One Day in Prague – The Sights That You Must Not Miss

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Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic and the nation’s largest city, has become known as one of Europe’s leading destinations for short vacations. Increasingly popular as a hen and stag night party location, Prague is also an excellent choice for those looking for a self-catering city break, and anyone with an interest in history or architecture. In this blog, we suggest an itinerary for travellers who have just a short amount of time to spend in the city, taking in what we feel are Prague’s “must-see” sights and experiences.

 

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Morning – Prague Castle

Start your day in Prague with a typical breakfast to fuel up for the morning – locals tend to go for freshly baked bread rolls filled with salami, cheese or jam, and perhaps a sweet pastry, accompanied by coffee or tea with lemon. After breakfast, make your way to Prague Castle, an extensive UNESCO World Heritage Site and important Czech monument. The earliest mentions of the castle date back to the year 880 and over the years the castle has been the stage for many dramatic and significant historical moments. We suggest that you buy tickets for Circuit B, which includes access to highlights such as St Vitus Cathedral and Golden Lane.  Expect to spend a couple of hours exploring before moving onto the next location of the day.

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Late Morning/ Lunchtime – Lesser Town

One of the joys of Prague is that it is easy to navigate and the best sights are within walking distance of each other. Moving down the hill from the castle, you’ll find yourself in the Lesser Town (Mala Strana) which you may well recognise as the scene of numerous TV adverts and film scenes! Stroll the charming streets and enjoy the beautiful Baroque architecture in this ancient settlement and if it appeals, take a look at St Nicholas Church with its impressive fresco by Franz Palko. For lunch, choose one of the many restaurants overlooking the river. Many eateries offer a budget lunchtime menu, usually including a soup followed by meat or fish with potatoes or dumplings.

 

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Afternoon – Old Town

After lunch, make your way over the 14th Century Charles Bridge, which connects Lesser Town and Old Town. Your destination is Old Town Square, an ancient plaza surrounded by buildings in the Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance styles. The best known site on the square is the 15th Century Astrological Clock on the Old Town Hall Tower. The awe-inspiring clock, which was made in the 15th Century, welcomes every hour with its Procession of the Twelve Apostles. Complete the afternoon with a walk (or elevator ride) to the top of the tower for more fantastic views of the city, then head back down to one of the nearby pavement cafés and reward yourself with a locally brewed beer!

 

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Evening Entertainment

If you have time in the evening, make the most of Prague’s excellent night-life. Bars and nightclubs offering a vibrant party atmosphere and for those who would like to see a different side of the city, an evening river cruise with dinner on-board is an elegant option. Another idea is to check out one of the traditional Czech dance and music shows offered by several establishments in the city.

 

If you had just one day to spend in Prague, which of its many attractions would you make time to visit? 

 

 

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