Prague in 4 Days: everything you need to know

With four days to explore Prague you will be able to see a little bit of everything the Czech capital has to offer: monuments, basilicas, museums and castles, following this guide you will see everything and much more!

Katherine Betances

Katherine Betances

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Prague in 4 Days: everything you need to know

Prague, Czech Republic | © Ouael Ben Salah

If you plan to do the Prague-Vienna-Budapest circuit to explore the best of Central Europe, the only problem you may encounter is that most of these itineraries stop in Prague for very little time. If you are in the Czech capital for three days or less, you should focus on the highlights.

However, if you are spending four days in Prague, you will be able to visit much more. This itinerary will allow you to see the most emblematic sites and monuments, but also to explore less crowded areas and the city's surroundings.

DAY 1: City tour and visit to Prague Castle

Krakow Castle| ©Brandon Atkinson
Krakow Castle| ©Brandon Atkinson

Spend the first day getting acquainted with the city and getting to know its most emblematic works.

Morning: Bike tour to see the best of Prague

Among the many things to do in Prague, consider starting the morning of your first day in Prague with a guided bike or scooter tour is the perfect and most fun way to quickly get to know the city. Organizers take small groups through the major sights, which usually involves riding through two or more of Prague's main neighborhoods or areas.

The itinerary may vary depending on the company you hire for the experience; however the list of stops may include several of the following: Crossing the Charles IV Bridge Mount Petřín, the :vicinity of Prague Castle in Hradcany, view of the John Lennon Wall, Strahov Monastery, and many more.

  • Hours: Morning and afternoon.
  • Entrance fee: About 30 euros
  • Duration of the visit: From 1.5 to 3 hours.

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Lunch Break

After touring the best of Prague aboard an electric bike, my recommendation is to take a lunch break in one of the many restaurants scattered around the city. Prague's gastronomic offer is characterized by its variety, so it will be easy to find a place that suits your tastes and budget. If you are in the Staré Mesto district at the end of your tour, consider the following alternatives.

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In the afternoon visit Prague Castle

Prague Castle| ©Tetraigofotos
Prague Castle| ©Tetraigofotos

Head to Hradcany to explore the Prague Castle; this architectural complex is one of the main attractions of the city so, at certain times of the year, the line may be longer than expected. My recommendation is that you either hire a tour of the castle and surroundings or purchase your Prague Castle tickets in advance before you travel.

Keep in mind that there are several buildings inside the Prague Castle Complex, so make sure that the tour you choose includes visits to: St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace, the Golden Alley and St. George's Basilica and Convent.

  • Opening hours: The monuments are open to the public from November to March, every day from 9 am to 4 pm; and from April to October every day from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Entrance fee: The entrance ticket costs about €18 per person, while the guided tour of the castle costs about €40.
  • Duration of the visit: Book between 2 or 3 hours for the full tour.

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Book an evening cruise and dinner on the Vltava River.

If you finish your tour of the Castle early, I recommend exploring Hradcany a little further; the whole area around the Prague Castle was once inhabited by the richest and most influential families of the city, so the architecture of the palaces is impressive and beautiful.

In the evening you can take a cruise on the Vltava River; with this type of experience you can see the city from another perspective and admire its beautiful buildings at sunset. And, all this while tasting a good meal and listening to live music.

  • Schedule: Meet at the meeting point for dinner time.
  • Price: This type of experience is usually available from 60€.
  • Duration: You should reserve at least three hours of your evening for this activity.

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DAY 2: See the Jewish Quarter and Prague's most beautiful library

Prague Jewish Cemetery| ©Midnight Believer
Prague Jewish Cemetery| ©Midnight Believer

On day two of your Prague adventure I recommend connecting with the city's historic past.

In the morning explore the Jewish Quarter

Prague's Jewish Quarter is a small but very old area located north of Staré Mesto. It is called Josefov, and it is certainly worth a morning exploring this area to connect with a darker side of the history of this beautiful country.

