3 days in Prague is an excellent amount of time to spend there if you have a limited amount of vacation time. Justin and I started a two week trip around the Czech Republic, Austria, and Germany by visiting Prague first. Three days in Prague is the minimum amount of time to experience the city. There’s so much more to see that we were left wanting more. So, if you’re wondering how many days in Prague is a good amount, start with three if you’re taking a shorter holiday and consider staying for longer.
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Wondering what to do in Prague in 3 days? We spent 3 nights in Prague and had a great feel for the city. Justin and I crossed a lot of the main tourist attractions off our list and visited some interesting parks and neighborhoods while we were there. This is a well balanced 3 day Prague itinerary. The two of us were still getting over some jet lag, so we didn’t pack our days too crazily. We hope that you find this Prague travel guide helpful for planning your next city break there.
Prague Itinerary: Day 1
To start, you need to figure out the time of year to travel to Prague. It’s important to plan your Prague travel itinerary around the seasons and the weather. While it’s lovely in all seasons, we traveled to Prague in June, which is a fabulous time of the year to visit. At the start of June, the major tourist sites are busy, but not as crowded as July and August. During our trip, the weather was continually hot and sunny throughout all 3 days in Prague. I recommend visiting Prague in April or May if you’re looking for fewer crowds, but the weather is gorgeous in June.
Justin and I had a direct overnight flight to Prague from Toronto, so we were still overcoming some jet lag. The first day is a little more relaxed because you might be arriving from a flight or perhaps in the middle of the day by train. By exploring Old Town Prague first, you’ll gain some wonderful first impressions of the city. Plus, you can walk around on your own, book tours, or make this day as relaxed or packed as you’d like.
Explore Old Town Prague
Start your 3 days in Prague at the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) to wander around charming Old Town Prague. You can twirl around in the middle of the square to witness several stunning works of architecture and sculptures: Old Town City Hall, Tyn Cathedral, and the Prague Astronomical Clock.
There are a number of ways you can spend time in Old Town. You can walk around and absorb the beautiful scenery around every turn (highly recommend!). It’s possible to enter some of the architectural wonders for lookouts and additional viewpoints. And I do recommend visiting the astronomical clock at the top of the hour to hear the chimes and see the intricate details and movements within the clock.
You can climb to the top of the Old Town City Hall for impressive views over the Old Town Square. There’s nothing quite like witnessing all of those orange-red rooftops with rolling hills off in the distance. If you’re looking to get acquainted with Prague if you’re a history buff or visiting for the first time, I suggest joining a walking tour of Old Town and the Jewish Quarter.
Visit the Jewish Quarter
Next, it’s time to visit Old Town Prague’s Jewish Quarter, also known as Josefov, on the banks of the River Vltava. There are several synagogues to visit, the Jewish Town Hall, the Old Jewish Cemetery and more. The Old-New Synagogue, built in 1270, is Europe’s oldest active synagogue, and the oldest surviving synagogue with a twin-nave design.
There’s so much history to discover and learn about the Czech Jewish people and their heartbreaking past. While you can learn a little from a trip to the various monuments, its best to book a walking tour with a knowledgeable guide. You’ll learn the stories of the Jewish community in Prague, visit three synagogues, and go to the Old Jewish Cemetery on this Jewish Quarter Walking Tour.
Lunch at Vegato-Vaclavak
When we traveled to Prague, there were a couple of vegan restaurants where we dined that have sadly closed since our visit. We loved dining at Incruenti for dinner and there was a vegan-friendly pizzeria called Pizzeria Manna that was really yummy. So, I recommend going to Vegato-Vaclavak for lunch because it will take the place of one of the closed down restaurants in our Prague itinerary. Plus, it’s on our list of establishments to check out the next time we’re in Prague.
Vegato-Vaclavak is on the fourth floor of a fitness club, Fitko-Vaclavak. Take the elevator up to the fourth floor to reach it. It’s a 100% vegan cafe serving traditional Czech meals gone plant-based. There are also Beyond Meat burgers, smoothies, soups, and desserts. I’d really love to dine here because I’d love to try authentic Czech meals prepared without any animal products.
