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Best Tours and Day Trips from Prague

If you want to round out your trip to Prague with an excursion to its surroundings, here are the ones you cannot miss

Alex Grande

Alex Grande

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Best Tours and Day Trips from Prague

View of Prague from Charles Bridge | ©Jorge Franganillo

Strolling through Prague is a delight. Its cobbled alleys and picturesque rooftops, its Gothic beauty, and its intimate atmosphere all make you fall in love with this city. But don't forget that it is also an ideal starting point for several excursions, being in the heart of Eastern Europe. Here are the best tours and excursions in Prague:

1. Prague Castle Tour

Charlotte Bridge at sunset
Charlotte Bridge at sunset

On this tour, you will discover the most impressive thing in Prague: its castle. It is a citadel at the highest point of the city whose walls you will find unique buildings in the city and you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city, especially the Malá Strana district.

This tour includes a complete guided tour of the Castle and you will also visit the Malá Strana and admire its Renaissance palaces and the baroque church of St. Nicholas.

Information

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Recommended: If you prefer to see Prague on your own and want to see the Castle in detail accompanied by the historical context of a professional guide.

What you will see

  • Jan Palach Square
  • Vltava River
  • St. Nicholas Church
  • Hradcany Square
  • Schwarzenberg Palace
  • St. Vitus Cathedral
  • Golden Alley
  • Prague Castle
  • Charles Bridge

2. Prague Night Tour

Night view of the castle
Night view of the castle

If you are bored with traditional tours and love ghost stories and urban legends surrounding ancient cities, this Night Tour of Prague Old Town: is perfect for you. The big advantage over other tours: undoubtedly the fewer crowds of tourists and a friendlier experience in a small group with an expert art guide.

What you will see

  • Kinsky Palace
  • St. Agnes of Bohemia Convent
  • Old Jewish cemetery

3. Day tour to Kutná Hora from Prague

Kutna Hora | ©xiquinhosilva
Kutna Hora | ©xiquinhosilva

Kutna Hora is one of the most popular destinations among visitors from Prague who want to discover a bit more beyond, and to tell the truth, this city has a collection of very interesting buildings and historical monuments.

During the excursion to Kutná Hora from Prague, you can visit the Sedlec Ossuary, an impressive chapel composed of human bones that is the ultimate expression of Central European Gothic, the historical center of Kutná Hora, and the magnificent Church of St. Barbara among other places of interest.

Kutná Hora is the perfect complement to your visit to Prague, as they are two cities with similar atmospheres but with unique places that I recommend you to discover. To help you organize your visit, Kutná Hora is about an hour and a half from Prague if you go by road, and the size of your group during this tour is a maximum of 40 people.

What you will see

  • Sedlec Monastery
  • Sedlec Ossuary
  • Historical center of Kutna Hora
  • Church of St. Barbara
  • Hrádek Palace
  • Royal Mint
  • Plague Column

Practical information

  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Recommended: If your trip to Prague is four days or more and you are passionate about religious architecture.

4. Day trip to Dresden from Prague

Dresden | ©Tracy Rolling
Dresden | ©Tracy Rolling

Dresden, on the banks of the Elbe River and about two hours from Prague, is famous for its splendid baroque architecture where you'll find many things to see. There, you can discover the Zwinger Palace and the Frauenkirche Church, rebuilt after its complete destruction during World War II, and whose ruins can be explored in the subway section.

The city offers an artistic and picturesque atmosphere and walking around it is a delight, so I recommend this excursion if you want to enjoy a city somewhat different from Prague with which to complete your trip and also make it international.

Keep in mind that in this excursion to Dresden you will be approximately 1 hour 40 minutes away from Prague by bus, and your group during this excursion will be a maximum of 25 minutes.

What you will see

  • Zwinger Palace
  • Dresden Art Galleries
  • Theater Square
  • Semper Opera House
  • Stallhof
  • Princes' Parade
  • Neumarkt
  • Frauenkirche
  • Royal Palace

Practical information

  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Recommended: If you want to take the opportunity to visit Germany on your trip to Prague.

5. Prague Mozart Tour

Prague at sunset
Prague at sunset

The city of Prague is inevitably linked to Mozart's life: at the State Theater the composer's master opera 'Don Giovanni' was premiered, St. Nicholas Church in Malá Strana, where Mozart played during his stays in Prague and where a mass was celebrated for him after his death. In this mozart tour of Prague you will see both places and discover the historical center by the hand of a professional guide.

