If you want to enjoy a trip to Prague but don’t have a whole lot of time never fear. Our guide to enjoying two days in Prague will give you all the information you need to enjoy a memorably action-packed 48 hours in one of the world’s great cities.
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Before you go: laying the groundwork
There is one thing which makes Prague a great city to visit and that thing can be summed up in one word… choice.
The Czech capital offers a dizzying array of choice to visitors. Do you want a chilled out trip or a wild party weekend? Are you after historical highlights or do you want to shop ‘til you drop? Here are some of the highlights to pick from…
Finding the right accommodation
There are a lot of different areas in Prague and each one has its own character. We’ve picked out some of the most popular of them – have a read through and check out a tourist map of Prague before you decide where you’d rather go.
- Staré Město: This is the area of Prague more commonly known as the Old Town. The area is packed full of reminders of Prague’s often glorious past. The buildings are a mix of intriguing architectural designs reflecting changing tastes over hundreds of years. The Old Town is also at the heart of contemporary Prague life. Slick modern bistros and raucous clubs brush up alongside stunning ancient buildings..
- Malá Strana: Sitting in the shadow of Prague Castle this area, often known as the Little Quarter, also offers visitors a happy medium between Prague’s quieter and more raucous areas. The Little Quarter is full of charming, twisting cobbled streets but also has a commendable range of exclusive hotels, chic restaurants and stylish bars.
Starting your day right
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so fuel up right and make sure you have the energy to see you through your trip. Here are some of the best spots in the city:
- Bohemia Bagel: First up a funky Czech/American enterprise which has been running since 1996. What started up as one single shop has now spread to three locations across the city. As the name suggests the speciality at this place is everyone’s favourite ring-shaped bread but in addition to bagels, a packed menu offers all the delicious fare you could want.
- Cafe Louvre: The name conjures up the height of Parisian style and culture but the cafe itself offers an undoubtedly Czech experience of elegance and taste. The wonderfully stylish eatery has been open since 1902 and since then has entertained such great luminaries as Franz Kafka and Albert Einstein.
- Kavárna Obení dům: Finally, a touch of class in the heart of the city. Many people consider this cafe to be the most beautiful in Prague and if you decide to visit you’ll discover that the owners and staff take this reputation very seriously. There are several breakfast menus to choose from, each served with impeccable style and class.
Making the most of your time
When you’ve fuelled up with a delicious breakfast, it’s time to hit the city. Here’s when the choices get even more ridiculous. We’ve tried to pick out some of the best, putting them in categories that might help you make your choices:
- Hitting the shops: The main shopping area in the city can be found running from the famous Wenceslas Square all the way down to the Old Town. You’ll find everything from small independent boutiques to big international chains.
In fact, both Debenhams and Marks and Spencer both have big stores in the city. Alternatively, head to the Palladium Mall, Prague’s newest retail centre, for a taste of modern Czech shopping.
- Taking in the history: Prague Castle – one of the largest ancient castles in the world – dominates Prague’s skyline, providing striking photo opportunities throughout the city.
- Immersing yourself in culture: Finally, why not taste some of Prague’s fantastic culture at one of the city’s galleries or museums? Unfortunately the National Museum is currently closed for reconstruction and won’t be open until 2014, but there is plenty in the city to keep you interested.
For example, check out Galerie La Femme to see a great gallery built around the theme of femininity and womanhood. Alternative hit the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art to enjoy one of the newest tastes of Prague’s burgeoning modern art scene.
As evening falls…
Grab some casual food at Belushi’s Bar and Restaurant where burgers and cocktails are served to a soundtrack of great music. Or go for something more exclusive at the stylish Bílý Koníček, the Jazz and Blues restaurant which serves the best of Czech food with an international touch.
If a wild night is more up your street then you’re covered too. Prague’s nightlife is world-class and cheap beer has fuelled more than a few wild nights in the city. For a taste of traditional Czech hospitality head to U Zlatého tygra, the place that Bill Clinton was taken to experience local drinking. The place gets busy though so make sure you get in early.
By now you may well be planning your 48 hours down to the minute but before you do here’s a look at how you can get to Prague. Chances are you’ll be arriving in the city at the Vaclav Havel Airport. If you want to be amongst this number then you’ll be glad to find that there is no shortage of cheap flights from the UK to Prague available all year round.
From the airport it is a short trip to the city centre and there are a range of transport options available. Whether you get to the city by train, bus or taxi your trip will be the first step in an amazing holiday in an exciting city.