Have you ever imagined what it would be like to step into a fairytale? A weekend in Prague, Czech Republic, is a real-life fairytale, with a hilltop castle overlooking the city, a long-sweeping bridge, watchtower and astronomical clock transporting you to a tale as old as time.
An unforgettable experience, Prague is the kind of destination that brings your wildest daydreams to life and this post gives you all the cool things to do in Prague for a long weekend. Whether your Prague itinerary is 4 days or you’re looking to see Prague in a day; I’ve captured all the fun things to do in Prague in this post!
As well as being a medieval fairytale location, it’s more than likely a place where you have saved tons of Instagram pictures providing inspiration for your next trip. So here you have it, a guide to the best Instagram spots in Prague and must-sees for your Prague itinerary!
The Charles Bridge
Connecting Mala Strana to the Old Town is the picture perfect Charles Bridge. Having seen iconic bridges: the Golden Gate Bridge, 25 de Abril Bridge and more recently, the Dom Luís I Bridge, I can now say the Charles Bridge is the prettiest bridge I’ve walked across.
Constructed by King Charles IV in the 1300s, you’re in for a treat as you walk the bridge’s Cobbled streets viewing the Gothic Tower walkways and, intriguing statues of the saints that line its path. There are even areas to place love locks on the bridge, a perfect way to leave a piece of your own fairytale in the city. Though, please be mindful you are not placing the locks on areas that damage the architecture of the bridge.
As you can imagine, a landmark as beautiful as this does get crowded. Not normally a morning person, even I made the exception to get up early to capture some snaps on the bridge. These pictures were taken at 8am when I visited on Easter weekend. The same day, we were at a standstill when we crossed the bridge again in the afternoon.
John Lennon Wall
‘Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time’ – One of my favourite John Lennon quotes, being the queen of procrastination myself. John Lennon sure made his mark on the citizens of Prague. Inspired by Lennon’s views on peace, citizens came together to write positive messages during the oppressive Communist era that banned free speech. Today, this tiny wall provides a colourful background for tourist photos and, the occasional inspirational quote and drawings of Lennon can still be seen among the more general street art tagging.
The wall is located very close to a the Mala Strana side of The Charles Bridge. It’s much tinier than it looks on social media, therefore similarly to the bridge, this is another hotspot to try and get to early.
As the largest ancient castle in the world, Prague Castle is a wonder to see and is also home to the Czech President.
Another attraction located on the Mala Strana side of The Charles Bridge, Prague Castle is a ten minute hillside walk. Plenty of photo opportunities are available to and from the castle, with picturesque views overlooking the city.
You may also be lucky enough to witness the changing of the guard, which is a great introduction before exploring the castle grounds.
Adam and I were pleased to find a market in the castle grounds during our visit and couldn’t resist tucking into some sweet treats and a very instagrammable green beer!
You can choose to simply buy tickets or have a guided tour to see the castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Golden Lane (former servants quarters, a street lined with coloured houses) as well as, see the tower that used to be used to house the city’s prisoners. If you’re lucky you may even find the secret room used to house the Crown Jewels of Bohemia.
St. Vitus Cathedral
This beautiful cathedral deserves an entry of its own. Located in the grounds of Prague Castle, the Cathedral Tower offers an unparalleled view over the city.
The stunning architecture of the gothic cathedral is mesmerising and reminded me of visiting the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. It has pretty coloured stain glass windows too!
The Old Town Square
The Old Town Square makes Prague one of the prettiest Christmas breaks. A giant Christmas tree adorned with fairy lights is circled by carol singers and musicians with a festive market serving mulled wine and other Czech specialties.
If you’re not visiting at Christmas, you are still in for a treat as the Old Town Square is a real beauty. Though, as the top meeting place for tour guides, it can be on the busy side!
Top of my list of things to see in Prague was the Astronomical Clock, though unfortunately during my visit the clock was undergoing its first reconstruction since WWII. This can only mean I’ll have to return, at Christmas perhaps..!
