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Only spending one day in Prague and unsure how to make the most of it? This one day Prague itinerary will show you how to see the best highlights in a short time!
It comes to no surprise that Prague has turned into one of the most popular city breaks in Europe. With its fairy tale vibes, its beautiful architecture, rich history and cheap beer, it makes for a perfect city trip.
Whether you’re simply stopping in Prague during a road trip through the Czech Republic or have a layover here, you may be a little overwhelmed to plan a one-day itinerary. There are so many things to do in Prague! How are you going to make sure you’re seeing the best hot spots in the city?
This itinerary will help you plan the perfect day in Prague. It’s an easy and efficient route though the city that can be one in a few hours, taking you to all the highlights of this beautiful city in Central Europe.
Is one day in Prague enough?
Spending one day in any large city requires you to plan your day properly. Especially if you want to make the most of your short time. Even though I would personally recommend to spend at least 4 days in Prague, sometimes our schedules simply don’t allow it. One day in Prague is definitely still better than none 😉
But with this itinerary, you can easily see most of the best highlights of the city in one day. Even though you probably can’t fit any museum visits in (and Prague has a lot of great museums), you can still get a great impression of Prague and tick most of the bucket-list items off your list!
One Day Prague Itinerary
When you only have a short time to spend in Prague, you need to figure out what sights are worth your time and what the most efficient way is to see them all. This itinerary includes a route taking you from
In a rush? Itinerary overview
Short on time but still want to figure out how to spend your day in Prague? This quick overview will show you what’s part of this one day itinerary. If you want to learn more about the spots that are recommended, please keep scrolling for a more in-depth guide to this beautiful historic capital.
A. Charles Bridge
B. Old Town Square (including the Astronomical Clock (C), Old Town Hall, Kinsky Palace, Church of Our Lady (D), the Powder tower (E) and the Jewish Quarter (F))
G. Letna Park
H. Prague Castle
I. St. Vitus Cathedral
J. Golden Lane
K. Enjoy a Czech beer
If you’re looking for a little more information on the sights I recommend you visit in Prague, stick around 😉 Prague is filled with some of the most beautiful architecture, streets that feel like a fairy tale and some stunning views. Even though it’s hard to take in all this beautiful in one short day, you can definitely see most of the absolute highlights of Prague in 24 hours. Let’s take a look…
1. Charles Bridge
The best place to start your one day in Prague is the Charles Bridge. This bridge has been part of Prague since 1357, when King Charles IV ordered for it to be build between the Old Town and Prague Castle Grounds. Stretching out 515 meters in length, 9.5 meters in width and 13 meters high, it took the builders until 1402 to finish it. It was actually the only way to cross the Vltava in Prague until 1841!
The 30 Baroque statues that are lined up on either side of the bridge were placed there in the 17th century. One that deserves a look up close is the statue of St. John of Nepomuk. This famous saint was drowned in the river below the bridge after refusing the share the secret confessions of the Bohemian queen. Legend says touching the statues toes brings you some extra luck – worth a try in my opinion!
The reason I’m starting this itinerary here is because it tends to get pretty busy as the day progresses. It being such an iconic sight to visit in Prague, most tourists want to pay a visit to it (including us!). By going here early in the morning, you avoid the huge crowds that will gather here during the day. Otherwise, it’s pretty much constantly filled with people.
Another reason why I recommend going as early as possible is because you’ll get there before all the stalls set up. Being such a tourist magnet, local artists and vendors use it to sell their art, souvenirs and show off their performances. Even though it does add something to the atmosphere, I definitely preferred seeing the bridge when it was quieter. It’s also a much better photo opportunity 😉
Address: Karlův most, 110 00 Praha 1
2. Old Town Square
From the Charles Bridge, you enter the Old Town of Prague (Staré Mesto). You can start to see why Prague attracts millions of visitors every year by simply walking through the atmospheric streets of the Old Town. Cobblestones, colourful buildings and beautiful Gothic architecture really do make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
As you can imagine, the Old Town in Prague is a very popular part of the city for tourists to visit. Apart from looking like a real life fairy tale, you can find some of the highlights of Prague here. Even if you only have one day in Prague, you kinda have to visit it.
Old Town Square is, like the Charles Bridge, a hot-spot for tourists. That’s why I really do recommend going here as early as possible. This way, you get to feel the magic of the place even more so.
