Prague is a city that is slightly similar to Budapest.
Their architecture is impressive, sites are awesome, prices are cheap, food is hearty, and 2 days is just a tease.
If 2 days in Prague is all you have then here’s how to make the most of it.
We’ll start in the Old Town Square because everyone should see that and it’s a good starting point.
This is one of my favorite squares and hangout areas in Europe.
It’s packed all day with tourists but it’s still an awesome area to soak in the surroundings.
If you’re going to do any free or guided tour of the city chances are the meeting area is somewhere in this square.
Here you have the Tyn Church and the Astrological Clock.
Not too far from here is Karlovy Lazne, the 5 story nightclub, but we’ll get to that later in the night.
Although the lower half is partly covered by surrounding buildings.
The church was constructed in the 14th century.
Church Hours and Rules for Visiting can be found at Tyn Church Website.
On that wall is the famous Astrological Clock of Prague.
The Astronomical Clock is definitely worth a few good photos.
If you can find info on how it works and all of its intricacies it becomes even more interesting.
The clock was installed in 1410.
Snap a few photos and head onward to Charles Bridge.
The bridge construction started in 1357 by King Charles IV.
The best time to cross is earlier in the morning, but don’t make a sprint for it, try to take your time and enjoy it.
The views down the Vltava River are great.
LITTLE QUARTER and CASTLE QUARTER.
CHURCH OF ST. NICOLAS.
This Baroque styled church was built in the early-mid 1700’s.
And is one of the most impressively decorated churches I’ve been in.
The entrance fee is 70 CZK(about $2.90).
Spring – Fall hours are 9 am-5 pm.
Winter hours are 9 am-4 pm.
From here you can continue towards the Castle Quarter for the most visited site in Prague.
Construction on Prague Castle began in the 9th century.
And it’s the largest castle complex in the world.
It’s not the type of castle you might think it is.
It’s mostly a collection of buildings within a walled area and now home to the Czech President.
The castle website has a good MAP that shows all the significant areas on the castle grounds.
All the sites are cool to learn about, but the one that stands out the most is without doubt the St. Vitus Cathedral.
ST. VITUS CATHEDRAL.
It also has the best Gothic Architecture I’ve ever seen.
Through wars, fires, and deaths of architects, the cathedral was finally finished 585 years later in 1929.
It is the biggest Roman Catholic church in Czech Republic.
Hours, ticket prices, and rules about photography can be found HERE on their website.
Definitely my favorite site in Prague to photograph.
Once you get done walking around the castle grounds you can start to head back to Old Town.
From the castle grounds you’ll go towards Chotkova/Klarov(those are streets).
Take those towards Manesuv Bridge to cross over the Vltava into the Jewish Quarter.
The Jewish Quarter’s main sites consist of 6 Synagogues and the Old Jewish Cemetery.
5 of those synagogues and the cemetery are all included in a single ticket(300 CZK/$12 USD) for the Jewish Museum.
The Old-New Synagogue has its own admission(200 CZK/$8 USD)
These buildings and many of the artifacts are in good condition because Adolf Hitler wanted this area preserved for a “Museum of an Extinct Race”.
-The Pinkas Synagogue is the most moving of the sites.
-The Old Jewish Cemetery is eerie and unfortunate.
It is the largest Jewish cemetery in Europe.
For over 300 years this was the only place to bury Jews in Prague.
Therefore there are graves upon graves upon graves.
Some areas of land are thought to be 12 layers deep from constantly putting more dirt over old caskets.
-And the Maisel Synagogue is the most museum-like of the sites.
After finishing up in the Jewish Quarter you’re only a few minutes away from where you started in the Old Town Square.
When night rolls around and your belly is full of heavy Czech food you’ll need a place to wash it down with liquor.
Luckily there’s a great place to dance the weight off right near the entrance of the Charles Bridge.
You know that famous saying “Go Big or Go Home”; well I think it was started here.
Karlovy Lazne is the infamous 5 story night club(largest in Central Europe).
This is the club where I had Absinthe for the 1st time and watched a fellow traveler get bitch slapped in the face.
It’s a must-visit for anyone wanting to experience Prague nightlife.
The building was originally built in the 15th Century.
Some of its original charm has still been preserved throughout certain areas of the club.
The hallways, walls, and main rooms still have the original mosaic tiles and pictures.
The coolest thing still left over are the large Roman style baths(without water of course).
They serve as dance floors on 2 of the floors.
Each floor of Karlovy Lazne has its own distinct style and music:
1st Floor(ground floor) – Music Cafe: Has a video floor dance floor, Foosball tables, and FREE internet.
2nd Floor – Discotheque: Plays EDM. The funnest floor in my opinion.
There’s laser statues, lighting effects, an interactive wall, and a 5m x 2m video wall.
3rd Floor – Kaleidoscope: Plays Disco and hits from the 60’s & 70’s.
