Use our Smart 4 Days Prague Itinerary to plan your trip!
Today, we are going to cover 4 days in Prague, covering all the best things to do not just in four days but also beyond! If you need a helping hand to plan your trip, then you definitely don’t want to miss out on all the exciting spots we are covering here.
Visiting Prague in Czech Republic is one of those cities that has always been high on our travel destinations list, and we finally had a chance to spend some wonderful time here this autumn.
When we finally got here, we were not disappointed.
We have always wanted to travel to Prague to see its medieval European architecture and learn its steep history, and that’s exactly what we got.
Well preserved medieval architecture, the oldest astronomical clock in the world (in Old Town) that is still working, and the beautiful bridges (like Charles Bridge) that line up along the Vltava River.
If you only have time to visit Prague in 4 days, you will need to know the ins and outs, and in this travel itinerary, we are going to show you more.
Let’s check out the City of a Hundred Spires!
4 Days in Prague: Why travel to Prague?
Prague is an old city, full of romantic and magical vibes.
If you want to step into a historically and culturally rich city, Prague is the best place to do so in Czech Republic, or even in Europe.
Come visit the Prague Castle complex, connected to the Old Town through Charles Bridge, which is the largest of its kind in the world.
Taste the unique Czech cuisine and drink to your heart’s content as some of the best and cheapest beer can be found here.
It is also the one place in Europe where you can explore so many different architectural styles, including Roman, Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance, Jewish and Cubist monuments.
When is the best time to visit Prague?
Let’s start with Summer, where the temperature lingers around the mid twenties (degrees Celsius).
This is also the peak of tourist activities, so expect long lines and large crowds at most places (google Charles Bridge in summer and see for yourself)
One thing we dislike about this period is the amount of stag parties. Senseless young man invading the streets and making a fool of themselves. Not cool.
In Spring time, the weather cools off to a comfortable mid teens, and there are Easter markets during May, so this could be a very good time to visit.
Autumn is our favourite period, since the crowds have mostly gone home, and the weather is still quite comfortable, on some days dipping under 10 degrees Celsius.
During Winter time, you can expect there to be snow and freezing temperature. It regularly drops below 0 degrees Celsius, so make sure to pack the right clothes to avoid being caught out.
You get to visit some of the most beautiful Christmas markets that Czech Republic is famous for during this time though! Here’s where you can find them:
- Old Town Square
- Wenceslas Square
- Havel’s Market
- Kampa Island
- In front of Prague Castle near St George Basilica
Our opinion is that the best time to visit Prague is in late spring or early autumn, which is in May or September to October period.
Weather is most comfortable and you do not need to jostle with the insane amount of crowds.
You will also find lower airfares and hotels during this period.
How many days to spend in Prague?
Not sure if we can answer that question truthfully, since we will tell you not to place a limit. Once you have a chance to get around Prague, it is possible you will agree with us.
But of course, the reality requires us to plan accordingly, so we will say that 4 days in Prague is the bare minimum, and a week will really make you miss this place when you return home.
Getting around Prague
The public transport system in Prague is very well organised.
Getting around using a variety of buses, trains and trams makes it very convenient to get around Prague.
All of them requires the same ticket, which you can buy from a number of places:
- Metro station
- Tram stops (some only)
- Newspaper kiosk
- DPP information offices (Mustek, Nadrazi Velestravin, Hradcanska and Andel stations only)
Make sure to validate your ticket whenever you are going to use the transport system.
You see, transport tickets are sold without validity, so you will need to manually validate them whenever you use them.
This will mean the machines at the metro stations, before you descend to the platforms.
On buses, you will see the small machines located near the doors.
There are 2 main ticket types for adults:
- Full price: 32 CZK for 90 minutes, unlimited transfers
- Short term: 24 CZK for 30 minutes, unlimited transfers
- Day pass: 110 CZK for 24 hours, 310 CZK for three days
Time starts the moment you validate your ticket.
