Prague, a popular gateway to Eastern Europe, is a walkable city packed with historical architecture, museums, cathedrals, and castles — plus a backdrop of trendy restaurants to rest your feet and people-watch. From crossing the Charles Bridge to sipping coffee where Albert Einstein once did at Café Louvre, to strolling the Jewish Quarter and Old Town, a long weekend (or several days) in Prague is easy to fill up. Plus, getting around here is a breeze, thanks to a combination of buses and subway lines.
The Charles Bridge
Connecting Prague’s Old Town with Mala Strana, and crossing the Vltava River, this 1,700-foot-long, beautifully arched bridge is stunning any time of year; there are no cars, just pedestrians. Construction on the bridge began in 1357 and did not stop until its completion in the 15th century. Replicas of baroque-style statues decorate the structure.
A familiar icon to the Art Nouveau period, Alphonse Mucha’s posters, paintings ,and prints may be familiar to those who don’t recognize his name. The Mucha Museum is the world’s only museum dedicated to Mucha’s life and work.
National Gallery Prague
This government-owned art museum’s collection spans both Czech and international art. Among the most famous works are by artists including Rembrandt, Renoir, Klimt, Picasso, Mucha, and Van Gogh. What’s unique about National Gallery Prague is that the collection isn’t in one building. Instead, it’s tucked into several historic structures throughout the city, including Salm Palace and Trade Fair Palace.
Visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site monument is a must when in Prague. This masterpiece was created around 880 and now serves as the official office for the Czech Republic’s president. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes — it's the largest castle complex in the world, so be prepared to walk a lot.
How Many Days to Spend in Prague
Plan for three full days in Prague so you can check off the highlights but also live like a local. This is a city of many expats and friendly residents, so you’ll quickly feel at home here. A sweet spot for localized activities is Prague’s Design District, which is home to an array bars, restaurants, art galleries, and concept shops in former factory spaces.
What Language Is Spoken in Prague?
Czech is the language locals use in Prague. But, because this is also a city filled with expats, you'll find that English is readily spoken.
Where to Stay in Prague
In Prague, you'll find several brand-name luxury hotels, including the Four Seasons Hotel, which hugs the Vltava River in Old Town Square (rates from $284 per night, depending on the season). There's also the Mandarin Oriental in Mana Strana, which is housed in a former monastery that dates back to the 14th century (rates from $235 per night, depending on the season). Additionally, Prague is home to several boutique hotels with artsy flair and a good level of service. Two of our favorites are Maximilian Hotel (rates from $143 per night, depending on the season) and Hotel Josef (rates from $122 per night, depending on the season). Both properties are centrally located and within walking distance to Old Town.