriving flights every day.
Flights can be expensive, but if you have some extra time, research flying into a nearby airport such as Berlin or Vienna, and then taking the train.
This not only could save you some cash, but could also give you the opportunity to see a few more places and experience the Eurail firsthand!
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✔️ Via Bus
Lastly, the bus. Europe has a very good bus system that can save you quite a bit of money, but keep in mind it’s usually at the expense of comfort.
Buses are typically more crowded and less clean than the train and will take you longer to get to your destination. Since pricing will vary on which city you’re coming from, compare prices to Prague on both the train and the bus to see which option is best for you.
The Best Things To Do in Prague
On any trip to Prague, there are a few things you simply can’t miss! Luckily enough, most of the attractions are close to one another, so you should have plenty of time to get from place to place during your 24 hours in Prague.
Be sure to continue reading to see how we organized the itinerary to ensure you are using your time efficiently while sightseeing!
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✔️ Wenceslas Square
Wenceslas Square is a beautiful plaza in the heart of Prague. The square features an equestrian statue (the Statue of St. Wenceslas) on one side and opposite it, you’ll find two fountains with statues atop them.
If you’re looking for something more than just beauty though, head to Wenceslas Square at night when there are tons of people making their way through this picturesque area as well as vendors selling everything from flowers to clothes or food items like bratwursts!
I always enjoy visiting Wenceslas Square in Prague. If you’re lucky, you’ll witness their huge outdoor market offering homemade local delicacies in large, wooden bowls all through the center of the square. Personally, this is my favorite way of exploring Czech cuisine.
There are also a few fast-food chains scattered about, where you can grab lunch or dinner before going shopping in this main tourist square.
✔️ Prague Castle
Prague Castle is often crowned as the most iconic landmark in Prague.
The castle has a lot to offer including medieval-era architecture, gothic charm, beautiful stained glass windows, and a fairytale ambiance that will transport you into an old-world storybook for just one day.
Visitors who enter the castle for 350 Kč/ person are rewarded with stunning views of the highly interrupted cityscape of Prague.
Spires, towers, and striking cathedrals can be seen for miles before the view fades into the lush greenery of the surrounding countryside.
Prague was originally founded by Emperor Charles IV who had the castle built on the banks of Vltava River next to an ancient settlement called Lesser Quarter (now known as Malá Strana) which still hosts many fascinating attractions like its Church of Our Lady before Týn and the Church of Our Lady of the Snows.
✔️ Old Town Square
Cobblestone streets and historic architecture are what make Prague’s Old Town Square so special.
The Church of Our Lady before Týn, where the infamous Czech composer Dvořák once served as an organist, stands tall in this area that has been one of Europe’s most-frequented tourist destinations since its construction was completed in the mid 16th century.
Nearby you will find a more modern marvel: the Municipal House which hosts concerts by world-class orchestras both inside and out on their beautiful terrace gardens during springtime months.
When visiting Prague, I love to spend the majority of my time in Old Town Square.
There’s always something going on- street performers or buskers with their instruments playing out of tune, and even fluorescently lit street carts giving rides to tourists.
I sometimes stop by a crêpe stand for some sweet dessert after lunching at one of Prague’s cafés, or at the stands where they make Trdelník pastries that are like crispy doughnuts stuffed with hazelnut chocolate and rolled in cinnamon sugar; so good!
If you’re up for a night out on the town, be sure to try the crispy potato chips from the vendor who sells them off a stick!
✔️ Astronomical Clock
As you stroll around the cobbled streets of Prague’s Old Town Square, you’ll be able to see many tourists admiring its most famous site: The Astronomical Clock.
This clock is from 1410 and displays the Twelve Apostles in a procession every hour on the hour from 9am-11pm every day! It also has an astronomical dial showing planetary hours by means of concentric circles with zodiac signs which represent 24 time zones.
The procession of the Twelve Apostles is a historical tradition which has been celebrated for centuries. The clock features paintings depicting Jesus and his apostles on one side, while statues depict saints who were persecuted under imperial rule.
Whether or not you’re interested in the history behind this beautifully designed, and still functional, astronomical clock, it is still worth stopping in to see while wandering around Old Town Square during your one day in Prague.
Built high on a pillar set against the side of the Church of Our Lady before Týn, there’s no missing this stunning sight, even from a distance!
✔️ Charles Bridge
Prague is home to the world-famous Charles Bridge which was one of two main entrances from Prague Castle to the Old Town. Construction began in 1357 when architect Peter Parler designed this beautiful landmark before being completed sometime in the early 15th century.
It has stunning, yet gothic stone arches with statues on both ends depicting Saints John Nepomuk and Saint Vaclav as well as 16 small towers.