Kavarna Kocici: Cat Cafe in Prague
Café Kočičí Prague is a cat cafe with delicious coffee, espresso beverages, tea, and a small food menu, too. They are the first cat cafe in Prague, inspired by Japanese cat cafes and opening in 2014. The cats living here are all rescued from local rescue organizations.
Kavarna Kocici has moved locations since we visited and it’s now in a more convenient spot in Praha 1. Our photos will look a little different because they’re taken at the old location. However, you’ll see many of the same lovable, adorable kitties!
Kavarna Kocici is a 100% vegetarian establishment with many vegan, gluten-free, and raw desserts on the menu. They also have soy, almond, and coconut milks for coffee. They’re also committed to helping the environment by ditching plastic, and their takeaway cups are all compostable.
We had such a wonderful time visiting all of the cats. Justin and I ordered some coffee with the cats all around us. While they have many scratching posts and cat houses, some of them preferred to sit with us. I didn’t mind at all! One cat decided that my glass of water belonged to her and started drinking from it. I suppose I’ll allow it!
If you have 3 days in Prague and you love cats, head over to Prague’s original cat cafe, Kavarna Kocici. The cats are so cute, the staff are very warm and friendly, and they have lots of vegan options for food and drink. It was a delight to visit, and we’d love to return to see the new location in the future.
Pick up Vegan Groceries at Puro Shop
When we traveled to Prague, we stayed at a local apartment that had its own kitchen. The two of us love staying at apartments with a kitchen so we can at least prepare breakfast and snacks while traveling. It’s fantastic to dine at restaurants to try delicious vegan food from around the world, but we also like to have the flexibility to prepare some meals ourselves. It also helps cut the costs of traveling, too.
On the first day, it’s a good idea to pick up some groceries for the trip. We went to a small vegan grocery store and cafe called Puro Bistro, owned by the Veganz grocery store chain from Germany. While Puro Bistro no longer exists, the same owners have a grocery store called the Puro Shop. I recommend that you go to the Puro Shop for vegan versions of anything you could imagine! They have a wonderful selection of Veganz products, as well as many other vegan grocery items.
Dinner at Forky’s
There are two Forky’s locations in Prague (with potentially more restaurants opening up!), so feel free to choose the Veleslavinova location or the Letna location. This is a vegan bistro serving breakfast in the morning, a daily lunch menu, and then a dinner menu consisting of bowls, burgers, wraps, and more.
Forky’s also has many gluten-free and raw meals for those with food allergies or restrictions. They’re also committed to ending plastic use and provide all take-out meals in biodegradable containers.
Letna Beer Garden
If you’re craving a little bit of laid back nightlife, a fantastic first evening in Prague can be spent at the Letna Beer Garden. There are rows of wooden benches with sensational views, especially at sunset. The beer is cheap, and there’s a small concession stand with snacks (or feel free to bring your own). Letna beer garden is a great place to wrap up day one of this Prague 3 day itinerary.
3 Days in Prague Itinerary: Day 2
For day two of your 3 days in Prague, we’ll take you to one of the most popular tourist attractions in Prague (Prague Castle) and through a couple of beautiful parks. Depending on how in-depth you choose to delve into each place, there’s enough free time built into this Prague itinerary to simply wander and explore the city at your own pace.
Stroll Through Letna Park
Let’s start the day with a stroll through Letna Park, high up on the hill with views of the River Vltava, several bridges, and beyond. One of the best views of Prague is from Letna Park. It’s also a spectacular green space that’s a really nice place to go for a walk at any point in time during your stay.
As an interesting historical fact, Letna Park was once home to the largest statue of Stalin in the world. It was destroyed in 1962. Letna Park also was the site of one of the largest demonstrations against communism in November 1989 when 75,000 people gathered there. You may have visited Letna Park while spending time at the Letna Beer Garden on day 1 of your 3 perfect days in Prague. Take the time to experience the park by daylight and absorb all of those wonderful views.
Visit Prague Castle
Prague Castle is like stepping into a fairy tale! There’s so much art and history at the site of Prague Castle and many important monuments, including the Royal Palace, St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, and the reconstructed buildings along Golden Lane. It’s a marvelous experience even to walk around the exterior of the properties and the buildings if you’re short on time or don’t want to wait in any line-ups.
