3 days in berlin

3 Days In Berlin: An Ultimate Travel Guide

Straddling on the banks of the river Spree, the capital of Germany is unostentatiously cool, open-minded, welcoming, vibrant and by far the most free-spirited city in Europe. Once linked with tumultuous years of war, unrest, and destruction, today it is a city that is flourishing with progression, culture, art, and prosperity. I can easily say, it is one of my favorite cities in Europe and after reading this ‘3 days in Berlin’ travel guide you will know why.

So, if you are planning to visit in the near future, Congrats! Berlin is bound to mesmerize you with its unique mix of people, eclectic culture, crazy nightlife, turbulent history, amazing music, and awesome neighborhoods.

So how do you start planning? There is so much to see and do in Berlin. Are 3 days enough to see the best of Berlin? Well, Yes and No. No, because Berlin is huge. To know the city from its surface, you at least need one week. But three days are still good enough to cover the main sights, enjoy some cool neighborhoods and get a good feel of Berlin.

Now, the key to making the best of your 3 days in Berlin comes down to your planning, knowing exactly what to do, or maybe having a rough itinerary beforehand. And it is here when this travel guide will come handy. I have covered almost everything you probably will need to know to have an unforgettable time in Berlin.

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How to spend 3 days in Berlin
Berlin

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Fun Facts And Some Practical Info

  • Currency: Euro (โ‚ฌ)
  • Language: German, but English is widely spoken.
  • Safety: Very Safe Specially For Solo Female Travelers.
  • Moneywise: Fairly Inexpensive.
  • Famous For: Nightlife, Museums, Cold War History, Quirky art, and modern architecture.
  • Fascinating Facts: Berlin has the largest train station in Europe. Berlin is also 9 times bigger than Paris.

How To Reach Berlin?

  • Flyโœˆ๏ธ: Thre are 2 airports serving Berlin. The biggest one is the Tegel International Airport, located around 10 Km from the main city. This airport is a hub for most of the domestic flights and many international carriers. The best and the cheapest way to reach the main city from here is either via TXL Express Bus or Express Bus X9. Other is called Schรถnefeld Airport. This is the secondary one. Many low-cost airlines mainly from eastern Europe fly from here.

  • Train ๐Ÿš†: Berlin is a huge city, so obviously there are many train stations. The most central one is the Hauptbahnhof. Almost all the trains coming to Berlin will stop here.
  • Bus ๐ŸšŒ: There are two main Bus stations, ZOB and Ostbahnhof. Out of which the former one is bigger and located in district Charlottenburg (west). Ostbahnhof is in the district of Friedrichshain (east). Both could be reached via S-Bahn, U Bahn, train or buses.

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Getting Around In Berlin

Since Berlin is massive, getting around could seem a little too overwhelming, especially for first-time visitors. But thanks to the excellent and extensive network of U-Bahn (underground trains) or S-Bahn (regional, elevated trains), buses and trams, getting from point A to B is like a breeze.

Therefore, it is very important to familiarize yourself with different public transport. Once they become your friend, there ain’t a spot in Berlin that couldn’t be reached by them.

The same ticket can be used for all modes of transportation. This is very useful as often you will need to switch from one to another to reach your destination. Tickets can be purchased from machines at U & S-Bahn platforms, small shops with “BVG” signs, buses, or with the BVG app. Don’t forget to validate them once boarded.

All fares are subject to the length of your trip and zone you are traveling to. The cheapest ticket is a Kurzstrecke short distance ticket, which costs around โ‚ฌ1.70 and lets you travel for 3 stops. The most common ticket comes for โ‚ฌ2.80 and allows unlimited travel (one direction) for 2 hours.

More details on U-Bahn and S-Bahn lines can be found here. And for more information on zones and fares, you can check here.

Insider Advice: Consider Getting a ” Berlin Welcome Card“. Not only it gives free access to Berlinโ€™s public transport (including to and from the airport) but also gives you up to 50% discount at more than 200 sights and attractions. It is worth every penny! I highly recommend it.


Best Time To Visit Berlin

Berlin is one of Europe’s most sexy and exciting city. Being the capital of Germany, it is a popular destination among tourists all year around. Personally, I am a big fan of shoulder season, when the weather is pleasant, the crowd is limited and prices don’t break the bank.

In Berlin, these are from mid-May to mid-June or September to October. Weather during these months is pleasant, which is ideal for cafe sitting, enjoying Berlin’s many parks and having leisure strolls throughout the city.

German winters are not for faint hearts. Really! With the average temperature plummeting to -1 to 10 C in the capital, winter gets extremely chilly. The skies are dreary and days are shorter (usually gets dark after 4 PM). Thus, I will avoid traveling from November- March.





How Many Days Do You Need In Berlin?

This is one city where you can easily spend weeks and realize that you only got to scratch the surface of its widely spread-out neighborhoods. There is so much to do and see here. So now it really comes down to your travel style and interests.

Sure you can see most of the must-visit sights in 1-2 days but you will only be rushing without actually getting the feel of this awesome city. I think you need at least 3-full days to explore the very best of Berlin. In fact, once you start researching more on things to do in Berlin, you might be wondering if 3 days are enough to fit in all it has to offer.

But, don’t worry! The good news is, if you know exactly what to do, things to see and have a solid itinerary, 3 days are more than enough to explore this awesome city.

With this 3 days in Berlin travel guide, we will explore Mitte (the central neighborhood where most of the tourist attractions are), Kreuzburg (Berlin’s coolest neighborhood), Tiergarten and more.


Get Insured Before Travelling To Berlin

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Where To Stay In Berlin?

As I mentioned earlier, Berlin is HUGE. In-fact to give you a perspective, it is almost 9 times the size of Paris. Yes, it is that big. In total there are 12 districts (‘Bezirk’ in German), each of these districts has smaller neighborhoods (‘Kiez’). All these Kiez are distinct in culture, people, have their own vibe and hidden gems.

So the choice really depends on your personal preference and budget. To make it simpler here are my recommendations with neighborhoods (things to see, and suggestions for great hotels and hostels), for the different price ranges. I have sorted the list for your convenience. Check my complete guide to Berlin’s coolest neighborhoods, with suggestions about best hostels and hotels.

If you are really short on time, and for some reason, couldn’t read more about each neighborhood specifically, depending on a different budget, here are my recommendations:

To treat yourself during your 3 days in Berlin, you will want to check out Grand Hyatt. This luxurious 5-star hotel is located in the lively Potsdamer Platz district, very close to the sony center. It has a large rooftop pool and a spa, providing spectacular views of the city. Rooms are huge, elegant and provide plenty of space. Check the availability here.

Grand Hyatt, Berlin. 3 days in Berlin
Grand Hyatt

If you are looking for something comfortable yet on budget, you should look no further than Sofitel Berlin Kurfรผrstendamm. Situated at Berlin’s most luxurious neighborhood, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, this 5-star design hotel offers a fabulous french fusion restaurant, an outdoor terrace, and a Lounge Bar, which is perfect if you wanna relax and enjoy a drink in the evening after getting exhausted from all the exploring and travel. Check The Availability Here.