The bridge connects Staré Město on the north bank where nearly all tourist attractions lie, while Malá Strana lies southwards past the Vltava River until finally ending at Kampa Island which provides scenic views overlooking the entire area before meeting up at Wenceslas Square.
While strolling over this magical bridge, stop and peek at the artists painting and drawing live portraits of people and the unique music along the way. The Charles Bridge is a quintessential part of Prague and the special link connecting the two sides of this medieval city!
✔️ St. Vitus Cathedral
The St. Vitus Cathedral stands as one of Prague’s most recognizable landmarks with its two white bell towers and intricately designed columns.
Visitors can admire the dozens of vibrant stained glass windows that depict biblical stories or scenes from holy figures such as saints Peter and Paul.
The gothic architecture of the cathedral draws tourists from all over the world to marvel at its beauty every year!
The Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church, and it has been used as a coronation site for former Czech kings and queens. It also serves as an important burial place with many royal members buried here.
As the most important landmark in Prague, and one of the most meaningful sites in the history of the Czech Republic, this cathedral surely deserves a stop on your one day in Prague!
✔️ Lennon Wall
Prague’s Lennon Wall is a well-known graffiti wall with over 100,000 pieces of art that span from the 1980s to today. It was created in 1988 by Czech citizens and has been repainted continuously since then.
The artwork ranges from simple drawings and poems to designs reflecting local causes such as animal rights or global concerns like climate change.
John Lennon Wall is a place of cultural significance and artistic expression. Graffiti painted across this concrete barrier was not only an act of defiance against the communist government after his murder, but also became a place for artists to express their voice around the world.
The lyrics of music, particularly from the Beatles, can be seen on posters or stencils adorning buildings nearby with political messages and other global causes.
This wall holds a special place for both Czech citizens and visitors and is a great spot to check out if you have some extra time during your one day in Prague.
One Day in Prague Itinerary
This ultimate one day in Prague itinerary goes into detail about how to fit in all of the exciting attractions I mentioned above in an efficient order, some great places to grab meals, and some of my favorite personal stops that will simply make your day even better!
This itinerary is based on a full 24 hours in Prague starting in the morning, so you may need to start and end the itinerary at different points depending on when you arrive in the city.
It also includes almost exactly 5 miles of walking, so be sure to bring some comfortable and supportive walking shoes or be prepared to buy a metro pass or rent bikes.
If you’re getting off of a train or bus, it’s likely you’ll be starting your day in Wenceslas Square. Wenceslas Square may be small but you can find many kinds of restaurants, cafes, and shopping opportunities here.
But, if you’re like me and want to escape the tourist madness as soon as possible, you won’t need much more than 30 minutes or so here.
From Wenceslas Square, make your way down Václavské náměstí Street where the street meets with Melantrichova. This will bring you directly into the Old Town Square where you’ll find the Church of Our Lady before Týn, the astronomical clock, and dozens of local shops and authentic spots for food.
If you’re hungry, grab a crêpe at one of the small stalls or try the traditional breakfast which is a combination of some type of bread and either butter, jam, or honey, or meat and cheese.
Or even try out some of the traditional food stalls offering different types of local recipes!
From the Old Town Square, you’ll continue straight until you reach the infamous Charles Bridge. Stretching across the Vltava River, it’s a beautiful sight to behold and walk on.
From here, you’ll make your way into the Lesser Town, also known as Malá Strana, where you’ll first come across the gothic Lesser Town Bridge Tower.
If you wish, you can climb to the top of the tower for excellent views overlooking the city for 150 CZK (about $7). If not, continue making your way over the bridge where you’ll find Klárov Street.
Follow the road around the gardens to the left where you’ll be met with the impressive Prague Castle!
If you wish to go inside and explore until your heart’s content, it will cost you 350 CZK (about $16). Afterward, continue walking down Třetí nádvoří Pražského hradu Street for a short way until you reach St. Vitus Cathedral.
Once you’ve photographed and wandered this historically important area, it’s time to make your way back into the center of Malá Strana where you can explore the streets’ charming shops and boutiques and perhaps find yourself a local souvenir!
Hungry yet? You can either grab some lunch at one of the best spots in the Lesser Town, Café Savoy, or you can continue on your journey.
Soon you’ll be back on the opposite side of the river, so think about a few places that you saw and if you want to hold off on lunch until you make it back for the local grub in the Old Town.
Once you’ve finished perusing this area, you can head on over to Velkopřevorské náměstí Street where you’ll find the vibrant John Lennon Wall!
After you have taken some time to read through all of the graffiti, you can head down the river bank where you’ll come across Kampa Island and the famous Kampa Museum.
You have the option of exploring the museum, or if you’re short on time, you can head to Most Legií Street where you’ll cross one of Prague’s scenic bridges.
