3 days in Prague: the itineray and travel guide

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Here you come to the final trip report of the 3 days in Prague. If you have a 4th day time, you can actually use one day to explore a different part of the city. Prague for me was one the best and most beautiful cities I have ever seen and this is really a must-see destination that at some point of your life you must definitely know: this is a city that leaves you breathless.

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So ready to discover what to do in 3 days in Prague? Here it is the list starting from:

1) The Prague old town: the heart of the city, the historical centre which was inscribed in the Unesco World Heritage sites, an authentic jem and wonder. Here it is recommended to visit:

1a)  The Old Town Square or Staromeské Namestì, where you can visit the Town Hall and get to the first panoramic point of the city and the famous astronomical clock.
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1b) Stroll along the elegant  Celetnà and see the elegant Prasna Brana or Powder Gate.
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1c) Do not forget also to cross the Republic Square or the Namestì Republiky.

1d) A landmark you do not have to miss is for sure the Jewish Ghetto, located in the most luxurious district of the city. Here I recommend to buy the all-in ticket so you can visit the synagogues ( Old - New Synagogue, Jerusalem Synagogue). Here you see the Old-New Synagogue
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and also the Jewish Town Hall or Zidovskà Radnice, with its two clocks, the Jewish Cemetery and the other synagogues around, in particular the Pinkas.
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1e) The last landmark is the Rudolfinum, a Neorenaissance building that hosts the Prague Philarmonic Orchestra.
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To go through the Prague Old Town in deep, please click here.

2) Charles Bridge and Malà Strana: the second itinerary includes the symbol of Prague, the Charles Bridge and the Malà Strana district.
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2a) First of all let's cross the Charles Bridge, the most iconic point of the city, built in 1357 to connect the old medieval town to the Prague castle, 516 meters long and 10 meters, in a sandstone stucture fixed over 16 pillars.

Coming from the old town the first landmark you meet is the Mosteka Vez or Tower Bridge that is the main gate of the bridge itself. Before the tower, on the left you can find the Museum of Medieval Torture, if the medieval torture methods does not shock you or make you feel nausea.

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Once crossed the gate, you find in a bridge plenty of statues (only 30 in sandstone), people, ear-ring sellers and legends like the sword of St. Wenceslas, the Cruxifition, the one of Jan Pomuk, the "vice" archibishop of Prague arrested, tortured and thrown into the Moldave River by King Wenceslas VI.

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2b) Crossed the gate, we enter in the nice district of Malà Strana. Malà Strana is the district between the Charles Bridge and the Prague Castle. I recommend to stroll around the district, especially crossing the Malà Strana Square (Malostranskè namestì).

2c) Then walk along the Nerudova to get to the Petrin Hill, the place where you can have the best sightseeing view of the city. In fact, you must cross the gate of the medieval walls and fortifications and visit an elegant park with flourished avenues and stunning gardens.

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You can find also the minor sister of the Eifel tower, that is the Petrinska rozhledna or Petrin Tower, built in 1891 and with its 60 meters of height. Enjoy the best panoramic point of Prague.
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Not far from the tower, you can find a curious pavillon with its mirror labirynth and the diorama of the battle of Prague in 1648: it is the Mirror Maze.
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2d) Once left the Petrin Hill, you can always walk along the Moldava River and the enjoy the sight of the old medieval town and the Kampa Island, divided from Malà Strana by the Certovka.
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3) Another iconic landmark of Prague is for sure the famous Hrad or Prague Castle, and its district, the Hradcany. Before getting to this huge complex, you can meet some interesting landmarks like the Strahov Monastery (Strahovske Klaster), built in 1140 and redesigned later in Baroque style.
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Finally here we are in front the main gate of the Castle, the royal one, a complex of building that have been built since the 9th Century and later unified along the centuries.
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Cross the two courtyards, you get to one of the most important landmarks of the castle that is the St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedraly Svaty Vita)
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Do not miss also the Old Royal Palace (Stary Kralovsky Palac), the St. George Basilica (Bazilika Svaty Jiri), the Golden Lane (Zlata Ulicka). 

Through the Powder Bridge, you can visit the beautiful Royal Gardens with the Belvedere of Queen Anna (Letohradek kravovny Anny). Check all the pics by clicking here.

4) The last and less known area is for sure the New Town and the Vysenhrad Castle, maybe less touristic but not less attractive than the other iconic landmarks.