On Old Town Square, there are a few points of interest that you should check out. Firstly, the Astronomical Clock. Seen on the cover of many Prague travel guides, this is the oldest astronomical clock in the world that is still operating (it’s over 600 years old!). This clock tells not only the time, it shows the relative positions of the planets in our solar system and the zodiac constellations. Legend says that the creator of this magnificent clock was blinded by the government in order to prevent him from creating a similar clock for other cities.
Then there is the Old Town Hall Tower, the building on which the clock is found. This Renaissance and Gothic tower stands tall on the square and has one of the best views in Prague. You can climb the tower for a small fee, and it’s 100% worth it!
Thirdly, there is the unmissable Church of Our Lady Before Tyn. The asymmetrical Gothic twin towers are an iconic part of the Old Town Square. I say asymmetrical because one of the towers (Adam) is slightly larger than the other (Eve). As mentioned before, Prague feels and looks like a fairy tale. Legend even suggests that this beautiful church inspired Walt Disney for the castle of Sleeping Beauty.
The interior of the church was completely reworked after a fire in 1679. The new Baroque interior fitted also includes the oldest organ in Prague. Apart from its regular services, the church also hosts classical music concerts.
Old Town Square address: Staroměstské nám., 110 00 Josefov
3. Powder Tower
Head over towards the Powder Tower, which is located a little walk from Old Town Square. It’s another beautifully preserved Gothic piece of architecture that gives Prague its undeniable charm. Hundreds of years ago, there were 13 entrances to the Old Town of Prague. The Powder Tower (even though it wasn’t called Powder Tower just yet, it used to be called the New Tower) was one of them. In 1475, the tower was modelled to look more like the tower that can be found at the end of the Charles Bridge.
The tower was part of Celetná street, which if famous for being a part of the Royal Way. This route was used for kings when navigating from the Royal Court to Prague Castle.
When in the 18th century the tower was used to store Prague’s gun powder, the tower was named Powder Tower. Nowadays, you can find an exhibition inside and you can click the 186 steps towards a beautiful viewing platform at 44 meters of height. This is one of the best views in Prague and I highly recommend giving it a go!
Address: nám. Republiky 5, 110 00 Staré Město
4. Jewish Quarter (Josefov)
Packed away in between the Old Town and the Vltava river lays Josefov, also known as the Jewish Quarter. As you can imagine, this part of Prague carries a lot of troubled history. The reason these buildings are so well preserved is because the Nazis were planning to turn this part of the city into a museum of an extinct race after the war. It’s chilling to think about, but I think it’s very important to learn about this history so we can all do better in the future. Due to this, the Jewish Quarter in Prague is one of the best preserved Jewish monuments in Europe.
The Jewish Quarter dates back to the 11th century and was founded after other Jewish settlements were destroyed. Not long after that, Jewish people were ordered to move to this part of Prague and were banned to live anywhere else in the city. New arrivals from other countries were also banished to the Jewish Quarter and its population quickly grew. During the second World War, many of the inhabitants were taken to concentration camps.
When you are in Prague’s Jewish Quarter, there are a few points of interest that I recommend you to check out. Firstly, pay your respects at the Jewish Cemetery. The cemetery is also part of the Jewish Museum, which I definitely recommend if you have more than one day in Prague. You may be pushing your luck by visiting it if you want to see more of the city during your short stay. But visiting the Jewish Cemetery can definitely be done. This is the oldest Jewish burial grounds in the world and with over 12.000 gravestones (there’s even more graves), it is also one of the largest in Europe. It is said that some of the graves are 10-12 layers deep. This is also the final resting place of many important Jewish names like Rabbi Judah Loew Ben Bezalel, Avigdor Kara and Rabbi David Oppenheim.
Also walk passed the Franz Kafka Monument, which you can find on the square near Vězeňská street and the Spanish Synagogue. The writer Franz Kafka (most famous for his story The Metamorphosis) spent most of his life in the Jewish Quarter and didn’t get a statue until 80 years after his death. The statue shows a headless man with a smaller man on his shoulders. The smaller man is Kafka.
And lastly, check out one of the Synagogues. There are a total of six Synagogues in the Jewish Quarter, each with their own stories and history. The two most famous ones are the Old-New Synagogue and the Spanish Synagogue. The Old-New Synagogue is the oldest active synagogue in Europe. This Gothic building was established in 1270. The Spanish Synagogue is a bit younger, but it’s popular due to its beautiful Moorish interior design. Both are more than worth a quick visit!