Next, if you have the time, continue heading down the river on Masarykovo Nábř Street where you’ll come across the quirky and fun Dancing House.
This unique piece of architecture tells an interesting story of two brothers and a cool pitstop on your journey that also leads you perfectly into the New Town of Prague.
However, if unique architecture doesn’t fit your style, then after you cross the bridge continue following NárodníStreet.
This will lead you back towards the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square much faster than going down to the Dancing House, through the New Town, and back up.
Once you’re back between the Old Town and Wenceslas Square, you can either get some food if you haven’t yet at the spectacular Restaurant Mlýnec that offers traditional Czech recipes and live evening music or continue sightseeing and go up to the Powder Tower off Celetná Street.
As one of the original city gates to Prague, this gothic piece of architecture offers sweeping views of the city and Vltava River!
After enjoying the last few hours of daylight, find a cozy spot in one of the numerous bars or restaurants around town, and order yourself a rich, hot bowl of goulash and a cold pint to rest your feet with.
Now, this is a FULL day of sightseeing and you’re likely to be pretty tired at the end of it. But, I can honestly say you’ll be happy you snuck all of these major landmarks and unique Prague sites into your day!
This is my ultimate one day in Prague itinerary for a reason, so trust me when I say you’ll need some comfort food and at least a pint or two when you’re done!
Map of One Day in Prague Itinerary
Getting Around Prague for One Day
Since you’ll only be visiting for a short amount of time and, as I’ve said before, Prague is extremely walkable, you won’t need to rent a car.
In fact, I highly suggest that you never rent a car in Prague unless you plan on exploring other cities, in which case, I will tell you to also not rent a car and to just take the train.
If you’ve read enough of my articles, you’ll start to see more and more why I never suggest renting cars in Europe. It’s extremely expensive and only ever adds stress to your trip.
Instead, opt to either walk, hop on the public metro or bus, or rent bicycles!
✔️ By Foot
Prague’s sites and attractions can easily be reached on foot, however, be sure to pack supportive footwear that can withstand several miles of walking per day.
The streets are mostly cobblestones and railroad tracks, so if you’ve got heels already in your suitcase, take them out!
✔️ By Metro
For attractions that may be uphill or if you’re traveling with someone who has limited mobility, then the metro and bus will be your best option.
It’s affordable, has dozens of convenient locations around the city, and is easy to use. Simply walk into the terminal, find an available kiosk, and buy either a one-way ticket or a 10 ticket pass if you’ll be using the metro a lot on your trip.
✔️ By Bicycle
Bicycles are so fun! They give you the best combination of efficiency and joy while exploring the city.
You’ll actually see most locals either on foot or on bike, so this is a cool way to fit in. Praha Bike is a great company that offers country and city tours and rentals at affordable prices and is located right in the middle of the city on DlouháStreet.
What to Eat in Prague
Known for its rich and flavorful foods, Prague’s food scene is one to be savored. Hearty meats, well-seasoned dumplings, and salty sauerkraut make up a small portion of the plethora of options available in this foodie’s paradise!
One of the best places to try a lot of different local foods at once is in Wenceslas Square when over a dozen food stalls are set up offering self-serve local delicacies. My favorite was the Haluski, a homemade spaetzle with sauerkraut and all of the fresh bratwurst.
The bratwursts come in a long, fresh roll and you can ask for mustard, peppers, and onions if you wish! This was our favorite on-the-go lunch while exploring the city.
There are a few typical dishes you’ll come across at least once during your one day in Prague. For the best sweet treat in the city, have yourself a slow-roasted Trdelník.
This sweet dough is wrapped around long, wooden rods and roasted over a slow fire until it’s soft and chewy in the center and crisp on the outside.
They then roll the dough in cinnamon sugar and you can ask them to coat the inside with chocolate spread if you so choose. I think I had about 9 of these while in Prague…
Next, goulash is extremely popular across Hungary and the Czech Republic. Deliciously seasoned and perfectly hearty for a day full of sightseeing, this is one of my favorite meals in Prague.
Melt in your mouth meat (usually beef) is paired with lightly salted dumplings and a thick, meaty sauce.
It’s also occasionally paired with sauerkraut (you’ll start to notice that almost everything has sauerkraut paired with it).
Another popular dish in Prague is a generous serving of multiple types of meat including duck, pork, beef, and sausage, which is paired with traditional Czech stuffing, dumplings, sauerkraut, and thick meat gravy (shown to the right).
While the combinations vary from place to place along with the name, this dish can be found in most sit-down restaurants across the city and is usually listed as a popular dish right at the top of the menu.
Looking for another type of sweet treat? Not only popular in Paris, but crêpes are also well known in the Old Town Square and can be filled with a variety of items of your choosing!
