2 Days in Prague is the perfect amount of time to appreciate what this charming city has to offer. And if you’re here looking for the best 2 Day Prague Itinerary, you’ll be pleased to know you’ve come to the right place. We recently spent a long weekend in Prague, so we can share what we got up to, and what we consider to be the best places to visit in Prague in 2 Days. We cover all of the Prague hotspots, including some cool hidden gems. We include where to eat, sleep, and party. And finally, we share all of our top tips to ensure you have the best possible time exploring the city.
When it comes to our favourite European city breaks, Prague tends to top the list every time. We’ve visited the city a total of 3 times already, and we like to think we know it pretty well. But it’s one of those places you could return to time and time again without ever getting bored. You see, Prague is full of hidden mysteries and secrets, so you always end up discovering something new.
One of the things we love most about Prague is its diversity. Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway with your other half, a boozy weekend with your friends, or a sightseeing break on your own, you won’t be disappointed. From the baroque style architecture and quaint cobbled streets, to the cheap local beer and endearing bohemian culture, there is truly something for everybody.
If you’re wondering what your 2 Day Prague Itinerary might look like, think exploring medieval castles, hunting for ghosts, basking in scenic views, and taking leisurely boat rides on the Vltava River. Not to mention eating at fabulous restaurants and drinking plenty of Czech beer along the way.
Sound good? Well, let’s get to it then! Here’s the best Prague Itinerary for 2 days in the city.
2 Days in Prague – The Best 2 Day Prague Itinerary
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Is 2 Days in Prague Enough?
Let’s face it, 2 days isn’t a lot of time. But if you plan your 48 hours in Prague wisely, you should find it enough to get acquainted with the city. Thankfully, Prague is compact and straightforward to navigate. You can easily get around on foot, which means that ultimately, you end up seeing a lot more than if you were taking public transport.
If it’s your first time visiting Prague, naturally you will want to see the major tourist spots. These spots are landmarks of the city and popular for a good reason. However, what makes Prague so unique, in my opinion, is the various hidden gems around the city. You know, the spots that you don’t find on your average travel guide.
If you’ve visited the city before, or perhaps fancy mixing up the suggested itinerary with some of Prague’s hidden gems, I’ve included a section at the end with some alternatives. But regardless of what your Prague Itinerary looks like, you cannot fail to fall for its charms.
Where to Stay with Two Days in Prague
We’ve visited Prague on several occasions, which is why it isn’t too difficult for us to recommend great places to stay – particularly if you’re on a budget.
Naturally, there is no shortage of accommodation options in Prague, regardless of your budget or taste. However, if you only have two days in Prague, it makes sense to locate yourself centrally. This way, you can avoid journey time eating into your valuable exploring time.
With this in mind, we suggest choosing accommodation around the Old Town or Mala Strana districts. These two districts are on opposite sides of the Vltava river, but both concentrate many historical sights and good restaurants. I’ve made some hotel suggestions below, or you can click the link for a list of all hostels, guesthouses, and hotels in the city.
For a full list of places to stay in Prague, you can check the latest prices here.
Best Hostel in Prague: Little Quarter Hostel
We stayed at Little Quarter Hostel during our time in Prague. Located within the Mala Strana district, the vibe was pretty chill. Ideal if you’re in the city for sightseeing, but not so much if you’re looking to party. Other than that, the dorms were clean, comfortable, and spacious. Each bunk has a curtain, so we were grateful for that extra bit of privacy. If you’re looking for a cheap & chilled place to stay, don’t hesitate to book Little Quarter Hostel.
Best Budget Hotel in Prague: Design Room in Old Town
If you’re travelling on a budget in Europe, it can be hard to find affordable private rooms – especially if you want to be located in the centre. Thankfully, Design Room has recently opened up shop in Mala Strana, offering visitors a cheaper alternative to the luxury hotels that dominate the area. As expected, the rooms are basic, but at the same time, surprisingly quirky and chic. The property even features a kitchenette where you can prepare your own meals. It’s the perfect choice for couples travelling on a budget.
