With a fairy tale castle and misty views over the Vlatva River, Prague’s skyline provides a backdrop that eschews romance. This artists’ city is full of beauty from the charming narrow streets of Malá Strana to the gardens of Petrín Hill. Here’s our top ten tips for a romantic weekend in Prague on a budget.
View of Prague
With the centuries old architecture and terraced cafes, Prague is a great place to wander around and soak up the atmosphere of Bohemia. They even had a day for lovers on May 1st!
Stroll through the Old Town
Take a stroll through the medieval Staré Mesto district, admiring the architecture and the streets breathing history. Pose for a photo beneath the famous Gothic Astronomical Clock
in the Old Town Square. For a flavour of Old Prague’s Bohemian haunts, stop for a coffee at the famous Kavarna Slavia
– a longtime favourite for poets, artists and revolutionaries.
Make your way to Wenceslas Square where the Czech Velvet Revolution
began. Wander through the Lucerna Arcade
and visit the beautiful Powder Gate
. This is a lovely place to do some people watching with lots of cafes lining the square. There is also a great chocolate shop; Cukràrna Saint Tropez
Prague – the Vlatna River
Visit the Castle
is perched on the hill-top overlooking the city, and is actually a large Castle complex with museums and the 14th century St. Vitius Cathedral
within the ancient walls. You can take the 22 tram here to the top, then stroll back down through the lovely Mala Strana district. The views from here over the city are splendid, especially at sunset, and the Castle and surrounding gardens are free to enter. Take a stroll through the beautiful courtyards and be entranced.
Row your Boat
At the Mala Strana end of Charles Bridge you can find Kampa Island – a waterfront neighbourhood with charming houses and cafes, with views back across the river to the city. Here you can rent a rowing boat and take a trip on the water together! There’s also a great place to eat here at Na Kampe
Take a River Cruise
If you would rather have a full boating experience, then you can take a river cruise along the Vlatva Rivre and see the beauty of the city from the water. Sailing beneath Charles Bridge up to Prague’s second castle, Vysehrad, you will get a great panoramic view of Prague’s skyline from the water. Enjoy music and refreshments on the way with your loved one!
Take the funicular and seek out the beautiful gardens on Petrín Hill. Here you can enjoy a stroll through the cherry tress – catch them blossoming in April and May for a truly romantic experience. Steal a kiss at the statue of poet Karel Hynek Macha on May Day (Lover’s Day) and your love is supposed to be eternal!
The Vlatva River
Dinner with a View
Half-way up the hill there’s the Nebozizek Restaurant that has great views and live music. Loved my locals and tourists alike, dine here for a night to remember while the pianist plays.
An evening of jazz on the water
What could be more romantic than an evening cruise on the Jazz Boat
? The perfect setting for a cocktail and some soft tones, you can see the city from the water lit up at night while enjoying some sultry music.
See a performance at the Opera House
For the ultimate in romance, try to catch a performance at the beautiful Opera House.
There are matinees with much less expensive tickets if you have time during the day at both the Opera House and the National Theatre. Mozart’s Don Giovanni is always playing at Stavovske Divadlo (the Estate Theatre) where Mozart himself famously conducted its premiere in 1887.
Equity Point Prague
Stay at Equity Point Prague
Centrally located within the old town by Charles Bridge and the main square, Equity Point Hostel Prague is the best choice for a romantic weekend on a budget. With private rooms and a quaint interior courtyard, you can also benefit from all the great facilities and quiet location. Book your bed at Equity Point here