Sofitel Berlin Kurfรผrstendamm, 3 days in Berlin
Sofitel Berlin Kurfรผrstendamm

You can also find apartments to stay in on Airbnb, which is particularly good value when you get up to $42 off your first Airbnb booking if you use my link.

Berlin is a popular destination among solo travelers and backpackers. Thus it is of no surprise that it offers many cool budget hostels at a decent price. One such hostel is the Circus hostel. It is conveniently located in the most central neighborhood, Mitte. With contemporary decorated rooms, chill vibe, and great all-you-can-eat breakfast, it is one of the nicest hostels in the city. You can view the current availability here.

The circus Hostel, 3 days in berlin
The Circus Hostel

For more accommodation options in Berlin, check out Booking.com. I always use it for all my hotels/hostels booking. They offer the best price, with great customer service.


What To Eat During Your 3 Days In Berlin ( Vegan/ Vegetarian )

The vegan scene in Berlin is very strong. I was amazed by the variety of amazing vegan and vegetarian-friendly places here. I won’t be wrong if I call it the vegan mecca of Europe. Really! Despite Germany having the reputation of being meat crazy, Berlin is a somewhat unlikely vegetarian and vegan hotspot. From fine dining to vegetarian twist on local street food, Berlin has it all.

To learn more about the must-try vegan restaurants and cafes in Berlin checkout VeganBerlin.com. They have a complete list with a map of best plant-based food in Berlin, neighborhood-specific guides, and recommendations based on different cuisines.

With so much variety and options, a list of best vegan/vegetarian places in Berlin is sort of endless. But in my humble opinion, I feel there are few things you absolutely can’t miss if you are a vegetarian traveling to Germany:


Pretzels: Just like Paris has its croissants, Rome has pasta, Berlin has its Pretzels or ‘brezel’ in German. You will find them at almost all supermarkets, bakeries, and street food vendors. Traditionally served as a knotted doughy salty delight but you can enjoy delicious creative version as well at Brezel Company Berlin. From sesame seed to cheese, poppy seeds to pumpkin, Brezel company is any Pretzel lover’s dream come true. For the usual classic, I will recommend Alpenstueck, located in Mitte, it is undoubtedly one of the best in the city.

pretzel in berlin
Pretzel

kartoffelpuffer: This is a German take on pancakes. You must have heard about Germany’s love for potatoes. So much that they made pancakes out of them. And yes they are as delicious as they sound. With a fluffy interior and crunchy exterior, these are really something. Usually made with sliced potatoes, flour, egg, and onion, but of course you can also get the vegan version at Kanaan.

Pro Advice: Ask for some apple sauce on the top, the contrasting flavor really adds up. Literally drooling typing this lol!

Pro Advice:

Ask for some apple sauce on the top, the contrasting flavor really adds up. Literally drooling typing this lol!


How To Spend 3 Days In Berlin?


Day 1

From vibrant nightlife to unrivaled architecture, luscious beer gardens to mesmerizing culture, Berlin is a living and breathing city. With so much to see, you will not find any problem in finding things to do. In fact, sometimes it will be challenging to cover everything in just 3 days in Berlin.

Well, don’t worry! I got your back. With my 3 days in Berlin Itinerary, we will cover very best of Berlin while traversing through Mitte, Tiergarten, Kreuzburg and beyond.

So without wasting any time, let’s delve in……

Gendarmenmarkt

We will start our first-day venturing through the most central district Mitte. At the center of the district is the city’s grandest square, Gendarmenmarkt. Created in the 17th century, this square is surrounded by architectural ensembles like the Berlin concert hall, and the French Cathedral and the New Church. Both the churches or ‘cathedrals’ as dubbed by the locals, sit facing each other. This square will truly give you a perspective on how grand this city was in the 17th-18th century.

Gendarmenmarkt, 3 days in Berlin
Gendarmenmarkt

Pro Tip: Take a Free walking tour. I know I have said a million times, but I love free walking tours. Not only they are an excellent way to discover a new city but also they can give a good idea about places you would like to visit again. I usually prefer to take them in the early days of my trip. I took one with the original berlin tours. And I will totally recommend it. Mainly for our informative, fun and friendly tour guide.


Checkpoint Charlie:

If you will walk south from the gandermanmrkt, you will reach one of Berlin’s most historic landmarks, Checkpoint Charlie. First set up in 1961, when the city was still divided between East communist Germany and West capitalist Germany. The purpose was to prevent citizens from the east side of the wall to flee to the west side. This checkpoint is one of the most important symbols of divided Berlin. Today, you will find a replica of the guardhouse and a checkpoint.

Fun Fact: While there were several crossings across the city, checkpoint charlie was the only gateway allowed for allied diplomats, foreign tourists, and military personnel to enter into Soviet Berlin.

Checkpoint Charlie, 3 days in Berlin
Checkpoint Charlie

Topography Of Terror

Just a short walk from checkpoint charlie is another of Berlin’s must-visit landmarks, Topography Of Terror. As the name suggests, this museum is the artifacts of horrific crimes committed by the Nazi regime between 1933 and 1945. The original building was destroyed after the end of the II World War but was rebuilt as a museum to document the frightening history of the Nazi party in Germany.

The entry to the museum is free and it is so worth the visit.

Topography Of Terror, 3 days in Berlin
Topography Of Terror

Potsdamer Platz

At first, Potsdamer Platz might seem like any other metropolitan square, but to understand its significance, one needs to go back in time a little. It is a symbol of how much Berlin has changed in a short time. Once a no man’s land, a complete wasteland with remains of a devasted building from the city’s divided era, today is a thriving urban oasis with headquarters of many MNCs, shopping arena, and modern buildings.

Potsdamer Platz, 3 days in Berlin
Potsdamer Platz

Memoria To The Murder Of Jews

Also known as the Holocaust Memorial, this is reminiscent of mass murder of Jews in Hitler’s Germany.  It’s two thousand, seven hundred and eleven gray concrete slabs, with different dimensions, all arranged in a juxtaposed manner, commemorates the lost lives. It was one of the most heart-wrenching experiences I had. I guess that was the purpose of the artist.

Remember to be respectful when you visit. I remember many tourists taking pictures standing over the slabs, which of course is extremely insensitive and insolent. It is a memorial after all.


Reichstag

As you go north from the holocaust memorial, crossing the famous Brandenburg Gate (I am keeping this as the last stop, for reasons I will tell you later), you will reach the German parliament building, Reichstag. The neo-renaissance architecture is stunning, but the main highlight is the iconic dome, designed to provide massive solar array enough to power the whole arena with 100 percent renewable resource.

Although it is open for the public to visit for free, you will need to book well in advance. You can do the bookings here.

Pro Advice: As this is a popular tourist attraction, there is a high chance you might not get a free slot for your travel dates. Well, don’t worry! there is another way. Kรคfer is a rooftop restaurant located at Reichstag. With an online reservation, you can not only enter the building but enjoy a beautiful view of Berlin from the famed glass dome, while having coffee and cake. Book here.

