This is the timeline of our first day in Prague. Even if we planned the trip beforehand, we somehow changed some details along the way, as it felt natural to visit the places in a different order.
Firsts things first
Our accommodation was 5 bus stops away from the metro station, so we spend at least 20 minutes on the bus to get to the metro.
We began our morning with a coffee break, very close to the place where we were staying. We used this break to get accustomed to the map and to get around to planning our day.
Towards the Presidential Palace
Our first stop was the Presidential Palace. We followed the way up to the castle, where at exactly 12 pm the change of guard occurs. This is definitely a must-see event. It is a fascinating show and you should try to make arrangements so that you are there a little before 12. I recommend arriving there 15 minutes before so that you can get a good spot.
The path to the castle was very nice too. There were a lot of beautiful streets, stunning buildings and churches. One of them is Loreto Church, so because it’s on your way, you can stop for a visit. The inside of the church is also stunning. If you decide to go inside (and I would urge you to do so), be sure to look for “The Prague Sun“, a monstrance with 6000 diamonds in the treasury of Loreto.
Near Loreto, there is an amazing street, which you should definitely include in your route. It is called Novy Svet and it is very narrow, with small and coloured houses. It’s a little bit off the main track, so you will definitely enjoy it.
If you’re tired when you get on top and you feel the need to freshen up, there are some small bars. We went for the one called “Coffee in the Garden” where we got a nice view over Prague and a very refreshing ice tea.
Then, moving on, when you get in front of the Presidential Palace, be sure to have a look at the view over Prague. It’s amazing and also a very good spot for pictures. We spend some time trying to get the perfect picture. As we mentioned the Presidential Palace, this one can be visited. I will leave you with this link to check the prices and the combo tickets.
Moving on, in the first courtyard, be sure to grab your spot to watch the change of guards. Then, carry on with the second courtyard, the fountain and Saint Cruce Chapel.
The third courtyard is so impressive, as it is the entrance to the grand Saint Vitus Cathedral. This is such a big and imposing church. You can visit it, as it’s very beautiful on the inside too. You can enter it, as visiting one part of the church is free, whereas for the rest you need to pay an entrance fee. The fee allows you to visit the whole cathedral and climb the tower (which is a hard, but rewarding experience in the end, as they say). Even if you don’t want to visit the whole cathedral, be sure to at least visit the free entry part, that will get you a glimpse of the renowned stained glass. We decided not to visit the rest of the cathedral (as we were somehow on a budget), but I’m sure that the church is really worth the visit.
Saint George, Golden Lane and Toy Museum
Moving on, the road directs you to the statue of Saint George, fighting the dragon and the Saint George Basilica.
Then, you’ll get near the Golden Lane, which seems to be pulled out of a fairy tale. Golden Lane is an ancient street within the Prague Castle Complex. That is the famous street with dwarf houses, where Kafka supposedly lived. To go and visit this street you have to pay a fee, but you cannot buy the ticket for this alone. You need one of the Prague Castle self-guides visitor tickets.
There is also a nice shop with very nice Christmas decorations and the Toy Museum. We went inside the Christmas decoration shop to discover wonderful decorations that will definitely look amazing on any Christmas tree.
The Toy Museum was a big revelation for me. I decided to visit it and I couldn’t be more happy with my decision. The museum depicts the history of toys from ancient times to nowadays. You’ll get to see how children’s toys from different epochs looked like and how the economic and political context influenced the development of toys. There is also an impressive collection of Barbie dolls, so be sure not to miss it. If you’re as curious as I was, prepare to spend a lot of time there.
Pro tip: Also, if you visit it, you’ll have a sneak peek over the Golden Lane. Be sure to ask this at the entrance to the museum.
Charles Bridge and Vltava Cruises
Then we headed towards Charles Bridge. This is the bridge that we crossed so many times while we were in Prague. It has statues of important people from Czech history, the most important one being Ian Nepomuk. There is also a legend saying that if you touch it, you will get lucky.
Anyways, on the bridge you’ll find a lot of people trying to sell you something (painting, drawing etc), people singing or asking for money. The bridge has two towers on both ends, which can be visited. If you want to visit one of them, then the one that’s located near the City Center is the better alternative.
Also, near Charles Bridge, there are a lot of people who offer you a cruise on the Vltava. We didn’t go for a cruise, but if you’re interested, this is the spot.
We then headed to the city centre and we got lost on the streets. Their streets are pretty nice, even if they might seem a little bit crowded.
Towards the end of the day, we also went to see the longest stairway from a subway station. This one is called Namesti Miru and it lasts for 1 minute. It’s amazing.