Hi, Prague. It’s me, I miss you.
Prague was my first adventure into traveling. I spent four months here during my study abroad. I love this place the way strange men love cars. It’s almost like a second home to me.
Everywhere you look, Prague is enshrined in old world charm. I have fond memories of walking down Charles Bridge Thursday mornings to get to class. I must’ve visited Prague Castle ten times. The waiters at my favorite restaurants recognized me. I didn’t want to leave.
So, it’s with a lot of love that I share Prague’s best. This 4 day Prague itinerary shares my most favorite spots. Enjoy!
How to Spend 4 Days in Prague
Introduction to Prague
Official Language(s): Czech
Emergency phone number: 112
When to Go to Prague
March – May or September – November
The weather in Prague never gets too intense, but March – May and September – November are the mildest, least crowded months. Although, if you don’t mind snow and brisk winds, Prague during Christmas is magical.
Where to Stay in Prague
Hostel Santini is in a great location for a great price. In truth, all of Prague is a good location (so says my biased opinion) but this is close to transportation, restaurants and shopping
Nerudova 211/14, 118 00 Praha 1-Malá Strana-Malá Strana
How to Get Around in Prague
The transportation system in Prague is the stuff of dreams. I could go halfway across the city, whenever I wanted. It was awesome. The 22 will be your main ride; it takes you every place I’m about to mention and then some. I rode it at least once a day, usually more.
Where to Eat in Prague
Cafe Louvre is over 100 years old and full of historical significance. Franz Kafka and Albert Einstein both dined here. I went here so often, the staff started to recognize me. Suffice to say, the traditional Czech cuisine is fabulous, and I could eat their blueberry cake all day.
Národní 22, 110 00 Nové Město
Goulash at Peklo
Goulash in the Czech Republic is more commonly a sauce, whereas in Hungary, it’s a soup. (I was so confused in Budapest but that’s another story). It’s meaty and hearty, and always comes with a side of bread dumplings. The best place to get it is at Peklo Restaurace, it’s an old monastery that’s completely underground. Also, fun fact, Peklo means “hell.” Enjoy dining in hell!
Strahovské nádvoří 133/3, 118 00 Praha 1-Hradčany-Hradčany
Cafe Savoy was also a frequent favorite of Kafka. It’s very busy almost always, so make a reservation if you can. It’s decor is so stunning and over-the-top, so there’s really no bad place to sit. The food is fantastic as well.
Vítězná 124/5, Malá Strana, 150 00 Praha-Smíchov
Marina Ristorante looks exactly like a tourist trap, so you’ll just have to trust me. Also, I’m sorry that I’m recommending Italian food whilst in Prague. I suck, I know. But the wonderful food, incredible views and friendly staff ought to make up for it.
Alšovo nábř., 110 00 Staré Město
Day 1 of 4 Days in Prague
Visit Prague Castle
Your 4 day Prague itinerary should start with Prague Castle. No matter what time of year you visit, it just gets crowded as the day goes on. It’s free to enter, but you’ll need to get a ticket to see everything.
You can purchase your ticket once you’re inside the courtyard. You can choose from Circuits A-C, with A offering the most amount of access and C offering the least. I went with Circuit B, no regrets. You’ll see St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica and Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower.
St. Vitus Cathedral
The first stop is St. Vitus Cathedral. You’ll see the front entrance on your way into the courtyard.
Your ticket will allow you to step inside and walk around. It’s a really cool cathedral that took centuries to built, so take your time. There’s lots to see.
St. George’s Basilica
Next up is St. George’s Basilica, a much smaller church dating back to 1185.
Old Royal Palace
Inside the Old Royal Palace, you can see where the Czechs used to inaugurate their king. The palace has been around since the 12th century and survived quite a lot. I also may or may not have pretended to be a queen during my time there.
Golden Lane used to house castle guards, but now it’s an armory museum with a few souvenir shops dotting the way.
The entire castle area is surrounded by various gardens. The Chotkovy Gardens, for starters, showcase some of the most beautiful fountains and sgraffito I’ve ever seen. Best part? That’s just the beginning. Wander around and you’ll just run into beautiful greenery: the Gardens below Prague Castle, the Wallenstein garden, Fürstenberg Garden, and more.
119 08 Prague 1
Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Strahov Monastery grounds are just a few stops over. I love this place so much it hurts. It was right by my dorm, and I used to jog up the trail or just stroll and take in the scenery.
Here, you can tour the library, which is simply stunning. Or grab some food. Or walk the trail. All excellent options.
Strahovské nádvoří 132/1, 118 00 Praha 1-Hradčany-Praha 1
Library open 9 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Petrin Tower is just up the ways. My favorite thing about it is that any Czech will tell you that it’s taller than the Eiffel Tower… if you count the land it’s on.
It’s worth it to walk up, you can see for miles.
Petřínské sady 633, 118 00 Praha 1-Malá Strana
Open 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
The whole Petrin park area is a real treasure, especially for families. There’s the Mirror Maze, which I somehow managed to figure out despite my awful sense of direction.
Open 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
There’s also a funicular railway so you see every inch of the park.
Funicular runs winter season (November – March) 9:00 a.m. – 11:20 p.m. on a 15 minute interval, summer season (April – October) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. on a 10 minute interval.
Day 2 of 4 Days in Prague
Day Trip to Kutná Hora
It’s time for a Prague day trip to Kutná Hora! Kutná Hora has places that you’ve probably seen online and most definitely deserve to see in person. I’ve got a guide all prepped for you on how to spend an awesome day there.
Day 3 of 4 Days in Prague
Old Town Square
Arrive at Old Town Square early, it’s very popular and will be flooded with tourists and the like. Mornings here are so pretty, you can get here from Charles Bridge. Then just look around and take in the scenery, it’s really something else. The architecture and art are stunning to see.
Oh, and a fun fact about the Church of Our Lady before Týn. One tower is smaller than the other. They did that on purpose
Staroměstské nám., 110 00 Staré Město
St. Nicholas Cathedral
St. Nicholas Cathedral and it’s nearby Tower are real jewels in Prague. I wish I had better pictures of the church itself, but it was undergoing renovations when I arrived. Still, I really enjoyed my time there.
Malostranské náměstí Praha 1 – Malá Strana 118 00
Open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
St. Nicholas Tower
The tower can be a bit haphazard at times, but I love the view of Prague you get at the top, so attempt it if you’re not afraid of heights.
Malostranské nám. 556/29, 110 00 Malá Strana
Open 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Vyšehrad is similar to the Strahov Monastery grounds. It’s a little less touristy, with a lot to explore.
It’s an old fort that comes with a ton of legends that no one can prove, and so much to see.
V Pevnosti 159/5b, 128 00 Praha 2
The Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul
The Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul costs very little to enter, and the Vyšehrad Cemetery nearby contains the remains of many famous Czechs.
120 00 Prague 2
Open 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Day 4 of 4 Days in Prague
Day Trip to Český Krumlov
Your final day trip from Prague should be spent in the fairytale land of Český Krumlov. It’s roughly three hours away but so worth the trip. Check (Czech) out my guide and enjoy your trip!
Know Before You Go
Tips are typically given for excellent service. Just round up your bill. For example, if your total is 180 Koruna, round up to 200 for your tip.
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