Best Mid-Range Hotel in Prague: Design Hotel Neruda
Conveniently located nearby Prague Castle, Design Hotel Neruda provides a touch of elegance without the hefty price tag. As the name suggests, the interior design is stylish and modern throughout the property, while guests can enjoy excellent facilities such as a spa, sauna, and hot tub. With a fabulous breakfast provided in the price, this hotel claims the best value for money title in my eyes.
Best Luxury Hotel in Prague: Aria Hotel Prague
Featuring a panoramic rooftop garden, luxurious rooms & suites, and 5* facilities, Aria Hotel is the ideal place to treat yourself during your stay in Prague. Unlike other luxury hotels, the Aria Hotel is luxurious in a subtle way. The design is chic and modern, mirroring the bohemian vibe of the city; while guests can enjoy ample facilities such as a fitness centre, on-site restaurant, and state of the art rooms.
The Best Places to Visit in Prague in 2 Days
We have a lot to cover in this comprehensive Prague Itinerary, so if you’re short for time, here’s a quick overview of the best of Prague in 2 Days.
- Explore the wonders of Prague’s historic Old Town
- Be enchanted by the jaw-dropping Tyn Church
- Feed the swans down by the Vltava River
- Meander the grounds of Prague Castle
- Revel in the views at Petrin Hill Gardens
- Take a day trip to Karlsteijn Castle
- Experience the atmosphere on Charles Bridge
- Enjoy a traditional medieval dinner
- Learn of the ghosts and legends that haunt the city.
- Explore Alternative Prague
Prague 2 Day Itinerary
OK, let’s dive into our suggested Prague Itinerary for 2 Days. I’ve tried to make it as strategic as possible so that you cover a lot, but at the same time don’t end up burning yourself out. I’m aware that some of you will be keener than others to cover everything on the list. So, if the itinerary sounds a bit much for you, cut out anything that you wouldn’t mind missing. We will guide you based on our experiences, but you can switch it up as you go along. Here’s a quick overview of what to expect:
- Day 1: Walking Tours, Czech Beer, and Boat Rides
- Day 2: Medieval Castles, Scenic Parks, and Ghost Stories.
Day 1 of 2 Days in Prague
Walking Tours, Czech Beer, and Boat Rides
OK, day 1 of our Prague Itinerary and you’ll want to be up & out early if you are to make the most of your day. Today you’ll discover some of Prague’s most significant historical sights in and around the legendary Old Town. You can either do the tour alone as we did. Or you can participate in a free walking tour. The free tours are great as you get to learn about the history of the city from a local. But, as we don’t like being on a time frame, we decided to go out and explore ourselves. Exploring on foot allowed us to get acquainted with the city, as well as to discover some cool stuff along the way.
*On a side note, if you take part in a free walking tour, be sure to tip your guide generously if you enjoy the tour.
Charles Bridge is one of Prague’s most famous landmarks. Not only that, but it’s also one of the most recognisable bridges in the world. The awe-inspiring medieval structure is the oldest bridge still standing over the Vltava River, connecting Prague’s most significant districts. Charles IV had it built in 1357, and it took almost half a century to complete.
There are various eerie legends and urban myths connected with Charles Bridge, which isn’t too dissimilar to the city itself. Nonetheless, it’s one of the most atmospheric places to be in Prague. Not only swarming with tourists, but musicians, artists, and performers too. That’s why to truly appreciate the architecture of the bridge and snap some photos, I suggest visiting early.
Entrance Fee: Free/Allow: 15 mins
The Powder Tower is essentially a gate which separates Prague’s Old Town with the New Town. At the height of 65m, the tower is an excellent example of the stunning gothic architecture that prevails in the city. Inside the tower, there’s a gallery and viewing deck that you can visit, although I suggest saving your money for something else. There are far better viewpoints in the city which I will cover later on in the article. All the same, it’s worth stopping by to admire the structure and snap a photo or 2.
Entrance Fee: 90 CZK(£3) or FREE from outside/Allow: 15-30 mins
Basilica of St James
This church dedicated to St James the Greater may be one of the lesser-known churches in Prague, but it’s certainly no less interesting. Admittedly, we were compelled to visit after learning of the mummified arm that dangles from the ceiling. Legend has it that the arm belonged to a thief who tried to steal jewels off the statue of the Virgin Mary. Mary was pretty pissed about this, grabbed the thief’s arm and held him there until somebody had to amputate. The severed arm remains as a reminder to all – do not steal kids! Oh, the rest of the church is pretty impressive too!
