Czech Republic: 24 Hours in Prague

Within the cobblestone streets and world renowned sites, Prague cradles a history that goes back a millennium. It’s one of Europe’s most charming and beautiful cities and a popular travel destination in Central Europe. Its historic centre is also recognized as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here’s your quick 24-hour guide to this fairytale city so that you can discover the best that this bustling capital has to offer.

4 p.m. Visit Old Town Square

Flickr/Roman Boed

Flickr/Roman Boed

Also known at Staroměstské náměstí, is the central square of the historic part of Prague. You’ll find the Astronomical Clock, The towers of the Týn Church and many others. The Týn Church iconic towers feature characteristic small spires and belong to the most recognizable Prague landmarks. Have a stroll and slowly walk through the square. You can even sit at a nearby cafe or restaurant right in the centre but beware, you’ll probably be hit with the worst tourist prices.

6 p.m. Have a Czech dinner at Lokál

Lokál U Bílé kuželky may be situated close to the Prague Castle and Charles Bridge, but it’s not one of the overpriced, touristy restaurants lining the streets of Prague's city centre. It gives off a pub-like vibe and the restaurant dishes up a variety of traditional Czech cuisine at fairly affordable prices. Try their homemade beer too, it’s a must!

8 p.m. Visit the Charles bridge

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Unsplash/Anthonny Delanoix

The Charles bridge is a spectacle at any time of the day, but the early morning Golden Hour sunrise and a romantic evening stroll will beat the peak time crowds. The bridge connects Old Town Square with the Prague Castle area and is ornately decorated with looming statues. Going during the later evening gives you a little more breathing room and arm space to take the best views of the city at night.

10 a.m. Prague castle

Flicker/Dennis Jarvis

Flicker/Dennis Jarvis

If you don’t visit the largest ancient castle complex in the world, did you even go to Prague? This is a must do, don’t miss it. Instead of getting a local SIM Card, stay connected with Yogofi to get online and navigate your way around the city.

12 a.m. Petřín Lookout Tower

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Flickr/Terrazzo

Walk up to Petrin Towers in Petrin Park to get the best views of this magical city. The tower was built as part of the Jubilee Exhibition in 1891 as a small copy of the Eifel Tower (if you’ve never been to Paris, two birds with one stone?) There are 299 steps to the top but it’s worth the view.

4 p.m. Catch the sunset pedalling on the Vlata river

Unsplash/Dan Novac

Unsplash/Dan Novac

The Vltava River flows through the centre of Prague and divides this city in 2. If you’re travelling by tram, get off at the Narodni Divadlo stop on the riverside and walk across the bridge to a little river island. Here, you’ll find a few companies renting 2 to 4 person pedal boats for an hour. Float along the river for the best views of the Charles bridge from a different angle and enjoy the sunset from the water.