Prague is an incredible city. If you want to see as many places in Europe as possible you need to ration your time. Luckily, you can see the highlights of Prague in 2 days. Prague is best explored by foot, so make sure you have comfortable shoes.
You’ll also want to stay centrally to make the most of your time. If you’re short on time and want to see Prague 2 days is all you need to get a real feel for this incredible city.
Let’s explore Prague!
OUR GUIDE TO PRAGUE IN 2 DAYS
A BRIEF HISTORY OF PRAGUE
Prague is a city steeped in history. The land where Prague stands today has been settled since the Paleolithic Age. Many trade routes have passed through Prague throughout the years.
Prague flourished during the Renaissance and many of its significant architectural sites are from this golden period in its history.
Prague has a significant Jewish influence. In the 17th century, the Jews made up around 30% of the population. The Jewish quarter can still be visited today.
For many years Prague was under a communist regime. Since the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, much work has been undertaken to repair and restore the city to its former glory and make it the popular destination that it is today.
PRAGUE IN 2 DAYS ITINERARY
When it comes to what to see in Prague in two days, we’ve split this itinerary into Day 1 and Day 2. We’ve grouped the activities by proximity to save doubling up. You can undertake the days in any order or even mix it up a bit if you’d like to skip any of our suggestions. This itinerary for Prague is flexible – and good thing too because there are so many things to catch your eye and you might just want to stop and wander!
SEE PRAGUE IN 2 DAYS – DAY 1
EXPLORE THE OLD TOWN SQUARE
Prague has seen its fair share of invasions over the years. Unlike much of the city, Old Town Square has remained relatively untouched since the 10th century. In the summer months, the square is teaming with visitors. There’s good reason too. It’s a great place to admire the incredible architecture that Prague is known for.
In addition to beautiful buildings, the square also comes alive with street performers, musicians and merchants. The vibe in Old Town Square is perfect to start your first day of exploring Prague.
WATCH THE ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK STRIKE THE HOUR
Located in the Old Town Square, the Astronomical Clock is a landmark synonymous with Prague. The clock can be found on the south face of the town hall. The clock was built in the 15th century and despite its fair share of damage and repair throughout the years, it is considered the best preserved medieval mechanical clock in the world.
Each hour the clock puts on a delightful show that draws in the crowds and never fails to disappoint.
VISIT THE CHURCH OF MOTHER OF GOD BEFORE TÝN
The dramatic black steeples of the Mother of God before Týn church can clearly be seen from Old Town Square. This ornate church is another Prague icon and essential stop on this Prague itinerary. The church is just 2 minutes walk from Old Town Square, so you’ll be there in no time.
The original parts of this gothic church date back to the 14th century.
TIPS TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR 48 HOURS IN PRAGUE
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO VISIT PRAGUE?
The best way to visit Prague is by air. Fly into Vaclav Havel airport and catch the shuttle or a taxi to the city centre. It’s around a 30 minute journey.
The next morning we were off and crossing the border into the Czech Republic. This time we were a little further away from town, and walking to the Metro involved a ten-minute walk down a dimly lit road. This was ok during the daytime, but returning home alone in the dark by myself was quite scary and in hindsight I should have caught a taxi!
Prague is amazingly historic and beautiful. It is a city best explored by foot, and most of us racked up about 20km to see the town. It is split in half by the Vlatva river. It is famous for its astronomical clock that was built in the 1500’s. Hundreds of people gather every hour to watch it chime in the new hour. It is flanked by some of the most ornate buildings I have ever seen in my life. Covered with friezes and painted in pastel colours. Looming over the top is the Church of Our Lady before Týn, which looks more like a Disney Castle than a church. When I visited inside, it was so laden down with gold, paintings and goodness knows what I did question how it was still standing!
Everywhere you walk in Prague, you can smell the sweet vanilla smell of pastries being cooked. Bakers wrap pastry over metal cylinders and roast them over a hot flame until they are cooked through. They then cut them down into manageable pieces and sprinkle them with sugar. If you are game they also fill them with nutella or with soft serve. They tasted as delicious as they smelt and gave me the energy to walk up the big hill to check our St. Vitus Cathedral and its world famous stained glass windows.
After getting lost and not being able to find the right platform and the scary walk home the evening before, I thought that I’d be ok catching the train back to the hostel during the day. As the train pulled into the station, I was greeted with the sight of a mob being goaded up the escalators by at least 20 police in riot clothing. Outside the station, there were police cars everywhere, the road had been blocked off and a chopper was hovering overhead. Apparently they were just soccer fans and there was no need to worry, they do this ‘just in case’. Wonderful…
Our visits to Austria and the Czech Republic were short, but sweet and I definitely walked off any delicacies eaten along the way!
The round up
In Austria and the Czech Republic I: Ate Wiener schnitzel, enjoyed the Viennese Orchestra, visited an ‘Aussie’ pub, walked 100 miles and then perhaps 100 more, got lost at Muzeum station in Prague, stuffed my possessions into my bra whilst walking back to the hostel in the dark in case I got mugged, ate delicious pastries, saw spectacular architecture, survived a potential riot, understood a lot more German that I realised I remembered.