48 Hours In Prague: The Highlights

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Prague is probably the most well loved destination in the old Eastern Bloc. A city that once released from its communist shackles embraced capitalism and became a mecca for tourists, its beer and architecture mean it is a must visit stop on any European Tour, and perfect for a weekend break. Weekend Prague. top10  things Prague. Prague Highlights

Join me for a run down of Prague’s Highlights – all which can be visited within 48 hours!

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 48 Hours in Prague: The Highlights

So you’ve got 48 hours in Prague and not a clue where to start – then this post is for you! I’m going to share with you my highlight’s and ‘must-do’s’ for 48 hours in Prague which will help you experience as much of the city as possible without having you feeling like you’re racing around the town! weekend Prague. Top10  things Prague.

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1. church of Our Lady before Tyn weekend Prague

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Tied for the top spot of things people associate with Prague is the very impressive Gothic church known colloquially as ‘Church of Our Lady Before Tyn’  (which translates as The Church of Mother of God Before Tyn ). It has served as the main church in this part of Prague since the 14th Century. Dominating one half of the Old Town Square, the twin spires are each 80m high. This makes it a prominent landmark which can be viewed from almost anywhere in the city. Whatever the weather the time at your visit – sun, rain, hail or storm – the church makes for the perfect subject matter for any photograph!

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2. Astronomical Clock top 10 things Prague.

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Tied with the Tyn Church, above, the Astronomical Clock (also located in the Old Town Square) is one of Prague’s biggest draws. In the Middle Ages was even considered one of the Wonders of the World. Today the clock still commands people’s attention every hour as they gather to watch the ancient mechanical marvel display the time via a procession of apostles in the same way that it has done for over 600 years!

*TIP* I would highly recommend starting your day at the Old Town Square where you can view the above two sites. You can also pick up a range of ‘Free Walking Tours’ which depart from here daily and throughout the day. Have a chat with each of the vendors and find out which ones go up to the Castle – and take one of those (the picture alone of the Charles Bridge is worth it!!) They are called Free Tours as you are not required to book or pay outright, but the tour guides often offer a wealth of information over a few hours and work on a tips-only basis. Please be prepared to part with some cash when the tour is over and they have done a good job! *TIP*

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3. Prague Castle .weekend Prague. top 10 things Prague.

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Whether you join a walking tour or not, make your way up to Prague Castle. Believed to have been built in the year 880, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site  and is the largest coherent castle complex in the world covering 70,000 square meters. That alone is a great reason to join a tour as the guide will be handy to direct you to the best bits! The architecture is incredible – and keep you eyes peeled for the gargoyles – they have some of the best I have seen in the world!

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4. Charles Bridge

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Another standout site to visit when in Prague is the Charles Bridge. A gloriously Gothic 16 archway marvel spanning the Vltava River that was constructed in 1357 and finished at the start of the the 15th Century. It took on a life of its own with the addition of 30 baroque statues in the 17th Century which were erected to celebrate the prominent saints and patron saints of that time. Those you see today are replicas of the originals, most of which have been moved to the National Museum – but that does not take anything away from their beauty. Prague highlights.

I love the photo above – but be warned – the early bird really does catch the worm on this one.. Visiting in the bridge during daylight hours will almost certainly result in the crowds and vendors that you can see below!

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5. Lennon Wall

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Once a divisive site in Prague (the government in the 1980s were not fans!) the wall is now a celebrated piece of Prague culture. The wall was a site where the disenchanted youth posted their messages of frustration. After John Lennon’s death they were complimented with lyrics from the Beatles songs. It is a site that continues to change with each new installation – with new colors bringing a new lease of life.

The wall faced it’s biggest challenge in November 2014 when on the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution a group of art students painted the entire wall white leaving only the words ‘Wall is Over’. Thankfully the wall has been restored to its colorful and liberated self – and the wording of the mural changed to ‘War is Over.’ Take the time to search out the wall, its located in the cobbled street at the base of the castle known as Grand Priory Square in Mala Strana – which can be tricky to find without googlemaps – but it is so worth it when you do! Weekend Prague.

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6. Museum of Communism top 10 things Prague

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To ensure you get you dose of history on this trip – step into The Communist Museum in Prague. It is the only museum of it’s kind in Europe and its theme is “Communism – the dream, the reality and the nightmare.” With exhibits about daily life, politics, history, and sport, you are introduced to what life was like under Communist rule. It is most certainly a much more repressed society than visitors from a Western nation would even have experienced. Weekend Prague. Top Things Prague.

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7.Drink Beer & Eat Traditional Food .Prague highlights.

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Beer, Goulash, Pork and Dumplings. Need I say more. Obviously, Prague isn’t really a destination that ranks highly with vegetarians – but vegetarian options are available! – the meat heavy food is delicious and packed with traditional flavors . It is also perfectly complimented by Prague’s various beer offerings. (This was my partner’s favorite part of the trip – but he is a chef.. )

For those looking for an extra beer-y experience: for the ladies, there is a Beer Spa (!) and for the men (and lady beer lovers) there is the Beer Museum and the U Medvidku Beer Hall

 

8. Wenceslas  Square top 10 things Prague

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Just a five minute stroll from the Old Town square, and in the heart of the ‘new’ part of Prague is Wenceslas Square. It is a boulevard flanked either side by hotels, apartment, shops and nightclubs, with the National Museum sitting proudly at the peak. Here is where the majority of the tourist accommodation is located and is very convenient for exploring the rest of town.

