If you only have limited time in Prague don´t be stressed. Prague in one day is definitely doable, although I would suggest everyone to come here for at least three full days. My name is Dana and I am local guide. In this article you will find my tips and full photo itinerary for how to spend one day in Prague. And see a lot.
The Czech Republic opens borders for tourism on June 15 as the situation after corona pandemy is fully under control and travelling to Prague is perfectly safe option. Don´t hesitate. The sooner you come, the more authentic the city will be. There are still not so many tourists and you will be treated like kings and queens!.
Where to stay when you only come for one day?
This is very importat thing while planning only one day in Prague. For such a short stay you should definitely book your hotel downtown. Prague city center is perfectly walkable and you don´t need a car or taxi to get around.
I suggest staying in Old Town or close to the Old Town. It´s not only conveniently located close to all the major sights but it´s also close to Main Train station (Hlavní nádraží) or Main Bus terminal (Florenc). This is especially important for everybody travelling from Prague to Vienna, Budapest or Berlin.
Prague Airport is aprox. 30 – 40 minutes away from the Old Town, depends on a traffic. Speaking of taxi, never take a regular taxi in the street, it´s one of the most expensive tourist traps in Prague.
When to start exploring the city?
Early in the morning!!! No matter how long you are staying in Prague, it´s always fascinating (even for us locals) to explore Prague in the morning. I know it´s difficult to leave your warm bed and skip the hearty hotel breakfast but believe me it´s worth it.
Between 6 – 8am the city is most beautiful. During the day time many places in the city center are rather crowded especially Old Town Square, Jewish Quarter and Charles Bridge. It will be a bit better after the corona pandemy as not so many people travel abroad.
Prague in one day: where to start?
There are two ways how to explore Prague: you can either start from Old Town and walk towards Lesser Town and from there continue up to Prague Castle or vice versa. Depends where you are staying.
Prague Castle is open from 6am (until 10pm) and by this time you will be there alone. If Prague Castle is #1 sight for you, then you should start from there.
There is no entry fee to Prague Castle grounds. Since you only have limited time in Prague, don´t go to the interiours (you would spend there at least 2,5h). Just walk around the countryards, see St. Vitus Cathedral, gardens and St. Wenceslas vineyard. Before you enter Prague Castle grounds make sure you don´t have any guns, knifes or drone with you, read more about security controls by the entrance.
Where to finish?
If you are not too tired I suggest to finish your day at Letná beer garden. You can enjoy fantastic views here, have a beer and relax after whole day walking. If the weather is good, feel free to stay here for night views of lighted Prague. Warm summer nights are fantastic here.
What to avoid?
With such a limited time I suggest to skip museums and interiours of historical buildings. The only place worth stopping is: Charles Bridge Old Town Tower (open from 10am, entrance fee 100 CZK / person). There are fantastic views. Another thing you should definitely skip is Trdelník (chimney cake). So called typical Czech pastry. Trdelník is another famous tourist trap.
Where to stop to drink and eat along the way?
There are many nice and non-touristy places where you can stop for a beer, coffee or lunch.
- Simple – to go – breakfast. On the very ground floor of Palladium shopping mall there is a small bakery stand called Artisan Bakehouse (in front of Albert supermarket). It´s nothing hipsta photogenic but they sell really good stuff. Try their koláčky, šátečky or koláče. Very reasonably priced and close to the starting point of my suggested itinerary.
- Mincovna restaurant Right on Old Town Square, great place if you want to taste Czech cousine. They offer very good selection of Czech wines and the Pilsner Urquell beer goes right from a tank. Their prices are really fair for the location. They also use ingredients from local producers. Mincovna in Czech language means „mint“ because during the 18th and 19th century they were making coins there.
- Roesel beer and cake– Roesel is well hidden in Prague´s most bizarre street leading from the Charles bridge. You need to know the address otherwise you can easily pass it by. Young locals recently opened this relaxed non-touristy hideaway pub and serve Czech craft beers and small meals. The staff is smiling and fantastic.
- Kavárna Nový svět – just 10 minutes from Prague Castle is located this cozy family run coffee place serving delicious coffee and home baked cakes. They don´t have a printed menu, everything is written by the counter on a black board.
- Kuchyň – right by the entrance to Prague Castle. Perfect spot for beer because views from their garden are absolutely stunning. Just grab your drinks and go to sit outside – you will love it. Fair prices.
Itinerary “Prague in one day”