Welcome to One Week in Prague! This is your guide that will help you achieve a stress-free yet very memorable and exciting tour in the wonderful Czech capital. 7 Days in Prague or less, it does not matter. We cover everything you need to know and to see.
All you need to know – essential insider tips to consider, places to visit, activities to fill your days for one week in Prague, we will share it with you.
Our full guide covers:
- Basic Introduction
- Where to stay in Prague
- How to get around
- What to see in Prague
- Things to do in Prague
- Tickets you have to buy before – must read
- Food and Restaurants
- Day Trips from Prague
- Itinerary for Prague
- Packing List
- City Map
As travelers, too, it is our happiness and great pride to help other tourists have the most of their trips in Europe. Sharing the most important details and essentials tips you need in Prague.
Believe me, it will be hard for you not to love Prague once you visit this beautiful city.
1. Basic Introduction
We want to start with a simple intro to the things you need to know before coming to Prague.
Currency: Czech Crowns (CZK) – the Czech Republic does not have the EUR (€)
Language Spoken: The official language in Prague is Czech.
Although older people in Prague does not speak much of English, you will still be able to have a good English conversation with those in the tourism sector. But more often than not, Czechs have good command in English.
On the other hand, the second most popular language in the city is considered to be the German language while the third one is Russian.
Population: 1.3 Million
Known for: When we speak of Prague and its country, we definitely won’t miss the beer. That is for sure! They consume the most beer per capita in the world.
Aside from this, Prague is also known for its delicious food and known to be one of Europe’s architectural gems. Being an important UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’re one week in Prague will without a doubt be packed with a wide range of activities for tourists.
Accommodation: Just like the famous tourist destinations in Europe, Prague won’t leave itself behind. You will find all kinds of accommodation in the city that will certainly match your needs and meet your requirements.
From luxury hotels to budget-friendly apartments, from amazing terrace views to great quality service, you will all find it in Prague.
Find more details in our where to stay in Prague section below.
Public Transport: Aside from it is one of the best public transportation systems in Europe, using it is relatively easy, reliable, and very affordable.
However, Prague city center is an extremely walk-able city. This includes the old town and new town. Of course, there are still places that are better reached by the use of public transportation.
More under how to get around Prague.
Safety: Traveling to Prague is generally safe even for solo and female travelers, yet there is many scams, especially for tourists. We added a video by The Honest Guide, a fantastic Youtube channel dedicated to Prague and its tourism. Check them for safety tips, food tips and everything around Prague.
Being one of the major destinations in Europe, Prague draws its own theft and pickpockets especially very crowded places.
But to keep you safe, here are tips you should consider:
- Always secure your belongings and keep an eye on them.
- Keep your money in your front pockets.
- Don’t carry large amounts of cash with you.
- Beware of strangers who propose to exchange money on the street. You might receive Belarussian Rubles instead of the Czech crowns or old Czech Crowns which are no longer in circulation.
Generally, just be smart and vigilant but still make sure you enjoy yourself in this beautiful city.
Here’s a good read on safety in Prague: 5 Things NOT to Do in Prague
City name: Among the other city names of Prague, the “City of a Hundred Spires” is most commonly used. On the other hand, it is also called the Golden City, the Mother of Cities and the Heart of Europe.
Electricity: 230V/50Hz (European plug). Remember to pack your travel plug adapter.
2. Where to stay in Prague
Aside from getting around in Prague is easy (both through walking and public transport), the Czech capital also invites many tourists because of its amazing nightlife and exciting fares.
After a long day of touring the city, Prague still gives you more options at night. From party bars, live music, and modern clubs to great Czech beer, your night will certainly be on fire.
Moreover, Prague offers many attractions that every time you’d visit the city, there will and always be more to see.
And since we know you’re traveling for the first time for one week in Prague, we have listed down below our handpicked recommendations where you can stay according to the purpose of your travel.
Our handpicked recommendations:
- Families: Salvator Superior Apartments
- Couples: Remember Residence
- Luxury Travelers: Hotel Century Old Town Prague – MGallery By Sofitel
- Design Lovers: Zatecka N°14
- Groups: Dream Hostel Prague
- Solo Traveler: Mosaic House
- Nightlife Traveler: The Madhouse Prague
- On a low budget: Czech Inn Republic
Also, we have added a map to better show you where they are located. Plus, included in the map are sights you should and might want to visit during your 7 days in Prague or less.
2.1. Salvator Superior Apartments – Best for Families
One of the most important to consider for traveling families is the location.
Place yourself right in the historical center of Prague in Salvator Superior Apartments with the tourist sights just a few minutes walk away.
You can reach several major sights within 5-minutes on foot like the Old Town Square, the Municipal House, and the Powder Tower.
Even more, just opposite the apartment is the tram station while the nearest train station can be reached in just 3-minutes walking time.
Apartments can accommodate from 2-6 persons that comes with a fully equipped kitchen. Feel the vibes of your home while traveling. Prepare your own meals and save more. There is also a supermarket just across the property which is pretty convenient.
