Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic (also the historical capital of Bohemia), and it’s most well known for its architecture and beer. I’d been looking forward to visiting for many years and like most of the cities I visited on my backpacking trip, it did not disappoint. Here’s my list of what to see and do in Prague in 48 hours.
Visit the Old Town Square with the Astronomical Clock
This clock dates back to 1410. It’s composed of an astronomical dial, sun/moon locator, and other astrological information like zodiac signs. Statues of multiple Catholic saints are flanked on each side, and there’s even a skeleton representing death striking time.
Location: Staroměstské náměstí 1/3
I think we all know I’m very passionate about dessert. Trdelnik is a delicious dessert that can be found around central Europe. The cone is made from rolled dough that is grilled and covered with sugar. It’s then filled with the ice cream flavor of your choice.
Cross the Charles Bridge
The Charles Bridge is one of the most famous sites in Prague and it was completed in the 15th century. Many years ago it was the only bridge that crossed the Vltava river to connect the Old Town with Prague Castle.
Location: Karlův most
Drink a Czech beer
Fun fact, the Czech Republic consumes the most beer per capita in the world. The most common beers are pale lagers of Pilsner type.
Visit the John Lennon Wall
Beginning in the 1980s after John Lennon was assassinated people started adorning this wall with John Lennon themed graffiti and Beatles lyrics. It’s gone through many changes over the years but continues to be a source to represent love and peace.
Location: Velkopřevorské náměstí
Climb the Petrin Lookout Tower
This lookout tower in Prague resembles the Eiffel Tower and was built in 1891. In my opinion, it has the best view of the city! The two observation platforms can be reached by climbing around 300 stairs, but don’t worry, there’s an elevator if you need some help.
Entrance fee: $7.00
Opening hours: Vary by season, ranging from 10:00 AM to between 6:00 and 10:00 PM
Location: Petřínské sady
Visit the Strahov Monastery
This abbey was founded in 1143. I saw a picture of the Philosophical Hall on Instagram and I knew I had to see it with my own eyes. Both the Theological Hall and Philosophical Hall are libraries filled with books and are just stunning.
Entrance fee: $6.00
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Strahovské nádvoří 1/132
Admire Prague Castle
I didn’t have enough time to visit Prague Castle, but I was able to admire it from afar. I definitely have it on my list for next time!
Entrance fee: $16.00, valid for 2 days
Hours: Vary depending on what you want to see in the castle complex.
Location: Pražský hrad