Wondering what to do in Prague in 2 days? Here’s a detailed itinerary that includes both touristy and offbeat places which will help you spend the most amazing 2 days in Prague.
There is some magic in Prague.
The city shines throughout the day, looks golden when the sun sets and shimmers at night. There are old towns, churches, pretty bridges, hidden alleys, hipster cafes and even a castle. Every street of Prague is lovely and is worth a picture.
Also called the heart of Europe, Prague in the Czech Republic is surely an iconic city. Many say it is even more beautiful than Paris but I will leave that decision to you.
I spent four days in Prague and out of that I spent very little time doing touristy things. My time here was relaxed and I explored the city at a slow pace. It was spent mostly in one of the quieter neighborhoods because I was staying at a friend’s place who’s a local.
On my last day here, I stayed in a hostel and discovered that many people visited Prague for just 2 days and spent most of their time in the busiest areas. It was then I decided to write this post about how to spend 2 days in Prague and share information about the offbeat areas too.
Here’s how to spend two days in Prague
Day 1: Touristy Prague
Start at Prague’s Old Town Square
Get on to Prague’s Metro and get on to the yellow line for Mustek station. Get off in Mustek and walk to the OId Town, that’s where you’ll start your day.
Old Town gets very crowded so it is best to arrive here in the morning and leave before lunch. The Old Town Square definitely reminded me of the main Amsterdam city centre with many different kinds of performers that were busking, a Hare Rama Hare Krishna group, a Church group, a bubble artist and more.
Spend the first few hours of your day in the Old Town and start your tours with the Old Town Square that boasts of several important spots and site like St. Nicholas Church and the Old Town Hall. You can take a horse and carriage ride and enjoy the sights of Karlova Street and Parizska Street.
Alternatively, you can do exactly what I did – walk around here aimlessly and take a few rounds till you reach an empty street. Put the camera on the road and click a few self timed shots (haha).
See the famous Astronomical Clock
One of the most popular attractions in Prague is the Astronomical Clock and is right here in the Old Town. You will find so many people are standing and waiting for that little performance form the Clock every hour. The Old Town is filled with colorful baroque buildings and medieval Gothic churches.
Walk on the Charles Bridge
“If you go to Prague then surely walk on the Charles Bridge” – said almost everyone when I told them I’m going to Prague.
Charles Bridge is a historical bridge that’s at the centre of the city on top of Vltava river. There is no way that you’re going to miss seeing it. It is a pedestrian bridge and connects the Old Town with the Lesser Town. Charles Bridge is seen as a symbol of Prague and is a part of most of the picture postcards.
Of course the Charles Bridge better visible in complete when you see it as you walk along the Vltava river. However, walking over the Charles Bridge is an experience in itself. Even though it is touristy, it is something every first timer MUST DO when they visit Prague.
You will see many caricature artists on top of the Charles Bridge and small shops with overpriced souvenirs. Check them out and enjoy the art. You can spend some time here and look out over the Vltava River while listening to the musicians here.
Charles Bridge is extremely crowded and it is not easy to photograph it. If you want to photograph the bridge without people, then get here at the break of dawn.
Walk on the Charles Bridge from the Old Town to reach Mala Strana – the Lesser Town.
Walk Under the Charles Bridge too
Most people walk over the Charles Bridge but not many walk under it. Go under the Charles Bridge from the side that connects to Mala Strana and see the amazing street art.
See Čertovka – the Devil’s Canal
Yes, Prague has its own canal too and you should surely check it out because it is lovely. It is also called Little Prague Venice and rightly so – it is beautiful. The canal can be accessed when you go off the Charles Bridge towards Mala Strana, the Lesser Town. It is believed this canal was built in the 12th century by the Order of the Knights of Malta.
The water in the Čertovka canal comes from Prague’s Vltava River. The houses on both the sides look very beautiful and most are decorated with flowers on the windows. The houses on the right are a part of Kampa island.
Explore Mala Strana or the Lesser Town
Old Town is definitely more popular as compared to the Lesser Town, but I enjoyed the latter. Firstly, it is not as crowded as the Old Town and I found some empty streets to click some good photos. Secondly, there is so much to see in the Lesser Town. There is the narrowest street of Prague, which I wouldn’t have been able to find without Google Maps. There is also a wall that’s dedicated to John Lennon.
Enjoy lunch at one of the Old Town’s charming cafes or if you have more time on your hand then opt for food tours in Prague. Experiencing a new city through its food is an experience in itself.
Head to the Prague Castle
The Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world as per the Guiness Book of Records. It is one of the most visited spots in the Czech Republic. If you have time on your hand, then explore Prague Castle’s museums, palaces, and grounds.
