Is it really possible to ‘do’ a city in 2 days? How exactly do you ‘do’ a city? Well if it was going to be possible anywhere Prague would be it.
Helped tremendously by the cheap and easy to navigate public transport system it’s possible to take in the major attractions of Prague in relatively little time.
Most flights arrive late afternoon so start by spending an evening in the Old Town. Whilst perfect for boutique and designer shopping through the day by night this place really comes to life. Lit up like a Hollywood dressing room mirror the picturesque Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic buildings surround you in a past time of cunning trade merchants, fine dining and the drama of the wealthy. Immerse yourself in the feeling of being inside an oversized dolls house and sample some of the local beers and traditional Czech hearty goulashes and dumplings. If you’re still feeling energetic the nightlife in Prague goes on till the early hours around Wenceslas Square and Old Town.
In the morning take in a visit to Prague castle and it’s surrounding grounds. Following the cobbled streets of the Lesser Town up towards the castle will take you through artists shop streets where you can pick up some stunning gifts. Once you reach the top it’s possible to experience one of the best free views around as the Vltava river shimmers flowing past the cities copper topped spires and dramatic buildings.
A short diversion will lead you to the Lennon Wall, which is humbly inspiring. This colourful wall is a memorial to John Lennon and his ideas for peace, but also a monument to free speech and the non-violent rebellion of Czech youth against the regime. Happily tucked behind the wall is a great little restaurant where you can enjoy good food at very reasonable prices in a secret garden setting.
>An afternoon spent lazily lolling along the river on a tour is a must. Romantic and interesting these tours provide you with a calm setting and a narration, which will inspire you with places you might want to take in the following day. Most trips cost around 240Kc and will include passing the Charles Bridge one of the oldest sites in Prague it is said that egg yolks were mixed into the mortar to strengthen the construction of the bridge. As the seagulls dance on the water you’ll see Little Venice; worth exploring by foot as well. You’ll get fantastic views of the castle and the oldest vineyard in Prague and pass by the sites and statues galore.
Your second day could be spent visiting the Jewish Quarter which although no longer as it’s name suggests has fascinating walking tours which explain in detail the torrid history. It’s a beautifully poignant place to visit. With plenty of time to enjoy another relaxing afternoon why not take the funicular to Petrin Hill a sun dappled spot perfect for picnics.
Prague is a hive of activity and culture and it’s always worth checking before you go to see what festivals and exhibitions are on offer at the time.