Entrance Fee: Free – Donations Welcome/Allow: 30 mins
Church of Our Lady Before Tyn
Next, we head to the legendary Old Town Square, known by locals as Staroměstské náměstí. You are sure to be familiar with this spot if you’ve ever come across photos of Prague. Many of the cities most significant historical buildings surround the square. It would be almost impossible to miss it during your two days in Prague.
The first spot I recommend you visit is the unmistakable Tyn Church. An enchanting medieval structure that dominates the square, looking like something straight out of a fairy tale. Interestingly, they say the church inspired the palace in Disney’s Beauty & The Beast. And it has to be said; once you see it, you can’t unsee it.
The most notable feature of the church is the 80-metre twin spires that tower hauntingly over the square. We both agreed that the structure, a seamless blend of gothic, baroque, and renaissance styles, is one of the most jaw-dropping buildings in all of Prague.
So long as there isn’t a mass taking place, you can make a small donation to look inside the church. The interior is equally exquisite, and it’s a truly wonderful place to enjoy some peace and tranquillity.
Entrance Fee: Free – Donations Welcome/Allow: 30 mins
Old Town Hall & Astronomical Clock
Located just across the square from Tyn Church, the Old Town Hall is another medieval structure that owns the wow factor. The 14th-century building is an architectural masterpiece, and you can’t plan a 2 Day Prague Itinerary without including it.
The pinnacle of the Old Town Hall is the Astronomical Clock built into the side of the tower. First installed in 1410, it is the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest still in operation. As well as being an intricate piece of engineering, the invention is incredibly beautiful.
Unless you visit super early, you can generally expect a large crowd surrounding the clock. Particularly on the hour when the clock performs a short spectacle. Don’t go with too higher expectation, but it’s always a crowd-pleaser and worth seeing all the same.
Finally, if you want to take a tour inside of the town hall, you can do so at an extra cost. The tour involves a look around some expensively decorated rooms and a decent view from the lookout tower. We felt it was an experience we could afford to miss. But if you feel differently, you can book at the link provided below.
Book a Tour: Old Town Hall & Astronomical Clock Entrance Ticket
Entrance Fee: Free to view outside & see the clock/Allow: 30 mins-1 hr
Prague Jewish Quarter
One of the final stops on the Old Town walking tour is Josefov – Prague’s Jewish Quarter. Unsurprisingly, this area of Prague possesses a rich albeit torrid history. You will learn all about this if you take the free walking tour, or there’s also a specialised tour that focuses solely on the Jewish Quarter. I’ve included the link for that one below. Either way, we recommend taking a stroll along the streets of the former Jewish Ghetto, stopping by the various synagogues, cemeteries, and stores along the way.
Book a Tour: Jewish Quarter Walking Tour with Admission Tickets
Entrance Fee: Free to walk around – extra for some attractions /Allow: 1-2 hrs
To conclude our educational tour of Prague’s Old Town, we will take a quick stop at the Rudolfinum building. A neo-renaissance structure that again, never fails to impress. The multipurpose cultural venue is home to concert halls, art galleries and exhibition spaces. Music lovers may want to look out for any concerts being held inside the Rudolfinum over your 2 days in Prague. While we didn’t get to see one ourselves, many say it’s an unforgettable experience.
Entrance Fee: Free to view outside – extra for shows /Allow: 15 mins
Sample some Local Czech Beer
From the Rudolfinum, you have a few options, but don’t worry – All of them include beer. After all, you’ve had a busy morning exploring, so you deserve it. And if it makes you feel any better, sampling the local beer is a quintessential Prague experience. Here are our suggestions of where to head next, and you can decide which option suits you best – simples.
Have you ever seen those books or tv shows where you got to choose the ending? It’s kind of like that, except our game involves beer, so it’s a million times better.