However, if you are interested in experiencing Prague Castle, I suggest that you book a tour with an informative guide that contains skip the line tickets. You’ll maximize your time with this small group tour of Prague Castle. With this tour, you’ll receive a guided experience of several historical attractions at Prague Castle with the expertise of a local guide. Plus, you’ll get to skip the line at the attractions, too.
Lunch at Vegan’s Prague
After wandering around the grounds of Prague Castle, walk down below the castle to the Mala Strana neighborhood, also known as “Lesser Town” in English. There’s a lovely vegan restaurant called Vegan’s Prague in a 16th century building that has a small terrace and view. We had to dine indoors as all of the outdoor seating was occupied, but I could still catch a glimpse of a historic building from one of the windows.
Vegan’s Prague Green Bistro serves Czech specialties gone plant-based, burgers, bowls, and other world cuisine. The Satisfaction Burger (chickpeas, white beans, quinoa, oats, avocado, beetroot, spinach) was served with some baked potatoes and it was full of delicious flavor. Pairing it with a grape lemonade is a great idea on a warm, summer day.
Petrin Hill & Petrin Tower
You can easily spend all afternoon exploring Petrin Hill. It’s a peaceful park with a gradual incline above the city with gardens, trails, and stunning buildings. The most popular attraction on Petrin Hill is Petrin Tower, inspired by the Eiffel Tower in smaller proportions. While you can admire amazing views of Prague from Petrin Hill, they get even better from the top of Petrin Tower. Climb 299 steps to the top of the lookout for magnificent panoramic scenes stretching to the countryside and beyond.
Getting to Petrin Tower and the Funicular
There are two ways to reach Petrin Tower: on foot by walking up Petrin Hill or by funicular. The funicular dates back to 1891 and it saves your energy from walking up the whole hill to reach the tower. If you have purchased a day pass on the Prague public transportation system, the funicular is included and you don’t need to pay extra to ride it. Otherwise, you will need to purchase a pass from the machine (for 30 minutes of travel, 90 minutes of travel, or a day pass).
When you buy a ticket, you must validate the ticket before you use it. Punch the ticket in one of the orange or yellow machines within a station. If you don’t validate your ticket, there’s a good chance that you’ll receive a fine from a police officer waiting at the top of the funicular. The funicular gets very popular if you’re visiting Prague in June, July, and August especially. There will be a lengthy line to get on the funicular. Make sure you buy your ticket before you stand in that massive line. From the funicular, get off at the second stop for Petrin Tower (the first stop only goes to a restaurant).
You might decide it’s worth your while to walk to the top of Petrin Hill if the line for the funicular is too long. I recommend at least walking down Petrin Hill if it’s possible as there’s so much more to this park than simply the tower. There are gardens, an observatory, a monastery library, and even a brewery on Petrin Hill.
Coffee Break at Cafe Letka
Cafe Letka is a sweet little cafe in Praha 7 that has a retro vibe. You can order coffee and espresso beverages, small bites and desserts, and bottles of wine. There’s a vegan chocolate cake at Cafe Letka, and there are lots of options for plant-based milks with your coffee. I tried hazelnut milk in my iced coffee and it was one of the best coffees I’ve ever had on my travels.
Take Away Dinner from Pizza Letna
Pizza Letna is a vegan and gluten-free friendly pizzeria in Praha 7. It’s definitely a take away kind of establishment without any seating inside the pizza place. We ordered at the counter and waited 20-30 minutes for our pizzas to be made. It was during that time that we actually discovered the coffee shop, Cafe Letka, that I mentioned above as it’s a short walk from Pizza Letna.
In our case, we took our pizza back to our apartment for a relaxing evening after a long day of walking all over town. Plus, we wanted to wake up early the next day to experience the Charles Bridge before it got crowded. Pizza Letna has a “Vegana” pizza with two kinds of vegan cheese. Order it as it is (which is like a vegan margarita pizza) or add some vegetable toppings.
Prague Travel Guide: Day 3
Ready for your final day of this Prague travel guide? The last of your 3 perfect days in Prague wraps up with some must see popular attractions, as well as some gems in the city. Start your day bright and early to make the most of it all, especially if you’ve flown into Prague a few days earlier and you’ve gotten over the jet lag.
