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Prague Travel guide

In terms of beauty, Prague is neck to neck with Paris, alongside with its history that dates back almost a millennium, and the beer? The best in Europe. You will learn what to visit, where to eat, and where to stay in this Prague Travel Guide.

Paris has been a tourist center for almost a decade now, with young and old going there for partying or just to soak up some culture and learn about this amazing cities history. My first big trip to Europe was in Prague, and I can say that the city has amazed me with its amazing Bohemian art and culture, but not only that, beer is the cheapest and the best one in whole Europe if not the world.

Prague is also full of mazes of cobbled lanes and hidden courtyards where people are having a coffee or a beer if you like, therefore be sure to explore a little bit more than a regular tourist would.

Tram passing by next to Prague National theater

What to expect in Prague

Language spoken in Prague

The official language of the Czech Republic is Czech, you will see a decent amount of similarities to Croatian, Bosnian and Balkan languages. But if you speak English you will have a very easy time asking for anything and navigating around Prague.

Currency used in Prague

Czech koruna is the official currency of the Czech Republic, even doe Czech Republic is in the Europan Union they do not want to adopt the Euros as their currency. You can easily change your money to Czech koruna anywhere in Europe and anywhere in Prague.

Powder tower in Prague
Inside view of Prague library

Credit cards and ATMs

I would go 50/50 here all the way. Prague is a very tourist city, but even so, there is a lot of stands which do not accept cards as mean of payment that you will want to visit so be sure to carry some cash on you at all time. There is a number of ATM-s around Prague, but be careful of scammers and pickpocketers.

Climate in Prague

Climate is similar to the one in Zagreb, but a little bit chillier, around 2C colder which is not that much when you think about it, but be sure to bring some warm clothes.

Cost of food in Prague

Food and drinks are really cheap in Prague, you can have a great meal for around 7 Euros per person with drinks (beer).  Fast food stands are located all over the city and offer some amazing snacks at a bargain for 2 to 4 Euros.

Mid-range restaurants in the city center and around cost around 10 Euros per person with drinks which is still a fair price for the city of this magnitude.

River view with Charles Bridge in background in prague

Getting around Prague

Prague is a huge city. But because of its narrow streets and corridors the city is very walkable and you can easily get from one side of the city to another in around 10 to 15 minutes walking.

But if you wish to take be tram, bus or metro, the prices are pretty affordable. Also, be sure to buy a ticket since you can get a pretty hefty ticket if you don’t.

  • 30-minute ticket: 1 Euro – 27 CZK
  • 90-minute ticket: 1.20 Euro – 32 CZK
  • 24-hour pass: 4.2 Euro – 111 CZK
  • 3-day pass (72 hours): 12 Euro – 317 CZK
  • Ticket (via Bus + Subway) between Airport and City: 2.5 Euro – 66 CZK
  • Taxi to Airport: 20+ Euros – 528 CZK

Taxis: I did not prefer riding in taxis in Prague since I have heard there is a pretty scammy operation running over there. I would recommend that you skip them also.

  • Where to Stay
  • Where to Eat
  • What to Do
Front of Grand Hotel Europe in Prague

Elizabeth Suites

Located near the city center, this suite-style hotel offers decorated rooms fitted with a kitchen, a private bathroom and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels with some rooms having a terrace. Check out the amazing Elizabeth Suites.

Location: Anglická 81, 120 00 Praha 2-Vinohrady, Czechia
Accommodation: Suite Hotel
Price range: 47 €

Hotel Pod Věží

Located in of the most romantic spots in Prague the Iconic Charles Bridge, this hotel is situated in a historical building that looks directly at Charles Bridge. The rooms feature a bathroom, soundproof room and flat-screen TV. But all of the above isn’t even the best part, the best part is the rooftop terrace and the restaurant and bar that are on site. Check out Hotel Pod Věží.