Reichstag, 3 days in Berlin
Reichstag

Brandenburg Gate

From Reichstag, take the same route back, to reach Berlin’s most withstanding landmark, the Brandenburg Gate, a touristic symbol of this city. Constructed between 1788 and 1791, by the Prussian king Frederick William II, this gate has survived both the world wars. the rise and fall of the Berlin wall ( cold war era), and was used extensively in Nazi propaganda and parade. Today, it stands tall as a symbol of reunited Europe, a representation of peace and harmony.

Brandenburg gate, 3 days in Berlin
Brandenburg Gate

I know you must be exhausted from all the walking we did today, but that’s absolutely perfect as right in front of Brandenburg Gate (also our final stop for the day) is an enormous green park, Tiergarten. Originally it was a hunting ground. Today, it is the city’s biggest public park, stretching its borders to around 2.5 square kilometers. Perfect to stretch your legs, and get that much-needed break.


How To Spend 3 Days In Berlin?


Day 2

If you are thinking we explored all that Mitte had to offer, I am glad to inform, that you are wrong. In fact, we barely scratched the surface of it. There are so many more fascinating things to do and see here, and we will do just that on our second day of 3 days in Berlin travel. Plus I will be taking you to one of Berlin’s coolest beer garden, something you absolutely can’t miss here.

Museum Island

With so much history, it is safe to assume this city has tons of amazing museums. As a matter of fact, they have dedicated an entire island for it. The museum island located in the center of Mitte, on the spree river is a dense collection of 5 prestigious, fascinating and world-renowned museums namely the Pergamon Museum, Altes Museum, Neues Museum, Bode Museum, and the Alte Nationalgalerie.

Even if you are not a fan, and don’t wish to step into any, the surrounding area is a treat in itself. The Lustgarten is a gorgeous park on the island with tons of fountains, grass, and trees, which makes it so worth visiting the island.

If you are planning on visiting all the museums, I will recommend buying a Museum Pass. This will give you entry to  30 museums, for 3-consecutive days. It is a true money saver. You can purchase one here.

Not a big fan of museums but still wish to visit one, I will recommend going to the Pergamon Museum. This museum is dedicated to the history of the ancient east, with artifacts gathered from Iran, Asia Minor, Egypt, and the Caucasus. It is one of the most visited museums in the city. There are many highlights but for me, stunning Ishtar Gate of Babylon was everything. One thing you absolutely cannot miss here. You get buy skip the line tickets here.

Pergamon Museum, 3 days in Berlin
Pergamon Museum

Berlin Cathedral

Berlin Cathedral is another important landmark on the museum island. It is the largest church building in Berlin. With its green cupola and crowned gilded cross, this beaux-arts style architectural landmark is absolutely breathtaking. You can take the guided tour to visit the interiors, the Hohenzollern Crypt, the panoramic terrace, and the church’s exterior. More details here.

Berlin Cathedral, 3 days in Berlin
Berlin Cathedral

Take A Boat Tour On Spree River

Spree flowing through the city is probably the most beautiful part of Berlin. There are many stunning monuments located on its banks. There are two ways you could discover them. Either on foot or on a cruise. I will recommend the latter. While the former was wonderful, I felt it was indeed alluring seeing all those gorgeous sights while cruising through the river. Tickets for a one-hour boat tour can be bought here.

Boat Tour On Spree River, 3 days in Berlin
Boat Tour On Spree River

Alexanderplatz

Just a short walk from the museum island, is Berlin’s busiest square, Alexanderplatz. It is the cities biggest transportation hub, huge shopping centre and showcases an interesting mix of the city’s past and present.

In the center of the square, lies Berlin’s other symbolic landmark, the TV Tower. Though Berlin doesn’t have a classic skyline, this tower is the tallest in all Germany (368 meters). If you wish to enjoy the panoramic views, you can go to the top, there is a deck and a revolving restaurant. While it’s definitely not cheap, but views of the city definitely make it worth a visit. You may purchase skip the line tickets here.

Alexanderplatz, 3 days in Berlin
Alexanderplatz

Beer Garden

Beer, sunshine, and pretzels are all you need to have amazing outdoor times in Berlin. Beer gardens are an innate part of this city’s culture. I feel any trip is incomplete without hanging out at one or more of these cool spots. They are traditional, rustic, green and usually next to rather unusual venues, offering a perfect place to unwind from the busy day.

Some of the best ones are Prater, Zollpackhof Biergarten, Cafรฉ am Neuen See, Golgatha, and Loretta am Wannsee. Each is unique, located at different scenic venues, offering traditional german beers with local delicacies like a pretzel, sausages, and pizzas. I will recommend reading more about each, depending on your personal preference. I went to Cafรฉ am Neuen See and Prater. Had a ball of a time.


How To Spend 3 Days In Berlin?


Day 3

It is our last day of 3 days in Berlin. You are probably much more familiar with public transport at this time. This is awesome as we will be venturing to quite a few further aways districts, get a feel of Berlin’s wild nightlife and see what this city has to offer beyond museums and so-called popular tourist attractions.

East Side Gallery

Located on the Spree at the former borders of the Soviet and American sector, next to the Oberbaumbrรผcke (a popular bridge), East side gallery is the longest remaining part of the Berlin wall which is still intact. Though, small cement parts of the wall could still be found through the city where the wall once existed. But this gallery is the only long solid monument depicting the former division of this city.

The wall is covered in vivid and creative murals, providing the snapshots of the period surrounding the fall of the wall. The most popular of course is the mural of Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker kissing, but there is a hell lot of other street art to be admired here.

Pro Tip: If you are really interested in learning more about Berlin’s street art, consider taking the Alternative Berlin Experience Tour. With this, you can experience not only Berlin’s amazing street art, but enjoy city markets, cafรฉ districts, artist quarters, multi-cultural neighborhoods, and much more.


Kreuzberg

I know I have mentioned this before, but Kreuzberg is one district you absolutely can’t miss in Berlin. There is no specific attraction per se here but the atmosphere of the whole district is something you should experience. Here you won’t have to search for graffiti, art or cafes. They are literally at every spot you could find. Mostly famous for being LGBT friendly, hidden nightclubs, contemporary art, and exceptional Turkish cuisines, it showcases a cool hip side of Berlin.

Kreuzberg, 3 days in berlin
Kreuzberg

Berlin Tempelhof Airport

Now you must be wondering why am I taking you to see an airport? Tempelhof is not a usual airport from where you can take a flight lol. Back in a day, this was one of Europe’s largest structures, used for testing some of the world’s first aircraft, housed World War II prisoners and an only lifeline for West Berliner during the cold war. Today it is used as a massive refugee camp.

Fun Fact: This airport served as a filming location for popular Hollywood movies like The Hunger Games, The Bourne Supremacy, and Bridge of Spies.

Pro Tip: To learn Tempelhof history, visit lesser-known parts, and understand the importance of Tempelhof throughout history, take a 2 hour guided tour.

Berlin Tempelhof Airport, 3 days in Berlin
Berlin Tempelhof Airport

Charlottenburg Palace

Charlottenburg Palace will truly give you a glimpse of Berlin’s splendorous side. Built-in the 17th century, this baroque and rococo style architectural landmark was once the residence of the Prussian king and German emperor William I. Today, it hails high as the city grandest palace with plenty of magnificent sights for the visitors to enjoy.

