There are a lot of amazing attractions in Prague that makes it on the top of the travelling lists. Every neighborhood has many interesting historical and cultural monuments. Various annual events and festivals also happen in the city to make it more desirable and interesting.
Why should anyone visit the city?
Prague is one of the most amazing historical cities of the world. It should be visited for the medieval towns, castles and relaxing spas. You can also plan a variety of day trips to enjoy the suburbs of the city.
How does one get to the destination (airport, ferry or others)?
There are following transportation options to reach Prague.
The main airport of Prague is almost 15km away that welcomes a number of international flights every day. You can reach the city from anywhere in Europe.
The low cost flights from different places of Europe to Prague are EasyJet, Vueling, Wizz Air and Ryanair.
Train is the best way to explore many cities of Europe. It is well connected with different cities and you have to book the trip in advance.
Is the city safe? What areas are not safe?
Prague is a very safe city to visit for tourists and solo females. The general safety precautions apply for the tourist places. There are a lot of pickpockets in the public places. Keep an eye on your wallet and belongings. Do not carry all of your cash at one place so anyone see the amount the cash you have.
Violent crimes are very low and it is safe to walk around in the city even late at night. The only unsafe area is the Sherwood park in the night.
What’s the weather like?
- June, July and August are the months of summer are the high tourist season because the weather remains warm and mild. The airfares, accommodation prices and crowds are very high.
- Mid-March to May, September and October are the ideal months to visit Prague. However, sometimes the temperature falls to 5o Tourist crowds also decrease due to that the accommodations and transportation charges also become less.
- November to January and mid-March is the winter season. The weather falls below freezing point. There are lesser crowds of tourists due to the chilly weather. Do not forget bringing suitable warm clothes for extreme cold.
What languages are spoken in the area? Is English spoken?
The official language that is spoken in Prague is ‘Czech’. The language is very difficult to learn so it is not spoken anywhere else in the world. Many native people of the city speak English. It is not difficult for the visitors to communicate at the hotels, restaurants and other places.
What’s the local currency?
Is US Dollar widely accepted?
The official currency that is used in the city is Czech crown or Koruna (CZK). Some shopping places, restaurants and hotels accept Euros whereas there are almost no places that accept US Dollars. Exchange rate is not good while paying in other currencies so it is better to use Czech Koruna or ATM card.
What are the best areas or districts to stay in the city?
- Mala Strana is the little historic quarter with some historical monuments. This is perfect for the history explorers and couples. This area is on the hill with very relaxing and romantic surroundings.
- Old Town Prague is the liveliest area filled with tourist crowds. This area is culturally and historically rich with a lot of interesting places. This area is the best for the backpackers and tourists.
- New Town Prague is not actually new but most of the places belong to the 14th It is not good option to stay with family because it has many bars and nightlife places. This area is easy to explore by walk with plenty to attractions and activities.
- Vinohardy mostly welcomes the international visitors because of the stunning buildings and streets. This area has many hotels, pubs and restaurants.
What’re your top 3 hotels (budget, moderate, luxury) and why?
Mosaic House Hostel
This is the best eco-friendly place to stay for the backpackers. Different means of transportations are very close to it. Hostel also has its own lounge and bar that host different music shows. There are private rooms and dorms available which can be booked according to the requirement.
Plus Hostels Prague
The hostel is amazing with a lot of indoor facilities. It has indoor salt water pool with sauna, restaurant and gym. There is a restaurant, bar and volley ball court which become the entertainment spot in the night. Hostel offers private rooms, dorms and female dorms.\
The Grand Mark Prague
It is one of the most luxurious hotels of Prague that is decorated with a mix of modern and classical art. The interior is grand and elegant with the high end luxury services. The charming courtyard and terraces of the hotel are perfect to enjoy an amazing meal and relaxing surroundings.
How does one get around the city? Taxi, Uber, similar apps, ATVs?
There are a lot of transportation services to get around in the beautiful city.
- Metro is the fastest way to travel that is represented by different lines for every station. It is necessary to buy advance ticket otherwise the fine is very high. Remember the maps and ways because the staff of metro station can only speak Czech.
- Trams are the best way to visit the nearby stations. They are easily available near the city center of Prague. You can get on them for the short distances.
- Public bus is the best option to visit the suburbs of Prague or the nearby small towns. You can buy the ticket directly from the driver or the metro station.
- You can rent a bike to explore the city more conveniently and with more freedom. It is laso very quick to go anywhere. You can get a bike from the rental store or the bike tour places.
- Taxi is also available in the city. It is not a good option because it gets stuck in the traffic and costs very expensive. Negotiate the rent before getting into the taxi.
- Uber is also a good option to get around in the city. It works really well in Prague.
Can you highlight the Top 5 MUST see sightseeing?
- Prague Castle was the home of the kings of Bohemia whereas now it is the official residence for the president of Czech Republic. Prague castle is one of the main tourist attractions of Prague that was constructed in AD 870. Different constructions were done with the passage of time. There are many historical tourist sites within the castle that makes it the largest castle complex of the world. You can book a guided walk tour of the castle.
- Charles Bridge is among the most famous old bridges of Europe. It belongs to the 13th century and is very well preserved. The most prominent feature of the bridge are the old statues of the bridge. It is the perfect place to view the spectacular sunset in the historical surroundings.
