Prague – the City of a Hundred Spires and the capital city of the Czech Republic – is one of the most beautiful capitals in Europe. The gorgeous, well-preserved medieval city offers travellers a rich history, stunning architecture, lovely parks, and a hint of romance.

As an unbelievably popular tourist destination, many Prague hosts visitors from around the globe. If you’ve only got 48 hours to explore, we’ve put together a list of things you won’t want to miss.


Must see

Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral

Prague Castle is a stunning castle complex dating from the 9th century and is the official office of the President of the Czech Republic. The castle was a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia.

Dominating the city centre like a fairytale fortress, it features a remarkable collection of historic buildings, museums, and galleries. The breathtaking St. Vitus Cathedral dominates the Prague Castle complex and offers great views of the city as well.


Astronomical Clock

Also in the Prague Castle Complex, travellers can visit the medieval Prague Astronomical Clock which treats crowds to a parade of the Twelve Apostles every hour on the hour. During the Apostles’ procession, other figures placed on the sides of the astronomical clock also set in motion.

Even when not in motion, the clock is beautifully photogenic – with an astronomical dial, representing the position of the sun and moon in the sky and displaying various astronomical details, and a calendar dial with medallions representing the months. According to local legend, the city will suffer if the clock is neglected and its good operation is threatened.


John Lennon Wall

Once a normal wall, since the 1980s the colourful John Lennon Wall has been filled with Lennon-inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from Beatles’ songs. The wall was inspired by the music icon’s murder in 1980, at which time he became a pacifist hero for many young Czechs.

The wall is the property of the Knights of Malta, who have whitewashed it several times, but it soon gets covered with more Lennon images, peace messages, and inconsequential tourist graffiti, so they don't bother to repaint it any longer.


Must eat

Oblozené Chlebícky

Oblozené Chlebícky – literally meaning “garnished breads” – is Prague’s version of an open sandwich and is typically considered a snack food. The deliciously simple dish consists of sliced, buttered bread topped with various toppings and garnishes, including various cured meats, sliced hard-boiled egg, cheeses, spreads, and vegetables.


Smazený Sýr

For the cheese lovers of the world, Smazený Sýr – “fried cheese” in Czech – is a rich, gooey treat of cheese that has been breaded and then deep fried. It is traditionally served with a Czech version of tartar sauce and fries or boiled potatoes.


Trdelník

Trdelník – or chimney cake – is a popular type of spit cake made from rolled dough that is wrapped around a stick, then grilled on an open fire and traditionally topped with tasty sugar and walnut mix or with cinnamon sugar. More modern versions of the treat include fillings such as ice cream or Nutella.


Must do

Visit the Jewish Quarter

The Prague Jewish Quarter, known as Josefov, is located between the Old Town Square and the river and is the city’s second most popular site. The torrid history of the Jews of Prague is as old as Prague itself, dating back to the 13th century.

Most of the quarter was demolished between 1893 and 1913, leaving behind only six synagogues, the old cemetery, and the Old Jewish Town Hall – now all part of the Jewish Museum in Prague.


Shop at the JiA™ak Farmers’ Market

The farmers’ market on JiA™ího z PodA›brad square is one of the most popular in Prague, taking place every day from Wednesday to Saturday. Shoppers can sample traditional Czech delicacies while exploring a residential area of Prague outside of the centre. It’s also great for people watching, and many locals visit the market.


Take a walk up PetA™ín Hill

Covered with parks, this historic, rocky hill in the city centre is a popular recreational area. Peaceful PetA™ín offers visitors winding pathways up the hill, secluded gardens, and panoramic city views. The iconic PetA™ín Lookout Tower, which strongly resembles the Eiffel Tower, was built atop a hill in 1891.


Getting there

Various airlines offer daily flights from London to Prague Airport. The cheapest tickets are available approximately 60 days before departure, with afternoon flights from London Stansted offering the best prices on the route.

For a hassle-free trip to Prague, remember to pre-book an airport transfer, taxi, or rental car through hoppa to get you to your accommodation. Hoppa is the world’s top specialist in smooth, reliable transportation, comparing 1,000s of transport providers from around the world to get you where you need to go. Whether at home or abroad, with choices of taxis, car hire, and airport transfers, we search and compare the best deals so you arrive happy.

Planning a trip to Prague, or do you have any suggestions we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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