Prague is one of the most beautiful and impressive cities in Europe. In it you will find monuments and buildings of great importance from the historical and architectural point of view and the most interesting cultural activities. Without a doubt, it is a destination that does not disappoint. Let’s find out on a three-day break in Prague.
Ideally, spend at least that much time exploring this wonderful city. So you can visit the most popular destinations and enjoy them quietly. Te we propose an itinerary to discover the essential places of Prague.
Three days in Prague: the Old Town and the castle
We are going to dedicate the first of our three days in Prague to visiting its great jewels, the best known and tourist places in the city. An intense day for which it is convenient to get up early, but, without a doubt, it will be worth it.
old town square
The Old Town area was once the seed of what is now the Czech capital. It was in the 11th century that buildings began to be built from the castle to the banks of the Vltava River. At the end of the century there were already markets in the current square.
Here you will find the oldest houses and buildings and more medieval looking city. You will have a great time exploring the interesting alleys that surround the cozy square and admiring the silhouette of the Church of Our Lady of Tyn. Without a doubt, it is the perfect place to get lost and feel that you have gone back in time.
The most famous medieval clock in the world is located on the south wall of City Hall, in the same square. It is the work of master watchmaker Hanus. Legend has it that, so that he would not design any work that could equal or exceed the beauty of this clock, the city councilors blinded him.
If you have time, we recommend going up to the Clock Tower, as there are stunning views of the Old Town Square.
Bridge of Carlos
This old bridge has become the most emblematic place in the city. It is guarded by 30 statues and crosses the Vltava river to link the Old City and the Lesser City.
Of all the statues, the one of San Juan de Nepomuceno stands out, which was thrown into the river by order of the king. It is said that if you place your left hand in the same position as the sculpture and make a wish before it, it will come true.
Prague Castle is a huge architectural complex including numerous monuments. It is the largest of its kind in the world. It serves as the official residence of the president, as well as being a popular tourist destination with countless attractions.
Inside you can admire the Cathedral of San Vito, Gothic in style and the most important temple in the city. It has been the scene of numerous coronations of Czech kings and queens and one of the most historically important places in Prague.
Inside, You can’t miss the St. Wenceslas Chapel, the Golden Portal, the stained glass windows designed by Alfons Mucha and, of course, the viewpoint of the south tower. And it is that from it you can admire the landscape of Prague in all its splendor.
Day 2: the Jewish quarter and the church of San Nicolás
The second of the three days in Prague will be much more relaxed, but no less interesting. We continue visiting places full of history.
Josefov, the Jewish Quarter
This neighborhood arose as a result of the union of the Jewish communities that lived in the city in the middle Ages. Josefov was integrated into Prague in 1850 and the most interesting places are: the six Jewish synagogues, the Old Jewish Cemetery, the Town Hall and the St. Agnes monastery.
Church of Saint Nicholas
In the Lesser Town, a 10-minute drive or 20-minute walk from Josefov, is the Church of St. Nicholas. It is the most spectacular baroque construction in the city. It is decorated with priceless frescoes, classical sculptures and, in short, art in all its forms.
Day 3: National Theater and Dancing House
Even if you don’t plan to go see any play, it is worth visiting the place to admire the architecture of the imposing building of this Czech cultural institution. Be attentive and do your research because some opera tickets cost around 50 kronor (less than two euros!), so there is no excuse not to go.
Dancing House, the Dancing House
A 10-minute walk from the National Theater is one of the most peculiar and somewhat surreal structures in the city. Although the deconstructivist building is closed to the public, you have to go take photos and see it with your own eyes.
As you may have seen, the capital of the Czech Republic has a lot to offer. So, if you visit, don’t forget to include these places in your three-day itinerary in Prague. And, if you can, expand the list even further with other places worth visiting, such as the Hanvski Pavilion, the Petrín Tower or the Vrtbovska Garden.