Letna Park – Across the river from the Rudolfinum you’ll find Letna Park. A sprawling open space set upon a plateau known as Letna Hill. During the Summer is the perfect time to visit, when you can enjoy various outdoor activities. These include nature trails, an outdoor cinema, beer gardens, uber-cool bars, and breathtaking views.
Beer Museum – Beer so good they made a museum devoted to it, and they weren’t wrong. Czech beer is delicious, and you can learn all about it at the Czech Beer Museum. Or for a somewhat unique & local experience, why not try this Prague Beer Bath with Unlimited Beer. Beer so good they bathe in it too apparently!
Beer Tasting Tour – Finally, if you consider yourself a beer connoisseur, maybe you’ll enjoy the Czech Beer Tasting Tour. “Taste a variety of beers, from pilsners to porters, during this 1.5-hour Czech beer tasting in Prague. Learn about the Czech Republic’s brewing traditions, and become a beer connoisseur. Enjoy popular domestic beers, as well as Prague’s own micro-brews”.
Sunset on Vltava River
If you don’t get too carried on the beer front, enjoying the sunset along the Vltava River is a lovely way to round off the day. Again, you have a few options for how you choose to do this.
When we spent the weekend in Prague, we spent our first evening down on the river banks admiring the swans. The best place for swan spotting is beside the Mánes Bridge just across the river from the Old Town. You won’t be alone here, but it’s a pleasant experience nevertheless.
Alternatively, you could head to one of the boat stations along the river and hire a peddle or rowing boat. Or even better, book one of Prague’s best selling boat tours or river cruises.
Lastly, you could opt for the viewing deck within the Old Town Bridge Tower. The arched tower forms a part of Charles Bridge and provides sensational views over the city. If you can’t make it for sunset, I’d try to allocate another time during your 2 Day Prague Itinerary to check it out.
Day 2 of 2 Days in Prague
Medieval Castles, Scenic Parks, and Ghost Stories
OK day 2, and we still have a lot to cover so I hope you’re ready for another action-packed day. Of course, you always have the option to take it easy. But once you see what we have in store, I’m confident you’ll be game for the adventure. Get ready for medieval castles, scenic parks, and ghost hunting on the final day of your Prague Itinerary.
Prague Castle Complex
To start the day, I suggest heading to the Prague Castle Complex. It’s by far one of the most popular tourist sights in Prague, so if you head there early, you have a better chance of escaping the crowds. To get there, we took a leisurely stroll down Nerudova. The street, named after a famous Czech poet, is one of the most picturesque in Prague. You’ll find quaint restaurants, cafes, and stores there, so you might want to allocate some time on the way down to look around.
You’ve likely spotted the Prague Castle up in the hills watching over the city. However, you may be surprised to learn that the complex is not a single structure, but rather a collection of significant buildings. The UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the largest castle complexes in the world. A full visit could take anywhere from 2-4 hours, but honestly, no Prague Itinerary would be complete without it.
Entrance fees for the complex vary, depending on your budget and level of interest in Prague’s history. You can find a full list of ticket prices on the website here. And to help you decide which of the buildings you might wish to visit, I’ve included a short description of each below.
Alternatively, you could take this incredible Prague Castle 3 Hour Guided Tour. I can’t speak from personal experience, but you only have to click the link to read thousands of positive reviews. Considering the price includes your entrance fee, it’s pretty decent value for money.
Prague Castle Complex
St Vitus Cathedral
Prague’s largest and most important religious building, this is the structure most visible from the city below. A stunning blend of gothic, renaissance and baroque styles, the intricate design is profound. The interior is equally impressive as the facade, boasting majestic decoration, wall paintings, and chapels. A must-see!
Old Royal Palace
One of the original buildings in the Castle District, built at Prague Castle during the 9th and 10th century. A captivating historical building, and worth a visit primarily for the Prague Castle exhibition which I lead onto next.
The Story of Prague Castle
An engaging and thought-provoking exhibition, which offers a fascinating insight into the history of the Prague Castle complex.
St George’s Basilica
On the inside, this stunning Romanesque church has all the Game of Thrones vibes. On the contrary, the bright red facade looks a little out of place in the gothic-themed city. Interesting to look at, but not essential, in my opinion.
