5 Days in Prague

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  • Prague

  • City Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • Luxury Travel

  • Solo Travel

  • Sightseeing

  • History

  • Architecture

A view of a cobblestone street, old clock tower and stone buildings in the evening lit up with street lamps near people walking around.
Curator’s statement

Prague had been on my bucket list for a while. My fascination with Czechia, and specifically Prague, started many years ago when it was still part of Czechoslovakia. Even after it split in 1993, my fascination continued to grow. Prague has so much to offer, from the incredible architecture to the underground club scene, to learning about the city's history and walking through its streets that still have parts that feel like a medieval town. Prague is well-preserved, partially due to the fact that it wasn't bombed nearly as much as other European cities were throughout WWII.

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Four Seasons Hotel Prague

Luxury Baroque era-style accommodation located directly on the river, overlooking the entirety of Prague.

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Mandarin Oriental, Prague

Luxe property in a former monastery from the 14th-century with refined rooms and suites.

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Alchymist Grand Hotel & Spa

A luxurious retreat with a touch of mystique in Prague.

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Day 1: Arrive in Prague

An aerial view of people walking down a stone bridge in Prague atop of a river with the city scape in the background.

On day one, you'll arrive in Prague after a long journey. Although it may be difficult to get to Prague from the USA, it's definitely worth the effort. As soon as you arrive, make the most of your time by exploring the Old Town and trying some of the amazing street food that's available. To start your day right, prioritize good rest and try to adjust to the time difference. You'll find a lot of street vendors selling roasted pigs on a spit, and I highly recommend trying some.

Day 2: Start With a Walking Tour of Old Town

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After a good rest, it's time to start exploring Prague! I always prefer to begin with a walking tour of the city. This way, you can start learning your way around, and the tour guides usually have some excellent recommendations for places to eat and visit. Additionally, they will inform you about which restaurants to avoid because of their overpriced and often subpar food. If this is your first time in Prague, start with a walking tour of Old Town. Old Town has a large square in the middle with several pedestrian-only streets lined with shops and restaurants to explore. One of the main attractions in Old Town is the Astronomical Clock, which performs a show every hour, on the hour. However, remember this is a popular attraction, so there will always be a crowd. There is a restaurant right in front of the clock with outdoor seating, making it a great way to see the Astronomical Clock without having to stand around with everyone else. Another must-see area is the Old Jewish Quarters. The Jewish Quarters are the birthplace of Franz Kafka and home of the Old and New Synagogue.

One of the other incredible things about Old Town is how well it has been preserved. You will see buildings that have been there for hundreds of years, and if you love architecture, this is a must-see. These buildings are colorful and showcase the different architectural styles built over time.

Day 3: Head to Prague Castle

An overhead view of Prague at daytime complete with red roofed buildings and green trees.

On day three of your visit to Prague, it's time to head to Prague Castle after exploring Old Town. If you're staying in Old Town, you can reach Lesser Town by heading towards the river, where Prague Castle is located. There are two ways to reach Prague Castle from Old Town. You can take the tram that takes you to the top of Prague Castle, or take the subway. If you choose the subway, be prepared to walk up a lot of steps since the castle is situated on a hill. It's a good workout but can be tiring. In my opinion, taking the tram is a better option.

Once you arrive at Prague Castle, you can buy a ticket to explore the parts of the Castle that are open to the public. Keep in mind that the Castle is still the residence of the President of Czechia, so certain areas won't be accessible. Nevertheless, there are still many incredible areas to explore. Some of the must-visit areas of Prague Castle are the Old Royal Palace, the Castle Gardens and the Castle Churches. Don't forget to take a stroll down Golden Lane, where you'll find multiple shops and charming buildings. It's like taking a walk back in time to the medieval period. If you're a fan of Franz Kafka, make sure to visit building 22 - that's where his sister lived!

Day 4: Visit the New Town Neighborhood

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On day four of our trip to Prague, we visited the New Town neighborhood, which is home to the famous Wenceslas Square. It is one of the busiest areas of Prague and one of the most populated. The square is also home to the National Museum, where you can learn about the city's history. Which, speaking of, Wenceslas Square has been a significant place for various demonstrations, including the demonstration for voting rights and the celebration of the end of WWII. At the top of the square stands the Statue of St. Wenceslas, built by Josef Václav Myslbek in 1913.

We walked to New Town from our hotel in Old Town, and found both areas to be very safe. We even walked back to our hotel from New Town after a night of clubbing and felt secure. In New Town, you can find plenty of shops to explore, a few casinos to visit and several nightclubs to enjoy. Since we wanted to experience living in different areas of Prague, we spent a couple of nights in New Town, too.

Day 5: Try Out the Local Cuisine

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If you're a foodie (like me) then you'd love to try out some of the local cuisine. Whenever I visit a new city, I make it a point to visit at least one Michelin-starred restaurant. Since Prague is more reasonably priced than other European cities, we decided to try out two: Field for lunch, and La Degustation Boheme Bourgeoise for dinner. I highly recommend the tasting menu at La Degustation Boheme Bourgeoise - it was superb.

After our day of eating, we wanted to experience Prague's nightlife, so we joined a Pub Crawl. I'm not much of a beer drinker, so I opted for a club tour that offered different drink options. However, if you are a beer drinker, Prague is well-known for its beer, and there are multiple tours that take you to pubs that offer incredible options. These pub tours are a great way to discover local spots that you may not have known about if you tried on your own.

Another option is to visit the famous Karlovy Lazne, a five-story club located in Prague. Each floor has a different theme of music, so there's something for everyone. Since it's not located close to some of the more populated areas of Prague, I suggest taking a taxi to get there.

Need to Know

One additional note: the Czech people we've met so far are incredibly friendly and welcoming. It's also worth saying that English is commonly spoken, which has made communication a lot easier for us. Interestingly, we've even ran into several Americans who've moved to Prague, and they've only had positive things to say about the city and its people.

Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out my guide, Things to Do and See in Paris. This itinerary is part of our ongoing series on travel to Prague.

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