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Start early, finish late and wear a good pair of shoes — that’s the best way to see Prague in a day. Begin your day north of the river in the historic region of Malá Strana, where you can look around the Theological Library at Strahov Monastery. Reward yourself with a breakfast at the café below (home to one of the finest views of Prague), then head down to the castle. There is much to see in the complex, including St. Vitus Cathedral, Lobkowicz Palace and St. George’s Basilica, so choose a few sights to occupy a few hours. When you’re finished, head down quaint Nerudova Street to the main square, take a cursory glance up at St. Nicholas Church, and then choose one of the surrounding cafes for lunch.
After you’ve eaten, head over the famous Charles Bridge to the other side of the river, enjoying the views of Prague Castle and the distant Vyšehrad en route. Walk past the Old Jewish Cemetery to Old Town Square, and spend some time soaking in the atmosphere – wander around the market, look up at the beautiful Baroque buildings and, on the hour, check out the astronomical clock. If you have some time, you can stop for a coffee in one of the square’s many coffee shops – or, better still, head just off the square to try the world’s only cubist café.
From Old Town Square, head along Celetná Street to see the Powder Tower, then take in the neighboring Municipal House. Finally, head to one of the live music bars on nearby Dlouhá Street. With most open until around 2 a.m., it’s the perfect way to end a long day in Prague.