We suggest that you do not try to skip on buying tickets, as the fine is hefty, 800 CZK if you pay on the spot, and 1500 CZK if you pay at the police station.
For more information and transport timings, check out the IDOS site. It’s the best!
Tip: Uber is reasonably priced and easy to hire, and we used it especially when we have a late night out. Cheap and good!
Prague Travel Itinerary
In this 4 day Prague itinerary, we aim to show you the best things we encountered and experienced.
We have structured it in a way that walking makes the most sense, although you can also make use of the excellent public transport.
These are some of the best things to do in Prague, and feel free to mix up the days.
It would be better not to mix up the activities, since they are organised in a way that they are close to each other.
1 Day Prague Itinerary
Explore the district of Vysehrad
This first day in Prague will start with a lesser known area.
Vysehrad is an old district of Prague that is located on its South side.
Unfortunately, or luckily, it does not get as much fanfare as the Prague Castle, which means slightly lesser crowds to deal with.
While it is lesser known, it doesn’t mean it is any less significant.
In fact, this is also one of the original castles of the Czech Kings, built sometime in the 10th century.
Within it you will find the oldest surviving building in Prague, the Rotunda of St Martin.
This ancient fortification has some of the best views of Prague and the roaring Vltava river down below, and it is here that you will find the Basilica of St Peter and St Paul, the most famous cemetery in Prague, Vysehrad Cemetery and get a chance to walk around a large beautiful park.
There is a really cool legend connected to Vysehrad, that of a Princess Libuse, or Libussa, who prophesized that Prague will enjoy glory in the future.
You really need to get there to learn more about this special castle in Prague.
Entrance is free, but some of the exhibits will require a fee.
- V Pevnosti 159/5b, 128 00 Praha 2-Vyšehrad, Czechia
November – March, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm daily
April – October, 9:30 am to 6:00 pm daily
Check out the Dancing House
Walk along the river to get to the Prague Dancing House, which is located within the New Town, or Nove Mesto.
This is one of the first modern buildings in Prague, and was met with some objection in its early days due to its appearance.
More specifically, people were concerned about how this strange design would fit it to the skyline of its neighbours, which had the Art Noveau style.
Vaclav Havel, the first president of Czech Republic had a vision to build a social and cultural center along the river, and he chose the spot where the Dancing House was eventually built.
Despite some objections early on, it was met with generally positive reviews, and today is one of the most important piece of architecture in Prague, and an object of praise to most.
Fact that you might not know: its actual name is Nationale-Nederlanden building, while Fred and Ginger was its original nickname.
Dancing House today consists of restaurants, art galleries, office space, a conference center and a hotel.
You can enjoy great views of the river from the top floor of the building, which you can access via the Glass Restaurant. Buy a drink to avoid paying for the entrance fee.
- Jiráskovo nám. 1981/6, 120 00 Nové Město, Czechia
- 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily
Go to Strelecky Island
Fancy a hidden spot right in the middle of Prague?
Stroll down the waterfront from the Dancing House towards the tiny Strelecky Island on Vltava River.
Cross the Legion Bridge, or Most Legii, and midway you will find the entrance to this romantic island.
The atmosphere here is old time, and you can wander around under the shades of the mature trees here.
During summer time, open air concerts and movie screenings are held here, while in the fall, you can simply walk around in the peaceful surroundings.
- Jiráskovo nám. 1981/6, 120 00 Nové Město, Czechia
November – March, 6:00 am to 8:00 pm daily
April – October, 6:00 am t0 11:00 pm daily
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2 Days Prague Itinerary
New Town of Prague: Nove Mesto, Wenceslas Square
Day 2 of this itinerary will let fully explore all that makes up Nove Mesto, which is the New Town of Prague.
This quarter is considered the business and party central of Prague, and you will find here some of the best cafes and restaurants Prague has to offer.
Start off with a visit to Wenceslas Square, or Václavské Náměstí, which is a place of huge significance to Czechs.
