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A 4 day Prague itinerary to help you plan your perfect trip – everything you need to know

Prague is one of those places with the wow factor and it really is a fantastic place to just go and get lost in. The moment we landed we felt like we were walking around in a fairytale. We just wanted to take pictures of everything and see it all. If you are wondering how to spend 4 days in Prague this guide will help you plan the perfect trip. From walking the cobbled back streets, to exploring the best tourist spots here is our detailed 4 day Prague itinerary to help you get the most out of your time in the city.

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Basic Information

Country: Czech Republic

Languages Spoken: Czech but English is widely spoken

Currency: Czech koruna (CZK)

Famous for: Old world architecture, stunning scenery and cheap beer

Visit if you like: City breaks with history, and really beautiful places

Prague is one of those cities with an eclectic mix of old and new. On the one hand you have castles dating back to the 9th Century and on the other graffiti clad walls dedicated to John Lennon.

An interesting fact about Prague is that it is home to the largest castle in the world. Spanning around 18 acres, it consists of cathedrals, chapels, royal palaces and perfectly manicured gardens. It is certainly a must visit on your Prague trip!

Speaking of interesting facts, the people in Prague drink more beer per capita than any other nation. In fairness the beer is actually really good, so it’s not really hard to see why.

4 days in Prague, is it enough?

One of the questions that we get asked a lot is how long do you need in Prague. For us it really is one of those places that you need to explore at your own pace, to soak it all in. We spent 4 days in Prague and we did actually get to see a lot, and on top of it still made time to taste some amazing beer and food. Ideally 3-4 days in Prague is probably your minimum in order to have a good look around and see the main sights. If you are adding day trips to your Prague itinerary then you will need to add at least another day. 

Weather in Prague

Summer in Prague ranges between the mid teens to mid 20’s (Celsius). It gets pretty cold in the winter months, so from December to February. Temperatures range from -2 to 5 degrees Celsius. The good news is though that you will find people selling mulled wine on almost every corner to warm you up!

Spring tends to be quite mild in Prague, ranging from around 8 degrees Celsius in March to 20 degrees Celsius in May. Autumn tends to get quite a bit colder ranging between 10 and 3 degrees Celsius.

Itinerary for Prague- When to visit

When planning your itinerary for Prague you might be wondering when the best time to visit is. As with most of Europe peak season in Prague is summer. Expect long lines, and lots of tourists. We visited in November, which was beautiful. The red and orange leaves stand out against the background of stunning architecture and cloudy skies. It was a little chilly but as mentioned about the mulled wine was a big help in keeping us warm.

If we get the chance again we would probably visit in Autumn because it isn’t too busy and the weather adds to the character of the city. Spring is also another great time to visit with the flowers in full bloom and the mild weather. Winter is off season, except around Christmas time when the Christmas Markets fill the Old Town Square.

Before we get to your itinerary for Prague – here is how to get there

Chances are your 4 day Prague itinerary will begin at the airport. A lot of European carriers as well as some international ones use this airport. The airport is around 9 miles (16km) out of town, so you will need to work out how to get into the centre from here.

The quickest and easiest way to get from the airport, to start your Prague itinerary, will be to get a taxi. You are looking at a 30 minute journey to say 45 minutes during peak times. This costs around the €30/ 736 CZK mark.

Of course if your itinerary for Prague is a little more budget friendly, then the cheapest way to get into Prague is by bus. But be warned the bus won’t take you directly into the centre, it will take you to a metro station and you will need to make your way from there.

If you are heading towards the Old Town then get on bus 119. It arrives every 15 minutes, and will take you to Nádraží Veleslavín metro station on line A. From here it is about 6 stops on the metro into Old Town.

If you are travelling to the New Town, then get on the 100 Bus. This stops at Zličín metro station on line B. From here you are looking at about 11 metro stops to the centre.

Despite the buses being a little bit of effort they only costs 1.20€ or 32 CZK, so this is a good option for those trying to do Prague on a budget.

