If you only have 2 days in Prague, we have the perfect itinerary for you including the best things to do in Prague with kids or without! We spent 3 nights and 2 days exploring all around Prague with our family and have created a guide to help you plan your next weekend in Prague!
Prague, Czech Republic is the city that we called our fairytale stop on our 1 year trip around the world with our kids. After arriving we also found out that Prague is called, Praga, Prag, Praha and the Paris of the East!
We instantly fell in love with this city with the old world charm and modern flecks that are infused into the city. A mix of old and new coming together in harmony for a wonderful European city to explore.
We had 2 days to make the most of this great city. So here is a Prague itinerary for 2 days to help you and your family prepare for a couple of days in Prague. You wouldn’t want to miss out on all the best places to see in Prague!
What You'll Find in This Post
- 2 Days in Prague Itinerary with Kids
- Where to Stay in Prague
- BONUS – Day 3!
- Day Trips from Prague
- Best Time to go to Prague
- Map of 2 Days in Prague
- Prague Travel Tips
2 Days in Prague Itinerary with Kids
Day 1: Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Golden Lane, Lesser Town & Charles Bridge
One of the best places to visit in Prague with kids is Prague Castle. Start your morning off early and make your way to Prague’s must see attraction. Prague Castle is a UNESCO monument being the largest castle compound in the world. So be sure to get there early and know which circuit you would like to go on. We chose Circuit B which included St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, Old Royal Palace, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower.
St. Vitus Cathedral is absolutely stunning, stained glass windows, Spanish styled architecture and beautiful intricate designs. It is a must see at Prague Castle!
Go up the Southern Tower of St. Vitus Cathedral for a birds eye view of Prague. Inside you can see the clocks inner workings and watch the gear work. Best time is when the clock strikes a new hour.
The courtyard of Prague Castle is a massive area that surrounds the cathedral in every way. These buildings have so much history, each with their own stories to share as you visit them.
Walk around the Garden of Paradise and look at the views on the terrace of the city below. This is where you can get a fantastic view of the terracotta rooflines with the river and bridges to give Prague a picturesque view to spend hours looking at if you have the time.
Our kid’s favourite part of Prague Castle was Golden Lane where this lane lets you travel back in time to how life was back in the olden days. Little archways in this alley will take us into different stores, buildings and little nooks and crannies to discover.
Prague Castle is a great option to spend half a day with your family and what to do in Prague with your kids. We had to limit the amount of things we read or buildings we went into and tried to see the highlights before lunch.
Be sure to check the Prague Castle website for what ages kids are free; when we were there kids under the age of 6 were free for admission into the castle.
After the Prague Castle walk down to the Lesser Town (Malá Strana) area and find yourself a great place to eat. There are many little restaurants and taverns in this area with some cool historic knights atmosphere. Grab yourself a drink and some food to regroup for the afternoon.
We also were on the search for a playground for the kids to play at for a bit and just be kids, and to our amazement, there is a wonderful playground just beside the Charles Bridge, its called Dětské hřiště Pod Karlovým Mostem.
Afterwards, continue walking down to cross the famous Charles Bridge. This pedestrian walking bridge crosses the Vltava river and you will get some great views of both sides of Prague.
The Charles Bridge has many local artists scattered along the way that makes it feel authentic versus touristy. A quaintness to a stroll across the bridge.
Cross over you will reach the Old Town Bridge Tower and have some amazing views of the bridge with the Prague Castle in the background. If you have time in the evening to see the lights of the bridge it is a beautiful sight to see.
This is the perfect day itinerary of Prague including Lesser Town area that surrounds the Prague Castle on that side of the Vltava river.
Day 2: Old Town Square, Astronomical Clock, New Town & Wenceslas Square
Old Town Square & Astronomical Clock
Start your second day in Prague at Old Town Prague with the Old Town Square, where you can find Old Town Hall and watch the famous Prague Astronomical Clock. You’ll be able to find where the clock is because usually there is a crowd that surrounds it waiting for the figurines to pop out from the clock as each of the clock intervals.
Children love to watch this clock, although kids patience run short so try to align your timing to visit the astronomical clock with the hour, when the longest display strikes to mark the new hour.
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New Town & Wenceslas Square
Then make your way by foot towards New Town and wander among the streets to find some amazing sculptures that are scattered around Prague.
Afterwards head to Wenceslas Square, where you can enjoy one of the must eat sweet treats called Trdelník. Wenceslas Square has sometimes markets setup and would be spectacular for their Christmas market if you can time it right for in November and December.
We then finished the day by heading back to Old Town Square and catching a small train from Old Town Square that took us around the city to see things from a different perspective.
The small train was the perfect way to see a few things that we missed if we went down one street versus another. Plus, the kids needed a little break from walking and always enjoy going on these type of excursions.
Prague has many types of activities like this to do, one in which was seeing Prague from the view of an old car. Here are some other ones that we recommend.
We then walked back towards our apartment in the Jewish quarter and walked by the Old Jewish Cemetery. Unfortunately, they were closed at the time, but wish we could have gone to see. Next time!
