Updated: Mar 2
Prague has been on my bucket list for a while and when I found out that Jake and I will be visiting the city in late February I couldn't hide my excitement. If you are planning on visiting Prague in the near future, this three day itinerary is perfect for you!
HOW TO GET AROUND PRAGUE
Honestly, I was surprised how small Prague is - I expected it to be much bigger however you can definitely get around on foot.
If you prefer public transport, then do not worry - the city is made up of several metro lines and a network of both day and night trams. A 30-minute ticket for Prague's public transport costs 24 CZK (82p) but you can also get a 1-day or a 3-day travel pass (covers all public transport within the city) that will cost you 310 CZK (£10.81).
Unfortunately there is no direct transport from the airport to the city center. To get from the airport you will need to take bus 119 and go to the last stop, Nádraží Veleslavín, where you can transfer to a metro line A that takes you to Staroměstská which is near the Old Town Square.
OLD TOWN SQUARE
Start the day off by walking to the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) as it is the central square of the historic part of Prague. While you're at the Town Square, you cannot miss out on seeing:
The Astronomical Clock (Orloj)
The clock dates back to 1410 while the calendar dial with zodiac signs and the sculptures were added around 1490. Every hour the clock plays a mechanical performance which catches attention of everyone passing by.
The Towers of the Týn Church (Týnský chrám)
The Gothic towers of the Týn Church are visible from the square and are one of the most recognisable landmarks of Prague.
The House at the Minute (Dům U Minuty)
This building is well known as the writer Franz Kafka lived in there with his family at the end o the 19th century - its sgraffito facade is worth photographing though as it is so beautiful and different to anything else in Prague.
Powder Tower (Prašná brána)
Built in 1475, the Powder Tower served as a gunpowder store back in the 15th century however now it is the starting point for the Coronation or Royal Route to Prague Castle
Municipal Library (Městská knihovna)
Matej Kren’s ‘Idiom’ book tower is made out of hundreds of books stacked in a cylindrical pattern that goes up from floor to ceiling. The artist installed mirror caps at the top and bottom of the tunnel to create an infinity effect.
These are just some of the places to see close to the Old Town Square - the buildings surrounding the Square are also so beautiful and worth a photo or two.
I'm pretty sure that most people have heard of Charles Bridge before; it is a Gothic bridge that connects the Old Town and Lesser Town. Its construction was commissioned by Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and began in 1357. It is filled with Czech artists, musicians and souvenir vendors whose stands line both sides of the bridge.
Lesser Town was originally called 'New Town' yet after Charles IV founded the New Town of Prague in 1348, it was renamed to Lesser Town. Here are some of the things you should visit while walking through the town:
St. Nicolas Church (Kostel sv. Mikuláše)
Famous composers like Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart both had concerts at this Church. However, the entry fee to the church is 400 CZK (£13.69) so it is quite pricey.
Narrow Street (Nejužší pražská ulička)
The Narrowst Street in the world is located between two buildings and it is less than 50cm wide. The 'street' usually acts as a pathway to the Čertovka restaurant.
John Lennon Wall (Lennonova zeď)
After John's murder in 1980, he because a pacifist hero for many young Czechs; an image of Lennon was painted on a wall and it is now admired by many tourists.
The National Museum is the largest museum in the Czech Republic; it covers a number of different exhibitions from natural sciences to history and nature.
Wencelsas Square is a vibrant area of the city that is made up of hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. The Old Town Square is just a 5 minute walk away.
The Dancing House is located by the Vltava River - its design stands out as it is a modern building surrounded by historic architecture. It is home to one of Prague's leading restaurants that also offers beautiful views of the city.
He Jerusalem Synagogue is a beautiful Art Nouveau building that is melded with Moorish style.
Day two seems quite empty but believe me; the National Museum takes a lot of your time and walking around the Wencelsas Square can also take up a lot of your time!
The Prague Castle was founded around 880 AD and it is the largest ancient castle complex in the world. It is the city's most recognisable landmark and attracts tourists from all around the world. St. Vitus Cathedral is located in the middle of the complex and is definitely worth a visit - there is a small fee to pay for entry; 350 CZK (£11.98) or 175 CZK (£5.99) if you are a student.
Latna Park is a park located close to the Prague Castle and it overlooks the Vltava River and the city itself.
The Jewish Quarters began back in the 13th century, when Jewish people were told to settle in this one area, Jews were banned from living anywhere in Prague throughout the centuries however today it is a part of Prague that has many beautiful synagogues that were saved from destruction.
I know that Prague has many more attractions to offer but these are the ones I would definitely advice everyone to see! I hope this itinerary will be useful for anyone travelling to Prague soon.