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Hi, I'm going to Prague for 2 days and I would love to hear your absolute favorite things to see/do/ or where to eat. The "musts" in your opinions. I don't have very much time so I would love to know what is definitely worth seeing and what I can skip. Thank you!!!
I suggest that you take a look at my Prague page for a brief summary of what you can do over there. With my wife we stayed in the city center and we walked to most of the attractions. I also provided some nice restaurants that we enjoyed during our stay. I hope my page will be helpful.
With only two days, stick to the highlights. The old town, the castle and the Charles Bridge.
Agree with the others. Prague is great city all you need to do is stroll around and take in the atmosphere.
Grumpy's post above is what I would also have said.
One thing to consider - assuming you are arriving by air? - is how you plan to transfer to your hotel when you arrive.
The tram/bus way is easy but we paid for a private transfer which we thought was well worth the money.
It's about 550CZK whereas a bus is about 70CZK but....BUT... the driver was waiting for us even though our flight had been delayed by an hour. He drove us to the door of the hotel and helped with bags, and was dead on-time to pick us up for the return. We even got tickets for a free walking tour the next day (we didn't bother with that ourselves)
I reckon we got almost an extra half-day in Prague because of this. 30 minutes after unpacking we were strolling across the Charles Bridge to the old town!
Just a thought.
Two days is not a lot of time, but it is doable.
Musts - Old Town Square - Astronomical Clock - Our Lady Before Tyn Church
Jewish Quarter - Old New Synagogue
Wenceslas SQuare - Visit National Museum
Charles Bridge - Visit during day and esp at night
Castle District - St. Nicholas Church (Look-out Tower) - St. Vitus Cathedral - Prague Castle (Changing of the Guard)
Restaurant Rodinny which was in the Square, offers Czech Cousine and had a Menu posted outside - very much enjoyed this meal here.
The old town and the new town, which is also old are the highlights. The Charles Bridge - yes. The food, the fantastic beer.
The Toy Museum near the Castle, the John Lennon Wall of Peace, the Cafe on the Vltava at the Smetana statue---great apple strudel and coffee!
@Dustman, Good recommendation re Lennon wall of peace - I just stumbled across it ... very unexpected and pleasant surprise.
National Museum (historical building) is closed for reconstruction. Temporary exhibition is across the street in the glass building - former Federal Parlament, later radio Free Europe. Unless You have any special interest - just skip it.
Prague is a wonderful city. Our visit for Christmas 2001 was magical. We walked Charles Bridge, which may be Prague's most famous sight, in the snow on Christmas Eve.
You can walk across Charles Bridge, many times. The towers at either end of the bridge, Lesser Town Bridge Tower and Old Town Bridge Tower, can be visited. Climb to the top of each for great views. In one of the towers (forgetting which) is a museum of musical instruments.
Old Town Square is filled with many sights: the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, a fantastic Gothic church; the Astronomical Clock, see it when the clock strikes the hour, when the figures move about; Old Town Hall Tower and its interior; St. Nicholas Church Old Town Square; and the Monument to Jan Hass, an out-spoken religious reformer of the 15th century who was executed on the spot where the monument stands.
If you like Art Nouveau, Prague has much to offer, including Municipal House, (Republic Square 5, Old Town) a fabulous Art Nouveau building, with a great French restaurant and cafe and a concert hall. Tours are offered of the Municipal House; the tour is popular, get there early. The Mucha Museum (Panska 7, New Town) is dedicated to the father of Art Nouveau, Alphonse Mucha. This museum is directly across the street from the Hotel Palace (www.palacehotel.cz), where we stopped for our visit. It is a fabulous hotel. We got a great room, with a view out over the roofs of Prague and of Castle Hill and St. Vitus Cathedral.
Prague is known for its music, mostly classical but jazz is also popular. Concerts are given at many venues throughout the city. Signs posted along the streets and flyers handed out on the streets will give you notice of what is being performed and where. Do be cautious: those who hand out the flyers, some in period costume, can be aggressive.
Wenceslas Square in New Town, is Prague’s main boulevard where many shops, bars, banks, casinos & hotels can be found. The name ‘square’ is rather misleading; it is really a rectangle and rather large.
If you would like to take a break from the city center, travel by Metro (only two stops) to Vysehrad Park, V Pevnosti 5b. You can have a picnic here and enjoy sweeping views of the River Vltava. Within the park is the fabulous Art-Nouveau decorated Church of Saints Peter & Paul. The cemetery next to the church is the final resting place for many Czech luminaries, including composer Antonin Dvorak, whose grave marker was created by his friend Auguste Rodin. The cemetery is an outdoor sculpture museum; I loved it.
The Castle District offers many sights such as St. Vitus Cathedral, one of Prague’s must see attractions; Prague Castle; and Golden Lane.
If you need a special place to enjoy dinner, try La Perle de Prague. It is located at the top of what the locals call “the Fred and Ginger” building. Designed by renowned American architect Frank Gehry, the ING Building was built in 1996; it is located by the River Vltava and the restaurant offers clear views of Castle Hill. It is a very romantic place. We dined here our last night in Prague.
Enjoy the City of One-Thousand Spires, one of my favorites.
As mentioned in a previous post, Prague is know for great jazz music. Would highly recommend the U Malého Glena Jazz & Blues Club. Upstairs has a spacious bar and restaurant for drinks and dinner, while downstairs is where the music club is located (Live Jazz & Blues shows seven nights a week).
Address: Karmelitská 23; 118 00 Prague 1
Directions: Located on the Malá Strana side of Prague near the Charles Bridge.
Phone: 420 257 531 717
Actually the most and could be done in two days is to see old town, Mala strana, Prague castle, Petrin hill, also to spend any evening trying nice Czech beer. Time is limited, so it is possible to see, but if you want to go to any of museums or so, you need more time. Anyway, for short overlook it is fine :)
Thank you so much for your post! It was very helpful!
I love jazz! Thank you so much for the recommendation.
I didn't see the price on the jazz club's website. Do you happen to know how much it costs to come and listen to their musicians?
I believe it was around20 -25 (USD)