 4 days in Prague packing list

Your Prague packing list will depend on the time of year you visit, but we do highly recommend bringing some comfortable shoes. Trust us you will want to do a lot of walking. Also Prague is a bit hilly in parts, and you don’t want to spend your 4 days in Prague hobbling along with poor footwear.

A good coat is another must, especially in autumn and winter. Make sure you layer up with a good scarf and winter hat too. In the spring and summer bring a light jacket as it tends to get quite cool at night.

We didn’t find Prague a hugely dressy place, although maybe that is based on the places we visited. We didn’t feel we had to dress up especially at cocktail bars or places like that. People tend to dress casually during the day and get a little more dressed up when going out for the evening.

Where to stay during your 4 days in Prague

Prague has a ton of accommodation options to suit all budgets. We opted for a mid-range hotel located right near the Charles Bridge called Lokal Inn. For us it was perfect. We could cross the Charles Bridge and enjoy the array of restaurants and bars in the evening, and we were right in the thick of it when it came to tourist attractions. A lot of people tend to try and stay around the Old Town, which is the historic part of the city. The buildings are beautiful, the beers are flowing, and the atmosphere is incredible. Here is a run down on each of the areas to help you decide where to stay for your own Prague trip.

Old Town or Staré Město

The Old Town or Staré Město as it is known in Czech is probably one of the best places to stay if you want to be close to the hustle and bustle and main tourist attractions. It feels like the beating heart of the city, with its gorgeous buildings, bustling squares, and of course its tourist attractions. You are also really close to the Charles Bridge and the river, which again is perfect especially if you want to catch that gorgeous Czech sunrise. It’s probably the best place to stay if this is your first Prague trip.

New Town or Nové Město

The New Town is still a decent location if you are looking for places to stay in Prague. It’s located right next to the Old Town, and is still pretty central. It’s probably ideal if you are planning to incorporate some crazy nights out into your 4 day Prague itinerary.

Lesser Town or Mala Strana

This was actually where we stayed at the Hotel Lokal Inn. The reason being was this was right next to the Charles Bridge, which made getting up before sunrise that much easier. It’s another great area for walking around, getting lost and taking some beautiful pictures. It’s also not too far from the main tourist attractions.

The Castle District or Hradcany

Another great place to stay during your 4 days in Prague is the Castle District.  Not only does this have some incredible views over the city, but of course the Castle area itself is absolutely beautiful.

Money Matters for your 4 day Prague itinerary

You might be wondering how much money you need to bring for your 4 days in Prague. We found Prague to be cheap in some regards and pretty standard in others. On average we budgeted around £100 or 2967 CZK per person per day and we generally didn’t spend this much. I should also add that our budget does not include accommodation.

A pint of beer will set you back around £3 (80 CZK) or less depending on where you go. A meal will probably cost you around £20 or 600 CZK. Prague certainly isn’t as cheap as it used to be, but you can cut costs by avoiding fancy restaurants and bars and walking instead of catching public transport.

Throughout Prague and the Czech Republic, you will need to use Czech Koruna. Banknotes are made up of the following denominations 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 CZK, and coins consist of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 CZK. A lot of places in Prague will accept payment by bankcard, but you do get the occasional small shop that only accepts cash. Therefore we recommend you bring even just a little bit of cash with you during your 4 days in Prague.

Getting around as part of your 4 day Prague itinerary

Another important factor when planning your itinerary for Prague is thinking about how you will get around. We mostly walked during our 4 days in Prague because we sort of wanted to get lost in the back streets and soak up all the atmosphere. But there were the occasional times we caught public transport. The first time we caught a tram in Prague we did get slightly confused. Once you know the basics it is super-efficient and we highly recommend using it.

You need to purchase a ticket before boarding the tram. Tickets can be bought at some tram stops, and all metro stations. Additionally, you can purchase them at newspaper kiosks or hotels. Once you board the tram you will need to validate your ticket. There is a stamping machine by the door of the tram where you can do this.