If you’re short on time, then you can just enjoy the view of Prague City of one of the spots in the castle. If you don’t have much energy, then you can be lazy here and catch view from here.
You will have to climb some steps to enjoy the view but it will be worth it. Prague castle is definitely a popular sunset spot. I will share another sunset option below.
Watch the Sunset in Letna Park
This itinerary for Prague has two parks on two different days that are famous for their viewpoints. You will visit Riegrovy Sady tomorrow but today you can visit Letna Park, which is not very far from Mala Strana. If you still have energy after the touristy attraction packed day, then give Letna Park a chance. Photographers will love Letna Park because of a picture postcard perfect viewpoint.
Day 2: Offbeat Prague
Explore Vršovice and Bohemian Village
Start your day late and head to Vršovice, which according to the Lonely Planet is Prague’s most happening spot. You can reach here by taking the green line metro to Náměstí Míru station or blue line to Krymska.
Walk around in the Bohemian Village and admire the bookshops and Art Nouvaeu buildings. Spend some time relaxing in Cafe Sladkovsky or Gyro or one of the vegan restaurants here.
Lunch in Cafe Sladkovsky
Get out of Vršovice and walk towards Krymska Street, which is your next destination. You will arrive at Cafe Sladkovsky where I recommend you stop for lunch.
Walk from Krymska Street to Blodkova (Žižkov)
If you like to buy of a kind and arty objects, then Krymska Street has a few shops where you can go. You can find vintage stores too. Try Baobab for shopping. Walk from Krymska to Blodkova to enjoy the sights of this hip neighborhood. You will also see Žižkov TV Tower in the distance.
Sunset in Riegrovy Sady
Riegrovy Sady is a public park and is an excellent spot for watching the sunset. You will be able to see Prague’s many buildings from here and watch how they turn golden when the sun starts going down. Carry a mat and something to sip so that you can chill here for hours and spend your second day in Prague like a local.
There is also a beer garden here where you can go after to enjoy a few drinks and dinner. It is a typical German style Brauhaus and you will find sausages, fries, etc, to eat. I visited here while I was pregnant and I ate a vegetarian panini and drank lemonade.
Dinner in New Town
New Town in Prague is in this list because you will find some iconic spots here that you may not want to miss. You can see the Dancing House, which is an architectural wonder.
Walk around in the New Town to reach the next famous spot that’s pictured above. You will also find the head of Franz Kafka that rotates in the New Town.
Where to eat in Prague?
Indian by Nature – the best Indian food in Prague
I usually hunt for local food but the time I visited Prague, I was 7 months pregnant and away from my home (India) for more than a year. I had a massive craving for Indian food and I walked for more than a kilometer in extreme heat to have a meal in Indian by Nature. It was worth every effort and penny. I believe it was my the best Indian food food experience in Europe.
I spent a little time chatting with the staff and I was happy to know that almost all of them were from India and many from my home city – New Delhi. This restaurant is close to the New Town but is totally worth your time if you’re craving authentic Indian food, like I did.
Mangal Restaurant – authentic Turkish food in Prague
I will be honest – I don’t like Turkish food. I happened to mention this to my Turkish friend in Prague and he took me to his favorite Turkish Restaurant to change my mind. Mangal is on Wenceslas Square in the New Town.
Beer Garden in Riegrovy Sady Park – German Bierhaus in Prague
I visited the Beer Garden in Riegrovy Sady Park after watching the sunset here. I ate a wurst (German sausage) with fries. The sitting area is massive with many outdoor benches and it is casual. The Riegrovy Sady Park is in Vinohrady.
Las Adelitas – Mexican food in Prague
My first meal in Prague was in Las Adelitas, an amazing Mexican restaurant in Prague. I had nachos with a delicious guacamole dip here. This restaurant is in the Old Town as well as Vinohrady.
Prague Hotels and Hostels
Last year I published a detailed post about Prague’s neighborhoods and information about where to stay in every neighborhood. You should definitely check it out. It is a very detailed post and will help you decide where to stay in Prague.
If you want to stay right next to the Old Town, then check out Hotel Residence Agnes – it is a 4-star hotel that’s the highest ranked by other travelers in Prague. You can read the reviews about this hotel on TripAdvisor before booking.
The Old Town gets a little crowded but I really liked the Lesser Town where I was able to find a few empty streets. I highly recommend Hotel Pod Věžíin this area that is also a 4-star. This hotel has an extremely charming balcony that overlooks the Charles Bridge. Go check out the reviews by other travelers who stayed here.
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