Overnight Layover in Prague: Here’s How to Enjoy The Golden City in 24 Hours

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When you find yourself on a long layover, maybe even on an overnight layover, in the middle of Prague’s Vaclav Havel International Airport, fret not because the good news is Prague is one of the best city to spend a long layover! Not only that, Prague is also one of the world’s most beautiful city.

Prague used to be very important place in European history, it used to be a crossroad of the Central Europe, many trade routes led through it, of course, mainly thanks to its location just in the middle of the Central Europe. This picturesque city with a rich history has a temperate climate, with warm summers and chilly winters.

Prague city center is just 20 kilometers from the Vaclav Havel International Airport. To enjoy a glimpse of this rich golden city  with less than 24 hours all you have to do is grab a quick cab ride to the center, and you can see the major sites in one day! Enjoy!

Prague Airport Group Tours

The airport offers two-hour tours. Visit the rescue and fire station, dispatch areas, cargo zone, lounges and other passenger facilities. The 2-hour tour start and end in Terminal 3 (the old terminal). Groups tours usually leave around 3 or 4 times a day. Reservation is required so approach the counter at T3 upon your arrival.

Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)

Strolling this historic bridge is perhaps every tourists favorite activity. This historic bridge, a 520 meter stretch of masonry, gracefully glides over the River Vltava is hard to miss. You will most likely arrive at the west bank where the Little Quarter district is and walk over the bridge to reach to the Old Town on the east bank.

To really feel the vibe of a leisure stroll along the bridge, you have to visit early to avoid the influx of tourist by 8 or 9AM. By this time, the bridge will be busy with local hawkers that line the parapets, musicians, painters which provides perfect selfies and photo opportunities. Enjoy standing for a moment facing the bridge itself, breath in the great views and be entertained by the grand vistas up and down the river.

Pickpocket gangs work the bridge day and night and target unsuspecting tourists, so keep your belongings close by and safe.

Prague Castle (Prazsky hrad)

The Czech Republic’s pride and its most significant landmark, the Prague Castle is also one of its most important cultural institution. Prague Castle is listed in the Guinness World Book of Records as the largest coherent castle complex in the world with an area of approximately 70,000 square meters.

Standing proud and tall at the River Vltava’s west bank, the castle with its closely packed towers and palaces dominates Prague’s city center. The castle is also home to numerous churches, gardens, alleyways, historical palaces and fortresses.

All visitors of Prague Castle are kindly required not to bring any large baggage into Prague Castle area and to follow the instructions of the Rules and Regulations of Prague Castle. Also the castle and its surroundings are part of no-flight zone so drones are not allowed.

Old Town Square (Staromestske namesti)

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This is where the heartbeat of Prague is so its a must see even you are just coming for a quick tour. Also dubbed as the most historical square in all of Prague, this square is home to the world-famous astronomical clock, the monumental church of Saint Nicholas and the proud Tyn Cathedral. Standing in the center of it all will make you feel as if you are standing in the middle of a fairytale book!

Walking Tour Route

In half a day, you can go straight to the main square and walk around to see the sights and get a general view of the city (It’s a compact and beautiful). Walk to the Charles Bridge, and if time allows, tour the castle or visit a museum. (Most museums close by 5pm or so).

If spending an evening in Prague, you may attend a concert or opera for the night. Prague is a very safe city so don’t worry about wandering around. Charles bridge and Old Town Square can get quite busy even late at night and there is often various busking acts around. There is always something happening at Old town Square and there is usually some band on the Bridge till late evening.

And if your travel dates fall during the Christmas time, the magical christmas market of Prague is one of the best christmas market in Europe!

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