A Long Weekend Itinerary for Prague

Primarily known for its medieval history and modern party scene, Prague is not only one of Eastern Europe’s best cities but all of Europe. Its popularity has been booming in recent years as ex-pats and digital nomads flock for the high quality of living at dirt-cheap prices. If you’re considering visiting Prague over a long weekend, you’ll want to cram in as much as possible. You’ll want to experience the history, the charm, and the excitement. Follow this guide for an idea of how to spend three days in Prague, Czech Republic.

The first thing you’ll want to do is get the lay of the land. There’s no better way to do this than through a free walking tour. There are a lot of companies that do free walking tours through Prague, so finding one with open spots won’t be hard to find at all. Almost all of them leave from the astronomical clock in the Old Town Square between 10 and 11am, so just make sure you’re there. They encompass the entire city center and last for around three hours. Make sure to ask the tour guide lots of questions. If you’re looking for a company recommendation, try out New Europe.

Once the tour is over, cross the river and head over to Prague Castle. The Castle is actually a complex of multiple buildings: St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace, The Story of Prague Castle, St. George’s Basilica, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower, the Powder Tower, and Rosenberg Palace. You can buy a ticket to tour any or all of these buildings.

Once you’ve had your fill of touring the medieval architecture, cross the Charles Bridge which

connects the Old Town with Lesser Town. The bridge itself is fun and lively as it's filled with musicians, painters, vendors, and fellow tourists. In Lesser Town, explore the Jewish quarter and visit the cemetery.

This can all either be tackled in one day or split up over two days, depending on how active you want to be. If you split it up over two days, you could add in trips to two parks: Letenské sady and the waterfront. Prague is beautiful and filled with so many parks that will tempt you to just relax and have a picnic. Bring some wine and bread and rest your weary legs for a bit. Later on that night, you’ll need your energy as you head to Karlovy, Central Europe’s biggest nightclub. Whether you’re a party/dance club type of person or not, you have to check Karlovy out. It’s part of the fabric of what makes Prague, Prague.

Nurse your hangover the following day with a somber trip to Kutna hora, the church made out of human bones. It will take less than 30 minutes to see, but you’ll be fascinated and disturbed by the 40,000-70,000 human bones in there. From there, head on back to the Old Town Square where your journey began. Take in the beauty of the Tyn and St. Nicholas churches, explore the catacombs under the Old Town Hall, and just spend some time people-watching in the square.

Prague has so much to offer that you’ll surely find your feet leading you somewhere unexpected around every corner. Take time to get lost and just wander the beautiful cobblestone streets and listen to the church bells ringing.
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