Info

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Recommended: If you are passionate about the history of music and want to take an alternative tour of Prague.

What you will see

  • St. Nicholas Church
  • Malá Strana
  • Old Town Square
  • Prague Castle District
  • State Theater
  • Music Museum

6. Prague Historical Center and Castle Tour

Detail of the Astronomical Clock | ©Milan Boers
Detail of the Astronomical Clock | ©Milan Boers

This tour combines a visit of Prague's Old Town and Castle, the city's two main points of interest, including tram transportation between the two. Although it does not cover the entire city, this tour gives you the interesting possibility to see several areas of Prague in about three hours, allowing you to discover the rest on your own afterward.

Information

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Recommended: If you want to do a more general tour of Prague.

What you will see

  • Astronomical Clock
  • Old Town Square
  • Prague Bridge
  • Prague Castle

7. Half-day tour to Konopiste Castle from Prague

Kronopiste Castle | ©Marek Prokop
Kronopiste Castle | ©Marek Prokop

Visiting Konopiste Castle is the perfect excursion for people passionate about history as its last owner was Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, whose famous assassination set in motion the gears of World War I.

Today, Konopiste Castle is a protected monument of the Czech Republic whose galleries house impressive collections of armaments, tapestries, and works of art. During your visit, you can tour the castle inside and out and admire its wonderful gardens.

About 40 minutes from Prague by road, another reason this tour is worth taking is the impressive views of the Bohemian region you'll have both on the way there and back from the bus, which you'll share with up to 18 other travelers.

What you will see

  • Konopiste Castle
  • Konopiste Castle Gardens

Practical information

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Recommended: If you like WWI history or just want to take a half-day tour from Prague.

8. Beer tour of Prague

Sunset over Prague
Sunset over Prague

A very important part of your visit to Prague is to discover its gastronomy and its beer and liquor culture. On this tasting tour, you can visit several typical establishments of the city where you can try three different Czech beers and taste house liqueurs. In addition to strolling around Old Town Square, you will understand the importance of beer in the Czech Republic and learn how to toast the traditional way.

Information

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Recommended: If you love beer and like to get to know other cultures through gastronomy.

9. Half-day excursion to Nizbor glassworks from Prague

Jewelry made of glass
Jewelry made of glass

If you've always wanted to discover how the famous Bohemian glass is made, you can do so on this excursion to the town of Nizbor where you'll visit an authentic factory that still creates all kinds of glass pieces today.

In the workshops, you will learn the manufacturing process from sand casting to decorating and engraving all kinds of motifs on this very resistant glass. In addition, you will be able to buy pieces of glass as souvenirs at factory prices. Nizbor is about 45 minutes from Prague, so please note that at least 1.5 hours of the tour will be by bus to cover the round trip with your group, maximum 45 minutes.

Practical information

Duration: 4 hours
Recommended: If you are particularly interested in the crystal manufacturing process or want to buy specifically Bohemian crystal pieces.

10. Day trip to Cesky Krumlov from Prague

Views of St. Vitus Church from the castle, Cesky Krumlov | ©Felipe Tofani
Views of St. Vitus Church from the castle, Cesky Krumlov | ©Felipe Tofani

About three hours from Prague, the town of Cesky Krumlov looks like something out of a fairy tale. The river Vltava flows through it, as well as through Prague, and at the highest point of the city is its famous castle.

Cesky Krumlov is one of the most interesting tourist destinations in the Czech Republic and a very nice place to visit, thanks to its labyrinth of narrow streets typical of a medieval town and its castle, built in the thirteenth century and remodeled during the Renaissance and Baroque.

In addition, the city was the home of the artist Egon Schiele, so you can find places dedicated to his art including the Egon Schiele Art Center. This tour to Cesky Krumlov takes about 10 hours, but at least 6 of those hours are round-trip transportation from Prague. Your group will be a maximum of 30 people.

What you will see

  • Cesky Krumlov Castle
  • Vltava River
  • St. Vitus Church
  • Šumava National Park

Practical information

  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Recommended: If you want to explore a city quieter than Prague and with well-preserved Renaissance and Baroque architecture.

11. Day trip to a glass factory and brewery from Prague

Pilsner Urquell Brewery | ©Mark Healey
Pilsner Urquell Brewery | ©Mark Healey

This excursion brings together the two most traditional manufactures of the Czech Republic: glass and beer. You will visit Pilsen, the birthplace of the typical Czech beer Pilsner Urquell, and learn about the entire brewing process and even taste several beers and buy souvenirs of the brand.

