Only have 3 days in Prague? Here’s a great 3 day Prague itinerary, designed with families in mind. 

Exploring Prague can be a fantastic adventure, even if you only have a short amount of time. The capital of Czechia is rich in history and culture but also has plenty of fun and kid-friendly attractions.

If you’re wondering what to do in Prague for 3 days, this itinerary is designed to help you navigate the best of the city, ensuring that every member of the family, including the little ones, has a memorable time. 

From impressive castles and famous landmarks to quaint streets lined with cafes and shops, here’s the best way to make the most of your 3 days in Prague. 

3 Days in Prague Itinerary

This Prague itinerary offers a perfect mix of historical sights and family-friendly experiences.

Begin your time in Prague by exploring the Old Town and Jewish Quarter and then finishing the day at Letna Park.

Spend the second day exploring Prague Castle and the narrow streets of Mala Strana before heading to Petrin Hill. End the day by taking a cruise on the Vltava River.

For your final day in Prague, explore the sights of the New Town, then visit Vysehrad Castle, and end the evening with a traditional Czech dinner. 

Day 1: Exploring the Heart of Prague

Start your time in Prague by exploring the Old Town. This is the heart of Prague, where narrow cobblestone streets, Gothic churches and architectural gems have been around for centuries.

From exploring the lively Old Town Square to the important history of the Jewish Quarter, and ending the day with fantastic views at Letna Park, this is an unforgettable way to begin your exploration of Prague. 

Morning: Old Town Square & Surroundings

Old Town Square is the perfect place to start exploring Prague. The historical heart of the city, Old Town Square is said to be one of the most beautiful town squares in Europe. And I’d have to agree. 

I first visited Prague years ago when I was travelling solo, and it was Old Town Square that made me fall in love with Europe. The large square is surrounded by incredible architecture, including the iconic gothic spires of the Church of Our Lady of Tyn and Old Town Hall. 

Prague’s old town square with the astronomical clock on the left and the church of our lady of tyn on the right.
Old Town Square

The square is also popular meeting spot for both locals and tourists – if you’re taking a walking tour, which I’d highly recommend, this is where most of the tours begin. 

There’s plenty to see and do in the square as well. Admire the incredible church, climb Old Town Hall for a birds’ eye view of the square below, and in December, this is where the largest of Prague’s Christmas Markets is held. 

You’ll also want to see the famous Astronomical Clock, which is one of the most well-known astronomical clocks in the world, and an important landmark in Prague. Between 9 am and 11 pm, the Astronomical Clock chimes every hour, on the hour. And it doesn’t just chime – there’s the Walk of the Apostles which happens as well, where the doors above the clock open and the apostles rotate through. It’s a pretty popular sight and you’ll see crowds gathering each hour to walk the show. 

Surrounding the square are numerous cafes, perfect to grab a coffee or late breakfast, although they are pricier than cafes in other nearby areas of the city. 

Not far from here, you’ll find the Powder Gate and Powder Tower. It’s free to walk underneath, or you can purchase an entry ticket to climb the staircase inside and enjoy the views.

Taking an Old Town walking tour is also a great choice. While these tours are geared more towards adults, they’re good for families too and I find most guides are really good about adding fun facts and stories to keep kids engaged.  

Walking tours are not only a great way to see the main sights, but also to learn more about the city and to hear stories about the various sights. This walking tour is one that we recommend. I enjoyed this one, as it also took us into the Jewish Quarter and we learned about the city’s Jewish history. While it’s not one of the free walking tours, it’s inexpensive and well worth the money. Plus, with free walking tours, you’re expected to tip anyway, so this tour works out to be about the same price. 

If you choose not to do a walking tour, here’s the highlights you’ll want to see:

  • Old Town Square
  • Church of Our Lady of Tyn
  • Old Town Hall & Tower
  • Astronomical Clock
  • Powder Gate & Tower
astronomical clock in prague - there are two clock faces stacked on top of one another, one with pictures representing the zodiac and one with Roman numerals and seasons. beside the lower clock face there are different figures, which parade around the clock face on the hour
Prague’s Astronomical Clock

Afternoon: Jewish Quarter 

A short walk from Old Town Square brings you to the Jewish Quarter, or Josefov. If you didn’t visit the Jewish Quarter on a walking tour in the morning, be sure to visit there in the afternoon.

Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this used to be the largest Jewish quarter in Europe. It’s home to several significant sites, including six synagogues, as well as the Old Jewish Cemetery and the Jewish Museum. It’s an impressive and educational experience, that offers a glimpse into the history of Prague’s Jewish community. The quarter is free to wander around, but some sights, like the Old-New Synagogue and the Jewish Museum, do have an entrance fee. 

What to See in Prague’s Jewish Quarter

  • The Old Jewish Cemetery
  • The beautifully ornate Spanish Synagogue
  • The Old-New Synagogue
front facade of the Spanish synagogue in prague. the bottom level has five arched windows, three in the centre and one on either side, with another set of 5 arched windows on the second level and an arch above the center three windows. the top of the building has little triangles and two green domes with the Star of David above
Spanish Synagogue

Evening: Letna Park

After a day exploring the city’s history and attractions, head across the Vltava River to Letna Park. This large park has plenty of room for kids to run around and play and offers a nice change of pace from the busy streets of the Old Town. 

