48 hours in Prague

Where to stay

The Emblem Hotel is situated on a tranquil street near Old Town Square. Book one of the street-facing Queen Dom rooms, which have airy balconies and Carrara marble bathrooms. Don’t miss the rooftop wellness center and George Prime Steak, one of Prague’s best steakhouses. 

Steps away from the famous Charles Bridge, the Smetana Hotel (also known as Pachtuv Palace) is one of Prague’s most historic accommodations. The style is Baroque inside and out, from the guest rooms to the serene courtyard. Over the holiday season, the hotel restaurant hosts themed dinners of local specialties.

The ultra-modern Hotel Josef was designed by Czech architect Eva Jiřičná with clean lines, metal accents, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Consider a Josef Castle View room, where you can enjoy expansive vistas of Old Town and beyond.

Day 1 

Arrive ahead of the brunch crowds at Kavárna co Hledá Jméno, a former factory revitalized as a cafe and gallery. Pair your cappuccino (made from locally-roasted beans) with a Florentine egg-and-cheese soufflé or avocado toast with cured salmon and radish.

Choose your adventure:

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  • Option 1: Culture

    Tour the ninth-century Prague Castle, one of the world’s largest castle complexes at over 100 acres. Note the remarkable breadth of architectural styles, like the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral, Romanesque St. George Basilica, and Italianate Lobkowicz Palace. 

  • Option 2: Fitness

    Combine cardio and sightseeing with customizable programs from Running Tours Prague, which take place in all weather conditions. Routes can cover from four to 20 miles around the city center and beyond.

Have lunch under celestial ceilings at vegetarian spot Lehká Hlava. Start with the “tofoie gras,” a pâté of smoked tofu, barley miso, cashews, and cranberries, then order the spinach and celery gratin with pesto and balsamic reduction.

Work up an appetite for dinner with a stroll along the Vltava River. Cross the Charles Bridge, which was built in 1357, and is adorned with an array of Baroque statues.

Czech ingredients are prepared and presented with Nordic sensibility at Eska, an airy restaurant in the emerging Karlín district. Dinner highlights include fermented red wheat with mushrooms and egg, smoked beef tartare, and potatoes served in ash with smoked fish, dried egg yolk, and kefir. Get the honey cake with fermented condensed milk for dessert.

End the evening at Tretter’s with their signature Negroni infused with bergamot and jasmine.

Day 2 

Fuel for the day ahead at Pekárna Praktika. Their fresh-baked artisan breads and pastries are made from organic stone-ground Czech flours. Try the grilled asparagus toast and a seasonal fruit tart.

Choose your afternoon adventure:

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  • Option 1: Culture

    From November to January, Prague’s Christmas markets take over public squares all around the city. The grandest holiday display can be found in Old Town, with additional markets at Wenceslas Square and Peace Square. Indulge in a variety of traditional Christmas cookies like jam-filled vánoční cukrovi and chocolate bear paw madeleines (medvedi tlapicky) with almond “claws” and check out handicrafts and decorated wooden huts.

  • Option 2: Fitness

    Go snowshoeing with Biko Tours on Ještěd Mountain, about an hour north of Prague. At the end of the trail you’ll visit the iconic Ještěd Tower; its futuristic hyperboloid shape is an iconic structure. 

Have an Italian lunch at La Bottega Linka. Choose from a daily rotation of house-made pastas, six cuts of dry-aged beef, and charcoal-grilled seafood.

Pass by the Speculum Alchemiae museum, an underground network of 16th-century tunnels and alchemy labs discovered in the early 2000s.

Cap off your 48 hours with the tasting menu at Michelin-starred La Dégustation Bohême Bourgeoise. Chef Oldřich Sahajdák's cuisine is inspired by a Czech recipe book from 1880. Look forward to a boldly plated selection of locally procured vegetables, poultry, and game.

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