The Church of Our Lady Before Tyn rises above the Square with its instafamous gothic spires seen in many popular Prague pictures on Instagram.
The Dancing House
This unique construction of modern architecture is located on the Old Town side along the Vltava River. Originally nicknamed “Fred and Ginger” after Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, inside you can find the Ginger & Fred Restaurant on the seventh floor. It is also possible to stay in one of the 21 rooms of this Luxury Suites Hotel.
This beautiful fortress is located further on from The Dancing House and The Old Town, perched upon the hilltop overlooking the Vltava River.
How beautiful are the doors below! I was in awe of the pretty pink doors and the mosaic detail.
It does take just under 30 minutes to walk from The Old Town, but it really is a beautiful place to visit and, one of many free things to do in Prague if time allows on your Prague itinerary.
Built in the 10th Century, this beautiful fortress is part of the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul. Check out the colourful intricate details of the mosaic door.
The Old Tower
One of the best places to capture some great photos over the Old Town Square is from The Old Tower. There are a number of steps to climb but you’ll be pleased to know there is also a lift up to the top of the Old Tower.
On a clear day you can capture some fantastic pictures from the top of The Old Tower and visiting at sunset, you are definitely in for a treat!
The Prasna Brana Tower (The Powder Tower)
It’s also possible to climb the Prasna Brana Tower, which I hadn’t realised until I returned and, despite walking under it numerous times during my weekend trip to Prague.
Built in the late 1400s, this Tower is one of the one of the oldest and original city towers.
It acts to separate the old and new town; I bet it also has great views of The Charles Bridge too.
The Mala Strana Tower
Another tower, I hear you cry! There’s no denying, Prague really does love its towers!
But, seeing Mala Strana (meaning small side of the river) enables you to appreciate both the Gothic style of architecture (seen from the old town) and Baroque architecture on this side of The Charles Bridge.
Every fairytale should have a sweet ending, well, it does in my story anyway! These trdelnik chimney puddings come in a whole host of fillings (Nutella, bacon, fruit) and make for a super-sweet Instagram shot. Mine was filled with ice cream and topped with M&Ms.
This sweet treat was purchased just under the Charles Bridge on the Mala Strana side and If there was one thing I could eat all over again during my time in Prague, this would be it!
Best Area to Stay in Prague
There are plenty of things to do in Prague at night, which is the reason why Prague Nightlife is great for stag and hen dos. The Old Town is where you will the majority of bars as it is the livelier side of the city. For those looking to get very drunk, head to Prague’s Absinthe bar and shop, which I believe also has absinthe ice cream! With this in mind, for a livelier stay, find a hotel in Prague Old Town.
For those of you, who like me, appreciate a good night’s sleep but still want to be close to Prague’s places of interest, the best location to stay in Prague is on the Mala Strana side of the Charles Bridge.
It’s no secret, I love boutique hotels as I find they always give me an affordable luxury experience and I adore the quirky features. I booked our stay at Bishops House on Booking.com and chose this boutique hotel in Prague as it’s only located 50 yards from The Charles Bridge, four minutes walk from The John Lennon Wall and, ten minutes walk from Prague Castle.
As the name suggests, it’s the former headquarters of the bishop, comes with its own gothic tower and, dates back to the 16th century. Pretty cool huh!
Not only that, for such a great location all 26 rooms are soundproofed and all guests can enjoy a free buffet breakfast.
I must also give a shout out to Alexander at the hotel who helped us with our return flight and called Czech Airlines on our behalf! Bishops House is the perfect Prague hotel and, in my opinion, the best place to stay in Prague.
I hope this post has helped you plan your Prague weekend itinerary. Obviously, there are non touristy things to do in Prague, but as this was my first visit to Prague, this itinerary is ideal to help first timers like me!
When it comes to what to do in Prague in 3 days, the choice is yours as there are so many cool things to do in Prague! What would be your top picks for a weekend in Prague?
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