Prague is one of the most exciting, romantic and enchanting cities in all of Europe. I know I say this a lot after visiting a new city, but Prague has to be one of my favorites! If you find yourself in this magical city for a short time, then here’s how to make the most with only 48 hours in Prague.
I can’t explain why I love Prague. Perhaps its the laissez-faire attitude that’s ever-present throughout the city. Maybe it’s the architecture you witness around every corner of Old Town. It could be the history that you feel beneath your feet, from Medieval Prague to the creation of Czechoslovakia to the fall of the communist regime. And despite its popularity, there’s still more to discover all of the time!
Either way, I’m obsessed with this city and I could definitely see myself living here.
So yeah, 48 hours isn’t nearly enough for Prague. But if you’re backpacking, taking a 2-week trip through Europe or just visiting for the weekend, it’s 100% worth the trip! If you have a little bit longer than 48 hours in Prague, make sure to check out the other options listed throughout this post!
8:30 am Breakfast at La Bottega di Finestra
A day of site seeing in Old Town calls for an awesome breakfast. Known for its amazing eggs benedict, La Bottega di Finestra should be your first stop of the day. There are only a handful of breakfast options here, but the ones on the menu are to die for. If eggs or banana cake and chia seeds isn’t your thing, they also have a plentiful selection of pastries!
Other options: La Bottega Bistroteka, Home Kitchen, Pastacaffé
9:30 am Explore the Jewish Cemetery
Are you ready to experience some real history? The Old Jewish Cemetery is the largest Jewish cemetery in Europe and one of the most important Jewish historical monuments in Prague. You start your visit with a tour through the museum, which consists of thousands upon thousands of names of Jewish people who have lost their lives. It’s surreal to say the least.
Enter into the graveyard and you see uneven land filled with hundreds of old, moss-covered gravestones. It’s not only an incredibly humbling experience, but is beautiful to witness in its own, morbid way.
11:00 am Take in the View at Terasa U Prince Restaurant
This offers one of the best views in the city of Prague! Located in the heart of the Old Town Square, Terasa U Prince is a restaurant on top of Hotel U Prince with a spectacular patio. The price and quality of food is so-so, but let’s be serious, you’re coming here for the view. Make sure you make an appointment or get here by 11 am and claim the table in the far corner with the best view. This place gets crowded fast!
Other options: Coda Restaurant, Cloud 9 Sky Bar & Lounge, Terasa u Zlate Studne, Bellevue,
12:30 pm Wander Old Town
Exploring Prague’s Old Town is a must! Full of history, architecture and expensive food, you’re in for a real Czech experience. If you’re unsure of what to see and do, make sure you check out the Astronomical Clock, the Church of Our Lady before Týn, the Old Town Hall, the National Gallery and the Church of St. James the Greater. And as you walk from each spot, enjoy the tiny alleys and shops along the way.
3:00 pm Get Your Absinthe On
You’ve heard of the green fairy, right? If your account of a real Eurotrip came from the movie of the same namesake, then you definitely know what I’m talking about. Absinthe is a distilled liquor made with wormwood, green anise and sweet fennel with a proof of 90-148! Because of its herbal ingredients, it’s been known to cause hallucinations and was banned in the United States until 2007.
After trying it, I can definitely say it’s gross. Like a hot, syrupy black licorice. But you can’t not experience this infamous beverage. After all, if famous artists and writers like Van Gogh, Hemingway and Wilde loved this beverage, you can learn to throw it back, right?
Other options: Hemingway Bar, Absinthe Time
4:00 pm Enjoy the Best Hot Chocolate in Prague
If you’re looking to warm your bones in the winter or simply just love chocolate, you have to visit Choco Cafe! Not only do they serve thick and creamy hot chocolate, but have an endless amount of pastries and truffles. This family owned, no frills chocolate cafe might be in the middle of tourist town, but you’ll definitely find more locals here than anyone else!
Other options: Peter’s Apartment, Onesip Coffee, Muj salek kavy
8:00 pm Dinner
After hot chocolate and absinthe, you’ll probably need to go back to the apartment for a quick power nap. Once you’ve refreshed and collected yourself, it’s time for a feast of kings at U Modre Kachnicky II. This restaurant is known for some amazing, Czech cuisine like smoked duck with dumplings and wild boar. While you’re here, enjoy the piano player and sip on some Czech wine before your night of debauchery.
Other options: U Cerveneho Kola, U Zlateho Hada, Krcma, Potrefena Husa Narodni
10:00 pm Sip Cocktails at Hemingway Bar
As mentioned previously, Ernest Hemingway was a big fan of absinthe. Which is why the Hemingway Bar must be included on your trip to Prague. This intimate, prohibition-style bar contains some of the most rare types of absinthe, over 200 varieties of rum and has some of the fanciest cocktails in town!