Ticket options vary. You can either purchase a day pass or a 3 day pass. We didn’t think it would be worth it for us because we were planning on doing a lot of walking so we just purchased a single use ticket. These are only valid for 30 minutes. If you are planning on using public transport quite regularly you are probably best asking your hotel if they sell passes.

Alternatively you can always do a hop on hop off bus tour, at least for one of your 4 days in Prague. We always find these tours are a great way to familiarise yourself with a new city, and if you don’t see everything you want on the day you can always make plans to visit afterwards.

What to do in Prague in 4 days

There is so much to see and do in Prague, we recommend taking it slow and trying to explore different areas at a time. Here are some of our suggestions for key attractions if you are wondering what to do in Prague in 4 days.

 Get your photo at the John Lennon Wall

John Lennon Wall

A must for any Prague itinerary is a visit to the John Lennon Wall. Thanks to Instagram we had seen so many pictures of the wall and for us it definitely was a must see.  The wall is is etched with graffiti from top to bottom. It is a symbol of political frustration particularly during the 1980s.

The wall is still highly political with us spotting a F*^k Trump sign only days after the election results. Try to go early in the morning like we did if you want to get a photo with no other tourists. We passed the wall again on our trip, but in the afternoon, and it was really busy.

Officially the wall is the only legal part of Prague where you can graffiti. And you might be wondering what the connection is to John Lennon and the Beatles. When the country was under communist rule, Beatles songs were banned, with people even facing prison for playing western pop songs. John Lennon represented freedom and free speech, and after his death on 1980 the youth of Prague visited the wall to mourn his death and celebrate all that he represented to them. Your Prague trip definitely isn’t complete without a visit so do make sure you stop by.

Visit Prague Castle

Prague Castle is hard to miss, perched on top of a hill overlooking the city. The Castle grounds contain gardens, palaces, and shops as well as the dramatic looking St Vitus Cathedral whose construction began in the 14th century and was only completed in the 20th century. One of the best things is the incredible view that you get of Prague from the castle grounds. It really is a must see sight in Prague and no Prague 4 day itinerary is complete without a visit.

Tickets are sold in different groups allowing access to an assortment of buildings. The real gem of the tour is St Vitus Cathedral, but do make a point of walking through the Golden Lane. Here you will find brightly coloured houses. Some of them have been recreated to show you the way of life of the people that used to live in them. It is definitely a fascinating insight into life in the castle grounds.

As we walked down the hill after visiting the castle we ended up stopping in a small cafe for mulled wine. It was the perfect place to soak in those amazing city views. It was a lovely moment and really got us excited for our 4 days in Prague.

Feed the swans

swans-prague

Prague really does have some of Europe’s best fed swans. In fact feeding them is actively encouraged, but do be mindful of what you feed them as things like soggy bread can actually make them pretty sick. There is a little part of the Vltava River close to Charles Bridge where these guys gather. They are pretty tame and have been known the eat out of the hands of tourists.

Walk the Charles Bridge at sunrise

Sunrise at Charles Bridge

At the top of your Itinerary for Prague has to be the Charles Bridge. The bridge is an absolutely stunning structure connecting Mala Strana (Little Quarter) and Stare Mesto (The Old Town). Our favourite thing in Prague was strolling across the bridge, mulled wine in hand, taking in the fairy tale that is Prague. At one point during our 4 days in Prague we even had snowflakes falling as we crossed and honestly no Disney film can prepare you for this real life magic.  It does get insanely busy on the Bridge so sometimes you don’t have a choice but to walk slowly.

Our top tip is to head to the bridge just before sunrise and wait. It is much quieter with only a handful of people and watching the sunrise is unforgettable. We knew we had to take advantage of this so we woke up incredibly early and made our way over to the bridge in the dark. We purposely picked accommodation close to the bridge for this reason.

Admire the views from the Old Town Hall Tower

4 days in Prague is not complete without a visit to the Old Town, and a great way to soak up the views is to get to the tower of the Old Town Hall. If you have the time this really is a must. From the tower you see some incredible views of the red rooftops Prague is famed for. The good thing is there is a lift if you don’t want to walk up a ton of stairs to admire the view. We actually felt like we could have stayed up here for days watching all the hustle and bustle in the Old Town Square below.