Although a visit inside the palace, for its grand rooms, Gallery ballroom and Silver Vault is super interesting. The real highlight for me were expansive palace parks, manicured garden, and gorgeous lawn lakes. I feel wandering through the grounds and gardens of the palace, alone is a good reason to visit Charlottenburg.


Enjoy Berlin’s Nightlife

So you had a phenomenal 3 days in Berlin. But wait we are not done yet. You are not only in Germany’s capital but also Europe’s ‘clubbing capital’. From electro and pop to indie, hip-hop, and rock, Berlin’s nightlife has got it all. Its underground club scene is world-famous. Berlin truly is a city that never sleeps.

With so many options and limited time, deciding which club to go might be difficult. That’s why I always prefer taking a pub crawl. Especially when I am in a new city. With these, you can not only enjoy a variety of cool bars, get a VIP entrance to some of the city’s best nightclubs but also have free shots and drinks, throughout the night. Check out these high-rated pub crawls in Berlin.


I hope you an awesome time in Berlin! It truly is magical...

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Lisbon Travel Guide: Things to do in Lisbon

Lisbon Travel; Important Term | Best Time To Visit | Getting Around In Lisbon | Where to Stay | What To Eat | 2 Day Itinerary

Lisbon easily is one of my favorites among all the places I have been to and I am sure after reading this travel guide on the best things to do in Lisbon, it will be yours too. The bustling capital of Portugal, with warm Mediterranean climate, bleached limestone buildings and intimate alleyways will take your heart away. But for me, the real highlight of my trip was the genuine, authentic and welcoming hospitality of its people. Although, in recent years tourism has been on the rise, unlike the rest of the world Lisbon hasn’t gone global completely and maintains that rustic charms and identity are intact.

Before we jump into our detailed 48 hours itinerary and top things to do in Lisbon, I want to leave you with few pointers which will help you in planning your Lisbon Travel more successfully.

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Things To do in Lisbon
Lisbon

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Some Fun Facts & Practical Info

  • Country: Portugal (largest and the capital city)
  • Currency: Euro (โ‚ฌ)
  • Moneywise: Quite Affordable
  • Safety: Very safe, especially for solo female travelers
  • Language: Portuguese ( English is widely spoken among people in touristy areas)
  • Fun Fact: Lisbon is known to be built on seven hills: Castelo, Graca, Monte, Penha de Franca, S.Pedro de Alcantara, Santa Catarina, and Estrela. It also has the mildest temperature in Europe.

Best Time To Vist

Lisbon is a fun city all year round. Due to its proximity to the Atlantic, weather in Lisbon is milder throughput the year. The cool breeze from the ocean tempers the hot long summer. In winter, average day time temperature hovers around 15C and can drop up to 3-4C at night. Still not as cold as western and northern Europe.

I am a big fan of the shoulder season when fewer people visit the city. You can get discounted prices on accommodation, flights, restaurants, and other spots. Here these are from March, April, and May. Or September and October.

Another fun month to visit Lisbon is during the time of Festas Santos Populares (festival of Saints). It happens everywhere for 2 weeks in June. The entire city is decorated with tinsel and streamers. People celebrate with street parties, crazy dancing, and traditional music.


How To Reach Lisbon

  • Fly โœˆ๏ธ: Lisbon’s airport is called Humberto Delgado Airport, located only 7 KM from the city centre. A taxi from here to the main city will cost around 20โ‚ฌ (Uber is also available). Alternatively, you can get a public bus for 4โ‚ฌ  or metro for 1.5โ‚ฌ.

  • Train๐Ÿš†: The main train station in Lisbon is Estacao da Santa Apolonia. It is located in the Alfama District, very close to the Tagus river. If you are coming for surrounding cities or any other European destination, most likely your train will terminate here. Another major train station is Gare de Oriente. This is very well connected to other metro stations.
  • Road: Lisbon is a coastal city and the only country you could come via road to Lisbon is Spain. If you are coming by bus, it will stop at Rodoviaria da Sete Rios. All buses from all over Portugal comes to this main bus stop.

How Many Days Do You Need In Lisbon?

I will recommend anywhere between 2-4 days. If you are short on time, all major attractions could be easily covered in 2 full days. But again, it will only give an idea about the city but will not really let you soak in the beauty of this fantastic city.

Moreover, there are many gorgeous day trips around Lisbon like Sintra, Cabo Da Roca, Cascais, Evora and more. I do feel you must include at least one in your itinerary.


Getting Around In Lisbon

Being a capital Lisbon is a big city but once you are in the city centre (main attractions) it’s pretty much walkable. Public transport is excellent and the entire city is well connected with Trams, Buses, Metros, and 2 Funiculars (we will get into that later).

One way ticket for metros is โ‚ฌ1.50, โ‚ฌ2 for buses and โ‚ฌ3 for trams (plus a Viva Viagem/7 Colinas cards which will cost you โ‚ฌ0.5) Or you can buy a day pass from any metro station for โ‚ฌ6.40 which allows you 24-hour unlimited travel, including all buses, metros, and trams.

Pro Tip: Get a Lisboa Card. With this, you can enjoy free admission to top attractions and discounts at various landmarks plus unlimited free access to the public transport system. Buy Here.


Get Insure Before Traveling To Lisbon

I never ever travel abroad without travel insurance. Really! In case something goes wrong, you must have travel insurance. Frankly speaking, it will be stupid to head off to a new destination without one.

I will recommend World Nomads. Simply because they are backed by reputable insurers, 24-hour assistance providers and offer travel insurance to travelers from over 140 countries.

Even if you donโ€™t get one from World Nomads, make sure to get your travel insurance sorted before you actually start traveling.


Important Terms

Well in the city center you will find people speaking English but the language still is a barrier and locals don’t usually communicate well in English. A few terms you should familiarize with and trust me, this will help you in navigating more smoothly.

  • “Entrada” – Entrance
  • “Saida ” – Exit
  • “Olรก” – Hello
  • “Tchau”– Bye
  • Miradouro” – Viewpoint

Miradouro probably is the most important one and I will tell you why โ€ฆ. Lisbon is full of breathtaking city views and while walking around especially the old district ( Alfama) and Baixa you will encounter plenty of these. Just keep an eye on this. And yes we will visit my favorites in our 48 hours itinerary ( you are welcome ).


What To Eat In Lisbon? ( Vegan/Vegetarian Guide)



Yaaaassss !!!!! This is my favorite part of traveling and I am sure yours too. Situated at the mouth of the River Tagus where it meets the Ocean, Lisbon is a city with a strong connection to the sea and its food speaks so. Lisbon offers incredible seafood for culinarily curious visitors and some mouthwatering desserts which are an absolute must for foodies like me.

