How to Spend a Weekend in Prague

If you’ve ever planned a trip to Europe, you’re well aware of the fact that most cities there are not the most affordable travel destination. Prague is one of the rare exceptions, boasting relatively affordable lodging and food among one of the most beautiful settings in Europe.

Prague is a great city to tack onto your grand European adventure or stop into for a long layover to explore on its own. We’ve lined up the perfect way to spend a weekend here.

Day One:


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PRAGUE HOTELS:

You’ll likely arrive in Prague at the Václav Havel Airport, just a quick drive away from the city center. Cab in and drop your luggage off at your hotel before setting out into the city. Fusion Hotel is a fantastic place to rest your head with modern, quirky rooms complete with artwork created by young Czech artists. The hotel is centrally located, and is trendy and lively while still remaining comfortable.

The Hotel Sax, located a stone’s throw away from Prague Castle, the Nicholas Hotel, and the Design Hotel Neruda are solid picks, both boasting stylish properties at affordable prices.


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If you’re looking for a more upscale respite while you’re in town, the Augustine Hotel (part of the Starwood Luxury Collection if you’re part of their rewards program) is built in a refurbished monastery complete with heated bathroom floors, wood beam ceilings, and eggs benedict to die for.


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OUT IN THE CITY:

After checking-in, get acquainted with the city by setting off on a free walking tour. There are a few different free tour operators in the city, and it’s the perfect way to learn more about the city on the cheap.

Lokál is a fantastic and affordable lunch spot to head to for a classic Czech meal after your tour is over. Pork neck schnitzel and goulash and homemade sausages are just some of what you can expect. Beer is big in Prague and Lokál is no exception so you can’t go wrong with a pint of a local brew while there.

Once you’re done with lunch, head to Old Town Square to get a closer look at one of the most famous spots in the city. The Square is beautiful, historic (dating back to the 12th century), and an essential place to visit while in the city. Ambitious types can even climb to the top of the Old Town Hall Tower for spectacular views of the square below. Remember, this area is touristy, and with that comes higher prices so save shopping and eating for another spot.


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Though Prague is very much a historic city, don’t expect it to be buried in the past. The last several years have brought changes to the city, especially in its arts scene and The DOX Centre for Contemporary Art is a testament to this. Spend your afternoon here viewing art created by both Czech and international artists.

As the sun begins to set, head to the Charles Bridge, one of the most beautiful sights in the entire city. Construction on the bridge started in the 1300s, and spans across the Vltava river to link Old Town and Lesser Town (Malá Strana). Though the bridge is beautiful anytime of day, it’s especially magical at dusk.


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Dinnertime! Pop in to Etnosvet for a fantastic vegetarian meal that meat and non-meat lovers alike will love. You’ll find that many of the more traditional Czech food options in the city can be somewhat heavy and meat-focused but Etnosvet is the perfect spot to go for a break from this.

For a post dinner drink, you can’t go wrong with Klasterni Pivovar Strahov, a restored 17th century brewery near the Prague Castle. If you’re ready to switch your beer for a cocktail, Be Bop is a fun, art deco bar that houses live music.

Day Two:


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For breakfast, head to one of Prague’s many fantastic coffee shops or cafes. Muj sálek kávy is one of the best coffee destinations in the city so you can’t go wrong starting your day here. They have larger breakfast items (think a full English breakfast or an omelet) or you can grab a quick pastry before heading out for the day. Cafe Jen is another wonderful, homey spot serving up coffee and food.


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Start by heading to the Prague Castle after breakfast. The castle was founded around 880 (yes, it’s that old!), and in addition to being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s also the largest coherent castle complex in the world. There are a few different buildings in the castle complex to explore, but a major highlight is the beautiful St. Vitus Cathedral. Be sure to reserve at least a couple of hours to explore as there’s a lot to see.


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Your visit to the Prague Castle will probably take you right to lunchtime. Many restaurants in the city offer lunch specials allowing you to experience higher-end dining options at a reduced price. La Finestra is just one of those places offering up Italian food in a cozy, warm atmosphere. You can get a three-course meal for under $20 and come out feeling very full.

Walk off your lunch by heading to the Jewish Quarter to experience a historic area of Prague. The Old Jewish Cemetery is one of the most well-known sites in this area, and is a hauntingly beautiful spot to visit.

After your visit to the Jewish Quarter, grab some fruit, cheeses, and bread from a market and head to Petrin Hill for a picnic with a view. The walk up the hill is steep but you do have the option to take a cable car if needed. Once you’re there, the views are phenomenal and more than worth the climb up.


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Before dinner, squeeze in a visit to Strahov Monastery. You’ll get gorgeous views of the entire city that easily make the trip worth it. Inside, tour the Strahov Library which will likely become the most beautiful library you’ve ever been in.

Cafe Lounge is a lovely spot for dinner in Prague. There is a quaint patio for dining al fresco when the weather is nice, and though the menu is small, the food is delicious and well made.

End your Prague getaway with a digestif at Bugsy’s Bar, a cocktail bar that is popular among locals and tourists alike. Hemingway Bar, a cocktail bar inspired by none other than Ernest Hemingway, is an equally good pick. There, you’ll find lots of young locals, and a fantastic cocktail menu. Plan to head there early or make reservations in advance as the bar gets packed pretty quickly.


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Still looking for more tips on Prague? The Taste of Prague is an incredible resource on the best food and drinks the city has to offer. View their blog or download their foodie map for all the best tips on Prague eats.

Have you been to Prague? What were your favorite spots?

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