Is it possible to spend only one day in Prague? Short answer is yes! While it would be fantastic to have more than 24 hours in the Czech capital, you can definitely have an incredible day exploring Prague in just one day.

Prague is one of those cities. There’s something magical about it. Maybe it’s the way it seems to be frozen in time, with its medieval castles and winding cobblestone streets. Or maybe it’s the history and culture of the city, which you can see in pretty much everything from the gothic architecture to the art.

Whatever the reason, Prague is easily one of my favourite European cities to visit. I’ve spent one day in Prague, I’ve spent three days in Prague, and I’ve spent five days in Prague – the next time I visit it’ll likely be for a week!

Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or a lover of all things art and culture, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy there. And even though it’s a large city, it’s easy to get around and see a lot in just one day.

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Where exactly is Prague

Situated in central Europe, Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic. It’s located about halfway between Berlin and Vienna, making it a great city to add to your European bucket list if you’re already visiting other nearby destinations.

Prague is also quite easy to get to, with plenty of flight options from the Americas, Asia and Europe.

If you’re already in Europe, however, I highly recommend taking a train. I’ve taken the train from Budapest to Prague, and it’s a beautiful journey through some stunning scenery.

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One Day In Prague Map

Old Town Square (Staromestske Namesti)

The image depicts the Prague Astronomical Clock, also known as the Orloj, mounted on the Old Town Hall in Prague. The clock features intricate details, including a large dial with astrological symbols and a calendar dial below it, set against a historic stone building.

Many of Prague’s must see attractions are located in Old Town Square, so it’s the perfect place to start off your day.

The first thing you’ll notice when you arrive is the very cool Astronomical Clock, which has been ticking since 1410! Every hour, on the hour, a crowd gathers to watch as the clock comes to life and chimes. This 15th century clock is the oldest astronomical clock still in operation.

Nearby, you’ll find the Old Town Hall. The hall was built in the 14th century and is one of the oldest gothic buildings in Prague. You can take a tour of the hall to learn more about Czech history, or just enjoy its beautiful exterior.

The image shows the Church of Our Lady before Týn in Prague’s Old Town Square, characterized by its twin gothic spires. A vibrant double rainbow arches over the historic buildings, contrasting with the dramatic, cloudy sky.

In the centre of the square, you’ll see a monument to Jan Hus, a 15th century religious reformer who was burned at the stake for his beliefs. The statue, which dates back to 1915, is a tribute to Hus and all of those who have fought for religious freedom.

Other notable landmarks in Old Town Square include Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, St. Nicholas’ Church, the Stone Bell House and Kinsky Palace.

Grab a Chimney Cake for Breakfast

The image captures a hand holding a chimney cake filled with vibrant red soft-serve ice cream against a plain background. The chimney cake is sugar-coated, and the ice cream forms a tall, swirled peak with a small spoon inserted.

If you’ve read any of my other posts, you’ll know I have a serious sweet tooth, so I’m always going to recommend sweet treats for breakfast!

Chimney cake, or trdelnik, is a traditional Czech pastry that’s made by wrapping dough around a stick, then roasting it over an open flame. The pastry is then rolled in sugar and cinnamon, and served warm with ice cream, chocolate sauce, fruit – basically anything your heart desires!

They even have savoury options now, which are equally as delicious (there’s even a mac & cheese chimney!). Trust me, you’ll want to start your day with one of these!

You can imagine my excitement when I found Good Food Coffee & Bakery near Charles Bridge because they had GLUTEN FREE chimney cakes!! Honestly I was jumping around like a little kid in excitement… They even had lactose free sorbet me.

If you’re not gluten free, or simply don’t fancy a chimney cake for breakfast (weirdo!), grab yourself a coffee and get ready for our next stop.

Stroll over Charles Bridge

The image features the historic Charles Bridge in Prague, spanning the Vltava River. The stone bridge is adorned with statues and bustling with visitors, set against a backdrop of clear blue skies and historic buildings on the riverbank. A bird flies above the bridge, adding to the picturesque scene.