It’s also the only place in Czech Republic with a Fog Screen. Check it out.
4th Floor – Paradogs: Plays Hip Hop and R&B.
5th Floor – Chill Out: Plays mellow tunes with mood lighting, couches, floor cushions, and rugs.
Karlovy Lazne is open everyday from 9pm-5am.
The entrance fee is 180 CZK(about $7.50 USD).
I hope you enjoyed all that running around because that was only Day 1.
But don’t fear; you saw all the main sites.
Day 2 isn’t nearly as chaotic.
DAY 2(OPTION 1):
The 1st thing you might see upon approaching Letna Park is a 75 ft(23 m) structure of a metronome.
This has replaced a gigantic Joseph Stalin structure that was torn down in 1962.
A hike up the stairs to the top of Letna Hill is the main purpose of this journey.
From atop you have amazing views of Prague.
This is a great place to have your morning breakfast and soak in the city.
From here we’ll go back towards the Castle Quarter, because that area is so cool to roam around in.
But there’s also an odd little place there that I found fascinating.
THE TOY MUSEUM.
Considered the 2nd largest museum of its kind.
This museum is a collection of old toys all the way from ancient Greek times to today’s modern Barbie.
Some of the older toys were cool as far as old collectibles go.
But the highlight for me was all the different and weird Barbie’s that have been made.
A pregnant Barbie who’s stomach comes off so you can see the baby inside definitely topped them all for me.
Don’t know why, but I found it quite comical.
At only 60 CZK($2.45 USD) it was completely worth a visit.
Walking along the Vltava River past Charles Bridge you’ll come up on the Lennon Wall.
It was an ordinary wall at one time.
Back in those days western pop songs were banned due to the rule of Communism.
They considered the graffiti “activities against the state”.
Even when the wall was painted over it would take less than 2 days for it to be covered in graffiti all over again.
Eventually authorities gave up and now the wall is used as a place to express Peace and Love.
After crossing over continue south on Masarykovo nádr and that will take you right to the Dancing House.
The Dancing House was constructed in 4 years, from 1992-96.
At first it was met with some dislike but it eventually grew on people and has now been added to some of the Czech coins.
When I first visited it in 2008 I only knew it as an architectural tourist spot to take a picture.
Now I’ve learned that 21 of the rooms have been turned into a relatively affordable luxury hotel.
After checking out some of the photos from THEIR SITE it doesn’t seem like a bad place to splurge for a couple of nights.
This is the main shopping area in Prague and at night a good place for nightlife.
At the southeastern end is the National Museum.
But first a fun stop into the Black Light Theater.
BLACK LIGHT THEATER.
There are about 10 different companies in Prague that do Black Light Theater shows.
So it doesn’t matter what one you go to, just base it off of what performances interest you the most.
I chose the Black Light Theater Of Prague because you come across it on your way back to the Old Town Square.
The performance I saw was only about 2 hours and I absolutely loved it.
It was pretty cheap as well.
It’s something fun to do and a nice way to give your feet a break from all the walking around the city.
After that you are pretty much back to the Old Town Square.
Well done, you’ve accomplished a lot.
Now if you compare the Day 2 Map to the Day 1 Map you’ll notice a lot of these areas are possible to go to on your first day as well.
Most of them are very close to areas you’ll already be at or passing.
The only spots that are out-of-the-way are Letna Park and The Dancing House.
Like I said earlier, 2 days in Prague is not enough.
Once nighttime arrives and you’re ready to tackle your last night in Prague there’s a bar/club that is one of the coolest I’ve been to in Europe.
It’s a bit out-of-the-way, but it’s worth it.
From the outside it looks like a huge metal scrap pile at a garbage dump.
But the inside looks like a bunch of Robots had an Orgy at a Rave and the interior design is what was left in the aftermath.
Once you start to get drunk the journey you will be on to find your friends will become an adventure all in itself.
The CrossClub mostly caters to electronic music.
The best way to get there is by Metro or Taxi because it’s about a 50 minute walk North from Old Town.
DAY 2(OPTION 2):
If your first day in Prague was on beast mode and you have the 2nd day to be more relaxed then I have a great option for you.
SEDLEC OSSUARY – THE BONE CHURCH.
Only a 1-hour train ride east of Prague is one of the coolest sites in all of Europe.
The Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora is a church decorated in human bones.
I wrote about it in detail HERE.
It is a place I will always visit when I go to Czech Republic.
Without a doubt it’s one of the most remarkable sites I’ve ever seen.
Now that this extremely long post is finished it looks like a lot of stuff to see in 2 days.
Luckily almost everything is in a big circle and all pretty close to each other.
If you can manage to see most of the sites on the first day then I’d recommend that 2nd day to be used as a day trip to Kutna Hora.
I can’t express that enough.
Have you only had 2 days in Prague to see as much as possible?
How did you go about seeing the sites?