It’s also home to the Prague Metronome, a unique landmark sitting high on a hill above the city. The area around the metronome offers some fantastic views of the city skyline and some of the best sunset views in the city. 

Letna Park is a perfect spot to relax after a day of sightseeing and in the summer months, parents can enjoy a beverage at the beer garden while the kids have fun in the park.  

view of Prague Old Town and vltava river from letna park. the sky is blue, the trees on the bank in the foreground are green and there is a boat going down the middle of the river
View from Letna Park

Day 2: Lesser Town and Prague Castle

Your second day in Prague includes a mix of historical and modern attractions, as well as some time to explore the quaint streets of Mala Strana.

Begin the day at the impressive Prague Castle, then wander the narrow streets of Mala Strana before venturing up Petrin Hill. Walk across Charles Bridge and then finish the day off with a scenic river cruise on the Vltava. 

Morning: Prague Castle & Mala Strana

Begin your morning at the iconic Prague Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an impressive site to see. The castle complex, one of the largest in the world, houses the awe-inspiring St. Vitus Cathedral, as well as the Old Royal Palace and the picturesque Golden Lane. Take your time to explore the buildings and castle grounds, and soak in the views of the city below, which provide a spectacular backdrop for family photos. 

You can choose to do a castle tour, this one is a good option, or choose to just stroll through the grounds. Either way, be sure to see the iconic St. Vitus Cathedral with its gorgeous stained glass windows – even my kids were impressed with the beautiful designs. This stunning church is an important landmark and one that you must see when in Prague. You can see part of the cathedral for free, but the largest part of the church is only accessible with a ticket. 

Every hour, there’s also a changing of the guard ceremony at the front of the castle, which is fun for kids to watch. 

After exploring Prague Castle, make your way down to Lesser Town, or Mala Strana. This area, with its cobblestone streets and pretty buildings, feels like you’re stepping into a fairy tale. The best thing to do is just wander the neighbourhood, which is quieter than the busy streets of the Old Town, and filled with pretty buildings, cozy cafes and traditional restaurants.

What to See at Prague Castle

  • St. Vitus Cathedral 
  • Changing of the Guard
  • Views of Prague
  • Golden Lane
Little colourful houses on Golden street inside of Hrandcany Castle in Prague, Czech Republic.
Golden Lane

Afternoon: Petrin Hill

After lunch, head to Petrin Hill, a large green space that’s a favourite for tourists and locals alike. Take the funicular to the top, where you’ll find Petrin Tower, which was built to look like a mini Eiffel Tower. There is an admission fee to climb the tower, but it’s worth it for the breathtaking views of Prague from above. Petrin Hill is also home to the Mirror Maze, a fun, quirky attraction that is fun for visitors of all ages. 

As you make your way down from Petrin Hill, either on the funicular or the paths that wind down the hillside, take a few minutes to stop at the playground, before continuing to the main street. 

At the bottom of Petrin Hill, you’ll find the Memorial to the Victims of Communism, a sobering statue, but one worth seeing. Other sights to see in Mala Strana are the John Lennon Wall, a vivid wall of graffiti and one place that you’re actually allowed to write on, the Franz Kafka Museum, with its very interesting statue of two men peeing, the narrowest street in Prague, and statues of giant babies on Kampa Island.

And be sure to walk across Charles Bridge, the iconic bridge that connects Mala Strana to the Old Town. This incredible bridge is an important landmark in Prague, and a must-see in the city.

In addition to the views of Prague, there are statues all along the bridge to see, musicians, artists and street performers in the summer months, and a traditional lamplighter at dusk during December. 

What to See in Mala Strana

  • Petrin Hill & Petrin Tower
  • Mirror Maze
  • Memorial to the Victims of Communism
  • Lennon Wall
  • Kafka Museum
  • Quirky Statues 
  • Walk across Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge crossing the vltava river in prague. the old town can be seen behind Charles Bridge in
Charles Bridge and Old Town

Evening: River Cruise on the Vltava River

There’s no better way to end your day than with a scenic river cruise on the Vltava. Floating down the Vltava offers a unique perspective on Prague’s architecture and bridges, including the famous Charles Bridge.

Many cruises offer dinner and live music, creating a fun atmosphere for families to enjoy together. If you’re travelling with young children and opt for a late afternoon cruise, this one is a great family-friendly option .

large tourist river cruise boat going under a bridge along the vltava river in prague
© Raimond Spekking

Day 3: New Town Wonders and Relaxing Parks

On your final day in Prague, set out to explore the New Town. Built over 650 years ago, this are isn’t really that new, but because it was built after the Old Town, it was named New Town.

It’s full of historical sights and family-friendly spots, including some of the best things to do in Prague with kids, like the Lego Museum and the Children’s Museum. From the popular Wenceslas Square and unique Dancing House to the ruins of Prague’s other castle, Vysehrad, there’s plenty to see on your final day in Prague.  