Golden Lane & Daliborka Tower
Arguably one of the most compelling attractions within the castle complex, Golden Lane is a fine example of a 16th-century dwelling. Historically, representatives of the castle, such as servants or guards, would occupy the tiny houses. You’ll also stop by Daliborka Tower – a medieval prison where several notorious criminals were detained.
Originally a Renaissance palace of the Rosenberg family, it was rebuilt in the 18th century and used as a residence for unmarried women. Today, it holds the office of the President of the Czech Republic. The most impressive feature is the heavenly Renaissance paintings that adorn the interior, so if you like art, it’s worth a visit.
Prague Castle Viewpoint
Depending on how long you’ve spent in the castle complex, it’s highly likely you’re edging toward lunchtime. Now would be a good time to head back down to Nerudova Street and grab a bite. There are many well-rated restaurants in the area, but we can vouch for Waffle Point and Vegan’s Prague.
But before you do that, you’ll want to take in the sensational views from the courtyard just outside the castle complex. From here, you can expect sweeping views over the entire city, and if you’re a bit lame like us, you’ll have fun trying to locate the significant landmarks. In fact, we enjoyed the views so much, we returned later in the day for sunset.
Entrance Fee: Free /Allow: 15-30 mins
John Lennon Wall
After lunch, head to the glorified John Lennon wall. I say that because we were quite underwhelmed when we saw it for ourselves. That said, the landmark does have quite an interesting history. Ever since the 1940s, it’s been a spot of creative expression, mostly geared towards political and global controversies.
After John Lennon died in 1980, locals took to the wall to express their grief, marking the wall with his lyrics and portraits. It’s remained the John Lennon wall ever since, although the original memorials are barely visible beneath the graffiti. Take a marker pen with you, and you can even make your own addition to the amalgamation of artwork that submerges the wall.
Entrance Fee: Free /Allow: 15 mins
Memorial to the Victims of Communism
A short walk from the John Lennon wall is the controversial communist memorial. The monument dedicated to the victims of the communist era between 1948 and 1989, consists of a series of withered and disturbing statues. Each successive figure is missing a bit more of its anatomy, representing the deterioration of victims during those turbulent times.
We thought it was both a beautiful and thought-provoking tribute. And while maybe one of the darker experiences you’ll have over the 2 Days in Prague, it’s an essential one nonetheless.
Entrance Fee: Free/Allow: 15 mins
On a lighter note, our final stop of the day is Petrin Hill. Another of Prague’s vast open-spaces boasting various nature trails, a variety of flora & fauna, outdoor entertainment and glorious views of the city. If you’re looking for a tranquil spot to escape the hustle & bustle, this is your place. Although it was freezing when we visited, we loved strolling around hand in hand. Prague has a way of conjuring up all the romantic feels!
There are a few attractions dotted around the park, such as the mirror maze, rose gardens, and the Strahov Monastery Brewery. The most popular, however, is the Petrin Lookout Tower. Prague’s answer to the Eiffel Tower is 64-metre high, but its hilltop position allows unrivalled views of the city below. At CZK 150 (£5), the entrance fee isn’t all that expensive; however, we were happy with the vista that the park alone provided.
Entrance Fee: Free/Allow: 1-2 hrs
Pick a Spot for Sunset
No explanation needed, other than pick your sunset spot and watch the sun go down on day 2 of your Prague itinerary. You won’t be disappointed if you hang around on Petrin Hill, or you could head back over to the castle complex as we did. Otherwise, make your way back down to the Vltava river and enjoy from there.
Off The Beaten Path in Prague
Now we’ve covered the best things to see in Prague in 2 days, I want to share some of Prague’s lesser-known spots. This section is ideal if you’re spending longer than 2 Days in Prague or if it’s not your first time in the city. Or perhaps you’d prefer to swap out some of my suggestions for something less touristy. Here’s a collection of our favourites.
For a full list and descriptions, you can check out our article dedicated to the best hidden gems in Prague.
Prague’s “Dancing House” or Nationale Nederlanden building as it’s officially known, isn’t a hidden gem as such, but it’s certainly unusual. It is also easy to miss when spending just a weekend in Prague, due to its outer city location. So that’s why I’ve included it here instead. The unique structure is revolutionary, symbolising the arrival of democracy to Bohemia in the late 1980s. Unlike any other architecture you’ll come across in Prague, it’s well worthy of a visit.