If you are a vegetarian or vegan like me, well don’t worry there are plenty of things for you to try. Here are a few of my favorites;

  • Pastel de Nata (Custard Tart); A Lisbon classic! It is a small cream cake, with a base of crisp phyllo dough, usually served with a little powdered sugar and cinnamon on top. Though you will find this deliciousness at almost all bakeries in Lisbon, Pastรฉis de Belรฉm is the original one. Located in the Belem area (Duh!), just 3 minutes walk from Jerรณnimos Monastery, it is a must in Lisbon. And yes we will be going there in our 48 days itinerary. Another bakery I will suggest is Manteigaria (located in Rua do Loreto 2).
Pastรฉis de Belรฉm
Pastรฉis de Belรฉm
  • O Melhor do Mundo Bolo Chocolate: This is a delicious chocolate cake with meringue parts in the middle that make it crispy. You can try this at MBCM, Rua Tenente Ferreira Durรฃo or MBCM Kiosk, Avenida da Liberdade.
  • Good Vegan And Vegetarian Restaurants
vegan in Lisbon

Ao 26 โ€“ Vegan Food Project is a small, hip and busy cafe located in the center. They serve vegan versions of typical Portugees dishes. Quintal d’Santo Amaro is another good vegan restaurant serving awesome vegan dishes at a very reasonable price. It is situated in the backyard of Santo Amaro. I had the โ‚ฌ 8 lunch box. It was quite filling and delicious.

Organi Chiado was my favorite on the whole trip. From excellent food to great service, there ain’t anything I didn’t like about this place. I had veggie lasagna, probably the best I had in a long time.

For my desi readers who are always looking for some spicy Indian food just like me, go to Veganapati and Taj Mahal (trust me you won’t be disappointed). Closest to a good Indian meal you can get in Lisbon.


Where To Stay In Lisbon?

If you are visiting Lisbon for the first time, the best places to stay will be Chiado, Baixa, Bairro Alto, Avenida da Liberdade, and Alfama. Each of these areas is centrally located, thus are walking distance from all the main attractions, restaurants, cafes, bars, and public transport.

Each of these neighborhoods is unique in their own ways. With different vibe, environments, and monuments, it is better to read a little about each before making any reservation.

Chiado is a neighborhood in the historic center of Lisbon. It is mainly known for luxury shopping, historic landmarks like Sรฃo Roque Church, Largo do Chiado and many museums like Filigree Museum and the Archaeological Museum. Chiado is an excellent location as it is most centrally located, and other cool neighborhoods like Bairro alto are literally walking distance from here.

Lisboa Pessoa Hotel, lisbon
Lisboa Pessoa Hotel


Baixa is an adjacent neighborhood to Chiado. In fact, they even share a metro station. Here you will find some of Lisbon’s most popular attractions like Praรงa do Comรฉrcio, Rossio Square and Santa Justa elevator. As one would expect, this neighborhood gets extremely crowded with tourists and has a fair share of noise from all the traffic around. But at the same time, geographically it is extremely convenient as many tourist sights are just walking distance from here.


Avenida da Liberdade (Marquรชs do Pombal), is an avenue connecting the city center with Parque Eduardo VII. On top of Avenida da Liberdade is the statue of Marquรชs do Pombal. The area around the statue has tons of international hotels, banks, companies. It is more like a business district of Lisbon. If you are looking to stay away from the hustle-bustle of the main center but still be close to everything, Avenida da Liberdade is a good choice. (Baixa is an only 5-minute metro ride from here).

Smart Suites & Apartments , lisbon
Smart Suites & Apartments

Bairro Alto is the liveliest and most vibrant neighborhood of Lisbon. During the day it lies quite low but comes alive at night. As the sun goes down, the streets of Bairro alto buzzes with hip, quirky bars filled with crowds, looking to have an awesome time. You can also hear Fado music from more traditional restaurants. It is a great neighborhood if you are interested in Lisbon’s nightlife.

Palรกcio das Especiarias , lisbon
Palรกcio das Especiarias 

Alfama is one of the oldest districts in Lisbon. Though in recent years, it has become very popular among tourists, many local communities still live here. With tiny houses tightly packed next to each other, gorgeous cobblestone streets, and street decorations, it is liking a small village within a big city.

It is where Fado was created. Around every corner or a steep climb, you will find a delightful plaza, a trendy cafรฉ, an independent shop or a panoramic viewpoint. Just get lost within the labyrinth of alleys and side streets.

This is Lisbon Hostel
This is Lisbon Hostel

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Top Things To Do In Lisbon (Day 1)

So now our food, travel, and accommodation are sorted, let’s get to the fun part: best things to do in Lisbon. Frankly, it can be a little daunting to actually plan an itinerary but worry not as I got it covered for you.

I tried to make it as simple as possible with few recommendations and a route I followed while my travel and hopefully this will help in you in planning your trip more successfully.

2 days might seem not a lot but they are enough if you know exactly what to do and how to visit. And here is when this itinerary will come handy.

Day 1 (top things to do in Lisbon)

Lisbon tourist map
Lisbon route for our day 1

We will start our first day with few of Lisbonโ€™s most iconic attractions and explore two really cool neighborhoods Baixa and Alfama while covering a little of Barrio alto.

Praรงa do Comรฉrcio

After grabbing a quick breakfast at your hostel or any cafe nearby (wonโ€™t be difficult to find, they are located at every corner of this city) head to Praรงa do Comรฉrcio (point A on the map).

Praรงa do Comรฉrcio
Praรงa do Comรฉrcio 

It is the grandest of Lisbonโ€™s plazas overlooking the Tagus river. Get your cameras out and just walk around the area. After you have gotten some cool shots lets head to our second stop Lisbon Cathedral. Before we go, a small suggestion; There are tons of beautiful restaurants and bars in the plaza but I wouldnโ€™t recommend eating here, they are super pricey and really not worth the money. Instead, just walk a few hundred meters out of the square and you will find better and cheaper places to eat).

There are two ways you can go to the cathedral, take a tramp or just walk. I prefer the second option, as you can explore the neighborhood and experience the real charm of this medieval city. But riding a tram is a fun experience too. The admission to the cathedral is free but remember to dress suitably ( its a church after all ).

Miradouro da Senhora do Monte

Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, libon
Miradouro da Senhora do Monte

From the cathedral, we will head toward Miradouro da Senhora do Monte. Located in a churchyard, this highest point in the neighborhood offers panoramic views of the city. While walking around you will find some beautiful artists playing music, plenty of street vendors, small shops, tons of restaurants ( many reasonably priced ). Take a break from all the walking we did, maybe grab a drink and just soak in the beauty of this city.



Santa Justa Lift

Okay so now your legs are probably rested, let’s continue towards another iconic attraction, Santa Justa Lift (D). Situated at the end of Rua de Santa Justa, it connects the lower streets of the Baixa with the higher Largo do Carmo giving one of the best views of the city. Well, the cost to ride the elevator and get to the top is โ‚ฌ5 and the line is usually very long.

Pro Tip: There is another way, right behind Santa Justa there is a small hidden elevator that takes you to the top for free and you only have to pay an admission fee to the viewpoint which is โ‚ฌ1.5. I just saved you โ‚ฌ3.5.

Santa Justa , lisbon
Santa Justa Lift

Miradouro de Sao Alcantara

After two stunning views of the city, there is another place I am excited to take you to. Yes another miradouro ( well I told you this city is full of them, and thank God for thatโ€ฆ) Miradouro de Sao Alcantara. This one is located on the landscaped terrace with a fountain, offering panoramic views of the city.

