Prague: How Long is Enough?
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Nov 5, 2009 10:09 AM Last Post By: la_vache
Oct 25, 2009 11:02 AM
Prague: How Long is Enough?This May, I am embarking on my first eurotrip! My boyfriend and I are trying to estimate how much time we should spend in each stop we make. Ultimately, we are thinking the whole trip will be about 6-weeks and we're trying to use our time most efficiently and seeing as many countries as we can, while not missing out on the must-sees in each place.
How many days would you suggest we stay in Prague? I was thinking 2 but is that enough? We want to see the essentials, grab some great traditional food and of course, drop by Kafka's place. We're not huge into clubbing either so any mellow, historical, cultural suggestions you can make would be much appreciated!
Oct 25, 2009 11:43 AM
1I would say two full days cover most 'must see' in Prague. Unfortunately it has become a massive tourist destination in recent years so get ready to walk amongst masses everywhere.
I don't know about the rest of your travels but can highly recommend Slovakia and the capitol Bratislava for two days/one night and also a small village called Banska Stiavinica which is some three hours from Bratislava. I found this village to be undiscovered, not many tourists and the locals are very nice. One of the cheapest places I've visited in Eastern Europe also, big parts are UNESCO heritage with very nice surroundings.
Send me a message if you want more recommendations about EE or the Balkans (in my view the best part of Europe:)
Oct 25, 2009 8:36 PM
2You can see most of what you came for in 2 days although a third day would give you a chance to take a day-trip outside the city...if you're only staying for 2 nights then probably best if you avoid the 1st and 8th of May which are public holidays...
any mellow, historical, cultural suggestions you can make would be much appreciated
A trip to the lesser-visited old medieval fortress at Vysehrad might fit the bill here...gets only a tiny proportion of travellers compared to the main castle complex at Hradcany...here you can tour the old fortifications and gardens, see the originals of the statues that stand on the Charles Bridge (the actual statues on the bridge are copies/replicas) and also take in the graves of Dvorak, Smetana, Jan Neruda etc in the cemetery...
Oct 26, 2009 4:47 AM
3http://www.radio.cz/en/article/97843 - if you want to visit Kafka's grave go to Olsany cemetery
Oct 26, 2009 4:18 PM
4Why is everyone so crazy about Kaffka?
There were much better Czech writers: Hrabal, Hasek, etc.
Unfortunately it has become a massive tourist destination in recent years so get ready to walk amongst masses everywhere.
Well, it has become a massive tourist destination not in recent years, but at least 10-15 years ago! On the other hand I've seen much fewer tourists this May than in 2005 May, probably because of the economic crises. There are lots of tourists, but it doesn't make it unpleasent. I've seen much worse in Pisa, Venice, Firenze, etc.
Oct 27, 2009 1:25 PM
5bdkr, I went first time to Prague in 2000 and the next time in 07, the changes in hordes of people was dramatic. I was there both times in mid July.
Oct 28, 2009 5:09 PM
6Just walk into some quiet alleys and all the tourists are nowhere to be seen...
I love Prague so I'd say it deserves more than two days, but then I may be prejudiced...some of the major sights are the incredible Saint Vitus cathedral, the Golden Lane, the Old Royal Palace, the rest of the Castle grounds, Strahov monastery, the Valdstejn garden, the Old Town square, the synagogues in the Jewish quarter...but that's just the tip of the iceberg...just walk this city and see its beauty. Don't miss a stroll in some of the gardens that surround the Prague Castle.
Take in a classical concert too, or even better, an opera in the Estates theatre, and see amazing art treasures in the Lobkowicz Palace and the convent of St Agnes...and of course, partake of a few half-liters of the Czechs' liquid beery treasure...really, six weeks won't be enough.
OK so maybe 4 days :-)
Oct 30, 2009 6:41 AM
7If you can add a third day, I highly recommend it. There's so much to see in Prague that you'll be rushing around if you try to see the whole city in two days. Besides, it's one of the most beautiful historic cities in Europe, and you'll wish you had spent more time there if you only stay for two days.
Here's a Prague Top 10 list with some ideas for things to do there. Happy travels!
Nov 5, 2009 10:09 AM
8I'm planing to spend some time in Prague next September, up to a week. How busy is the tourism that time of year?
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