Location: Mostecká 1/58/2, 118 00 Malá Strana, Czechia
Accommodation: Hotel
Price range: 92 €

Old hotel in Prague old city center

Arkada Hotel Praha

Situated in a restored Art Nouveau building, this hotel offers old-fashioned decorated rooms with a flat-screen TV, terrace, air conditioning, and WiFI. If you wish there is also an airport shuttle that can be arranged. Check out Arkada Hotel Praha.

Location: Balbínova 496, 120 00 Praha 2-Vinohrady, Czechia
Accommodation: Hotel
Price range: 73 €

Carlton Hotel

Recently renovated to offer the state of the art rooms and appliances this hotel offers a private bathroom, air conditioning and all of the applicants needed to have an amazing vacation. Buffet breakfast is served every day and the front desk is open 24-7, 7 days a week. Check out the Carlton Hotel.

Location: Táboritská 696, 130 00 Praha 3-Žižkov, Czechia
Accommodation: Hotel
Price range: 57 €

Room at Carlton hotel in Prague
Carlton Hotel, photo from: booking.com

Hotel Inos

This 3-star hotel offers rooms located just 10 minutes from the Old town by tram. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom, TV and Wi-Fi connection. Also to note that this is a budget hotel if you do not wish to spend a lot of money on accommodation. Check out Hotel Inos.

Location: Sinkulova 77, 147 00 Praha 4-Podolí, Czechia
Accommodation: Hotel
Price range: 40 €

U Schnellu

U Schnellu is located right next to Prague Castle, also the main focal point is that it is a family-run business. It offers a private room with a private bathroom with a bathtub, alongside with TV and Air condition. The best part is that each room has a view over the city’s beautiful architecture. Check out U Schnellu.

Location: Tomášská 27, 118 00 Malá Strana, Czechia
Accommodation: Hotel
Price range: 56 €

Ice cream cones at a shop in Prague

A hidden treasure of Prague. Krčma offers some of the best traditional Czech cuisines out here, like Gulaš, Schnitzel with potato salad, Roasted duck, Svickova and many more. But that even is not the best, the prices are not high and it is located just five minutes walking from the Old Town Square. The underground seating offers a cozy tavern atmosphere, but keep in mind that it fills up quickly in the evening so be sure to book in advance.

Lokal has several spots in Prague. It is popular for its traditional homemade Czech meals that are accompanied by great Czech beer also.

Location: Dlouhá 33, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia
Price range: €€

Beer at Lokal in Prague
Lokal in Prague, photo from: lokal-dlouha.ambi.cz
Food at Lokal in Prague
Lokal in Prague, photo from: lokal-dlouha.ambi.cz

If you are maybe a little bit tired of all the Czech dishes and just want to eat some good old pizza, then this is a spot for you. Located in the near city center Kmotra is holding the title of the oldest pizzeria in Prague, and it still uses the traditional old wood-burning oven to craft their pizzas to perfection.

For all you meat lovers, Naše Maso is a butcher shop that servers high-quality meat from Czech farmers, but they also use that same meat to offer some amazing dishes such as beef tartar.

Eating trdelnik in Prague

Kolkovna serves amazing Pilsner Urquell Lager beer that accompanies all Czech meals in great fashion.

People walking on Charles bridges in Prague

Charles Bridge

One of the most famous bridges in the whole of Europe next to the one in Budapest. Charles Bridge boasts 32 unique points and is 621 meters wide. It has been standing as the main point of Prague all the way back in 1357 when it was built. The bridge is also famous for its statues that stretch all the way from beginning to the end of the Bridge. Among the most popular are Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and Jogn of Nepomunk (country’s most important saint).

 

On the bridge, you will see a great number of artists and musicians. But the best part is to have a night stroll at night when all the lights are on, and the crowds are smaller.

River view of Charles bridge in Prague

Prague Castle

The official residence of the Czech Republic’s president and former residence of the Bohemia’s kings, this castle has been standing there from 870 AD. Within the castle walls, you will find several attractions that we will cover here from St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, Golden lane and many more.