But there is a surprise for youโ€™ll. Remember the funicular we talked about earlier? well we are going to take one to reach the terrace from Praรงa dos Restauradores ( square ) take the funicular to Miradouro de Sao Alcantara ( should cost around โ‚ฌ3.5) or just walk the hill ( 5 minutes roughly). But funiculars are more fun!

Miradouro de Sao Alcantara, lisbon
Miradouro de Sao Alcantara

Mercado Reberia (Timeout Market)

After all the walking, I know you must be starved โ€ฆ.So let’s go to our final stop for the day Mercado Reberia food court also known as Timeout Market. Itโ€™s loud, itโ€™s chaotic, and thatโ€™s all part of the fun. It’s open till midnight so you can just take your time and enjoy a plethora of food (it is never enough) !!

To all my vegetarian/vegan readers, though maximum food options are heavy on meat and seafood, there are still some deserts like pasties de Natas you can try. But donโ€™t skip the market. Walking around these counters was actually more fun then I thought.

Timeout Market, lisbon
Timeout Market

National Tile Museum

Optional; National Museum of the Azulejo or famously known as national tile museum(orange mark on the map). The cost is 5 โ‚ฌ. Though it’s beautiful, I am keeping this as optional, depending on how exhausted you are and how much of time you have left. If you can do include this in your itinerary.


Day 2 (top things to do in Lisbon)

It’s our second and last day in Lisbon. Let’s make the best of it. Today we will explore Belรฉm, a laid-back area on the Tagus River known for its green lawns, houses decorated with colorful tiles and some of Lisbonโ€™s most historic landmarks.

Map of lisbon

Pastรฉis de Belรฉm

Itโ€™s a great day as I am taking you to an exciting place for breakfast Pastรฉis de Belรฉm. Its the most famous bakery cafe in Lisbon (it’s good to be here as early as possible as it gets flooded with tourists after 10-11 am) offering original Pastel de nata ( I am literally drooling typing this haha). Get like 6 of them ( 1= 1.05 โ‚ฌ & 6= 4.3 โ‚ฌ ) or even more, you are on a vacation after all.

Pro tip: donโ€™t eat them yet. I know its super tempting but hold on. There is this beautiful, chill park right across the road. Start your day with these natas, overlooking the Tagus river on one side and typical Belรฉm houses on the other.

Pastรฉis de Belรฉm
Pastรฉis de Belรฉm

Jerรณnimos Monastery

Now lets head towards our first destination Jerรณnimos Monastery (A). It constitutes the Church of Santa Maria (entry to which is free) and two-story cloister which basically is a Cathedralโ€™s nunnery, also the main tourist attraction, cost: โ‚ฌ10. The building is predominantly Manueline style architecture and its stunning.

Though I skipped the cloister, if you plan on visiting, I recommend buying the tickets in advance as the queue can be really long. You can buy them here.

 Jerรณnimos Monastery
 Jerรณnimos Monastery

Right behind the monastery is Museum de Marina (B). The entrance to this is free and worth stepping in.

Tower of Belรฉm

Now let’s go across the road toward Tagus river, Tower of Belรฉm (C). Tough going to the tower is free but if you want to go inside and climb the tower you will need a ticket. You can buy skip the line ticket here.

This is one of the most popular attractions and gets really crowded after 10-11 am. So if you want some cool pictures, I will advise going early in the morning before hoards of tourists start crowding the tower.

Tower of Belรฉm
Tower of Belรฉm 

Padrรฃo dos Descobrimentos

Walking along the riverside from Belem tower, you will reach our second last stop (D) Padrรฃo dos Descobrimentos.



Entrance ticket 6,00โ‚ฌ which includes an exhibition, viewpoint, and film. Donโ€™t miss the Mappa Mundi ( in front of the structure) that is 14 meters wide, showing the routes of Portuguese carracks and caravels during the Age of Discovery. It’s pretty interesting.

Padrรฃo dos Descobrimentos
Padrรฃo dos Descobrimentos

As you keep walking along the riverside you will reach our final stop for this 48-hour itinerary. The Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology is a museum in Lisbon, (MAAT). The museum closes at 7 pm and the entrance is 5โ‚ฌ. If you still have the energy, I will recommend going to one of the Miradouro for sunset and dinner somewhere in Baixa.


Got More Than 2 Days In Lisbon?

Lisbon is surrounded by many historic towns, rich in natural beauty and some superb sandy beaches. Thanks to its geographic location and excellent public transportation, exploring the surrounding wonderful region is quite accessible. With so much variety across the region, each of these towns is unique and offers different advantages. My favorite among all is Sintra and Cabo Do Roca.

Read Next: Perfect Day Trip From Lisbon:- Sintra & Cabo Do Roca

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I hope this guide will give you a good idea about Lisbon. Have a wonderful time! If you find this blog helpful, do share it and save it on Pinterest.  ๏ธ


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Ultimate Travel Guide: Top Things To Do In Prague

TOP THINGS TO DO & SEE | HOSTELS | HOTELS | VEGAN FOOD | GETTING AROUND | MORE

Prague or ‘Praha’, more commonly referred to as by locals, is undoubtedly one of the most fun-loving and stunning cities I have ever visited. To ensure you don’t miss a thing, I have covered almost everything in this guide: Best things to do in Prague, Getting around, Coolest places to stay at, food and more.

Situated on the Vltava river, Czech’s capital is basked in grandeur and old-world charm. There ain’t much I didn’t like about this city. Architecture is remarkable, beer is cheap, food is delicious, the nightlife is awesome and everything is very affordable. Walking in Prague is like walking in a fairytale world, with castles, laneways and a beautiful medieval square.

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things to do in Prague

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Some Practical Info & Facts About Prague
  • Currency: Czech Crown (CZK)
  • Country: The Czech Republic
  • Language: Czech, Slovak, and English
  • Safety: Extremely Safe
  • Famous For: Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, Beer, and nightlife
  • Moneywise: Very Affordable
  • Nickname: The Golden City of a Hundred Spires
  • Fun Fact: Prague is the birthplace of ‘pilsner draft’ and takes great pride in brewing it.

How To Reach Prague?
Prague's Airpot
  • Fly โœˆ๏ธ: Prague’s International airport is called Vรกclav Havel, and is located around 18km from the city centre. You can either hail a taxi and should cost around โ‚ฌ27 to the main centre, or get an Uber for โ‚ฌ22. The better and more cost-effective option is using an Airport Express bus. One way ticket is โ‚ฌ2.50.

  • Train ๐Ÿš†: There are many train stations but the largest one is Praha Hlavni Nรกdraลพรญโ€Ž. It is very centrally located, only 15 minutes walk from the old town square and 5 minutes from Wenceslas Square. You can take a metro (line C), bus or trams from here. Another major station is Praha Holesovice. Prague is very well connected via trains to other European cities like Vienna, Budapest, and Berlin.
  • Bus ๐ŸšŒ: Florenc, Krizikova is the main bus station, located to the east of the city. If you are coming from any surrounding European city, most likely your bus will terminate here.

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How To Get Around In Prague?
How to get around in Prague

The best way to explore and enjoy Prague is by walking. Most parts from Wenceslas Square to the Old Town Square or from the old town to Charles Bridge and the Palace district could be easily covered on foot. Depending on where you are staying, you might need to use public transportation a handful of times.