Entrance Fee: Free /Allow: 15 mins
A far cry from the cobbled streets and grandeur architecture of Prague’s Old Town, Holesovice is an uber-cool hipster district. So if you fancy a switch up from romantic strolls and sightseeing, this is the place for you. Other than Letna Park which we already covered earlier, the neighbourhood doesn’t have any notable attractions. But we loved meandering the streets, admiring the street art, and stopping off at the quirky cafes or chic boutiques. Check out this guide to Holesovice for more info.
Entrance Fee: Free /Allow: 1-2hrs
Prague’s city centre may be jam-packed with fun and exciting things to do, but some of the best-hidden gems are on the outskirts. The enchanting Karlsteijn Castle is a fine example. A stunning Gothic castle set in the hills of the Bohemia countryside. Surrounded by protected forest, we both agreed it was one of the most fairytale-like castles we’d ever seen.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t get inside the castle during our visit thanks to reduced Winter hours. However, we made the most of our day and went hiking instead. There are some fantastic hikes in the area which lead us through beautiful nature reserves and lush countryside. I recommend checking out this article if you’re interested in hiking at Karlsteijn Castle.
Entrance Fee: /Allow: Half a day
Another day trip from Prague worth considering is Kutna Hora. A quaint Bohemian town located 80km east of the city. Not too dissimilar to the city centre, Kutna Hora boasts awe-inspiring architecture, charming cobbled streets and fascinating history. But on the contrary, it’s incredibly peaceful with very few tourists. It would be easy to spend the entire day here and almost impossible to get bored.
There are various attractions worth visiting in the small town which you can read about in this Kutna Hora Travel Guide. However, our personal favourite was Sedlec Ossuary, otherwise known as the bone church. The world-famous church features a bizarre collection of bones, artistically arranged to create various shapes and murals. It’s pretty weird actually, but that’s what makes it so unique. Kutna Hora is accessible via public transport from Prague; otherwise, this Kutna Hora UNESCO Site Tour comes highly recommended.
Entrance Fee: varies /Allow: A whole day
What to do in Prague for 2 Days – The Best Prague Tours
There is no shortage of day trips or city tours in Prague. And while I’d agree some aren’t worth the money, there are certainly a few worth considering. Admittedly 48 hours in Prague doesn’t allow much time for additional tours, but should you be able to squeeze one in, here’s a list of the best Prague tours.
Prague Medieval Dinner with Unlimited Drinks
Curious to know what Prague was like in Medieval times? Well here is your opportunity to find out. Spend a fun-filled evening enjoying a traditional medieval dinner with unlimited drinks in an authentic environment. Entertainment includes a unique medieval performance, including swordsmen, jugglers, belly dancers, and music.
Book your Tour: Prague Medieval Dinner with Unlimited Drinks
Prague Ghosts and Legends Walking Tour
When wandering the streets of Prague, especially at night, you can’t help but sense something eerie and mysterious lingering in the air. It’s therefore unsurprising to learn that various ghosts and legends are believed to haunt the city. On this tour you’ll learn all about them, leaving you never wanting to roam the streets of Prague at night again!
Book your Tour: Prague Ghosts and Legends Walking Tour
Terezin Concentration Camp Day Tour
This day trip from Prague to Terezín concentration camp is a distressing yet educational tour that covers many different aspects of the Holocaust. You will discover both the magnificence of what was an 18th Century Austrian fortress and the tragic role it held when the Nazi’s repurposed it as a concentration camp, deporting prisoners to Auschwitz.
Book your Tour: Terezin Concentration Camp Day Tour
Alternative Prague Walking Tour
Get off the beaten path in Prague on this 3-hour walking tour of the cities alternative neighbourhoods. On this tour, you’ll see beyond the usual tourist spots and instead through the eyes of a local. You’ll discover Prague’s street art scene, learn about minority cultures such as LGBT+, explore an underground steampunk club, plus much much more.
