Prague is one of my favorite European cities. It is so beautiful with gorgeous architecture and so much history! I studied abroad in Prague when I was in college and had a chance to visit this amazing city again a couple of months ago on my recent Eurotrip. It was so great to be back, even if it was just for one day! In this post, I share with you our itinerary and must visit places if you only have one day in Prague!
One of the most visited sights in Prague is the iconic Charles Bridge. Thousands of tourists and visitors cross this bridge everyday! There are statues with historical figure and saints all across the Charles Bridge. One of the most famous and popular statues is the statue of St. John of Nepomuk, a Czech martyr saint who was executed and thrown into the Vlatva River from the bridge. You can touch the plaque on St. John’s statue to bring you good luck, make a wish. It is supposed to ensure your return to Prague! I touched the plaque when I studied abroad in college in Prague and had a chance to return again so maybe it does work! 🙂
The Charles Bridge is very popular amongst tourists! Czech artists, musicians and vendors gather around on both sides of the bridge year-round to share their arts, crafts and talents. It is a very lively atmosphere!
If you are looking for beautiful photo opportunities on the bridge, I highly recommend you take the time to visit Charles Bridge very early in the morning so you can admire it without the crowds! Sunrises must look magical on the bridge & that is definitely what I want to do if I come back to Prague!
Old Town Square and Prague’s Astronomical Tower
Old Town Square is a amazing part of Prague, with colorful and beautiful buildings that house cute restaurants and shops. One of the most famous spots in the Old Town Square is the astronomical clock on the side of Old Town City Hall. It is the world’s oldest astronomical clock in use! The clock sits atop the medieval tower of Old Town City Hall. If you have time, you can climb the tower to admire truly stunning views of Prague from up above! I highly encourage you to buy your tickets online to avoid long wait times!
Prague Castle Complex and St. Vitus Cathedral
Our last sightseeing excursion during our day in Prague was the Prague Castle Complex, including the St. Vitus Cathedral. The Prague castle is located in the Hradcany neighborhood of Prague. We decided to walk to this area from Old Town Square. The leisurely walk took us about 45 minutes. We enjoyed it as we had a chance to view Charles Bridge from a different viewpoint (another bridge). On the way, we also found a cute lookout point with swans and Charles Bridge in the background!
Prague Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The castle complex is home to the Prague Castle as well as many other buildings, many of each date back to the 10th century. The surrounding area is beautiful and naturesque!
We were all eager to see the St. Vitus Cathedral which is the largest church in the Czech Republic. It was built in the 13th century and is truly spectacular. You can visit the Cathedral inside and admire the very impressive alter, pipe organs and beautiful stained glass windows. It is a true work of art!
Summary of our one day in Prague
Prague is a vibrant, beautiful city that is very much worth visiting if you are in Europe! I had fond memories of this city from my study abroad trip and formed new beautiful ones this time around as well. Although we only had one in Prague, we had a chance to visit the most famous and iconic attractions in the city. We walked a lot all over the city which I enjoyed immensely! I love walking around European cities and admiring their architecture and surrounding scenery!
If you have any questions about visiting Prague or any of the other places I visited on my 7 day Eurotrip, let me know in the comments below!
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