Day 1: Royal Route
Begin your day in Prague with a filled stomach and satisfied soul because the day ahead will require a lot of walking. Reach in front of the Municipal House as this is the place from where the Royal Route starts. The Royal Way or Královská cesta in Czech is the route that Czech Kings took for traditional coronation ceremony. The route passes through Prague’s major tourist attractions and it ends at Prague Castle. Royal Way is a part of the Historic Centre of Prague which is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Explore the Old Town
The charming medieval settlement separated by a semi-circular moat and wall from the outside and connected to the Vltava river at both of its ends is the heart of Prague. If you haven’t walked through the cobbled alleys of the Old Town, you simply cannot claim to have seen Prague at all. The Old Town Square, churches, and the astronomical clock along with striking baroque architecture of houses will transport you back in time. Don’t miss watching the astronomical clock in action, make sure that you are standing in front of Old Town Hall before the full hour strikes.
Enjoy a delicious lunch: Shop for souvenirs from the shops along the tapered streets and have your lunch at Nerudova street to enjoy Czech specialties and quench your thrust by gulping down tasty beer.
Begin your second half of the day by taking a long or short tour (depending on your choice) to the most precious historical gem in Prague’s kitty. A seat of Czech monarchs since the 9th century, Prague Castle or just Hrad to locals is located above the left bank of the River Vltava. What appears like a fairy-tale citadel from a distance with serried ranks of towers, palaces and spires dominating the skyline of the vicinity, Prague castle with its cultural treasures, galleries and museums is a must-visit site of Czech Republic. Guinness Book of Records has named Prague Castle as the largest ancient castle in the world.
Long Tour includes, Old Royal Palace, Powder Tower, Golden Lane, Story of Prague Castle, St Vitus Cathedral, Basilica of St George, Daliborka, Prague Castle Picture Gallery, and Rosenberg Palace. The short tour includes Old Royal Palace, St Vitus Cathedral, Basilica of St George, Golden Lane and Daliborka. I will advise you to take a short tour and enjoy each attraction leisurely instead of trying to cover too many places in a jiffy.
Enjoy an evening concert and dinner: By the time you will finish exploring the fascinating Prague Castle, evening will set in. The ideal way to end a day at Prague would be enjoying an evening concert. Take the Old Castle stairs to reach the Malostranska underground and tram station, or cross the bridge on foot to either reach the hotel or head to the famous Rudolfinum Concert Hall. You can see the iconic Charles Bridge from here.
Conclude the day with a meal at a café. To avoid the crowd, just look around you will find a warm quiet café with great food for reasonable price. Ask for a menu if it is not on the table and if you are really delighted with the food, 10% of the total bill as a tip will convey your message.