Prague is the Czech Republic’s capital and its largest city, so there’s plenty for tourists to explore. If you’ve only got a limited time in Prague, don’t worry. Make an early start and you can discover just why this city is celebrated by travelers from around the world.

Early Morning: Enjoy a Hearty Breakfast

Prague isn’t known for creative breakfasts, but they sure are satisfying. You can’t simply walk in off the street and expect a table, so book ahead for the following eateries. Café Savoy is a local institution, but make sure you arrive early as some of its most popular dishes including the croissants and vetrniks sell out. Misto only joined the Prague landscape in mid-2015, but it’s quickly earned a reputation as one of the city’s best breakfast options for its eggs Florentine, pancakes, and freshly brewed coffees.

The Vyšehrad in Prague.

Midmorning: Visit Prague Castle

Prague Castle is one of Prague’s most popular attractions, so unless you see it relatively early, you’ll need to battle crowds. It opens at 9 a.m. so try to be there a little beforehand to be among the first intake of guests. Prague Castle is a beautiful historical site made more interesting with English commentary from the audio tour. There are a lot of historical details, but if you’re not interested in something, you can always fast-forward through. It’s worth purchasing the photo pass so you can snap pics of the stunning castle interiors.

Noon: Eat Authentic Cuisine at a Local Pub

Prague’s pub culture is legendary, but get off the tourist path to really experience it. Lokál U Bílé kuželky offers affordably priced local dishes like beef cheek goulash and pieces of pork moravský vrabec. Klášterní pivovar Strahov is a former monastery now serving authentic Czech cuisine. Its beef goulash soup served in a bread bowl can’t be beaten. U Medvídků is a 400-year-old building where beer has been brewed for nearly as long. It’s not flashy, but its low prices keep people coming back. Don’t miss the opportunity to try a draught beer at any of these local establishments.

Old town square
Old Town Square.

Afternoon: Walk Around the Old Town Square

After a heavy Czech meal, you’ll want to get moving. The Old Town Square is the perfect place to stretch your legs. Its beautiful buildings will delight architecture buffs and provide plenty of photo opportunities. Make sure you snap a shot of the stunning Astronomical Clock. Installed in 1410, it’s the oldest still-operational astronomical clock in the world. The Gothic Church of Our Lady Before Tyn and St. Nicholas Church are also impressive structures. Climb the Old Town Hall tower for magnificent views of the Prague cityscape.

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The John Lennon Wall.

Late Afternoon: Admire Some Art

Prague is home to some of the most esteemed galleries in the world. By the late afternoon, the crowds are thinning out, giving you greater access to the paintings, sculptures, and other works. The artworks at Schwarzenberg Palace, Sternberg Palace, and Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia give you a glimpse into Europe’s art history. The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art at Trade Fair Palace features much newer pieces from the 19th century to the present day. All these art museums are open until 6 p.m., so you have plenty of time to explore before dinner.

Dinnertime: Spoil Yourself With a Gourmet Dinner

The Czech Republic is best known for its rustic pub grub, but Prague also offered fine dining options for more refined palettes. Some of the capital’s best restaurants are inside Prague hotels. Treat yourself to homemade pasta and other elegant Italian dishes at CottoCrudo, in the Four Seasons Prague. Inside the Radisson Blu you’ll find The Alcron, an intimate Michelin-star restaurant serving a degustation dinner each night to just 24 diners. Needless to say, you’ll need to book ahead if you hope to sample this coveted menu. The Siddharta Café, inside the Buddha-Bar Hotel, serves a five-course degustation menu of Euro-Asian meals.

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The St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague.

Late Night: Dance Until Dawn

If you’re not feeling fatigued yet, Prague has plenty of party options that will see you dancing until dawn. Club Roxy fills the dance floors each night with drum and bass, house, and other dance sounds. If you love retro music, head to Lucerna Music Bar for music from the ‘80s and ‘90s. You’ll meet some of Prague’s coolest locals at the Meet Factory, a nightclub, art gallery, and cinema overseen by renowned Czech sculptor David Černý.

As the Czech Republic’s capital, Prague is the nation’s busiest city. That means you’ll need to book your accommodation early to secure the best-priced rooms in the most convenient locations. Start researching Prague today to prepare for your dream European getaway.