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9. Josefov & The Old Jewish Cemetery

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Josefov is a tiny area located entirely within the Old Town, and is the former site of the Jewish ghetto, where thousands of Jews were forced to relocate in the 13th Century. Within this small area there are 6 synagogues and one the oldest surviving Jewish burial grounds in Europe.

If you don’t manage to join a walking tour – a tour dedicated to the Josefov area is easily worth a couple hours of your time. Top things Prague. Weekend Prague.

Related: Want to explore more of the country outside Prague’s very numerous charms? Then check out this guide to the Czech Republic and expand your horizons! weekend Prague Prague Highlights

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10. Petrin Hill weekend Prague . Prague highlights

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I left this one to last as it may be a task to include this within a 48 hour tour – but definitely worth it if you have some extra time! Created as a replica of the Eiffel Tower it stands at 60m tall. This doesn’t sound a lot, until you remember that it is perched on top of Petril Hill which stands at 318m (1043 ft) high!! Climb the 299 steps through beautiful landscaped gardens to reach one of the best look-out points over the city.

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So there you have it – my top picks and highlights for 48 hours in Prague! Let me know if I have included your favorite spots – and let me know if there are any that I’ve missed!

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85 thoughts on “48 Hours In Prague: The Highlights

  1. Sarah (JetSetting Fools) says:

    I only had one day in Prague…and that was 15 years ago! Great post on the highlights. We would love to go back and spend time in the city. 🙂

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  2. Drew says:

    I once spent about 48 hours in Prague and did a similar itinerary. Although, on my visit it rained almost the whole time. But your tip about catching one of the free walking tours is spot on – I loved the tour in Prague!

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    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Drew! Shame about the rain on your trip – we had one good day and one bad day with the weather (obviously my pics are from the good day! haha) But you’re right – the walking tours in Prague are some of the best in the world!

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  3. Katie says:

    I love Prague! and I think you covered all the most important tourist locations here. I love the Lennon wall, and just walking around in the old city. Do you have a favorite place for Czech food? Two of my favorite restaurants are in the Czech Rep. – but they are not traditional. There’s a Georgian place called GuGu, and a vegetarian place called Clear Head, they are downtown nearby each other. Amazing food!
    Thanks for sharing – checking in from #weekendwanderlust.
    Katie
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  4. LeAnna Brown says:

    Prague is one of those cities that you can easily do in 48 hours if you HAVE to, but if you can, it is a remarkable city to explore in depth. But at least these suggestions hit the main activities that continues to attract so many tourists

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  5. Meg Jerrard says:

    LOVE Prague – one of my favorite cities in the world. Great itinerary. I would also add doing a Ghost tour at night – it was admittedly pretty chessy and definitely aimed at the tourist crowd, but it was spectacular fun, especially in such a medieval and gothic city!

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  6. Joanna says:

    I have been to Prague a few years ago and I remember how beautiful it was to stroll around the cobbled streets from the old centre and also hike to the castle. You have included a lot of great places to visit in your post. I could add visiting the small island from the middle of the river and also the dancing house, which is a really interesting piece of architecture. 🙂

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  7. Carly says:

    ….excuse me, while I go book a trip to Prague. Seriously. Groupon has excellent deals with a weekend away and I think I’m going to go, because it looks AMAZING. That castle, that bridge, I can’t cope! <3

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  8. Anda says:

    I’ve spent a week in Prague but I would very much love to go back. The places that still remain in my heart are the Astronomical Clock and Charles Bridge. When we were there, there was a band who was playing retro music on the bridge. I will never forget it. Beautiful pictures!

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  9. Jen says:

    I love Prague too. Nice job of putting together a list of not to miss things to do during a short visit. Such a fascinating place, and the food is worth the trip all by itself.

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  10. Adonis Villanueva says:

    I love Prague. I was floored by the architecture. Unfortunately I stayed at this hostel that had a lot of lively people (party) and spent the better half of my stay there in bars and pubs. Your aritcle is enticing me to go back and maybe focus on photography instead of beers 🙂

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  11. Tara says:

    I’ve always wanted to explore Prague’s incredible architecture (and beer), but now I want to visit the Jewish cemetery too, along with the Lennon Wall and Museum of Communism. Thanks for the tips.

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  12. Mar Pages says:

    I’ve come across many posts on Prague- its beauty is endless. I haven’t been in a while but I know I absolutely have to! The astronomical clock is gorgeous, I wish I had a watch like that. A walking tour through Josefov sounds facinating.

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  13. Janna says:

    I’ve never been to Prague yet. Looks like an interesting place to visit for sure. Great job of putting together a list for those who has time constraint. It will definitely make it easier for them to visit Prague.

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  14. Rachel Pearson says:

    I am currently writing up about my 24 hours in Prague. I absolutely love your photo of the Charles Bridge, I wish I’d have been there in the early morning, it looks stunning and completely different to the daytime tourist trap I saw. Great article, and hopefully next time I visit I can add some of these to my list!

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  15. Kerri says:

    I would love to go to Prague again as I didn’t “highly rate” it when I was there….think maybe because I didn’t stay in Prague itself and trained it in every day. I did however LOVE the Castle and spent most of the day up there. I have a beautiful photo of my Mum on the Charles Bridge too. It was only her second ever overseas trip and she couldn’t believe she was in Prague. Loved the food and of course, loved the beer! #theweeklypostcard

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    • Vicki says:

      I suppose it would be different training it in every day – we stayed a good 20-30 minute walk from the centre but we enjoyed the exercise! Lovely that you could take your mum there too!

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