 

Prague Castle is also officially the largest castle complex in the world, so be sure to have some time before going on an exploration tour within it. In my experience, the best way to explore this complex is by walking tours, where you will cover all the main attractions and much more in a timely fashion.

Old Town Square and Astronomical Clock

Here you will start your exploration of Prague in most situations. The historic center of Prague, the Old Town Square is home to some of the most iconic attractions that you will find in Prague, Tyn Church, and Clementium, alongside with the Jewish Quarter, Josefov.

 

But the Highlight of the Old Town is its amazing 15-century Astronomical Clock. On each hour, it springs to life as the 12 Apostles and other figures appear and parade. It also gets crowded at each hour so be sure to come 10 minutes before the hour ends.

Prague Castle in Prague
Person cleaning Wenceslas square in Prague

Wenceslas Square

The focal point of Prague’s New Town, this Square was created in the 14th century during the reign of Charles IV and since then it has become one of the main meeting points in the city. Here you will find all the best shopping, restaurants and much more.

 

If you are visiting in winter it is also home to the cities largest Christmas Market.

St. Vitus cathedral

Located in the Prague Castle complex, this Roman Catholic cathedral is the largest and most important one in the Czech Republic. With tumbs of numerous saints and three Bohemian kings, you can imagine why it is so important for the history and culture of Prague.

 

The exterior is stunning but the interior is the place that you want to visit, with stunning stained glass windows, and St. Wenceslas Chapel with its spectacular jewel-encrusted altar with more than 1,300 precious stones. If you are visiting the cathedral be sure to climb to the top of the main tower and have an amazing aerial view of Prague.

View of Astronomical clock in Prague

Prague Zoo

One of the oldest ZOO’s in Europe, this 89-year old ZOO is not only one of the main attractions of Prague it is also on the top-ranked zoological parks in the world. The ZOO is home to more than 4,200 animals with 650 species. I would highly recommend visiting the zoo but be sure to note that you will lose most of the day exploring the zoo since it is huge. The price is 10 Euros or 250 CZK for adults.

Lennon Wall

You will rarely see this kind of attraction make the list in any other city. But Lennon Wall has stood there since the 1980s and is a tribute to former Beatle and peace campaigner John Lennon. The police tried numerous times to erase the Graffiti but they never managed. There you will see numerous young people taking pictures near the wall and singing old Beatles songs.

View of Church of our Lady before Tyn in Prague
Tram passing next to Dancing house in Prague

The Dancing house

The Dancing House is one of Prague’s most outstanding modern creations. It has been built between 1992 and 1996 by Frank Gehry. In the building, you can find office spaces and a hotel (that is not cheap), or you can just enjoy a view of the city from the top floor restaurant.

Walking tours

Since I mentioned before, Prague is a very walkable city, if not one of the most walkable in all of Europe based on its size. Therefore there are a number of great walking tours that you can take if you would like to explore Prague in a group. I would highly recommend this method because Prague has so many attractions and you can check most of them on your list if you take a walking tour.

People in old town square in Prague

The National Museum

Fresh of a seven-year-old renovation, Prague’s National Museum is Czech Republic pride an joy next to their Prague Castle. Here you can find many important collection representations from a variety of fields covering mineralogy, zoology, anthropology, and archaeology, as well as the arts and music. The price to enter to Historical and new building + Cupola + 9 museums in 5 days is 8 Euros or 200 CZK per person.

View of Czech krumlov

One day trip to Czech Krumlov

If you are visiting Prague and you have 1 day of “free” time be sure to visit Czech Krumlov. It is a medieval castle town that is a pocket-size Prague. It is very open and nature like with castle in the focal point, also in the castle garden you can see black bears roaming around. The trip takes around 3 hours by bus and 2.5 to 3.5 hours by train. Bus costs around 10 Euros per person.

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