If you’re just looking for a small bite, I suggest sharing one, as these crêpes are about the length of your arm. Just keep an eye out for the small stalls selling them by the dozens!
Where to Stay in Prague for One Night
It can be overwhelming figuring out where to stay in Prague if you only have one night, I mean, you want to pick the right place right?!
The best way to figure out where you should stay for the night is to decide what is most important for you to do and see whether it be attractions, restaurants, art galleries, etc.
Below, I’ve listed the perks of staying in each of the popular neighborhoods, so you don’t need to do hours of research to figure out where to stay!
There are other districts, labeled by number (Prague 1 through Prague 10), but if you only have one day in Prague, I suggest choosing one of the below districts that will keep you close to all of the action.
✔️ Mala Strana
When your main focus is to see as many sites and attractions in a short amount of time as possible, this is where you should stay!
Home to some of the most famous attractions in the city including Prague Castle, St. Nicholas Church, the Charles Bridge, Franz Kafka Museum, and the John Lennon Wall, this is the ultimate place to stay when visiting Prague.
However, while it is bustling with fun shops and restaurants and close to many of the major attractions, it’s also quite touristy (which also means quite expensive).
If you’re looking for more of a local’s perspective of Prague, perhaps check out one of the other districts just outside of the main city center.
✔️ Old Town Prague
Often referred to as the most beautiful and striking part of the city, Old Town Square (or Old Town Prague) boasts a wonderful, medieval ambiance with its highly-embellished buildings, sky-high cathedrals adorned with spires, and functional astronomical clock.
Also home to the Old Town Hall and the Old Jewish Quarter, this part of town is suspended in the olden days of the 14th century and is my personal favorite place to stay in Prague!
✔️ Wenceslas Square
Situated in the center of New Town Prague, this long, elegant square is filled to the brim with upscale dining options, popular shopping outlets, and chain fast-food options. Nearby, you can find the famous Dancing House and the National Theatre.
As one of the most touristy spots in Prague owing to its convenient location just a few hundred steps from the train station, I suggest staying elsewhere unless you have an early ride out of the city.
Wenceslas Square is beautiful but lacks the ability to provide a genuine Czech experience due to its chain brands and endless street sellers trying to get you to buy a keychain.
Overall, I would suggest staying in the Old Town Square as it will provide you with an authentic Prague experience, is close walking distance to almost all of the major attractions and the metro, has authentic restaurants and streetside cafés right at your doorstep, and will give you the opportunity to communicate with the locals.
All of these combined make for the most incredible Prague experience!
Is Prague Cheap or Expensive?
Prague is known for its affordable and budget-friendly attractions. Whether you are looking to spend a lot of money on fancy jewelry or just want the best beer in town, Prague has something for every type of traveler!
Prague offers all types of travelers an opportunity to experience what this city has to offer at relatively low costs.
If you’re into buying expensive artwork, there’s no shortage; if it’s cheaper souvenirs that sound more up your alley then worry not because everything from cheap food and accommodations can be found here too.
While more expensive than some other cities in Europe including Budapest or Lisbon, it’s far cheaper than the nearby capitals of Vienna or Berlin.
Whether you’re traveling on a tight college budget or are looking to splurge on a luxury hotel, Prague has something for every price range.
How Much do I Need Per Day in Prague?
If you’re looking to get an idea of how much money you’ll need per day in Prague, you’ll first need to figure out your travel style.
Do you prefer hostels, mid-range hotels, or luxury suites with a view? Are you alright eating local meals and eating from food carts or do you prefer to always eat in a sit-down restaurant? Or is it a mixture of both?
Once you figure out how you’re going to want to spend your trip, you can start closing in on your ideal budget.
For us, we tend to stay in lower-price hotels in Prague as we have found the hostels to be less than safe (at least in this region of Europe). We aren’t luxury travelers, but if you are, then be sure to budget for $180+ per night.
✔️ Pro Tip: We were also warned by a local not to stay in the hostels… this very kind man told us they were not safe, especially for females, and that he highly recommended us to stay in a private room in a hotel.
If you want to stay in mid-range hotels like us, then you can expect to spend between $80-130 per night.
As for food, meals are quite cheap averaging around $10 per person (211 Czech Korunas) for lunch and dinner and only $5 (106 Czech Korunas) for breakfast.
On average, people typically spend around $7 (148 Czech Korunas) per day on transportation including the metro and public transportation.
For a more in-depth look at how to create your daily budget, check out our article on how to plan a trip to Europe!
Is One Day in Prague Enough?
While Prague continues to be one of the most, if not the most, walkable cities in Europe, there are still tons of incredible things to do, try, and see, and I’m always going to recommend that you spend more than one day in Prague if you can.
