In this article, I tell you what I saw in 3 days Prague itinerary, and in my opinion, it is the perfect itinerary, meaning that if I went back I would do the same thing again.
I honestly believe that spending 3 days in Prague is the perfect amount of time to get to know the city without ever getting bored. Three days will allow you to see most of the main attractions of this beautiful city, and even some of the lesser-known sights, without being in too much of a hurry.
Free tours available in this city:
If you find good price accommodation in the center you won’t need to take much transportation, besides the city is much easier to visit on foot apart from some monuments or punctual touristic points.
Tram: it is the easiest and most beautiful way to visit the city, so I recommend it over the subway. There are no controls and you will see that there are many people who do not pay the ticket (especially tourists) but it is better to do responsible tourism and if you use public transport pay.
Uber/Taxi: in this city is very cheap, so I recommend you to use it if you need to visit the castle for example or Vyšehrad.
Airport: it is about 30km from the city I recommend a transfer, it is the cheapest method even if you are 2, the trip will cost you about 20€. Using public transport to get there is uncomfortable and time-consuming.
Whether you have only one day, two days or 3 days without a doubt the first thing you need to visit is the Old Quarter of Prague (Stare Mesto) i.e. the place where the heart of the Magic City beats the loudest. Here you will find some of Prague’s most interesting attractions:
Staromestske Namesti (Old Town Square): this is undoubtedly the most important and best known square. Here you can stop and look at the world-famous astronomical clock, the town hall (climb to the top of the tower from which you will have a wonderful view of the square), the Cathedral of St. Mary of Tyn, the statue of Jan Hus, and the Baroque church of St. Nicholas.
Getting into City Hall is always chaos: the lines are endless to say the least so you’d better buy your ticket in advance at this link. Inside you can also observe the crazy mechanisms of the astronomical clock!
- Church of St. Gall – Kostel sv. Havla where Prague’s largest open-air market has been held since the Middle Ages
- Klementinum inside which is the national library. You can join guided tours that include the Library Hall, the Chapel of Mirrors and the Astronomical Tower from which you will have a breathtaking view of the entire city of Prague.
- St. Nicholas Church inside which classical music concerts are held that are not to be missed.
Check out Christmas time in Prague!
The Charles Bridge is not only a tourist destination, but the main link for locals as well between the two sides of the river: as you can well imagine, it is always full of people (remember earlier I advised you to go there at dawn?) The Charles Bridge is adorned with 30 beautiful Baroque statues (dating back to a time after the bridge was built) located on the sides and depicting saints and patrons creating a fascinating open-air gallery.
Malá Strana (also called the Lesser Town) is one of Prague’s historic districts and was founded in 1257 at the foot of the Castle Quarter (Hradčany). You will be fascinated here, too: the district’s wonderful houses and dwellings are in a perfect state of preservation; arriving here is like taking a plunge into history.
In Mala Strana (a bit secluded, you have to take a slight detour) is also the world-famous John Lennon wall, which since the 1980s has been filled with Beatles lyrics and quotes and graffiti inspired precisely by Lennon.
The Castle: to visit it there are two tickets, one for the short visit and one for the long one. Since two must-sees, the Treasury of St. Vitus Cathedral and the Cathedral Tower are not included in either (but you will have to buy them separately) I recommend you buy the ticket for the short visit. The must-sees in Prague Castle are:
- St. Vitus Cathedral
- Treasury of St. Vitus: incredible collection of jewelry. A separate ticket is charged.
- Old Royal Palace: particularly the Vladislaus Hall and the Knights’ Staircase
- Basilica of St. George: small Romanesque jewel
- Golden Alley: picturesque alley with tiny colorful houses. Kafka lived in one of them.
For local culture and history, among the best museums in Prague, I highly recommend a stop at the Národní Muzeum. If you are a museum lover, this is one of those must-do things in Prague, trust me!
Prague’s Jewish Quarter, known as the Jewish Ghetto or Josefov, is located between Old Town Square and the river. It dates back to the 13th century, when Prague’s Jews were forced to move from their homes into a neighborhood. There are six synagogues and one of the most important Jewish cemeteries in Europe. As the centuries passed, Jews from Austria, Germany and Spain also joined them.
Vysehrad: the best park in Prague. Here you will find things you don’t expect including a beautiful cathedral and a cemetery. I love this place for the walks and the and the views are simply breathtaking.
Okay, I’m adding the Dancing House because it is apparently one of the most visited things in Prague, although honestly, given the beauty of Prague, it is not one of my favorite places. Don’t forget the Kafka head, every hour o clock change for 15min.