We can start from the large Wenceslas Square (Vaclavské Namestì), one of the largest squares and important for political facts. It is dominated by the National Museum (Narodnì muzeum), now closed until October 2018,
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and the Jan Palach grave and monument, dedicated to the student who burned himself as response to the Russian occupation in 1968 after the so-called "Prague spring", the uprising of Prague against the Soviet occupation.
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Other nice landmarks of the New Town (Nové Mesto) are for sure the National Theatre (Narodnì Divavlo), that represent the Bohemian culture,
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and the Dancing House (Tancicì Dum), built in 1996 to remind a dancing move.
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Crossed the Charles Square (Karlove Namestì), you can get to the first and oldest castle of the city, the Vysenhrad Castle (Vysenhrad). built in the 8th centry due to its strategic position on a rocky hill over the river.
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As landmarks, you can get close to the Rotunda of St. Martin (Rotunda sv Martina),
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and the Church of St. Peter and Paul (Sv. Peter a Pavel) with the monumental cemetery, where the Czech glories were buried.
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Travel tips: 
  • How to get to the city centre from/to the airport: if you use the public transport you can use the buses 100, 119 or AE (Airport Express) that leads you to the train station.
  • Currency: there are many exchange agencies throughout the city. You can arrive with a minimum amount of Czech crowns and then find the lowest exchange rate in the city.
  • Best time to visit: spring, summer and beginning of autumn. Nice to visit it also during Christmas.
  • Minimum length of visit:  3 days; Ideal length: 4 or 5 days
  • Surroundings:  the Unesco city Kutna Hora, at just 1 hour by train from Prague, that I also visited. You can also opt for Cesky Krumlov. another city part of the Unesco sites, at 2,5 hours by train from the city.

Where to eat:
  • If you decide to leave the classic touristic areas, you can easily eat for 10-15 Euros and good quality food. Anyway, I will also list some good restaurant at average prices.
  • The Rilke Restaurant, located in Mala Strana, not far from the Castle, is a small place that offers typical courses. It is a small local with wooden furniture and local music. It is recommended to book.
  • The restaurant Blatnicka is located not far from the Old Town Square and despite its position has a great quality/price. If you are looking for local cuisine and do not spend too much, this is the ideal place for you.
  • Another interesting place is the Potrefena Husa Hyberneska, located close to the Powder Gate or the Prasnà Brana. It is a cosy pub/restaurant that serves tasty local courses and has great quality/price. You can have a dinner for 15 Euros each! Not recommended if you do not like noisy places.
  • Another nice restaurant in the Malà Strana is the Kamparium, located in a sort of cellar, with n nice interior design and local/international cuisine. The only con is that sometimes you have to wait a little bit more, but the food is delicious.
Where to stay:
  • Budget accomodation: if you want to save and you do not mind to sleep in a dormitory, you can opt for the Little Quarter Hostel, located at only 200 meters from the Prague Castle in Malà Strana. Every dormitory has private bathroom and serves buffet breakfast. Prices per two people per night:16-20 Euros
  • If you prefer a private double room, another recommendation is for sure the Cosmopole Hostel, located in the New Town at 700 meters from Wenceslas Square, continental breakfast included and prices around 45-55 Euros per double room per night.
  • Mid-range budget: the Hotel Certovka is located nearby the Charles Bridge in the district of Malà Strana and has panoramic views over the Vitlava River in a Baroque building. Buffet breakfast included, prices per double room per night around 80-100 Euros per night.
  • Luxury accomodation: Alchimist Grand Hotel and Spa is a 5 star hotel located in the 16th Century Baroque building "House of Infant Jesus", not far from the Charles Bridge and the Prague Castle, buffet breakfast and during the day complimentary wine and cheese tasting sessions every day as well as chocolate pralines. Prices from 210 Euros per double room per night.

I have you enjoyed this itinerary and guide: check out the links to discover more detailed itineraries of Prague and do not miss the next stop of the Prague - Bratislava road trip: the Unesco city Kutna Hora!

4 commenti:

Roberto Vallalta said...

A great travel guide. I visited Prague and i Can say that in one blog You Tell The story and The life of Prague. ..a Magic city!

Marco Zannin said...

Grazie vecio! :-) thanks for the kind words and yes: it is a magic city :-)

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Sandalsand said...

Thanks for the tips! I don't think you have missed much in Prague/Praha, compared to what I found during my two visits. In addition I found some ideas for my next visit.

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