For us, this was 2 perfect days in Prague, enough to get a feel for the essence of Prague and still leave us wanting to come back and visit again. In two days it is impossible to see all this beautiful city has to offer but with this 2 day itinerary in Prague, you will have used your time wisely but still not feel like you rushed through enjoying the scenery.
Where to Stay in Prague
We stayed in the Jewish Quarter area, which was more cost effective but still within walking distance to everything. You can check out the hotel that we stayed at here. It was a great location and worked great for family being away from nightlife. We did take a taxi over to start our Day 1 at Prague Castle and walked our way back. Click here to see where the Jewish Quarter is and some Prague hotel options of places to stay.
Next time we go back, we would stay over on Lesser Quarter area we loved the ambience of this area with all the cafes, taverns and restaurants hidden amongst the lanes. Here might be some places we look at in Lesser Quarter and where it is located.
Old Town area is in the heart of Prague 1, you are close to everything and amongst all the beautiful buildings. With this, there usually is an increase in cost but would be spectacular if going for a quick weekend getaway.Booking.com
Honestly, anywhere in the Prague 1 area will be close enough to walk to most things that are highlights of Prague. I wouldn’t stay too far out of this area for 2 days in Prague, you want to be close enough to walk around and enjoy all parts of the day and evening.
There are many options for accommodations in Prague. Either hotels or apartments for your stay can be found here. Also, Airbnb in Prague is an option but we choose hotel apartment booking for a 2-night stay because we were able to have a little kitchenette and fridge for quick breakfasts in the morning. A hotel with a breakfast option would work great too!
BONUS – Day 3!
If you happen to have 3 days in Prague or more time either with early arrival or late departure on your days in Prague, here are some good options for things to check out.
- John Lennon Wall
- Dancing House
- Petrin Hill
- Prague Food Tour
- Prague Neauvou Art Tour
- Walking day tour of Prague
Day Trips from Prague
There are also many day trips from Prague that we considered and wish we had more time. You could potentially add this to the beginning or end of your trip if travelling around this area in Europe. Some ideas to consider for Prague day trips:
- UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kutná Hora
- Terezín Concentration Camp
- Bohemian National Park in Switzerland
Best Time to go to Prague
We were in Prague at the end of August, which we found to be a comfortable temperature but busy in some places. Because there are so many tourists, I would suggest either the shoulder spring (May, June) or autumn (September, October) visit for comfortable walking and touring temperature and rates for hotels would be cheaper too.
Although, going to the Christmas market in Prague is on my shortlist which is in November and December but keep in mind it will be cold.
Map of 2 Days in Prague
This map gives you all the points of what to do in Prague in 2 days with a few extra details on where to stay in Prague.
- Day 1 itinerary is marked in yellow
- Day 2 itinerary is marked in purple
- Areas to stay are marked in blue
- Bonus Day 3 is marked in red
Prague Travel Tips
- We ordered a private car to pick us up from the Prague airport and it was actually cheaper than the taxi service to our hotel. It is approx 30-45 minute drive to Prague 1 area, so be sure to plan your itinerary for that time.
- We also hired a private driver to take us to Vienna (where we did 2 days in Vienna) and it was cheaper than the train tickets for our family of 4. So if you are ok with a 4-hour drive through the countryside and learn about some of the country from local this may be a great option.
- Be sure to enjoy a large Czech beer in one of the taverns, in Old Town Square or any open aired restaurant along the sides of the streets. Prague just wouldn’t be the same without it.
- Check out the Prague City Pass for some cost savings if you plan on going to a few of the spots included. There generally are cheaper than the cost at each place of entry but you will need to know for sure you are going to make it worth the cost.
- Czech Republic uses Czech Crown (CZK), so use an app like XE Currency to help you do any conversion rates.
- Check out Prague’s tourism website for more information on festivals and local events happening for the time that you are there.
- Don’t forget to have Travel insurance for your vacation to Prague. We used World Nomads for our full year of travel and were covered in Czech Republic.
- Many of the local grocery stores do not have major storefronts. We found that many of them in the Prague 1 area are below ground, so the front of the stores sometimes are not as they appear. Just ask your hotel concierge for the closest one to you and for any restaurant recommendations.
- We always bring and look at our favourite travel guide books. We like to bring some of the smaller ones for each city that it easily in a backpack.
There are so many places to visit in Prague in 2 days, so hopefully, this guide has helped you narrow down what is possible to visit. A weekend in Prague is enough to let you start to love the city and make you want to come back again. We know we will be back at some point to see this beautiful fairytale city again.
More Information for Your Trip to Central Europe
Some similar central Europe itineraries for cities close by that you may be useful with planning your trip to the area:
- 2 Days in Vienna, Austria
- 2 Days in Budapest, Hungary
- Prague, Vienna, Budapest Itinerary: 10 Days in Central Europe
Have you been to Prague with kids before? Anything that we missed and put on our list for next time?