According to historical records it is estimated that Jews settled in Prague in the 10th century, however, the Jewish Quarter of Josefov was integrated into the city in 1850. In your tour of this area you can not miss the emblematic Jewish Synagogues, where both the history of the people and their suffering during the occupation are told; you should also visit the main attraction of the place: The Jewish Cemetery of Prague.

  • Hours: The cemetery is open to the public from 9 am to 4.30 pm (November to March) and until 6 pm (April to October). The cemetery is closed on Saturdays.
  • Entrance fee: Approximately 4,5€. I recommend you to sign up for the tour of the Jewish quarter of Prague which includes, in addition to the guide, tickets to the cemetery, synagogues and the Jewish Museum.
  • Duration of the visit: On average about two or three hours is usually enough.

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In the afternoon, visit the Clementinum and Mala Strana.

After exploring the Jewish Quarter, consider a lunch break before heading to our next destination: the Clementinum. Rated as the most beautiful library in the world, it's worth spending a few hours lost inside the building's iconic Baroque-style interior. On your tour inside the complex be sure to visit the emblematic Astronomical Tower, the library and the space where the Vyšehrad Codex is exhibited.

  • Hours: Sunday to Thursday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.
  • Admission fee: Approximately €13 for an adult ticket.
  • Duration of the visit: The exhibition space can be visited in about an hour.

Leave the Clementinum behind to walk through the old town square and the buildings around the complex located just 7 minutes away. Make this journey through the winding Karlova Street, considered one of the most beautiful streets in Prague.

Since the founding of the city, the space of the Square has served as the commercial and social meeting point of its inhabitants. That is why you will find two of the most emblematic architectural works of Prague: the Astronomical Clock Tower and the Church of Our Lady of Týn.

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Enjoy the sunset on the Charles IV Bridge

Charles Bridge before sunset| ©R Boed
Charles Bridge before sunset| ©R Boed

Retrace your steps back along Karlova to the Charles IV Bridge and enjoy the sunset over the waters of the Vltava. The sunset light tints the buildings with fantastic colors so you can take beautiful pictures of the city

You can take this moment to walk around or admire the 30 statues placed along the Charles IV Bridge over the years. The most important of all, the statue of Santo Nepomuceno who grants wishes if you rub his surface with your hands.

At night take the Prague ghost tour

To finish getting to know the most hidden secrets and mysteries of Prague you can take a ghost tour after sunset. In this type of experience a small group of travelers is taken through the main streets and alleys of the city to narrate legends of other times.

  • Schedule: Usually starts after sunset to get to know Prague by Night.
  • Price of the experience: From 19€ per person.
  • Duration: It could vary depending on the company you hire but it takes about 2 hours.

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DAY 3: Explore Prague's Nazi concentration camps and modern architecture.

Tezerin Field Courtyard| ©ho visto nina volare
Tezerin Field Courtyard| ©ho visto nina volare

On the morning of your third day explore beyond the city limits.

Take an excursion to the Terezin Concentration Camp

Terezin is a small town located just 50 minutes from mighty Prague; it was the site chosen during the Nazi occupation to establish a new concentration camp that came to be called the Theresienstadt Ghetto. Although with a much less chilling recorded history and less alarming numbers than the terrible Auschwitz concentration camp in Krakow, many historians claim that Terezin was only a passing place to the extermination camps.

To visit this place it is best to take a guided excursion to Terezin from Prague. From Prague you will find tours that include round-trip transportation, entrance to the Terezin Memorial and a guide in your language.

  • Price: This type of tour is available from 55€ per person.
  • Schedule: Usually in the morning.
  • Duration of the experience: With the transfer to and from the meeting point it usually takes about 5 hours in total.
  • More info: Tours to Terezin from Prague

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Explore the beautiful architecture on the banks of the Vltava River.

On your return from the Theresienstadt Ghetto you can take a short trip to Nové Město to see two important architectural works built near the Vltava River. From the center of Staré Město, the best way to get there is bystreetcar.