- The National Museum is situated on various locations like museum buildings and houses that cover different classifications. You will find different houses displaying mineralogy, anthropology, archeology, music, art and zoology. The collections are huge like only entomology consists of five million species. It belongs to the 18th century and is the oldest museum of Czech Republic. There are Roman artifacts of 1st and 2nd
- The Klementinum is a complex or lane of amazing historic buildings in Europe. It also has the Czech Republic National Library that belongs to 17th century with a collection of over 6 million books. You will find almost every book published in the country at this library. This is a worth visiting place. It also has Astronomical tower and Mirror Chapel. Different events, concerts and festivals are also organized at the Klementinum.
- Vitus Cathedral is the Roman Catholic that is situated in the huge Castle complex of the Prague Castle. It is largest cathedral of the country and is considered as the most important building of the Christian community. It also has the tombs of Bohemian kings and different saints. The interior and exterior is worth observing with the Neo-Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance style.
What’s the best place to take a photo?
You will find a lot of places in Prague which will make you click images whereas the best place to click images with the Prague vibe is the Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock. It is the historical square with the 11th century architecture. The clock belongs to the 15th century.
What about the top 3 restaurants?
- Krcma is located near the old town square. It is very suitable for tourists and backpackers because of its reasonable rates. You need to book the table in advance to enjoy the traditional historical ambiance of Prague. It fills up with the people in the night who visit to grab a drink with food.
- Portfolio Restaurant is the French and Italian restaurant. This is the perfect place for fine dining with the list of amazing wines to combine with the delicious food. The interior is contemporary and traditional. The furniture is designed by the Czech designers and blends perfectly with the surroundings and food.
- Kuchyn is located at the entrance of the Prague Castle where the visitors can have a unique experience at the historical ambiance. Visitors can select by lifting the lids from the pots while cooking on the stove. The dishes are limited but the best part is that the dishes are selected by their aroma and appearance not by reading. This place is a complete treat for the eyes and stomach.
What about the top 3 breakfast places?
- Café Savoy is the bakery, restaurant, bar, coffee shop and a lot more that serves Czech dishes and French cuisine. There are ample of options to select for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is necessary to book the table in advance.
- Bottega Bistros is located on five different locations with amazing interior and delicious food. Never miss trying their specialty coffee before or after the breakfast. Their menus have a lot of variety to add in the meal.
- Eska is a restaurant, coffee shop and a bakery with a variety of dishes for delicious breakfast. The ambiance is modern with the youthful vibe. You will find many healthy options like almond milk, oats porridge, fresh fruits and many more.
What’s the one thing you MUST eat in the city?
European food has a huge variety to offer to its visitors and most of them are easily available in Prague with their original tastes. Palacinky is the thing that should not be missed by any visitor. These are like pancakes and look like French crepes. They are rolled up with different fillings and are perfect for the dessert lovers. You can also get them filled with meat, spinach or vegetables.
What about food markets?
Kulatak Farmers Market is located near the victory station and opens every Saturday from 8am to 2pm. You will get everything from fresh fruits, vegetables, meat to pastries and different foods of Prague.
Joriho z Podebrad Market is located in Vinohrady with a variety of flowers, dairy prodicts, fruits, herbs, pasta, fish, pizza and meats. It opens from Wednesday to Friday from 8am to 6pm and on Saturdays from 8am to 2pm. Festivals and events also happen here and there is a live music show on every Saturday.
Where should one go at night? Any bar/nightlife areas or districts you recommend?
There are a lot of places to enjoy nightlife in Prague whereas the best places to head for the best bars, clubs and nightlife places are
- Old Town of Prague
- New Town of Prague (it has many strip clubs and also known as Red light district)
Any rooftop bars or restaurants that you recommend?
Sitting on a rooftop space in Prague is a very fascinating and memorable experience. There are the best option of rooftop bars and restaurants in Prague.
- Balcony Bar in the neighborhood of amazing historical surroundings. Prices are average but not very low.
- Terasa U Zlate Studne near the old town with the incredible panoramic views of the old city. This place is very expensive and follows a dress code (no flip flops and shorts).
- Cloud 9 Sky Bar and Lounge is the perfect place to see the skyline of Prague. It is indoor with big glass windows and ceiling.
Can you recommend the best shopping areas? Best shopping mall?
Czech Republic is famous around the globe for its amazing glass industry. Never miss visiting the Rony Plesl Studio to see some wonderful glass products. There is a huge variety of glass from home décor accents to glass jewelry. You will see some amazing limited editions of Uranium glass.
The other places for some amazing shopping are Praha Thrift store for some vintage and antiques. Botanicus for some organic body and beauty products.
Do you recommend any tours outside the city? Islands? Boat Tours?
The best places for a day trip outside Prague are:
- Cesky Krumlov
- Kutna Hora
Are Casinos allowed? Blackjack tables? If so, what’s the best Casino in town?
There are almost 20 casinos in the city where you can try your luck. Casinos allow free entry by showing them Schengen ID or passport. There are various table games, blackjack and roulette. The best one is Casino Admiral that is considered as the top gambling spot in the country. It remains open every time. It is the chain of casinos which are constructed on different themes so you can get a unique experience at this place.
Any last advice for people visiting the city?
There are several things which visitors should keep in mind:
- Take care of your wallet, travel documents in tourist areas and crowds.
- You will see people offering to exchange money on the streets. Never get money from them because they give you some useless currency for your money. Many tourists get scammed from them. use ATM or exchange money only from the bank.
- City center is very crowded and expensive because this area is mostly tourist oriented.