Book your Tour: Alternative Prague Walking Tour
Prague Daily Budget
Despite being a European city, Prague is surprisingly affordable. If you’re careful with your money, you can comfortably live on £30/$40 a day. Actually, we averaged for less than that, but we ate cheap, stayed in hostels, walked everywhere, and didn’t splurge on every attraction.
Of course, your budget for two days in Prague will depend on how comfortable, or uncomfortable, you are prepared to be. You can find great hostels in the city for under £10 a night per person which sometimes includes breakfast, while private budget rooms are £30-40 per night – Sometimes even less if you stay on the outskirts. Food can also be pretty cheap if you eat local, but even some of the trendier restaurants are affordable.
Entrance fees for touristy spots can soon add up if you insist on seeing everything. It pays to be selective, and only pay for things you are sure you want to see. Thankfully, there’s quite a lot of free things to do in Prague if you are visiting on a tight budget.
Though we rarely used it ourselves, public transport in Prague seems to fairly cheap. If you think you’ll be taking public transport a lot, and plan to visit a lot of the tourist sights, it pays to invest in a Prague Card as I mentioned earlier. One thing I would say is that you should do your research first just to be sure the card works out in your favour.
Finally, if you plan on partying a lot in Prague, you can expect your spends to soon add up. Alcohol in Prague is unbelievably cheap if you stick to the local brands; however, it’s easy to get carried away. Before you know it you’re $50 and a shoe down with a nasty hangover to boot. See this breakdown of daily costs in Prague for more info.
Where to Eat in Prague
Prior to our recent visit to Prague, we were amateurs when it came to Czech cuisine. One of our goals for this trip was to be more adventurous with the local dishes. But our trouble is, we are big foodies on a small budget. It can sometimes be a struggle to satisfy our palettes and wallets at the same time.
Thankfully, that wasn’t the case in Prague. The city is bursting with incredible places to eat regardless of your budget or diet. If you consider yourself an avid foodie, I suggest checking out this Prague restaurant guide by Just a Pack. Otherwise, here are a handful of our favourites for your inspiration:
- Street Food: Wenceslas Square ($)
- Cheap & Cheerful: Hany Bany ($)
- Veggie Buffet: Country Life ($)
- American Diner: James Dean ($$)
- Vegan: Vegan’s Prague ($$)
- Local Secret: Naše Maso ($)
- Desserts: Waffle Point ($$)
- Chimney Cake: Every other corner of the city! ($)
Vegan? See a Vegans Guide to Prague for a wide choice of restaurants throughout the city.
Celiac? See this gluten free guide for Czech Republic.
Nightlife in Prague
The Prague nightlife is every bit as diverse and intriguing as the city itself. Whether you’re looking to party the night away at a club, sink some cheap beers in a shady pub, or enjoy leisurely cocktails in a classy bar, there’s a little something for everybody.
Word to the wise: nights out in Prague tend to escalate very quickly. Whether you planned them to or not. But when you can buy a beer for considerably cheaper than a bottle of water, is it any surprise? You don’t need the lecture, but I have to say it. Have fun, drink sensibly, don’t be a tw*t, and all that jazz.
During our first two trips to Prague, we partied a lot. This recent trip not so much, but it meant we found some more laidback venues instead. So here I’ve compiled a list of our favourite nightlife spots in Prague, including a little something for everybody.
- Best for Cheap Beer: Hany Bany
- Best Cocktail Bar: Hemingway Bar
- Best Beer Garden: Letna Beer Garden
- Best Nightclub: Chapeau Rouge
- Best Dark & Dingy Bar: James Dean
- Best LGBT+ Venue: Club Termax
- Best Craft Beer: U Kunštátů
General Tips & Advice for Spending 2 Days in Prague
Here I’ll list some of the travel tips that we accumulated during our stay in Prague. Hopefully, they will help you have a hassle-free break in the city. As will this International Travel Checklist for Europe.
Where to Exchange Currency in Prague
The unit of currency in the Czech Republic is the Czech Koruna. You can use euros in some hotels, shops and restaurants, but we would advise against it as the exchange rates aren’t always fair. We recommend travelling with some cash in your pocket; however, if you don’t want to carry large sums, there are several ways to exchange money in Prague. Though naturally, some are more cost-effective than others.
