If you spend only one day in Prague, just as a stop-over, or if you spend a week-end but also want to go out and enjoy Prague’s night life, here below is what you should not miss:
Prague castle’s visit (Prazsky hrad)
If you get in by the main entrance (Hradcanske namesti) you’ll pass through the castle’s main gate, “Matthias gate”. There, the changing of the guard takes place every hour. Then, get to the 2nd courtyard and you’ll get to St Vitus Cathedral through a small passage. Unfortunately, you’ll have to get a ticket to see the inside of the cathedral (used to be free for a part of it…). Walk down through the 3rd courtyard to the Golden Lane, a very small street, Kafka used to stay in one of these small houses. Now, it’s mainly souvenir shops and tourists… but still, worth having a look.
Walk down the castle to Malostranske namesti, so as to get to Charles bridge (Karluv Most), more than 600 years old ! There are 30 statues on the balustrade, on each side of the bridge. In summer, you can climb up into the old bridge towers and enjoy the view (an adult ticket should be approximately 2 EUR).
The old town square
Cross the bridge and walk to the Old Town Square (Staromestské namesti), where you’ll see the famous astronomical clock. Every hour, you’ll see tons of tourists waiting for the hourly show (puppets going out). If you stay there to watch it, beware of the pickpockets! There are not that many but better be cautious.
After this long walk, you can get to the nearest local pub to enjoy a nice Czech beer… but avoid the old town square, unless you’re ready to pay more than the normal price 😉