 Have a Beer Bath

For something a little more zany to add to your 4 days in Prague then why not book yourself in for a beer bath. Yes that is a real thing, and obviously you can sip beer whilst bathing in it too. You can also book an optional massage.

See the Astronomical Clock

Every hour on the hour the Astronomical Clock “performs” to gathered crowds. We read about this prior to our visit and a lot of the travel books called it underwhelming. It was, but it was still fun to see anyway.

It is actually one of the oldest working astronomical clocks in the world and was installed in 1410. And in fairness when you think about how old it is, you kind of appreciate it more.  

 Eat Trdelnik in the Old Town Square- or anywhere really

The real life of Prague is in the Old Town Square. The Christmas Markets are held here if you are visiting in winter, otherwise it is filled with buskers, locals, and tourists alike. The buildings are all so beautiful. There are a few cathedrals you can explore too. Just make sure you look up and take in all that detail. You will find a lot of carts selling Trdelnik here too. It is a sort of pastry with sugar that is perfect with ice cream.

The Old Town Square in Prague is one of the most historically significant squares in Prague, and you will definitely find yourself here at some point during your Prague trip. The square was founded in the 12th Century which again is such a crazy thought as it really makes you realise just how much history there is in Prague.

 Get a picture of the Dancing House

Going from old to new we decided to go and take some snaps of the Dancing House which is the nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building. The design resembles a pair of dancers hence the name. It is probably one of the most photographed modern buildings in the city. We walked through the New Town to get here, and it was an interesting contrast to the Old Town. Neither of us were very keen on the New Town and this seems to be where you find a lot of hen and stag parties. Needless to say we avoided spending too much time in this area but regardless it was great to see.

Eat, Walk, Repeat

Pork Leg and Schnitzel

Out favourite thing as per any trip is just eating, drinking, and walking it off. Prague is literally one of those cities you don’t mind just going for a wander because each street you turn down there is something beautiful. We spent a lot of time sampling the local cuisine and of course drinking beer and wine. The food in Prague is very meat based and dishes like schnitzel, pork legs, and goulash are quite common. There are a lot of traditional style restaurants to sit down and eat at, which we did most nights for dinner.

Ride the Funicular to Petrin Hill

Again this is something you want to do early in order to avoid the crowds. The Funicular goes from Lesser Town up to Petrin Hill. The really cool thing about it though is that it forms part of the public transport network so it is really cheap. The funicular opened in 1891 but then ceased running during World War 1. It 1932 it opened again and was converted from a water-balance drive system to an electrical drive system. It really is worth a ride and the views going up are really beautiful. This is a must to add to your itinerary for Prague. 

 Get to the top of the Petrin Tower

Petrin Tower

Once you are on Petrin Hill you should make your way to Petrin Tower. Apparently it was modelled off the Eiffel Tower, however as the budget was substantially smaller they built the structure on a hill so as to give the illusion of height. If you go to the top you get a panoramic view of Prague. Unfortunately for me I lasted 2 minutes before demanding that Dave escort me down to solid ground immediately.

It is not ideal for people with a fear of heights, mostly because it shakes in the wind. And despite Dave explaining that it has stood for years with no issue this did not calm me. Still other people seemed to enjoy it! With 4 days in Prague you can take your time feeling comfortable before making the ascent up the tower. 

Enjoy the beautiful grounds on Petrin Hill

Even if you don’t like heights Petrin Hill is still worth a visit. There are some walking trails which if you look between the trees will see some lovely views of Prague. There are also some gardens for you to sit and lose track of time.

Drink some Czech Beer

Prague is famous for its beer, so if you love beer you will love Prague. The beer is of a high quality and even better it is really cheap. In the past few years microbreweries and craft beers have become a thing in Prague, so if you fancy yourself a beer connoisseur then you are in luck. If you only visit one pub in Prague we recommend going to the Prague Beer Museum, a pub with traditional wooden benches and a lively atmosphere. It was out favourite spot for drinks in Prague and made for such a fun night out! There are also some really cool beer tours you can book yourself onto, in case you want to do some beer sampling.