Luckily for visitors, sites and attractions are relatively close to one another, the public transportation system is easy and efficient to use, and narrow streets and alleyways can get you from one place to another in a matter of minutes.
It is possible to cross a lot of things off your Prague bucket list in a single day, but if the time allows, plan on spending at least 2 days here.
Don’t worry, if you’re really short on time you’ll still have an amazing trip… you’ll just be wishing you didn’t have to leave!
How Long Do You Need in Prague?
In our experience, we think between 2-3 days in Prague is perfect. This way, you aren’t rushing from landmark to landmark or skipping exciting activities, and you can move at your own pace.
Your feet will also thank you for not walking 10+ miles per day… we’ve all had those vacations, and a city filled with hills and cobblestone streets probably isn’t a place you want to repeat that experience.
If your schedule allows, try to plan to spend at least 2 nights in Prague. After your first full day of sightseeing, you’ll be grateful that you won’t need to jump on a plane, train, or bus out!
If you Have Two Days in Prague or More
If you happen to have two days in Prague or more, there are a considerable number of additional activities you could fit into your Prague itinerary! I’ve written a few of them below.
✔️ Take a Vltava River Cruise
A cruise down the Vltava River is an amazing way to spend an afternoon or evening!
You will get the opportunity to experience the city from a different perspective and capture some awesome photos of what the city looks like from the river.
We recommend taking a river cruise at night since the city will be lit up beautifully and most attractions close after 5:00-6:00PM. You can also find evening river cruises that included dinner and drinks.
River Cruises in Prague
✔️ Take in the Views from Vyšehrad
This historic castle is just a few kilometers from the center of Prague and provides exceptional views overlooking the city.
This medieval castle dates back to the 10th century and is one of the most overlooked things to do in Prague.
✔️ Walk up the Hill to Petřín and Climb Petřín Tower
Petřín is a beautiful hilltop that houses a tower offering panoramic views of Prague. Easily reachable on foot or via the metro, this is an easy add-on to any multi-day Prague itinerary.
And believe it or not, you can hike to the top of this hill within 5-10 minutes, maximum! Just be sure to climb the stairs to the observation point and bring a camera with you.
Day Trips from Prague
If you are lucky enough to have two days or more in Prague, you should consider taking one of these amazing day trips!
Lucky for travelers, Prague is centrally located between numerous amazing cities and national parks, so you’re never far from another magical destination.
✔️ Kutna Hora
Just over an hour by car or an hour and 20 minutes by train from Prague, Kutna Hora is a beautiful city that houses a medieval past.
Home to the gothic Sedlec Ossuary that has been embellished with over 40,000 human skeletons from the 15th century, this is one spooky day trip from Prague!
✔️ Český Krumlov
Český Krumlov is a pure gem just 2 hours by car or 3 hours by train from Prague.
Easily recognized across Europe for its envelopment by the Vltava River and its tight network of cobblestone streets, this charming city is easily one of the best day trips from Prague you can take!
✔️ Karlovy Vary
Just an hour and 45 minutes by car or 2 hours and 10 minutes via train, Karlovy Vary is a vibrant hillside town in the western reaches of the Czech Republic.
Nearing on the border of Germany, Karlovy Vary is famous for its numerous hot springs and its high-end reputation as an indulgent spa town.
The optimal destination for travelers seeking a piece of rejuvenation among their journey, a trip to Karlovy Vary is the ultimate relaxing day trip from Prague!
✔️ Krkonoše National Park
Just 2 hours by car from Prague, the Krkonoše National Park is situated way up north on the border of Poland.
Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this national park is the ultimate destination for adventure travelers and those who love to hike and take scenic strolls in nature.
You can find brilliant waterfalls and endless natural beauty everywhere you turn here. If you’re looking to escape the chaos of the capital on a day trip from Prague, then Krkonoše National Park is a perfect choice!
Best Prague Tours
Looking to discover Prague’s history in a private tour or learn about the Czech Republic’s cuisine? What about taking a day trip to one of the most beautiful national parks in Europe?
These tours have you covered! And don’t worry if the ones below look a little too much out of your budget if you’re on one, just click the link, and you can search for any tour that suits your style and budget. Cheers!
Should I Buy Travel Insurance for Prague?
Even if you’re only planning to spend one day in Prague, I always recommend purchasing travel insurance. You never know what might happen!
And in a place where pickpockets are common and scams are an art, you’ll want to protect yourself and your personal belongings.
Most travelers recommend using World Nomads, though I have never used it myself and can’t vouch for it personally. I have heard great things, however,
On the other hand, we always use SafetyWing since it’s very cheap (I mean extremely cheap… for 3 weeks abroad to the Middle East and Kyrgyzstan for two people doing numerous adventure activities, it only cost us $84!) and covers pretty much everything you’ll need.
