Prague is known as one of Europe’s most beautiful and charming cities and it’s not hard to see why. With its cobbled lanes, centuries of history, gold-tipped towers and stunning medieval architecture attracting millions of visitors each year. Though it might be overflowing with tourists, I still think it’s a must-visit in Central Europe.
11 AM Teresa U Prince
For amazing views over the Old Town Square and Astronomical Clock Tower, ask the hostess for a table on the terrace. Soak in the city with a rooftop drink here before exploring the rest of the city.
Prague is renowned as a very walkable city, so majority of the time you can walk to all the main sights very easily like from the Old Town to Charles Bridge.
Lunch: Local cuisine at Krčma
This tavern serves traditional Czech dishes like beef goulash, pork knuckle and dumplings in the heart of Old Town for reasonable prices.
Afternoon: Klementinum Library
The Klementinum is a complex of beautiful baroque and rococo halls. You can take a guided tour of the Library Hall known to be ones of the most beautiful in the world and climb the Astronomical Tower for views of the city.
After much exploring, stop by this cute cafe for an afternoon pick-me-up of tea and apple strudel.
7 PM Sunset cocktails & alfresco dining at CODA Restaurant
The restaurant sits atop Aria Hotel with sweeping views over the Golden City. We originally intended to have drinks on the terrace but ended up staying for dinner. The chef uses seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers and cooks using the sous vide method. My lamb was super tender!
We were lucky someone cancelled their reservation so we managed to get a seat when we showed up but they advise to book in advance usually.
Day Two – Day trip to Cesky Krumlov
Český Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the South Bohemia region of the Czech Rebuplic. A picturesque small town that looks like it came straight out of a fairytale!
You can either rent a car or take a bus from Prague Na Knížecí to Cesky Krumlov which takes around 3 hours (book tickets in advance on RegioJet) The bus comes with WiFi, power sockets and a toilet so it’s definitely worth saving the money of renting a car or private transfer for the day. It costs around €15.60 for two people on the bus.
It may seem like a lot of travel time for just a day trip, but I think we had just the right amount of time to spend there without having to stay overnight.
Český Krumlov Castle & Gardens
Climb the 162 steps to the top of the belltower of the Český Krumlov Castle for panoramic views of this storybook-like town and Vltava River.
Ticket to the Castle Tower + Museum costs 130CZK (around €5)
Lunch at Papa’s Living
One of the few spots you can dine next to the river. Their iced tea is so so good! We went back after more some exploring for another one.
Order: Papa’s ribs and the goat’s cheese salad.
This photogenic city is a delight to walk through, you can walk from one side to the other in just 20 minutes. However, it’s one of those places you’ll want to hang around for a while.
8 PM Bus back to Prague (this is the latest departure time)
This is the biggest ancient castle complex in the world according to the Guinness World Records and the most visited sight in Prague. Within its walls, you’ll find a varied collection of historic buildings, museums and galleries. If you want to go into any of the buildings, you have to purchase a ticket, however, you can freely walk around the grounds.
Take a leisurely stroll around this area with its charming streets and churches.
Constructed in the 14th century, the bridge connects Old Town with Lesser Town and is one of Prague’s most beautiful structures. During the day, you’ll find it bustling with people busking and artists selling their paintings and handmade jewellery.
Trdelník is one of the most common pastries you’ll find on the streets in Prague. They are made from a rolled dough wrapped around a stick, covered in a sugar and spice mixture before being baked on an open fire.