Afterward, you will head to Nizbor, where the old Bohemian glass brewery is still active, and just like the brewery tour, you will be able to observe the glass brewing process from scratch. To give you an idea, Pilsen is about an hour from Prague and Nizbor about 45 minutes, and your group during this experience will be a maximum of 15 people.

Practical information

Duration: 8 hours
Recommended: If you have visited Prague before and are looking for new experiences.

12. Complete tour of Prague by electric bike

Wenceslas Square | ©James Cridland
Wenceslas Square | ©James Cridland

Visiting a new city is always a thrilling experience, but sometimes conventional tours can fall short if you've been halfway around the world. That's why it's great to be able to visit Prague in an alternative way by riding an electric bike, which has the advantage that you can see almost the whole city without getting too tired and make the most of your time.

Information

  • Duration: Between 1 hour 30 minutes and 3 hours.
  • Recommended: If you get tired easily from walking or you will be in Prague for a short time and want to see the whole city.

What you will see

  • Charles Bridge
  • John Lennon Wall
  • Malá Strana
  • St. Nicholas Church
  • Letna Park
  • Petrin Park
  • Strahov Monastery
  • Prague Castle
  • Prague Metronome
  • St. Agnes of Bohemia Convent
  • Old Town Square
  • Astronomical Clock
  • Wenceslas Square
  • Prague National Theater

13. Tour of Prague and Jewish Quarter

Jewish Cemetery | ©Boris Tylevich
Jewish Cemetery | ©Boris Tylevich

If you know you're not going to be able to wait to take a tour to see the city and you're going to start exploring Prague from the moment you get there, this tour will show you parts you probably haven't seen before by focusing a little more on the visit through the Jewish Quarter.

Info

  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Recommended: If you feel like seeing Prague on your own and complete your visit with an in-depth tour of one of the least explored areas of the city.

What you will see

  • Old Town Square
  • Wenceslas Square
  • Jewish Quarter
  • Spanish Synagogue in Prague
  • Jewish Cemetery

Alex's Traveller Tip

Take the guided tour as early as possible to avoid concentrations of tourists at key points in the city.

14. Plan your excursion from Prague

View of the Old Town rooftops | ©Yannick Loriot
View of the Old Town rooftops | ©Yannick Loriot

For several reasons, taking an organized tour from Prague is a good idea: you won't have to worry about transportation and since you have limited time at the tour destination you can make the most of it thanks to the fact that you will be accompanied by a professional guide, who will prevent you from getting lost and explain everything you will see.

Duration

Having said that, keep in mind that within the total duration of each excursion transportation is included. All the experiences I have mentioned are perfectly feasible for a day trip, and transportation can vary between 1 hour 30 minutes and up to 6 hours depending on which one you choose.

Meals

Something you should also know before taking an organized tour from Prague is that none of them include meals, but your guide will take you to a restaurant at the destination. Taking into account that the itineraries of these tours are quite rigid to allow time for everything, you will most likely not be able to choose where to eat so if you do not trust too much or do not want to spend, take the food in your backpack from Prague.

Traveling with children

And if you are traveling to Prague with children, the truth is that any of these excursions can be interesting for them, although my personal recommendation would be to go to the Castle of Konopiste, because of the impressive views and the place itself and its reduced duration.

Best day of the week to go on an excursion

As there are a good number of options to do an excursion from Prague, there is no one day that is better than another as it varies depending on the destination.

One thing you must keep in mind is that glass factories and beer breweries are usually closed on Sundays, Konopiste Castle is not open to the public on Mondays and weekends are usually the busiest days for tourists, especially in Cesky Krumlov and Dresden as they are popular weekend destinations for both tourists and locals.

My recommendation is that if possible try to do your excursion on a midweek day to avoid tourist crowds. Another tip is to arrive at the destination as early as possible in the morning or around sunset, which is why most tours leave quite early from Prague.

Best time of the year to take an excursion from Prague

If you are going to visit Prague in May, June or September, you have chosen well, because these are the times when the weather is more pleasant without all the concentration of tourists in summer. For this reason, these months are the best to make an excursion from Prague.

However, there are exceptions: Cesky Krumlov is a blast in autumn, because of the stunning oranges and reds of the town's trees, and actually to visit Konopiste Castle you don't care a bit about the season since most of the tour is inside its walls.

What to take on a tour from Prague

What to take on a tour is always up to you, but I always include several must-haves on the list.

