Prague is an attractive city of beautiful attractions and deep culture, but sadly for whatever circumstance you find yourself with almost no time to see it! Here is a play by play way to experience some of the city’s best food, sites and experiences in a day.
Café Savoy is probably the best place to have breakfast in Prague and a handy spot to fuel up before climbing the castle hill as your first stop. It can be a bit of a wait if you are choosing to dine in, especially on weekends, but it is one of those places one shouldn’t leave Prague without trying.
The Castle Hill complex opens at 6am, there are tickets to go inside the castle buildings and all of these open at 9am but for the purposes of being efficient with time, we recommend enjoying your Savoy breakfast, walking the grounds afterwards and planning to enter the cathedral (the best building to see) right at 9am.
Once you’ve taken in the lofty splendor and enviable views of the city, the descent down to the famous and photogenic Charles Bridge is easy to follow. It is full of lovely distractions and a million photos should be taken, but don’t linger too long, a lot more awaits.
As you cross over the river you find yourself in the heart of the Old Town Square. There are many shops, cafes and squares to meander, but the astronomical clock is a famed gathering point to look at this 600 year old piece of craftsmanship. Churches, shops and architectural marvels are worth exploring on side streets.
Taking a walk around 10 minutes Northwards, there is a great place to lunch called Nase Maso. It is actually a butcher shop known for some of the city’s choicest cuts, but they offer take away meat dishes and sandwiches of all types. This unique lunch will hit the spot without going off the touring trail at all.
After this lunch a walk through the nearby Jewish quarter is enlightening. The beautiful synagogue, street art and sculpture as well as tradecraft stores have been in operations for centuries.
A next must see would be Wenceslas Square. It is the heart of where the Old Town meets the new town and it is one of the most open spaces in all of Prague. There are museums, shops, cafes and many places to browse.
Winding down the day means seeing one more slice of life in Prague, but. You’ve already walked quite a bit. We recommend taking the easy Metro A ride over to the Mala Strana district and walk around the neighborhood of Malostranska to see its romantic views at night.
The perfect ending to a fast paced tour day of Prague is certainly found here at the Augustine Restaurant. It is an unforgettable place for sophisticated European cuisine and it is set in the courtyard of a former Augustinian monastery to have dinner. It is costly by local standards, but a main dish can go for $20 USD. It is recommended to have reservations.
Places to Stay:
Splurge Option: Mandarin Oriental $$$$ www.mandarinoriental.com/prague/mala-strana/luxury-hotel
Great Location: Alchemist Grand Hotel and Spa $$$ www.alchymisthotel.com
Good Rates: Residence Bologna $$ http://www.pragueresidencebologna.com
Places to Eat:
Café Savoy. www.cafesavoy.ambi.cz/en/
Augustine Restaurant www.augustine-restaurant.cz/
Nase Maso www.nasemaso.cz/en/
Places to See:
Prague Castle www.myczechrepublic.com/prague/sightseeing/prague_castle.html
Astronomical Clock www.prague.eu/en/object/places/3129/astronomical-clock
Wenceslaus Square www.prague.eu/en/object/places/182/wenceslas-square-vaclavske-namesti