After you’ve had your fill of chimney cake, it’s time to walk off those calories with a stroll across Charles Bridge. This bridge, named after the emperor Charles IV, is one of Prague’s most famous attractions and iconic landmarks.

You’ll find stalls selling paintings, jewellery, caricatures (I really wanted one!) and other souvenirs along the way. And if you’re feeling energetic, climb up to the top of the bridge tower for a birds eye view of the bridge in all its glory.

Make sure to take your time crossing the bridge so that you can admire the 30 statues that line it, as well as the beautiful views of Prague Castle and the Vltava River.

A nighttime stroll will give you an entirely different perspective, with everything lit up like a fairytale.

John Lennon Wall

The image shows a person standing in front of the colorful John Lennon Wall in Prague. The wall is covered in vibrant graffiti and murals, including a depiction of an astronaut holding the Earth, a golden-haired figure, and various symbols and messages. The person is wearing a bright pink jacket, blending into the vivid background.

Love is all you need, right?

The John Lennon Wall is located in the Mala Strana district of Prague and I highly recommend a visit, especially if you’re a Beatles fan. This wall started out as an anti-communism symbol during the 1980s, but has since become a symbol of peace and love.

It’s covered in graffiti, paintings and beautiful quotes, making for some great photo opportunities. The wall is constantly changing, so you never know what you’ll find when you visit.

Take a peek into the Artiseme behind the wall and browse for souvenirs. If you buy something there you get a free coffee! I’m not a coffee drinker but my friend said it was the best coffee she had while in Prague!

Prague Castle

The image captures the grand facade of St. Vitus Cathedral within Prague Castle. The gothic architecture features intricate details, large stained glass windows, and ornate gold accents. Part of the structure is covered in scaffolding, indicating ongoing restoration work, with people walking near the entrance.

The Prague Castle complex is made up of a number of buildings, including St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, Golden Lane, as well as numerous gardens. It’s the largest coherent castle complex in the world and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

If you want to explore the ancient castle complex in depth, I recommend buying a ticket that includes a guided tour. This will give you access to all of the buildings and gardens, as well as providing you with a wealth of information about the history of Prague Castle.

Check out this Prague castle tour with a local guide which allows you to skip the line.

If you don’t have time for a guided tour, or you prefer to explore at your own pace, you can still wander around the complex and admire the medieval architecture and gardens. Just note that some of the buildings will require a separate ticket for entry.

Letna Park

The image offers a panoramic view of Prague from Letná Park, overlooking the Vltava River and multiple historic bridges. The red rooftops of buildings and lush greenery frame the scene, with boats visible on the river under a clear, sunny sky.

If you need a break from all the sightseeing, Letna Park is the perfect place to relax. This park offers great views of Prague, as well as plenty of green space to lie down in and soak up the sun (if you’re lucky enough to visit on a sunny day!).

There’s also an outdoor beer garden under the shade of a canopy of trees if you fancy grabbing a Czech beer (FYI there’s a massive beer culture in Prague!). 

Take this opportunity to take some photos of the Vltava River, its many bridges and the city skyline.

Taste local cuisine

Prague is famous for its traditional Czech food, so if you’re a foodie, you’ll want to make sure you try some while you’re there.

I recommend heading back to the Old Town Square for dinner, as there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. If you want something quick and easy, stop by one of the many fast food stands selling sausages and other traditional snacks.

For a sit-down meal, I recommend Lokál, which is a chain of Czech restaurants located across the city. The food is delicious and reasonably priced, and you can wash it down with a pint of Czech beer.

Ghost Tour

This image features a man dressed in a historical costume, holding a lantern during a ghost tour in Prague. He has a dramatic expression and gestures, set against a nighttime backdrop with warm streetlights and surrounding foliage.
This image shows a cloaked, hooded statue known as "Il Commendatore" by Anna Chromy, positioned against a building with warm lighting. The statue has an eerie, empty hood and draped robes, creating a mysterious and ghostly appearance.