Be sure to go to the second floor bar to see the beautiful display of liquors over the gold bar and to casually connect with your fellow bar flies.
Other options: Black Angel’s, Anonymous Bar, L’Fleur, Bugsy’s, Bar and Books
11:30 pm Rage at ROXY
Prague isn’t a major party destination for no reason! Bachelor parties, solo girl trips and backpacking adventures include a stopover in Prague because of its drug-friendly laws, history with liquor and infamous red light district. If you want to turn up your 48 hour experience, you’re in the right city! Start your night at ROXY where they play all types of music every night in a huge venue until the break of dawn.
Other options: OneClub Prague, Ku Bar & Lounge, Club Atelier, Sasazu Club and Restaurant
8:00 am Take Those Prime Photos at the Charles Bridge
The Charles Bridge is one of Prague’s greatest landmarks, which means its always busy. That’s why you need to visit this bridge bright and early when no one is there! Enjoy the view, take the best photos and enjoy the bridge the way it was meant to be enjoyed: empty. Whether you’re coming from the East or West side of the bridge, use this route to take you to Malá Strana for breakfast.
9:00 am Breakfast at Cafe Savoy
This cafe is not only beautiful, but has some of the best food in Prague! The building Cafe Savoy resides in is as old as 1890 and has some of the freshest pastries in Malá Strana. Enjoy a Continental breakfast or a French platter with some of the best hot chocolate in town! When you’re done stuffing your face, work off some of those pastries by enjoying all of the quaint sites and shops throughout Malá Strana.
Other options: Cafe Lounge, Augustine Restaurant
10:30 am Prague Castle
Located high above the Malá Strana neighborhood is the Prague Castle, the famous site you might have seen from the Charles Bridge. This castle complex dates back to the 9th century and is the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic. It’s also the largest coherent castle complex in the world, with an area of almost 70,000 m²!
Your basic fare to enter the castle is 500 CZK and there are tours available at an additional cost. But if you can, try to get there before noon to beat the crowds!
Other options: St. Vitus Cathedral, Josefov, Karlštejn, Church of Our Lady Victorious
12:00 pm John Lennon Wall
This young and trendy spot may be touristy, but you can’t miss it! During the regime of Gustáv Husák, young and disgruntled Czechs would write grievances on the wall which would eventually cause a clash between hundreds of students and security police on the nearby Charles Bridge.
This new movement known as “Lennonism” and Czech authorities described these people variously as alcoholics, mentally deranged, sociopathic, and agents of Western capitalism. Today, it’s a place to pay tribute to the students fighting against communism by writing your own lyrics and graffiti (as well as taking a cool picture or two).
1:00 pm Letná Park
If you’re visiting Prague during the summer, nothing is better than enjoying a beer on a hot day at the Letná Beer Garden. Letná Park has one of the best views of the city and is an incredible park to spend the afternoon. If you’re coming during the fall or winter, bring your own food and enjoy a picnic and the view!
Other options: Petřín, Strahov Monastery
2:30 pm Mosey Around New Town
Most people imagine Prague as an old world kind of city with castles, cobblestones and bridges coming to mind. However there’s definitely a new, offbeat vibe to Prague. Head over to New Town and be sure to see some of the best sites along the way! This includes the Dancing House, Wenceslas Square, Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral, and the National Museum of Prague.
Other options: Art Nouveau Lucerna Palace, K on Sun, Panny Marie Sněžné
5:00 pm Early Dinner at Ovocný Světozor
While you’re hanging around New Town, do as the locals do and dine at Ovocný Světozor. From the outside, this quirky, mall-cafe doesn’t look like much. But this is the most authentic, Czech dining you’ll experience in Prague! With open-face sandwiches and tasty pastries, you’ll see why the line is often out the door.
Other options: Café Sladkovský, Vinohradský Pivovar
6:30 pm Drink All of the Beer
Like everywhere else in this part of Europe, Prague is known for its beer! So drink all that you can and compare to that of Munich with a taste test at Klašterní Pivovar. The brewery’s home, which is the Strahov Monastery, has a long history of brewing beer starting at the turn of the 14th century! A classic beer here includes the famous St. Norbert IPA as well as an amber and a dark lager.
Other options: U Medvídků, Novoměstský Pivovar, Pivovarský Dům
Unless you’re traveling through Europe during the winter like I did, you’ll find it very easy to simply walk from place to place. Prague is a fairly small city and getting around on foot is not only possible, but preferable.
Although to be fair, Prague does have some of the best public transport in all of Europe. Between trains, metros and buses, you’ll be able to get around cheaply, efficiently and quickly.
Prague is also an incredibly cheap city. You can stay in some exquisite hotels for as low as 1,200 Czech Koruna! Old Town and Malá Strana are going to be a bit more expensive when it comes to lodging. If you’re on a budget, consider staying in Prague’s New Town neighborhoods.