Brush up on your history at the Jewish Museum

Prague has a lot of Jewish history and the museum tells the powerful and often tragic story of the Jewish community here. It is a sombre but fascinating place to visit. Tickets also include entry to the Old Jewish Cemetery were some prominent figures in Jewish history are buried.

 Cruise the Vltava River with some mulled wine

Getting close to the bridges and buildings from the water is a great way to see Prague. We managed to hop on a river cruise that served coffee and cake which was so perfect on a frosty November afternoon. One of the most popular tour companies is Prague Boats who offer a number of different cruise options. We ended up doing a 45 minute cruise however with Prague-Venice which is a historical tour with some amazing views of Prague. 

Get Spiritual at St Nicholas’ Church

This Baroque masterpiece is well worth a visit. Once inside you can marvel at the impressive artwork and decoration. Make sure you bring your camera. If you are looking for the most photogenic places in Prague then we have written a round up that might be useful.

The cathedral is actually considered one of the greatest examples of Prague Baroque architecture. Built between 1704-1755 it is now a hugely popular tourist attraction that you can visit. If you have the time we highly recommend going inside, as it really is beautiful.

 Romantic things to do during your 4 day Prague Itinerary

If you are visiting with your significant other, here are some of the most romantic things to add to your Prague itinerary.

Take a cruise and sip mulled wine as you admire the city skyline

One of the most romantic things to add to your 4 day Prague itinerary, particularly in the colder months is to get yourself on a boat tour. Some of them provide you with hot drinks like mulled wine which is a lovey treat as you snuggle up with your significant other and enjoy the views.

Walk around Petrin Park and enjoy some amazing city views

We visited Prague in Autumn and to be honest it was just so romantic with the falling leaves, and chilly weather. One of our favourite things was just walking around in the crunchy leaves in Petrin, as we gazed out at the magical views of Prague.

Take a vintage car ride around the city

Vintage car rides are another romantic things you can add to your Prague itinerary. Located around Old Town you can hop in and cruise around the gorgeous streets in a snazzy vintage car. You can book this in advance here.

Do an evening cruise

An evening cruise is a great way to see Prague from a different perspective. It’s super romantic as you can sail by as the twinkling evening lights reflect off the water. You can book your evening cruise here in advance.

Enjoy breakfast at a grand coffee house (we recommend Café Savoy)

Breakfast in Prague is a somewhat romantic affair particularly if you visit one of the grad coffee houses. It’s a great way to start the day with your significant other.

Visit the Love Locks bridge just near the Lennon Wall

Love locks seem to be all the rage these days and there is a cute little spot right near the Charles Bridge where you can declare you love with a padlock if you so wish.

Prague itinerary 4 days

Here is our suggested 4 day Prague itinerary to help you plan the perfect trip to this incredible city.

Day 1

Start the morning early and head to the John Lennon Wall to get all your photos before it becomes swarmed with tourists. Then explore St Nicholas’ Church nearby. We recommend spending the afternoon exploring the Prague Castle before walking back down the hill and feeding the swans in the late afternoon.

Day 2 

Another early start, but make your way to the Charles Bridge to enjoy the sunrise, before checking out the Old Town of Prague. Get lost in the windy cobble stoned streets, before making your way to the Old Town Square. From here you can watch the astronomical clock, and enjoy the views from the top of the Old Town Hall Tower. Spend the late afternoon sipping drinks in the Old Town.

Day 3

Make your way to the Dancing House for photos before exploring the New Town. If you aren’t into partying explore New Town early as in the afternoon and evenings it can get rowdy with stag and hen parties.

In the afternoon head over to Petrin and explore the grounds, and Tower for the rest of the day. We recommend exploring and seeing where you end up once you have caught the funicular back down.

Day 4 

The last of our 4 day Prague itinerary and another day of exploring at your own pace, although we recommend heading to the Jewish Cemetery, as well as doing a relaxed boat tour in the afternoon.