We’ve had our bags lost and damaged by airlines, flights delayed and canceled by airlines, and even had run-ins with the current pandemic situation, and SafetyWing insurance helped us through it all! If the only reason you’re debating buying travel insurance is because of the price, you can’t find a better affordable option than SafetyWing.
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Other One Day in a City Itineraries
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Prague is one of the most magical destinations in Europe with its medieval charm, gothic architecture, stone arch bridges, and rich cuisine. With so many impressive landmarks, exciting attractions, and interesting historical sites, it can be hard to decide what to do with your time.
But, with my handy one day in Prague itinerary, you can be sure you’ll be getting the best experiences the City of a Thousand Spires has to offer, even when you are short on time!
In the end, Prague is a city that will not disappoint. If you are looking for an affordable getaway with still plenty of luxury and culture to offer–look no further!
I hope this one day in Prague itinerary has inspired you to plan your next trip to the Czech capital. With so many different things to do and see, it’s easy for everyone- regardless of their interests or budget- to have a fantastic experience in Prague!
Can you do Prague in 1 day? ›
Even though it might seem there is a lot to see and do in one day (and we agree), you will see yourself that Prague is very compact and visitors-friendly. So don't worry; you will have plenty of time to see the best attractions in less than 24 hours.What should I do my first day in Prague? ›
- Walk across the Charles Bridge. The Charles Bridge is the most iconic place in all of Prague and for good reason, too. ...
- Go to Old Town Square. ...
- Visit Prague castle. ...
- Admire St. ...
- Eat Trdelnik and Horice rolls. ...
- Get a Thai Massage. ...
- Drink Beer.
The standard half-day Prague city tour consists of the visit to the Prague castle (St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace and St. George basilica), the Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square, but we can customize the tour according to your preferences.What is Prague best known for? ›
Prague is famous for its cultural life. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived there, and his Prague Symphony and Don Giovanni were first performed in the city. In addition, the lyric music of the great Czech composers Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák, and Leoš Janáček is commemorated each year in a spring music festival.How much time is enough in Prague? ›
To really see Prague, it's best to visit for four to five days. That will allow you to see all the main sites and get a sense of the city's culture — without rushing (something a lot of tourists do).How much do you spend a day in Prague? ›
Overall, you can expect to spend around €47-130 per person per day on a trip to Prague in which you stay in a private hotel room, eat at both nicer and more casual restaurants, do a few tours, visit a few museums, and go out to experience the nightlife.What should you not miss in Prague? ›
- Explore the Majestic Prague Castle. ...
- See the Charm of Old Town Square. ...
- Stroll on the Charles Bridge. ...
- Eat Trdelník from any Street Stand. ...
- Shop at Wenceslas Square. ...
- Experience the Czech Culture through Local Cuisine Tour. ...
- Take a Photo with the Franz Kafka Head Sculpture.
You should plan to spend around Kč2,042 ($89) per day on your vacation in Prague, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, Kč489 ($21) on meals for one day and Kč154 ($6.72) on local transportation.What food is famous in Prague? ›
- Koleno (pecene veprove koleno) Koleno (pork knuckle) is served on a wood cutting board with a serrated knife. ...
- Czech roast duck. ...
- Knedliky (bread dumplings) ...
- Svickova na smetane. ...
- Bramborak (potato pancake) ...
- Utopenci. ...
- Nakladany hermelin. ...
- Smazeny Syr (fried cheese)
You can walk everywhere - well, almost!
Prague's city center is very compact, so plan to walk most everywhere if you can. That means finding accommodation that is central. Ideally you will be able to walk from your hotel or apartment to all or some of the key historical monuments.
Do and don'ts in Prague? ›
- Don't line up like a tourist to get into popular attractions.
- Do know the scams and don't let your guard down.
- Don't expect people to smile at you.
- Do take a secret food tour with a local.
- Do remember the Euro is not the correct currency.
Prague is very walkable. If you dropped from the sky and landed in Old Time Square you would be in a good position to walk everywhere interesting within 30 minutes. The city sits in a valley split in half by a river and surrounded by rolling hills. The encircling hills forced compactness on the city builders.What is the cheapest month to visit Prague? ›
High season is considered to be June and July. The cheapest month to fly from United States is March. Enter your preferred departure airport and travel dates into the search form above to unlock the latest Prague flight deals.Which part of Prague is best to stay? ›
- Vinohrady. You're likely to cross paths with both locals and transplants in this neighbourhood known for its cafés, green spaces and an LGBTQ-friendly bar scene. ...
- Malá Strana. ...
- Žižkov. ...
- Holešovice. ...
