Prague

Transportation and Accommodations

Getting There

Prague is not that big so the airport is also smaller. Depending on where you are traveling from, you may need to connect to reach Prague by plane. If you are staying nearby in or reachable by train, consider traveling to Prague by train.

Getting Around

Prague is rather small and can be largely accessed on foot. There is a metro if needed. Be especially careful when using taxis as they are known for scamming people. If you are planning to use taxis to travel to and from the airport, consider calling for a taxi in advance and solidifying a price estimate to ensure you are getting a valid fare.

Accommodations

Prague is made up of four quarters: the Old Town, the New Town, the Castle Quarter and the Little Quarter. Try to stay near the Old Town. This will provide a great home base location and also is in a nice part of the city with easy access to restaurants.

Things to do and see

THE OLD TOWN

Church of our Fair Lady before Tyn

Gothic Church in the center of Prague’s Old Town area and one of the main sights to see

Astronomical Clock

The clock on this tower is very elegant and people gather around it at the top of the hour. More interesting than watching the clock, be sure to climb the tower for a great view over the city center and of the Church of our Fair Lady before Tyn.

Charles Bridge

Historically famous and nice bridge connecting Old Town to the Little Quarter

Old Town Square

This is the main square in Prague, encompassing the Astronomical Clock and the Church of our Fair Lady before Tyn

JEWISH QUARTER

Havelska Market

Outdoor food market

THE NEW TOWN

Wenceslas Square

Big shopping area and commercial city center. The “square” is more like a long boulevard of shops

Powder Tower

Separates old town and new town and is one of the original gates

Dancing House

The unique architecture of this building gives it its nickname

THE CASTLE QUARTER

The Castle

The Prague Castle sits on top of the hill in the Castle Quarter

St. Vitus Cathedral

The Cathedral dominates the area due to its size and grand appearance

THE LITTLE QUARTER

Lennon Wall

A symbol of free speech and rebellion, the Lennon Wall was originally used by people to voice their discontent with the communist times. Today, visitors add their touch to the wall and change the appearance.

Church of St. Nicholas

Baroque style church in Prague founded by Jesuits

Petrin Hill

Hike up Petrin Hill or use the funicular to reach the top for a view over Prague

Food and Drinks

Restaurants

Lokal

Dinner spot serving Czech food. Be sure to call ahead and make a reservation

Cafe Savoy

Brunch spot, but requires reservations 


Local Cuisine

Trdelnik (aka Chimney Cakes)

This is a must try while in Prague. It is a traditional Czech snack and looks like a chimney cake. It is a cinnamon sugar dough dessert that can be customized with some different flavors or toppings.

Other Notes

Duration

As Prague is a very small city, it can be easily visited in a weekend. The city has a lot to offer and has a unique vibe so is definitely worth checking out.

Timing

The time of year is not as important when considering when to visit Prague. As with many places, weather will be consistently nicer in the summer season. However, it is not a place you visit where you are dependent on good weather, which can make it a good winter weekend destination.

Tips

Be careful with tipping as some business may take advantage of knowing you are a foreigner and a tourist in their city. In Prague, tipping large percentages is not expected or normal.

Currency

Czech Republic uses Koruna, the Czech Crown. Plan to take out some cash as you may run into places who only accept or strongly prefer cash. It is a very cheap country to visit as a tourist compared to other spots in Europe.

Navigation

Transportation and Accommodations

Things to do and see

Food and Drinks