First of all, comfortable shoes, since you're going to be walking all day and you don't want to leave your feet to drag for the rest of your trip. Next, a bottle of water and in case you don't want to eat in a restaurant, food in your backpack. Sun screen if you are going to do the excursion in summer, and a camera to immortalize the places that catch your eye.

15. Plan your tours of Prague

Detail of St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague Royal Palace | ©Jan Zubíček
Detail of St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague Royal Palace | ©Jan Zubíček

Meeting point

Once you book the tour, you will receive the confirmation in your email. You can print this email or simply show it to the guide on your cell phone when you join the tour at the meeting point. Most tours of Prague depart from Old Town Square or the surrounding area, but be sure to check the exact address of the meeting point in the tour information.

Best time and day of the week to take a Prague tour

As a general rule, it is usually best to take a tour of Prague as early as possible on the day before most tourists start their itinerary. In Prague, sunset is one of the busiest times to, for example, visit the Castle, so the earlier you start your tour, the more you will enjoy the tranquility of walking around such a beautiful city without having to dodge people.

If you visit Prague in May, July or August, I am sorry to tell you that it is difficult to avoid the tourist crowds. Try to book the tour for a Wednesday or Thursday, as you can dodge quite a few tourists coming to the city for the weekend.

Duration of Prague tours

Most tours of Prague last around 3 hours and are usually walking, except for the electric bike tour and tours that combine part of the city and the Castle, as in the latter case, you usually take the funicular up to the top of the city.

Fortunately, Prague is a city that invites you to walk as its historic center is quite secluded and it is possible to reach almost any of its points in half an hour walking from the Old Town Square. In any case, if you find that you get too far from the center, the Prague metro works very well and you also have the streetcar, in which riding can be an experience in itself.

Visit the Jewish Quarter

Whatever tour you do, I recommend you visit Josefov (the Jewish Quarter) on your own and spend at least an afternoon there as it is worth exploring in depth. If you can, I recommend that you enter the six synagogues in the neighborhood, for which, by the way, there is a pass that includes all of them. You can purchase it at the entrance to any of them.

Beware of tourist traps

Be a bit careful when passing by the Charles Bridge, especially in the afternoon, as it is one of the places in the city where scammers concentrate trying to sell all kinds of things to tourists or take advantage of a distraction to make wallets disappear. Apart from this, you will find very touristy stalls where to buy a souvenir with a beautiful view in the background.

About the Astronomical Clock

One thing that many Prague tours and guidebooks insist on is that you see the cuckoo peek out of the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square, which is scheduled to go off once every hour. To be honest, it's not that interesting, so don't worry too much about seeing this "spectacle" as it's something that appeals mainly to the more typical tourist. That said, if you're in the area just before the clock strikes the hour, there's no harm in checking it out.

Get out of the touristic area

If you've been left wanting more after touring the center of Prague, don't make the beginner's mistake and stay there alone! Most tourists are left wandering around the Old Town without thinking that the lesser-known areas of Prague are just as amazing.

On my last trip to Prague, I most enjoyed wandering around the Jiřího z Poděbrad square area, with a nice vibe, authentic bars, and trendy local stores.

Card payments

Something I didn't know when I visited this beautiful city is that most stores and restaurants now accept credit cards for even the smallest transactions. For some reason, I thought that almost all establishments would prefer to charge in kroner, but it turns out they don't, so keep this in mind before exchanging currency.

Don't miss the Castle

If you have booked one of the tours where the visit to the Castle is not included, you can always book tickets or take a guided tour separately. I leave you here my article about it so you can choose the best way to visit it: Prague Castle Tickets and Tours.

Where to eat after the Prague tour

Being of average length, Prague tours do not include lunch. If you do the tour in the morning, following my advice, you should finish around 12 or 1 pm, when you start to get a bit hungry. Here are my top three restaurants in Prague:

  • Hanavský Pavilion: A beautiful building for which words fall short that houses one of the best restaurants in the city. Its menu is a mix of traditional and international dishes and it is really worth booking a table if you visit Prague in summer, as from the terrace you will have beautiful views of the Vltava River.

  • Bistro 8: Inspired by Czech cuisine but bringing it up to the present day with fresh and seasonal produce, this small café will delight minimalists looking for something light but tasty to eat before resuming the adventure of discovering Prague.

  • Pivovar Marina: Located by the river, this rustic restaurant with its rustic décor and wooden roof is one of the city's most celebrated eateries, a success that owes greatly to its salmon fillet with couscous and chicken schnitzel with mashed potatoes.