If you are keen on Czech history and how it became the democratic republic that it is today, you should learn more about the Velvet Revolution, which culminated with a series of protests at Wenceslas Square.
That said, you will find Wenceslas Square to be a boulevard rather than a square. It is lined with businesses and food and beverage establishments, and is the busiest pedestrian area in Prague.
Be sure to pay a visit to the National Museum, as well as the Prague State Opera, both living examples of the diverse architecture of Prague.
It is a great place to learn and discover Prague’s cultural identity and history, and is easily accessed by 3 metro lines.
Stroll along Mustek
From Wenceslas Square, walk towards the metro station Mustek.
While the station itself is nothing fanciful, take the escalator down to the basement where you can find the remains of a stone bridge that connected the fortifications of the Old Town and New Town.
Above ground, you will find a lively neighbourhood where you can check out its newest restaurants and cafes.
From Mustek, you can make a detour to Charvatova to see the Franz Kafka Otocna Hlava, a metallic sculpture of Franz Kafka’s head that is constantly rotating.
Head to the top of Powder Tower
Instead of going straight on into the Old Town, make a right turn towards the Powder Tower, a treasured symbol of Prague.
Built in the 15th century, it is now one of the few remaining medieval gates in Prague.
During the 18th century, this tower was used to store gun powder, hence deriving its name.
The tower stands at 65 metres tall, and takes 186 steps to reach the top.
Back in the days when Kings ruled the place, the Powder Tower marks the start of coronation processions, which takes place along the Royal Route that leads to Prague Castle.
Today, it marks the area where Old Town and New Town is separated, and making the hike up to the viewing gallery (at 44 metres) offers you a spectacular view of the entire city center.
- nám. Republiky 5, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia
November – February, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily
March, 10:00 am t0 8:00 pm daily
April – September, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily
October, 10:00 am t0 8:00 pm daily
- 100 CZK
Watch a concert at the Municipal House
The Municipal House, or Obecni Dum, stands right beside the Powder Gate, and is a classic Art Nouveau building.
It is one of the most eye catching buildings in Prague, rightly so.
Built just slightly over a hundred years ago in 1912, it has gone through a number of renovations and this has only made more exceptional.
Within it, you will find some of the most ornate ceremonial halls and parlours, and today it plays host to a wide variety of concerts, fashion shows, exhibits and other events related to culture.
Walk down the hall ways and pay attention to all corners, as there are some stunning chandeliers, paintings and mirrors on display.
Be sure to check out the Smetana Hall, the largest of its kind in the Municipal House.
The Municipal House is especially perfect for a visit during winter, where you can spend hours inside admiring the exhibits.
- next to the Powder Tower
Varies, check the website here
Visit Prague in 3 Days
Discover Old Town Stare Mesto
This day will bring you through the best things to do in Prague Old Town, one of the most visited places in Prague.
Stepping in here is like going back in time a thousand years, as the medieval architecture is still well preserved, thanks to a series of events including the founding of Unesco World Heritage Sites, which contributed greatly to their preservation.
First stop is Old Town Square.
This is the heart of the Old Town and from here, you can easily make your way to other major attractions.
You can consider going up the Old Town Hall Tower, where you will be treated to a sea of red tiled roofs.
During Easter and Christmas, the open air market opens and brings a cheerful mood to the festivities.
- nám. Republiky 5, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia
Monday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00 am t0 10:00 pm
- 250 CZK
Find the Prague Astronomical Clock
Walk around the Old Town Square and you will find the Astronomical Clock, the only one in the world that is still functioning.
Did you know that it was built in 1410? And it is still working!
However, be very careful while you are here, as this is a hotspot for pickpockets, especially when people stop to watch the Apostles’ Parade.
Essentially, when the clock strikes the hour, a mechanism within the clock will be set in motion, and the 12 apostles will be rotated and seen in the windows of the clock.
The best and safest place to observe them? At the Old Town Hall Tower.
