What to see in 3 days in Prague/Praha

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Aug 26th, 2003, 07:54 PM
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What to see in 3 days in Prague/Praha

Looking to spend 3 days site-seeing. What should we put on the top of our list and how much time should we spend seeing it? Prague Castle in a day...can it be done? Thanks!

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Aug 26th, 2003, 08:11 PM
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Prague Castle in 1 day - no problem.

Old town square & surrounding areas for the architecture.

Charles Bridge (of course!)

Wenceslas Square - for a taste of capitalism Czech style.

Jewish Quarter - fascinating graveyard, museum, synagogues, etc.

Attend concerts, operas, ballet, theater, etc. - especially if you are there during the main season!! (Czech Philharmonic, etc..) Don't miss the great culture!!

What are your main interests, or do you just want a general overview of the city?

Make sure you read a guide book before you go, so you get an idea of the things you'd like to see.

Take a walk along the river, wander the streets of Mala Strana, climb Petrin Hill for a great view, go to Vysehrad to see the cemetary, take a river cruise (if it's not too cold ) - great way to see the city!


Have fun!
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Aug 26th, 2003, 08:31 PM
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Add the Mucha museum and you're pretty mucha set.

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Aug 26th, 2003, 08:34 PM
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Thanks, amp22...we'll be there 9/5-9/8. I've got a travel book on Prague which is great, but Pargue Castle looks so big. Is one day enough? Also, we had Wallenstein Palace, St. Nich, St. Vitas, Nat Theatre, National Gallery in addition to the bridge, the cemetary, Wensc Sq. on the list. OK to see 3-4 things in a day?
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St. Vitus Cathedral is part of Prague Castle. The castle area is 650 hectares. The pass to enter all of the buildings on the castle grounds is for 3 days. In order to see all of the different venues including the museums, churches and monasteries you will at least need 2 days.
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Aug 27th, 2003, 12:50 AM
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IMO whether or not it will take you more than one day to do the Castle complex is entirely up to you and how much time you wish to spend lingering in the various rooms and buildings. I disagree with the assertion that it will "take two days"..some people do it in less than one day and seem satisfied and there are others who take three. You can do most of the major sites in Prague in three days (depending on how much you want to see and how fast you wish to move from place to place) and even if you don't get to do everything I think you'll just enjoy being there.
 
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Aug 27th, 2003, 03:10 AM
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Hi,

We spent about 1/2 day at Prague Castle. It's not the Louvre.

Ask about the changing of the guard ceremony. It looked like something from a Sigmund Romberg operetta.
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Aug 27th, 2003, 05:35 AM
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OK - if you want to really make an itinerary:

You could start by entering the castle complex from the top of the hill. See St Vitus first. Get a ticket if you want to see the entire church/castle area. Otherwise, St Vitus is free. Then, see some of the castle (need ticket). See St. Jiri Basilica. Golden Lane now charges 40 crowns for entry - just a bunch of shops. If you are short on time, leave it out. You must see the castle gardens - exceptional! My Personal Tip: enter them from the lower location, and work your way up. Gardens close by 6PM, so do it before then. After strolling through, walk down Nerudova St. & shop. Eat at Bazaar (which has a great rooftop cafe - chicken & pasta are good there). Then, you could catch a concert at St Nicholas church. (See the church while listening to the concert!) - At the bottom of Nerudova, there is the academy of music. There is a CD music shop there on the corner which sells tickets to all concerts. - After concert, walk over Charles Bridge & take in the views.

There - you've killed a whole day!

If you know you can't see the castle in 1 day (if it's 3 pm & you are overwhelmed) come back the next day for a few hours.

Now, you still have 2 days for Old Town Square (catch the clock on the hour), Jewish Quarter, Wenceslas, etc. Mucha Museum is near Wenceslas, so you can see that if you are in the area. You can walk everywhere, but the trams/metros make it easy not to. You can get a 3 day pass at the metro station or tobacco shops. Save your feet!

Get some tickets for concerts at National Theater, State Theater, or Rudolfinum for at least one of the other nights. All places are beautiful.

National Museum is not worth a visit.
Spend your time strolling & looking at the architecture. Climb one of the towers & get your camera ready! Municipal House also has "touristy" concerts, but it is a great art-deco building, and worth squeezing in if you are in that part of town (Namesty Republiky area). Good shopping in that area, also.

Enjoy!!
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Make sure to take a stroll and see the city lit up at night. Magnificent.
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