5. Letna Park
In the afternoon, we are going to explore the Lesser Town of Prague. We start by crossing the Vltava river from the Old Town towards the castle grounds. First stop… Letna Park (Letenské sady). It’s a little hike up the hill, but the view will definitely pay off. Alternatively, you can take a tram up. It’s actually one of the best views in Prague, where you can look across the river and see the Charles Bridge in the distance alongside the orange/red roofs of the city. But it’s more than just a viewpoint of the Old Town.
This huge park is also one of the main green places in Prague where locals and international students come to take a little break from the busy city. Alongside a skateboard park, a playground for children and a beer garden for us city trippers, Letna Park makes for the perfect start of our afternoon.
At the entrance of the park, you can see a giant red metronome. Even though it may not seem as important when first laying eyes on it, on this spot used to stand a massive monument of Joseph Stalin overlooking the city. It was destroyed in 1962 and years later (1991), this metronome was installed. It is seen as a symbol for a new era for Prague. It’s a popular sight to watch the sunset – especially while drinking a cold beer from Stalin Bar.
Address: 170 00 Praha 7-Letná
6. Prague Castle & St. Vitus Cathedral
On to one of the absolute must-sees in Prague: Prague Castle. It being the number one tourist attraction in the city, you simply cannot visit Prague and skip this impressive building. It is absolutely stunning! Prague Castle is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also the largest castle grounds in the world at 753,474 square feet. Founded in 880, the castle grounds (Hradčany) are filled with history, beautiful architecture and stunning gardens to enjoy. You could literally spend all day here and still find new things to enjoy, but on our tight time schedule we’ll only spend a few hours here. This is still more than enough to see the main highlights, though.
Build in a Romanesque-style and modified with some Gothic features, Prague’s skyline wouldn’t be the same without its castle. It’s free to visit the castle grounds. But there is a small fee to enter the castle itself and the cathedral. Please also note that there are guards to check bags before entering the castle grounds.
Note: Stick around for the change of the guards, which happens every hour on the hour.
Inside of Prague’s Castle Grounds, you can also find St. Vitus Cathedral. This stunning cathedral is one of the highlights of the castle grounds and the skyline. It does cost a little fee to enter the cathedral, but you can buy a ticket that includes both the castle and the cathedral.
You can book a tour for Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral and some other highlights on the castle grounds here. This includes admission tickets, a tour where you can learn about Prague Castle through the centuries and a tram ride towards the castle from the Charles Bridge.
Even though you may only have one day in Prague, this 2.5 hour tour will ensure you to get the most of your visit to the Castle Grounds and I could not recommend it more. Because you will most likely spend 2-3 hours at the Castle Grounds anyways, you may as well learn everything there is to know about the area with a guide.
Address: Hradčany, 119 08 Prague 1
7. Golden Lane
While visiting the Prague Castle grounds, make sure to stop by the Golden Lane (Zlata Ulicka). Along this street, tons of tiny, colourful houses are lines up. They look like they came straight from a fairy tale picture book where the dwarfs live. But in reality, these houses were build for the castle fortifications back in the 16th century. Originally, there were two streets.
After the guards moved out, one of the streets got demolished and the other become home to the poor and was no longer part of the castle. It was home to quite a few famous people, like Franz Kafka, who lived on number 22 for a year.
The Golden Lane also comes with its own stories and myths and is often referred to as the “Street of Alchemists“. Legend says alchemists lived on the street and kept themselves busy turning iron into gold and creating potions of youth. The street was originally called Goldsmiths Lane, after the goldsmiths that used to live there, but was shortened to Golden Lane. Inside the houses, you can find little shops and expositions that show what life was like in Prague over the last few centuries.
Address: 119 00 Praha 1-Hradčany
8. Try the Czech Cuisine for dinner
After a long day of walking around Prague, it’s time for dinner. In a busy city like Prague, you can find a restaurant for basically any type of cuisine, but why not try a traditional Czech meal? Czech cuisine may not be as widely known as other European kitchens like French or Italian, but they do have some amazing dishes that you could try when in Prague:
- Svíčková na smetaně: Slices of beef tenderloin in a vegetable puree often served with some dumplings on the side. The puree is usually made with carrots and parsley roots.