The network of subways, buses, and trams is excellent. Plus it is very affordable. The same ticket can be used for all modes. Remember to validate your ticket once boarded. Tickets can be purchased from any Newsagents, Tobacco shops, Public Transport Information Centres, and from orange/yellow ticket machines at major tram and bus stops.

  • 30-minute ticket: โ‚ฌ0.90 (24 CZK)
  • 90-minute ticket:โ‚ฌ1.20 (32 CZK)
  • 24 hours ticket: 4โ‚ฌ (110 CZK)
  • 72 hours ticket: 11.5โ‚ฌ (310 CZK)

Pro Tip: Consider getting a Prague City Card to explore the city at your own pace. Not only it gives unlimited access to public transportation but tons of discounts on tours and shows, free entry to Prague castle and many other monuments.


How Many Days Do You Need In Prague?

I will recommend 4-5 days but if you are short on time, the main highlights could be easily covered in 2 full days.

In terms of location, Prague has an advantage. Austria’s capital is not very far from here. In addition to Vienna, there are plenty of other beautiful day trip options from Prague like Cesky Krumlov and Kutna Hora. So if that sounds interesting, do include at least one day trip in your itinerary.


Best Time To Visit Prague?

I don’t think there is, in particular, a ‘bad time’ to visit Prague. It is appealing all year round, and you will find something special in every season. Having said that, I am a big fan of the shoulder months, when tourists are few, airfares are low and you get a bargained price on accommodation. Thus the best time would be to visit in late spring or early fall. That is April, May, late September, and October.

Summers are extremely busy as Prague is a popular tourist destination. I will avoid June, July, August and early September.

Although Prague’s winters are very chilly, they have their own charm. From November-December, you can enjoy winter festivities. Prague’s Christmas markets are gorgeous and are well known. It is a magical experience to be in the city when it is completely decked down in white snow.


Get Insured Before Travelling To Prague

Before we get to the best things to do in Prague, a quick reminder to get your travel insurance. I never travel abroad without it. Really! In case something goes wrong, you must have travel insurance. Frankly speaking, it will be stupid to head off to a new destination without one.

I will recommend World Nomads. Simply because they are backed by reputable insurers, 24-hour assistance providers and offer travel insurance to travelers from over 140 countries.

Even if you donโ€™t get one from World Nomads, make sure to get your travel insurance sorted before you actually start traveling.


Where To Stay? Prague’s Neighbourhoods & Accommodation

Prague is a big city and neighborhoods are quite spread out. With an excellent and affordable network of buses, trams, and metros you can basically stay anywhere in the city but still have access to all major sights.

If it’s your first time in Prague, a good starting point will be to stay either in the Old Town or close to Malรก Strana. These are the most centrally located neighborhoods and concentrates many historical sights, bars, and restaurants.

  • Best Studios & Apartment In Old Town City Nest
City Nest Studio In Old Town Prague
City Nest Studio In Old Town Prague

If you are looking to skip the crowd, noise and slightly inflated price of the city center, I will advise you to stay in and near Vinohrady, Zizkov, and New Town.

Vinohrady is a cool neighborhood, few trams stop away from the old town. It is famous for green spaces, bars, cafes and is LGBTQ friendly.

Le Palais Art Hotel Prague
Le Palais Art Hotel Prague

Zizkov is located a little further from the main centre. Mainly a residential area but comes alive at night with tons of bars and restaurants. If you are looking to enjoy Prague’s crazy nightlife, Zizkov is a good option.

Hostel Elf, Prague
Hostel Elf, Prague
  • Best Budget Hotel In Zizkov Carlton

The New Town is an adjacent neighborhood to Old Town. Though technically it is not new, most of the houses are a few centuries old. Here you will find the famous Dancing House, National Museum, and Wenceslas Square.

Hotel Majestic Plaza, Prague
Hotel Majestic Plaza

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What To Eat In Prague? Vegan/ Vegetarian Food Guide

Despite Chezchs being famous for their love for meat, Prague feeds it’s Vegan/Vegetarian visitors with all heart. In fact, Prague is one of the most Vegan/Vegetarian-friendly cities in the whole of Europe.

5 Must-Try Vegetarian CZECH Specialities in Prague

  • Potato soup served in a bread bowl
Potato soup served in a bread bowl
Potato soup served in a bread bowl

Czechs love a good soup. Bramboraฤka, or Czech potato soup, is a creamy hearty soup, made with potatoes as the base and variety of root vegetables are also mixed in to add the flavors. You can find them at many traditional Czech pubs.

  • Goulash

A popular Eastern European dish traditionally served as a thick stew of meat and vegetables. Many plant-based restaurants offer meatless versions of it in Prague. You could try at Vegan Prague or Lehkรก hlava.

  • Trdelnik

A Slovakian based baked dessert which will melt in your mouth. Made of hollowed cylindrical dough coated with sugar, cinnamon, walnuts, almonds and sometimes, chocolate. You will find ample vendors in any tourist area.

Trdelnik, PRAGUE
Trdelnik
  • Smaลพenรฝsรฝr

A popular local dish. It is fried cheese served with fresh salads, fries, and cheese. For best Smaลพenรฝsรฝro go to Lokรกl and/or U Pinkasลฏ.

  • Absinthe

Checzh loves to have a good time. It is well reflected not only through their food but also by their drinking culture. Prague is probably the most popular city to try ‘Absinthe‘. It is a Bohemian version of the traditional spirit, usually containing 60-70 percent alcohol. Available at most bars in Prague, however, Absintheria claims to prepare it with traditional recipes.

Absinthe, things to do in prague
Absinthe

Best Vegan/Vegetarian Resturants In Prague

  • Estrella

A fellow traveler told me about this hidden vegetarian gem. Situated in Praha 1 (very close to Charles bridge), Estrella serves vegetarian versions of Czech specialties and international cuisine at a reasonable price. (Insider tip- their burgers are the bomb)

  • Beas Vegetarian Dhaba

If you are looking for a good value Vegetarian buffet, go to the Beas Dhaba. It is a self-service restaurant, where you pay for the weight of the food you take. So you can taste everything and everything is delicious.

Beas Vegetarian Dhaba, prague
Beas Vegetarian Dhaba
  • Maitrea

Located in Old Town, Maitera is a fully vegetarian restaurant with few vegan and gluten-free options. You can try the vegetarian version of Svรญฤkovรก and Goulash here. Slightly expensive but the calm vibe and friendly staff make up for the extra buck.

  • Forkyโ€™s

Although I didn’t get a chance to try here, Forky’s is a popular vegan joint among locals. So popular, that it recently got opened at two additional locations in Prague. They have a whole range of plant-based fast food from burgers, pizzas, salads, fries and much more.




Top Things To Do & See In Prague

Now are food, accommodation, and traveling is sorted, let’s get to the fun part of actually exploring Prague. I have covered almost all major sights, tourist attractions, few offbeats things, and popular day trips. So let’s delve into top things to do in Prague.

Top Things To Do In Prague

Take A Free Walking Tour

I love walking tours. I usually prefer to take them on the first day of reaching a new city as it helps me find my bearings and gives me an idea of places I want to revisit.