However, you can also request and have a wonderful breakfast at Hotel Salvator which is near the property. They serve a superb breakfast so you should not miss trying during your stay.
2.2. Remember Residence – Aparthotel Great for Couples
Offering bright rooms and boasts a convenient location near the Charles Bridge is Remember Residence.
Go intimate over this chic aparthotel with rooms designed with amazing garden views. There is also an individual terrace that you’ll catch a wonderful view of the place. A property placed in a very peaceful and romantic area near Petřín and Kampa Park.
Get the art of being unforgettable which is why it is named the Remember Residence. During your entire stay, they will make sure that when you leave Prague, you will remember.
The aparthotel is extra thoughtful to give little gifts and tokens throughout your stay. From personalized welcoming like wine and flowers to a tray of fruits before you leave. Plus, the staff are very helpful and friendly. Giving the best advice and tips on the best restaurants and activities to do in Prague.
Overall, the Remember Residence is a total package and true gem that makes sure you have the greatest stay in your travel to the Czech Republic.
Good to know: The property is kid and pet-friendly. Making it ideal for those traveling with their little ones and fur babies.
2.3. Hotel Century Old Town – Best for Luxury Travelers
Place yourself right in the center of Prague, in line with the Old Town Square and the famous Astronomical clock. Stay in the most charming area of the city and spoil yourself with modern design building.
Hotel Century Old Town boasts an exquisite culinary experience in its La Veranda Restaurant. Have a wide variety of Czech and international cuisines. And besides, you can also have your meals on the terrace and enjoy the warm vibes of the inner courtyard.
Moreover, you can head over the Hedgehog Bar and the opportunity to enjoy exceptional wines and refined liqueurs. Or you can proceed to the fitness center and run a few miles to relax through the night.
Location wise, Hotel Century Old Town is very near Náměstí Republiky Subway Station and the Palladium Shopping Centre.
And for the famous tourist destinations, aside from the Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock, you are also near the Wenceslao Square, Historical Building Of The National Museum, and the iconic Charles bridge.
2.4. Zatecka N°14 – Best for Design Lovers
Appreciate the unique architectural features of Zatecka N°14. With decorative cherubs, mysterious alchemical symbols, gilded Art Nouveau hardware – handles, postboxes, and latches.
Most of the apartments offer a balcony which boasts an amazing view of the Prague Castle. Besides, the apartment also offers a fully equipped kitchen with everything you might need for cooking. From the oven, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, coffee machine, kettle to cutlery.
Aside from the amazing designs offered by the accommodation, they also serve breakfast and do grocery deliveries right at your doorstep.
As for the location, the Old Town Square and the iconic Astronomical Clock is just a few minutes away from Zatecka N°14. While the other major sights like Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square are also walking distance from the apartment.
Plus, it is located in the Jewish quarter, an area known for its fashion boutiques, antique stores, fine dining, and unforgettable sights.
2.5. Dream Hostel Prague – Best for Groups
Meet the resident dog, Sam in Dream Hostel Prague. You and your friends’ best accommodation option in Prague.
Beds come with a personal curtain, socket, and bed light for your privacy and convenience. They offer mixed rooms and female-only boardings. They also have large and spacious bathrooms.
Aside from the very welcoming ambiance at the hostel, the staff is helpful and friendly which makes the hostel a very warm place to stay.
Furthermore, the hostel puts you in a very quiet location where everybody gets a good nights sleep. Besides, the location gives you the perfect opportunity to party. With plenty of bars and cafes, you can try and visit.
The hostel’s facilities like the common area and kitchen are great avenues to meet new friends from all over the world. Whether you’re staying for one week in Prague or less, without a doubt, you will go home with a new friend.
2.6. Mosaic House – Best for Solo Travelers
Stay in the first carbon-neutral hostel in the Czech Republic, the Mosaic House.
With over 337,605 kWh energy saved and 13,505260 L of water saved since 2010 and still running as of now, it is the first hostel to achieve BREEAM In-Use “Excellent” certificate.
In particular, from energy-saving lights and machines, waste recycling, automatic blinds for sun protection and insulated windows and facade, the hostel makes you one Eco-friendly traveler.
Moreover, the Mosaic House offers shared dormitory, female-only bedroom and private rooms for more individual space. Shared rooms are social and private that can sleep 4-6. On the other hand, rest with ease and relax in style in your own private room.
Furthermore, you can try local dishes and international specialties in La Loca Music Bar and Lounge. And at night, you can join the happy hour, evening entertainment, and live music and DJs to wrap your day.
As for the location, the property is just a 10-minute walk from Prague’s Charles Bridge. While public transportation can be reached around the corner.
2.7. The Madhouse – Best for Nightlife Traveler
The Madhouse is definitely a party traveler’s haven.
Whether you’re a party monster or a not-so-social traveler, you will certainly won’t get bored with their activities.
From walking tour, pub crawls and evening entertainment to beer-pongs and other board games, every night will be full schedule for you.
Aside from this, win as many friends as you can over a few beers and games with other hostel guests from all over the world. Whether you’re traveling with friends or traveling solo, you surely have a spot in The Madhouse.