Finish the evening with a walking tour around Prague’s Old Town, which is said to be one of the most haunted places in Europe.

You’ll learn about Prague’s dark history from a theatrical guide (if you’re lucky, you’ll get the same guide we had – Gordon!) as you make your way around the Old Town Square and Jewish Quarter.

This was the highlight of my 24 hours in Prague!

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Got extra time to spend in Prague?

If you’ve got longer than a day in Prague to spend exploring, or want to switch up any of the activities above, check out some of these other things to keep you entertained.

The image features the Dancing House in Prague, an iconic modern architectural structure designed by Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunić. The building has a dynamic, twisted design with one tower resembling a glass dress, giving the appearance of two dancers. It is set against a backdrop of traditional architecture and a partly cloudy sky, with cars passing by in the foreground.
  • The Dancing House: This unusual shaped building along the Vltava River is one of Prague’s most interesting buildings. It was designed by Frank Gehry and resembles two dancers – which is why it’s also known as Fred & Ginger!
  • Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske namesti): This is the main square in Prague and is always a busy hub of activity. It’s home to some of the cities most popular museums, including the National Museum and the Museum of Communism, as well as the Franz Kafka monument. And if you happen to be there around Christmas, you’ll find one of Prague’s best Christmas markets!
  • Go Skydiving: Something for the adrenaline junkies, skydiving over Prague will leave you with the best views in town!
  • Municipal House: This is one of Prague’s most beautiful Art Nouveau buildings, and is definitely worth a visit. Take a tour of the interior to see the stunning mosaics, paintings and sculptures, then enjoy a coffee or cake in the café afterwards.
  • Petrin Hill: For the best views of Prague, head to Petrin Hill. You can either walk or take the funicular railway to the top. Once you’re there, you’ll find a 63 metre tall replica of the Eiffel Tower (Petrin Tower), as well as an observation deck with panoramic views of the city.

When to visit Prague

There is no bad time to visit Prague really – the city is beautiful in every season.

My last visit was during autumn and while we did have a few days of sunshine, when it rained, it rained heavily! It didn’t really matter to us but we planned around the wetter days.

Spring and summer are obviously the best times to visit Prague if you want to enjoy the city’s many parks and outdoor attractions. However, these are also the busiest times of year so accommodation prices will be higher and popular attractions will have longer lines.

But, if you don’t mind the cold you should visit Prague in December. Wintertime in Prague is truly magical. The air is crisp and cold, the Christmas markets are in full swing and the mulled wine and gingerbread fills the air. It’s literally a fairytale come to life.

How to get around Prague

Prague is an incredibly walkable city, and there’s no better way to explore than on foot. The city is relatively small and compact, and most major attractions are within walking distance of each other (so make sure you’ve got your comfortable shoes!).

If you prefer not to walk, there are plenty public transport options – the tram is the most common in Prague (be careful… they stop for no-one!).

The trams also go to the outer areas of Prague. We headed out of Prague to do an incredible segway tour (fyi segways are no longer allowed in the city centre).

Uber is also used a lot in Prague and we found them to be cheaper than taxis (or at least the taxi who brought us from the airport who charged us around $45 (instead of $20 which is what it cost going back to the airport).

Prague: Need to know

  • The currency used in the Czech Republic is the Czech Koruna. I suggest having a little currency with you for tips, etc, but for the most part I just used Revolut to pay for everything (no fees whoop!)
  • Bring a power adaptor with you if you’re not coming from Europe – they use the three pin adapter there. I always just carry a universal power adapter so I’m covered everywhere I go.
  • If you’re staying in Prague for more than a day and want to see a lot of the sights, pre-book a Prague City Card for discounts and skip the queues

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Whether you’re in it for the beautiful architecture, the historical sites or the delicious food and drink, I’m pretty confident you’ll be able to make the most out of your one day in Prague with my itinerary.

Feel free to swap out anything in my itinerary for additional activities – you really can’t go wrong filling out your day in Prague.