I want tickets to Old Town Hall!
Stare at the Church of Our Lady Upon Tyn
One of the most striking and recognisable images of Prague has got to be the Church of Our Lady Upon Tyn.
Two Gothic spires towering over the Old Town Square, this 14th century church is an architectural masterpiece.
Go inside if you want to see the best remnants of Early Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance works, as well as lay eyes on the oldest organ in Prague, dating back to 1673.
The church is free to enter (donations welcomed) and masses are held here regularly.
During the masses, visits are strictly not allowed, so be sure to check out the schedules on its website.
- Staroměstské náměstí 604 110 00 Praha 1- Staré Město
March – December only
Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 am t0 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Sunday, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Explore the streets around Old Town
Prague Old Town is one of our favourite places to walk around, given that you can see something different on every street.
Be it the buildings or the shops, there is always something unique that catches the eye.
Let yourself get lost, and wander among the winding cobblestone streets, check out the random markets, shops and churches.
Whether you are buying something or not, you can saunter over to the short Parizska Street, where all the big name brands are located.
Some call this the most expensive street in Old Town, or even Prague!
Look around the Jewish Quarter
Just a short walk away from Parizska Street is where you will the Jewish Quarter.
The history of Jews in Prague is long and well documented in the Jewish Museum.
Be sure to visit the museum to learn about their tragic past and their history in Prague.
Although it is quite sad to look at the exhibits, it does teach an important lesson to everyone, much like how Auschwitz does.
In this area, also known as Josefov, you can find six synagogues including the Old New Synagogue, as well as the Jewish Cemetery and the Jewish Ceremonial Hall.
Each of them are full of character and we encourage you not to miss out the Jewish Quarter.
Consider going for a walking tour of the Jewish Quarter to get a better understanding of it.
4 Days in Prague Itinerary
Explore the Prague Castle District from Charles Bridge
The last day of our Prague itinerary will be spent exploring the Castle District, also known as Hradcany.
Starting from the Old Town Square, make your way to Charles Bridge, one of 17 bridges in Prague.
Why Charles Bridge?
Although each of the 17 bridges are unique on its own, Charles Bridge is mentioned here because back in the old days, this was the bridge used by the royal family to cross the river to get to the Prague Castle.
Not only that, it is such a beautifully designed bridge that you simply cannot miss it.
Our advice is to start your day really early, as the Charles Bridge can get incredibly crowded as the day goes by.
The statues here are actually replicas of the originals, but nonetheless exquisite in design.
Please do not join in the others or worse, purchase a lock from a street vendor to lock onto the railings of the bridge.
It adds an enormous amount of weight and stress to the bridge’s infrastructure and is totally unnecessary!
Put it simply, love locks are meaningless!
Check out the Mala Strana Quarter
Once you have crossed Charles Bridge, you will be in the Mala Strana quarter, also know as Little Quarter.
Some of the things that you should check out here includes the John Lennon Wall and the Piss. More about that shortly.
The John Lennon wall is being heavily monitored today due to years of vandalism, but you can still get there to have a quick look and some pictures.
It all started when John Lennon was assassinated, and somebody decided to put up a decoration.
Now, it is well known for being a wall that has graffiti illustrating love, freedom and similar themes.
What’s funny is that while you are making your way there, you will likely come across a few shops with signs saying “Don’t ask about Lennon Wall”.
Probably too many people are disrupting businesses by popping in to ask for directions instead of buying something.
Piss is an art installation right outside the Franz Kafka Museum, showing statues of 2 men pissing at each other.
It is really quite hilarious, and got itself into the top of the list of strangest statues in Prague!
Jokes aside, Franz Kafka Museum is worth a visit, where you can learn more about this great writer and see some of his original works.
While walking around, we also discovered St Nicholas Church, but unfortunately we couldn’t go in. It looks pretty imposing and should have some beautiful artwork within.
Besides those mentioned above, Mala Strana is a superb place to find food and drinks.