Along with being a great avenue for socializing and great party, the hostel also puts you near restaurants, cafes, and bars. Making it convenient for you to spice up your night aside from the great party in the hostel.
However, don’t get worried about having a good night sleep because you’ll still be able to get one.
2.8. Czech Inn Hostel – Budget-friendly Accommodation
Featuring a swanky décor, comfy places and cool spaces is Czech Inn Hostel.
If you’re looking for a good deal for money, you won’t go wrong with this hostel.
From shared rooms, female-only dorm, private rooms to apartments, they have everything for everybody. Whether you’re a group, a family or traveling solo, you have a place in Czech Inn Hostel.
The property is located in a short walk away from the metro station. Putting you in an easy access to get you to the city center and the other major sights in Prague. In particular, you can reach the Old Town Square and the Wenceslas Square in 20 minutes through the public transport.
Moreover, the hostel offers free walking tours that you might find interesting. You can also take advantage of their wonderful buffet breakfast during your stay.
Apart from this, you can also stay and chill at the basement bar after a long tiring day at the city. You can catch the live music and entertainment with stand-up comedians in the evening. Plus, don’t miss the happy hour!
Besides, the staff are friendly and knowledgeable to tip you with essential details about the Czech capital. The hostel is also a great place to meet people and win new acquaintances.
3. How to get around
So, we have your accommodation set, now let us get out and explore.
Best for sightseeing: One of the most convenient ways and easiest to go around is through the famous Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour.
Explore the entire city with over 21 bus stops in 3 different routes. Hop-On and Hop-Off with tickets valid for 24-48 hours.
Check more info in Hop on – Hop off Bus.
Public transport: Getting around Prague is easy thanks to its efficient public transport system.
Generally, you could reach all the corners of the city with their transportation. Although, just like what I have mentioned in the introduction, Prague is a walkable city.
However, if you’re staying for more than three days or probably one week in Prague, it is wise to get the short-term tourist passes. These tickets give you unlimited access to its public transportation valid for 24 and 72 hrs.
Use your tickets among these transports:
- Prague Metro (Subway) – Aside from trains in Prague is fast, clean, and safe, it will also get you almost anywhere you need to be in Prague. The trains arrive every 1-3 minutes during peak hours and 4-10 minutes on off-hours and weekends.
- Prague Trams – Prague’s network of trams is one of the oldest in Europe and the third-largest in the world. The tram comes every 8 to 10-minute intervals during peak hours while 40-minute intervals at night.
- City Buses – City buses bring you to places in Prague that are not reachable by the metro and tram. The bus comes every 6 to 8-minute intervals during peak hours 30 to 60-minute intervals in midnight.
Bikes: One of the best and cheapest way to see a city is through bikes and Prague is no exception.
You can find yellow cycle paths in general parts of the city with cycling lane signs in every crossroads or junction. Hop on a saddle, wear a helmet, you’re good to go.
You can either have a moment by yourself or join group bike tours for more fun, do whatever you like.
Walking: Enjoy the innermost parts of Prague on foot.
Mostly, tourist sights in Prague are not very far from each other which makes it perfect to explore through a wonderful walk. See Get a hand of the city through going into the smallest details on your walking tour.
And this is my favorite way of getting around Prague. While the Old Time Square is the perfect starting point for a walk where you can reach interesting destinations of the city in 30 minutes.
Taxi: The fastest way to getting from point A to point B is through the taxi.
However, yes the stories are true, some taxi drivers in Prague may try to rip you off with crazy rates especially those you hail on the streets.
Therefore, here are tips to keep you off those crooks:
- Taxi rides in Prague are calculated using the fare per one kilometer + entry fee. The average taxi fare is 24-28 CZK ($0.90-1.10) per kilometer while the standard entry fee is 40 CZK ($1.50).
- Get taxi on designated stands and never flag down taxis on the streets.
- In case you think you’re being overpriced, you can call the emergency number 112.
Boat: Boating in Prague may not be a highlight in the city, nevertheless, it is one of the classic ways to enjoy and explore.
A perfect alternative from walking and using public transportation especially on great weathers.
4. What to see in Prague – The Must-Do’s
What to see in Prague? A very good question!
Aside from Prague possessing one of the best-preserved historic city centers in Europe, it would not be called the “city of a thousand spires” without a good reason.
Whether you’re coming for the first time or traveling for the nth time, Prague will give an endless list of things to see and do to make you fall in love with this city.
Nevertheless, here are the essential sights you should visit on your trip.
The Must Do’s are:
- Walk Across Charles Bridge
- Explore Prague Castle
- Visit the Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock
- Have a Becherovka (Czech Beer) in the old pubs
- Experience a medieval Czech dinner
More great sights to see in Prague are:
- Letna Park River Views
- John Lennon Wall
- St. Vitus Cathedral
- Wenceslao Square
- The National Museum
- Municipal House
- Prague Zoo
- The Petrín Lookout Tower
- The Dancing House
Photo by Cecilia Rodríguez Suárez