It’s been said by many that Prague is the Paris of the East. There definitely is truth to that statement. It is a place full of history, with many beautiful attractions to see. This itinerary will take about half a day and goes through a few of the famous and beautiful sites of Prague. I would recommend this itinerary either to someone who is just there on transit (airport is just a 10-minute taxi ride away from downtown) or for one’s first day during a weekend trip so you can wander off the beaten track afterwards.
Start off in Letna Park
Letna Park is a beautiful place located on a hill that allows amazing views into the Prague Old Town. The park itself is a beautiful place to take a walk, filled with many trees and pathways for walking. At the edge of the park, you will be able to see the Prague Old Town, including the beautiful Charles Bridge from here. I would allocate one to two hours for visiting Letna Park. It is easily accessible, and is great for people of all ages to visit.
Head to the Astronomical Clock
The easiest way to get to the city center from Letna Park is to take the number 17 tram from stop Čechův Most towards Levského. It will take about 2 minutes on the tram ride to station Právnická Fakulta. From here, head down Parizska street towards the city center. In about 5 minutes, you will reach the astronomical clock. The astronomical clock is a fascinating site to visit in Prague. The clock has been there since 1410. Every hour, the clock displays a show where the 12 apostles figures peep out from behind two windows above the clock. The chiming from the clock is such a beautiful sound. It is a site that draws tourists from all over the world, and is not to be missed.
See the sites of the Old Town Square
Situated nearby the astronomical clock is the old town square of Prague, which is another beautiful place to visit. The square is from the 10th century and has beautiful buildings surrounding it—many which have gothic architecture. Surrounding the area are many places to pick up souvenirs or to enjoy a coffee. For a lovely place, you can check out Café Ebel for coffee and cake, or other delicious food. I would recommend the quiche and my favorite, a cappuccino. They are both wonderful!
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Best times to visit
Prague is a beautiful city to visit all year round. The summers tend to be more crowded. But, during this time you can sit outside at all the lovely restaurants. My recommendation would be to check out Prague during Christmas season since little (and sometimes bigger) Christmas markets are scattered throughout the city. These usually run from December until the first weekend of January. There you can enjoy the city lit up with lights. The scenery against the backdrop of the buildings is absolutely beautiful. Although it can get very cold during those days (highs of 2C/36F and lows of -2C/28F), do not worry, you can warm up with a hot mulled wine or punch.
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