Take your pick from waterfront seating to dining in outdoor terraces, Mala Strana has got a wide variety to satisfy your taste buds.
We will share some of the best restaurants we dined at in a later section.
Head towards the Castle District
Located on a hill that gives it the best vantage point over the city, the Prague Castle complex is gigantic, consisting of the churches, gardens, towers, halls, palaces and other types of buildings.
It spans almost every design style of the last millennium that you can think of, and it’s hard to describe how gorgeous it is.
Within the complex, you will also find many museums, and is the location for the Summer Shakespeare Festival.
This used to be the home of the Bohemian kings and their family, but today it has become one of the top attractions in Prague and the office of the President of Czech Republic.
Head over to the Castle District by crossing the Charles Bridge, and from here, you will obviously need some help navigating the place. Here is how you can get to Prague Castle:
– On foot: Take the Old Castle Stairs which is on the eastern side of the complex, short walk from Malostranska Metro Station. The climb is mildly steep, but the views over Prague are glorious.
– By public transport: Take Tram 22 from Malostranska station towards Pohorelec. Walk down the lovely street towards Prague Castle.
Explore Prague Castle
As we have mentioned, the Prague Castle Complex is huge and it can take you several hours to see it all. Be sure to grab a map and mark out all the spots on the map first. Or just use good old Google.
Here are some of the spots we think you should not miss:
- Old Royal Palace and Vladislav Hall
- St Vitus Cathedral
- St Wenceslas Chapel
- St George’s Basilica
- The Golden Lane
- Queen Anne’s Summer Palace
- The Royal Garden
- Rosenberg Palace
If you think this is overwhelming, consider taking a guided tour instead.
While we never really fancied taking tours, this option can seriously improve your experience at the Prague Castle.
3 hours with a guide who will take you to some of the main sites, while having to skip the queue (much needed!).
Live commentary is given while on the tour, and headphones are provided so you can be sure you won’t miss a beat.
Price is inclusive of entrance fees (which can quickly add up), so it’s really a pretty good deal.
If you come across some deals that offers Old Town Square plus Prague Castle for 3 hours, we advice you to give it a miss.
You are not doing yourself justice by spending a miserly 3 hours on these 2 places
Ok I want the 3 hours Tour!
I will get Skip the Line tickets instead
- Hradčany, 119 08 Prague 1, Czechia
6:00 am to 10:00 pm daily
Attractions that require tickets have different times, please check official website.
Refer to website for list of different pricing
After Prague Castle
It is likely that you have spent the entire day here, or probably left with a few hours.
Take the west exit and head downhill towards Novy Svet, a quaint street that is really off the beaten track, amazing considering it is right next to one of the busiest attractions in Prague!
While it is a residential neighbourhood, you can walk through and experience an authentic local place in Prague, and at the same time get away from the maddening noise of downtown.
Take a small side walk to Loreta before returning to Mala Strana for your dinner!
More than 4 days in Prague?
If you have more than 4 days in Prague (lucky you!), there are a lot more activities that you can check out.
Use the following to easily extend your Prague itinerary or replace with those above:
- Hiking in Prague: Obora Hvezda, Petrin Hill to Petrin Tower (the Eiffel Tower of Prague), Divoka Sarka
- Parks in Prague: Kampa Island, Letna Park, Stromovka Park, Riegrovy Sady
- Brevnov Monastery: Must try the beer and grilled meats
Day trips from Prague
DId you say you have more days in Prague to spare? Or just trying to find a day trip out of Prague?
Wise choice, and we highly recommend you plan for that.
We have rounded up the best Czech Republic cities nearby to fit into your Prague itinerary: (time to get there)
- Cesky Krumlov, read more here! (2 hours 48 minutes)
- Ceske Budejovice, read more here! (2 hours 50 minutes)
- Kutna Hora (1 hour)
- Liberec, read more here! (1 hour)
- Karlstejn Castle (45 minutes)
- Pilsen (1 hour 50 minutes)
- Brno (2 hours 35 minutes)
- Karlovy Vary (2 hours 15 minutes)
Where to eat in Prague?