Eating and drinking during your 4 days in Prague

As mentioned in our ‘things to do in Prague’ section of the blog, food and drink is a big thing in this city. Traditional food in Prague was quite reminiscent of German food for us. We found a lot of places serving schnitzel and potatoes, and pork knuckles. Goulash is also popular, although the Czech version is more stew like and thicker than Goulash you might find elsewhere.

If you want to splash out, you can do a food tour of the city, that will help you find all the culinary delights on offer in Prague.

If you are looking for some great bars these are our recommendations for drinking in Prague.

Dubliner Irish Bar

This is a bar Dave dragged me to. You can take Dave out of Ireland, but you can’t take Ireland away from him that is for sure. On the plus side the bar is cosy and has a pretty good atmosphere.

Prague Beer Museum

Located in the Old Town here you can try a lot of different types of beer. The atmosphere is always great and everyone is always having a good time. The only downside is that we struggled to get a table.

Hemingway Bar

Inspired by Hemingway himself this is a lot more expensive than your average bar in Prague. The cocktails are awesome though so we do recommend it, even if it is just for one.

 U Tygra

Bill Clinton went here so obviously we had to too. It is a very traditional Czech pub and it does get busy so try and arrive early.

Have longer than 4 days in Prague?

If you have longer than 4 days in Prague then here are some of the most popular day trips from the city.

 Český Krumlov 

Český Krumlov is a UNESCO world heritage site that is fairy tale like. It is located around 3 hours from Prague and the best way to get there is by train. You can also book an organised tour online in advance, which will take you there and show you the highlights.

Vienna

If you want to tick another European capital off your bucket list then a day trip to Vienna is a must. It isn’t cheap and it does take around 4 hours to get here so this is one long trip. If you want to do it it is probably best to book an organised tour that way you get to see the highlights without worrying about trains etc.

And if you are planning a bigger trip have a look at our Prague, Vienna, Budapest itinerary.

Bohemia and Saxon Switzerland National Park

This is another great day trip option from Prague, that you probably will want to book in advance.

Kutná Hora

If you love your history then a day trip to Kutná Hora is a must. This bohemian town is one of the most important in the area, and a trip here will make you feel like you have travelled back to the middle ages.

Dresden

Dresden is another great day trip option from Prague especially if you want to visit a few countries on your trip. Dresden is one of the most beautiful places in Germany and well worth a visit. You can book your tickets online in advance.

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Tips for planning your Itinerary for Prague

  • Get up early. Prague does get packed with tourists so the best way to see the sights before the tourists wake up is getting there early.
  • We’ve mentioned this before but the Charles Bridge at sunrise is incredible. Do try and experience it. 
  • Be careful with your personal belongings as there are pickpockets about.
  • Read up on some of the common tourist scams in Prague. Whilst Prague is a safe city it is easy to get scammed if you don’t have your wits about you.

So should I spend 4 days in Prague?

If you are wondering whether or not you should spend 4 days in Prague take this as your sign to go! Honestly, Prague is one of the most beautiful cities we have ever visited. 4 days was a really good amount of time for us to get to grips with the city, enjoy some fantastic food and drink, and see all the main attractions. It’s a relatively small city, so you won’t spend ages travelling between attractions which is also good. If you do decide to embark on some day trip though you might want to stay just a little bit longer.

4 days in Prague- a recap

Hopefully this 4 day Prague itinerary will help you plan your own trip to this magical city. There is so much to see and do, and apart from the above we recommend making time to just walk around and get lost. Enjoy your 4 days in Prague. We are sure you will love it!

Instagrammable places in Prague

Charles Bridge at Sunrise

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  • Alex S
    June 30, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    What a great list of places to check out in Prague. Since I have a fear of heights the Petrin Tower looks terrifying but sounds like the views are well worth the attempt to summit this scary structure.

    • [email protected]
      June 30, 2017 at 11:26 pm

      That tower definitely defeated me. I only lasted a few seconds. I hear the views are great though. Haha

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