- Karlovo Náměstí
The blood-red garnet is the official Czech national gem, rated among the world's finest. The Czech garnet is a popular urban accessory and is a necessity when visiting Prague.Can you speak English in Prague? ›
English is widely spoken, but a little Czech is welcome
It's common for people who live or work in Prague's tourist hotspots to speak English. Menus and museum information boards will usually be translated into English, too.
You should carry your passport with you at all times for identification. The police may fine you or arrest you if you fail to do so. Some city centre bars and restaurants don't allow entry to stag groups. Drunken or offensive behaviour is dealt with according to Czech law and may result in detention and or fines.Do you tip waiters in Prague? ›
As a general rule, always remember that, except for restaurants and cafés, tips aren't expected in Prague - tip at your discretion, and always factor in the quality of service. When in doubt, round up to the next hundred Koruna, or tip somewhere between five and 10 percent of your final bill.What currency is accepted in Prague? ›
Current exchange rates
The Czech Republic's currency is the Czech koruna or Czech crown (Kč / CZK). Despite being a member of the European Union, the Czech Republic has not adopted the euro yet. Notes come in denominations of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 CZK. Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 CZK.
You don't need to get Czech currency before arriving in Prague. But if you prefer to carry some cash, then euros, US dollars and British pounds are the next best options. They are the easiest to exchange and euros can be used in some shops, which is helpful at the airport and main train station.
How much cash should I bring to Prague? ›
How much cash we usually keep in our wallets? Not much, around 1000 CZK but usually even less as we prefer card payments. If you plan paying cash in Prague, one person should have around 1500 – 2000 CZK / day. To cover all meals, drinks, tickets.Is Prague cash only? ›
Credit cards, including contactless payment cards, are accepted at all hotels, restaurants and international shops in Prague. However, at more local shops, cafés, bars and sightseeing and entertainment venues cash is still king.Can you use euros in Prague? ›
Do Prague stores and restaurants accept the Euro? – Euro is not in official use. – Some shops, restaurants, and hotels accept payments in Euro and other currencies but usually with an inconvenient exchange rate. – It is recommended to change your Euros at the bank and pay for everything in Czech Crowns.What are some taboos in Czech Republic? ›
Specifically, you should avoid asking questions about intimate personal subjects, such as your host's personal age, health or finances. Czechs don't like to flaunt their riches, so asking about where and how they live might also be inappropriate.
- Prosím (pro-seem) = Possibly the most useful word in Czech. ...
- Děkuju (dyeh-kooyoo) = Thank you.
- Ano (ah-noh) = Yes. ...
- Ne (neh) = No. ...
- Dobrý den (dob-ree den) = Hello, Good afternoon.
- Nashledanou (nus-hle-dah-no) Good bye.
- Ahoj (ah-hoy) = Hi. or Bye.
Dollar to Czech Koruna Exchange Rate Today, Live 1 USD to CZK = 22.0873 (Convert Dollars to Czech Koruna)Should I exchange money before I travel to Prague? ›
If you're planning to visit the Czech Republic, you'll need to exchange money. Generally speaking, rates are always the best in exchange offices.Is Prague cheap for shopping? ›
Prague is not known for its fashion outlets or discounted shopping, but the "city of 1,000 spires" has plenty to offer those looking for something unique to bring home.What dessert is Prague famous for? ›
Medovnik, also known as honey cake, is arguably the most popular cake in Prague. Distinctly different from other cakes of its kind around the world, the dessert oozes with 10 layers of sweet crumbly cake and cream filling.What is a typical Czech breakfast? ›
That would probably be the most common answer if you asked a Czech what they usually have for breakfast. A slice of wheat-and-rye bread, traditionally sourdough, or a white roll (rohlík) topped with butter, hard cheese, and ham is one example. Those with more of a sweet tooth opt for jam or honey.
