Planning to Visit Prague? Here’s Your Guide.
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Prague, Czech Republic

Once the capital of Bohemia, the Holy Roman Empire, and Czechoslovakia, this amazing city today hosts over 6 million visitors per year. The locals drink more beer per capita than any there country in the world, at 157 liters/person every year. Sounds fun to us, let’s visit Prague!
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Mostly spared from WWII destruction, this beautiful city boasts unique historic charm that just can’t be found elsewhere.

Prague Castle

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This castle complex covers an area of 750,000 square feet and dates back to the year 870. Named a UNESCO world heritage site, Prague Castle holds the Guinness record for world’s largest and is arguably the most beautiful. This complex is home to St. Vitus Cathedral, the Basilica of St. George, several palaces, and stunning gardens.


Charles Bridge

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Crossing the Vitava River in the center of Prague, the breathtaking Charles Bridge is an amazing site. Spanning almost 1,700 feet and decorated with 30 unique statues of various saints, this gothic-styled bridge will take you back in time. Don’t miss the stunning statue of Charles IV at the east end of the bridge.


Prague Astronomical Clock

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The world’s oldest and still operational astronomical clock is located on the southern wall of the Old Town Hall. Not only does this beauty still tell the time but also shows the relative positions of the moon, sun, planets, and zodiacs. Installed in 1410 this is a must see when you visit Prague.


The Powder Tower

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Sometimes referred to as the Powder Gate, this is one of the original city gates of Prague. Located at the edge of Old Town, this medieval gate is covered in ornate details and stands 213 feet high.


Church of Our Lady before Tyn

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Located in Old Town, this landmark church towers 262 feet into the air. This classically designed gothic church has a surprising interior. Due to a fire in the late 1600’s, it was redesigned in baroque style.


Jubilee Synagogue

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Also known as Jerusalem Synagogue, this colorful, Moorish style building is unique, to say the least. Built between 1906 and 1907, this synagogue is the largest Jewish place of worship in Prague.


Drink Beer!

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Prague’s first recorded brewery dates back to 993 AD and there’s some serious beer culture going on here. If you happen to be in town in the middle of June. keep an eye out for Minipivovaru beer festival, an annual micro-brewery fest featuring over 300 local beers. We really enjoyed Prague’s great beers at the fest, and you can check out the video from our adventurous day, here.


Stroll in the Park

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Take a walk through Stromovka Park, Prague’s largest park, located just north of the city center. The old royal hunting grounds is the home to several bike paths, picnic areas, beer gardens, and even a creepy carnival. Another great park is Letna, located just across from Old Town to the north. Head to the top of this park for one of the best panoramic views of the city.


Get Out of Town

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Located a short 19 miles southwest of Prague is Karlstejn Castle. This giant castle built by Charles IV is one of the most visited castles in all of the Czech Republic. Next time we’re up for a day trip from Prague, we’ll head to the town of Cesky Krumlov, but you can see how we decided on Karlstejn here.


Getting to Prague

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Getting to Prague: TRAIN

Trains throughout Europe are a great option; you’ll avoid lines at the airport, enjoy beautiful scenery, and they can be very comfortable. A common departure city is Berlin, Germany and the 4.5-hour journey runs about $40. Fares & Schedules


Getting to Prague: FLY

If planned in advance, you can find reasonable direct flights to Prague from cities like Milan for $12, London for $23, Copenhagen for $29, Paris for $34, or Amsterdam for $38 with our favorite flight search site, Skyscanner.

Prague Flight Deals


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Getting to Prague: BUS

Buses are not our favorite mode of travel.. The seats are generally cramped, the ride is bumpy, and departure/arrival times can be unpredictable. This said bus travel is generally the least expensive. In particular, the route from Vienna, Austria is only $19 for the 4-hour trip.