Free walking tours are great in exploring and learning about a new destination. Moreover, if you are a solo traveler like me, they are an excellent way of meeting new people. Though free, but these walking tours rely heavily on your tips. Make sure to tip your tour guide well. I usually pay anywhere from 10โ‚ฌ- 20โ‚ฌ. For more details check Free Walking Tour Prague or Free Tours In Prague.

Read More: How To Make Friends While Traveling Alone.

take A Free Walking Tour, Prague
2.5 hours bike tour

Alternatively, you can also discover the city on a 2.5 hour Guided Bike Tour. Learn about the city’s architecture, culture, and more while cycling through the Old Town and New Town, the Jewish Quarter, and to the John Lennon Wall. Book Here.

Walk Through Charles Bridge

I won’t be exaggerating If I say Charles Bridge is the most beautiful medieval bridge in Europe. Connecting the Old Town and the little quarter, Charles bridge span over the river Vltava with 16 pillars, many magnificent statues, decorative lamps, and beautiful Gothic bridge towers on both its ends.

Visiting Charles Bridge is completely free and you can go anytime. It is also possible to climb up into the Old Town Bridge Tower on its eastern end. The price is 100 CZK( around 4โ‚ฌ). The views from above will give you a new perspective over the Charles Bridge, the Vltava River, the Old Town, the Lesser Town, and Prague Castle.

Charles Bridge, top things to do in Prague
Charles bridge

Insider Tip: Charles Bridge is a popular tourist attraction, thus it is quite impossible to find it not packed with people at almost all hours during the day. I will advise on visiting early in the morning right before or during sunrise.

Old Town Square

At Prague’s heart is a gorgeous historic square. Located in Old Town (well duh!), Old Town square is surrounded by many eye-catching attractions like Astronomical Clock Tower, Old Town Hall and Church of Our Lady before Tรฝn. There are tons of bars, restaurants, and cafes too. But as you would expect, they are quite expensive.

Astronomical Clock is on the southern wall of the Old Townhall. It is the oldest working clock (around 600 years old) of it’s kind and draws thousands of gawking tourists every day. Even though it is mocked as pretty overrated, I think it was fun to check it once and cross it off my list.

Astronomical Clock Tower
Astronomical Clock

Church of Our Lady before Tรฝn is another impressive landmark in the square. Once in the square, it is impossible to miss its twin spires, behind a row of houses. Admission to the church is free.

Other notable attractions here are Jan Hus Memorial and St. Nicholas Church and the Museum of Medieval Art.



Visit The Statue of Franz Kafka

Installed in 2014, this is Prague’s most curious attraction. Franz Kafka is an enormous mirrored bust made with the layers of stainless steel. Rotation and reflection of these layers depict the head of a homegrown writer Franz Kafka. It is an intriguing mix of art and engineering.

Statue of Franz Kafka
Bust of Franz Kafka

Wenceslas Square

Originally conceived as a large horse market, it is now a beloved shopping area. Located in front of the National Museum, this beautiful avenue and boulevard have lively markets, cinemas, theatres, hotels, and restaurants.

Jewish Quarter (Josefov)

Between Old Town Town Square and Valvata river, is a small area containing the remains of a former Prague’s Jewish Ghetto. The district is home to many significant and fetching synagogues like Klausen Synagogue, the Pinkas Synagogue, and Old-new Synagogue.

Fun Fact: Old-New Synagogue is the oldest working synagogue outside Israel.

Another notable attraction in the Jewish Quarter is The Jewish cemetery. Constructed in the 15th century, this cemetery has a palpable atmosphere of mourning. Due to restrictions on the Jewish population, for many centuries the Jewish community was forced to burry members in this small space. There are a total of around 100,000 corpses buried here. It is really something one needs to see to believe it.

Old Jewish Quarter cemetry, prague
Old Jewish Quarter Cemetery

Dancing House

Dancing House is a modern masterpiece, designed by the famed architect Frank Gehry. The building is inspired by two dancers โ€“ the immortally famous duo of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. There ain’t much to do here but it is a cool spot for getting travel photographs for your social media. If you like you can also enjoy the breathtaking panorama of Prague from the buildingโ€™s rooftop cafรฉ.

dancing house prague
Dancing House, Prague

Prague Castle

Dominating Prague’s skyline is the biggest ancient castle in the world, Prague Castle. It dates back to 880 AD and has a huge complex area of around 70,000 mยฒ. The castle includes Old Royal PalaceVitus CathedralBasilica of St. George, and many other beautiful buildings. It is definitely a must-visit in Prague.

St. Vitus Cathedral is a masterpiece inside the Castle district which you shouldn’t miss. Though the entrance is free with the castle ticket, you will need to pay a little extra to visit special parts of this gorgeous gothic cathedral. More details here.

It is free to enter the castle, walk around the courtyard admire all the buildings from outside. But if you wish to enter any of these buildings or learn more about the history, you will need separate tickets.

Insider Tip: Explore Prague castle on a 2.5 Hour Guided Tour. This will give you access to Vitus Cathedral, St. Georgeโ€™s Basilica, and Golden Lane. Take a tram ride up to the castle from the cityโ€™s Lesser Town, and learn about more than 10 centuries of the Czech capitalโ€™s history.

Other Things To Do In Prague

Vyลกehrad

Sited on the hill, outside Prague’s main city is another lesser-known castle called Vyลกehrad castle. Frankly speaking, I enjoyed visiting Vyลกehrad more than Prague Castle.

Sitting tall, overlooking the Vltava river, this fort offers some of the best panoramic views of the city. Moreover, the whole Vysehrad complex is huge, with many parks, a beer garden, fort, and best of all, no-less tourists. If you can, do visit Vyลกehrad. You will thank me later.

Explore Vysehrad on a 2.5-hour Guided Tour. Tickets included Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Vyลกehrad Cemetery, and underground casemates.

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Vysehrad complex

Take A Pub Crawl

As you know, Prague has one of the best nightlife in the world. One of the major reasons why the city attracts so many backpackers, solo travelers, students, and partiers. With tons of bars, dive in pubs, nightclubs, beer gardens, and everything in between, it really feels like Prague has got it all.

Whats better way to have an awesome night than a whole night pub crawl. Checkout an All-Nighter Pub Crawl, which includes 1 hour of unlimited beer, wine, vodka, and absinthe with free VIP entrance into the 5 story nightclub Karlovy Lazne. Or book a 2.5-Hour All You Can Drink Bar Visit & Bar Crawl.

Enjoy Czech Beer In Czech Capital

Any trip to Prague is incomplete without trying a few amazing Czech beers. Whether you are a beer lover or not, it something you must try when in Czech’s capital. Not only delicious, like the majority of eastern Europe, but beer is also quite cheap here. It is very much possible to get a glass for less than 2โ‚ฌ. Check out these following beer tours. I will advise you to read more about each, before booking one.

Popular Day Trips From Prague

While there is so much to do in Prague, there are many nice day trips and surrounding cities you might wanna checkout outside Czech’s capital. Possibilities for this include:

I hope this guide will give you a good idea about Prague. Have a wonderful time! If you find this blog helpful, do share it and save it on Pinterest. ๐Ÿ˜€ โค๏ธ๏ธ

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