The easiest option is to withdraw cash directly from an ATM. Some ATMs may ask if you want to proceed “with or without conversion”. Whatever you do, never proceed with conversion because it leads to disastrous exchange rates. Trust us; we learnt the hard way. Instead, choose to be charged in the local currency, and you’ll receive a far more favourable rate on your conversion.
Another money-saving tip is to carry a currency card such as Easy Fx rather than withdrawing money using your debit or credit cards. This way, you can make purchases, withdraw cash and make transfers, all with no international fees. Again, so long as you proceed ‘without conversion’.
Getting Around in Prague
Prague is a relatively small and compact city. So if you’re fit and able, the best way to get around this 2 Day Prague Itinerary is on foot. You’ll cover a lot of miles throughout the day, but in our experience, you always end up discovering far more on foot than you do by taking any transport. It’s by far our favourite way to get acquainted with a new city.
If you are unable to get around on foot and plan to use public transport regularly, you may wish to consider purchasing a Prague Card. The card not only includes unlimited access to the cities public transport network, but you’ll also get discounted or free entry at many of the cities top attractions.
To work out your route, we always suggest using Google. So long as you have data or wifi, you can type in your destination, and Google will find the quickest route from your exact location. It will direct you to the station closest to you and state the trains or buses you need to take to reach your destination.
If you prefer to avoid public transport altogether, taxis are easy to come by at taxi stands, train stations, and the airport. Uber is also in operation and is usually cheaper than the local taxis.
Best Time to Visit Prague
There isn’t a right or wrong time to visit Prague, as there is a great atmosphere all your round. Although, if you are relying on warm and dry days for sightseeing, between May and October will be your safest bet. The peak summer months can be hot, busy, and expensive. On the other hand, the winter months are ideal if you’re on a budget and don’t mind the cooler temperatures. December is a fantastic month to visit as you’ll also get to experience the Christmas markets and festive spirit that Prague pulls off perfectly.
Staying Safe in Prague
Compared to many other cities in the world, Prague is extremely safe; however, there are still some precautions you should take to protect yourself and your belongings.
First of all, petty thefts such as pickpocketing and bag snatching are not uncommon. We suggest keeping your belongings close to you at all times and use a small padlock or compartmental bag to keep your valuables safe. When travelling at night, avoid being alone in parks or dark areas.
Common scams pose another risk to tourists, and we advise being vigilant at all times. If something doesn’t feel right, trust your gut and walk away from the situation. Check out this article for more ways to stay safe as a tourist in Prague.
With that, don’t even think about going to Prague without travel insurance. Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. If the unlikely event that something goes wrong, you’ll want the best cover money can buy.
For this reason, we always recommend World Nomads for travel insurance. They are affordable, offer a variety of packages and add ons, and allow you to make amendments to your policy while travelling. Say, for example, you go scuba diving or hiking a mountain, World Nomads will amend your plan accordingly. It’s a super handy feature that we’ve used numerous times including the time we trekked to Annapurna Base Camp.
If you need further convincing, read our article on why you need travel insurance. Or get an on-the-spot quote from World Nomads using the form below.
Staying Connected in Prague
If, like us, you rely on the internet when you travel (let’s face it, who doesn’t anymore), we have the perfect solution. After coming home to too many hefty phone bills and buying countless international sim cards, we were desperate for an affordable solution.
That’s when we discovered TravelWifi. TravelWifi’s portable pocket wifi allows us to quickly and securely connect when we need it the most. Click the link for more information on coverage, packages, and the latest offers.
More on Prague
Planning a trip to Prague? Check out our other articles to help plan your trip.
- 20 Unusual Hidden Gems in Prague – The Best Non-Touristy Things to do in Prague
- Instagrammable Prague – 15 Best Prague Photography Spots
Did you Enjoy our 2 Day Prague Itinerary?
Well, that concludes 2 Days in Prague– The Best 2 Day Prague Itinerary. We hope you enjoy your time in this magical city. If you have any questions or feel we have missed anything, please reach out to us in the comment section below, or through our contact us page. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram where we share further travel advice & inspiration.
Stay adventurous and happy travels.
Charlotte & Natalie x
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