Wake Up Early to Walk Across the Charles Bridge
The Charles Bridge is one of the most famous attractions in Prague. Therefore, it’s almost always really busy. If you want to visit the Charles Bridge without the crowds, you’ll need to wake up a little earlier than usual.
We arrived at the Charles Bridge around 7:00am and to our surprise, it wasn’t busy at all. There were a couple of people taking wedding photos and a few other tourists like us. Justin and I enjoyed a slow walk across the bridge while stopping to admire the views all around without any crowds or noise. I highly recommend waking up early to savor this peaceful atmosphere that you won’t experience at other times of the day.
A couple of quick facts about the Charles Bridge: it’s a historic bridge across the Vtlava River and construction started in 1357 under King Charles IV. The bridge connects Old Town to the Prague Castle. It is decorated with many beautiful statues and three impressive bridge towers.
If you’re really interested in the history of the Charles Bridge, be sure to visit the Charles Bridge Museum. If you want an alternative view of the Charles Bridge and the surrounding area, you can climb the Old Town Bridge Tower. It doesn’t open until 10:00am, so you’ll need to return a little later in the day. Tickets can only be purchased at the box office in the tower.
Admire the John Lennon Wall
The John Lennon Wall, or the Lennon Wall for short, is a graffiti wall dating back to the 1980s after John Lennon was assassinated. An unknown artist contributed a painting of Lennon and some song lyrics, and the Lennon Wall was born. The wall is continually painted over and new messages of peace and love are added daily.
In 2014, a group of student artists “vandalized” the wall by completely painting over it in white. They wanted to usher in a new generation of paintings for the wall, and artists immediately flocked to the Lennon Wall to add splashed of color right away. The photos you’ll see here were taken in June 2017 when we visited Prague.
Again, the Lennon Wall will look very different when you visit Prague. In November 2019, there was another renovation of the wall. As too many people were writing vulgar messages on it (tourists are suspected here), a fresh painting of the wall commenced once again. 30 artists from Czech Republic and around the world gathered to create beautiful paintings on the walls. The public will only be allowed to write on the wall in marker or chalk, but not paint.
I’m interested to learn about how the Lennon Wall will be monitored and how it will potentially change (or not change) over time. When you spend 3 days in Prague, you need to pay a visit to the graffiti wall with its messages of freedom, peace, and love. If you enjoy visiting places like the Prague Lennon Wall, you might like to take this alternative Prague tour to see another side of the city besides the main tourist attractions.
Walk Through Kampa Park
As you walk towards Kampa Park from the John Lennon Wall, you’ll likely stumble upon the Certovka Water Wheel Bridge on Devil’s Stream. It’s an old water wheel from a former mill, and one of two remaining water wheels along this canal. There are some old buildings here and some love locks lining the bridge, making for a picturesque scene.
As you continue to Kampa Park, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the best views of Prague from this vantage point. It’s also a large green space that’s perfect for a picnic or simply resting and soaking up the atmosphere. While we didn’t visit Museum Kampa, it’s a museum at Kampa Park filled with European art. You can admire some sculptures outside of the museum for free, including the three bronze babies by David Černý.
See the Dancing House
The Dancing House is one of the most unique buildings you’ll ever see. Originally known as “Fred and Ginger”, the building was named after Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers because it resembles a dancing couple. Designed in 1992 and built in 1996, the Dancing House was controversial at the time. It’s so different from all of the other buildings in the neighborhood that are in a Gothic, Baroque and Art Nouveau style. It’s built in a “deconstructivist” or “new baroque” style.
We admired the Dancing House from the city streets. But, what is actually inside the Dancing House building? Well, the Dancing House is an office building, an art gallery, a hotel and a restaurant. Yes, you can spend the night at the Dancing House hotel. Book your stay at the Dancing House hotel or read more reviews written by fellow travelers who have stayed there.
There’s also an inspiring art gallery filled with Czech and world art. You can purchase a ticket in advance for the art gallery, which also includes a trip to the rooftop terrace with incredible city views. However, if you’re only interested in the terrace, anyone can visit without a ticket just as long as you buy a cocktail at the bar.