The National Theater in Prague, one of the masterpieces of the neo-Renaissance movement in Europe, is the work of the architect Josef Zítek. It is characterized by its facade rich in architectural elements and for having inside one of the most beautiful theaters in the country.

The Dancing House was designed by a duo of talented architects in honor of two important figures in the culture of Czechoslovakia: the famous dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Regardless of your taste or dislike for new-age architecture, it is worth seeing the building and its surroundings for the unique way it is integrated into the Prague landscape.

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Take a beer tasting tour or take a beer bath!

Serving Beer| ©Gonzalo Remy
Serving Beer| ©Gonzalo Remy

Prague is a city famous for its beer, so if you enjoy this type of beverage consider taking a beer tasting tour to different breweries and local bars. In the city you will find several companies that offer this service by taking a small group of tourists through different spots and showing them not only the quality beer but also a bit of the brewing process.

Lovers of this frothy beverage can also sign up for a beer bath in Prague. Yes, as you can hear, by booking this activity you will have the opportunity to enjoy a private bath in a real spa with unlimited beer. Are you up for it?

The only drawback of this activity is that minors are not allowed, so if you are in Prague with children I recommend you to look for another alternative for your third night.

  • Price: This type of experience is available from 70€ per person.
  • Duration: Depending on the tour you book you should reserve two to three hours for this experience.

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DAY 4: See more of Nové Město and the best of Vyšehrad

Wenceslas Square| ©Jonathan Fuchs
Wenceslas Square| ©Jonathan Fuchs

Nové Město is the largest area in all of Prague so I invite you to spend the morning of your last day exploring what we were unable to explore on previous days. Then head to Vyšehrad to see the architecture of the place.

Explore Wenceslas Square and the surrounding area.

Wenceslas Square is one of the most important and iconic places in Prague's recent history. Characterized by its peculiar elongated shape, which resembles a boulevard, in this space took place important :::link|text= so it was a key site for the revolution and freedom of the nation. Around the square you can find the most luxurious hotels, cafes, restaurants and stores.

  • TheNational Museum of Prague: a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture in Europe. Its facade is spectacular and rises imposingly on the northwest side of the Square. This important building houses the largest collection of art and history of Prague and is considered the most important museum in the Czech capital. If you enjoy museums and architecture you will love the interior of this space and if you visit Prague with children its zoological exhibition is really amazing.
  • Grand Hotel Europa In Wenceslas Square is located one of the most beautiful and iconic hotels in Prague; with Art Nouveau architecture, the facade of the building seems to be taken directly from the pages of a fairy tale. Built in Quidon Belskiy 1889, we owe the current facade largely to the renovations carried out by Bedrich Bendelmaye from 1903.

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Lunch in the surroundings of Wenceslas Square

If it's time for lunch I recommend you to visit some of the many restaurants located around the square. Here are some options to consider:

Explore Vyšehrad Fortress

Vyšehrad Fortress| ©Dmitry Djouce
Vyšehrad Fortress| ©Dmitry Djouce

After lunch head to Vyšehrad, from Wenceslas Square my favorite option is to take the streetcar and on the way enjoy the beautiful sights of the city. Head to Václavské náměstí station take line 14 and get off at Ostrčilovo náměstí station. The streetcar ride will take you approximately 10 minutes.

Explore Vyšehrad Fortress Vyšehrad is one of the old parts of Prague that has not been as exploited on a tourist level, despite its obvious potential. Located atop a hill and in the immediate vicinity of the Vltava River, the complex offers, to say the least, an impressive panoramic view.

Its buildings date back to medieval times, around which you will find a wall that served, in conjunction with the river, as a protection system against potential enemies. Spend your afternoon exploring the highlights such as the Vyšehrad Gallery, the subway corridors, the Brick Gate and of course the St. Martin's Rotunda.

  • Hours: November to March from 10 am to 5 pm; April to October from 10 am to 6 pm.
  • Price: Approximately 5€.

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