Czech Republic cuisine is mostly influenced by its neighbouring countries, and hence you may find similarities in a lot of the things you eat around Prague.
Meat lovers will love it here, as the dishes are heavy on meat, especially pork.
Some of the most popular dishes here are:
- Gulas, or Goulash
- Schnitzel (surprise!)
- Beef with tomato sauce
A word of advice: While there are probably some good restaurants around the Old Town Square, the prices tends to be much higher, and you should especially not patronise the small street side vendors around the square. You might get a shock when they tell you the price!
The following are some of our favourite dining spots during our Prague trip, and we highly recommend them. And don’t worry, they are all pretty budget friendly!
Each person should not have to pay more than 250 CZK here!
- Must eat: Ribs, Pork Knuckles, BEER
- Mostecká 16, 110 00 Malá Strana, Czechia
- 12:00 pm to 11:30 pm daily
- Must eat: Beef Goulash, Pork Medallions, BEER
- 4, Kostečná 925, 110 00 Josefov, Czechia
- 11:00 am to 11:00 pm daily
- Lokal U Bílé kuželky
- Must eat: Schnitzel, Fried Cheese, BEER
- Míšeňská 12, 110 00 Malá Strana, Czechia
- 11:30 am to midnight daily
- Must eat: Any of the meats, grilled or roasted, BEER
- Politických vězňů 1511/5, 110 00 Nové Město, Czechia
- 11:30 am to 11:00 pm daily
- U Kroka
- Must eat: Svickova, Duck Leg Confit, WINE
- Vratislavova 28/12, 128 00 Praha 2, Czechia
- 11:30 am to 11:00 pm daily
- Klasterni Senk
- Must eat: Pork Collar, BEER
- Markétská 1, 169 00 Praha 6-28, Czechia
- 11:30 am to 11:00 pm daily
Where to stay in Prague?
While Prague is not exactly a small city, the transport system is very efficient and many places are within walking distances, especially if you follow our itinerary.
You would likely need to use the public transport once to get to an area and start exploring it.
The only other time you need transport again is when you return to your accommodation.
Here are our top picks:
- Budget – Hostel Boudnik, 990 CZK per night
- Budget – Penzion Arti, 1016 CZK per night
- Budget – MyStayPrague Apartments, 1237 CZK per night
- Mid Range – Deminka Palace, 3206 CZK per night
- Mid Range – Royal Plaza, 2951 CZK per night
- Mid Range – Residence Bologna, 4480 CZK per night
- Luxury – Residence Bene, 5165 CZk Per night
- Luxury – Hotel Pod Vezi, 5648 CZK per night
- Luxury – Alcron Hotel Prague, 8380 CZK per night
Take note that prices will change anytime, and may depend on your number of days in Prague, so it’s best to check the actual prices by clicking through on the links or you can do a search with the widget below too.
Alternatively, you can look into using AirBnB, which offers some pretty attractive rates for good sized apartments, especially if you want to stay near Old Town or Old Town Square.
The area around Petrin Hill could be a good alternative out of the city as it is very peaceful but still remains accessible to the main sights.
If you are on a longer trip and need laundry, apartments will be the best way to go.
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Final Thoughts about 4 Days in Prague
After spending 4 days in Prague, how did you feel about it? Leave us a comment down below!
We love Prague, a well diversified city that has a good mix of modern and history.
Almost everywhere you turn, you will be greeted by wonderful charismatic buildings, or you can slip into one of the many parks that dot the city, or seek out the Charles Bridge and the sixteen others that connects Prague.
Prices have remained affordable around Prague despite the increase in tourist numbers, and there are still lots of spaces that are not overwhelmed by tourists yet.
We hope this post has helped you to plan your trip to Prague in 4 days. Visiting Prague again remains high on our to do list!
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