Two days is hardly enough time for such an enchanting city, but luckily it was enough for me to get a quick taste of Prague (and it’s many helpings of goulash).
Disclaimer: There would be many more recommendations on this list, if I hadn’t slept through most of my trip due to debilitating food-comas. Learn from my mistake, and don’t turn your 48 hours into an endless food tour- it’s delicious, heavy and dangerously nap inducing.
Between its compact, easily walkable size and affordable prices, Prague is a perfect European weekend getaway!
Hostel DownTown: When someone gives me that not-so-subtle side-eye after I mention choosing hostels over hotels, I instantly wish I could transport them straight to this hostel! It has the type of colorfully modern aesthetic that many boutique hotels strive for, is located just blocks away from the Old Town Square and our private room was one of the nicest I’ve ever stayed in!
There’s no shortage of affordable hostels in central Prague, so you can save your splurging for beer gardens and more of that goulash I mentioned.
With just a couple of days to explore, I made it my mission to try every classic Czech dish I could get my hands on. And I succeeded- though there were consequences, like my debilitating food coma which caused me to sleep through much of my planned sightseeing time.
Smíchovský radiční sklípek: While I’ll never be able to tell you how to pronounce the name of this restaurant, I can recommend you find your way there for a delightfully authentic and affordable feast- both your wallet and belly will leave very happy.
Digest at a cute cafe: They are literally on every block, and just what I needed after over-indulging during each meal (will I ever learn?)
With just one weekend, I was only able to get in a small sampling of what Prague has to offer. With that said, I still managed to fit in a good amount (as well as a few post-meal naps)! As usual, I spent the weekend wandering around with my camera and stumbled into more than a few scenes that looked as though they were straight out of a fairytale!
Visit a Castle (or two)
If you’ve looked at any Prague itinerary, it probably includes a visit to Prague Castle, as it should- it’s majestic and allows for beautiful views of the city. I arrived an hour before they closed, and was gifted with far fewer crowds.
However, on my way to the Prague Castle I first went the wrong way and ended up at Vysehrad, often known by tourists as “Prague’s other castle.” Although Vysehrad is very close to the city center, it often goes unnoticed by visitors- though I haven’t figured out why. It’s a historic fortified castle, dating back to the mid-10th century, and it’s perched on the top of a hill allowing for stunning views over the Vltava River. Between this gorgeous panorama and a fraction of the visitors at Prague Castle, I have to say I’m very grateful that my language barrier (and lack of any sense of direction) led to me the “other” castle.
Walk over a Bridge
Prague is renowned for its gothic architecture and unmatched romance, and no small part of that is due the 18 bridges that are arched over the Vltava River. While getting ready for my trip, I had a romanticized vision of my husband and I strolling arm in arm down the Charles Bridge at night, the twinkling lights of the city surrounding us. In reality, our walk on the Charles Bridge was an elbow-knocking cluster of tourists- some couples vying for that same romantic moment, others setting up their tripods trying to get the perfect shot of the many gothic statues the line the bridge.
Unless you can get yourself awake for sunrise, I recommend strolling on one of the many other bridges- you get a better view of the Charles Bridge, and there’s actually enough room to hold hands with someone, if you want to.
See the City by Boat
Paddle boat, to be exact. My favorite memory from Prague was spending the afternoon paddling around the Vltava River. For about $6/hour, I managed to escape the hectic city while still remaining in the center of it all.
If you can, time your ride with the sunset for a truly spectacular experience.
Get Lost in the Old Town
Cobbled stone streets that weave through incredible gothic architecture- what more could one need? I was in fairytale heaven as I zigzagged through this Eastern European wonderland.
Stroll aimlessly until you find your favorite view of the city, then stroll some more. I also couldn’t leave without getting a photo of The Dancing House, aka Fred and Ginger.
Visit The Old Town Square at Night
Summer nights in Prague are the stuff that dreams are made of- the temperature is just right, the atmosphere is lively and the gothic ambiance feels extra enchanting once it’s glistened by a bit of moonlight. And The Old Town Square is the perfect place to feel totally immersed in it all.
I capped off my weekend in Prague with a drink on the rooftop of the U Prince Hotel, people watched as I walked through a night market and paid a seemingly required visit to the Prague astronomical clock- all without ever leaving the square.
Děkuji, Prague, for a truly magical weekend. I’m sure we’ll meet again soon.