Can you wear shorts in Prague? ›
Casual dress is the norm for everyday wear, including at most restaurants. Shorts for men are not as common in Prague as they are in North America. In the evening, long pants are the norm, even in summer.Do people wear leggings in Prague? ›
Some travelers love wearing leggings for comfort, and they are acceptable to wear in Prague.How much should I give for a free walking tour in Prague? ›
The simple answer is: you should tip an amount that you feel comfortable with. The average tip for a free tour ranges from €10 to €15 per person, but you can tip just €5 if that's all you can afford. If you're traveling with your family, tip slightly more.Is it rude not to tip in Prague? ›
Tipping in the Czech Republic is commonly expected. Foreign visitors are often expected to tip at least 10%. (N.B. This practice holds true mainly in Prague and leading tourist "meccas" such as Cesky Krumlov, not in the general countryside, where foreigners are not expected to do anything more than locals.)How much do you tip in Prague? ›
Plan to tip around 10-15% in Prague restaurants. However, the exact tip amount when eating out in Prague depends on the place, occasion, and order size. It's customary to give your waiter or waitress a slightly higher tip than you would a bartender, as they are likely sharing their tip with the kitchen staff.Do taxis in Prague take credit cards? ›
5. Credit Card – Can I Pay with my Visa or MasterCard? In general, yes, most of the taxis nowadays have payment terminals accepting international credit/debit cards, especially the taxis you will find at the airport or train stations. If you have Revolut Card it will work as well.Are trams in Prague free? ›
A ticket for the Prague public transport network permits travel on the Prague Metro, trams and buses for a set period of time: 30 minutes or 90 minutes. There are also 1-Day, 3-Day and 1-Month passes. All tickets and passes permit unlimited switching between the three modes of transport.Is Prague the prettiest city in the world? ›
It's not surprising at all! Prague has been officially named the most beautiful city in the world by the international magazine Time out.Is Vienna or Prague nicer? ›
Vienna wins for safety, things to do, and day trip opportunities. Both cities are pretty equal when it comes to accessibility, weather, and food. However, in terms of accessibility and food, in a Prague vs. Vienna showdown when also taking cost into consideration, Prague would win the tie-breakers.What US cities fly direct to Prague? ›
- Chicago (ORD)to. Prague (PRG) 02/21/23 - 02/28/23. ...
- Charlotte (CLT)to. Prague (PRG) 02/21/23 - 02/28/23. ...
- New York (JFK)to. Prague (PRG) ...
- Los Angeles (LAX)to. Prague (PRG) ...
- Miami (MIA)to. Prague (PRG) ...
- Dallas (DFW)to. Prague (PRG) ...
- Phoenix (PHX)to. Prague (PRG) ...
- Philadelphia (PHL)to. Prague (PRG)
Which month is best in Prague? ›
May and September are the best months to visit Prague. The weather is pleasant and there are fewer crowds than in summer. However, if you're looking for cheaper accommodation prices, consider visiting in the winter.Is Prague cheap to drink? ›
Although most drinks are cheap in Prague, especially local drinks there is always an exception. Spirits are generally cheaper than most European countries but f you are think about buying something like a Jagerbomb or glass of champagne, be careful if you expect a bargain price!Does Prague have Uber? ›
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Old Town is better to stay if you want to experience traditional Czech culture and stay close to the most famous attractions as much as possible. New Town is better to stay if you want to have better nightlife with more modern hotels, bars, restaurants, and closer to the main train station.Do you have to tip in Prague? ›
Tipping in the Czech Republic is commonly expected. Foreign visitors are often expected to tip at least 10%. (N.B. This practice holds true mainly in Prague and leading tourist "meccas" such as Cesky Krumlov, not in the general countryside, where foreigners are not expected to do anything more than locals.)Do I need cash in Prague? ›
Most places in Prague accept credit cards and mobile payments, but not all. It is advisable to carry at least some Czech Crowns in cash. Some larger hotels, shops and restaurants accept both Euros and Czech Crowns. Many local shops, entertainment venues and tourist attractions only accept Czech Crowns.What currency is best to use in Prague? ›
As the official currency, the Czech crown is the best and often the only possible currency to use when paying. Although the Czech Republic is part of the European Union, the euro is not widely accepted here. Some stores, restaurants and hotels accept payments in euros but the exchange rate may not be very favorable.Do I have to carry my passport in Prague? ›
You should carry your passport with you at all times for identification. The police may fine you or arrest you if you fail to do so. Some city centre bars and restaurants don't allow entry to stag groups. Drunken or offensive behaviour is dealt with according to Czech law and may result in detention and or fines.Are Americans welcome in Prague? ›
Effective April 9, 2022, the Czech Republic has suspended all COVID-19 related entry restrictions for travelers. Travelers to the Czech Republic are no longer required to complete a Passenger Locator Form, provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or prior infection, etc.What is the number 1 most beautiful city in the world? ›
1. Rome, Italy. At number one you voted Rome as the most beautiful city in the world. With its thousand-year-old buildings such as the Forum Romanum or the Colosseum, beautiful piazzas and world-class art – not to mention Vatican City – we are certainly not surprised.
Is Prague more beautiful than Budapest? ›
Prague is generally considered more picturesque than Budapest, thanks to the many medieval buildings that are still standing today. Particularly around the historic city center surrounding the Old Town Square. Prague is smaller and has an intimate charm that Budapest doesn't have.Do people speak English in Prague? ›
English is widely spoken, but a little Czech is welcome
It's common for people who live or work in Prague's tourist hotspots to speak English. Menus and museum information boards will usually be translated into English, too.
Do Prague stores and restaurants accept the Euro? – Euro is not in official use. – Some shops, restaurants, and hotels accept payments in Euro and other currencies but usually with an inconvenient exchange rate.