Lunch at Lifehouse
Lifehouse is a little vegan bistro in the middle of town where you’ll find healthy eats, open faced sandwiches, salads, smoothies, and more. There are only a couple of stools inside the restaurant, so I recommend taking your lunch to a nearby park (like the nearby Františkánská zahrada, or Franciscan Gardens). They bake their own bread and make everything from scratch, so it’s extra delicious. Treat yourself to some vegan ice cream if it’s a hot day, too!
Coffee Break at Mamacoffee
After lunch, you might want to stop by a coffee shop for a little dose of caffeine before carrying on with your day. Mamacoffee has several locations around Prague, and they’re all very vegan-friendly, too. There are vegan cakes, loaves, and more. All of the vegan treats have a little plant symbol on their sign (the gluten-free baked goods are also clearly marked). There’s a little restaurant on the second floor of the cafe serving vegetarian and vegan meals for breakfast and lunch.
Take a Tour at Klementinum (Clementinum)
The Klementinum claims to be the most beautiful library in the world. You’ll have to visit for yourself to be the judge of that. It’s definitely right up there with the best of them. The Klementinum (Clementinum) is a historical complex of buildings, and its baroque library opened in 1722. There are over 20,000 books in the library. The library’s interior and beautiful ceiling frescoes date to the 18th century, too.
A guided tour of the Klementinum includes a visit to the library, the Meridian hall, and the astronomical tower. The Meridian Hall was essentially a camera obscura, used to determine when it was high noon. You’ll climb the astronomical tower for amazing 360 degree views overlooking Prague. Guided tours are daily and last about 50 minutes in total. If you want to guarantee a spot and skip the line, purchase your ticket online in advance at the official website.
Dinner at Plevel
Plevel is a well established vegan restaurant in the city, opening back in 2013. We loved the bright and beautiful artwork all over the walls, painted (and up for sale!) by local artists.
Plevel serves a variety of meals on their menu, like comfort foods, hummus and pita, wraps, burgers, and more. There are also some traditional dishes prepared without the meat, too. Justin ordered a pasta with vegetables and I got a vegan quesadilla. Both were really yummy! There are also a number of desserts, but we were far too full from dinner to sample them.
Have a Pint at Riegrovy Sady Beer Garden
Riegrovy Sady is a park in Prague that’s up on a hill, making it the perfect place to watch the sunset overlooking the city. It’s absolutely stunning! Then, we met some friends at the Riegrovy Sady beer garden for a couple of pints. There are long picnic tables to gather with your buddies, and the beer is a great price, too.
Unfortunately, the Riegrovy Sady beer garden appears to have closed down. There’s another beer garden in the park called Mlíkárna that you could try (you’ll have to let us know how it is!). It’s also rumored that the Riegrovy Sady beer garden could open up again. We’ll keep our fingers crossed!
Where to Stay in Prague
Justin and I stayed with a company called Prague City Apartments when we spent 3 nights in Prague. They own several apartments in various neighborhoods around the city. We absolutely adored staying at the Milosrdnych Apartments, apartment #51.
There’s a large living space, a full kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and one of the most charming views overlooking a quiet street in Old Town. We loved the little balcony overlooking a courtyard, too. The apartment is ideally located within walking distance of most attractions and things to do in Prague.
We really can’t say enough good things about our experience with Prague City Apartments and will definitely stay at one of their properties again in the future. Book your stay at the beautiful Milosrdnych Apartments and feel free to read more reviews by fellow travelers.
Visiting Cesky Krumlov from Prague
We highly recommend that you travel to Cesky Krumlov and spend the night. A day trip to Cesky Krumlov from Prague is lovely, but it can get quite crowded with day trippers. The most magical experiences happen in the evening and early in the morning before the crowds arrive. If you stay in Cesky Krumlov, you can wake up early and wander the cobblestone streets and gardens without anyone else around.
Looking for more places to visit in the Czech Republic? Check out all of the amazing things to do in Olomouc!
3 Days in Prague Travel Itinerary Map
Want to see everything that we mentioned in this Prague 3 day itinerary represented visually on a map? Here it is! Feel free to save and reference this map when you’re planning your trip to Prague, Czech Republic.