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 in Prague here is our 4 day Prague itinerary to help you get the most out of your time in the city.
- Basic Information
- 4 days in Prague, is it enough?
- Weather in Prague
- When to visit Prague
- Prague packing list
- Where to stay during your 4 days in Prague
- Money Matters for your 4 day Prague itinerary
- Getting around Prague
- What to do in Prague in 4 days
- Get your photo at the John Lennon Wall
- Visit Prague Castle
- Feed the swans
- Walk the Charles Bridge at sunrise
- Admire the views from the Old Town Hall Tower
- See the Astronomical Clock
- Eat Trdelnik in the Old Town Square- or anywhere really
- Get a picture of the Dancing House
- Eat, Walk, Repeat
- Ride the Funicular to Petrin Hill
- Get to the top of the Petrin Tower
- Enjoy the beautiful grounds on Petrin Hill
- Drink some Czech Beer
- Brush up on your history at the Jewish Museum
- Cruise the Vltava River with some mulled wine
- Get Spiritual at St Nicholas’ Church
- Romantic things to do during your 4 day Prague Itinerary
- Prague itinerary 4 days
- Eating and drinking during your 4 days in Prague
- Have longer than 4 day in Prague?
- 4 days in Prague- a recap
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, really beautiful places
4 days in Prague, is it enough?
One 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.
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. Autum tends to get quite a bit colder ranging between 10 and 3 degrees Celsius.
When to visit Prague
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. We recommend using hotels.com to book your stay.
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.
Getting around Prague
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.
What to do in Prague in 4 days
There is so much to see and do in Prague, and the best way to get around is on foot, and via public transport. Here are some of our suggestions if you are wondering what to do in Prague in 4 days.
Get your photo at the John Lennon Wall
Thanks to Instagram we had seen so many pictures of the John Lennon Wall. So 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.
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
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
Charles 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. It does get insanely busy on the Bridge so sometimes you don’t have a choice but to walk slowly.
Our top tip though 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Get to the top of the 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!
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!
Brush up on your history at the Jewish Museum
Prague has a big 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 mulled wine 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.
Romantic things to do during your 4 day Prague Itinerary
If you are visiting Prague with your significant other, here are some of the most romantic things to do in the city.
- Take a cruise and sip mulled wine as you admire the city skyline
- Walk around Petrin Park and enjoy some amazing city views
- Take a vintage car ride around the city
- Enjoy breakfast at a grand coffee house (we recommend Café Savoy)
- Visit the Love Locks bridge just near the Lennon Wall
Prague itinerary 4 days
Here is our suggested 4 day Prague itinerary to help you plan the perfect trip to this incredible city.
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.
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.
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.
Another day of exploring at your own pace, although we recommend heading the 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 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.
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.
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 day 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 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.
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.
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!