Václav Havel Airport to Prague City Center

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Bus

Depending on where you’re staying, you’ll probably need to get on the Metro Green Line or Yellow Line. From the airport, use Bus #119 and get off at the last stop to transfer to metro line A (green line). Or, take Bus #100 to transfer to metro line B (Yellow). Tickets can be purchased from the kiosk at the airport or directly from the bus driver (cash only) for about $1.50. Your ticket is valid for 90 minutes and you can transfer to any public transport. Be sure to validate your ticket once boarded, or face severe fines if caught!


Uber

Uber makes airport pickup in Prague very easy, even asking which terminal, and giving detailed instructions on where to meet your driver. Expect to pay around $14 for a ride into the city center.


Taxi

Readily available outside of the airport, a taxi will cost $20-$25 to the city center.

Getting around in Prague

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Metro

Prague Metro is one of the busiest in Europe and is the best way to get around the city. The tickets are cheap, like $1.33 cheap, and they get even cheaper if you purchase a bundle. You can use them on the trains or on the buses, and they stay valid for 90 minutes with transfers included. Tickets can be purchased from a machine if available or from the Tobacco (Tabak) store. The color-coded lines are very easy to navigate and the signs are easy to read (even though they’re not in English).


Uber

Although there are relatively few drivers, Uber is available in Prague and is a very good option. Note that they call UberX, UberPOP in Prague.


Walk

Walkscore.com gives Prague a score of 100, calling it a “Walkers Paradise.” We also found this to be true. Walking around Prague is highly recommended!

Where To Stay in Prague:

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Where To Stay in Prague: HOTELS

Prague offers a wide range of hotels to choose from. Options range from the high-end Four Seasons or Mandarin Oriental for $400 a night to more affordable hotels like the Residence Bologna or Park Inn Hotel for around $70 a night. When it comes to hotels, we recommend shopping Agoda.com, far and away the most competitive resource when searching for hotels in Prague.

Prague Hotel Deals



Where To Stay in Prague: HOSTELS

With over 200 options for hostels in Prague, you’re sure to find one that fits all of your needs. Prices generally range from $10-$20 a night for a dorm room, while a private room will cost a bit more at around $40-$60 per night. Hostelworld is our recommended resource when searching for hostels in Prague.

Prague Hostel Deals


Where To Stay in Prague: AIRBNB

We love Airbnb! From private rooms to entire homes, there are plenty of choices when visiting Prague. If you’re a first-timer with Airbnb, use this coupon and enjoy $35 off of your stay.


Where To Stay in Prague: NEIGHBORHOODS

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Choosing a neighborhood is an important part of trip planning that should not be overlooked! Prague has 22 districts that spiral counter clockwise from 1 at the city center. Here are some areas worth considering when deciding where to stay in Prague.


Prague 1

Located in the heart of the city, this is home to most of Prague’s tourist sites. Here you’ll find Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, and the Jewish Quarter. Nearly the entire district is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you will like spend most of your time here.


Prague 2

This desirable neighborhood is home to many international residents and lots of high-end shopping and restaurants.

Prague 3

Popular with students and younger people, Prague 3 is where you’ll find the Prague TV tower and more bars per capita than all of Europe.


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Prague 4

This district is home to many working-class residents, traditional Czech restaurants, pubs, and parks.

Prague 5

This upscale neighborhood boasts many newly renovated buildings and hotels. Prague 5 is also home to a large shopping mall and a vibrant nightlife.


Prague 7

Located north of the city center, this affordable district is quiet and residential. Here you’ll find Stromovka Park and amazing views of the city center.

Prague Travel Tips:

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Prague travel tips: Tipping

Tipping in the Czech Republic is not required, but is good etiquette. Check your bill for a service charge. If there’s no charge, tip your waiter 10% for good service and leave 1-2 Euro for your taxi driver or bartender.

Prague travel tips: Money

Czech Republic’s national currency is the Koruna and is currently exchanging at 24CZK to $1USD. Credit cards are accepted most places and ATM machines are readily available.


Prague travel tips: Insurance

Traveling through Prague is exciting and safe, but you never know when some good travel insurance could come in handy. World Nomads offers the best coverage in the business, is affordable, and is quick to act should something go wrong. For more info, check out our recent World Nomads blog post.


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