After two separate layovers spent in Prague, I can definitely say a layover isn’t enough. I scratched only the surface but what a beautiful surface it was… If you find yourself in Prague on a layover or over a few days, here are things to keep in mind to make the most of your short time in the golden city.
If all you have is an overnight layover… Check out the Courtyard Prague Airport.
It’s a medium-sized hotel attached to Prague International Airport. Definite pro was that breakfast was included. It’ll cost you bus fare and about 30 minutes to get to the action of the city centre. Cost: Included in price of Czech Airlines flight (the top pro of all!)
If you have two nights or more… Check out the Best Western Hotel Pav.
It’s a boutique hotel located just outside the hustle and bustle of the Old Town (and literally next door to the fun times at U Fleku) but still very central. The room we stayed in was small but comfortable. Breakfast was included (pro!). It’s a quick walk to the main attractions and if the weather’s not cooperating, Národní Třída subway station is a short stroll away. Cost: 150$/night.
Prague is one of the most walkable cities I’ve ever visited. Though I’ve never experienced the winter there, the summer was beautiful with plenty of shade offered by the art nouveau buildings making up the town, ultimately making it the perfect setting for a stroll. Unlike other walkable cities, the pace is more relaxed in Prague which lends itself very nicely to a leisurely constitutional.
But when your feet are weary, the weather is uncooperative, and you’ve got a fair distance to cross, the best means of transportation is… Transit – all kinds!
My Prague itinerary philosophy was the following: Astronomic Tower, Babies at the Žižkov TV tower, Josefov. That’s it. Layovers tend to be a glimpse into a city, so I didn’t want to pack it with stuff to do. I wanted experiences to replace my to do list.
So we started out with the Astronomic Tower and meandered our way through the Old Town, to the Charles bridge and across the Vltava to Prague Castle. We passed by pop-up art installations, hopped into a walking tour at night, and rested our weary legs on a boat tour of the Vltava.
After all that discovering, here’s what I would recommend for a starter Prague bucket list.
1. Old Town Square (Staromestske namesti)/Church of Our Lady Before Tyn/Astronomic Clock (all within a stone’s throw of one another)
2. Josefov/Jewish cemetery (a beautifully gothic part of the city)
3. Charles Bridge/Prague Castle (where you can make a wish, and visit the largest castle ancient castle in the world)
4. U Fleku (fun times and good food in a 15th century beer hall) 5. David Černý art installations (quirky, ironic, and satirical art all over the city)
For literary fans… Kafka and Prague (Prague Post)
Franz Kafka sights – like his one-time residence and the museum dedicated to all things Kafka – abound in Prague.
For one day layovers… Frommer’s Prague In One Day
From a local’s perspective… Design Sponge Prague City Guide
Though we didn’t have much of a structured plan, we passed by the lively Havel’s market, pondered the window display for the Sex Machines Museum, gave some serious side-eye to the Museum of Medieval Torture, and generally had a chilled out and lovely time in this unbelievably pretty city. If you’ve never been to Eastern Europe, there’s no better place to wet your feet than in the Bohemian beauty that is Prague.
Click on thumbnails to launch photo gallery of the two layovers in Prague