(Times given are only approximations. You may take more or less time depending upon your level of interest in each site, how many photos you take, the speed of your pace, and other factors. The point is to enjoy yourself while hitting Prague’s high points).
Day 1Though you may be tempted to start your exploration of Prague at Old Town Square, consider visiting Prague Castle first. The Prague Castle grounds, including its gardens, are free to enter. A small section towards the front of St. Vitus Cathedral is also free. To gain entry into the buildings, including St. Vitus Cathedral, an entry fee or audio tour must be bought.
- Viewing the Prague Castle grounds: 1-1.5 hours
- Castle Grounds with Audio Tour: 3-4 hours
The walk from the Castle District into Mala Strana, or the Lesser Quarter, will take only a few minutes. Mala Strana is picturesque and is the location of hotels, restaurants, and embassies, but you won’t find many major sights here.
- Walk to Charles Bridge: 15 minutes
- Charles Bridge without tower visit: 20-30 minutes
- Charles Bridge with tower visit: 30 minutes to an hour
- From Charles Bridge to Wenceslas Square with a stop at Kavarna Slavia: 1.5-2 hours
The Municipal House is a treasure trove of Art Nouveau work by Alfonse Mucha and other famous Czech artists. Unfortunately, if you’re only in Prague for the weekend, you likely won’t have time to take a tour of this famous landmark, but you can enter its lobby and its café, which gives visitors a tease for what they can expect from the rest of the interior.
- Viewing Wenceslas Square: 15 minutes
- Jindrisska Street to the Municipal Building, including a stop at the Mucha Museum: 1.5-2.5 hours
- Jindrisska Street to the Municipal Building, via Senovazna, with a stop at the Powder Tower: 1-1.5 hours
Now you are in Old Town Prague, which can easily take up an entire day. At this point, you have done a lot of walking. Old Town offers plenty of places to eat and drink, so you may opt for dinner in one of the many restaurants here. For a preview for your next day in Prague, you can head to Old Town Square, where outdoor dining options are plentiful and the beauty of the historic core is concentrated.