Morning: New Town Highlights

Begin your last day in Prague at Wenceslas Square, a wide boulevard lined with shops, cafes and historical landmarks. Visit the National Museum, which stands impressively at the end of the square. This is one of the top attractions in Prague, featuring plenty of different exhibits, as well as a separate Children’s Museum, with many interactive exhibits specifically for kids.

After, head to the Franciscan Gardens, tucked away just behind Wenceslas Square. This quiet area square seems a million miles away from the busy streets and is a perfect spot for a break, with benches to rest on, a cafe and a children’s playground. 

Then make your way through the New Town towards the Vltava River. See the statue of the Upside Down Horse, stop by the Rotating Head, which rotates for 15 minutes, and look up to see the Man Hanging Out. There are plenty of unusual things to see in Prague!

My kids also really enjoyed the Lego Muzeum, which is filled with different Lego creations, including a large model of Prague. Then head along the river to the Dancing House, said to look like Fred & Ginger, the famous dancing pair.

Crossing the river, spend some time at Children’s Island, an island just for kids with a great playground that includes a separate toddler area and a zip line for older kids. It’s one of the best playgrounds that we found in Prague. We visited Prague in December, but during the summer, there’s also a cafe for parents to relax at while the kids play. 

Afternoon: Vyšehrad Castle

In the afternoon, head to Vysehrad Castle, located on a hill overlooking the Vltava. This is Prague’s other castle, which isn’t as popular, or as well-preserved as Prague Castle, but the grounds are free to explore.

It’s a perfect spot for families, as it’s not as busy as other areas of Prague, and offers ruins to explore and some of the best panoramic views of Prague. There’s also another playground nearby if you’re looking for another chance for kids to play. 

Evening: Traditional Dinner

To end your final day in Prague, head to one of Prague’s family-friendly restaurants and enjoy a traditional Czech meal. There are several good restaurants in the New Town, or return to the Old Town, where you can wander the narrow streets after dinner.

Vytopna Railway Restaurant in the New Town, with a small steam train that delivers the meals, or Pizza Nuova with wood-fired pizza and an extensive wine list in the Old Town are two great options, but there are plenty of other restaurants to choose from as well.

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Getting Around Prague

Prague is an easy city to navigate. Many of the tourist attractions are located within walking distance of the Old Town, but there is also an extensive public transportation network to help navigate the city.

Trams, buses and the metro connect all major attractions and children under 6 travel for free. The trams are a great way to see the city, and can be an enjoyable experience in itself for kids. Line 22 is a scenic way to see many of the top sights in Prague, and if you’re visiting Prague in December, the Christmas Tram is a fun way to see the city. 

Strollers: Prague’s historical centre, with its cobblestone streets, is not easy to navigate with strollers, but many major tourist sties and newer buildings are generally stroller-friendly. Trams and metro stations have lifts or ramps, making them accessible and convenient for families travelling with small children. 

Tip: The Prague Visitor Pass allows unlimited travel on public transportation through Prague, including the journey to the airport, as well as free admission or discounts to many attractions. The card is valid for 48, 72 or 120 hours and can be purchased ahead of time, then activated when needed. 

Where to Stay in Prague

Prague is a large city with plenty of accommodation options to choose from and a variety of neighbourhoods, each offering their own unique charm.

The Old Town, with its cobblestone streets, historical buildings and iconic landmarks is a popular choice for many tourists. Many hotels are set in historic buildings, and there are also plenty of apartments which are perfect for families. 

Mala Strana is also a popular choice, and its proximity to Prague Castle and quieter streets makes it a good choice for families. 

We stayed at Clarion City Hotel in the New Town, which was a short walk to Wenceslas Square and the Old Town, and conveniently located less than a block from the I.P. Pavlova tram and metro station.

Looking for other accommodations? We have a full post on where to stay in Prague for families, including info on the different areas in Prague and hotel recommendations in each area. 

FAQ’s: 3 Days in Prague

How many days is ideal to stay in Prague?

There is so much to see and do in Prague, but 3-5 days is an ideal amount of time to spend in the city. This allows you to explore the city’s main sights and attractions without feeling too rushed. 

Is 3 days enough to visit Prague?

While you could easily spend more time exploring the city, 3 days is a perfect amount of time to visit the top sights and attractions in Prague.

When is the best time to visit Prague?

The best time to visit Prague is during the spring, from April to June, and the early fall, in September and October. These months offer nice weather and fewer crowds. July and August can be hot, and very crowded with tourists. 

Is Prague worth visiting with kids?

Absolutely! Prague is a fantastic destination for families with children. The city boasts plenty of kid-friendly attractions, interactive museums, and some great parks and playgrounds, making it fun for everyone in the family. 

Final Thoughts: 3 Days in Prague

Prague is a fantastic destination to visit, with its historical landmarks, charming streets and magical fairy-tale-like feel. There’s plenty to see and do, and three days in Prague allows you to experience the best the city has to offer.

From the sights and attractions in the historic Old Town to the impressive Prague Castle, or the charming streets of Mala Strana and the quirky and unusual statues and buildings throughout Prague, there’s something for everyone.

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