- Smažený sýr: Prague’s food scene isn’t completely designed for vegetarians (yet). Usually this dish is one of the few items you can order if you don’t eat meat. It’s fried cheese (oh yeah, a deep fried block of cheese). The dish is often served with some tartar sauce.
- Guláš: Even though Hungary may be famous for its goulash, the Czech Republic has its own version that may be even better. It’s thicker and feels more like a strew rather than a soup.
- Česnečka: This is a Czech garlic soup. It may not sound too appealing but I challenge you to give it a go, you may be surprised at how tasty it is!
10. Czech Beer in a Czech Pub
And what better way to end a day in Prague then with a cold, Czech beer? The Czech Republic and its capital city are famous for its tasty and cheap beers. The Czech actually drink more beer per capita than anywhere else in the world (leaving the number 2 far… far behind). So yeah – they know and love their beer!
Many local breweries supply Prague’s pubs with different variety of Czech beer, which is why ending the day in one of the many Prague pubs is such a great idea. Definitely try the nation’s favourite, Pilsner Urquell. But don’t shy away from trying one of the many craft beers available in the bars and pubs.
|Cash Only Bar: One of the most popular bars in Prague lays in an atmospheric cobblestone street in the middle of the Old Town. Very cosy, great beer and cocktails and they also serve a great hot dog.|
Address: Liliová 218, 110 00 Staré Město
|Beer Museum Pub: Being such a beer-loving city, Prague even has its very own Beer Museum. Even though you probably don’t have time to visit the museum when you’re in Prague for one short day, but you can definitely still visit the affiliated pub for a quick drink at the end of your day.|
Address: Smetanovo nábř. 205, 110 00 Staré Město
|U Zlatého Tygra: Also known as the Golden Tiger, this old drinking hall serves very affordable beers for a traditional beer drinking experience. This is where you’ll find the locals, which means it’s always a good choice.|
Address: Husova 228/17 Staré Město Praha 1 Praha 1, 110 00 Praha 1
Where to stay in Prague
When visiting Prague for one day, I highly recommend staying as closely to the city centre as possible. Because this one-day itinerary is tailored to fit a full day, staying in city centre of Prague helps you create some more time in the morning/evening to explore the city.
|BUDGET: Hotel U Zlateho Stromu|
Located in the heart of Prague, steps away from the Charles Bridge, Hotel U Zlateho Stromu makes for a great stay with double rooms from £26 per night. With a view on the tower of the Charles Bridge, I don’t think you can get a better location for your first stay in Prague!
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|MID-RANGE: Hotel Leonardo Prague|
This lovely mid-range hotel is located in the Old Town of Prague with a beautiful view across the river and onto Prague’s Castle. Furnished with some antique decorations, this hotel gives you that Prague fairy tale vibe even in the place you’ll sleep. There is an open-air courtyard where you can enjoy a drink and the rooms come with free WiFi.
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|LUXURY: Jalta Boutique Hotel|
Don’t mind spending a little more for a better room? (This is still quite cheap compared to other European capital cities!) The Jalta Boutique Hotel’s got you covered. Only 800 yards from the historic centre of Prague, this hotel comes with air-conditioned rooms and views of the historic town. The hotel also comes with free WiFi.
Check prices and availability here
For a full list of recommended hotels, airbnbs and holiday apartments, check out my where to stay in Prague guide. This goes into detail on which neighbourhoods in Prague are the best for certain types of travel, including recommendations for individual hotels.
Extra Prague Travel Tips
Prague is a very compact city compared to other European capital cities, making it quite easy to get to all the highlights on foot. The route described in the itinerary can be done without public transport, but if you want to check out the metro and trams, I recommend reading this guide.
The Prague City Pass and Prague Card give you access to many of the main highlights in the city alongside free access to a bus and river tour. Because these Prague Card starts at 2 days, I could not recommend it for this trip. The Prague Pass is also pretty pricey if you’re only going to use it for a day. So it’s cheaper to just get a tour or entree passes for the individual sights you want to see.
Even though one day in Prague may not seem like long enough to see everything this beautiful historic city has to offer, it is a great start. As you can see, there is more than enough you can fit into 24 hours if you plan accordingly. Seeing the Old Town and the Castle Grounds are by far the most popular sights. Adding these into an easy-to-follow itinerary only made sense. I hope this guide has helped you with your plans to visit Prague!